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Shifting Teeth and How to Stop Them

Olson Orthodontics How to Stop Shifting TeethCongratulations on getting your braces off! It’s a big day. Braces or Invisalign is a big investment in time and money. So, it’s important to take good care of that investment. Teeth can still move and shift after your braces have been removed. Keep reading to learn why and how to make sure your perfect smile stays perfect.

Why Teeth Shift

Over time, a person’s teeth can shift even if they’ve had braces. Our bodies keep growing and/or changing overtime for the rest of our lives. Some of those changes can cause teeth to move out of the ideal position that braces helped achieve. This is the cause of most shifting teeth. Other reasons include:
  • Missing or broken permanent teeth due to injury or decay
  • Teeth grinding (Bruxism)
  • Wisdom teeth eruption

Tip #1 – Wear Your Retainers

The number one most important way to keep your teeth from moving after braces is to wear your retainer regularly. Your orthodontist will take impressions of your teeth as soon as your braces come off to have a custom retainer made just for you. Remember to wear your retainer just as instructed. This is the easiest and most effective tool against shifting teeth!

Tip #2 – Don’t Ignore Movement

Never ignore it if you notice that your teeth are moving. It is important that you take action right away! As you read earlier, there are several reasons why teeth might shift. Be sure to let us know if wisdom teeth, injury, decay, or missing teeth is the culprit. We can best advise you on how to combat these reasons. If you notice that your retainer is no longer fitting properly, there’s a good chance that you haven’t been wearing it as directed or that it has become damaged or bent. Make an appointment with us so that we can fix or replace your retainer as soon as possible to prevent further movement.

Tip #3 – Basic Oral Hygiene

As you’ve already read, tooth decay can cause teeth to move – but why? If the shape of your tooth changes due to decay or if it comes out altogether, your other teeth may move to fill in the empty space. Regular brushing and flossing are the best way to prevent decay or missing teeth. Also, be sure to have checkups with your general dentist every six months.

Stop the Shift

If you ever have any questions about shifting teeth, your retainer, or other orthodontic-related topics, let us know! We were there with you every step of the way to create your perfect smile and our entire team wants to help you make sure you keep it that way.
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