Chances are, whether you had metal or much less intrusive Invisalign aligners, you will be excited for the time to come when they will be removed. One thing to remember, even after they come off, is that braces are an investment. Besides the monetary investment, braces require a commitment from the patient to show up for scheduled appointments, or, in the case of Invisalign users, follow the straightening system schedule. Either way, whether it takes a couple of months or a couple of years, you will be glad that you invested in that beautiful smile you both desire and deserve.
Remember, if you do decide to get braces, then the future of your teeth is in your control. Maintaining your teeth post-braces is often as simple as following some simple instructions. If you opted for traditional metal braces, your orthodontist will provide you with proper follow-up instructions. This may include wearing a retainer, scheduling follow-up appointments, and adhering to any other instructions prescribed. For those patients who opted for Invisalign, maintenance is quite simple. You see, with Invisalign, the treatment comes with its own retention system which ensures that your teeth remain straight after you have concluded the alignment procedure. Following these simple instructions will help decrease the likelihood of your teeth reverting back to their original, less attractive, state.
Unfortunately, not all patients follow post-braces maintenance procedures which will result in the patients teeth shifting back towards their original crooked state. Even though those who experience shifting don’t necessarily represent a majority of the population who have had braces at one point or another, the possibility of a relapse is enough to deter some people from getting braces in the first place. Imagine the disappointment you would feel if the time, money, and possibly a degree of self-esteem you invested in your smile turns out to be all in vain.
You may be asking what happens to those patients who’s teeth relapse and unfortunately, if it has been years since they had their braces removed, then chances are good that they will have to start the whole process all over again. In this situation, the Invisalign system can be prescribed to help correct the shifting teeth. If the patient was originally prescribed the Invisalign system, resuming treatment is often all it takes to correct the relapse. This is often as simple as utilizing the original Invisalign trays to resume the treatment.
Even though there are no teeth-straightening systems which are completely infallible, advances in the orthodontics field have made them far more effective than before. As long as you do your part, and follow instructions provided by your orthodontist, you will be rewarded with an awesome smile for many years to come.
The information in the article is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.