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Does having braces strengthen your teeth?

I am a 31 year old male. I want to know does having braces strengthen your teeth?

8 Answers

No, just straightens them and allows for better ability to clean them and have a proper bite.

Owen M. Waldman, DMD
Yes in a way, if done correctly it can help in the long run to help ensure that other issues do not occur, such as gum disease caused by crowding. Invisalign can also help correct the issues that braces help correct.
Braces do not strengthen your teeth, but having a better functioning bite will help your teeth be healthy and strong longer.
Braces don’t necessarily strengthen your teeth, but they can align your teeth and correct your bite, which makes you less prone to future dental problems. Therefore, orthodontic treatment, such as braces, can prevent certain dental problems and can add to the longevity of your teeth.
Bone architecture surrounding teeth can be improved by eliminating excessive crowding or improving the alignment of the roots of teeth. Getting teeth centered in their bone housing is important and in proper alignment to accept the stresses placed on them from function so yes, from a bone support standpoint, but straight teeth are still susceptible to damage from clenching or grinding habits, gum disease, or decay from poor diets and poor oral hygiene.

Yes, braces is one of the options you have to straighten your teeth. Due to the side effects of braces (sharpness of the braces, cleaning difficulties, etc.), there would have to be a good reason to put braces on someones teeth if you were not going to straighten them. That being said, depending on how your teeth need to move to be aligned, you have other options like Invisalign.
Hope this helps.

My best to you!

William F. Scott IV, DMD

They do not damage the teeth but they do straighten them. It corrects your bite as well. Thank you for your question.