People often think that their orthodontic treatment is complete once their braces come off. While it’s true the hardest part is over, orthodontic treatment will last forever, and yes, we’re talking about retainers. But let’s say your teeth have already started to shift; what do you do now? In this blog, we’ll discuss how to best avoid teeth shifting and what to do about teeth that have already begun to shift.
It’s very common for people to slowly stop wearing their retainers over time. Unfortunately, this is a big mistake. No matter how long ago you got your braces off, wearing your retainer is the best way to keep your teeth in their aligned positions. Failure to do so will result in your teeth shifting back to their original positions. If you’re noticing your teeth are starting to shift, be sure to pop your retainer back in for a few weeks.
If it’s been too long since you’ve worn your retainer, it could be nearly impossible to get it on again. If this is the case, don’t force it! Forcing your retainer on when it clearly doesn’t fit anymore is a great way to damage your teeth. Instead, visit your orthodontist, who will give you the best advice on how to realign your teeth.
Shifts in teeth alignment is typically an easy fix. If you notice your teeth shifting after receiving orthodontic treatment, you need to take action before the problem worsens. To schedule a quick consultation with one of our orthodontists at Mequon Smile Design, call 262.240.9400 today!