Tooth migration was NOT part of the deal!!! I had braces as a child — for two years! And this was AFTER I had four teeth pulled. Permanent ones, not those little temporary baby ones I did not get nearly enough for from the tooth fairy to pay for all the work I’d have on my teeth in my lifetime. (And this does not include the time I chipped my permanent teeth.)
After that, they take the braces off — no more retainer, no more elastics, no more tightenings. You can eat popcorn and apples again! Then your teeth start to move. . . again. No one tells you that!
I needed to get Invisalign, plastic trays that fit perfectly and snugly around your teeth which no one can tell you’re wearing (unless they look at your mouth) which bring you back to your youth and the discomfort you had as a teen with braces. And trying to take those things off in order to eat meals make your awkward teen years look like the Fonz in a dance fight alongside “the Big Ragu.” (And yes, I know that reference sticks me squarely in the bosom of adult puberty.)
Once I was done with that traumatic ordeal,I was given a retainer/night guard combination to prevent grinding AND migration. I will wear this duo FOREVER. And if I miss a day, which I have done just twice in four years, because I am NOT going through this again, my teeth start to move, like they are just looking to BREAK OUT AND DANCE.
Tooth migration is one of the great scourges of adult puberty.