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.

By Suter Orthodontics
November 13, 2018
Category: Braces

Straight SmileThe majority of people that require dental braces tend to get them in childhood or early adolescence, but that isn't always the case. Bite and alignment problems are generally easier to treat in younger patients when the bones are still developing, but it is never too late to invest in a straighter smile. Adults can (and should) get treatment for bite and alignment problems that could affect oral health, self-esteem, and quality of life. Dr. Scott Suter, an orthodontist in Colorado Springs, CO, offers braces for children, teens, and adults.

Dental Braces in Colorado Springs, CO

There are several types of bite and alignment problems that may require orthodontic treatment to correct:

  • Overbite or underbite
  • Crowding
  • Spacing
  • Open bite
  • Crossbite
  • Protrusion

Why is Orthodontic Treatment Necessary?

On the surface, orthodontic issues seem like cosmetic problems - crooked teeth or an excessive overbite that can make people feel self-conscious in everyday situations like smiling for a picture or going on a date or a job interview. And while it is true that orthodontic problems can make you feel self-conscious about your smile, they can also take a toll on your oral health depending on the issue and its severity. For example, problems like crowding can make it difficult to properly clean and floss the teeth, making them more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. Excessive spacing can cause the teeth to shift further out of alignment over time. Braces gradually shift the teeth into the correct alignment over time.

There are several types of braces and orthodontic appliances to choose from:

  • Traditional metallic braces
  • Tooth-colored ceramic braces

Find an Orthodontist in Colorado Springs, CO

For more information about orthodontic treatment and the different types of braces available, contact Suter Orthodontics by calling (719) 550-0222 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Suter today.

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 Suter Orthodontics
August 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

How your orthodontist in Colorado Springs can help your smileorthodontic treatment

Having a straight smile is important for many reasons. A straight smile is easier to clean and helps you chew your food better, which aids in your overall health. A straight smile also helps prevent excess stress and wear on your teeth, which will help save you from eroding or breaking your teeth down over time. Of course, a straight smile is also more attractive!

Orthodontics is the answer to a straight smile, and Dr. Scott Suter at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO, wants to share what you should know about the types of orthodontic treatment available.

At Suter Orthodontics you can choose from:

  • Conventional metal brackets and wires which are the least expensive and often the best orthodontic option
  • Ceramic, tooth-colored brackets, and wires which are the most natural-looking orthodontic option

You should consider orthodontic treatment to give you a healthy, beautiful smile you can maintain easily. Orthodontics can correct:

  • Jaw alignment issues like overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite
  • Tooth positioning issues like crowding, rotation, improper placement, or incomplete eruption
  • If you have gaps in between your teeth, or you have teeth that overlap each other, orthodontic treatment is the perfect choice to give you a smile you will love.

To view amazing before-and-after photos of Dr. Suter’s patients, please visit the Services page on the Suter Orthodontics website at https://www.suterorthodontics.com/services.html

Orthodontic treatment can also help prevent temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems by correctly aligning your bite, taking the stress off of your jaw joint. Lowered stress to the joint can help prevent headaches and facial pain.

Orthodontics is the way to achieve the straight, beautiful smile you’ve been waiting for. Don’t wait any longer. Get started today by calling Dr. Suter at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO. Call 719-550-0222 today!

By Suter Orthodontics
May 29, 2018
Category: Braces
Tags: braces  

Know how to maintain good oral health throughout your orthodontic treatment.Braces

Most people aren’t born with perfectly straight smiles. Luckily, braces can help patients get the smiles they want. Once you get braces it’s important that you are still maintaining good oral hygiene to prevent cavities and other issues from happening during the course of your treatment. Our Colorado Springs Orthodontist Dr. Scott Suter is here to tell you how to keep your smile healthy and cavity-free while wearing braces.

Since most people will have to wear their braces for at least a year, if not more, it’s important that you are following good dental care regimen to maintain a healthy smile throughout the course of your treatment. Yes, you may have to take a little extra time out to clean and care for your smile, but having a cavity-free smile is certainly worth it.

Here are some ways in which you can maintain a healthy smile while wearing braces:

Floss Everyday

Perhaps you are wondering, “How can I floss when I have braces on?” While flossing might not be the easiest task it is nonetheless a crucial one for a healthy smile. This is where threader floss comes in. You can easily find this type of floss at your local oral care aisle and it’s perfect for being able to get in between teeth without harming the wires.

Brushing is Crucial

Make sure you are brushing your teeth after every meal. While this might be a difficult task make sure that you always have a toothbrush with you so that it’s easier to get yourself to brush your teeth throughout the day. Also, make sure that you are brushing for about 2 minutes every time you brush.

Rinse with Water

Sure, water is the most important beverage you can drink to stay healthy and hydrated but also it’s beneficial for your smile. Rinsing with water and swishing it around in your mouth can help dislodge food braces and between teeth after meal times. While you should have a travel toothbrush and toothpaste with you to brush after each meal, when you don’t have one handy, rinse with water.

Do you have questions about caring for your smile with braces? Are you interested in getting braces in Colorado Springs? If so, it’s the perfect time to turn to Suter Orthodontics today at 719-550-0222 to learn more about the different orthodontic options available to you.





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