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Wisdom Teeth: What You Need To Know

Article by Dr Angela Ngauw, General Dental Surgeon, BDS (S’pore)

Wisdom teeth are part of the normal complement of 32 adult teeth and are also known as the third molars. They are usually the last adult teeth to appear in the mouth and they normally appear during the late teens to early twenties. Most people will have all 4 wisdom teeth but, it is not uncommon to have fewer or even none at all.

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According to a survey done by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, when meeting someone new, 48% of people replied that the most memorable feature is the smile. The same survey shows 45% believe their smile will remain attractive regardless of age (1).

Your smile is your greatest asset. Having straight teeth contributes to a great smile. Crooked teeth, also known as malocclusion may affect your smile. Some studies even link malocclusion to lower self-esteem (2,3). More importantly, it can increase your risk of decay and gum disease as crooked teeth are more difficult to clean.  

Discoloured Teeth

Article by Dr Angela Ngauw, General Dental Surgeon, BDS (S’pore)

Yellow, discoloured teeth can have a huge impact on one’s confidence, self-esteem, and not to mention, project a less than favourable impression on others. There are many causes of tooth discolouration and the most common of which are stains, plaque and tartar, cavities, dental fillings and worn down enamel.