Fibers around the teeth hold it in position. These fibers are like rubber bands that are stretched during orthodontic therapy to achieve the alignment of the teeth. If the braces are removed, these fibers will tend to pull the tooth back to its original position. This is called relapse. A fiberotomy is performed to detach the fibers that attach the tooth to the bone. It is typically done near the completion of the orthodontics and is shown to be effective preventing the relapse of teeth. This procedure may be a routine component of a comprehensive retention regimen. Consultation with your orthodontist is required when making this decision.
We will first anesthetize the area to be treated then we will detach the fibers that attach the tooth to the bone via the gum. No sutures are required. Very little to no discomfort is expected after this procedure. Mild pain medication is used if necessary.