If I Get Braces, Will My Teeth Shift as an Adult?

It’s more common today than ever before for adults to undergo orthodontic treatment. If you are an adult who did not wear braces when you were a child or teen, you may be bothered by your smile. This may be particularly true if you have crowding, spacing, an overbite, openbite, crossbite, impacted teeth, or other serious issues.

By undergoing braces, you can resolve your issues and achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve. You should understand that even after you straighten your teeth and are satisfied with your smile, your teeth have the potential to shift. For this reason, it’s imperative that you wear the retainer your orthodontist gives you.

If you get tired of wearing it, lose it, and break and never replace it, you may notice that your teeth gradually shift into their original positions over time. This can be frustrating as undergoing orthodontic treatment takes a great deal of time, money, and dedication. Wearing your retainer as prescribed by your orthodontist can help keep your teeth straight and reduce your risk of getting braces a second time.

Crooked teeth as an adult can lead to a variety of problems such as gum disease, jaw pain, and chewing difficulties. Hopefully, this will motivate you to get braces if you need them and make wearing your retainer your top priority. It is interesting that so many teenagers are keeping up with their skincare routine but have neglected their oral health.

Schedule an Appointment at Gladwell Orthodontics

For more information on how your teeth may change as an adult after you’re done wearing braces, call us at 919-453-6325 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jason Gladwell.