I had braces, but now my teeth are crooked again. Why is that and what can be done about it?
We see this problem frequently at our Covina dental office. The change in the alignment of your teeth has most likely occurred because you did not wear your retainer after orthodontic treatment was complete.
It’s understandable that you didn’t want to continue to wear the retainer as prescribed by your dentist. After all, you spent a lot of time dealing with braces, and you were probably anxious to be done with the process.
What most people don’t realize, though, is that your teeth are always moving slightly, whether you’ve had braces or not. The purpose of a retainer after orthodontic treatment is to make sure that the shifting of your teeth does not allow your teeth to drift out of alignment.
It is imperative that after orthodontic treatment you wear a fixed or removable retainer to prevent relapse and keep your teeth in alignment. Misaligned teeth can cause two major problems:
- Proper oral hygiene becomes difficult and may allow periodontal disease to develop.
- Your bite will change, which can lead to clenching and/or grinding of teeth.
If your teeth have shifted, please contact our Covina dental office, and we can arrange a consultation. Dr. Huang offers Invisalign and Clear Correct aligner therapy to fix your misaligned teeth and give you back the smile you want.