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Braces weaken adult gums and teeth? I'm 39 years old.

I have TMJ and some of my teeth have shifted in the front to the point that if I take pictures, I look as if I am missing a tooth. It is quite embarassing.

I'm considering putting braces on but a family member told me that putting braces on will weaken my gums and teeth. ....Visitor from TX

I assure you that putting braces on will not weaken your gums and teeth.

We know as orthodontists, that straightening your teeth and aligning the bite will only improve the health of your gums and teeth. I always tell my patients that teeth are for eating with not smiling with.

It is only the act of aligning the teeth and bite that indirectly you end up with a beautiful smile.

I would suggest having a thorough dental exam and cleaning before going through orthodontics to make sure your gums and teeth are healthy before initiating treatment.

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