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Should I Get Braces to Fix My Open Bite and the Gaps Caused by Two Missing Teeth?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 11, 2013 at 9:24 PM

The caveat is that the orthodontist recommends I remove my wisdom teeth in hopes that it would fix my open bite. Right now, only the last set of wisdom teeth touch when I bite down. It wasn't always this way. I wore an improperly fitted nightguard (due to grinding) which caused my open bite. I literally want to kick myself for doing that! My teeth are not crowded and I definitely have room to house my wisdom teeth, which is why I am hesitant to remove them.

Also, I am missing two lower incisors (I hear my parents had them yanked out cuz they grew funny when I was young) and there are gaps on my lower front teeth where two teeth should be. The orthodontist wants to just push all my teeth forward to close the gap, but I'm wondering whether this is a good idea. He seems to think it can be done, which I suppose is cheaper than getting implants, but I just wonder what the long term results would be to my bone and gums. Right now, I am noticing gum recession on my bottom front teeth. I'm afraid it will get worse if I do nothing, but not sure what to do! Do you guys have any experience with this?

Edit To semi-"paleo-fy" this question, do you think a Weston A. Price diet/Paleo diet can help stop the affects of bone/gum recession due to missing teeth/gaps? I've heard of the WAP diet healing cavities, but just wondering if it could stop bone recession as well.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on March 17, 2013
at 10:13 PM

Thanks! I'll definitely get a second opinion. Do you know how to find Weston Price types of orthodontists?

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on March 17, 2013
at 10:10 PM

I have them. My wisdom teeth are out and they are the ones that are causing the open bite. Supposedly, the upper wisdom teeth that the mouthguard didn't reach slid back, so now only the top and bottom wisdom teeth touch when I bite down. I know I'm not explaining it well so it's confusing. Sorry!

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(7370)

on March 12, 2013
at 06:17 PM

Well, since you asked "Seriously?" like that, I have certainly learned my lesson about asking people to clarify what their questions have to do with Paleo. >>deep sarcasm

5bd7f43c7da83282bcb78e3aa33832e0

(266)

on March 12, 2013
at 03:52 PM

Seriously? People ask questions like this all the time on this forum. This forum is about paleo LIFESTYLE--using the knowledge in this community to tackle any and all problems relating to health--not just nutrition

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on March 12, 2013
at 07:06 AM

Make sure to find a Weston Price type of orthodontist. Go for a second opinion if you need to. Make sure they expand your upper jaw, not reduce the lower one.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on March 12, 2013
at 12:37 AM

"The caveat is that the orthodontist recommends I remove my wisdom teeth in hopes that it would fix my open bite." then what does this statement mean? i'm confused. do you still have your wisdom teeth or not?

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on March 11, 2013
at 11:19 PM

I admit, this question isn't really "paleo", but I just like to turn to my paleo peeps whenever I have a medical/body/teeth related question. I like to consider other angles, along with professional medical advice of course. I sorta paleo-fied the question at the en though, so I hope that's okay.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on March 11, 2013
at 11:08 PM

Awww, thanks, fellow coconut lover! :D Yes, I wish there was a definitive answer to this. I'd do it in a heartbeat. I just don't want to have to remove my wisdom teeth willy-nilly. Glad you had great results! It's definitely encouraging to hear!

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on March 11, 2013
at 10:56 PM

My wisdom teeth are fully out! :)

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Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

on March 11, 2013
at 10:09 PM

What does this have to do with paleo?

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on March 11, 2013
at 11:19 PM

I admit, this question isn't really "paleo", but I just like to turn to my paleo peeps whenever I have a medical/body/teeth related question. I like to consider other angles, along with professional medical advice of course. I sorta paleo-fied the question at the en though, so I hope that's okay.

Cc3ce03985eac5ebcbb95fc2329f13b0

(7370)

on March 12, 2013
at 06:17 PM

Well, since you asked "Seriously?" like that, I have certainly learned my lesson about asking people to clarify what their questions have to do with Paleo. >>deep sarcasm

5bd7f43c7da83282bcb78e3aa33832e0

(266)

on March 12, 2013
at 03:52 PM

Seriously? People ask questions like this all the time on this forum. This forum is about paleo LIFESTYLE--using the knowledge in this community to tackle any and all problems relating to health--not just nutrition

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on March 11, 2013
at 11:25 PM

They are doing amazing things with orthodontia these days, they know a lot more than they used to--for instance, I had a narrow, crowded and highly arched palate so they pulled teeth 40+ years ago to "make room". So now I have even MORE narrow archways and an obstructed airway. Thanks a lot for nothing.

But my daughter, who has the same mouth as I do (poor kid!) is getting developmentally appropriate orthodontia care to open up her arches. The orthodontist said that the worst thing he could possibly do is remove teeth--keeping all the teeth in their places will keep her broad and open. And there is an applicance that's working to bring her small receded lower jaw forward (a genetic syndrome is the primary cause of this) so she'll have a nice, open airway.

As for the wisdom teeth, your orthodontist's opinion about whether he can include them in the bite is important. If not, get them OUT. My husband waited until his mid forties to have his removed--they were impacted at that point and it was nasty work. He needed bone grafts to close the resulting holes in the jaw.

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42cd0feeeda5fa2e2fe1c4fd8255073a

on March 11, 2013
at 10:20 PM

My parents had the common sense to force me to get braces as a teen, much to my dismay... but I knew deep down it was necessary and I just had to get over the initial self-consciousness of having railway tracks in my mouth. Back then, I was the first in my circle of friends to get them (Now it seems every 2nd kid on the block has braces!!) I had an overbite, a fang and a gap... it was affecting my self-esteem and even though I was a cheery child and little affected me ( i was always happy to sport my gappy cheesy grin), I think they had the foresight to know it would become an issue for me in the years to come as a teenager. Well, truth be told, it was the best decision they could have made for me because I grew to love them and now I sport straight pearly white teeth and it may sound vain, but it was a HUGE boost to my confidence and self-esteem and I couldn't imagine what problems I would have if I didn't get them when I did. I had to get 2 wisdom tooth removed a couple years later because of the potential for them to cause a disruption to my teeth. An x-ray showed 1 was coming up at an angle.

Just sharing my experience to give you some encouragement. I say go with your gut on this one. The orthodontist knows his stuff and prevention is so important here. It may save you a bunch of heartache in the future. I'm not saying it will if you don't do anything about it, but it may and that is enough for me to know that something should probably be done now to prevent that.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on March 11, 2013
at 11:08 PM

Awww, thanks, fellow coconut lover! :D Yes, I wish there was a definitive answer to this. I'd do it in a heartbeat. I just don't want to have to remove my wisdom teeth willy-nilly. Glad you had great results! It's definitely encouraging to hear!

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on March 11, 2013
at 10:17 PM

i'd get your wisdom teeth out before you get braces. my wisdom teeth hadn't come in until after my braces were off and it totally screwed up my teeth again. i'm not getting braces again at this point in my life, but i did get my wisdom teeth out anyway to avoid any further pushing of my teeth.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on March 12, 2013
at 12:37 AM

"The caveat is that the orthodontist recommends I remove my wisdom teeth in hopes that it would fix my open bite." then what does this statement mean? i'm confused. do you still have your wisdom teeth or not?

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on March 11, 2013
at 10:56 PM

My wisdom teeth are fully out! :)

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on March 17, 2013
at 10:10 PM

I have them. My wisdom teeth are out and they are the ones that are causing the open bite. Supposedly, the upper wisdom teeth that the mouthguard didn't reach slid back, so now only the top and bottom wisdom teeth touch when I bite down. I know I'm not explaining it well so it's confusing. Sorry!

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