The answer is YES! Some people suggest that their teeth relapsed and went crooked in their later years due to wisdom teeth, however, there is no scientific research to support this. Science tells us that the wisdom teeth are too far back to have an effect on the front teeth.
As we age, just like getting grey hair and glasses, our teeth tend to migrate forward and collapse inwards. Unfortunately, it is part of the aging process and wisdom teeth are not to blame.
Wear A Retainer After Braces
At South Surrey Smiles, we encourage our patients to protect their teeth by wearing retainers after braces. We give all of our patients retainers once they complete full orthodontic treatment. It is only necessary to wear them periodically to bed at night to keep your teeth straight for life. This is the best way to avoid crooked teeth in the future.
The most common age to get braces is at around 11 or 12. This is mainly because we can use growth to our advantage in orthodontics giving us the most flexibility and treatment options for optimal results. At this age, it is pretty aggressive to go after wisdom teeth. On average, most people have their wisdom teeth removed between the ages of 17-25.
Ask Us For Braces Advice
We are happy to advise our patients on the right time to have their wisdom teeth removed and if it is necessary. It is most common to have 4 wisdom teeth, but some people only have 3, 2, 1, or even none! We will let you know how many you have if any at all. Although we do not remove teeth at our office, we are happy to make an excellent recommendation and get you in the right hands for this procedure.
If you are considering orthodontic treatment, give us a call at South Surrey Smiles. We will walk you through your options so that you can achieve the best smile possible.
Dr. Lesley Williams is a Certified Specialist in Orthodontics. She grew up in Victoria, BC with her parents and two sisters.
After being awarded her Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) degree in 1989, Dr. Williams then spent six years as a dentist in general practice before deciding that she wanted to further her education by undertaking three extra years of highly specialized training in orthodontics. With her Masters in Science (Orthodontics) degree under her belt, she went on to sit the Orthodontic Specialty Fellowship exams through the Royal College of Dentists of Canada. To date, her status as an active leader in the orthodontic profession means that she holds the following qualifications and positions:
- Certified Specialist in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
- Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada
- Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics
- Examiner for the Royal College of Dentists of Canada and the American Board of Orthodontics.
- Former president of the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists (representing 2900 orthodontists from the 4 western Canadian provinces and 8 western American states).
- Active member of the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists.