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Do I Need Braces Again? – Twin Smiles Orthodontics

Teeth move over time. Even if you’ve had braces in the past, teeth will continue to move your entire life unless held securely by orthodontic retainers. Retainers can prevent unwanted tooth movement after treatment but over the years, for many reasons, patients become more casual in wearing a retainer which can lead to a relapse of orthodontic problems. If you find yourself in this situation, you’ll be wondering, do I need braces again?

The answer is that it depends on the severity of the relapse. Braces retreatment can get your teeth back into their straight position with a low risk of complications and a flawless aesthetic.

Braces retreatment is available with Dr. Amelia Stoker and Dr. Sydney Stoker at Twin Smiles Orthodontics. Our twin sister orthodontists have the experience, attention-detailed approach, and techniques to ensure that you can get effective treatment if you need braces again.

What are the Signs That I Need Braces Again?

There are several telltale signs to look for when you’re wondering, do I need braces again? Movements in your teeth are the most obvious. Here’s what you can look for before you book an appointment with the team at Twin Smiles Orthodontics.

  • Your teeth are crowding and shifting, and you’ve lost the straight and consistent aesthetic that you had after treatment with braces. This is a likely cause for braces retreatment if you’ve stopped wearing your retainer or don’t wear it often.
  • New gaps in your teeth have formed. If your teeth appear to be moving away from each other and there are gaps, then you probably need braces retreatment.
  • You’re starting to have trouble when eating or speaking, indicating that your teeth are out of alignment. This can become so severe that you develop significant problems when biting, chewing, or speaking, indicating it’s time for braces retreatment.

If you experience any of these issues then it’s easy to answer the question, why do I need braces again? Retreatment will bring your smile back into alignment, preventing the long-term complications that come from an irregular bite. Contact us to book your consultation. Simply asking, do I need braces again, can ensure that you get corrective treatment that protects your smile and enhances its aesthetic, so you look and feel your very best.

Is it Common to Get Braces Twice in Life?

While not every patient will need braces again, it’s not uncommon for some to need braces twice in life. The contributing reasons can be complicated, but it usually comes down to the fact that for one reason or another, people have a habit of not using their retainer as often over time.

Retainers can get lost or may break, which is another reason why people need braces twice in life.

The good news is that not every patient who stops using a retainer will require braces twice in life. Sometimes the treatment is as simple as having a new retainer made and wearing it regularly. If the relapse is minor, then you probably won’t need braces twice in life. Even if the relapse is serious, the treatment isn’t as likely to be as extensive as the first time you had braces.

It’s even possible to have treatment with a clear aligner system like Invisalign, where you will wear a clear plastic aligner over your teeth rather than getting traditional braces twice in life. This is more comfortable and convenient and is suitable in many cases.

Start with a Consultation for Braces Retreatment

Careful evaluation and treatment planning are necessary to determine the best approach to braces retreatment in your case.

The orthodontists at Twin Smiles Orthodontics will examine your teeth and take scans to determine the extent of the relapse. Treatment planning can be conservative in many cases, and you may only need a modified retainer or aligner rather than treatment with braces fixed to your teeth.

All your concerns will be addressed when you begin your detailed complimentary consultation at Twin Smiles Orthodontics. Braces retreatment might seem intimidating, but treatment is often conservative and when you consider the outcome, it’s all worth it.

Ensure that you maintain your best smile and enjoy straight and healthy teeth. Book your appointment to learn about getting braces again and retainers for orthodontic concerns.

Why Patients Choose Us

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The twin doctors Stoker at Twin Smiles Orthodontics are truly dedicated to achieving amazing lifelong smiles. They take the time to listen to your unique concerns and goals.

- Adam F.
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Thanks to Dr. Amelia, my jaw surgery was exceptional. Skilled surgeons and a caring team ensured a smooth, successful procedure, transforming my smile and boosting self-esteem.

- Avery S.
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Dr. Sydney made my braces journey a breeze! From the friendly staff to the expert orthodontists, I felt at ease throughout the entire process. Now, my smile is straight and confident!

- Jordan P.


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