Will Wisdom Teeth Affect Your Braces?

Posted on 04/20/2016 by Dr. Lovrovich
A young boy with braces on his teeth!

If your teen will be having braces in the near future, you may have some questions about how his growing wisdom teeth might impact the treatment. Most teens start their orthodontic treatment before the wisdom teeth have grown in.

In other cases, problems arise because the wisdom teeth never actually erupt. This makes it almost impossible to predict how your teen’s mouth will be affected by the growth of these teeth, because in many cases, they are a non-issue.

In some situations, your teen may have braces on his teeth when the wisdom teeth start to grow in. The way that this situation is handled will be decided on a case by case basis. Your dental team will evaluate your child’s mouth to determine if any problems will result from these new molars.

In a lot of cases, your child’s mouth won’t have enough room for these extra teeth, and by leaving them in place, the rest of the teeth may shift and crowd in order to make room for them. In these scenarios, it may be decided that the wisdom teeth need to extracted in order to prevent future problems.

In other cases, your teen might have his braces taken off and then notice that the wisdom teeth are starting to grow in. A similar conversation will need to happen during this time. If your dentist feels that there is enough room to support your molars and that there are no other issues, they may be allowed to grow in without treatment.

Whether or not your teen’s wisdom teeth will impact his future braces will depend on a variety of different factors, and the most important thing to do is to contact your orthodontist for a consultation. You’ll be able to find the best possible treatment option for your child’s unique teeth.

Please contact us if you have any questions about wisdom teeth and braces.

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