Why Are My Teeth Shifting After Braces?

Adult patients may experience their teeth shifting after braces years after receiving orthodontic care. Orthodontic relapses occur when the teeth begin to shift in patients who have had prior orthodontic treatment, such as braces, to correct malocclusion or to straighten teeth. Treating orthodontic relapses are important to prevent further deterioration of the patient’s oral health. Dr. Mohammed Izadi takes care to provide support for the retention of orthodontic treatments on patients of all ages.

When children and adults receive orthodontic care at Izadi Orthodontics, we work to ensure minimal risk of future relapse. We aim to correct the functional aspects of malocclusion and crooked teeth to prevent shifting after treatment. We also promote patient education for the support of long-term maintenance of all orthodontic treatments performed at our Timonium, MD orthodontic office.

Why Are My Teeth Shifting After Braces?

Causes of Teeth Shifting After Braces

A thorough bite analysis and orthodontic exam will help Dr. Izadi determine the cause of relapse. Izadi Orthodontics looks at the fundamental skeletal relationship in order to correct the functional cause of tooth misalignment promoting lasting results. There are several potential causes of orthodontic relapse:

  • Teeth shift as a natural part of the aging process as the facial structure changes
  • Tooth loss causing teeth to become crooked, causing painful tension in the jaw
  • Insufficient initial orthodontic treatment that did not address the orthodontic alignment of the skeletal system

Treatment Options for Shifting Teeth

Traditional braces, self-ligating braces or clear aligners may be used to correct an orthodontic relapse. Other patients may only need to use a retainer to adjust their teeth. Depending on the underlying reason for shifting teeth after braces, Dr. Izadi may recommend the following:

  • Invisalign
  • Self-Ligating Braces
  • Ceramic Braces
  • Orthodontic Appliances

Schedule an Orthodontics Consultation

Are you looking for an orthodontist in Timonium? Find a solution to shifting teeth after braces by contacting our office at (410) 919-9806 or request a consultation online and we will respond to you personally.