Getting malocclusion treated is of high importance to ensure better oral aesthetics and functionality. It involves the use of orthodontic appliances to bring about a change in the alignment of the teeth. But, there are certain factors that could result in the teeth going back to their previous alignment. This is called a relapse.
How does relapse occur?
The soft tissues in the mouth are known to have ‘shape memory’. Meaning, they return to their previous positions after the orthodontic treatment is completed. This is especially true for the minute fibers that exist between the gums and teeth. When the teeth are moved or twisted to improve the patient’s bite, these fibers can expand or contract. Since they are elastic in nature, they tend to return to their original shape. This can result in relapse.
How can this issue be resolved?
The advancements in the field of dentistry have come up with an ingenious solution to this issue. Through a procedure called supra-crestal fiberotomy, we would release or ‘cut’ these fibers. The fibers are self-healing, which is how they form new bonds with the teeth in their new positions. After a thorough diagnosis, the dentist would determine which teeth are subjected to this issue. The procedure would be performed under the influence of local anesthesia. The best part about it is that the healing time is minimal.
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