Changes after Treatment

Teeth have a tendency to change their positions after treatment, and throughout life. The more pronounced the misalignment of the teeth or depth of the bite, the more likely it is that your teeth or bite will want to shift "relapse" somewhat toward their original position. The lower front teeth have the greatest tendency to relapse. In some instances, we overcorrect some teeth in anticipation of movement after the retention period. However, some relapse may occur despite our best efforts and your conscientious cooperation in wearing the prescribed elastics, headgear and retainers.

Throughout life, the bite can change adversely due to the eruption of wisdom teeth, mouth breathing and other oral habits. Adverse bone growth, the normal aging process and other maturational changes that take place later in life are beyond our control, but long-term wear of your retainer can help reduce these potential effects.