Relapse

This is a short orthodontic treatment that concerns the re-straightening of the teeth due to insufficient retention of the final result.

 

The end of each orthodontic treatment is accompanied by the beginning of the retention phase of the result. That is why after the end of the treatment, the orthodontist permanently bonds the lingual retainers on the back surface of the anterior top and bottom teeth and provides the patient with removable aligners to wear for 13 to 14 hours daily.

 

When patients do not wear retention aligners daily, there is an increased risk of their straight teeth moving back towards the original malocclusion.

 

Thus, there is the potential for relapse in the patient’s mouth due to negligence to wear the retention aligners properly.