I had Invisalign done many years ago. I was really quite happy with the results. After the Invisalign trays were done, I was supposed to wear a retainer for an entire year. And then I moved to just wearing it in the evening. I’ve noticed lately that I am starting to notice gaps in my front teeth. So, I made an appointment with an orthodontist. I was shocked to hear him recommend that I do another round of Invisalign. Or he said I could get the retainer redone to wear all the time. I chose the retainer. But when it was removed, I’m noticing that my teeth are moving again. Is this normal? Do I really need to do Invisalign all over again? Or do I just need to wear the retainer from now on?
-Ben in Missouri
During orthodontic treatment you’ll notice mobility in your teeth. Things usually tighten up with support and stabilizing appliances like a retainer. That said, genetics and personal habits play a big part, as well. Some orthodontists will recommend that retainers be worn all the time. That way, it ensures your teeth stay where they need to.
It doesn’t sound like your teeth are tightening back up when the retainer isn’t being worn. Having another round of Invisalign done, won’t help your teeth re-tighten. Although, the trays will move the teeth into their correct positions. It is of course difficult to give you specific recommendations without having seen your case in person. But after getting the teeth re-aligned, it sounds like a removable retainer isn’t the best choice for you. So, you could discuss a fixed retainer with your orthodontist. This type of appliance would be affixed to the back of your teeth and would always remain in place. You wouldn’t be able to see it, so no one would know you are wearing it.
Since your teeth are continually shifting, so you may be a candidate for a fixed appliance.
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