Dealing with Post-Braces Relapse
Are your teeth making a crooked comeback? Here’s a look at why braces relapse happens and what you can do to get your smile back.
After enduring years of braces treatment, you’re finally rid of those metal brackets but before you’re done celebrating, your teeth are shifting out of position again. It’s almost like they have a mind of their own!
But the real culprits behind braces relapse are in fact your periodontal ligament fibres.
These are the fibres that wrap around teeth, causing them to ‘bounce’ back to their original position. Keeping the periodontal ligament fibres in check is the reason why retainers are so important after your braces come off. Braces relapses are largely due to the irregular use of retainers and tend to be more common among people who suffered from crowding and had to have their teeth rotated to form neater arches.
We know it’s distressing. However, if the relapse has already occurred, we’re sorry to say that you need braces again. The silver lining is that there’s now a viable alternative to traditional braces — near-invisible braces called Invisalign.
Why Choose Invisalign to Fight Braces Relapses?
In braces relapse cases, the misalignment of teeth is typically milder and noticed earlier, so fixing it involves moving teeth to a smaller extent. Invisalign is said to be great for mild misalignments and, in this case, can even be a potentially faster way to achieve the results you want.
Invisalign is also known to be more comfortable than traditional braces: no wires, no metal brackets, just a smooth, virtually invisible plastic tray that you slide over your teeth. The aligner tray is removable so you can brush and floss as usual for better oral hygiene minus the hassle. And, as a bonus, no one will be able to tell that you’re back on braces!
So don’t lose your smile just because your teeth have started to rebel.
Enlist the help of a qualified dentist to fight back!