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How Do I Know If I Need Braces Again?

When you were younger, you probably already went through the process of wearing braces. At the time, you might have thought that you could count on your braces to straighten your teeth for life. However, although it’s true that many people only need to get braces once, there are some people who have to get braces again later in life. If you’re finding yourself in this position, it’s important to know that braces are more comfortable and effective than ever in the modern era. Here’s what to know about getting braces again and why you might need them.

Why You Might Need to Get Braces Again

There are a few key reasons that people find themselves talking to their orthodontist about braces again. In some cases, braces are needed a second time around because you experienced unexpected growth. If your teeth have grown at a faster rate or in a different way than what your orthodontist might have intended, for example, you might need braces a second time. This might happen because of injury or changes in your bite that caused them to move or shift out of place.

If your braces were removed prematurely, then your teeth could be more prone to shift, and you might need to have braces again later. It’s important to wear braces for the proper length of time before having them removed, or they won’t achieve the permanent changes you’re hoping for.

One of the most common reasons why many people end up needing to get braces again is because they don’t wear their retainer properly. If you have recently had your braces removed, you should make sure that you follow your orthodontist’s instructions about wearing your retainer. If you haven’t been following these instructions, then you may need to be prepared to wear braces again.

Top Signs You Might Need Braces Again

Many adults did not consistently wear their childhood retainers. Over time, your teeth naturally shift. Your mouth ages with you. Often, this presents itself with crowding of the front top and bottom teeth.

If you see that your teeth are beginning to crowd forward, feel free to reach out to us to discuss treatment options. Often, you will not need full braces again, and can be treated with Invisalign aligners. The treatment length will vary depending on the amount of movement needed.

Schedule a Consultation

The best way to learn more about your options for adult braces or Invisalign treatment is by meeting with an orthodontist who can help you create the right treatment plan for you. To meet with our team in Caledonia, MI, we invite you to contact Swan Orthodontics by calling or filling out our online form. We are able to meet with you in person, or online for a virtual consultation to go over treatment options, timing and pricing.