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How to Prevent Orthodontic Relapse

Woman with Retainer in the Case Marietta GA

“Relapse” is a condition where your teeth drift back out of alignment after your orthodontic therapy is completed. Orthodontic relapse will naturally occur over time unless steps are taken to prevent it.

Essentially, the muscles of your lips, tongue, and chewing/swallowing patterns can cause your teeth to drift. There are also tiny ligaments surrounding each tooth root that have a “memory” of their own, making them want to move back to where they came from. But with proper strategies, you can keep teeth straight after completing orthodontic treatment.

Always Wear Your Retainer

Retainers are removable orthodontic devices made to “retain” your teeth’s current position. They can even apply a small amount of pressure if your tooth has shifted a fraction of a millimeter out of alignment. But in order for them to work properly and keep your smile straight, orthodontic retainers need to be worn as prescribed. Depending on how long you’ve had your braces off, that might be every night or just a couple of nights a week.

Fixed Retainers

Bonded or fixed retainers are permanent appliances attached to the back of your teeth, out of plain view. These retainers are needed when teeth are especially prone to relapse, such as the lower front teeth or when there is a large gap between upper front teeth. If your fixed retainer ever comes unbounded, be sure to have it repaired as quickly as possible.

Orthodontic Retainers in Marietta

Our Marietta orthodontist includes custom retainers with each orthodontic treatment. But even if you’re new to the area and need to replace your retainer, we may be able to assist you. Contact our office today for an appointment with Dr. Kincer.

Posted on behalf of William R. Kincer Practice Limited to Orthodontics

44 Old Hamilton Road
Marietta, Georgia 30064

Phone: (770) 424-5280

Monday – Thursday
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Our Patient Reviews

William R. Kincer, D.M.D., P.C.

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Based on 19 reviews

  • We are beyond thankful for Dr. Kincer and his team!! Dr. Kincer is one of the most honest and conservative Orthodontist, which is a VERY rare find in the industry. We moved to south Florida about halfway through our treatment of 18 months and did not switch orthodontists; that’s how much Dr. Kincer means to us! Our daughter’s smile is absolutely beautiful!!

    Lindsay D
  • Dr. Kincer is the BEST at what he does!!! Both of my girls have been under Dr. Kincer's care, with exceptional results. They both began treatment at age 8, because of their tiny mouths that required Phase I and Phase II treatments. As a result of his recommended treatment plan, our girls will have exceptional teeth for life. Our family is incredibly thankful for Dr. Kincer's meticulous care that resulted in BEAUTIFUL smiles!!!

    Jen B
  • Dr. Kincer is the best. I am almost a year into my treatment and i have nothing but great things to say. He is so kind and his team is amazing. They are simply amazing and truly care for what their customers need and what their teeth need. I highly recommend Doctor Kincer to anyone looking for orthodontics.

    Jennie H
  • Excellent orthodontist. Invisalign was the best money I ever spent on myself. Dr. Kincer is meticulous, thorough, has attention to detail, and fixed my flared teeth. Everyone is always complimenting my smile. He is always timely, professional, and his support staff (Jennifer and Lynn) are really caring. He is able to shave down teeth to make them aesthetically fit my smile and proportions. Dr. Kincer and Lynn really make sure their patients are comfortable-- especially when it comes down to removing attachments for invisalign and IPR, when your teeth are already sensitive. I recommended him to my brother and little cousin for orthodontic work and for their retainers :)

    Kimberly T
  • After having my braces off for 12 years. I go in today to see my little sister get her braces off, and Dr. Kincer readjusted my Old retainers to fit again!! He is a great orthodontist!

    Brittany B
  • Our family has been using Dr. Kincer for the past 10 years. Our oldest daughter has had amazing transformations with her treatment and our second is shaping up to do the same. Couldn't ask for a better, more friendly place.

    Shannon R
  • This is our fifth year and second kid with Dr. Kincer. Love him and his staff! Would recommend them to anyone!

    Jill T
  • Both my kids have beautiful, straight teeth because of Dr. Kincer's work. He takes great care to work with every aspect of getting braces.


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