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Does mouth bone loss affect your chances at getting braces?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Keith Klein
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
2 doctors agree

In brief: Bone loss

Braces are usually used in young people who are growing and their should never be bone loss in that age group.
If that is the case, then further investigation re nutritional deficiencies and genetic diseases causing loss of phosphorus, calcium or vitamin d are in order.

In brief: Bone loss

Braces are usually used in young people who are growing and their should never be bone loss in that age group.
If that is the case, then further investigation re nutritional deficiencies and genetic diseases causing loss of phosphorus, calcium or vitamin d are in order.
Dr. Keith Klein
Dr. Keith Klein
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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Braces

Not necessarily; however it will be a factor. It really depends on the amount of bone loss and the areas.
Sometimes a combination of treatments will be needed including braces, bone and gum grafts, restorative dental work by the dentist, and other possible treatments. Get an orthodontic consultation to review all your options.

In brief: Braces

Not necessarily; however it will be a factor. It really depends on the amount of bone loss and the areas.
Sometimes a combination of treatments will be needed including braces, bone and gum grafts, restorative dental work by the dentist, and other possible treatments. Get an orthodontic consultation to review all your options.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dr. Shawn Murray
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: It can, but...

Severe and active bone loss precludes wearing braces, it is not healthy.
It can worsen the problem. If bone has been lost, but not too much and loss is not active, treatment may be possible or even a good thing. Uprighting angled teeth can reduce food impactions (a source of loss), and in some cases moving teeth into areas of greater bone can increase the support of those teeth. Careful planning!

In brief: It can, but...

Severe and active bone loss precludes wearing braces, it is not healthy.
It can worsen the problem. If bone has been lost, but not too much and loss is not active, treatment may be possible or even a good thing. Uprighting angled teeth can reduce food impactions (a source of loss), and in some cases moving teeth into areas of greater bone can increase the support of those teeth. Careful planning!
Dr. David Schleimer
Dr. David Schleimer
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