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Why Do Teeth Move After Braces Are Removed?
We understand how frustrating it might be to see your perfect teeth shift immediately once your braces are removed. Some questions you may ask yourself are:
• Is this normal?
• Did the orthodontist do something wrong?
• Can it be prevented?
Your tongue, age, and genetics are some of the many factors that contribute to your tooth movement. The goal of our orthodontic treatment is not to completely immobilize your teeth, but to minimize any changes that may occur. Therefore, it is normal to see your teeth move or settle once your braces come off.
Preventing Tooth Movement
Consistently wearing your retainer is vital in preventing tooth movement. The most important time to wear your retainer is immediately after your braces are off. We understand that each patient is different, so we suggest that you monitor your own teeth during the first month or two after your braces are removed to see if your retainer was appropriately molded. The sooner you notice the problem, the more likely a simple change or adjustment on your retainer is necessary. If you have not been wearing your retainers and your teeth have drastically moved, you may have to wear braces again to shift them back to where they were.
Contact WGM Orthodontics for More Information
Our orthodontists at WGM Orthodontics are here to help you with any questions or concerns you may have about your dental health. If you feel that your teeth have moved even after consistent retainer wear, please contact us at our many convenient locations to schedule an appointment.