If you have wisdom teeth, you may wonder if you can get braces. The short answer is yes. In most cases, you don’t have to wait until your wisdom teeth are removed to get them. Here’s why: Braces are usually used to straighten crooked teeth, remove or create spaces for permanent teeth, or improve bites or other malocclusions.
Your wisdom teeth are the last teeth to make an appearance. Fortunately, they don’t affect the rest of your smile too much. Time after time, studies prove that they aren’t able to shift the alignment of your teeth. Since you probably won’t get your wisdom teeth until you’re in your late teens or early twenties, waiting until they’re removed to undergo orthodontic treatment is not recommended.
If you’re unsure of whether you could benefit from braces now or are worried your wisdom teeth will wreak havoc on your smile once they come in, consult an orthodontist. They can take x-rays and perform a thorough exam. While every situation is unique, there’s a good chance they’ll suggest you move forward with braces, even with your wisdom teeth still in.
It’s important to note that wisdom teeth removal during braces is uncommon. However, if this does happen, you’ll want to make sure to receive other major dental work like extractions at the same time.
While wisdom teeth won’t affect the alignment of straightened teeth, not wearing a retainer may. Therefore, if you do receive braces, make every effort to wear your retainer as prescribed. By doing so, you can prevent your teeth from moving into their original positions and ensure your braces pay off for years to come.
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If you have further questions about braces or wisdom teeth, or would like to schedule an appointment, call us today at (704) 454-5500. We look forward to hearing from you!