A common question I get from parents is “will her teeth shift once my kid gets his wisdom teeth?” It is a perfectly rational thought. There usually isn’t enough room for wisdom teeth and many erupt at an angle that faces the tooth in front of them. One would assume that this applies pressure to the front teeth leading to crowding. On top of it all, an increase in crowding is observed right around the age the wisdom teeth erupt.
So what’s the answer? Here it is: although an increase in crowding of the lower front teeth occurs at around the same time as the eruption of wisdom teeth, They are not related! Various scientific experiments have been completed on this subject and all confirm there is no link.
Dr. Martinez, how can you be so sure? well, some people are born with wisdom teeth and others are not. In my experience and those of my colleagues, crowding of the lower front teeth occurs in both types of people. Instead, there are two reasons why this crowding occurs:
If the crowding mentioned earlier has already occurred, it may be worth getting your teeth fixed before it gets worse. For those who lost your retainer, it's worth getting it replaced before major shifting occurs. Give us a call at (702) 979-9799 or click here to schedule a free consult with Dr. Martinez.