Can My Teeth Fall Out With Braces?
Braces treatment may raise questions or concerns with new patients. Some people wonder: can braces make your teeth fall out?
The short answer: No! This video with Diamond Braces orthodontist Dr. Douglas Palaganas helps explain the very rare instances that orthodontists worry about loose teeth.
Braces are a very safe way to achieve straight teeth and a healthy, lifelong smile. Braces move your teeth very slowly; your licensed orthodontist will carefully supervise your treatment to make sure things progress smoothly and your teeth align where they belong.
Your Teeth May Feel Loose While They Align: They Are Not Going to Fall Out
Many patients say they feel looseness in their teeth during treatment. This feeling is normal, and usually disappears quickly when you get used to your braces.
The loosening feeling is because your teeth are slowly adjusting to their positions. But don’t worry: your teeth are absolutely not going to fall out! They are merely shifting slightly and very slowly. That is why braces treatment takes anywhere from 1-3 years: your orthodontist is controlling the movement very carefully to ensure your teeth are completely safe as they move to their correct positions.
Individuals with Extreme Periodontal Disease Should Wait to Be Treated with Braces
The only time that orthodontists would ever worry about teeth falling out is in individuals with extreme periodontal disease. This can cause the teeth to become poorly anchored in the bone.
However, these patients should wait to be treated with orthodontic care until they receive periodontal therapy to correct this condition. Patients with periodontal disease will receive regular treatment from their dentist or periodontist, as well as regular cleanings and checkups.
Only then is it safe to begin braces treatment. In those cases, the orthodontist would account for the history of periodontal disease and adjust treatment accordingly. Learn more about treatment for patients with a history of periodontal disease.
Not sure if you have periodontal disease? Consult a dentist for an examination. If you’re not sure whether you qualify for braces, schedule a complimentary consultation with a licensed orthodontist. They will thoroughly examine your teeth to determine whether your teeth, gums, and mouth are healthy and ready for braces.
Expert Care from Experienced Orthodontists Keeps Your Teeth Healthy
Orthodontists are specialists in a specific field of dental healthcare. They receive extra education to become licensed orthodontists.
An experienced, professional orthodontist treating you face-to-face, in the office, is the best tool you have for straight teeth and a healthy, happy smile! When you come in for a consultation, your orthodontist will do a thorough examination of your teeth, including x-rays and comprehensive diagnostics, to determine your condition.
They will only recommend braces treatment if they are confident your teeth and mouth are healthy and ready for treatment: this includes below-the-surface conditions, like your roots and jaw bones. Learn more about the conditions treatable with braces.
Your teeth, and your health, are in great hands with a licensed orthodontist. You can feel confident that your braces treatment will be safe, effective, and comfortable, and the end result will leave you smiling, and your teeth fresh and healthy!