Bone remodeling for malocclusion

In some cases of malocclusion (poor bite), bone movement is needed to put the jaw in the right position. This process is called “bone remodeling." As braces slowly move the teeth, the surrounding bone starts growing cells that become new bone. The braces make sure that the new bone forms in the right place for better jaw movement.

Experts used to think that bone remodeling works only for children and teens. However, recent research suggests that adult bone, which is more dense, simply takes a little longer to begin the bone remodeling process. 1

Citations

  1. Ren Y, et al. (2002). Cytokine levels in crevicular fluid are less responsive to orthodontic force in adults than in juveniles. Journal of Clinical Periodontology, 29(8): 757–762.

Last Updated: January 22, 2009

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