TREATING ORTHODONTIC RELAPSES | NOBLE ORTHODONTICS, CARRBORO
Restore Your Smile
Have you seen a shift in your smile after completing orthodontic treatment in the past? At Noble Orthodontics, we understand that smiles can change over time.
Dr. Jeff Berndt and Dr. Tate Jackson have helped numerous patients correct orthodontic relapses and regain confidence in their smiles. Let's explore what orthodontic relapse means, why it occurs, and the treatment options available at our Carrboro practice.
Understanding Orthodontic Relapse
Orthodontic relapse happens when your teeth gradually return to their original positions after completing orthodontic treatment.
Whether it occurs within a year (short-term relapse) or a year or more after treatment (long-term relapse), it's a common occurrence. Studies show that approximately half of all patients experience relapse within ten years of completing their initial treatment.
One primary reason for orthodontic relapses is irregular retainer use. After orthodontic treatment, your teeth, surrounding bone, and gums need time to settle into their new positions.
Wearing your retainer as prescribed by Dr. Berndt and Dr. Jackson is crucial to prevent your teeth from naturally drifting back. Additional factors contributing to adult tooth shifting include genetics, aging, tooth loss, and teeth grinding.
When addressing orthodontic relapses, we offer several options. If you've noticed only minor tooth movements and have been wearing your retainer consistently, we may choose to monitor your teeth for further changes and intervene if necessary.
In cases where even minor tooth movement requires attention, we can provide you with a new retainer. This step is typically taken if you've lost or damaged your existing retainer. For lower teeth alignment maintenance, fixed retainers are often recommended, while removable aligners are suitable for the upper teeth.
Retreatment for Significant Relapses
If your orthodontic relapse is substantial, Dr. Berndt or Dr. Jackson may recommend retreatment with braces or clear aligners during your examination.
The good news is that retreatment is generally quicker than your initial orthodontic treatment, and we offer affordable treatment options to correct your relapse.
Our durable stainless steel brackets attached to the front of your teeth, along with a wire, offer effective treatment for various cases, from simple to complex. You can even personalize them with colors.
Clear braces provide a discreet option for orthodontic treatment. These braces use translucent brackets and wires to blend with your teeth, offering effective alignment correction while maintaining a more inconspicuous appearance. They are suitable for various cases and offer comfort and effectiveness in achieving your desired smile.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners to straighten your teeth without brackets and wires. These custom-designed, removable trays are made of a soft thermoplastic material, allowing for food freedom and easy oral hygiene. However, patient compliance is crucial, as wearing the aligners as directed is essential for successful treatment.
Take Back Your Smile
No matter the cause of your orthodontic relapse, you can rely on our expert team at Noble Orthodontics to help you rediscover the smile you once had while improving your oral health.
If you're ready to get your smile back on track, contact us today to schedule your FREE consultation at our Carrboro office. We're excited to assist you on your journey to a confident smile!