Your kid might need braces for various reasons. Maybe their teeth are crowded or overlapping or maybe their bite is not aligning properly.
If your child's dentist recommended orthodontic treatment to correct their smile, you may be wondering now:
But how about their wisdom teeth?
Will wisdom teeth affect orthodontic treatment if they are not extracted?
Well, it depends.
We don't really need them. Wisdom teeth are a set of third molars that grow at the back of our mouth and that were once really useful to our ancestors. But, nowadays, due to significant improvements in our diet and dental care, we can live without this extra set of teeth.
The problem is, Mother Nature doesn't know that and we are still getting our wisdom teeth at about the age of 20.
It may surprise you, but the answer isn't always yes.
Wisdom teeth appear later in life when the rest of your teeth have already emerged and maybe overlapped due to natural drifting. If, for example, your child has a malocclusion or crowded teeth, then the wisdom teeth aren't really to blame here as they are not out yet.
However, the dentist will examine your kid's mouth and determine if wisdom teeth need to be extracted based on:
Just because your child completed orthodontic treatment and now has a beautiful, straight smile, it doesn't mean they can't have misalignment problems anymore. Teeth tend to shift naturally during our life and lots of factors can impact their position. Especially if their wisdom teeth aren't out yet, it's important to go to regular dental visits so they can check on their progress and spot potential problems early on.
If you are looking for a kind, experienced, and gentle pediatric parent for your child, then we encourage you to visit us at Harmony Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics.
Get in touch with us, come for a visit, and see if we are the right doctor for your child.