Adult Orthodontic Relapse
Typically, orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces is designed to fix your dental problems for life. Unfortunately, it’s common for adults to suffer from orthodontic relapse. This can be a disappointing experience, especially after years spent wearing braces in your youth.
Fortunately, Dr. Assi offers Invisalign for adults. Explore our guide and learn about the signs of orthodontic relapse and see if Invisalign is the solution you’re looking for.
Signs of Orthodontic Relapse
One of the most obvious signs that you need orthodontic treatment again is overcrowding of the teeth. Crowded teeth make it harder to brush and floss properly, which can lead to the buildup of plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental issues.
Gaps Between Teeth
Shifting teeth don’t just cause overcrowding, they also create gaps between the teeth. When you have too much space in between individual teeth on your top or bottom arch, it can affect your speech and make it harder to chew food.
Gum Disease & Tooth Decay
Out of alignment teeth not only affect your smile’s appearance but pose a serious problem to your health. When your teeth shift out of position, they create new pockets where bacteria and plaque can go undetected. These areas can be hard to reach with routine brushing and flossing, putting patients who are experiencing any form of orthodontic relapse at an increased risk for gum disease and tooth decay.
Jaw Pain or Discomfort
The jaw joint is responsible for almost all oral functions. When your joint health becomes compromised by a shifting bite or crooked teeth, these daily functions can become painful. If you notice any soreness or discomfort in your jaw, make an appointment with an orthodontist.
Difficulty Chewing or Speaking
Shifting teeth can also impact your ability to chew and speak with ease. When teeth aren’t evenly matched up, the bite pattern is thrown off. Issues that can result from shifting teeth include difficulty chewing foods thoroughly or pronouncing certain sounds.
Fixing Orthodontic Relapse
When it comes to orthodontic relapse, the sooner you address the problem, the better off you are. Fortunately, many patients can correct and reverse orthodontic relapse with the help of Invisalign treatment. Rather than wearing clunky, uncomfortable metal braces again, Invisalign clear aligners let adults regain a straight and beautiful smile on their own schedule.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Invisalign the best choice for treating orthodontic relapse?
Many adults prefer Invisalign because the clear aligners are so discreet and comfortable. Along with allowing adults a functional treatment, Invisalign can typically achieve the same results that braces would in about half the time.
Because the clear aligners are removable, they won’t keep you from enjoying your favorite foods and give you full access to brushing and flossing your teeth. They’re the perfect choice for treating orthodontic relapse, as patients who have previously had braces are likely to be excellent candidates for Invisalign.
What can I do after retreatment to preserve my straight smile?
Wearing your custom retainer is the most important habit for achieving lasting results from braces or Invisalign. Wear your retainer regularly for as long as Dr. Assi recommends.
Your teeth can start shifting more quickly than you think, especially in the time period directly after orthodontic treatment. Once your treatment is complete, a retainer helps solidify your straight smile and prevents orthodontic relapse. It’s also essential to visit our Coral Springs dental office for regular checkups and professional cleanings.
Dr. Assi Can Treat Your Orthodontic Relapse
Treating your orthodontic relapse is important for both your appearance and oral health. With Invisalign treatment with Dr. Assi, you can straighten your smile with no restrictions and in half the time of traditional braces. To learn more about orthodontic relapse and how our Coral Springs team can help you reverse it, call us at (954)-603-3508 to schedule your appointment.