After completing an orthodontic treatment to align and straighten teeth, occasionally, teeth will shift in what is called an orthodontic relapse. This can occur due to changes in facial structure while aging, missing teeth, or wisdom teeth growth. Your orthodontist can work with you to avoid this repositioning of your teeth, but there are ways to treat this misalignment if it does occur. Invisalign is an ideal way to straighten teeth that is effective and discreet. Dr. Scott McElroy, an orthodontist in San Ramon, CA, describes the process of treating orthodontic relapse with Invisalign.
Evaluate your smile
If you notice a change in your bite or your teeth appear crooked, you should schedule an appointment with an orthodontist. A dental professional can examine your teeth to determine if there are alignment issues that need to be corrected. During a consultation, your orthodontist can discuss treatment plans to help you straighten your teeth. They will work with you to determine your aesthetic and restorative orthodontic goals. Invisalign can help straighten teeth after an orthodontic relapse.
Realign your teeth
Traditional braces can realign teeth after an orthodontic relapse, but Invisalign offers a discreet and often healthier option for patients of all ages. In this process, your doctor will use 3D imaging to create a set of clear aligners that fit your unique mouth. These aligners should be worn throughout the day, though they can be removed while eating or cleaning your mouth. Your orthodontist will provide new aligners every two weeks so that over time your teeth will straighten.
Prevent another relapse
Once your Invisalign treatment is complete, you should continue to stay in touch with your orthodontist to ensure you do not experience another orthodontic relapse. It can take about a year for your teeth to stabilize in their new positions after treatment. During this time, you should wear a retainer to keep teeth in place as they stabilize. You should also maintain proper oral hygiene. Clean and healthy teeth and gums provide a strong foundation that can prevent teeth from shifting due to problems like tooth decay or gum disease.
Invisalign available in San Ramon, CA
Dr. McElroy helps patients straighten teeth with Invisalign in San Ramon, CA. Our practice also offers other orthodontic treatments for patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment with us, contact our office online or reach us by phone at 925.415.4045.