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Can braces make teeth become loose?

I am a 22 year old female. I wonder can braces make teeth become loose?

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Absolutely. Teeth will loosen as they are being forced to move through bone. Once they are moved to their proper position through orthodontics, they will tighten back up in a healthy mouth.
Dear Reader,

In response to your question: Braces do cause teeth to "loosen?" As they move, the bone around them adjusts. However, once the teeth are in their final position, your orthodontist will keep them in the final wire until the bone resettles around your teeth and they will not be loose. Of course, it is important to wear your retainers as teeth move throughout life.  
Hope this helps.

Steven Chamish, DDS
Actually, yes...orthodontic tooth movement temporarily widens the periodontal ligament space between the root of the tooth and the bone, causing the tooth to feel 'loose'. Once teeth are moved into ideal position, and held there for an adequate amount of time, the ligament space 'firms' back up, and the teeth regain normal physiologic mobility.
Teeth become "loose" when they are shifting with braces.
With the brace appliance each tooth is placed in its proper position. As your teeth are being placed in their proper position, you have the bone around each tooth modifying. Your teeth were checked for gum INFLAMMATION before your brace appliance was placed on your teeth.
After your braces are removed, you are given a retainer to wear. While your bone around your teeth is becoming more dense, you need to wear the RETAINER 24/7. Most patients remove their RETAINERS when they eat. School lunch GARBAGE cans have been dumped LOOKING for a RETAINER THAT WAS ACCIDENTALLY THROWN OUT. A SEVERELY DISTRESSED STUDENT KNOWS IF THE RETAINER IS NOT FOUND, THE PARENTS WILL HAVE TO PAY $300 + TO REPLACE THE RETAINER. YOU BEING AN ADULT SHOULD EAT WITH THE RETAINER AND GO TO THE LADIES ROOM TO
It is completely normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can be moved in the right direction. In fact, it is usual for teeth to be somewhat loose the entire time you are in braces. ... This is one of the only ways to ensure that the teeth and gums will be healthy after your orthodontic treatment is complete.

Good for you for interest in straightening your teeth. It helps in so many ways!
Regarding your question about braces making your teeth loose; Yes, they make your teeth loose. This is how moving and shifting teeth around work. First the teeth have to become loose so they can be moved. However, are you are asking about whether your teeth will become loose after your braces? There is the possibility (although rare) that a root on one of your teeth resorbs (wear away from the tip of the root down) while the braces are moving your teeth. If this continues, it is possible to have nice straight teeth; but the tooth with the resorbed root will feel loose. The result is normally just the feeling of a loose tooth. Interestingly enough, this does not usually happen with invisalign. Hope this helps.

My best to you!

William F. Scott IV, DMD
Teeth must become looser as they move through the bone into their desired final position. They tighten up when your treatment is done and the braces are removed. Remember to wear your retainers FOREVER (when you sleep) or your teeth will revert to their original position over time.