Can My Dental Braces Cause My Teeth to Fall Out?
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Can My Dental Braces Cause My Teeth to Fall Out?

Young girl with braces and dentist in backgroundThe answer to this question is: absolutely not! Your dental braces will not cause your teeth to loosen or fall out. This is a common question that orthodontists hear, so we want to address it for any concerned patients.

We understand the confusion because in the first few days after braces are placed, the teeth may begin to feel loose. But this is just the normal pattern of tooth movement and the way the teeth will cope with being shifted by dental braces. If you feel like your teeth are getting loose, please know that it’s perfectly normal and your teeth will not fall out.

Research has shown that tooth movement caused by orthodontic treatment may create small changes in the shape and length of the tooth roots. But these changes are so small that 98% aren’t even noticeable to the naked eye.

Shortening of the Roots

In less than 2% of cases, the roots of the teeth may shorten during routine orthodontic treatment. The cause of this root shortening isn’t known, but it’s believed to be genetic. It’s also been linked to prolonged orthodontic treatment, especially in cases where patients have been wearing braces for 3 or more years. This should not result in any long-term problems, but if you’re concerned or have had your braces on for 3 years or longer, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Lockett. It’s important to us that all of our patients feel comfortable with their orthodontic treatment.

To make an appointment or schedule an orthodontic evaluation, please contact Lockett Orthodontics here in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Posted on Nov 1, 2019

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