Corrective braces for crooked or crowded teeth is normal standard practise for dentists worldwide but having a perfect smile comes at a cost according to a recent article by Doctor Quoc Lu.
Braces will re-align the teeth to the desired location to give you a good looking set of dentures and a winning smile but it comes at a price. Everything will naturally gravitate back to its original position and it is therefore important to wear a set of retainers as will be instructed by your dentist.
Retainers, as the name suggests, will:
– Retain. Retain, or hold, the teeth in the new position.
– Train. Train the roots to grow in the new direction.
– Maintain. Maintain the status quo.
However, failure to wear the individually-fitted retainers as prescribed by your dentist will undo all the good work previously undertaken. As stated in Dr. Lu’s article “teeth can shift naturally over time” and wearing a retainer, every night in some cases, is vitally important.
Dr. Lu’s full article regarding shifting of teeth after wearing braces can be found at http://yourdentalhealthresource.com/teeth-shifting-after-braces-is-it-normal/.