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Shifting Teeth FAQ Ask The Orthodontist Edward Leventhal Question:
Teeth shifting despite constant retainer use: I got my braces off about 9 years ago, and have been wearing my retainers nightly ever since.

My teeth have always had a tendency to feel like they are shifting even after 1 night without wearing it, so I made sure to wear it every night unless there was some reason I couldn't.

About 2 months ago I noticed my teeth still felt like they were shifting, and I chalked it up to needing to wear my retainer a few extra hours for a day or two.

I have been wearing them about 20 hours a day for the past 2 months because I have noticed no change. They constantly feel like they're shifting, even while the retainers are in. What could be the cause of this? ... Visitor from NY

Answer:
After orthodontics, teeth should have been placed in correct relationship so that every time your teeth come together when you chew, the teeth stabilize.

If your teeth are moving, it is possible the relationship is not correct. Without seeing them, I can only conjecture. My conclusion may be incorrect in your particular case.

Edward Leventhal, DDS
Baltimore Cosmetic Implant Dentistry
8860 Belair Road
Baltimore, MD 21236
(410) 256-7300

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