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  • September 1, 2017

    My teeth were straight when I was young. Why am I getting crowding later in life?

    As an orthodontist, I see many adult patients who come to see me because of their late crowding. Most of them mention that they had a nice teeth alignment when they were young, but now crowding is developing and worsening. In the past, dentists believed that this late crowding is caused by wisdom teeth. They believed wisdom teeth are putting pressure against the adjacent teeth, which again put pressure on the front teeth.

    Interestingly, evidence based studies have proven that this late crowding is caused by continuous (yet gradual) lower jaw growth and forward movement of our molars (back teeth) and not by our wisdom teeth. One more reason for you to want to wear your retainers permanently.

    Does this mean that we should leave wisdom teeth even when there are no room for them? I do still recommend patients to get their wisdom teeth checked out for removal if there are no space for them to come in. This way you can prevent future complications associated with impacted wisdom teeth. It is better to be safe than sorry, when we put so much time and effort to correct your teeth.

    Please call us to schedule a free consultation if you live in or proximal to Redmond, Woodinville, Duvall and Carnation.

    We are located at Redmond Ridge in QFC mall. We are just ten minutes away from Redmond, Duvall, Carnation and Woodinville Downtown.

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