Retreatment Options for Adults

So you’ve caught a few glimpses of your smile in the mirror lately, and you’re thinking that maybe it could use some attention. But the thought of going through all that work you did as a child or teen leaves you cold. 

Hey! We get it. 

Luckily, a lot’s changed since you were a kid! 

At Reichheld & Ting Orthodontics, we know that if you’re in Acton, Billerica, Westford, or Lowell, you want the confidence that comes with trusting your retreatment care to three generations of orthodontists! Dr. Jay, Dr. Steve, Dr. Steve Jr., and Dr. Tim Reichheld continue the legacy that Dr. Jay and Steve’s father established. And Dr. Brian Ting is an outstanding partner, having served as Chief Orthodontic Resident at the Tuft School of Dental Medicine before joining the practice. 

They’re here to tell you everything you need to know about retreatment options for adults. Who needs it? What is it? What are my options? 

Find out below! 

Do I Need Retreatment? 

Orthodontic retreatment is necessary for patients facing what is known as orthodontic relapse

This isn’t as harrowing as it may sound. Really, this just means that your teeth have shifted after your initial orthodontic treatment, most often back toward their original positions. And look, you’re not alone! Studies find that orthodontic relapse is quite common, occurring in roughly 50% of all cases. 

What causes orthodontic relapse?

Most commonly, relapse occurs in cases where retainers were used either infrequently or not at all. The truth is that while getting your braces off or finishing your course of treatment with Invisalign is a major step, following up with a proper course of retainer care is just as essential for long-term orthodontic success. 

Once your braces are off, the teeth, jaw, and surrounding gum tissue still need time to settle in their new positions, which is where proper use of a well-fitting retainer is essential. 

Will I need braces? 

Not necessarily. Orthodontic relapse comes in two flavors – short-term and long-term. 

Retreatment Options for Adults

Short-term Relapse

If you’ve finished your treatment in the past year and begun to see backward progress, you’re dealing with a short-term relapse, Dr. Ting or Dr. Reichheld may be able to issue a new retainer to best suit the altered landscape of your teeth and jaws. 

If you’ve been out of treatment for more than a year, a long-term relapse may require a new course of primary care. But don’t worry! Today’s braces are easier to deal with and more comfortable than ever before. Advanced technology has done away with much of the clunky system of ties and heavy-weight metal that you may remember and dread! 

If you’re concerned about the look of your new braces, we also offer ceramic or clear braces. These are even less noticeable! 

Also, depending on the complexity of your case, Dr. Ting or Dr. Reichheld may determine that you qualify for treatment with clear aligners. We print them in-house, so you can start your retreatment faster than ever and be back on track for the best possible smile of your lifetime! 

Why Choose Retreatment? 

It can be frustrating to look in the mirror and feel like all that work you did earlier in life (or last year) was for nothing. But don’t worry! After all, your teeth and jaw ‘know’ where to go now; it’s simply a matter of reminding them to get back in line! Even in the case of a long-term relapse, it is likely that your retreatment plan will advance much more quickly than your initial course of care. 

Not only do you want to see your best smile, but your treatment may have served to stave off alignment issues in the jaw, which could have led to discomfort or grinding uncorrected. 

Retreatment Options for Adults

Never Fear – Dr. Ting and the Reichhelds are here! 

 Everyone here at Reichheld & Ting is thrilled you’ve taken the time to look into your options for adult orthodontic retreatment. Now it’s time to take the plunge – but hey! The water’s fine! 

We offer initial consults free of charge, and at Reichheld & Ting, we’re committed to serving the greater Middlesex community with a people-first philosophy that never puts the bottom line ahead of the individual.  

So why wait? Call today!