Dr. Michael Huang, DDS
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    that show off your best smile.
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    for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Adult Orthodontics

How can we help you?

At our Covina dental office, we welcome your questions. You should have a clear understanding of certain dental procedures, how they benefit you, and why they're important for your overall health and well-being. We've answered a few of the more commonly asked dental questions here, but we always have time for your questions about oral health care. Please don't ever hesitate to contact our Covina dental office for more information.

Adult Orthodontics

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:  

  1. Proper oral hygiene becomes difficult and may allow periodontal disease to develop.
  2. 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.

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