Ideally, the results you get from wearing braces would last forever. For many adults however, orthodontic relapse is a common and somewhat disappointing experience, particularly after having spent years wearing metal braces in junior high and high school. If you’re seeing any of the following signs, it might be time to consider another round of braces.
1. New Crowding
Perhaps the most obvious sign that braces are in your future is overcrowding, particularly if your teeth were crowded before your first round of orthodontics. Without the reinforcement provided by nightly retainer use, it’s not uncommon for teeth to begin shifting back to their original position.
2. New Gaps
Shifting teeth don’t just create crowding – they also leave empty gaps in their wake. If you think your teeth are shifting out of position, look for new gaps that weren’t there when you immediately finished braces treatment. Teeth in a well aligned smile sit side by side without overlap and are easy to floss.
3. Gum Disease & Tooth Decay
Moving teeth aren’t just a cosmetic issue – they also pose a serious health problem. When teeth shift out of position, they create new places where bacteria and plaque can develop undetected. As these areas can be hard-to-reach with just routine brushing and flossing, patients who’ve experienced any form of orthodontic relapse are also at an increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay. If you notice that your gums look red or bleed easily, this is a serious sign that you should visit the dentist for treatment.
4. Jaw Pain or Discomfort
From biting to breathing, the jaw joint is responsible for almost all oral function. When joint health is compromised by crooked teeth and shifting bite, these daily functions can become a painful part of life. If you notice soreness or discomfort in your jaw, it’s time to make an appointment with your orthodontist.
5. Difficulty Chewing or Speaking
Shifting teeth can also impact your ability to chew and speak with ease. When teeth do not evenly match up in the mouth, the bite pattern is thrown off. Issues that can result from shifting teeth include difficulty chewing foods thoroughly or pronouncing certain sounds.
I’m Showing Signs of Orthodontic Relapse – What do I Do?
When it comes to orthodontic relapse, the sooner you address the issue, the better off you are. Luckily, most patients can correct and reverse relapse by undergoing Invisalign treatment. Rather than having to wear metal braces again, this clear aligning option lets adults regain their straight and beautiful smile on their own schedule.
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Conveniently located in Coral Gables, our Miami orthodontist has helped thousands of adult patients regain confidence in the way their smile looks with Invisalign treatment. Whether you’re considering Invisalign to correct a relapsed smile or thinking about getting braces for the first time, you can trust our experienced orthodontist will help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Call us today to get started!