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Question:
I had braces several years ago, which did not work out as planned, and I would like to get them again because I am very self-conscious about my teeth.

I am also having problems with my gums and some root resorption (which I am about to have).

However, a while back someone told me that because of the root resorption, I would never be able to get braces again. Can anyone tell me if this is true? ...Visitor from NY

Answer:
If the root resorption is isolated to 1 or 2 teeth, then the answer might be "not necessarily."

If more than 2 teeth are involved... then considering braces as a treatment probably isn't the treatment that needs considering.

The goal should be to resolve the resorption issue first. If your "gum problems" are essentially a flavor of gigivitis or periodontitis, that condition could interfere with the normal processes that occur within the cellular structures of jawbone that create the movement effect when being treated with orthodontic appliances.

Healthy, predictable orthodontic treatments that are expected to endure for a lifetime require healthy bone and healthy periodontal tissues (connective and supportive)

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