Do I need to remove my wisdom teeth before starting Invisible Braces?

1 December 2023

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Have you noticed some extra teeth at the back of your mouth? These are wisdom teeth – and while they may not necessarily make you any wiser, wisdom teeth tend to emerge when a person is much older (17 to 21 years old). You may have heard friends and family mention that they had to remove their wisdom teeth before starting their Invisible Braces treatment. However, is this the case for every patient?

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Found at the very back of your mouth, wisdom teeth are molars – the toughest, widest teeth that grind food. Typically, wisdom teeth take up alot of room in a person’s mouth and often emerge at an angle due to the lack of space. In certain cases, emerging wisdom teeth may disrupt the teeth aligning process. Which is why dentists might end up recommending to have your wisdom teeth removed before starting any type of braces treatment.

When do I need to remove my wisdom teeth?

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There could be numerous reasons where someone may need to have their wisdom teeth. For example, these extra set of molars can push your other teeth around, causing mouth pain and bite problems. In addition, a person may suffer from inflamed gums due to the presence of wisdom teeth, as the tissue around the area can swell and may be hard to clean. 

 

Before starting invisible braces treatment, removing wisdom teeth helps to create ample space for your teeth to shift into their desired positions. It also allows your clear aligners to work their magic at straightening your teeth. This ensures that your Invisible Braces treatment journey becomes a much smoother one, and helps you achieve the visible results you desire for your smile. All things being said, please seek your treating dentist’s advice on whether your wisdom teeth need to be removed before starting Invisible Braces treatment.

Do I need to extract wisdom teeth before wearing invisible braces?

Wisdom teeth extraction is not always required before wearing braces. It entirely depends on your teeth condition and is generally advised by dental experts. In general, impacted wisdom teeth tend to push the other adjoining teeth that could lead to overcrowding. In these cases, a dentist would recommend extracting your wisdom teeth for better results. So whenever in doubt, your treating dentist can advise you on what’s best for your case.

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Wisdom Teeth Concerns during Invisible Braces Journey

Why do wisdom teeth matter in your Invisible Braces journey? Those third molars at the very back of your mouth may cause issues in your treatment. Think crowding and shifts in adjacent teeth, potentially affecting how much progress you make on your Smile Journey. 

 

For those who wish to start their Zenyum Invisible braces treatment, a Virtual Smile Assessment can help you find out your eligibility for the treatment. It is followed by a thorough examination of your smile by a treating dentist (including x-rays and 3D scans of your teeth) where our dental experts can advise on whether wisdom tooth removal is required as part of your treatment plan.

Here’s a quick summary of what to expect:

  1. Take a FREE Smile Assessment to determine if you’re eligible for Zenyum Invisible Braces. 
  2. Visit one of our partner clinics for a dental consultation, 3D scan and X-ray of your teeth. 
  3. Your treating dentist will advise if wisdom tooth extraction is necessary as part of your treatment plan. 
  4. Review your treatment plan once it’s ready 
  5. Approve your treatment plan and start your Smile Journey

Final thoughts

If you’re wondering whether invisible braces treatment can help you achieve a better, look no further. Zenyum’s got everything you need for a brighter, more confident smile! You’ve learnt that removing your wisdom teeth can improve your oral health and pave the way for smoother Invisible Braces treatment. Armed with this knowledge, you’re ready to start your Smile Journey on the right foot!

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