Studies show that people’s teeth may shift as they age. Teeth always tend to drift once braces are removed if a patient refuses to use a retainer. The most common change is crowding of the bottom front teeth. Careful studies have shown that the removal of the lower third molars or wisdom teeth will not prevent this crowding. Adhering to your doctor’s recommendations for retainer use is the best way to maintain the smile you worked so hard to achieve. Orthodontists agree that life long retention is the only way to prevent teeth from shifting.
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