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    I've checked google, but it talks about people asking about: "Do braces damage teeth?" and other tooth related concerns (e.g. yellowing/corrosion/decay)
    I'm wondering about bone tissue damage.

    How braces work, as I understand, are where teeth move because of bone remodeling: How orthodontic braces work to straighten your teethBut now, I wonder, will jaw bone remodeling reduce bone strength through certain other impact angles or generate weak points?

    If not why are retainers needed?
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    It takes time for the bone and all the tissues around your teeth to reorganise and therefore it is necessary to use retainers until your bite stabilises. In the first month after the braces are removed, the risk of relapse is very high.
    So since the bone keeps reorganizing itself, won't the bone "screw up"?


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    Quote Originally Posted by RamenNoodles View Post
    So since the bone keeps reorganizing itself, won't the bone "screw up"?
    Bone is pretty flexible and is also constantly being rebuilt and replaced. This is why broken bones can heal. I doubt there is any long term effect but I don't know for sure).


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    I hope it doesn't damage my jaw..
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    see after the bone reforms thats a huge bulge of bone. i wonder if it happens to jaw bones too...
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    One of my daughters had to have braces - because of migraine style headaches. The braces realigned the lower jaw.

    Other people have braces for a similar purpose because whatever problem they have with their teeth is caused by the jaw being misshapen or out of alignment in some other way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RamenNoodles View Post
    I've checked google, but it talks about people asking about: "Do braces damage teeth?" and other tooth related concerns (e.g. yellowing/corrosion/decay)
    I'm wondering about bone tissue damage.

    How braces work, as I understand, are where teeth move because of bone remodeling: How orthodontic braces work to straighten your teethBut now, I wonder, will jaw bone remodeling reduce bone strength through certain other impact angles or generate weak points?

    If not why are retainers needed?
    Orthodontics - After Braces Always Retainers
    It takes time for the bone and all the tissues around your teeth to reorganise and therefore it is necessary to use retainers until your bite stabilises. In the first month after the braces are removed, the risk of relapse is very high.
    So since the bone keeps reorganizing itself, won't the bone "screw up"?
    In your searches have you looked at the overall statistics of what the 1-in-??? numbers are?
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    huh i dont get what u mean by
    the overall statistics of what the 1-in-??? numbers are?
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    What are the statistics for bone malformations as a result of braces. 1 in 20? 1 in 200? 1 in 2000000??
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    You need to search a little more in-depth then, and if you are still not finding much, that would be an indicator to me of very high odds against the things you are worrying over happening.
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