Most people associate the word “relapse” with drug or alcohol addiction. But what happens when you do not wear your retainers every night after intense orthodontic work? Your teeth relapse.
There is a way to fix an ortho relapse. It’s called rehab. Just kidding! It’s called Invisalign. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? Thought so.
The newest version of Invisalign is an excellent option for those who have suffered an ortho relapse from not properly caring for their teeth in the aftermath of orthodontia. If you had braces as a kid (or as an adult)… wear your retainers! It will be cumbersome and inconvenient at times, but in the long run it will be extremely worth it.
Teeth shift. It’s what they do. It’s only natural for teeth to want to shift back to the position they were in before corrective orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic treatment is not cheap, folks. Why let all of that money go to waste by allowing your teeth to shift back to their initial, out-of-place positions? All you have to do is get serious about your investment this time around.
Your parents were invested in your teeth when you were a kid and you blew it. Now’s your chance to invest again and this time, not mess around or get lazy.
Invisalign makes a product called Vivera retainers that work great after Invisalign aligners have done their job and positioned your teeth in their proper alignment. Unlike the plastic and metal wire retainers you most likely had as a child or teenager, Vivera retainers are clear like the aligners and super strong. You’ll have to get hit by a hockey puck going 140 miles per hour to chance cracking them. (Speaking of hockey pucks, Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup for the third time in six seasons!)
It’s okay if you weren’t vigilant about wearing those post-braces retainers. We’ve all messed up with our oral hygiene and care at some point or another. Luckily, you get a second chance to make things right.