Posts for tag: Orthodontist

By Suter Orthodontics
September 21, 2018
Category: Braces

Patient with BracesYour orthodontist can help you smile in many ways. Orthodontists can correct various problems relating to positioning, spacing, and alignment of the teeth, as well as issues with the jaw. Whether the concern is an overbite, underbite, crooked teeth, or an asymmetrical jaw, an orthodontist can help. Orthodontists treat children, teen, and adult patients. At Suter Orthodontics, Dr. Scott Suter is your Colorado Springs, CO, orthodontist.

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment offers several benefits. Not only can it improve the appearance of your smile, but orthodontic treatment can also make it easier to maintain better oral hygiene, which leads to a healthier mouth. It can be difficult to thoroughly brush and floss when teeth are crowded together. A toothbrush or dental floss might not be able to reach in between certain teeth, which can leave behind cavity-causing bacteria. Correcting issues with crowding, spacing, and alignment through orthodontic treatment can help.

Another benefit of orthodontic treatment is relief from the tension and discomfort a misaligned bite can cause. When the upper and lower rows of teeth do not line up properly, a misaligned bite occurs. Overbites, underbites, and crossbites are examples of misaligned bites. When the bite is not properly aligned, that can lead to tension and discomfort in the jaw area, as well as headaches. When the alignment of the bite is corrected through orthodontic treatment, the additional tension and strain the misalignment was causing will be alleviated.

Orthodontic Options for Children, Teens, and Adults

Braces are one of the most common orthodontic treatments for teens and adults. Braces consist of brackets, bands, and wires. The brackets can be made from silver metal or clear ceramic and are cemented to the front of the teeth. Wires connect the brackets and bands across each row of teeth. Braces are an effective method for straightening teeth and correcting misaligned bites. Your Colorado Springs orthodontist can help determine if braces are the right option for you. Other orthodontic options include:

  • Retainers — Prevents teeth from shifting out of place following removal of braces
  • Space maintainers — Helps teeth grow in properly after a tooth injury or tooth loss
  • Thumb and finger appliances — Discourages ongoing thumb and finger sucking in children
  • Rapid palatal expander — Increases the width of the upper jaw in young patients
  • Upper jaw expansion appliance — Gradually widens a narrow upper jaw

Your orthodontist can help your smile in several ways, from straightening crooked teeth to correcting jaw alignment. To learn more about how orthodontic treatments can help you or your child, schedule an appointment with Dr. Suter, your orthodontist in Colorado Springs, CO, by calling Suter Orthodontics at (719) 550-0222.

By Orthodontics for Children and Adults
February 24, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Orthodontist colorado springs COFor every profession, there are different educational steps to take. In healthcare, doctors spend many years learning and practicing in their areas of expertise. In Colorado Springs, Dr. Scott Suter has also taken the required educational and practical steps to provide top-notch orthodontic treatment. The path to becoming an orthodontist involves three steps: college, dental school and an accredited orthodontic residency program. Let’s take a glimpse at Dr. Suter’s educational checklist!

Dr. Suter’s orthodontic education

  • College: Colorado State University–Bachelor of Science degree
  • Dental School: University of Missouri–Kansas City
  • Accredited Orthodontic Program: St. Louis University

Dentist vs. orthodontist: where should you go?

If you have a malocclusion, the person you need to see is an orthodontist. While some dentist offices (general dentists) offer/promote orthodontic devices, such as Invisalign or ClearCorrect, they haven’t gone through the same courses and training as an orthodontist, who practices solely with orthodontic treatments that involve the use of metal braces, clear braces, palatal expanders, growth modification appliances, space maintainers, and invisible retainers.  Colorado Springs residents go to Suter Orthodontics for their beautiful smiles at an affordable price.
If you have any questions regarding your Colorado Springs orthodontist, patients can call (719) 550-0222. Also, check out Dr. Suter’s Facebook page for the latest in contests and give-a-ways!