Many people have had braces at least once in their life, usually when they are pre-teens or teenagers. Some people find out later in life that they may need to wear braces again! How can this be? Isn’t once time enough? Turns out, having to wear braces a second time around with an Idaho Falls orthodontist is pretty common, for several different reasons. If your Idaho Falls orthodontist recommends you should have braces again, these are some possibilities why!
Why Would You Need Braces Again?
Most people who need braces have them put on when they are young, usually in their pre-teens or teen years. A person normally wears braces to straighten their teeth, and/or move their teeth to a better position for a better “bite” (occlusion). It is important that your teeth come together well with your jaw closed, a good bite reduces grinding, clenching, abnormal tooth wear, and breaking or chipping of the teeth. Wearing braces causes teeth to be in the best position in the mouth to prevent this, and also gives the wearer a beautiful smile. After the braces are removed, most patients are fitted with a retainer. This can be a removable plastic and metal retainer, or a wire retainer that is cemented to the back of the teeth. A retainer should be worn every day, usually at night. The retainer is designed to keep the teeth where they are for the rest of a patient’s life. Teeth will move around in the jaw if they are not held in place. But wearing a retainer daily is a habit many people just don’t get used to. And so, by adulthood, many people find themselves with orthodontic problems they thought had been resolved in their youth. Other issues may present themselves as well, such as wisdom teeth growing in and moving the teeth around them, tooth loss of any kind whether from decay or accident will cause space in the jaw that will cause teeth to move. And other developed habits such as bruxism (grinding) and clenching, that can be caused by stress that comes later in life. Teeth that move around also can cause the gums to pull away from the teeth and then recede. Gum recession causes tooth pain and sensitivity, increased risk for cavities, and increased risk for tooth loss. Gum grafts may become necessary. This is a procedure where tissue from the roof of the mouth is excised and then grafted (stitched) to the gum line where it has receded. As an aside, gum grafts won’t work if your bite is wrong, so again, the bite has to be corrected. All of these issues can lead to a second go-around with braces.
Options For Braces And Orthodontics In Idaho Falls
After your orthodontist in Idaho Falls has determined that a second treatment for braces is necessary, you have some interesting choices! You can still get the metal “train track” style braces that are common, but also very effective. Lingual braces, which are the same as the regular metal braces, but are adhered to the backsides of your teeth, are not visible when you smile. A plastic-type of braces that is becoming very popular, also known as clear or plastic aligners, are a good choice if you don’t like the way metal braces look. Small hard plastic “nubs” are cemented to your teeth that need to be moved, and you are given several “sets” of plastic aligners that lock onto the nubs. Each set is to be worn for a specific time, and the position of the nubs locks on the aligners changes subtly between each set, causing your teeth to move to the new position over time. When your teeth are back to their optimal position, once again you will have to wear a retainer. Like before, this could be a metal wire cemented to the backside of the teeth, or a plastic and metal one you will wear at night. If you opted for clear aligners, your retainer will simply be a more durable plastic version of your last aligner set. You will only wear it at night. The important lesson here is to always wear your retainer unless you want braces a third time around!