Bone medications’ effect on treatment

Postmenopausal women, in particular, are at risk for the bone-thinning disease called “osteoporosis,” for which the medications known as “bisphosphonates” are often prescribed. These drugs, which include alendronate (Fosamax), ibandronate (Boniva) and others, work by slowing or stopping the natural processes by which bone tissue dissolves, thereby helping to preserve bone density and strength. By the same token, orthodontic treatment often relies on the natural process of bone resorption and formation (called “bone remodeling”) to move teeth through their bony foundations in the jaws. Because bisphosphonates may interfere with this process, prospective and current patients should be sure to tell their orthodontist if they are taking them. Successful orthodontic treatment requires optimal bone healing to prevent excessive tooth mobility.

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Adult women are generally more likely to become adult orthodontic patients than their male counterparts out of aesthetic concerns over a poor bite (malocclusion).