Suter Orthodontics is equipped to handle all your orthodontic needs. To help you understand your options, we've included descriptions of some of our leading services on this page.

Braces for Adults:

According to the American Association of Orthodontists an increasing number of adults are heading for the orthodontist.  When it comes to straightening teeth, the treatment needs and preferences of an adult are different from those of a child.  We carefully tailor our treatment plans to match the needs and preferences of each individual patient. 

Braces For Children and Teens:

Children should be evaluated by an orthodontist when they are about seven years old. The purpose of this evaluation is to identify problems that should be treated early in order to prevent bigger problems down the road.  At this age, the orthodontist can provide early treatment to influence the growth and development of the child’s teeth and jaws.

Early treatment is sometimes beneficial to help avoid tooth extractions and correct speech problems.  Early treatment can also help eliminate thumb-sucking habits, jaw asymmetries, and popping jaw joints.  If your child is having problems with chewing, mouth breathing, or biting, a visit to the orthodontist will be very helpful.

Teens are often excited to get braces because it has become quite fashionable to wear braces as a teenager.  The length of treatment usually depends on the complexity of the treatment as well as the individual variation of how each person’s teeth respond to the treatment.

Indications for phase-two orthodontic treatment:

In most cases, the ideal time to start orthodontic treatment is when all of the permanent teeth are in or close to being in the mouth.  This is usually around 11 to 13 years old.  However, sometimes there are certain conditions that should be treated at an earlier age in order to prevent bigger problems down the road or in order to achieve a better end result.

When treatment is started at a relatively early age, it is usually necessary to do a second phase of treatment later on when all of the permanent teeth are in.  This is called phase-two treatment.

In our office, we only recommend two-phase treatment when we feel it is best for the child.  Some examples of early problems include an upper jaw that is too narrow, crowded front teeth, crossbite, overbite, underbite, crooked lower jaw, or front teeth that stick out too far.  Delaying treatment may lead to more invasive surgical procedures or less than optimal treatment results later on.

 

Phase 1

The first stage objective is to guide teeth and jaw development so that permanent teeth removal doesn’t become necessary and further growth results in a good fit between upper and lower jaws. Thus this initial phase involves diagnosis, planning for specific treatments, and use of orthodontic appliances for correction and alignment.

Rest period

In this intermediate stage, permanent teeth are left to naturally grow through the bone and covering gum, a process known as eruption. If a clear path for growth had been established in the first phase, there should be very little chance of impacted teeth. Nevertheless, periodic check-ups are needed to monitor the growth and development of the child’s teeth and jaws.  Sometimes it is necessary to remove baby teeth if they interfere with the eruption process.

Phase 2

The second phase proceeds when all the permanent teeth have grown through the bone and gum. The goal at this stage is to fix permanent teeth location so that all parts of the mouth – teeth, tongue, cheeks, and lips – form a harmoniously functional and aesthetic whole. Full upper and lower braces are usually placed at this stage, for a period of 18 to 24 months. Afterwards, retainers are used to maintain the beautiful and healthy fit you’ve achieved through the treatment.

Types of Braces:

Traditional Metal Braces

Metal braces are the most common and the least expensive type of braces.  They are made from stainless steel and are tough enough for most kinds of orthodontic treatment. The two essential parts are the brackets, which are glued to the front of the teeth, and the archwires, which run through all the brackets. Attaching the archwires to the brackets are small rubber bands called ligatures. Patients have the option to choose various colored elastic ligatures to add a little aesthetic appeal to their braces.
 

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Ceramic Braces (tooth colored)

The ceramic braces are less visible than other kinds of braces.

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Rapid Palatal Expander

Attached to the upper molars through bonding or by cemented bands, the Rapid Palatal Expander is an orthodontic device used to create a wider space in the upper jaw. It is typically used when the upper jaw is too narrow for the lower jaw or when the upper teeth are crowded or blocked out of the dental arch.

When patients are still growing, their connective tissue between the left and right halves of their upper jaw is very responsive to expansion. By simply activating the expander through turning a screw in the center with a special key we provide, gradual outward pressure is placed on the left and right halves of the upper jaw. This pressure causes an increased amount of bone to grow between the right and left halves of the jaw, ultimately resulting in an increased width.

 

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Retainers:

Once treatment is finished dental impressions or molds are taken of your teeth.  They are sent to the dental lab where your retainers are made.  Retainers are worn 24 hours a day for the first 4 months.  They may be taken out to eat and brush your teeth.  After the 4 months of continual wear Dr. Suter will instruct you to wear them at nighttime.  You will have follow up appointments to check the retainer and have any adjustments made.  Retainers are important to maintain your smile.  If  you lose your retainter, please call the office as soon as possible to have them replaced.

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Initial Oral Examination
Your initial examination is complimentary.  It will include x-rays, a visual examination, a diagnosis and treatment recommendations for whatever concerns you have.

What is Orthodontics
Irregularities with your mouth and teeth, as well as certain abnormalities or irregularities with your facial features, are typically treated by specialists in orthodontic dentistry. Read more...

All about Braces
Braces are usually custom-made and are prescribed and designed by the orthodontist according to the problem being treated. Other orthopedic appliances are designed to correct jaw-growth problems. Read more...

Orthodontic Treatment for Adults
While their teeth and jaws are not as easily manipulated as children’s, adults derive tremendous benefits from orthodontic treatment.
Common problems with adults that may be corrected by orthodontia include tooth loss and degradation of the structures (jaw bones) that support the teeth. Read more...

Orthodontic Treatment for Children
Orthodontic appliances can do wonders as your child develops. For example, an appliance may stave off problems with an upper or lower jaw that isn't growing at the same rate as the other, or correct problems that are creating difficulties with chewing or swallowing. Read more...

Orthodontic Surgery
In some cases, especially with adults, orthognathic surgery may be needed to do such things as reconstructing jaws or jawbones. Read more...

Orthodontic Appliances
Advances in technology have vastly improved appearance issues with orthodontia.  Read more...