After braces or similar orthodontics are removed, your teeth can start to change position again as time goes on. Sometimes, the repositioning can move teeth enough that it is worth considering wearing braces for a second time. This blog will cover why this occurs and what options are available to you to fix it.
What is orthodontic relapse?
Orthodontic relapse is when your teeth move back to their original positions from before orthodontic treatment. This can start happening as soon as a year after your braces were removed. . It’s likely that many adults will experience some form of orthodontic relapse in their lifetime, but it’s not often that it’s so serious that they need to go through a second orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic relapse is one of the main reasons that retainers are often suggested.
What causes orthodontic relapse?
Orthodontic relapse is usually caused by not wearing retainers regularly. Orthodontic treatment rearranges the teeth from their natural positions, so once braces are off your teeth will start to slowly shift back to their original positions. Wearing retainers force the tissues, teeth, and bones in your mouth to resettle and correct to straightened positions.
There are additional reasons that orthodontic relapse might occur. If after your treatment you end up losing a tooth, your other teeth might rearrange because there is more space. Other stressors on your teeth, like grinding them together in your sleep, can also put a strain on your teeth to where they misalign.
We recommend that you continue making regular visits to the dentist to determine if there are any risks of orthodontic relapse and what you can do to prevent the problem.
Why receive a second orthodontic treatment?
Even if your teeth don’t fully return to their original positions, any misalignment of your teeth can lead to spots where bacteria can build and grow. It’s easier to remove plaque on your teeth when they are straightened, and there are no nooks and crannies for it to hide.
Going through a second treatment brings back your smile. Having a confident smile is something that we love to see. Although going through a second treatment may be daunting, the reasons for the second alignment are the same as the first.
What options are available to me to correct orthodontic relapse?
Once you start to notice the signs of orthodontic relapse, an easy solution is to head to the dentist and get a new pair of retainers. Retainers can get worn over time and may be contributing to the problem due to wear and tear. A new pair of retainers can set your teeth back on the correct path to straightening. However, if you’re still early in orthodontic relapse you may be able to use your current retainer as long as you wear it diligently.
If orthodontic relapse has set in and your teeth are either at or almost at their previous positions, it may be worth resorting to orthodontic treatment. We offer many different service options, and it is best to consult with your dentist to find out which is right for you.
Who can help me with orthodontic relapse in Springfield, Missouri?
The dentists and dental care staff at Parkcrest Dental Group can help you and your family with any dental care needs you or your family may have. Contact us or call (417) 887-1220, and we’ll take care of you.