Crooked teeth after braces ? It may happen that, over the years, after wearing dental braces, an orthodontic recurrence occurs, i.e. it may happen that the teeth become crooked again.
Let’s see why this phenomenon happens and how it can be avoided.
Causes, consequences and remedies for crooked teeth
Having crooked teeth is a very common condition not only among adolescents but also in adulthood.
The causes behind this problem are often genetic in nature but can also be the consequence of bad habits , such as thumb sucking as children, excessive use of the pacifier and bruxismo phenomena.
This causes both physical and psychological consequences :
Aesthetic discomfort that can lead to embarrassment and lack of self-esteem;
Incorrect chewing and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders;
Back, neck, head and shoulder pain;
Difficulty in daily oral cleaning , favoring the proliferation of bacteria and putting the general health of the mouth at risk.
The remedy for dental misalignment is Orthodontics .
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals with the study, diagnosis and correction of the incorrect position of the teeth and jaw.
Wearing a fixed, mobile or transparent dental appliance allows you to correct malformations and dental anomalies.
In addition to an aesthetic issue, crooked teeth do not allow adequate oral cleaning, leading to other types of problems, such as tooth decay and periodontal disease.
The orthodontist will establish, after a careful analysis, which device is most suitable based on the needs and specific case of the patient.
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Crooked teeth after braces: causes and advice
Once orthodontic therapy is finished, it is important that the result achieved does not fade. In fact, it could happen that you return to having crooked teeth after braces: the so-called orthodontic recurrence.
By orthodontic relapse we mean the condition in which the teeth tend to naturally return to their original condition prior to orthodontic therapy.
Why do my teeth shift after wearing braces? The causes of orthodontic relapse
Orthodontic relapse occurs due to the ligaments of the teeth having a sort of ” memory effect ” which naturally brings them to their original position.
Displacements can occur due to muscular forces in the mouth region but also due to bad habits such as: bruxism, onychophagia and chewing on objects such as pens and pencils.
Our advice to avoid an orthodontic recurrence is to use a retainer (removable or fixed) after the end of the orthodontic treatment and therefore, immediately after the removal of the dental appliance . The retainer is an orthodontic device suitable for preventing the possibility of crooked teeth after braces. It is important to underline, however, that the retainer does not move the teeth but helps keep the teeth in the correct position. It must be worn according to the times and methods agreed upon by your dentist.
If you have crooked teeth and want to solve your problem by returning to smiling without embarrassment, contact us and request an initial visit without obligation.