Repositioning Teeth with Orthodontic Appliances

Some Reasons Teeth Move

Teeth can move out of place due to various factors, including:

  1. Natural Aging Process: As we age, our teeth tend to shift naturally. This can be attributed to changes in the structure of the jawbone and the weakening of the periodontal ligaments that hold the teeth in place.

  2. Genetics: Inherited traits can contribute to misalignment or overcrowding of teeth. If a person has a family history of orthodontic issues, they may be more prone to teeth shifting.

  3. Jaw Growth Irregularities: Problems with jaw growth can cause misalignment of the teeth. Conditions such as an underbite, overbite, or crossbite can result in teeth being positioned incorrectly.

  4. Tooth Loss: When a tooth is lost, neighboring teeth may start to shift into the empty space. This can lead to misalignment and changes in the bite.

  5. Dental Habits: Certain habits can affect tooth positioning. For example, thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, or prolonged use of pacifiers can apply pressure to the teeth and cause them to move out of place.

  6. Oral Health Issues: Gum disease or periodontal problems can weaken the supporting structures around the teeth, leading to tooth movement.

  7. Trauma or Injury: Accidents or injuries to the face or jaw can disrupt the alignment of teeth, causing them to shift or become misaligned.

It's worth noting that teeth shifting can occur even after orthodontic treatment, which is why wearing retainers as prescribed by the orthodontist is crucial to maintaining the corrected alignment. Regular dental check-ups can help identify any early signs of teeth movement and allow for timely intervention if needed.

How Teeth are Properly Repositioned

Invisalign treatment utilizes a series of clear aligner trays to reposition the teeth gradually. The process involves the following steps:

  1. Consultation and Treatment Planning: During the initial consultation, the orthodontist assesses the patient's teeth and discusses their treatment goals. If Invisalign is deemed suitable, digital impressions or physical molds are taken to create a 3D representation of the teeth.

  2. Custom Aligner Fabrication: Using the digital impressions, a series of custom-made aligner trays are fabricated specifically for the patient. These trays are made of clear, BPA-free plastic and are virtually invisible when worn.

  3. Wearing the Aligners: The patient wears each set of aligners for a prescribed period, usually around 1-2 weeks, before progressing to the next set. The aligners exert gentle, controlled forces on the teeth, gradually shifting them into the desired positions. The trays are worn for 20-22 hours per day, only being removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.

  4. Progression and Monitoring: Throughout the treatment process, the patient visits the orthodontist periodically to receive new sets of aligners and to ensure the treatment is progressing as planned. The orthodontist monitors the tooth movement and makes any necessary adjustments to achieve the desired outcome.

  5. Completion and Retention: Once the final set of aligners has been worn and the teeth have reached their intended positions, the active phase of treatment is complete. At this stage, the patient may be provided with retainers to maintain the new tooth alignment. Retainers are typically worn at night or as recommended by the orthodontist to prevent teeth from shifting back to their original positions.

It's important to note that the duration of Invisalign treatment varies depending on the individual's specific orthodontic needs. The orthodontist will provide personalized guidance throughout the process to ensure optimal results.

Removable Devices That We Offer

Orthodontists may recommend various types of removable devices based on a comprehensive examination, bite impressions, and a diagnosis of current conditions. Some common options include:

  1. Invisalign®: Invisalign braces utilize a series of clear plastic trays to gradually shift the teeth into proper alignment. These trays are replaced every few weeks to maintain consistent pressure on the teeth and facilitate movement.

  2. Retainers: Retainers are often prescribed after completing orthodontic treatment with braces. They help maintain the achieved alignment by allowing the jawbone to adapt to the new position and preventing teeth from shifting back over time.

These removable devices offer convenience and flexibility for patients, as they can be easily removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. It's important to follow the orthodontist's instructions on wearing and caring for these devices to ensure optimal results and successful treatment outcomes.

If you have questions or concerns about the realignment of your teeth, please contact your dental professional.


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