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Misaligned teeth can certainly do more than leave you with an unappealing smile. Beyond simply feeling socially awkward with the appearance of your front teeth uncorrected alignment issues can also leave you at increased risk for chronic dental attrition problems and potential dental fractures.

Fortunately, the orthodontic specialists at Helm Orthodontics can correct deviations in your dentition through traditional braces. This requires regularly scheduled adjustments to tighten the orthodontic hardware and gradually alter the orientation of each tooth.

After the braces have completed the task of realigning your teeth, they can be removed. Yet there will still be some latent tension residing in the periodontal connective tissues. If it isn’t mitigated by the regular use of a retainer, the tension could cause your teeth to relapse out of their proper alignment.

To prevent this from happening Dr. Nathan Helm will like provide you with a removable Hawley retainer. This is a thin piece of orthodontic acrylic that conforms to the shape of your mouth. It will be secured in your mouth by a set of wires that lock onto specific teeth.

If one area of your mouth required significant realignment Dr. Nathan Helm might recommend installing a fixed retainer. It is a strong metal band that will be cemented in place behind the teeth with a strong dental adhesive.

If you live in Denver, Colorado, and you have questions about retainers, you can always call 303.371.0371 to speak to speak to a staff member at Helm Orthodontics’s orthodontic clinic.