Why Do Teeth Shift?
There is no greater feeling than running your tongue over your beautiful, straight teeth after your braces are removed and then taking the first peek in the mirror. Over time, the novelty of that feeling fades, and your straight teeth become a regular part of your appearance that you become accustomed to seeing. However, months or years following orthodontic treatment, are you noticing that your teeth are starting to look and feel different? Almost like something is out of place? You are experiencing a very common and frustrating problem. Read on to learn more.
Why Do Teeth Shift?
Are you noticing that your teeth are moving slightly out of place following the completion of your braces treatment? This is a common and frustrating problem that many patients experience and which can occur at any time. Some patients notice movement immediately, and others notice changes years down the road. This can be distressing considering the time that was spent on correcting your teeth.
If you notice that your teeth are moving, it is important to take action right away. Your teeth might be moving for a variety of reasons, such as the continuous changing of the body over time, or the pressure that is put on the jaw and teeth when eating and speaking. Even speaking daily and the placement of your tongue can cause teeth to shift. If a teenager is experiencing shifting teeth, it is important they be seen immediately to check the status of emerging wisdom teeth.
What Can Be Done?
The best solution to fix shifting teeth is to wear your retainer. It is imperative that you follow the directions that you were given at the end of your braces treatment. It is absolutely necessary to wear your retainer in the months immediately following the removal of your braces. If your retainer no longer fits, please contact our office to schedule an appointment, as your teeth have already shifted.
If you are experiencing shifting teeth, you misplaced your retainer, or if something doesn’t feel right, please contact our office located in Southfield, MI. We want to make an appointment as soon as possible to correct any issues before a larger problem arises. We look forward to seeing you soon!