What Are Forsus Springs and How Do They Affect Your Teeth?
Posted on 3/15/2020 by Sawrie Orthodontics
Have you ever heard of Forsus springs? We agree that those words don't exactly roll off your tongue. You might not know what Forsus springs are, but they are an amazing part of orthodontic care that is extremely effective. Keep reading for more information about Forsus springs and how they work to make your teeth better.
What is a Forsus Spring?
Forsus springs look like a small, thin spring. They are attached on either side of your jaw, and connect your upper and lower teeth. The Forsus spring was invented in 1999. The spring was created by orthodontists to specifically treat problems with bites, specifically underbites. An underbite happens when the lower teeth move in front of the upper teeth, which results in an incorrect bite. If it is left untreated, an underbite can lead to problems with tooth wear, bite patterns and issues with your jaw joint.
How Do Forsus Springs Affect Your Teeth?
We use Forsus springs on our patients who have severe underbite issues or other bite problems. Usually, Forsus springs are used for between 4 to 6 months. The springs force your teeth into the proper position. Usually, this means that your top teeth are moved in front of your lower teeth. While some people might see Forsus springs as a problem, they actually shorten treatment time for people with severe bite issues. In fact, Forsus springs can eliminate the need for headgear or additional appliances.
Like all appliances, you will need to be careful with your Forsus springs. Don't open your mouth too widely with your Forsus springs. Also, be sure that you don't eat hard candy, or candy that can stick to your appliances. You can stretch your appliances too far, and your Forsus springs would have to be replaced. You need to be sure that you brush and floss after each meal or snack. That way, you can keep your springs clean and problem free. If you have questions about Forsus springs, contact us today.
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