Why did my teeth get worse after braces?

During the process of alignment, especially during the first 6 months, you may notice that things look worse before they look better. Here's why: Although your teeth may be crooked or spaced out when you start treatment, they have usually drifted into a position where they are stable and functional.
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Can your teeth get worse after braces?

Research shows that when braces are used with or without extractions, the chances are about 90% that they will return to their original position or become worse than before treatment. The pictured image illustrates teeth relapsing after treatment with braces.
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Is it normal to hate teeth after braces?

Some people end up wearing brackets or aligners a second time later in life. There is nothing wrong with this, and it's not the fault of the ortho or even your own fault it happened. You might not even notice your teeth are shifting over the years until your ortho mentions it at an appointment.
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Do teeth get weaker after braces?

Braces and Invisalign do not cause teeth to become weaker, looser, or fall out in healthy people. Braces can be a good option for those with poor periodontal health. Excessive force in orthodontic treatment with Invisalign or braces can cause severe damage to the root and pulp of teeth as well as the supporting bones.
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Why do my teeth flare out after braces?

Flared teeth after braces usually occur because the patient doesn't wear their retainer properly. Essentially, flared teeth happen because the teeth don't have enough room to shift from side to side, so they shift upward and outward instead.
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Will a retainer fix flared teeth?

Many orthodontists will initially fit patients for a retainer that will treat flared teeth. A retainer is an effective orthodontic appliance that will push teeth back so they don't flare outwards.
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Will teeth be perfect after braces?

In short, braces can result in a properly functioning smile, and give patients who have been embarrassed by crooked or crowded teeth a reason to grin broadly. While most people are thrilled with the results braces provided, others may continue on to seek their perfect smile though additional work.
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What are the negative effects of braces?

Common Side Effects of Braces
  • Mild Discomfort. Some discomfort with braces is totally normal and should be expected. ...
  • Irritation. ...
  • Jaw Pain. ...
  • Difficulty Eating. ...
  • Tooth Decay. ...
  • Decalcification. ...
  • Allergic Reactions. ...
  • Root Resorption.
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What are disadvantages of braces?

Complications With Braces
  • Tooth decay or gum disease. ...
  • Allergic reactions. ...
  • Soft tissue injuries and canker sores. ...
  • Root Resorption. ...
  • Decalcification and Cavities. ...
  • Ankylosis. ...
  • Relapse. ...
  • They're still worth it!
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What happens if braces are left on too long?

If brackets remain in place for years, plaque could build-up in places that are hard to reach, eventually leading to tooth decay and gum disease. Some Brackets May Later Dislodge– Under normal circumstances, when a bracket dislodges, your orthodontist will reattach it.
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What to do if unhappy with teeth after braces?

For these issues, standard metal braces are still the best option. If you have completed your orthodontic treatment and you are unhappy with your smile the first thing to do is share these feelings with your orthodontist. Every orthodontist wants their patients to feel happy and confident once treatment is completed.
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Can an orthodontist mess up your teeth?

Generally, the answer to “Can braces ruin my teeth's enamel?” is no. The braces themselves aren't damaging. It's up to you to protect your teeth while you have braces by taking good care of them.
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Can I tell my orthodontist to take my braces off?

If a patient wants to remove his/her braces early, they will most likely be asked to sign a form stating that they wanted the early removal of their braces before treatment was completed.
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Do bottom teeth move faster than top with braces?

In addition, it is normal to start treatment by having the braces installed on the top teeth first. The top teeth and jawbone take longer to align and move compared to the bottom teeth.
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Can braces mess up your bite?

It's for more than just good looks. Crooked teeth can mess up what dentists call your "bite." The bite is the way your upper and lower teeth meet when you close your jaw. If they meet correctly and fit together well, your bite works the way it was designed to. Your facial muscles move without straining, too.
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How long is too long for braces?

The average orthodontic treatment falls somewhere between 16-18 months, but can sometimes take as long as 24 months, or even more. Be wary of promises from anyone who says you can have a straight smile in only six months.
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At what age do braces stop working?

There is no age limit for braces for teeth. Those who have orthodontic issues can benefit from treatment at nearly any age; there is no braces age limit.
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Can braces change face shape?

No. They do not. Even though braces can adjust the width of your upper jaw, they don't extend into the structures that affect the shape and size of your nose.
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Does your lip shape change after braces?

To summarise, braces can indeed change the position of your lips, but only as much as the teeth behind them change. However, braces cannot change your lips as far as the fullness, tone and shape of your lips are concerned.
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Why do my teeth hurt when I bite down with braces?

And why do they especially hurt when you first get them? The short answer: Braces hurt primarily because they are literally pushing and pulling your teeth. This creates pressure, and the pressure can make your teeth and gums more sensitive.
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What color is best for braces?

Choose light blue, bronze, dark purple or subdued reds and pinks to complement lighter skin tones. Choose darker colors to make your teeth appear whiter. Watch out for lighter colors that could make your teeth look more yellow. Consider colors that complement or match your eyes.
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Do I have to wear retainers forever?

To maintain a straight smile for a lifetime, you're going to need to wear your retainers nightly for the rest of your life. The good news is, after some time it won't be necessary to wear them as often.
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Why do my teeth not look straight after braces?

When they are moved to the correct position, edges appears uneven despite the teeth being straight. This is due to the different levels of tooth wear on the teeth, and can make straight teeth look extremely crooked. Luckily this is easily solved with cosmetic recontouring/bonding.
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Do braces weaken jaw?

Braces shift teeth by applying pressure, which constricts blood flow to the surrounding tissue that holds those teeth in place. That in turn causes special immune cells called osteoclasts to rush in and dissolve part of the jawbone, creating a space for the tooth to slide over and relieve the pressure.
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Can braces push teeth outwards?

People think of braces being able to push teeth towards the palate, but braces can also pull teeth out towards the lips. An archwire with a shape memory is made of nickel-titanium and can pull teeth forward.
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