By Suter Orthodontics
April 10, 2020
Category: Oral Health

Taking Care of Your Teeth After Orthodontic Treatment

If you’ve recently had orthodontic care such as braces, you must take good care of your teeth to maintain your oral health. This means maintaining straight, white teeth for the rest of your life. Dr. Scott Suter of Colorado Springs provides orthodontic care for children and adults.

Start with a Professional Cleaning

Cleaning your teeth while you wear braces is difficult, so you may notice some yellowing or staining when your braces come off for good. This is the perfect time to start professional cleaning, now that your teeth are in their proper position. In addition to professional cleaning, you may want to consider in-office teeth whitening, so that your teeth are gleaming as well as straight.

Use a Retainer

After you’re done wearing braces, it’s important to make sure that your teeth stay in the correct position. This is why it’s a good idea to use a retainer. A retainer has a thin wire that passes across the front of the upper and lower teeth. It prevents them from moving back into their former position, which is a risk for the first few months after your braces are removed. Initially, you will wear your retainers all the time, but after twelve months, you will only need to wear them at night.

Daily Oral Health Care

Now that you have bright, straight teeth, a good daily oral routine will help you maintain it. Here’s how:

  • Brush twice each day with toothpaste that contains fluoride.
  • Replace your toothbrush with a new one every three months.
  • Floss each morning and evening or use a water pick.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash to keep your mouth extra fresh.
  • Clean your retainers every day.

If you live in or around Colorado Springs, CO, call Dr. Sutter today at (719) 550-0222 to book your next dental appointment and carry on smiling.

By Suter Orthodontics
February 20, 2020
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: orthodontics  

Have questions about getting a straighter smile as an adult? We have answers.

These days, more and more adults are turning to our Colorado Springs orthodontist, Dr. Scott Suter, to receive treatment. If you're interested in joining this group, it’s only natural to have some questions about what the process is like. Here are some of the top questions about adult orthodontic treatment answered:

Is there an age limit for getting braces?

Absolutely not! When it comes to braces, age is just an illusion. While you may not want to wait until your 60s or 70s to get braces you absolutely can. As long as your teeth are healthy, it’s doesn’t matter how old you are when you get braces.

What are the benefits of getting braces?

Along with a beautiful smile that makes you feel more confident, getting a straighter smile can also provide you with some major health benefits. Misaligned teeth can be more challenging to properly brush. By getting a straighter smile, you make it easier to keep teeth clean, meaning that you will be less likely to deal with cavities, gum disease, cracks, or other dental injuries in the future.

What dental problems can braces fix?

Dr. Suter offers traditional braces for children and adults at his Colorado Springs practice because they are able to handle any and all dental problems, no matter how complex. In fact, complicated dental issues are most effectively addressed with traditional braces. You may benefit from braces if you are dealing with,

  • Crooked or twisted teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowding
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites
  • Protruding teeth

How do I care for braces?

While wearing braces it’s even more important to provide your teeth and gums with the proper care they need to prevent decay and other problems. This may mean spending more time to carefully brush and floss your teeth. You may choose to get special floss designed for people with braces or you may opt for a water flosser. Our orthodontist can show you the best ways to keep your braces and your teeth clean.

How long will I need to wear braces?

Orthodontic treatment will vary, depending on certain factors including the severity of the issues you are looking to fix. While it may only take a few months to treat mild problems, it can take up to two years to fix more serious dental issues. The average length of orthodontic treatment is between 12 and 18 months for adults. During your consultation, Dr. Suter will be able to provide you with a more accurate idea of the length of your orthodontic treatment.

Interested? Give us a call

Suter Orthodontics is dedicated to providing braces to children and adults living in Colorado Springs. If you want to get a beautiful smile for years to come, then let’s talk about how braces could help you. Call (719) 550-0222 to schedule a consultation.

By Suter Orthodontics
February 19, 2020
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: orthodontics  

Orthodontic treatment isn't just a cosmetic fix. In fact, braces help both oral and systemic health, and of course, a straight smile impacts self-esteem. Here at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO, clear braces, metal appliances, and interceptive treatment for children, improve smiles for patients. Read on to learn more.

The orthodontic evaluation

The American Association of Orthodontists says a child should receive an orthodontic exam by the age of seven. Early detection and intervention takes advantage of a youngster's still-growing bone structure and may even prevent complex care plans later in life.

However, whether a child, teen or adult, the patient undergoes a thorough visual inspection, oral impressions, and sophisticated digital imaging. This information tells Dr. Suter what appliances are needed and how long the treatment may take.

Types of appliances

Your professional team at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs offers:

  • Clear braces, made of ceramic
  • Traditional metal brackets and archwires
  • Bonded on palatal expanders to open space in the upper jaw (typically for children)
  • Removable retainers (worn when a treatment plan is complete)

Health benefits of orthodontic treatment

Straight teeth are simply easier to clean, resulting in less decay and gum disease. Fewer cavities and periodontal problems means less tooth loss.

Plus, when teeth are free of bacteria-filled plaque and tartar, systemic health thrives. Oral bacteria contained in biofilms are linked to many health problems such as diabetes, stroke, hypertension, dementia, arthritis and cardiovascular disease.

Additionally, proper bite (occlusion) translates to:

  • Improved speech
  • Better self-esteem
  • Fewer oral accidents (chips or cracks as examples)
  • Ne destructive grinding or clenching (bruxism)
  • Better biting, chewing and digestion
  • Fewer headaches, earaches, and facial pain
  • Resolution of jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD)
  • Improved facial symmetry and correction of chin recession
  • Ability to close mouth and lips comfortably
  • Less mouth breathing

Contact Dr. Suter

At Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO, you can take advantage of the latest in orthodontic care, including clear braces, interceptive care for kids, and more. Phone our office team today for your personalized consultation with Dr. Suter: (719) 550-0222.

By Suter Orthodontics
December 26, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: orthodontics  

Find out which types of braces you or your child could receive from your orthodontist in Colorado Springs.

If you are looking for an orthodontist in Colorado Springs, CO, that can handle all of your dental needs and help you get a straighter smile, then look no further than our very own Dr. Scott Suter. Here at Suter Orthodontics, Dr. Suter has helped patients of all ages, from children to adults, get the smiles they want with the help of orthodontic treatment, and you could be next.

Here’s what you should know about the types of braces our dental team offers and how we can help you achieve your dream smile,

Traditional metal braces

This is usually the type of braces you think about when you think about orthodontic treatment. Traditional braces are typically the most effective way to quickly straighten teeth. Patients with more challenging and complex cases will often need traditional braces; however, thanks to advancements in modern dental technology, traditional metal braces are now thinner, smaller and more lightweight, so they are more comfortable to wear and less likely to cause irritation.

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces use the exact same technology as traditional metal braces the only difference is that brackets are made from ceramic, a tooth-colored material that blends in better with teeth. This is often a great option for teens and adults looking for a more discreet orthodontic system.

Retainer

Once braces have been removed you want to prevent teeth from shifting back to their original position. The only way to do that is to wear a retainer. This custom-made oral appliance is usually worn all day for several months after your braces have been removed. After several months of continuous wear, a retainer will only need to be worn at nighttime.

Interested? Give us a call

If you want to talk about your orthodontic treatment options for you, a child, or teen then call Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO, to schedule a consultation. Call our office today at (719) 550-0222 to arrange an appointment with your orthodontist.

By Suter Orthodontics
October 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: retainers  

If you or your child has undergone orthodontic correction, you want to do everything possible to keep that new smile healthy and straight. RetainerHere at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, retainers play a significant role in maintaining the wonderful results that have been produced by our orthodontic treatments. Read on to learn more:

 

Why should orthodontic patients wear retainers?

After completing the final phases of orthodontic treatment, patients here at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs usually wear custom-made wire or acrylic appliances called retainers. As their name implies, retainers retain, or keep, teeth in their newly-aligned and healthier positions by prohibiting orthodontic relapse, or the return of teeth to their previously crooked, gapped, or crowded alignment.

Additionally, some patients need to wear retainers to avoid the pain and wear caused by jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD) and bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding). In other words, retainers help people feel better and keep tooth structure strong and healthy.

 

What kinds of retainers are there?

Some are removable and generally made of metal and/or acrylic, while some are bonded to the back of a top/bottom row of teeth and generally made of metal and composite resin. Whatever the materials and positioning may be, expect an appliance that is custom-crafted to be completely comfortable, discreet, and durable!

 

When will I wear a retainer?

Everyone is different. Some people require permanent retainers. Others do well with removable retainers that are worn day and night for a few months, and then, just at night indefinitely. Dr. Suter will tell you how and when to wear your appliance.

 

Do you have further questions? Give us a call

For more information, please contact Suter Orthodontics at (719) 550-0222 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Suter. Together, we can develop an orthodontic plan that is perfect for your dental situation and lifestyle.





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