Braces straighten the crooked or crowded teeth in your mouth, also known as malocclusion. They can also fix jaw alignment problems or “bad bites” like over bites or under bites. Wisdom teeth, however, can ruin all the work that you’ve put in. Wisdom teeth are the 3rd molar that typically come in around ages 15-20. Common practice or orthodontic treatments is to have wisdom teeth removed.
If wisdom teeth are not removed, they can cause over crowding, especially in those with small mouths. This will lengthen your orthodontic treatment. Sometimes wisdom teeth can become impacted, which means they break through the gum tissue or come in sideways. This can cause infections that lead to complications if not treated.
Every circumstance is different so we will evaluate if you really do need your wisdom teeth removed. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Elon Joffre at 617-533-8058.