What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth are the third and last set of molars that most individuals get between the ages of 17 to 25. By age 18, the average teen has 16 teeth on top and 16 teeth on the bottom for a total of 32 – but the average adult mouth only has space for 28 teeth!
Why are wisdom teeth often removed?
When wisdom teeth grow in amidst healthy gums and sufficient space for proper alignment with other teeth, there is usually no need to remove them. But most of the time, there just isn’t enough space in the mouth for wisdom teeth to grow properly. Wisdom teeth either grow in sideways, remain impacted in the gums, or only emerge partially. In these situations, wisdom teeth and the full or partial openings in the gums attract bacteria that quickly lead to infections. Gum infections cause selling, pain and serious gum and tooth decay. In addition, cysts can emerge near the impacted teeth, destroying healthy teeth and damaging the jawbone. Consequently, we believe that the early removal of mispositioned wisdom teeth usually provides the best long-term oral health solution.
What happens if my wisdom teeth come in when I have braces?
Typically, wisdom teeth that erupt during orthodontic treatment is not a problem! Wisdom teeth can easily be removed with or without braces. If you think your wisdom teeth are starting to emerge, it’s a good time to contact SmilingYangs so that we can thoroughly evaluate the growth of your wisdom teeth and discuss the optimal next step for your oral health.
Can wisdom teeth ruin the alignment achieved through orthodontic treatment with dental braces?
While some patients are concerned that wisdom teeth can affect their smile, dental studies show that wisdom teeth can but aren’t typically the cause of teeth shifts. As we age into our twenties and thirties, our teeth may slightly shift, but this is a natural part of the aging process as teeth may exert some pressure over others. This is precisely the reason that retainers are so important! When you wear a customized retainer, it helps maintain the healthy alignment you achieved through orthodontic treatments.
If you think you or a family member can benefit from straighter teeth, please contact a qualified dental health professional such as SmilingYangs Orthodontics to obtain a comprehensive evaluation. Your orthodontist will discuss your diagnosis and find the best treatment options available for you.
Since 1998, USC and Harvard – trained Dentist and Orthodontist James T. Yang, B.D.S., D.D.S., D.M.Sc., has provided state-of-the-art orthodontic care and service to the South Florida community. SmilingYangs Orthodontics, opened in 1998, is dedicated to providing excellent orthodontic care, treating each patient with respect and professionalism. Dr. Yang and his talented team at SmilingYangs Orthodontics take pride in their office atmosphere: a friendly, comfortable environment with courteous, attentive, and punctual staff members. Learn more about SmilingYangs Orthodontics and their excellent patient reviews at www.smilingyangs.com or call (954) 623-8446 to schedule an appointment today.
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