How Wisdom Teeth Can Affect Braces

If you have decided to get braces or other orthodontic work in your late teens or early 20s, you may start to get your wisdom teeth while your braces are still on, or shortly after they come off. This can be a troubling situation. Braces, after all, take a lot of time and effort to affect your teeth, and you don’t want to risk losing all that work when your teeth appear.

Wisdom teeth can affect your orthodontic results if:

  • Your mouth is too small for wisdom teeth
  • Your molars are naturally set back far in your mouth
  • Your wisdom teeth come in impacted (at an angle)
  • An infection from your wisdom teeth affects the alignment of others

It is possible that your wisdom teeth will grow in just fine and end up serving as a healthy and useful extra set of molars. And no matter how badly they are impacted or how small your mouth is, wisdom teeth are highly unlikely to affect your front teeth. It’s primarily your molars that will be affected.

When you think your wisdom teeth may be coming in, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. Baystate Dental has X-Ray equipment that can show the progress of your wisdom teeth and allow our dentists to figure out how they will affect your braces, or whether they will at all. Contact us at (877) 507-1616 to make sure your orthodontic health will not be affected by your wisdom teeth.

Baystate Dental has locations in Ludlow, Belchertown, Westfield, Wilbraham, Chicopee, Springfield, Longmeadow, West Springfield, and East Longmeadow.