While we associate teenage orthodontics with braces, more and more patients in their late teens and early 20s are using clear braces from Invisalign to straighten their teeth. However, this is also the same period in which many people's wisdom teeth begin appearing. If you live near Burke and are considering Invisalign, it's natural to wonder how your wisdom teeth might affect your Invisalign results.
Wisdom teeth come with different consequences for different people. If your mouth is big enough to accommodate four extra teeth, the appearance of your wisdom teeth may not affect the spacing or alignment of your teeth. But if your wisdom teeth come in crooked, or your mouth is too small, you're likely to experience some overcrowding in the back of your teeth (the front teeth are generally unaffected either way).
Unfortunately, you can't judge the size of someone's mouth by how much they talk! To learn whether your mouth can accommodate wisdom teeth, you'll need to visit a dentist, preferably before your wisdom teeth come in. They may be coming in if you experience:
- Pain in your back teeth
- Tenderness in your gums
- Frequent headaches
- Bad breath
- A sudden unpleasant taste
- Swelling in the gums behind your molars
To preserve your orthodontic work and general dental health, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with the dental practice of Dr. Marzban. You can contact Dr. Marzban's office, serving patients in Burke, Fairfax, and Washington DC, by picking up the phone and dialing 703-323-8200.