Can Invisalign Fix Relapsed Teeth?

Post by: / April 2, 2018

We have heard this story many times before; an adult patient had braces as a teen, and now their teeth have shifted positions. These patients don’t want to endure braces again, but they also don’t want their teeth to revert back to their original position either. Here at Cory Liss Orthodontics, we have the perfect solution: Invisalign.

Why Do Teeth Relapse?

Tooth relapse after braces is incredibly common. This is for two reasons.

  1. Our mouths are constantly shifting. This is natural and can’t be helped.
  2. Your teeth have not been given enough time to become fully fixed in their new places. This is because that shiny new retainer you were given by your orthodontist spent more time in your drawer than in your mouth.  

How Does Invisalign Fix Relapsed Teeth?

Braces are a fairly intensive process, and needing them a second time is usually not necessary. Invisalign is the cool, older sister of braces. No awkward brackets or wires, no aching mouth after a tightening. Invisalign aligners are made of a hard plastic which gradually move your teeth into their intended position. Every few weeks, you will receive a new set to switch out.

How to Avoid Another Relapse?

Invisalign is wonderful in that it can be removed for meals. However, some patients can take advantage of this and forget to pop those aligners back in. In order to be effective, your aligners must be in your mouth for at least 22 hours a day. Then once you are done with Invisalign aligners, you aren’t done with your treatment. Like braces, you will be required to wear a retainer of sorts. Do not make the same mistake you did the first time and neglect your retainer.

Relapsing teeth can be disheartening, but it’s not the end of the line for your mouth! If you’ve noticed some unwanted shifting, ask your orthodontist about Invisalign. Discrete, comfortable, and easy to use, Invisalign may just be the next step in your orthodontic journey!