Spring Retainers Can Correct Alignment Without Braces

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Spring Retainers Can Correct Alignment Without Braces

Many Lewisville people could improve their smile with braces, yet only a portion are currently undergoing treatment. A common reason Lewisville people delay or forego orthodontic treatment is because they believe it is a difficult, expensive process requiring traditional metal braces.

Metal braces are not necessary for every tooth alignment problem, however. An orthodontic appliance known as a spring retainer is often a great solution for people who need minimal adjustment to correct alignment (and do not have an overbite or underbite). 1

Spring retainers are removable, less noticeable, and less expensive than conventional braces. Unlike traditional retainers which are designed to maintain alignment and prevent further shifting, spring retainers can move teeth 1-2 mm in the desired direction. They are often recommended for Lewisville people who neglected to wear their retainer after undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Creating a spring retainer is relatively simple: an orthodontics lab forms a mold of the teeth based on the desired end result. Spring retainers are most often used for the front teeth and incisors but can sometimes be expanded to include other teeth as well.2

At The Lewisville Dentist, we have a variety of orthodontic options available. If you would like to straighten your teeth, call us at (720) 306-8057 to schedule an orthodontic consultation. We also offer the full spectrum of cosmetic dental procedures including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges, and cosmetic bonding. Ask us about pediatric dentistry, sports dentistry, and oral cancer screening.

1 ‘Straight Talk on Braces,’ Highbeam Business, January 5, 2008, http://business.highbeam.com/3559/article-1G1-127058688/straight-talk-braces.htm, accessed on Oct 19, 2011
2 ‘Spring Retainers,’ 1-800-Dentist, November 10, 2008, http://www.1800dentist.com/dental-encyclopedia/spring-retainers, accessed on October 19, 2011