It can be disheartening to go through the trouble of wearing braces and still not see what you had hoped for when you look the mirror. When you feel that you or your child still needs work after your treatment was supposed to have ended, you do have options to consider. Dr. Joel Gluck and his orthodontic team understand how hard it is to wear braces and then discover that your smile is not all you hoped it would be. Whether it’s your child’s teeth or your own that have relapsed there is help available.
Why didn’t my braces work the first time?
While it might be tempting to just blame the doctor, there are several factors that could cause a change in your teeth. First of all, nature is always at work. Your teeth want to return to their original, natural position. That is why it is so important to wear your retainer or headgear exactly as prescribed. If you didn’t follow the orders you were given, your teeth have relapsed. If you did follow orders, your bones continue to change as you age and teeth have a tendency to overcrowd.
Second, maybe you had something unexpected happen that changed your teeth alignment. These changes are more drastic than the natural migration that takes place in your mouth. Growing wisdom teeth cause overcrowding. Oral disease causes changes to your gums that will change the alignment of your teeth. Accidents that damage your teeth or jaw can also affect your teeth and bite.
Third, you may have had more wrong with your teeth and jaws than your particular treatment plan could fix. Sometimes dentists, who are not board-certified orthodontists, can do braces but are not experienced enough or trained well enough to realize that you need more work. Some bite problems require surgery and tooth extraction or palatal expanders are often needed to fix overcrowding issues.
What are the options that I can consider?
With recent innovations in dental technology there are several different options that you have available to you for realigning your teeth. The most important thing to do is sit down with your orthodontic care provider and talk about which options are best for you.
These are comfortable, clear trays made from BPA-free plastic. They are worn over the teeth, not attached to them. Plastic aligners are really popular because they can be put in and taken out by the patient. One of the most respected companies that produces these aligners is Invisalign. Just like with braces, a treatment plan for Invisalign begins with a set of x-rays and impressions. A 3 – D image of your teeth will then be created. This image will be used to plan and produce your custom series of aligners. The aligners are worn all the time except when you eat, brush, or floss.
They can be taken out for other occasions and they are practically invisible when they are in your mouth. This makes them a popular choice for teens and adults who are self-conscious about wearing traditional metal brackets. You do not have to go to the orthodontist’s office to have them adjusted. Your plan will tell you when to change into the next aligner in the series. When you are through with your treatment, keeping your teeth straight usually requires that you continue to wear an aligner for a limited amount of time each day.
You have been down this road already, of course, but if your braces came off many years ago, more options are available now than there were your first time around. Brackets are made out of different types of materials. Ceramic brackets come in white or clear and are not as visible are regular metal brackets. Lingual brackets are another option. They are brackets that are attached to the back of your teeth. This type of bracket has been around for a long time and can be just as effective as regular brackets.
If your wisdom teeth have grown since your braces came off, chances are that they have created overcrowding in your mouth. Even if they have not emerged through your gums, they can have an impact on your other teeth. They can be real trouble if they are impacted which means that they can’t emerge through your gums because of the limited space in your mouth so they are growing sideways beneath your gums. Tooth extraction is a relatively simple procedure and your teeth may return to their previous spots without any further intervention.
Some orthodontic problems cannot be fixed with braces. If you have had an accident you may need surgery to repair your jaw or gums. If you had a condition that needed surgery but was not addressed in your first treatment plan, it will need to be addressed before you can go any further in the process. While surgery can be a little scary you shouldn’t think of it as an extreme correction measure. Oral surgeries are quite common and if your orthodontist doesn’t perform surgery he will be able to recommend a good oral surgeon.
Whichever option is right for you, be sure to follow your doctor’s orders so that this time you get the smile you have worked so hard to get. Having to go through tooth alignment a second time can be difficult but the results will be well worth it.
You have the right to a beautiful smile and with the rapid change of orthodontic technologies now is a great time to pursue satisfaction in your teeth. Let Dr. Joel Gluck and his team take care of you and give you the smile you have been dreaming of. Dr. Joel Gluck is a board certified Orthodontist in Nashville Tennessee. His friendly and professional staff are ready to assist you in making an appointment for a consultation. Don’t wait any longer to have the smile of your dreams.
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