I’m confused about something. About ten years ago, my dentist told me if I had my wisdom teeth removed, it would keep me from needing braces. Now, though, I’ve got crowded teeth. I’ve been advised to get braces. I thought getting my wisdom teeth out would keep this from happening. Did something go wrong?
Your dentist from your youth should have qualified that you would definitely need braces if you didn’t remove your wisdom teeth, but there is zero way to completely prevent needing braces unless you just simply remove all your teeth.
There are many things which can cause overcrowding. Let’s go over them and then I’ll go over a solution that won’t include a mouth full of metal braces for you.
Reasons For Overcrowding
Over the years, our teeth shift. This happens even more drastically when we grind our teeth. Unfortunately, most teeth grinding happens at night so patients are unaware they’re even doing it. While you can get a mouthguard to protect your teeth from losing structure as a result of grinding, you’ll still need to straighten your teeth.
If you’ve lost a tooth due to trauma or decay without replacing it, the teeth near the area will shift positions in order to fill in the gap. If you lose a premolar, the opposing arch will sometime shift to keep the bite together.
When gum disease progresses, it leads to gum and bone loss. Not only will it cost you teeth, but the remaining teeth shift.
Poorly Done Dental Work
Poorly shaped dental crowns or bridges can knock your bite out of alignment causing crowding.
Don’t panic when I mention this. It’s rare, but if you have an oral tumor, it can shift your teeth.
Invisalign Instead of Braces
If you need braces, you no longer need to wear a mouth full of metal wires and brackets. Now, Invisalign is available. These use clear aligners to straighten your teeth. This means you can straighten your teeth in significantly less time without anyone else knowing.
This blog is brought to you by Lafayette Dentist Dr. Ashley Price.