Your Three Rivers Orthodontist Discusses Braces and Wisdom Teeth

A common topic of concern from parents is their child’s wisdom teeth and how they can effect orthodontic treatment results. As the wisdom teeth, or last molars to grow in, often coming through when there isn’t enough room in the mouth, they typically need to be extracted. This is made more difficult if they are impacted or not growing properly and breaking through the gums. In this post, your Three Rivers orthodontist, Bandeen Orthodontics, will take a closer look at wisdom teeth and how they can affect the results achieved from braces.

Most importantly, wisdom teeth should usually be taken out if they will move teeth that have been corrected by braces or are in the process of being shifted. You should always have wisdom teeth removed before orthodontic treatment if they are ready to be removed and are likely to cause problems with your treatment. Deciding on whether wisdom teeth should be removed before or after orthodontic treatment will depend on the patient’s age and opinions from the dentist or oral surgeon and orthodontist.

If you have concerns about your child’s wisdom teeth and what they mean for orthodontic treatment, you should definitely speak with your dentist and orthodontist before beginning. This will allow you to have a plan in place for both doctors who can coordinate your treatment strategy.

At Bandeen Orthodontics of Three Rivers we treat patients of all ages and know the importance of coordinating with other providers, like dentists and oral surgeons, to help ensure that your wisdom teeth will not impact the results you have gotten from your braces. If you have any questions, or would like to make an appointment, do not hesitate to contact your Three Rivers orthodontist today! We look forward to helping you and answering all of your questions.