It is very common for teeth to shift once braces have been removed. Still, this may cause some patients to become alarmed. This is also the very same reason why your dentist or orthodontist will recommend that a retainer is worn for a certain amount of time. If this device is not used properly, your future smile could be placed in jeopardy.
Let us take a look at what the experts have to say.
– While normal shifting is common, consult with an orthodontist if you notice major changes.
– Always wear the retainer for the entire time that the dental professional recommends.
– If the retainer is too painful, it may need to be adjusted by your orthodontist.
“If you neglect to wear your retainer even for a few nights—especially soon after your braces come off—your teeth could shift to the point that the retainer no longer fits.”
Dr. Colin Conway BDS BSc South Africa
With more than 20 years experience in dental practice, Colin has never been more excited and passionate about his dentistry!
Colin grew up in South Africa, and completed studies toward research science and dentistry degrees in South Africa. He moved from Cape Town to the UK in April 2002, and has worked in some of the UK’s leading dental practices - gaining the experience and confidence to offer a wide range of dental services.
Says Colin: "I often joke that I moved to the UK for the weather! But actually I moved because the UK offers world-class opportunities for dentists to expand their knowledge and skillset, a fact which I have embraced. I am equally comfortable doing a dental check-up and cleaning, placing a dental implant or fitting braces to straighten teeth."
Colin lives in Windsor with his partner and two dogs, enjoying the city/country balance offered by its close proximity to London. On weekends, you’re likely to find him cycling along the river or in some of the great parks surrounding the town.
Dr. Bruce Mutch BDS South Africa
Bruce has been in General Dental Practice for 30 years. Says Bruce: "I have always concentrated on Dental Health, getting patients healthy and showing them how it is possible to keep their own teeth for life.” Bruce has a special interest in Cosmetic Dentistry and Children’s Orthodontics. When he's not doing dentistry, you will find Bruce on the tennis court or walking his dog. "Animals have always been a big part of my life, and in my younger days I used to show jump competitively".