Orthodontic treatment has come a long way over the years. You can now expect to have the straightest, most beautiful smile possible with a little work. However, the one thing that we have not found is a permanent solution to crooked or misaligned teeth. After undergoing treatment and doing everything right, it is frustrating to realize that your teeth are shifting back to their original place.
Why Are My Teeth Shifting Immediately After My Braces Were Removed?
What Causes Tooth Movement Years After Orthodontic Treatment?
- 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 your 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.
Teeth Shifting After Treatment Checklist 2017