Monacell Orthodontics Smile Touch-Up Program
Have you been thinking about making a few improvements to your smile and not wanting to break the bank or spend a lot of time in the doctor’s office? Dr Monacell’s Smile Touch-Up Program is just what you have been looking for.
The Smile Touch-Up Program is designed for adults that have only minor tooth alignment problems which can be addressed in a matter of just a few months. The average Touch-Up treatment time is three to six months. Most people choose Invisalign clear aligners for their Touch-Up, however, braces can be used also.
More complex alignment problems may require more extensive treatments and longer treatment times. Some patients may choose to only correct some of their alignment issues, and not others, in order to accomplish their treatment is six months or less accepting the limitations of this choice.
Why do tooth alignment changes occur?
Orthodontic Relapse is a term used to describe the tendency of teeth to return to their original pre-treatment positions following orthodontic treatment. Unfortunately, this is a fairly common problem. Studies estimate that up to 50% of patients will experience some form of relapse after completing treatment.
Retainers are recommended by orthodontists to reduce this tendency for change. Many adults dealing with relapse were told as teenagers that they could discontinue wearing retainers after a year or two. Today Orthodontists understand that teeth have a tendency to change throughout a person’s life and it is now recommended that retainers should actually be worn for life.
Causes of Orthodontic Relapse?
The most common reason for tooth shifting after orthodontic treatment is not wearing the retainer as directed by their orthodontist. Many patients underestimate the importance of continuing to wear retainers and, as time passes, gradually stop wearing them on a regular basis or altogether.
After active tooth movement, the bone and gums need time to stabilize around the teeth in their new positions. Retainers help to resist the forces trying to pull the teeth back toward their original positions. Irregular retainer wear is the primary reason we see relapse. There may be other factors contributing to relapse also.
Bruxing is a term used to describe chronic tooth grinding. This grinding can not only cause abnormal tooth wear, but it also places forces on the teeth that can alter tooth alignment and bite changes.
Genetics may have blessed you with a beautiful natural smile when you were younger. Unfortunately, you may experience some natural shifting of your teeth as you get older. Posterior teeth have a tendency to shift forward over time and may cause crowing of the anterior teeth.
Tooth Loss due to trauma, decay, or gum disease can cause the teeth on either side of the empty space to drift if the missing tooth is not replaced promptly. If this shifting is left uncorrected, it can lead to alignment and bite problems.
Treating Orthodontic Relapse
If you see that your teeth have shifted for any reason, there are few different options available to you to address this situation.
- Monitoring – If you have been wearing your retainers properly as directed, and only very minor shifting has occurred, we may elect to continue wearing retainers at night and monitor your tooth positions looking for further movement. This minor movement may be due to changes in bone and gum tissues from normal aging or retainers may become distorted over time due to wear.
- New retainers can be made if necessary, due to loss, breakage, or wear, to hold teeth in their current positions.
- Monacell Orthodontics’ Smile Touch-Up Program to correct minor alignment problems in three to six months.
- Retreatment with Invisalign clear aligners or clear braces can recreate that smile you have been wanting and improve your oral health too. Teeth that are properly aligned are much easier to keep clean with regular brushing and flossing. Retreatment can usually be done in less time than your original treatment.