Many individuals could improve their smile with braces, yet only a portion of them are currently undergoing treatment. A common reason people delay or forego orthodontic treatment is because they believe it is a difficult, expensive process requiring traditional metal braces.
Metal braces are not required for every tooth alignment issue, 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).
Spring retainers are removable, less noticeable, and less costly 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 orthodontic patients who neglected to wear their retainer after undergoing orthodontic treatment to have their teeth aligned.
Creating a spring retainer is relatively manageable: 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.
At Dennis J Coleman DDS – Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer a variety of orthodontic options. If you would like your teeth straightened, call us at 704-896-5850 to schedule an orthodontic consultation.
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