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It is certainly a happy day when braces are removed resulting in a very pround patient who cannot stop smiling. Retainers are placed and everyone is so pleased. On rare occasions a patient may notice minor tooth movement after the braces are removed.
There are at least four main causes of tooth movement after treatment. I will review just one today. Unfortunately the primary reason normally can be traced back to lack of normal retainer wear. Full time wear is so essential for an extended period of time to allow the healing of bone immediately surrounding the corrected teeth. Normal bone healing in the body occurs over a 3 to 6 month period and this is similar bone surrounding teeth. .
Orthodontic retainers should be worn full time for at least 4-6months. Following full time wear the patient insures continued alignment by wearing the retainers at night during sleep indefinitely. Long term retainer wear reduces excess pressure to the teeth brought on by normal bruxing or grinding that occurs especially during deep sleep.
Certainly there are other causes for post-orth tooth movement and I will review them in future blogs every month. Keep on smiling. Smiles for a lifetime!
Time to Start Your High School Graduation Smile
On high school graduation day the graduate, parents, siblings, and all family members are so joyous with celebration and of course many photos are taken. A major milestone has taken place for the young adult.
Now is the time to enjoy the photos of your graduate and their full smile.
The natural smile takes place naturally in less than 25% of the population. Most parents notice that something is not acceptable or are informed at an early age by their dentist, that their child has a concern and should be evaluated. It is not unusual fort the child and parent to have a professional consult but do not proceed with interceptive treatment. Time passes and the teenager is a sophomore or junior in high school so, now maybe it’s time to create that “Graduation Smile”. Orthodontic materials have changed and are more esthetic and more efficient than ever before.
Treatment time can be reduced with increased efficiency. Clear Invisalign retainers are now more efficient and can make a big difference in patients 12-14 months. Detailing can then take place after graduation. Graduation is coming and now is the time to make an appointment for evaluation of treatment options.
Watch the video to learn more about Invisalign Teen here at Broomfield Orthodontics.
Watch this video to hear from some of our patients who are using the new Damon Clear braces…