I went to an orthodontist, but the price he quoted was well above what I could afford. I found this DIY solution which was much more affordable. It uses orthodontic bands to bring your teeth closer together. It was working great and I thought I was finished with the treatment, so I stopped using them. But, my teeth shifted back open. I put them back on and have been wearing them ever since. Now I’m freaking out because I took them off last week and one of my very front teeth seems loose. I thought leaving it alone would help, but when I wiggle it, the tooth still moves quite a bit. Am I losing my tooth?
I wish you would have visited with other orthodontists. I know the first orthodontist seemed pretty pricey, but not every orthodontist charges the same prices. In fact, there’s a way to get affordable braces without resorting to DIY.
The first thing you need to do is stop wiggling your teeth. They’re held together by ligaments, which can stretch. But, if you mess with them too much the ligaments will snap. The next thing to do is get to an emergency dentist. They can splint your teeth. Splinting will stabilize your teeth so you won’t have to worry about them falling out while the teeth heal.
I’m aware of this treatment you’re referring to with the tooth bands. I know they call them orthodontic bands, but they’re basically just glorified rubber bands. You’d get the same results just wrapping rubber bands around your teeth tightly. But, as you have discovered, you don’t want these results.
With true orthodontic treatment, your teeth are guided into a new position and then given a resting period so that the bone can re-form around the new position of the tooth root. Without that guided movement and rest, you end up with the teeth tipping and large gaps in the bone structure, which causes your teeth to come loose. Without proper treatment, they will eventually fall out.
Something to keep in the back of your mind, if there was trauma to the nerves with this treatment, you may need a root canal treatment at some future time.
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