As you grow old, you will likely experience different dental problems. But some of these problems usually occur at specific stages of life. Therefore, you don’t expect particular dental issues to happen when you reach a certain age. In this article, you’ll learn about the uncommon dental problems after 40.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Also referred to as third molars, wisdom teeth are the last four molars to erupt in your mouth. These molars normally emerge during puberty. Unfortunately, most wisdom teeth don’t emerge at the right angles due to a lack of enough space in your gum. Therefore, they’ll either get stuck underneath your gums or emerge partially, resulting in serious pain and discomfort in your mouth and jaw. Fortunately, this problem rarely occurs after 40 because, by this time, all your adult teeth are fully developed.

Orthodontic Concerns

Most orthodontic problems occur when a child is growing up. Dentists recommend dental braces for children because their dental structure is still developing and flexible enough to be remodeled using braces. But this doesn’t rule out the possibility of adults wearing dental braces, and it’s just that braces are more effective in young people than adults.

Some orthodontic problems that necessitate dental braces include crowded teeth, an open bite, a deep overbite, an underbite, lost lateral incisors, spaced teeth, and an overjet. Many of these complications are common in children undergoing physical development.

Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

The problem of cleft palate and cleft lip is characterized by a split in the upper palate and lip. Sometimes the split can occur in the upper lip without affecting the upper palate (roof of the mouth). This problem occurs when the facial structures of an unborn baby fail to close fully. Cleft lip and cleft palate are congenital disabilities.

Therefore, a healthy 40-year-old person can’t develop a cleft palate or cleft lip if they weren’t bone with it. This dental problem is considered a genetic condition, but in rare instances, it occurs in families with no history of cleft lip or palate.

Dental Crowding

Crowding of teeth occurs when your permanent teeth lack enough space to grow. This type of malocclusion causes misaligned teeth. Since erupting teeth cause dental overcrowding, it’s common in children. All permanent teeth are fully developed.