For many of us, having braces of any kind is typically associated with our teenage years. Even those who have braces as adults tend to think it’s only a one-time process. But ask any orthodontic professional like Dr. Harrison, and they’ll tell you that, at least in some cases, wearing braces may more than a one-time necessity.
Having braces more than once in your life isn’t something to worry about, it can be an important part of protecting your healthy smile. In this blog from Parkcrest Dental Group, we explain why having more than one course of orthodontic treatment from Dr. Harrison is sometimes necessary.
Why Would You Need Braces Again?
There are a number of reasons why you may end up needing braces years after completing a course of orthodontic treatment. The need for an additional course of braces can result from a number of factors, which we’ll go over below. Remember, whatever the reason for your treatment, you can always rely on Dr. Harrison at Parkcrest Dental Group.
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You Still Have Your Wisdom Teeth
The majority of people will have their wisdom teeth removed at some point. Wisdom teeth are an evolutionary holdover that is most often just a nuisance, causing pain, irritation, and overcrowding for the majority of adults. If for whatever reason, you haven’t had your wisdom teeth removed, you may find yourself with tooth alignment issues later in life. This will likely mean removing the wisdom teeth and fitting braces to straighten or realign your teeth.
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Your Teeth Have Shifted
In some cases, those needing a second round of braces, whether fixed braces or a retainer, have just been unfortunate. Everyone’s body is different, and the way in which your jaw and teeth will grow isn’t 100% predictable. For an unlucky few, teeth may grow out of alignment later in life and require additional treatment.
Your Teeth Were Damaged
If you’re an active person, especially if you play a competitive or combat sports, your teeth are always at some risk. Even with a gumshield, you still risk damaging or losing teeth. This can sometimes result in misalignment as your teeth or jaws heal, and you may end up having to wear a retainer or fixed braces to straighten them again.
You Didn’t Follow Instructions the First Time
If you asked Dr. Harrison, or the majority of orthodontists, what the most common reason for needing braces for a second time is, you’ll probably get the same answer: the patient didn’t listen. Your orthodontist will give you specific instructions and steps to follow to help your course of treatment do what it’s meant to.
Not following instructions, and doing things like eating the wrong foods, not caring for your braces, or not wearing a retainer when you’re supposed to will all negatively impact your treatment. Follow the instruction and guidance of your orthodontist, and you shouldn’t need to have braces fitted again in the future.
Book Your Appointment with Dr. Harrison Today
Whether you’ve had braces in the past or you’re currently seeking orthodontic treatment, contact the office of Dr. Harrison at (417)887-1220 today. With the best in orthodontic technology and a passion for helping each patient, Dr. Steven Harrison can help you find the perfect solution.