There is a RCT that shows that 3rd molars have a small but not clinically significant effect on lower incisor crowding once the braces are removed. But what about patients who had an anterior open bite or an anterior open bite tendency before treatment? All of us learn through observations of our patients and when they are on retainers- how does growth and not wearing retainers affect anterior open bites.
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So I do think that with AOB’s, this is 1 instance that removing 3rd molars would have long term benefits in occlusal stability.