The Cosmetic Dentistry Blog

December 30, 2008

Tooth Effects bands making her teeth become loose

Filed under: Braces — iowasmiles @ 2:20 pm

Dr. Hall,
I wore braces for most of my teenage life. I had a huge gap between my front teeth since I was a child. However, my orthodontist failed to tell me that I would need a surgical procedure done to remove the mass of tissue between my front teeth (the probable cause of the gap). After my braces were taken off, constant wear of the retainer caused it to break and my teeth shifted VERY quickly (within hours). Now I rely on the Teeth Effects bands ( your site wrote negatively about to keep my teeth together. Since my teeth shift very quickly, I wore the bands constantly. Lately, however, I’ve noticed my two front teeth are fairly loose and my gums are receding. However, if I do not wear the bands, my teeth shift so much that it causes discomfort to my other teeth. I wish I had read your article sooner – I really don’t want my teeth to fall out. :( Any advice will do.
Thanks so much!
Katy from Pennsylvania

Dear Katy,
I hope that we are catching you in time, and that your front teeth aren’t so loose that they will fall out! This is a very real possibility, so I would recommend immediately discontinuing the use of the Teeth Effects bands. The damage to the support of your teeth will be much greater than it appears to be on the outside, and if your teeth are loose, you have probably already lost most of their bone support.

You have two options. One is to have another removable retainer made. It really isn’t very expensive, and almost any dentist should be able to do this for you. They just take an impression of your teeth and send it to the lab. It’s quick and easy.

Another option is to have a permanent retainer. Again, almost any dentist should be able to do this, or you could go to an orthodontist. And again, this shouldn’t be very expensive. The dentist would bond a short wire on the backs of your two front teeth to hold them together.

If money is a big issue for you, then tell the dental office that and ask them before you schedule the appointment how much either of these services would cost.

Good luck,
Dr. Hall

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Read about the various options for treating a tooth gap.

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