There are a few reasons why teeth shift following orthodontic treatment. The patient may not have worn their retainer long enough for teeth to develop a memory of their new location. Or perhaps the patient was younger when braces were removed, and additional teeth erupting have resulted in the shift. Whatever the reason, Invisalign offers a teeth straightening method preferred by teens and adults of all ages.
If the eruption of the third molars has created an overcrowding situation, your dentist may advise they should be extracted before pursuing further action.
When you are ready to move forward you will find that teeth straightening with Invisalign versus traditional metal bands and brackets has many advantages:
Appearance – Invisalign aligners are clear making this method very popular.
Removable – You will take your “braces” out for snacks and meals. This means none of your favorite foods are off limits. You will probably remember the list of fresh fruits and vegetables, crunchy foods like chips and nuts, and chewy foods that were forbidden or very difficult to eat wearing braces the first time around.
Your daily oral maintenance routine is much easier to complete as well as being more thorough. You will take out the aligners to brush and floss daily, and your dentist will be able to keep your teeth in great shape while you straighten.
Comfort – There are no wires to poke or metal to abrade soft oral tissues.
Convenient – Treatment moves forward by replacing your aligner every two weeks. You won’t need to visit the dentist to have the wires tightened to keep the straightening process on track.
About the only similarities between traditional teeth straightening methods and Invisalign is the very early dental visit where pictures, x-rays, and dental impressions are taken. These are the very tools the Invisalign lab will use to fabricate your aligners utilizing 3-D digital technology.
You simply replace the aligner every two weeks. Each new aligner will gently shift teeth to their correct occlusion. Aligners must be worn twenty to twenty-two hours each day to maintain the schedule outlined by your dentist.
When treatment is concluded it is critically important to complete the process by wearing the retainer provided as recommended by your dentist. This should prevent teeth from moving back and keep your new smile looking great.
If you have more questions or want to see your own treatment options, schedule an appointment with our team today!