It happens. Your intentions were good after your orthodontic treatment finished, but…
Tooth movement following the completion of orthodontic treatment doesn’t typically occur if retainers have been worn according to the recommendations of your orthodontist. If minor tooth movement becomes an issue, however, there are options for giving you back your beautiful smile without repeating your previous treatment:
- An active retainer has unique wires that allow teeth to move to the location desired. It is worn 20 hrs/day for 2 to 4 months, depending on how much tooth movement is required. Getting started involves 2 appointments: the first for 20-30 minutes to take an impression of your teeth and, 2 days later, a second appointment for 20 minutes to insert your custom retainer. You then see Dr. Duncan every 6 to 8 weeks for 10-20 minutes each time until your teeth have moved to their desired position. Once active treatment is complete, your retainer is worn nightly to maintain tooth position.
- Express Invisalign® is specifically designed for people whose tooth movement concerns can be corrected in 10 or fewer stages of Invisalign® aligners. Getting started involves 3 appointments over 5 weeks (see Invisalign® for detailed info). You then see Dr. Duncan every 6 to 8 weeks for 10-15 minutes each time, for approximately 3 to 6 months. Once active treatment is complete, your corrected tooth position will be maintained with typical retainers.