Invisalign and Wisdom Teeth

Can I Get Invisalign or Braces if I Don’t Have Wisdom Teeth?

Invisalign is a popular option for those who are looking to straighten their teeth without wearing traditional braces. However, many wonder if wisdom teeth cause a problem for those looking to use these aligners.

Your wisdom teeth impact your smile. Even though they are so far back in your mouth that they’re not usually seen, they can still create many issues. You may need to have them removed before teeth straightening treatments can begin.

Does Everyone Have Wisdom Teeth?

Most people get their wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties. People can get between one and four teeth on average, and some people don’t get them at all. Your wisdom teeth are your third set of molars. Approximately 10 million people in America have them extracted each year.

How Your Wisdom Teeth Impact Your Smile

Orthodontists prescribe Invisalign for people of all ages, including teens and children. Yet, your wisdom teeth may determine whether you qualify for Invisalign. Here are some of the ways that your wisdom teeth can present issues that impact the rest of your teeth:

Cause Shifting of Teeth

Wisdom teeth do not always have enough room in their sockets. This problem can cause other issues, such as impacted wisdom teeth or overcrowding with other teeth. When this occurs, it’s common for wisdom teeth to grow sideways, or even become trapped entirely inside your jawbone because they didn’t come through properly.

Create a Misalignment

Even if the wisdom teeth come in straight or have the room to grow in without impacting other teeth, they can still cause problems with the alignment of your other teeth and your jaw. You will need to speak to both your dentist and your orthodontist about ensuring your wisdom teeth won’t harm your alignment.

Damage Surrounding Teeth

As your wisdom teeth come in, they can press on the other neighboring teeth, which may cause cracks. This can lead to discomfort and pain. If you have restorations such as fillings or crowns, these can break down due to pressure from emerging wisdom teeth.

Should You Leave Your Wisdom Teeth in During Orthodontic Treatments?

If you’re considering Invisalign treatments, then be sure to consult with a dentist before beginning them. That way, you can determine what’s best for you. An oral health professional will work closely with your orthodontist during any treatment process.

Are you concerned your wisdom teeth may keep you from getting Invisalign? Contact us here at Advanced Orthodontics for a free consultation.

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