Do wisdom teeth cause crowding of your front teeth?

  For quite some time, there has been a popular belief that wisdom teeth “push” the teeth in front of them as they come into the mouth, causing the front teeth to crowd. Consequently, some general dentists, orthodontists and oral surgeons recommend the extraction of wisdom teeth as a preventative measure to safeguard against the recurrence of crowding after orthodontic treatment. There is now a large and well-documented body of research evidence disproving the theory that wisdom teeth exert enough pressure to affect the movement of the front teeth. Current well-validated studies tracking patients for over 25 years have determined that teeth will drift forward throughout life naturally, regardless of whether or not orthodontic treatment has been done or if wisdom teeth are present. Two phenomena seem to occur, with the teeth all moving slightly forward over time (called “mesial drift”), and the distance between the lower canine teeth constricting or getting narrower over the years. This seems to happen even in people who are missing all their back teeth! Read More

Retainers

Orthodontists serving Richmond Hill, Yorkville and Newmarket discuss the importance of retainers. You will see the permanent retainers and how to care for them. In addition, you will learn how to care for your removable night time retainer called an essix retainer. Read More

RPE or Rapid Palatal Expander

Orthodontists serving Richmond Hill, Yorkville and Newmarket discuss the Rapid Palatal Expander. It is meant to correct a crossbite or when your upper teeth bite behind your lower teeth. You will see what the appliance looks like, how to care for it and how to turn the expansion key. Read More

Crossbow

Orthodontists serving Richmond Hill, Yorkville and Newmarket discuss the crossbow. It is sometimes known as a Class II corrector or functional appliance. The crossbow is meant to reposition the lower jaw forward to the upper and lower jaws match properly. You will see how it works, the different components of… Read More

Invisalign

Orthodontists serving Richmond Hill, Yorkville and Newmarket discuss Invisalign. Some people think of Invisalign as clear braces or invisible braces or aligners. This video will show you how Invisalign works, instructions for your Invisalign and how to care for your aligners so your treatment moves efficiently. Read More

Life with Braces

Orthodontists serving Richmond Hill, Yorkville and Newmarket will discuss different ways of caring for your braces to make yourself more comfortable. We will discuss wire irritations or broken braces, the importance of wax and how to care for your braces if the office is closed. Read More

Comfort and Emergency Care

Orthodontists serving Richmond Hill, Yorkville and Newmarket will discuss what to expect with your braces. We will review how the braces work, what to expect in terms of discomfort and the types of food you should be avoiding during your orthodontic treatment. We will also review how to deal… Read More

Brushing and Flossing with Braces

Orthodontists serving Richmond Hill, Yorkville and Newmarket will discuss the proper way to brush and floss your teeth with braces in order to ensure good oral hygiene throughout your orthodontic treatment. Read More

Davis Orthodontics – Getting to Know Us

Orthodontists serving Richmond Hill, Newmarket and Toronto. Providers of Invisalign, Braces and Wild Smiles. Our patients are seen on time, and treatment is completed on schedule. Our doctors are personally on-call 24/7. Read More