Is it normal to have wiggly teeth after braces?

It’s finally happened…your braces are off and your dream smile is revealed! Just like your first week with braces, you may have some questions about what to expect. You may be feeling some new sensations too (like slimy, wiggly teeth!)

While the feeling may be weird, it’s totally normal! After all, your teeth have been on the move for 18 to 24 months, they’ll need time to recuperate. That’s where your retention phase comes in! So if you’re wondering what you should be expecting in the next couple of weeks, here’s a few common questions we get!

  • Will loose teeth tighten back up after braces?
  • When will my teeth stop feeling loose after braces?

Our experienced orthodontists have these answers for you! Get ready for some facts about life after braces.


Should teeth wiggle after braces?

Yes, while the loose tooth or wiggly tooth sensation you may experience after braces seems a bit unnerving, don’t be alarmed! Teeth wiggling after braces is actually quite normal.

But why? How? We love that you’re so curious about orthodontics!

The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to change the position of misaligned teeth. This is accomplished over a period of months to years – it all depends on how far each tooth needs to travel to healthy alignment and how well you follow your treatment plan. During your braces or clear aligner treatment, your teeth will move gradually and then settle into their ideal position during this time.

When will my teeth stop feeling loose after braces?

Just like it was normal for your teeth to feel wiggly with braces, it’s to be expected after too. This is because your teeth are attached to the jawbone by ligaments. These are connective tissues that are tough yet flexible and play an important part in straightening your teeth! Time is also required for your alveolar bone (the bone that holds your tooth roots) to harden around each tooth. So yes, teeth wiggle after braces – but not forever! Many braces and clear aligner patients begin to feel their teeth tighten up within a few days to a few weeks.

Your wiggly tooth sensation is why it’s SO important to wear a retainer after your braces or clear aligner trays are done, especially while the teeth are still settling into their healthy position. How long and how often you wear your retainers will vary, but the first few months after your braces are removed are the most crucial.


Will a retainer help my loose teeth?

Yes! Wearing your retainer all day and night is the only way to assure the minimum amount of movement. In fact, most who undergo orthodontic treatment will have to wear their retainer NIGHT TIME FOR A LIFETIME to prevent any major shifting.

Why would my teeth shift back? Many people are unaware of the fact that teeth have memory. The ligaments and other structures that hold your teeth in place actually have a memory of their original location.

This is another reason to wear a retainer as often as required. The time and money spent on treatment will be in vain if the teeth migrate back to their original position. Aging, gravitational changes, and the pressure from biting and chewing can also affect the movement of the teeth and their relation to each other. Losing a tooth can cause shifting of the remaining teeth and upset the balance created by treatment. It creates more room for them to move around. Any significant shifting after treatment, especially in the front teeth, should be reported as soon as possible.

Still have questions about loose or wiggly teeth after braces?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions! We’re here to support you during and after orthodontic treatment.

Ready to get started? Request your complimentary orthodontic exam with our experienced orthodontists in Gaffney, Union, Duncan, West Spartanburg or East Spartanburg today!

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