Do Wisdom Teeth Affect Your Smile?
After you have finished your treatment your priority should be to maintain your smile. This includes wearing a retainer and generally not causing any unnatural pressure to your teeth that may cause them to shift.
But what about wisdom teeth? Won’t those affect the way that my smile looks? Won’t they push my teeth out of alignment? Typically, patients receive braces in their teenage years, just as their teeth are settling into their semi-permanent state; your body and mouth continue to develop throughout much of your life, so it is important that you do not become lax with your upkeep. Wisdom teeth become a major concern for parents, worrying if their child’s teeth have the potential to be crooked again within just a couple of years after having their braces removed.
The good news is that wisdom teeth rarely interfere with the other teeth in your mouth, so you do not have to worry about whether they will be pushing other teeth out of the way. Regardless, there are some people that will have their wisdom removed as a preemptive action to minimize the risk of their teeth being pushed out of alignment; conventional wisdom tells us that wisdom teeth need to be removed in order to maintain oral health, but that is simply not true anymore. Most people have room in their mouths to accommodate wisdom teeth, and people really only need to have them removed if they are impacted; this could lead to tooth decay, infection, or gum disease. Removing wisdom teeth simply because they “might interfere with your mouth’s alignment” is a relatively outdated idea, and most dentists do not recommend the removal of wisdom teeth based on this reason alone. If you are still skeptical about wisdom teeth and want to schedule a consultation, contact 360 Orthodontics today. We can help you figure out what is best for you and your smile.