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Can You Get Invisalign® With Wisdom Teeth?

Woman with mouth open wide and wisdom teeth circled

Invisalign® has grown in popularity as a treatment choice for those seeking orthodontic care because of its discreet and comfortable nature. However, one question that often arises is whether it’s possible to undergo this treatment if you still have wisdom teeth.

You may ask, “Is it possible to get Invisalign® with wisdom teeth, or should I look into other options?” or “Perhaps I should have them removed first.”

At Farmer & Williamson, we’re here to provide you with all the information you need to decide.

Understanding Invisalign®

Invisalign® is a modern orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear aligners to shift teeth into their desired positions gradually. These aligners are custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth, making them virtually invisible.

The clear trays are also removable, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods and maintain good oral hygiene throughout the treatment process.

The role of wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth — known as third molars — typically emerge when you’re 17 to 25. These teeth were useful for our ancestors, who had larger jaws and a greater need for chewing tough foods.

However, since evolution, our jaws have become smaller, often causing issues when wisdom teeth try to erupt.

Wisdom teeth can cause various problems, such as crowding, misalignment, or impaction. In some cases, you may need a dentist to extract them to prevent further dental issues.

However, not everyone experiences problems with their wisdom teeth, so if they’re healthy, you may not require wisdom teeth removal.

Getting Invisalign® with wisdom teeth

Now, let’s address the question at hand: Can you get Invisalign® with wisdom teeth? The answer depends on several factors, including the specific alignment and condition of your teeth as well as the recommendation of our dentist.

Wisdom teeth evaluation

The first step is to have a thorough evaluation by an experienced dentist at Farmer & Williamson. We’ll examine your teeth, including your third molars, and take X-rays to assess their position and alignment.

This evaluation will help determine whether our dentist will need to extract your wisdom teeth before starting Invisalign® treatment.

Wisdom teeth extraction

If our dentist determines your wisdom teeth may interfere with the progress of your Invisalign® treatment or cause other dental issues, we may recommend an extraction.

Treatment planning

Once we’ve evaluated your wisdom teeth and decided, our dentist will create a comprehensive treatment plan for your Invisalign® journey.

This plan will include the steps needed to address your specific dental alignment concerns while considering the removal of your wisdom teeth, if necessary.

Monitoring progress

Throughout your Invisalign® treatment, our practitioner will closely monitor your progress, which includes assessing the positioning of your teeth and the impact, if any, of your wisdom teeth on the treatment.

We’ll schedule regular checkups to ensure we make any necessary adjustments or modifications to achieve optimal results.

Invisalign® is an alternative to traditional braces for achieving a straighter smile. Although the presence of these teeth can potentially complicate the treatment process, you may be able to undergo Invisalign® treatment with wisdom teeth. Our dentist will consider the alignment and impact on the treatment to determine for certain.

If you’re considering Invisalign® treatment and still have wisdom teeth, consult an experienced dentist from our practice who can evaluate your specific situation and provide personalized guidance to tailor a plan to your needs. This will ensure the best possible outcome for your smile transformation.

So contact us today to discover if Invisalign® is the right option for you!


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Our doors are open to those in Wichita, KS, and the neighboring areas to the north, south, east, and west, such as Eastborough, Bellaire, Kechi, Andover, Park City, and Benton. 


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