Many of us had orthodontic work done in our younger years and hoped we would be done forever. However, there are a few situations that can cause your teeth to shift back to their original position. If your teeth have become crooked despite orthodontic work in your youth, it may be time for the second round of orthodontic treatment. Today, the Parkcrest Dental Group team will discuss a couple of reasons you may need to get braces a second time.
One of the most common reasons your teeth may shift in your adult years is from your wisdom teeth beginning to erupt. While not every patient needs their wisdom teeth removed, many people experience crowding or other complications when they erupt. Some people don’t have enough room in their mouth for their wisdom teeth, and they can come in at bad angles that may shift your other molars.
The best thing you can do is visit your orthodontist or general dentist early and have them perform an x-ray to assess any potential issues that could emerge with your wisdom teeth.
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Neglecting Your Retainer
So you have finally gotten your braces off, and you’re excited to finally have straight, beautiful teeth. We understand the enthusiasm. However, many people neglect one of the most important steps in the process — wearing their retainer.
After you get your braces off, your orthodontist will give you precise instructions for how to wear and care for your retainer. It is crucial that you follow these instructions as closely as possible. If you ignore their instructions, your teeth will naturally begin to shift back to their original positions.
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Developing Bad Oral Habits
There are a number of relatively common habits that can damage or put pressure on your teeth and result in them shifting faster to their original position. Bruxism, or chronic grinding of your teeth, can put a lot of unnecessary pressure on your teeth and contribute to the need for braces a second time.
Visit Dr. Harrison at Parkcrest Dental Group
If you are looking for an orthodontist committed to helping you get your perfect smile, visit the office of Dr. Harrison at Parkcrest Dental Group. Dr. Harrison has served the Springfield area for over thirty years and provides the highest quality of orthodontic care to his patients. Call our team today at 417-887-1220 to schedule your next appointment.