Solutions for Adult Orthodontic Relapse
You would think that carrying out the burden of wearing braces should result in everlastingly straight teeth. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for many adults. Orthodontic relapse is extremely common and utterly disappointing for those affected. If you notice any of the following signs, you may want to consider a new set of braces.
Overcrowding is the most common and apparent symptom that you need braces. A pressing sign is when your teeth were crowded prior to your first orthodontic appointment. Many patients don’t realize that it’s relatively common for teeth to shift back to their original placement if their positioning isn’t reinforced by regular retainer use.
Difficulty Chewing or Speaking
Another setback of shifting teeth is the strain it has on your ability to chew and speak effortlessly. If teeth don’t uniformly complement each other, then the bite pattern is disrupted. Issues that can result from shifting teeth include difficulty chewing foods thoroughly or trouble pronouncing certain words.
Not only do shifting teeth trigger crowding, but it also creates spaces between your teeth. It’s important to look for new spaces that weren’t there when you completed your braces care. In a proper, symmetrical smile, your teeth are fixed without overlapping.
Gum Disease & Tooth Decay
Shifting teeth pose a serious health problem because they move out of their natural position. This can create new pockets where bacteria and plaque will build up. These areas are often hard to reach with routine brushing and flossing.
Patients who face any form of orthodontic relapse have an increased risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay. Inflamed or bleeding gums are a critical sign to seek treatment.
Jaw Pain or Discomfort
The jaw has a heavy responsibility relating to biting, chewing, breathing, and so much more. In fact, the jaw joint is responsible for nearly all oral function.
Having crooked teeth or a shifted bite can compromise joint health and cause these daily functions to be increasingly painful. Soreness and discomfort in your jaw is a telltale sign that it’s time to make an appointment with your orthodontist.
I’m Showing Signs of Orthodontic Relapse – What Do I Do?
If you’re experiencing signs of orthodontic relapse, we advise you to seek treatment sooner rather than later. Here at Oakland Family Dental, we let you throw aside metal braces and choose a virtually invisible, painless treatment.
Invisalign® treatment can correct and reverse orthodontic relapse in most patients. It’s a clear alignment option that finally lets you control your smiles on your own terms.
Need to Correct Your Relapse? Call Dr. Sheehan Today
Your smile is an important part of who you are. Whether you’re correcting a relapse or thinking about getting braces for the first time, Dr. Sheehan can help you achieve the smile of your dreams with Invisalign.
At Oakland Family Dental, we believe in complete transparency with our patients.
If you have any questions about our care, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (248) 674-0384 or fill out our easy contact form. It’s time to smile with confidence again.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it worth it to get braces again?
While braces are often seen as a permanent fix to crooked teeth, this usually isn’t the case. If you don’t follow your orthodontist’s aftercare instructions, you may end up needing a second round of orthodontic treatment. Luckily, at Oakland Family Dental, Dr. Sheehan can provide patients with Invisalign treatment. Invisalign is a great option for patients looking to correct an orthodontic relapse.
How long does Invisalign take if you’ve already had braces?
Traditional braces typically require a longer treatment time than Invisalign. If you’ve already had metal braces in the past and your teeth are needing minor cosmetic straightening, your treatment duration will generally be shorter. On average, Invisalign treatment takes about 12 to 18 months, depending on the complexity of your case.
Will my teeth stay straight after Invisalign?
While Invisalign can straighten your teeth in 12 to 18 months, it’s crucial that you continue to wear a retainer after treatment as directed by dentists. Neglecting to wear your retainer once your treatment is completed will eventually affect how your smile looks, as well as your overall oral health.