If you receive adequate orthodontic alignment and maintain appropriate retainer use, you shouldn’t need to worry about a need for orthodontic retreatment. Unfortunately, many patients struggle to keep up with their retainers and end up with smiles that shift back out of alignment following orthodontic treatment. There are a number of reasons this may occur and a few simple steps you can take to avoid shifting teeth. In this post, we’ll discuss causes of dental shifting and how you can prevent the need for orthodontic retreatment.
Why Teeth Shift Back Out of Alignment
Lapse in proper retainer use is the main reason patients’ smiles shift back out of alignment following orthodontic treatment. No matter what type of orthodontic treatment you choose, a retainer will need to be worn while the tooth roots fuse with the gums and bone tissue, anchoring them in their new positions. In most cases, patients need to wear the retainers constantly for at least a year following treatment. After that, patients typically diminish wear time gradually over the course of several years. For best results, patients should use their retainers periodically for the rest of their lives. This means you will need more than one retainer over the course of a lifetime. Typically, patients need to be fitted for a new retainer every ten years.
How to Prevent the Need for Orthodontic Retreatment
The easiest way to avoid the need for orthodontic retreatment is to wear your retainer as necessary. You should also keep up with regular six month dental exams and teeth cleanings. During these appointments, your dentist will be able to tell you if your teeth are shifting out of alignment and partner with you to prevent teeth from moving back out of their ideal position. In many cases, keeping smiles aligned is as simple as increasing your retainer wear times, and when necessary, you may need to undergo a brief orthodontic retreatment.
Meet the Highland Village Family Dentistry Team
At Highland Village Family Dentistry, we pride ourselves on offering effective orthodontic treatment for our patients. Whether you’re looking to straighten your smile for the first time or you need retreatment after teeth have shifted back out of alignment, our dentist and team can partner with you to create a personalized orthodontic alignment plan. If you want to get started, call to schedule an orthodontic consultation in our Highland Village dental office. During your consultation visit, we’ll review your case and help you develop a treatment plan to deliver a healthy, functional smile.