Hi, I'm 16 and I had braces for approximately two years to correct a crossbite; I got them off a year and a half ago. The results at the end of my braces treatment were perfect, but about ten days after I got my braces off, my teeth gradually started moving (this was before I got my retainers). When I went back into the orthodontist a few days later to get my retainers, they noted that my teeth had moved, but that the retainers would correct this. What happened is that my teeth moved into a position so that I cannot bite down with my molars; when I put my teeth together, all that touch are my front teeth. I followed all of the instructions with my retainers but the initial move right after I got my braces off never corrected itself. I have been told by my dentist that this is a pretty serious problem because the front teeth can become worn down quickly due to constantly biting on them. While my teeth are straight like they are supposed to be, he said that the real problem that he sees is that now my mandible is too far forward, and I may have to have braces again or surgery to correctly place my jaw. I have never had full trust in my orthodontist, which may be normal. But is this something to be concerned about? What should I do? I'm very afraid that my front teeth will become worn down. And if the teeth wear down quickly like my dentist says, how careful should I be not to use them? Thanks in advance.
From the information you have provided, I tend to agree with your dentist. One of the main reasons for doing orthodontic therapy (braces) is to align the bite so that the teeth are not under unusual pressure in any position.
I would definitely get a second opinion from another orthodontist that your dentist recommends and then talk to your present orthodontist regarding this matter. If your current dentist had recommended the orthodontist then I suggest your dentist should talk to the orthodontist.
As far the pressure on the front teeth is concerned, wearing a night guard at night is recommended so as to prevent any damage from any grinding at night. It would be very difficult not to put pressure on the front teeth for the rest of your life.
I know of few reputable orthodontists in the Beverly Hills area, if you need any recommendations I would be glad to share them with you.
Thank you for your questions and I hope this helps.
Kourosh Maddahi, DDS
General and Cosmetic Dentist
Beverly Hills, California
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.