I had my braces taken off just over two weeks ago and I’m already seeing a space developing between my two bottom front teeth. I haven’t worn my retainer 24/7 but I didn’t expect this to happen so fast. What should I do?
– Anne in Oklahoma
It is extremely important that you wear your retainers religiously after the removal of braces until otherwise suggested by your orthodontist. The reason for this is that your teeth will automatically want to move back to their original position they were in before the braces were placed on them. You might not notice any change in tooth position but this will become more noticeable over time. The main reason you need to wear retainers is to keep your teeth in the position they were in after the removal of your braces. Teeth can easily shift in a day or two after the removal of braces. Elastic fibers in your gums that hold teeth in place become stretched with orthodontic treatment and it generally takes approximately a year for new elastic fibers to form and keep your teeth in their corrected position. This is why it’s so vital to wear your retainer as directed by your orthodontist.
We recommend that you visit your orthodontist as soon as possible. They may be able to tweak your lower retainer and close the space that’s developing. If this is not successful, you may need to have a new retainer made.
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