In a previous post, I explained how wisdom teeth lead to gum infections and need to be removed.
Today, I would like to discuss another reason for removing your wisdom teeth.
Many patients have undergone orthodontic care (braces) to straighten crowded teeth.
The last thing you want to do, after spending time and money on braces, is to have your pesky wisdom teeth destroy the beautiful smile created by your orthodontist.
I work with a great orthodontist and friend, Dr. Shane Witherow, that refers patients for evaluation of wisdom teeth all the time.
When I look at the x-rays he sends, it’s evident the wisdom teeth do not have enough room to grow into proper position.
As these wisdom teeth develop, they cause crowding.
This happens without the patient experiencing pain or discomfort.
I explain to the patient (and parents) that, as wisdom teeth continue to develop, they will start to move teeth in a slow manner.
This typically causes overlap which is especially evident in the lower front teeth.
Theses teeth are smaller in size and can be rotated easily.
This is usually the first sign that your teeth are shifting and crowding.
In short, its the first sign that your straight and healthy smile is being wrecked by your wisdom teeth.
After discussing this with the patient (and parents), I usually don’t have a lot of push back about scheduling wisdom teeth removal.
They don’t want this to happen after having spent thousands of dollars on braces.
There you go…another reason that you should consider having your wisdom teeth removed.
This is especially true if you’ve been told to do so by your orthodontist.
Please check back to find out another reason to have your wisdom teeth out in part three of this blog post.