Do Wisdom Teeth Affect Braces?

For those people who have wisdom teeth, they usually erupt in early adulthood. Wisdom teeth may cause dental issues like overcrowding, especially if they’re impacted. However, many people have plenty of room for their wisdom teeth and they have no problems with them. During this age frame, many people also get braces or just have them removed. People are often concerned that the eruption of their wisdom teeth will affect the progress they’ve made with braces.

 

Like previously stated, many people have their wisdom teeth come in with no problems. The teeth grow in straight and don’t affect the person’s bite. So overall, no, wisdom teeth do not cause significant overcrowding in the front of the mouth or severely disrupt any progress that was made with dental work like braces. However, if they do not come in correctly or if a person’s jaw simply doesn’t have room for the new teeth, they can cause overcrowding among the back teeth.

It’s important to note that wisdom teeth are not the sole reason a person’s teeth begin to move. It’s been confirmed that people’s teeth move over time with or without the help of wisdom teeth. Additionally, when people have their braces removed, they may neglect to wear their retainers. Without the use of the retainer, a person’s teeth may begin to shift again.

While wisdom teeth may not necessarily cause a major issue with the dental progress that has been made with braces, there may still be reasons to have a wisdom tooth extraction. There are many wisdom tooth concerns that may call for tooth removal surgery, including:

Crowding of back teeth

Infected gums

Bone defects

Root resorption

Dental diseases

If a wisdom tooth becomes impacted or doesn’t erupt straight up, this can cause significant problems for the person. While some people may experience absolutely no problems with their wisdom teeth or get lucky enough to not have any of these extra molars at all, others may experience problems with them. Fortunately, impacted tooth removal is a common procedure and can provide relief from any pain and discomfort caused by these teeth. In fact, wisdom teeth removal is more common than dental implant procedures, which about three million people have every year.

It’s important to remember that it’s perfectly normal for your teeth to move as you age. If your wisdom teeth are beginning to come in and are causing you pain and discomfort, your dentist may refer you to an experienced oral surgeon to discuss having them removed.