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Written by Dr. Chaw Su Kyi
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Specialist Orthodontist Dr Kyi will personally plan your treatment in meticulous detail to ensure your final result gives you long-term stability and a balanced, harmonious facial profile.
Your Full Orthodontic Consultation with Dr Kyi will include:
Listening to You! Dr Kyi will be delighted to answer any and every question you may have to truly understand your goals before determining which treatment, or combination of treatments, would be right for you and then creating a customised plan for your specific case and goals. Contact us at West London Orthodontist, located in Hammersmith Grove, to set up your consultation.
By Dr Chaw-Su Kyi
Dr Chaw-Su Kyi is a Specialist Orthodontist practising in West London. Recognized as a leader in Invisalign treatment , she specialises in advanced orthodontic treatment for adults and teens. She is on the editorial board of Clinical Dentistry and has been a featured expert in the The Independent, Huffington Post, and other publications.
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