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When you need to align your chompers, you don’t always have to use a fixed orthodontic apparatus. Many removable tools are available to help you in having the smile that you want. We’ve aggregated a list of many of the current common removable orthodontic devices for you to learn a bit more about your available picks:

Headgear. With headgear, jaw growth is slowed by a strap behind your head attaching to a metal wire in front of your head. (This is known as a face bow.)

Lip and cheek bumpers. Lip and cheek bumpers are made to isolate the lips and cheeks from the chompers. If cheeks and lips press too hard on the pearly whites, teeth might move out of their alignment; cheek bumpers remove that pressure.

Palatal expander. Palatal expanders are designed to spread the jaw arch. These plastic devices fit on the roof of the mouth, and pressure applied by outward screws widens the joints of the bones and expands the mouth palate.

Retainers. One of the extra common appliances, retainers are normally utilized preventively to thwart shifting of teeth into former positions. There are other uses for retainers, but they’re generally used to keep chompers in alignment.

If you have lost a baby tooth prematurely or if your pearly whites or jaw are crooked, an orthodontic appliance is perhaps right for you. To pencil in a consultation with Dr. Nathan Helm and our Denver, Colorado, Helm Orthodontics office, please get in contact with us about your teeth at 303.371.0371 now.