If you are considering Invisalign or braces, it’s important that you take the time to explore your options and plan for your treatment carefully. You’ll need to find out if there are any additional dental procedures that will be required in order to improve the outcome of your treatment. For most patients, the presence of the wisdom teeth will present the most common obstacle.
Your dentist will need to determine if the wisdom teeth will help or hinder the process of aligning your smile. Part of that decision will depend on your dentist’s ability to obtain accurate measurements of your mouth with the wisdom teeth in place. This includes digital photos and dental impressions.
It will also be important to consider the impact of the wisdom teeth during treatment. If these third molars are already erupted, will you be able to keep them clean? Oral hygiene is especially important during orthodontic treatment, and inaccessible third molars can contribute to gum disease, cavities, and food impaction. All of these conditions can compromise and complicate the progress of your treatment.
If the wisdom teeth are not yet erupted, can they be expected to erupt before your orthodontic treatment has been completed? Since your orthodontic treatment plan is based on carefully calculated movements, the unplanned eruption of additional teeth can alter or change the outcome of your case.
Part of that decision will also include a prediction as to the future impact of the wisdom teeth. Will they cause complications once your new, straight smile has been revealed? After the active phase of orthodontic treatment, it will be necessary to maintain (or retain) the position of your teeth indefinitely. This can become difficult if the wisdom teeth begin to move or erupt in the future.
If your dentist predicts that your wisdom teeth could threaten the success of your orthodontic care, you may be referred to an oral surgeon to have them removed.
For a professional evaluation, call the office of Dr. Judd E. Partridge to schedule your appointment today.