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Brace Yourself for Round Two: Revisiting Orthodontic Treatment

October 27, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — canfieldbraces @ 12:50 pm
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Orthodontic treatments like braces typically promise a beautiful and straight smile that lasts a lifetime. However, in some cases, you may find yourself in a situation where you need a second round.

If you want to know the reasons why some people may need braces again and prevent yourself from following that path, continue reading.

Why Would I Have to Wear Braces Again?

Most people who return to the orthodontist’s chair are older adults and teens. If you had braces as a child, your teeth may have naturally shifted back out of alignment for a number of reasons. Your body goes through many changes as you age, and your mouth is no exception.

You may have had an accident that changed the way your teeth shifted or some other new dental issue reared its ugly head to interfere with your treatment along the way. In either case, repeat braces treatments are common.

Do Dentists Plan for Two Treatments with Braces?

In most cases, your orthodontist will want to begin your braces treatment after all of your permanent teeth have come through. However, sometimes there are other issues that must be corrected first while your jaw is still developing like crossbites.

In a case like this, your orthodontist may plan for you to complete your treatment in phases. This means that even after your initial round of orthodontic treatment, you may require another. The good news is that If you’ve had the initial work done, the next phase is generally easier and more affordable.

How Can I Prevent a Second Round with Braces?

Sometimes additional treatment is unavoidable, but for every other instance, repeat treatment can be avoided by adhering to your orthodontist’s recommendations for aftercare.

Using your retainer is essential to maintaining the results of your orthodontic treatment, as well as continuing a routine oral hygiene routine. Brushing and flossing to keep your teeth healthy will ensure that you don’t lose any teeth that might cause a shift in your smile.

Once you’ve completed your second round of treatment, be sure to follow all instructions for care and management. Ultimately, the success of your treatment depends on your willingness to keep your new smile in check.

About the Author

Dr. Marissa Mikolich is an orthodontist who makes it her mission to create flawless smiles. Dedicated to learning, Dr. Mikolich earned her dental doctorate from The University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and then gained her Master of Science degree in oral biology at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. With her extensive knowledge, Dr. Mikolich is ready to guide you through your treatment every step of the way. To schedule a braces consultation at Mikolich Orthodontics, call (330) 967-4110 or visit the website to delve into other services.

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