Can you get braces with hyperdontia?

If you have extra teeth growing in your gums, or you notice your child has extra teeth growing behind their baby teeth, you probably have a few questions! “Hyperdontia” (excessive teeth) can be alarming and concerning if you aren’t familiar with this condition.

For people who have extra teeth growing in their gums, what are the potential treatment options? Will treatment with braces correct this condition?

Here’s everything you need to know about hyperdontia and orthodontic treatment!


What is hyperdontia?

Hyperdontia is an orthodontic condition characterized by an excess of teeth growing in the mouth. This may be an extra tooth behind the front teeth, extra teeth behind the back molars, or extra teeth growing in the gums. These additional teeth are called “supernumerary teeth” and can develop almost anywhere in the mouth.

Who does hyperdontia affect?

While hyperdontia can affect anyone at any age, this condition is present in an estimated 0.1% to 3.8% of adults with permanent teeth and an estimated 0.3% to 0.6% in children with primary teeth. Extra teeth growing in adults is twice as likely to affect men than women.

What causes hyperdontia?

This condition is relatively rare. Hyperdontia causes include a variety of genetic disorders and syndromes, such as cleft lip and palate (a birth defect caused by the area above the mouth not fully developing), cleidocranial dysplasia (a condition that causes an abnormal formation of bones in the skull) and trichorhinophalangeal syndrome (another rare disease that leads to bone and joint malformations).


Is hyperdontia dangerous?

Hyperdontia is not “dangerous”; however, it can lead to a number of challenges that affect a person’s quality of life. A person with extra teeth may experience:

  • Poor oral hygiene due to difficulties cleaning each tooth
  • Increased risk of cysts forming in the mouth
  • Speech difficulties 
  • Difficulty biting or chewing food
  • Root resorption (the body starts to break down surrounding tooth roots and tissues)
  • Facial irregularities due to the jaw bones accommodating an excess of teeth


Is hyperdontia treatable with braces?

In most cases, yes! The primary treatment route for hyperdontia is hyperdontia surgery, which involves extraction of additional teeth, followed by a full treatment of braces, Brius, or Invisalign® to realign the teeth and jaw bones. 

Although, since each case of hyperdontia is unique, with various factors affecting the patient’s condition, effective treatment routes differ from case to case. Some cases will require tooth extraction, while other cases of hyperdontia may be treatable with orthodontics alone and no surgery will be necessary.

Treatment will depend on the age of the patient, the location of the supernumerary teeth, and the presence of other conditions (like crowded teeth or missing teeth). 

For example, if you have impacted teeth (teeth stuck in the gum tissue), this can affect surrounding teeth and cause malocclusion (misalignment in the teeth). Missing teeth due to hyperdontia can also cause surrounding teeth to drift toward the open spaces, which can create a severe misalignment and lead to crooked teeth, gaps and spaces. 

When you visit our experienced orthodontist, Dr. Matsumoto, for your complimentary consultation, he will perform a comprehensive exam of your teeth and bite to determine the best treatment route for you. 


What to do if you or your child has hyperdontia

If you’re an adult with hyperdontia or you notice your child has extra teeth, it’s important to visit a qualified orthodontist as soon as possible in order to prevent the condition from worsening and leading to other problems.

Children should receive their first orthodontic exam by age 7, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. By this age, Dr. Matsumoto can identify problematic conditions and determine whether hyperdontia teeth removal is necessary for treating or preventing challenging symptoms.

When orthodontic conditions are diagnosed in the younger years, we can develop a treatment plan that works with the natural growth and development of permanent teeth – which can reduce treatment time and require less-intensive treatments.


Schedule a complimentary consultation.

If you or your child is in need of treatment, we encourage you to schedule your complimentary consultation with us at our orthodontist office in Wilmington. We offer free first visits that include an exam and consultation from a leading orthodontist, as well as x-rays and diagnostic photos. 

Once Dr. Matsumoto assesses your smile, we’ll discuss you or your child’s current condition and create a customized treatment plan that removes or realigns extra teeth to restore your smile and quality of life.

If hyperdontia teeth removal is the best route before beginning orthodontic treatment, we will refer you to an excellent oral surgeon and explain the process to you to ensure that you feel comfortable.

Once surgery is complete (if necessary), we can begin orthodontic treatment with braces (metal or clear braces), Brius, or Invisalign® clear aligners to align the teeth, align the jaw bones, and create a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts for a lifetime.

Our team at Matsumoto Orthodontics and Periodontics has the experience you and your family need to achieve a healthy smile in the shortest time possible.  

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re happy to discuss any of our treatment options with you.

Get started today by requesting a complimentary consultation.

Related Posts

bride on wedding day smiles after learning the fastest way to straighten teeth before wedding

It’s a dream come true! The love of your life has just proposed! You’re floating on cloud 9 as you look through the pictures and videos, your BFF captured of you and your future hubby’s special moment. But suddenly you find yourself wishing you had a smile as beautiful and radiant as your new engagement...

adult at the dentist for her teeth cleaning with braces

If you have BRIUS, braces or Invisalign, should you continue visiting your dentist every 6 months for professional cleanings? Can your dentist even clean your teeth with braces on? Spoiler alert – YES it’s actually essential that you still visit your dentist throughout your orthodontic treatment! Here’s everything you need to know:   Before you...

son hugs dad after moving and switching orthodontists in the middle of treatment

So you’re in active orthodontic treatment at the halfway mark to your beautiful new smile. You’ve gotten to know your orthodontist and team, but suddenly, your family is moving. Maybe you’re in a military family (thank you for your service!) Or maybe mom or dad got a job opportunity in a new city. Whatever the...

family chases each other on the beach and talks facts about gum disease

February is the perfect time to shine a spotlight on one of the most common yet often overlooked oral health issues: gum disease. At Matsumoto Orthodontics & Periodontics, we specialize in creating beautiful smiles – with a focus on both the gums and teeth. Dr. Matsumoto is dual-trained as an orthodontist and periodontist; he’s the...

mother and daughter piggyback on beach and talk about smiledirectclub lawsuit

We heard the recent news about SmileDirectClub closing its doors, and (unfortunately) we’re not surprised! Mail-order clear aligners have been known to cause irreparable damage to their patients’ precious smiles. We genuinely hope that you haven’t been negatively impacted by SmileDirectClub mail-order care. As an experienced orthodontist, it’s reassuring to know that there is less...

adult sits on beach with friends talking about veneers vs invisalign

Dental veneers have become a lot more popular lately! If you’re on Tiktok, Instagram or Facebook, you’ve probably seen some of your favorite ‘influencers’ sporting new veneer smiles. Are you considering veneers for yourself? Are porcelain veneers a good alternative to Invisalign® or BRIUS® braces treatment? We’re here to help you understand the realities of...