Orthodontic treatment is something many of us had as teenagers and then expected our smile to go the distance. However, in some cases, we may need to consider this treatment again later in life. There are a lot of reasons your teeth may have shifted over time and if your smile has become crooked or your teeth are uneven again, you may need to have orthodontic treatment for a second time.
Causes of orthodontics for a second time:
1) Not wearing your retainers as recommended (WEAR YOUR RETAINERS PLEASE)
2) Wisdom teeth (not every patient needs to have their wisdom teeth removed or will experience a noticeable shift in the position of their teeth, it is best to consult your dentist about your wisdom teeth and how they might affect your smile)
3) Poor oral hygiene/Gum Disease (If you don’t take proper care of your teeth and gums things can get complicated)
How do you know if you need braces again?
We just talked about what causes orthodontic relapse. But what should you look out for before booking another consultation with your orthodontist after so many years have passed? Some signs that you may need to get braces again include…
-Overcrowding, with teeth shifting back to their original position
-New gaps forming in your teeth where they weren’t after initially completing treatment
-Severe jaw pain or discomfort
-An increase in tooth decay and gum disease caused by shifting teeth
How long does it take to get braces a second time around?
When you are getting braces once again, it’s likely that less tooth movements need to take place. This means that treatment time may be shorter than your first round of orthodontic treatment. But this will vary from case to case, and can take anywhere from 3 to 18 months, SO BE AWARE THAT every case is different!
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