The main treatment that is absolutely necessary for anyone who has teeth straightening done over the age of 18 years old, is to have a retainer made for them. Retainers are designed to prevent any relapse of treatment.
In these types of treatment, adult teeth have been moved into another position many years after growth and development have completed. Hence there is often a higher chance of the teeth “wanting” to move back into their original position after treatment of any kind.
We recommend that adults continue with Retainer Treatment. The type and nature of the retainer is often dependent upon the individual case and the extent of movement that had been required, so each prescription is different.
There are essentially two types of retainers;
- Fixed Retainers. This is like a thin wire (or chain) that is connected to the inside of the front four or six teeth of the arch that was treated with orthodontics. It is completely invisible and others are not able to see it in your mouth. It should remain there indefinitely.
- Removable Retainers. This is made of a very hard plastic material and is often to be worn at night. It is used to “train” the musculature of the face of the new position and alignment of the teeth. This treatment is often short term. However, again it is prescriptive to the individual case.
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