How long I've had braces!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

After Braces - Retainer Adjustment Update

I called and made an appointment today to get my retainer checked due to my shifting teeth.  I was able to get in at 2:00pm today.  My Ortho said she saw my blog (which I absolutely love that!!) so she knew what my issues were and had a plan ready for me when I got in.  She said sometimes teeth want to drop which looks like what was happening on my right upper tooth.  So she put a bump on my tooth using the cement they use to bond braces on.  She then made a few adjustments to my retainer and let me know that my retainer will feel low for the first few days, then it will slowly rise back up each day that goes by.  This way the bar is putting pressure on my tooth where the cement is and help it push the tooth back up evenly with the other tooth.  She then made a few adjustments on my lower retainer to try and set the few teeth that have shifted back into place.  She wanted me to make an appointment in the next few weeks to see if these changes helped.  If not, then she said she would put braces back on my teeth to correct the issues that are taking place.  She let me know that sometimes this happens, especially as adults.  It wasn't anything I have been doing wrong or anything she did wrong.  Sometimes our teeth want to shift even with the retainer.  Of course I have no problem having the braces back on if that's what is needed to be done.  I've come this far and if getting my teeth exactly where they need to be is to put braces on for a little bit longer, then that's what I will do.  But, the adjustments she made this time with the retainer could still do the trick so we will see on May 10th what will happen.  She also smoothed out my bottom teeth to help them look more even and took some of the jagged edges off.  You can see in the photos below the cement bump on my tooth and how low my retainer is now on the top teeth...in order to push that tooth up.  I will update again after my May 10th appointment...