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A 37-year-old member asked:

What do braces tighten loose teeth?

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Dr. Behram Dalal
32 years experience
Braces are designed: To correct the orientation of teeth. Loose teeth are the result of malocclusion or periodontal disease typically. If the teeth are loose prior to orthodontics due to bone loss, they will be loose following treatment, and can be splinted to decrease the mobility. In some cases if the malocclusion is corrected and there is no advanced periodontal disease, the mobility will eventually disappear.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Sometimes loose teeth are the consequence of malocclusion (bad bite). Often loss of supporting tissues (bone/gum) go hand in hand. Resolution may require a team approach whose members consist off an Orthodontist, a Periodontist, and your General Dentist. It took a long time for your teeth to get loose. Don't expect a miracle cure. Seek quality, not speed.
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A 22-year-old female asked:

Can loose teeth be tightened?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry 14 years experience
Yes and no: Depends on the severity. Sometimes slight mobility can be corrected with periodontal treatment, splinting, bone grafting, etc. Unfortunately, if the mobility is more severe, there isn't much that can be done other than extraction. If there's inadequate bone to hold the teeth securely in the mouth, they're kinda out of luck.
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Dr. Richard Leaderman
Periodontics 50 years experience
Teeth can tighten-up if the occlusion or bite is controlled with a bite appliance. You should consult with your dentist to see what can be done.
Oct 31, 2012
Last updated Aug 2, 2021


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