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will removing wisdom teeth help my crowded teeth?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
No: In almost most cases, removing wisdom teeth will not un-crowd your existing teeth in any way or to any significant extent. However, the orthodontist might suggest having your wisdom teeth removed as part of the total treatment plan. Other teeth sometimes have to be removed in order to make enough room in order to unravel the bite.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. Gary Herskovits
39 years experience Dentistry
Varied opinions: Some doctors say yes , others say no. Your orthodontist may suggest it to make treatment easier or relapse less likely.
Answered on Jun 6, 2013
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Dr. Gary Chapman
34 years experience Orthodontics
Studies say NO: This is a controversial subject in orthodontic circles. Multiple studies indicate no relation between wisdom teeth and lower incisor crowding. An exquisite study done at ohsu by kaplan et. Al. Studied 1000 patients and found no correlation. Little et al. Found that lower incisor crowding is due to overbite deepening causing lower incisor crowding with age, starting in the early 20's.
Answered on May 12, 2014
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
Sorry: It doesn't work that way. Teeth want to move forward, not back. If your front teeth are crooked and/or crowded, you really should see an orthodontic specialist who will know the best and quickest way to straighten them.
Answered on Jun 2, 2016

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