My Teeth Wiggle After Braces (Weird or not weird?)

Teeth Wiggle After Braces, Is this Normal…Our teeth serve many important functions and is the center of attention when we smile. Some people are fortunate enough to be genetically blessed with perfectly straight teeth. The rest of us may need help with correcting our teeth for a variety of reasons, including dental health issues. Braces are used for this purpose, for both children and adults.

Many Patients Wonder:

  • Can braces tighten loose teeth?
  • Why are my teeth loose after braces?
  • Can teeth fall out with braces?
  • Can you feel teeth shifting with braces?


Teeth Wiggling with Braces

The purpose of wearing orthodontic appliances is to change the position of crooked teeth. This is accomplished over a period of months to years. The teeth will move gradually and settle into their final destination during this time. It’s normal for a little teeth wiggling with braces while they’re moving to their new position. This is because the teeth are attached to the jawbone by ligaments. These are connective tissues that are tough yet flexible. So yes, teeth wiggle after braces.


Should Teeth Wiggle After Braces?

The teeth wiggle after braces can be a bit unnerving for many patients. It’s to be expected because the treatment causes a shift in their location, and it takes a bit of time for them to settle into their new home. It is VERY important to wear a retainer after the devices are removed, especially while the teeth are still settling into their new location. Time is also required for the jaw bones to harden around the teeth. The time frames will vary, but the months immediately following the removal of the device is crucial.

Wearing your retainer all day and night is the only way to assure the minimum amount of movement. Most patients will have to wear their retainer NIGHT TIME FOR A LIFETIME to prevent any major shifting. Other factors are responsible for slight movements of teeth at various stages of life. Many people are unaware of the fact that teeth have memory. The ligaments and other structures that hold them 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.


Can Braces Make Your Teeth Fall Out?

Orthodontic treatment will not cause your teeth to fall out. After the various appliances are placed on your teeth, they will feel very loose, and this strange sensation may cause panic in some patients. It’s completely normal though. People with periodontal disease should not seek treatment with orthodontic appliances until they get therapy for their periodontal disease. Doing so would increase their risk of losing teeth. Extra care of the teeth is required, however, while the device is being worn. The process of cleaning and brushing the teeth will take longer and be more intricate.  For this reason, it is imperative that regular checkups and cleanings be maintained with your general dentist while orthodontic treatment is ongoing.

The risk for cavities, gum recession, and gum disease is increased when braces are worn, but this is manageable by proper cleanings. The shape and length of the roots of the teeth may be shortened by wearing the device for three or more years. This, however, is very rare. In addition, some people are genetically predisposed, and wearing the device can accelerate shorter roots. Many patients are concerned and ask the question “can braces make your teeth fall out.” The simple answer to this question is no.


Why Do I Need Braces?

Many people are prompted to see an orthodontist because of crooked teeth or dental health issues. An orthodontist specializes in aligning or straightening the teeth with braces, clear aligners, and other appliances. The main and most well-known device is called braces. This device is basically a set of wires that are attached to the teeth to straighten them. The wires are strung through brackets that are bonded to the teeth. These wires apply pressure to the teeth by creating tension. Adjustments to the wires are done about once every 2 months.  There is some discomfort caused by the braces, but over the counter medication (such as acetaminophen) is typically prescribed to manage the pain.

Orthodontic devices can also prevent irregularities of the teeth by dealing with an issue before it becomes a problem. A visit to this dental specialist is sometimes recommended by a dentist to address issues regarding long-term dental health. Orthodontists treat many problems with the teeth, as well as disorders of the jaw and jaw joints. These include overbites, underbites, and crowded teeth. Some of these conditions can lead to gum disease or tooth decay if left untreated. Other issues that may arise include problems with speech, chewing, or biting.


The Next Step

A beautiful smile can boost your self-esteem and increase your confidence level. Treatment for crooked teeth was typically performed on teenagers in the past, but an increasing number of adults are addressing their orthodontic issues. Patients can benefit from treatment at almost any age. The best time to get treatment is between 10 and 14 years of age. Teeth move easier during these ages because the teeth and facial structures are still growing. Contact Dr. Nease and Dr. Higginbotham for a consultation to discuss a treatment plan for your unique situation and needs. Their offices are conveniently located in:

All in South Carolina. Their services are provided with all the latest equipment and cutting-edge technology. Contact us today and walk away with a smile!

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My Teeth Wiggle After Braces (Weird not Weird?)

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