Orthodontic relapse is when the tooth shifts to an unfavorable position after completing orthodontic alignment. It can be due to growth or genetic factor. But when the regression is higher, then retreatment may be required. Following strict retention protocols can reduce the risk of orthodontic relapse.
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I did not wear a retainer after the completion of my orthodontic treatment. Will it cause a gap formation between my teeth?
Query: Hello doctor, Four years ago, I got my teeth straight from a dental clinic using some braces. At the end of the treatment, they asked me to wear some teeth clips so that there would not be any gap formation. But as I have not followed it well there are some gaps in my teeth. So I want to know if th... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should have followed your dentist's advice and used retainers a little longer to avoid the relapse you are going through now. For now, I suggest you make an appointment with the same dentist if possible and ask if the relapse can be managed with the help of remov... Read Full »
My daughter was wearing ortho-braces for the last year; halfway dentist gave her Invisalign, but now the orthodontist asks her to get upper braces again. Please help.
Query: Hello doctor, My daughter underwent orthodontic treatment with dental braces for the past year. Then during half of the treatment doctor removed the dental braces and gave Invisalign, then continued with another retainer. Then finally, the orthodontist said that she need to go for upper braces again... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. The braces may be removed during her active phase. But even the retainers can handle it. You must have skipped your retainers or Invisalign at times so that the teeth under retention have many possible chances to rotate or move. Please visi... Read Full »
I had braces for protruded teeth, and they relapsed as I did not wear my retainers. Can this be corrected?
Query: Hi doctor, I had a braces treatment for protruded teeth three years ago. The two premolars in the upper jaw were removed. After the completion of the treatment, I was asked to wear retainers. I did not wear them properly. Now, my teeth look protruded again. Can this be corrected? Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Yes, the relapse can be corrected. As you have undergone braces treatment previously, I suggest you go for clear aligners and retainers later. I also suggest you consult a dentist to discuss the treatment plan. I hope this helps you. ... Read Full »
Can removing retainer for one week after 9.5 years of braces removal cause teeth shifting?
Query: Hello doctor, I lost my retainer and need to get a new one. This will be a week without a retainer. I got my braces removed nine and a half years ago and have worn the retainer every night. I would have missed it once in a blue moon. What are the chances of my teeth shifting even if it is a little? ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. Retainers are considered an important part of orthodontic therapy as they hold or retain the teeth in the corrected positions after the treatment. In the meantime, the jaw bone and surrounding tissues get mature enough to hold the teeth the... Read Full »
I have a gap in my front teeth even after getting orthodontic treatment. Please provide me with an alternative solution.
Query: Hello doctor, I have a gap in my front teeth even after orthodontic treatment. Please suggest me a proper treatment for my concern. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. Firstly, a physiologic space between front teeth is known as midline diastema. The gap may also be caused by weak, infected gums (periodontitis). The gap can also be due to low positioning of the labial frenum, ... Read Full »
I had loose teeth while removing the braces, preventing me from wearing Invisalign. What can be done to restore my teeth' alignment?
Query: Hello doctor, I had braces before, and the doctor gave me an Invisalign to wear at night when he took off my braces. However, while taking off the braces from my lower front teeth, my three lower front teeth were loose, and since then, I have had a problem eating food or wearing an Invisalign, as ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You should have worn your clear retainers (they are not Invisalign) for around two years at least so that the teeth can get strong at the correct position. Then, in your current condition, you can go for Invisalign therapy to correct those minor rotations of the fr... Read Full »
I had my braces removed, but I still think that my front teeth are shifting forward. What to do?
Query: Hi doctor, I had my braces removed, but I still think that my front teeth are shifting forward. My dentist says this is because I have a Greek jaw. Can tooth extraction make my teeth go backward? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your question I can understand your concern about your malocclusion. If you had skeletal malocclusion, there was no need for braces, and if you had dental malocclusion there, treatment should have been satisfactory. I am not able to draw a conclusio... Read Full »
My teeth shifted as I discontinued wearing the retainer. How long will it take for the teeth to realign if I start the treatment again?
Query: Hello doctor, My teeth shifted after braces, and I accidentally lost my retainer at work and could not afford a new one then. My last orthodontic treatment left gaps, crooked teeth, and crossbites. How severe is my case, and how long treatment will I need again? I am attaching pictures of my teeth. ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Retainers are an important part of orthodontic treatment as they hold the teeth in the corrected position until the bone beneath gets matured enough and does not allow them to return to previous positions. This process takes about 10 to 11 months, so it is advised to... Read Full »
After having braces five years ago, my teeth are again crowded. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, I have a complex case, as stated by my dentist. I had braces five years ago, but my teeth went back to their previous state, overlapped, like they were tightly fit into a small place, apparently because of the shape of my mouth. Also, I have fear from getting braces the second time, t... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can exactly tell you about your case on seeing radiographs and clinical pictures of teeth if you can provide. While, your query is telling me you had a relapse of orthodontic treatment. Now you have two options. 1. Go for invisible tray ortho treatment (in which invi... Read Full »
My lower teeth are hitting the back of my upper front teeth after removing my permanent retainer. Should I go for a permanent retainer again?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 53 years old. I had my permanent retainers removed six months ago, after 26 years. My lower front teeth are flaring out. They are hitting the back of my upper front teeth. I am a tongue thruster. Can I have these teeth that had the retainer removed, rebraced, and another permanent... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Yes, you can get the particular segment of teeth re-braced and later a permanent retainer. However, you can also have other options to consider before deciding on the treatment option. Before that, we should initia... Read Full »