I had Invisalign several years ago as a teenager. I then wore a retainer for two years. Now, my teeth seem to be shifting again, creating noticeable gaps. I went back to my dentist and he made me a new retainer he just wanted me wearing at night. I’ve noticed that my teeth will shift between the AM and the PM. Do I need to do the whole treatment over? Have you seen this before?
Some movement is both normal and necessary in teeth. Without it, there wouldn’t be any give during injuries. However, what you’re referring to is different.
Often we see noticeable shifting in teeth with teenagers who don’t wear their retainers. That’s not what you’re doing. You’ve been very diligent with your Invisalign treatment plan as well your post-treatment, and even went back right away when you started noticing a problem.
I think what you’re bumping up against is genetics. Some people will just have teeth which try to perpetually move. When that happens, you need a full-time retainer. But, don’t despair. There are invisible options for that these days. You won’t have to wear a line of metal across your front teeth.
Full-Time Retainers After Invisalign
Your first option is to wear an invisible removable retainer, which is similar to Invisalign.
Another option, which many adults in your situation prefer is to have a lingual retainer placed. It is permanent and anchored to the back of your teeth where no one will see it.
There’s not a right or wrong with this. It is strictly a matter of preference. Talk to your dentist and discuss the pros and cons of them to get an idea of which one is a better fit for you.
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