Congratulations 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
- 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.