How Do Wisdom Teeth Affect Orthodontic Care?

One of the things to consider for your orthodontic care is how or if your wisdom teeth are coming in. With them being the last of your permanent teeth to grow in, they can have a significant impact on the rest of your teeth, including crowding and misalignment. This is why wisdom tooth extraction is so common for patients. Unfortunately, there are times when the wisdom teeth become so badly impacted that they can actually cause damage to other teeth and make extraction much more difficult. At Bandeen Orthodontics in Three Rivers, we will thoroughly inspect your wisdom teeth to determine the right course of action before completing orthodontic work. In today’s post, we will discuss the importance of properly dealing with wisdom teeth during the orthodontic process.

Prevent or Minimize Crowding Teeth

If you have teeth that have shifted, crowded, or become misaligned, your wisdom teeth can complicate matters, especially when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Leaving them in can result in further crowding and can undo any work that has been done on your teeth, resulting in further orthodontic work to correct any of these issues. Because no two patients are alike, there is no hard and fast rule about if or when your wisdom teeth should be extracted. This decision will be based upon recommendations from your dentist, oral surgeon, and/or orthodontist to ensure that you get the necessary treatment for the orthodontic results you want.

Should My Child Get Their Wisdom Teeth Extracted?

Wisdom teeth grow in at different times and different rates for different children. This is a wild card when it comes to orthodontic care for children, which is why your dentist and orthodontist need to work in collaboration to determine the best course of action. The goal is to complete the orthodontic care in as few visits as possible without any unfortunate setbacks due to complications. If you have concerns about how your child’s wisdom teeth are affecting the rest of their teeth, you should speak with your family dentist first to determine if removal and/or orthodontic work are necessary.

Bandeen Orthodontics in Three Rivers is dedicated to providing quality orthodontic care to patients of all ages. We take the time to get a full understanding of your needs, so we can formulate the right strategy to meet those needs, including wisdom tooth extraction. To schedule your initial consultation for orthodontic treatment, please Contact Us today.