It's not unusual for our teeth to shift over the years. Whether it's due to biological reasons (such as not enough room on the jaw for all your teeth to emerge properly,) or lifestyle choices, your dentist may recommend orthodontic treatment, such as Invisalign.
What most people don't know is that the treatment is not usually over once the braces are off. In some cases, you may have to use a retainer for a period to prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original position.
But what if you stopped wearing your retainer and now you notice that your teeth have started to shift again?
In this article, we will show you why your teeth have started to shift and what you can do to stop them.
What Happens When You Don’t Wear Your Retainer
As soon as your dentist takes the braces off, they will inform you that you need to wear a retainer specially designed for you to keep your teeth straight.
For the first 3 months after treatment, it is mandatory to wear the retainer throughout the day. After this period, it's recommended to wear it at night throughout your life if you want your teeth to remain straight.
Over time, however, some patients become careless and start neglecting this habit or they give it up entirely.
For some, it is possible to notice movements in the alignment of the teeth as soon as one week after stopping wearing braces, if they do not use the retainer provided by the dentist.
And when this period exceeds a few months, the chances that your teeth start shifting to their original position increases dramatically.
Invisalign Can Help!
Invisalign is a rather new and very effective method of fixing various orthodontic problems. It also comes with many benefits, such as:
- It's a more discrete method of straightening teeth as the trails are transparent and not that visible;
- It's safe;
- It requires fewer dentist visits;
- Can help boost your confidence since you won't have lots of wires and metal brackets stuck to your teeth.
Invisalign can straighten your teeth by constantly adjusting them to their correct position but without the use of permanent braces.
Instead, Invisalign uses sets of aligners that are transparent and can be removed at any time, giving patients much-desired freedom.
Invisalign is a very powerful treatment tool if used by a specialist, such as Dr. Bonner Morren, and can help you treat a variety of dental problems, such as:
- Deep overbite
- Open bite
- Gaps between teeth
A Beautiful Smile with Austin Dental
If you are considering Invisalign and are looking for a team of professionals you can trust, at Austin Dental, we offer a safe and friendly environment, a team of empathetic experts, and state-of-the-art technology.
Book your appointment now and let us help you transform your smile.