Orthodontic relapse is a common problem for people who have worn braces. It can take several years for newly moved teeth to settle into their new positions. Once the braces come off, teeth can begin to shift again as the re-worked bone has not yet thickened enough to hold them in place. Dr Chaw Su Kyi, a renowned orthodontist, uses Invisalign® aligners and other technologies to treat orthodontic relapse in Hammersmith, West London.

Prevention of Orthodontic Relapse

Retainers after braces are crucial to avoid relapse as they will help keep teeth straight . However, if retainer usage is neglected or forgotten altogether crookedness may return, undoing years of orthodontic treatment.

Causes of Relapse

Incomplete Orthodontic Treatment

Incomplete orthodontic treatment is a leading cause of relapse. Patients may stop their treatments because they have moved, are unable to support the costs, or simply cannot handle an uncomfortable treatment by an inexperienced orthodontist.

Miscalculation of malocclusion of the teeth

Miscalculations in the treatment of malocclusion, or overbite,can lead to future complications. For orthodontic procedures to be effective, it is essential that all possible factors that may have caused the overbite be eliminated beforehand; otherwise, there could be an offsetting effect on how the teeth align themselves. Dr Kyi is an expert in overbite treatment in London.

Lack of Monitoring

Careful monitoring of orthodontic treatments is crucial to achieve the desired outcome. Changes in teeth or gums may directly affect the results of treatments and it is crucial that every follow-up appointment is attended to avoid relapse.

Lack of Patient Compliance

Missing appointments, eating prohibited foods and poor oral hygiene all translate into a lack of compliance. Treatment by the orthodontist contributes to only half of the results. Actions by patients are what make up the other half.

Not Enough Time for Teeth to Set

Everyone wants quick results, especially since orthodontic treatments can be uncomfortable and interfere somewhat with daily activities. However, orthodontic treatments cannot be rushed, and the full course of treatment as recommended by the orthodontist needs to be followed to achieve the desired outcome.

Continuing Bad Habits

Teeth grinding, thumb sucking, eating sticky or hard food, smoking, biting your fingernails and missing dental checkups are considered bad habits and can have negative effects on your orthodontic treatment.

Treatment of Orthodontic Relapse

The only way to treat orthodontic relapse is with teeth straightening treatments. The good news is that this does not necessarily mean you have to wear braces again. Invisalign for tooth relapse is a treatment whereby a series of clear aligners that fit over your teeth gradually move them into their desired positions. The treatment is discreet, tailor-made and offers an ideal solution for regaining your straight smile.

Dr. Chaw Su Kyi

Why Choose Dr Kyi?

Dr Kyi is a leading orthodontist who was awarded the 2020 Specialist Orthodontist of the Year in London. Recognized for her innovation and expertise in the field, you can schedule an appointment (virtual or in-person) to discuss solutions for your orthodontic relapse at her Hammersmith, West London practice.