Posts for category: Oral Health

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 03, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

When you’ve chosen orthodontic treatment at Colorado Springs, CO, for you or your child’s teeth, it is imperative that they are cared for oral hygieneproperly. Braces are used in order to correct teeth with spacing, alignment or other issues. Dr. Scott Suter at Suter Orthodontics can guide you with tips and tricks on an oral hygiene routine that is effective and properly rids the teeth and gums from plaque and harmful bacteria. Ultimately, the better you take care of your braces, the more comfortable and effective they will be.

Caring For Your Braces

Taking care of your teeth and gums is even more important after you get braces. It is important that you are gentle whenever you brush or floss your Colorado Springs orthodontics treatment. This will prevent any damage to brackets or wires in the long-run.

  • Always use a toothbrush with a soft head.
  • Brush after every meal as this makes it less likely for food to get stuck in your braces.
  • Thread the floss carefully between each tooth and the wire. Work it slowly back and forth throughout the entire mouth once daily. Too much force can cause damage to your braces.

Avoiding certain foods will also help the oral hygiene process. Sticky, hard or chewy foods should be refrained from as they can get lodged in the braces and cause them to break or collect harmful bacteria.  So be careful as to what foods you choose to eat as this is a vital part of taking care of your braces.

Seek Help from Your Orthodontist if you have any questions at all about what you can eat and how to care for your braces.
Dr. Scott Suter can help you improve your dental hygiene, and to learn more about what braces can do for your child or yourself call his Colorado Springs, CO, office today at 719-550-0222.

By Suter Orthodontics
December 19, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: orthodontics   braces  

Straightening your teeth is an important part of improving the overall appearance of your smile. However, orthodontic treatment does bracesmore than just change your look. Braces can help the health of your whole smile. Learn more about orthodontic treatment with Dr. Scott Suter at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO.

How can braces help me? 
Braces are suitable for patients ages 12 and older who have a strong at-home oral care routine and wish to improve the appearance of their smile. Most patients will wear braces from one to two years on average. Braces can treat many orthodontic problems, including:

  • overcrowded teeth
  • under crowded teeth
  • overbite
  • underbite
  • cross bite
  • open bite
  • misaligned teeth

Orthodontics can overhaul your smile completely to give you a brand new look. This new look can give you the confidence boost you have always wanted to make face-to-face interactions more enjoyable and leave you looking and feeling great.

How do braces help my smile’s health? 
Braces help straighten your smile and realign your bite. This makes chewing, eating and speaking more effective and less difficult. It also cuts down on potential jaw pain-related issues like TMJ disorder which causes jaw pain and discomfort. Additionally, aligning the teeth properly eliminates crowding issues which could make it hard to reach all areas of the tooth with a toothbrush and floss. Straight teeth are easier to keep plaque and bacteria off of.

Orthodontic Treatment in Colorado Springs, CO 
Dr. Suter can achieve orthodontic treatment through several options. Traditional metal braces and ceramic tooth-colored braces can effectively straighten your smile and correct your bite. A consultation with Dr. Suter can help you determine which option is best for you.

For more information on orthodontic treatment, please contact Dr. Suter at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO. Call (719) 550-0222 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Suter today!

By Suter Orthodontics
October 14, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: orthodontics   braces  

If you have crooked teeth, you've likely found ways to minimize showing them to others. You may not even realize how you hold your bracesmouth or strategically place your hand while talking. Still, you may wonder if braces are worth it, especially if you've lived with crooked teeth for a long time. However, straightening your teeth with braces from Dr. Scott Suter, your orthodontist in Colorado Springs, CO is more than just a cosmetic procedure. The extra benefits of braces are discussed here:

Confidence boosting

It's probably no surprise that upon meeting someone, most of us notice their smile first. What you might not know is what impressions are given by a straight, even smile versus one with gapped, misaligned teeth. Studies have shown that people with straight teeth are far more likely to be perceived as healthy, trustworthy, intelligent and hard-working. Of course, these assumptions are fleeting, but after a braces regimen from your Colorado Springs orthodontist, knowing that others view you in a positive light can be a major boost to your confidence and help you maintain lasting impressions.

Decay fighting

Teeth that have severe overlaps are difficult to clean. They provide traps for food particles which can become bacterial breeding grounds if the food goes undetected. Flossing, which usually disperses this buildup between teeth, can be nearly impossible if the teeth are crowded together. This can lead to major areas of decay. Dental braces from Dr. Suter in Colorado Springs move the teeth into the proper alignment, making it much easier to brush, floss and rinse.

If you'd like to learn more about how braces can improve your smile, your health and your life, we at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO look forward to hearing from you! Please call 719-550-0222 to set up a consultation for yourself or a family member. A beautiful smile is just a phone call away!

By Suter Orthodontics
January 23, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: orthodontics  

If you visit an orthodontist's office, you'll find a wide range of people of all ages and from all walks of life in the waiting room. Many people find it beneficial to get braces, even well into adulthood. In fact, an increased percentage of adult dental patients are opting for braces according to studies by the American Association of Orthodontists. So what exactly are the benefits of orthodontics? Learn more from Scott Suter D.D.S., a popular Colorado Springs dentist who provides quality orthodontic services to his patients.

Straightened Smile
When you think of the perfect smile that usually brings forth visions of straight white teeth all sitting perfectly in a row from front to back. Orthodontia helps to shift your teeth into that even and straightened position using metal braces, wires and rubber bands. A treatment plan is designed to gently move the teeth into the ideal position to achieve that “perfect” appearance. 

Bite Correction
If you have an overbite or an underbite, your Colorado Springs dentist will usually recommend orthodontics as the best bet for correcting your smile. The way that you bite and the position of your jawline can affect both the shape of your face and the way that you chew your food. So orthodontics can both improve the way your face looks and make eating more enjoyable.

Gap Closure
Many people who begin orthodontic treatment do so because they have unsightly gaps in their teeth that they want closed. To properly close the gap, a combination of wearing braces to better the position of the teeth and the installation of veneers, crowns or cosmetic bonding may be recommended. 

Beginning Your Orthodontic Treatment
If you or your teen needs orthodontic treatment, the sooner you begin the process, the better. The way that your teeth look can affect your life in significant ways from adolescence to adulthood. Young people, ages 11 to 13, are often the best candidates because their smiles are still forming. Get your smile solution from Dr. Scott Suter—call his Colorado Springs dentist office today at (719) 550-0222 to schedule an appointment.