Posts for category: Braces

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
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.

By Suter Orthodontics
October 26, 2017
Category: Braces
Tags: braces  

Find out the best time to visit our orthodontist in Colorado Springs for a consultation.

Sure, if you have crooked teeth this may be a telltale sign that you could benefit from braces. Of course, even teeth that are seemingly bracesstraight may still benefit from orthodontic treatment. Whether your child’s teeth have just started to come in or you are considering braces as an adult, let our Colorado Springs, CO orthodontist, Dr. Scott Suter, help you decide whether this treatment is right for you.

Braces for Children

It’s a good idea to bring your child in for an orthodontic evaluation around the age of seven. Since most of their adult teeth have already erupted, it’s a great time for us to pinpoint any issues that could benefit from an early orthodontic intervention. This could eliminate larger dental issues later on when your child is a teen or adult.

Sometimes crooked teeth or misaligned smiles can affect how children chew or even how they speak. By turning to our Colorado Springs orthodontic specialist right away for treatment we can often alter the development of the teeth and jaws to improve how everything functions. In turn, this can often fix speech impediments your child might have on account of their misaligned smile.

Braces for Teens and Adults

For whatever reason, there are more and more people out there that didn’t get an orthodontic evaluation when they were younger but certainly want to fix their smiles now. Just know that it’s not too late. Whether it’s for your teen or for yourself, there are many orthodontic options out there that cater to your needs.

After all, we know that as you get older the idea of wearing metal braces may seem rather embarrassing. A lot of teens hate the idea of having school pictures with a mouth full of metal, and adults can’t fathom wearing braces while at the office.

We completely understand, which is why we offer subtler treatment options, like tooth-colored bracket and wires. There are so many ways to get the smile you want at any age. Now there is no excuse!

Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO, is dedicated to straightening smiles of all ages. Whether your child’s front teeth are crooked or you never had braces as a child but want to fix your smile as an adult, we have the orthodontic options you’ve been looking for.

By Suter Orthodontics
April 05, 2016
Category: Braces
Tags: orthodontics   retainers  

Why retainers are important

You’ve worn braces for quite a few months and now you have a beautiful, straight smile. Your orthodontist hands you a removable retainersappliance to wear called a retainer. You’re wondering just how important it is to wear it; after all, your teeth are straight now, right? The truth is, if you don’t wear it as prescribed, there is a fair chance your teeth will move back into poor alignment. You can wind up in the same shape you were in before braces. Dr. Scott Suter of Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, Colorado wants to stress just how important it is to wear your retainer.

You need to wear your retainer according to Dr. Suter’s instructions to keep your teeth from shifting back to their previous positions, but retainers can help with other issues too, including:

  • Difficulties with speech by adjusting tongue placement
  • Breathing problems while sleeping, and snoring
  • Closing gaps in between your teeth
  • Moving just one or two teeth
  • TMJ problems, grinding or clenching
  • Tongue thrust
  • Oral hygiene, by keeping your teeth straight and easier to floss

Wearing your retainer also ensures better chewing ability because straight teeth and jaw alignment help you chew better, which aids in digestion and your overall health.

Dr. Suter will typically recommend wearing your retainer all the time at first, even while you are sleeping. He may ask you to remove it if you play sports or engage in physical activity. After a few months, Dr. Suter may suggest you can cut down to wearing it a few times per week. Eventually, you may only have to wear your retainer at night.

Wearing your retainer needs to become a habit, and that may take some time, but the results are certainly worth the effort. Make wearing your retainer a part of your daily routine by incorporating it as part of your oral hygiene regimen; brush, floss, and then put in your retainer.

The most common problem with retainers is that they are very easy to lose. If they are placed in a napkin when you eat, and the napkin gets thrown away, your retainer goes with it. Remember to always bring your retainer case and place your retainer in the case and nowhere else where it can be accidentally thrown away.

Wearing your retainer is just as important as going through orthodontics in the first place. You don’t want all those months of wearing braces to be for nothing, so you simply must wear your retainer as Dr. Suter prescribes. If you have more questions about retainers don’t hesitate to call Dr. Scott Suter of Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Call today to find out more!