Does Invisalign Require Removal of Wisdom Teeth?

I have 3 unerupted impacted wisdom teeth.

Doctor Answers 6

Wisdom tooth removal for braces or Invisalign

Generally speaking, wisdom tooth removal has no bearing on orthodontics, whether Invisalign or wires and brackets.  The advice to remove them is based on each dentists views, beliefs or philosophy as quite often there are other reasons to remove wisdom teeth.

Seattle Dentist
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Wisdom teeth and Invisalign

Since Invisalign does not move the molars very much if at all, there is no need to remove the wisdom teeth to prepare for Invisalign.  However, there may be other reasons to move wisdom teeth and your dentist may suggest their removal for one or more of these reasons.

Brian Povolny, DDS, PhD
Seattle Orthodontist
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Wisdom teeth and invisalign

Short answer...unerupted wisdom teeth would have no effect on Invisalign treatment and, although they might need to be extracted for other reasons, do not have to be removed for Invisalign

Robert Waxler, DMD, MS
Saint Louis Orthodontist


As long as your wisdom teeth aren't problematic they won't require extraction.  Many people believe that wisdom teeth cause crowding but that's not the case.  Keep in mind that regular checkups will allow your dentist to monitor the impacted wisdom teeth for potential problems.

Invisalign and wisdom teeth

If your wisdom teeth are impacted, they will probably have no bearing on Invisalign treatment.  You should have them evaluated.  Depending on how they are sitting in the bone, if they are putting pressue on the roots of the molars right in front of them, over time they may cause problems. 

Gerilyn Alfe, DMD
Chicago Dentist
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Invisalign doesn't require removal of unerupted wisdom teeth

Hi. . Invisalign doesn't require removal of unerupted wisdom teeth. These teeth may need to be removed for other reasons and thus it is best to consult with an oral surgeon about that.

Gabriela Hricko, DDS
New York Orthodontist
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