How Do Teeth Move When They Are Not Loose?
Why Are My Teeth Shifting Immediately After My Braces Were Removed?
The majority of orthodontic patients are given a retainer to wear immediately after their brackets and wires are removed. This is because your body has a good memory, and your teeth may prefer to be in their original places. Wearing your retainer for longer allows your body time to develop a new memory of where the teeth should stay. Often, people who fail to wear their retainer as prescribed will discover that their teeth are moving out of place. Simply returning to the originally prescribed amount of time to wear the retainer will stop this from happening.
What Causes Tooth Movement Years After Orthodontic Treatment?
Time takes its toll on everybody’s body, and your teeth are no exception to the rule. Just like your skin may start to sag and your hair will thin, teeth have a funny way of shifting out of place. There are some things that increase the risk of your teeth moving years after your treatment, and these include the following:
- A history of smoking
- Blunt force trauma to the mouth
- Nighttime tooth grinding
- Oral habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting
- Failing to wear your retainer as prescribed
- Dental treatments such as extractions
For some people, the retainment period lasts a lifetime. You might be asked to wear your retainer every night for the rest of your life. Other people may only be required to wear it for a couple of months. Since everyone’s mouth responds to treatment differently, it is important to work with your orthodontic team to figure out what works best for you. It is also possible to preserve your smile by avoiding those known risk factors for tooth movement such as developing gum disease or continuing bad habits such as smoking.
What Happens If I Do Nothing?
What Are My Options For Preserving My Smile?
The good news is that most people do not have to go through the full course of treatment again if the shifting teeth problem is caught early. This is because retainers and Invisalign plastic aligners were expertly designed to prevent tooth movement. This happens by applying just enough pressure to the ligaments and gum tissue to keep your teeth firmly in place. If you have waited too long to seek treatment, then you may need to wear your plastic aligners longer or your orthodontist may recommend an option such as placing a fixed retainer behind your teeth.
This tends to work best when the tooth movement is towards the front. Having to continue to wear a retainer or plastic aligners for many more months may seem daunting at first. However, this is a far better option than allowing your smile to go back to the way it was in the beginning.
No one wants to think that their teeth are going back to their crooked ways, and we know how to help you stop the natural process of teeth shifting back to their original place. When you see those telltale signs of movement in the mirror or notice a change in your bite, contact us at Gluck Orthodontics. We can find the best method for preserving your perfect smile.
2125 Blakemore Avenue
Phone: 615 269 5903
Teeth Shifting After Treatment Checklist 2017
Dr. Joel Gluck has practiced orthodontics since 1983 when he opened his own office in Nashville. He earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and his dental degree at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Gluck then completed an orthodontic specialty residency at the University of Michigan, one of the top five orthodontic training residencies in the country. He also wrote an original thesis and received a Master of Science degree.