Dentist:  Question:

I am a 35 year old female and my dentist has advised that because of my crooked teeth my bite and therefore my chin and face are going to one side. I am thinking of getting braces to correct this but have recently had a wisdom tooth extracted and had a lot of problems afterwards with my sinus. Would a brace cause problems with sinus pressure?

Answer:

Do not be rushed into treatment without fully understanding the risks and benefits associated with any proposed treatment plan. All treatment carries possible risks as well as benefits. Your experience with having your wisdom tooth removed is a good example of this.

Your dentist has advised that you have a malocclusion (crooked teeth) and possibly facial asymmetry. However, unless this has been a problem for you, or there is other evidence of harm, you should be very careful before committing yourself to lengthy and expensive treatment. Very few people have perfectly straight teeth or perfect facial symmetry.

I suggest that you talk it over again with your dentist and ask about any possible complications that may arise following orthodontic treatment and what would happen if you left it alone

Dr. Gerard Gavin, Vhi DeCare Dental

Remember your dental health is important for your overall health. Eat a Balanced Healthy Diet, Brush and Floss daily, and visit your dentist regularly.

10th August 2009