Wisdom teeth are the furthest molars in the back of your mouth and are typically the last to erupt, usually in your late teens or early twenties. These teeth take up a lot of room and often cause problems as they begin to erupt. In some cases, they don’t even emerge fully through the gum line but can still cause pain. In the following article, we’ll address a common question we receive about undergoing Invisalign treatment while you still have your wisdom teeth. As always, if you are in Drumheller, Alberta, the team at Riverside Dental Clinic is happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a teeth straightening system that uses clear plastic aligners to move teeth into proper positioning gradually. The aligners are made from digital images and impressions of your mouth and are swapped out every few weeks throughout treatment. Many patients prefer Invisalign over traditional braces for the following reasons:
- They are removable. Making it easier for you to still enjoy your favorite foods.
- They are comfortable. The clear plastic aligners do not cause as much mouth irritation as metal brackets and wires can.
- They are discreet. Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible, which makes it less noticeable that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
- They keep teeth healthier. Removable aligners make it easier to brush and floss properly to avoid tooth decay.
Can You Get Invisalign If You Still Have Your Wisdom Teeth?
Many teens and young adults considering Invisalign treatment have asked if they should have their wisdom teeth removed before treatment. The short answer is yes. Removing wisdom teeth before undergoing any orthodontic treatment will ensure that erupting wisdom teeth do not interfere with the straightening process.
Children or younger teens considering Invisalign can still benefit from the treatment before wisdom teeth extraction. Typically, in this situation, the wisdom teeth will be monitored, and removal will be recommended as soon as they start to erupt so that they do not impact the already straightened teeth.
Call Riverside Dental Clinic for Your Invisalign Consultation
There are many benefits to having a straighter smile, including improved oral health and self-confidence. If you are near Drumheller, Alberta, and would like to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment, you can reach us at (833) 575-1855.
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