It is normal for the teeth to “settle” after the braces come off. This settling can result in a bite that is actually better than when the braces were in place. Movement of the front teeth however is undesirable and patients, (and dentists alike) want to prevent it as much as possible. When the braces are on, the teeth are held tightly in place while the doctor carefully positions each one. After the braces come off however, there is no such control. The forces of occlusion, wear, and the tongue come back into play. Even if the teeth are held in place with a bonded retainer after appliance removal, the position of the teeth will still change with time.
Retainers are the key to preventing tooth movement. The most important time to be faithful with your retainer is immediately after your braces come off. Everyone is different and the length of time that retainers must be worn full time varies. Each patient must monitor their own teeth during the first month or two after their braces come off and make sure they wear their retainers at least as much as prescribed, even more if necessary. If you don’t wear your retainers and your teeth move because you didn’t, you may have to have braces again to move things back where they were.
If you are wearing your retainers faithfully and your teeth still move, you may need to have a bonded retainer glued behind them for a while until they are more stable. If you have a tight bite, you may not have room to fit a retainer behind your front teeth. In these cases you will need to let the teeth settle and have the teeth bonded or veneered to close the space. The spaces in these cases are due to the narrow size or shape of the teeth and not their position. Consequently, the “fix” is to change the size of the teeth and not to try and move them again.
If you notice small but progressive changes in the days or weeks after your braces come off, your retainer may need to be adjusted or replaced. The sooner you notice the problem and report it to your orthodontist, the more likely it will be that merely changing or adjusting your retainer will be enough. Clear aligners can also be created to correct minor movements that have occurred. These aligners may then be worn as permanent retainers after the realignment is complete. Bigger movements may require that brackets go back on the teeth for a visit or two. The longer changes are left unaddressed, the more extensive the additional treatment will be.
First impressions are vital. To truly make a memorable and impeccable first impressions one of the most important assets is a great smile. A smile lets people know that you are approachable, friendly and confident. It invites the, to get to know the person behind the smile. “When someone has a big smile, it shows they’re willing to open up and expose a part of themselves,” says Pamela McClain DDS, president of American Academy of Periodontology. Over the long term, smiling can benefit your health, perception at work, social life and romantic status. With that much at stake, its worthwhile to discover what your smile is saying about you– and how to interpret the smiles flashed your way.
People who smile project a positive outlook and are generally more flexible. They tend to cope better with challenges than people who are withdrawn and unsmiling. Just smile. Believe it or not, forcing yourself to smile can actually make you happier. Research studies show that for people who smiled spontaneously or on purpose, the activity in their brains was virtually the same. They felt happy.
You’d like to smile more, but you’ve been hiding it for as long as you can remember because of unsightly stains, cracks, gaps or misshapen teeth. Until recently, there were few options available to the average patient. Today, however, there is a wide range of restorative and orthodontic techniques and materials which allow you the choice to enhance and improve your smile.
At DentAlign Studio we are dedicated to provide community-based high quality comprehensive dental care services.
Our specialty and driving focus is to transform smiles one patient at a time and to make the process as easy and enjoyable as possible. We aim to provide superior service and individualized care for each patient in a family- like atmosphere that is caring, friendly and fun.
Our team’s commitment to building a lasting relationship as well providing each individual patient a truly outstanding experience is our goal. Exceptional orthodontic and restorative treatment outcomes fulfill our goals of enhancing self-esteem, self-confidence and overall dental health.
We want you to love your smile and allow us the privilege of transforming your smile and your life.