Once your braces are removed or you finish your Invisalign treatment, you may have concerns about your teeth shifting again. This is a very common occurrence post-orthodontic treatment. Some people notice very little movement while others experience more pronounced changes.
It is natural for teeth to want to move back to their original position at some point once your orthodontic treatment is complete. Even if you had braces on for three years, your teeth have a strong memory. Teeth shifting can happen soon after braces are removed, or can take years for the slightest movement to occur. This is why at Cardinal Orthodontics, we recommend nightly retainer wear and offer our patient FREE retainers for life!
Changes in gum and bone health may affect the stability of each tooth position. Poor oral hygiene can impact teeth placement. If you’re not brushing your teeth two times a day, plaque and decay can set in. Decay can cause the shape of a tooth to change and teeth to shift. To avoid this, be sure to visit your general dentist every six months for a professional cleaning.
Grinding your teeth at night can cause tooth damage and movement to occur. Wearing a nightguard/ retainer while sleeping helps to protect your teeth and prevents you from wearing down your enamel.
Orthodontics is an investment that should last a lifetime! The only way to prevent your teeth from any movement after your braces have been removed is to hold them in place with a retainer.
At Cardinal Orthodontics, we offer all of our patients FREE retainers for life! This means you will never have to worry if you lose or break yours. Simply give our office a call and we will schedule you an appointment to take new impressions in our Ballwin or Rock Hill location.Categories: Orthodontic Treatment
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