Orthodontic treatment is a huge commitment, so the last thing you need is teeth movement months after wearing braces. Unfortunately, this occurrence is common and we see a huge increase in patients seeking treatment again following orthodontic relapse.
Keep in mind that wearing a retainer is necessary after braces. Unfortunately, this isn’t a priority for many. Consequently, their teeth might shift slightly after obtaining braces. Whether because of a failure to wear your retainer as recommended or other dental factors, it’s possible for previously straightened teeth to become crooked again.
If you’re experiencing this, you aren’t alone. You might be wondering whether there’s anything you can do besides reverting to conventional braces. Fortunately, straightening your teeth with Invisalign after braces is an effective and discreet way of reclaiming your beautiful smile.
Orthodontic Relapse Treatment
If you’ve undergone the effort of straightening your teeth only to have them move, you probably want them restored to their previous glory, but months in braces might not appeal to you. The good news is that Invisalign is perfect for mild and moderate teeth straightening.
The extent of treatment after braces can differ across patients. Patients with minor issues that need correction might require as few as seven aligners or Invisalign i7, which can make slight alterations to misalignment problems.
Others however, might require numerous months of Invisalign as a corrective measure because of considerable changes in their dental alignment.
What to Expect
- Shorter Treatment
If you’ve had orthodontic treatment before, you can expect a shorter treatment duration, typically 12-18 months.
- Fewer Office Visits
With braces, you have to see your orthodontist monthly to evaluate progress, have your wires tightened and rubber bands changed. On the other hand, Invisalign requires that you see your orthodontist every 6-8 weeks. Fewer visits translate into less inconvenience and less time spent on appointments.
- Minor Discomfort
Like braces, you might experience some discomfort initially when you begin treatment. However, the discomfort usually fades within 24 hours. You’ll discover Invisalign trays are comfortable and smooth for daily wear.
It can be frustrating when you realize you have to straighten your teeth again, particularly after wearing braces in your childhood days. Taking immediate steps to re-align your teeth before serious problems arise is crucial, however. If you opt for Invisalign, ensure you follow the recommended guidelines.