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How does wisdom tooth removal affect orthodontic care?

The purpose of braces and other forms of orthodontic treatment at Okanagan Orthodontics is to correct malocclusion, also known as crooked or crowded teeth, or “bad bites.” Past orthodontic practice dictated that wisdom teeth be removed, especially in cases of crowding.

The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in, and are officially known as the third molars. The teeth typically erupt, or break the surface of the skin, in young people between the ages of 13 and 20.

Sometimes, wisdom teeth are impacted. That means they cannot break through the gum tissue. This typically happens when the mouth or jaw is too small to accommodate the teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can become infected, and some dentists and orthodontists may want to remove them as prophylaxis to prevent possible future infection.

Justification for removing wisdom teeth

Dr. Iain Allan, Dr. William Mulgrew and Dr. Angie Smith will tell you that in some cases, wisdom teeth attempt to come in the wrong way, either tilting in the jaw, or sideways. If the mouth is too small to accommodate these additional teeth, they inevitably become impacted. Swelling or infection of the gum flap above an impacted wisdom tooth may cause pain. The greatest danger is pericoronitis, a potentially dangerous infection that can occur in the gum area around an impacted wisdom tooth, or around a wisdom tooth that has erupted.

Orthodontists base their decision to remove wisdom teeth on each patient's individual circumstances. To learn more about the impact wisdom teeth have on orthodontic treatment, or to schedule a visit with Dr. Iain Allan, Dr. William Mulgrew and Dr. Angie Smith, please give us a call at our convenient Kelowna, British Columbia office!

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It has been over a year since my braces were taken off, and I am still getting compliments on my teeth, EVERYDAY! I was likely one of his older clients, and my only regret is that I did not follow through with braces years ago! I have had 5 friends start braces since mine came off, and all have no regrets. Dr. Mulgrew and his staff are exceptional in all aspects!
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My experience with Dr. Smith was nothing less than amazing. She is a caring, gentle orthodontist who takes time to explain everything ensuring my family and myself were comfortable with the procedures I had. Dr. Smith is uplifting, humorous, kind and patient.
Dr. Mulgrew is a very professional, knowledgeable, honest and understanding doctor. His team provides exceptional service and are very accommodating. A big thanks to you Dr. Mulgrew and your amazing staff. I would highly recommend this Okanagan Orthodontics to anyone!
As a parent I have to say I love Dr Angie Smith. I have two daughters who both need braces, which can be a scary thing for a parent. The staff work with you to come up with a plan that works for your life. Both my girls love going to their appointments they feel relaxed and comfortable there. I highly recommend Okanagan Orthodontics!!!