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.

By Suter Orthodontics
October 16, 2019
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: orthodontics  

Wondering if your child could benefit from orthodontic treatment?

When people think about braces they often picture this a rite of passage for teens; however, orthodontic treatment can also be beneficial to Braceschildren who have a crooked or misaligned smile. In fact, getting evaluated early by our Colorado Springs orthodontist Dr. Scott Suter could provide your child with some amazing oral health benefits.
 

When should my child be evaluated for orthodontic treatment?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontic specialist by the time they turn 7 years old. Of course, if you are bringing your child in for routine cleanings your dentist will continue to monitor the development of their smile as their permanent teeth erupt and spot issues right away so that your child can get the proper treatment they need for a healthier and straighter smile.
 

Why should my children see an orthodontist?

An orthodontist has the specialized training to be able to spot the smallest issues such as jaw growth and problems with erupting teeth, as well as issues with baby teeth. While it might seem obvious to be able to tell when your child could benefit from getting braces sometimes your child’s teeth may look straight but there could be a problem that you don’t see that our orthodontist can detect through a regular physical exam or with x-rays.
 

What is the benefit of early orthodontic treatment?

By getting your child braces when they need it orthodontic treatment can,

  • Facilitate proper jaw growth and development
  • Reduce the risk for dental damage by repositioning crooked or protruding teeth
  • Correct bad habits that can affect oral health
  • Improve appearance and self-esteem
  • Improve a bite and reduce excessive wear and tear on teeth

Getting an orthodontic evaluation doesn’t necessarily mean that your child will need braces or that they will get braces right away. In some instances, our orthodontist may decide to monitor the development of your child’s teeth to see if the problem corrects itself before deciding whether to place braces or not.

Do you have questions about getting your child braces in Colorado Springs? Want to find out if your child’s smile could benefit from orthodontic treatment? If so, call Suter Orthodontics today to schedule a consultation.

By Suter Orthodontics
August 01, 2019
Category: Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment is not just for children and teenagers. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, at least one in five of Adult-Bracesorthodontic patients are over the age of 18. While it is easier to treat orthodontic issues at a younger age when the teeth and bones are more pliable, it is never too late. Dr. Scott Suter, an orthodontist in Colorado Springs, CO, offers treatment for both children and adults.

 

Orthodontic Treatment for Children and Adults in Colorado Springs, CO

There are a number of different options for braces and orthodontic appliances available. Understandably many adults are reluctant to wear braces for both professional and personal reasons, but there are modern and discreet options available designed to meet every patient's specific needs.

Ideally, orthodontic problems should be treated shortly after the permanent teeth have all erupted, typically between the ages of 11 to 13. However an orthodontist may notice issues much earlier or later depending on the patient, so there are always options available to treat both adult and pediatric patients.

 

Types of Bite and Alignment Problems that May Require Orthodontic Treatment

Ideally, the teeth in the upper and lower jaw would align and fit together perfectly when the mouth is closed, but that is often not the case for many people for a number of different reasons. The most common bite problems include:

  • Overbite (the upper jaw is larger than the lower)
  • Crowding
  • Underbite (the lower jaw is larger)

There are a few types of braces and orthodontic appliances:

  • Metallic braces
  • Ceramic (tooth-colored) braces
  • Rapid palatal expander (creates more room for the teeth when the upper jaw is too narrow
  • Retainer

 

Find an Orthodontist in Colorado Springs, CO

For more information about orthodontic treatment options for all ages, contact Suter Orthodontics by calling (719) 550-0222 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Suter today.

By Suter Orthodontics
May 22, 2019
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: braces  

Discover the oral health benefits of getting braces.

Most people turn to braces because it the best way to fix a bad bite or misaligned smile. Of course, you may not realize that braces offer bracesmore than just a beautiful, straight smile and a boost to your self-esteem. There are many benefits to turning to our Colorado Springs, CO, orthodontist Dr. Scott Suter for braces. Here are some of them:

Prevent Cavities

When teeth are overlapping or misaligned it creates spaces where food and bacteria can easily get trapped. Plus, it also makes it harder to get into these spaces with a toothbrush to clean them effectively. The result is that you’re more likely to deal with cavities if you have a crooked smile. By getting braces and a straighter smile it will get rid of spots where food and bacteria can settle and erode enamel.

Prevent Gum Disease

Just as a misaligned smile can make it easy for plaque to buildup between and around teeth, the same problem can occur around the gum line. If you find that teeth are overlapping one another it may be difficult or even impossible to floss between these teeth. As a result, you may deal with gum inflammation that could turn into gum disease. Getting a straighter smile through orthodontic treatment could reduce your risk of gum disease.

Reduce Injury and Wear

If teeth are misaligned this often means that your bite is off, which affects how your upper and lower teeth fit together. Common bad bites (also known as malocclusions) are overbites, underbites and cross bites. Unfortunately, bad bites put more pressure on certain teeth than others, which can lead to chips, cracks and excessive wear and tear over the years.

Make Brushing and Flossing Easier

It’s also going to be much easier to brush and floss your teeth effectively when teeth are in an ideal position. This also means less plaque and tartar buildup, which reduces your risk for gum disease and cavities (as we mentioned earlier). Plus, this also means you’re more likely to get a clean bill of health when you come in every six months for a checkup.

Want to find out whether braces are right for you? If so, call Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO, today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Suter.

By Suter Orthodontics
March 13, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: retainer  

Find out why your child will need to wear their retainer regularly after orthodontic treatment.

It’s an exciting day when your child finally gets their braces off. After all, they now have a straight smile; however, before you start retainercelebrating there is one key fact you shouldn’t forget. Our Colorado Springs, CO, orthodontist Dr. Scott Suter will create a retainer for your child to wear after having their braces removed.

Why does my child need a retainer?

A lot of parents are under the assumption that once braces come off that their child’s smile will just remain straight; however, this isn’t exactly true. The job of braces is to shift your child’s teeth into the proper alignment but once the braces are removed our Colorado Springs orthodontist will then provide your child with a retainer, a removable orthodontic appliance made either from metal or plastic that will prevent teeth from drifting back to where they were prior to getting braces.

Retainers will be custom-made to fit your child’s mouth so that it provides just the perfect amount of pressure to retain your child’s new smile. Before getting a retainer we will discuss the type of retainer we will provide your child, as well as how often they will need to wear it.

Will my child always wear a retainer?

There are many factors that go into deciding just how long your child will need to wear their retainer. It’s important to understand that unlike braces, retainers do not need to be worn all the time in order to preserve your child’s smile. On average, a retainer is usually worn for the next 3-6 months after orthodontic treatment.

Once teeth have begun to stabilize in their new position then your child will only need to wear their retainer at night while asleep. If your child stops wearing their retainer altogether expect their teeth to shift back gradually over time.

Do you have questions about your child’s orthodontic treatment? Is it time to sit down and discuss getting a retainer? If so, then call the dental experts at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO.





This website includes materials that are protected by copyright, or other proprietary rights. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use, as defined in the copyright laws, requires the written permission of the copyright owners.