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Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed Before Invisalign®?

Should I Get My Wisdom Teeth Removed Before Invisalign®?

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At Lund Orthodontics, many of our patients ask us, “Can you get Invisalign with wisdom teeth?”

The answer varies based on your unique smile and dental needs. Some patients love the results they achieve wearing Invisalign with their wisdom teeth, while others require wisdom tooth extraction to adjust their teeth properly.

To discover if Invisalign treatments suit your needs, schedule an appointment with our expert staff at Lund Orthodontics. After a brief examination and conversation, we will guide you in making the best decision for your smile.

How Does Invisalign Treatment Work?

Invisalign repositions your teeth into optimal places using comfortable, clear trays. These smile-improving, durable aligners put gentle pressure on the teeth to adjust your smile. 

Before acquiring your trays, our orthodontists and clinical team examine your mouth, take pictures, and create 3-D scans of your teeth. These scans are used to design aligner trays that conform to your unique bite pattern. 

Invisalign gradually adjusts your teeth with gentle force. While correcting many orthodontic issues, some more severe problems may require traditional braces or other orthodontic treatments. 

Contact Lund Orthodontics today to learn more about Invisalign and if your smile would benefit from this treatment.

Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal for Invisalign Treatment

While not everyone requires wisdom tooth removal, many patients need to have their wisdom teeth removed to ensure a healthy smile. 

Typically, extraction of wisdom teeth prevents these three problems:

  • Over-crowded teeth: When wisdom teeth fully emerge, they often shift other teeth out of place, causing misalignment, bite problems, and other concerns. 
  • Partial eruption: Occasionally, the structure of a patient’s mouth may not provide enough room for the wisdom teeth to erupt fully. A partial eruption could cause tumors, gum disease, inflammation, and other damage to the mouth. 
  • Infection: Because wisdom teeth grow in the back of your mouth, brushing and flossing them is more complicated. Orthodontists often recommend removing wisdom teeth to avoid abscesses and infection.

Wisdom teeth removal prevents many unforeseen difficulties in your treatment. Be sure to discuss extraction concerns with our Lund Orthodontics experts if you are considering wisdom tooth removal.

So, Can I Get Invisalign With Wisdom Teeth?

So, can you get Invisalign with wisdom teeth?

The answer ultimately depends on whether your wisdom teeth are asymptomatic (causing no extra dental issues) or symptomatic (causing crowding, infection, or other issues). 

Some wisdom teeth erupt with ease, fit precisely in the mouth, and do not require extraction. However, in most cases, wisdom teeth removal prevents future issues like crowding, abscess, tumors, and gum disease. 

At Lund Orthodontics, we prioritize your total health. Your free exam includes x-rays that we use to understand what’s going on beneath the surface of your mouth. The data from these x-rays helps us plan your best treatment plan. 

Contact Us For All of Your Questions About Invisalign with Wisdom Teeth

If you are still wondering, “Should I get my wisdom teeth removed before Invisalign?” Let our caring, highly qualified staff at Lund Orthodontics guide your smile transformation. 

Our insight into orthodontic care has helped us patients in Kirkland, Lake Stevens, Snohomish, Smokey Point — and beyond — achieve the lasting beauty of a brilliant smile. No matter your needs, we know how to help you get the smile of your dreams. 

Contact us today for an in-office or virtual consultation. We want to help you enjoy the winning confidence of a fantastic smile.

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