Braces: Are There Risks?

Sticking a tongue out to Braces Risk

With the technological advancements made in the last 50 years, orthodontics and braces are a much more pleasant proposition for wearers. Usually those complications people associate with braces are the result of not following doctor’s orders.

Here is a look at some of those potential “risks” that braces pose as well as how to “fix” them:

Root resorption

In some cases during the course of treatment, when teeth are moved away from the surrounding bone structure before it has an opportunity to reform, the roots begin to erode.


Choose your orthodontist carefully. They will set a treatment plan that moves the teeth in a timely fashion so that the bone reforms as much as possible around the root. Additionally, they will be able to recognize it through regular examination and X-ray (should they deem it necessary).


These are the white marks that will show up on teeth around where the braces were attached to the tooth surface. Known as enamel decalcification, it is the result of plaque accumulation around the braces where the acids leech out the tooth’s calcium.


Good oral hygiene is the best way to combat decalcification. Proper brushing and flossing will keep the areas around the braces plaque free and stop the formation of acids that cause the white spots.

Cavities and Gingivitis

In the same way that poor oral hygiene can lead to decalcification, cavities and excessive gingival inflammation are also a possibility.


Being diligent and consistent in keeping the areas around the braces and between the teeth clean is a great way to minimize the likelihood of either.

Metal Allergies

This is not a common issue in orthodontics, but some wearers are allergic to certain metals used in braces (like nickel). There are alternative alloys to consider for use if this is the case and can quickly be fixed.


Inform your orthodontist about any of your known allergies ahead of your braces being fitted. If you start to experience inflammation of the gums beyond the first few days let your doctor know and they will adjust your treatment.

The Practitioner

Choosing an unqualified doctor is definitely a braces risk. There are an increasing number of dentists that are performing orthodontic procedures, and in some cases where the procedure is fairly simple, it can prove successful. But without formal training and practice, they might not be able to correctly diagnose the underlying issue or create a treatment that accounts for potential future issues.


Choose your orthodontist carefully. During the course of your initial consultation, ensure that you ask where the doctor completed his or her education as well as how long they have been in practice.

Orthodontic Associates offers you nine convenient locations around Baltimore to choose from where any of our experienced doctors will be able to diagnose and address your particular issue, offering you the type of individual treatment to suit your needs. We look forward to seeing you smile!


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