Can My Teeth Shift After Orthodontic Treatment?

Dec 12, 2023
Can My Teeth Shift After Orthodontic Treatment?

Can My Teeth Shift After Orthodontic Treatment?

You’ve just completed your orthodontic treatment, and your smile has transformed beautifully. But can the results be permanent, or is there a chance your teeth might shift back to their original positions? 

At Trump Village Dental, experienced dentist Vyacheslav Ripa, DDS, and our incredible team in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York, offer several types of orthodontic treatments to restore your smile. Beyond the transformative process, we understand the importance of addressing common concerns related to post-orthodontic tooth shifting. That’s why we’re here to guide you in maintaining that radiant smile.

Understanding teeth shifting 

After the joy of having your braces removed or completing your clear aligner treatment, the last thing you want is to see your teeth gradually shifting back. However, some factors can contribute to this: 

Natural aging process 

As you age, your body changes, and this includes your teeth. The natural aging process can cause subtle shifts in tooth position. 

Failure to wear retainers 

Retainers are an integral part of the post-orthodontic phase. They help maintain the new alignment by preventing your teeth from reverting to their previous positions. If you neglect wearing your retainers, as advised by Dr. Ripa, there’s a higher risk of shifting. 


Unfortunately, genetics can play a role in tooth shifting. Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to dental changes over time. 

The importance of retainers 

Retainers are your secret weapon against post-treatment tooth shifting. Here’s why they are crucial: 

Retainers types

Dr. Ripa will recommend either removable or fixed retainers. Removable retainers are typically worn during the night, while fixed retainers are bonded to the back of your teeth. 

Consistent wear

The key to the success of retainers is consistent wear. Dr. Ripa provides guidance on how often to wear them to maintain the achieved results. 

Long-term commitment

Retainers are not just for a few months; they’re often recommended for years. The initial phase might involve more frequent wear, but as time progresses and Dr. Ripa assesses the stability of your teeth, the frequency may decrease. 

Regular check-ups 

Regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Ripa allow our team to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to ensure your retainers continue to do their job effectively. 

Tips for preventing tooth shifting 

Apart from faithfully wearing your retainers, here are some additional tips to help prevent unwanted tooth shifting: 

Maintain good oral hygiene

A healthy mouth is less prone to dental issues that could contribute to shifting. Brush and floss regularly, and attend regular dental check-ups. 

Be mindful of habits 

Avoid habits like nail-biting, pen-chewing, or using your teeth as tools. These actions can exert force on your teeth and lead to shifting. 

Address dental issues promptly 

If you notice any changes or discomfort in your bite or tooth alignment, consult with Dr. Ripa promptly. Early intervention can prevent more significant issues. 

Stay connected 

Even after the active phase of orthodontic treatment is complete, maintain a relationship with Dr. Ripa and our dedicated team. We provide guidance on any concerns and ensure the longevity of your beautiful smile. 

While the potential for tooth shifting exists, it's not an inevitable outcome. You can maintain the results of your orthodontic treatment with proper care, including wearing your retainers as directed and adopting good oral hygiene habits. 

If you’re ready to learn more, schedule an appointment with Dr. Ripa today!