how it work's
Some adult teeth remain buried in the gum and do not erupt along with other teeth into the proper position. It can look like that these teeth are missing as they are not visible in the mouth. However, when some patients attend an orthodontist in order to have their teeth straightened, an x-ray can reveal that these teeth are present, buried in the gum.
If the orthodontist feels that this is a good tooth, and one that can be aligned with the others, then they may request that you attend our clinic for an “exposure”. This is where we make a nick in the gum, to uncover the tooth for the orthodontist.
On some occasions we will place an orthodontic bracket on the tooth for the orthodontist, or in other cases we will let the tooth exposed for the orthodontist to put on their own bracket. With this bracket, they will be able to move the tooth into the desired position, in line with the other teeth.