improperly located wisdom tooth

Impacted wisdom teeth can be painful and impact any orthodontic treatment you get. An impacted wisdom tooth doesn’t always have to be removed, but if your dentist or orthodontist think it can lead to teeth misalignment, they may advise surgical extraction.

If you’re worried that your wisdom teeth can ruin your professionally straightened smile, read on.

What are impacted wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars that show up when you’re in your teens or early twenties. When they don’t erupt fully, they’re known as impacted wisdom teeth.

Contrary to popular belief, wisdom teeth normally don’t cause your teeth to shift or become crowded. However, they can cause abscesses, cavities, gum infection, bad breath, and other problems.

What to do about impacted wisdom teeth when you have braces

If your dentist says that your impacted wisdom tooth can affect the rest of your teeth, you can have it removed even if you’re already wearing braces. The surgical procedure to remove impacted wisdom teeth is an outpatient one.

Should you have your impacted wisdom teeth removed before getting braces?

Dentists now say that wisdom teeth should not be extracted just because they might cause your other teeth to move. However, if your dentist or orthodontist sees that your impacted wisdom tooth might cause problems, they might recommend having it removed before you get braces.

Before you make any decision, talk to our dental team about all your options so that you make the right decision for you.

dental implant

Missing teeth can have many negative effects on our daily lives. It can affect our confidence as well as the way we speak, talk, smile, eat, and even build relationships. It can also change the shapes of our faces.

Luckily for us, due to the many technological and medical advancements, there are now options available for replacing missing teeth.

Some of the more common options are listed below.

There are other options for replacing missing teeth such as tooth-supported fix bridge, removable complete dentures, and implant-supported fix bridges. It is up to you to choose the option that best suits your particular needs. We recommend that you research all your options and make a decision that is not only cost effective, but also provides the most advantages for your particular circumstance.

Nance applianceDental appliances prevent teeth from moving or to shift teeth into a the proper place. While there are several types of appliances, a Nance appliance has a very specific function and can be used to expand or rotate the upper molars, or to hold molars in place. The most common use is as a space maintainer to prevent upper molars from drifting forward.

How does a Nance Appliance work?

The Nance appliance fits comfortably along the roof of the mouth with bands that are placed on the upper arch of the two back molars. A wire  connects the bands and a small  piece of acrylic is located at the center of the wire.

Are there lifestyle limitations with the Nance appliance?

Patients with the appliance should make sure to pay special attention to the roof of their mouth while brushing to prevent gum irritation. They should practice good oral hygiene and avoid drinking carbonated beverages, or avoid eating hard or sticky food. Eating or drinking these types of food can damage the appliance.

Only an orthodontist can determine if the Nance appliance is appropriate for your teeth. Regular visits and consultations with your dentist and orthodontist can determine your proper orthodontic treatment.

Herbst ApplianceWhen most people think about orthodontics, they tend to only think about straight teeth. But orthodontics also plays a big role in jaw function and facial appearance. The Herbst appliance, which is usually used with braces, is intended to help move the lower jaw or teeth forward.

This will aid in correction of the overbite. An improper bite may cause unhealthy teeth and gums, and a host of other problems.

How does the appliance work?

A Herbst appliance is usually fixed to the upper and lower molars where a metal tube then connects the lower and upper teeth and jaws. The orthodontist will then adjust the tube to control the jaw’s position and tooth movement. Most people use a Herbst appliance for about a year, though this may vary depending on your child’s unique needs.

How will the Herbst appliance affect daily life and activities?

The appliance commonly requires an adjustment period and can cause temporary soreness of the teeth and gums.  Dental wax can be a great way to ease some of the discomfort associated with the Herbst appliance and good oral hygiene practices maintain healthy teeth and gums.

A diet of softer food is temporarily recommended, and it is highly encouraged that you avoid hard, sticky or crunchy foods with the appliance as this can cause damage to the appliance.

Your orthodontist will determine if you can benefit from and if you are a candidate for the Herbst appliance. As part of an orthodontic treatment plan, the Herbst appliance can help align your jaw and correct your bite.

band and loop appliance Your child’s teeth are very important as the proper oral hygiene and care can prevent oral health problems and eliminate unnecessary procedures. As children begin to lose their baby or primary teeth, it is important to schedule regular visit with your child’s dentist to ensure that there are no problems as their secondary or permanent teeth begin to come in.

Appliances and spacers become very important during this time as primary teeth can prematurely fall out. A band and loop appliance serves a very important function, as it reserves the space in your child’s mouth until their permanent teeth come in. Permanent teeth that come in when no space is available can cause serious issues in your child’s mouth.

How does a band and loop appliance work?

Generally, a band and loop is placed on a tooth adjacent to the missing tooth space. This reserves the space for the permanent molar to come in. Reserving the space prevents crowding and misalignment of teeth.

What types of foods should my child avoid?

As with all appliances, your child should avoid hard, sticky and crunchy food. This can damage the appliance and can add to unnecessary repair, time, and cost.

An orthodontist can determine if an appliance like the band and loop appliance is appropriate for your child. An orthodontist can also develop an orthodontic treatment plan that is appropriate for your child.