• PIMM Wix Team

Wisdom Teeth and Orthodontics: What You Need to Know

They’re called wisdom teeth because they’re the last teeth to arrive, hence appearing at a more mature age. But how much do you know about these misunderstood molars? Our orthodontic specialist at Ortho Inc. has had plenty of experience with these late arrivals, and can answer questions from patients who want to know how they might affect their braces or clear aligners.

Our wisdom teeth are the third molars, and they are found right at the very back of the mouth. Most of us have four of them: Two on top, and two on the bottom. Some of us never develop wisdom teeth, while in other cases they are there in the gums but never erupt. Why do we have these wisdom teeth? Apparently, they were of great importance to our ancestors for tearing through coarse foods, but dietary and other evolutionary changes have made them obsolete.

Our orthodontist takes the condition and development of the wisdom teeth into consideration before starting a course of treatment to straighten and reposition our patients’ teeth. If your wisdom teeth have not yet erupted and it appears there isn’t enough room for them, we may recommend their removal beforehand. But, if it appears that there’s enough room in the jaw for those wisdom teeth to come in, we may be able to commence treatment without their removal. If those wisdom teeth have already appeared and are causing pain, infection, or are impacted, they may have to be removed.

With wisdom teeth and all other aspects of orthodontics, no two cases are exactly alike. That’s where our years of training and experience come in. Our orthodontist at Ortho Inc. has the expertise to create a treatment plan that’s right for you. Let’s work together to create a healthy, beautiful smile that you’ll be proud of for years to come. Please contact our office today for an appointment.

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