Posts for category: Oral Health

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.

By Orthodontics for Children and Adults
December 22, 2014
Category: Oral Health

If you see blood when you brush or floss your teeth, it generally indicates a problem with your oral health. You may think you are brushing too hard, but this is not usually why gums bleed. The usual culprit is dental plaque.

Plaque is the sticky, whitish film of bacteria that forms on your teeth every day. If you brush regularly, you probably remove most of it — but some may remain behind and accumulate where your teeth meet your gums, particularly between your teeth. As the bacteria build up, along with by-products of their metabolism (the chemical reactions that maintain their lives), they cause inflammation, called gingivitis, in the adjacent gums.

Bleeding gums are an early symptom of gingivitis. Continuing contact with plaque at the gum line can cause your gum tissue to separate from nearby teeth, creating pockets in which the inflammation becomes even worse. The process leads to periodontal disease (“peri” – meaning around, “odont” – tooth). The increasing infection can eat away the bone that anchors the teeth, leading to possible tooth loss. Periodontal disease is not an uncommon problem. About 90% of the population has bleeding gums at some time or another, and approximately 10% go on to develop periodontal disease.

When you lose bone around your teeth, the gums separate from the tooth and “pockets” form between your teeth and gums. The inflammation and infection may continue within the pockets even if your gums have stopped bleeding when you brush. That's why it is important to have regular dental exams — to check up on and stop periodontal disease before it has a chance to cause serious damage.

There may also be other reasons for bleeding gums that have to do with your general state of health. Women who have elevated levels of hormones caused by birth control pills or pregnancy may experience an increased response to plaque that makes their gums bleed more easily. Increased bleeding in your gums can also be caused by some diseases or as a side effect of some medications.

The most important way to prevent bleeding gums is to learn proper brushing and flossing techniques so that you effectively remove plaque from your teeth on a daily basis. If you are not sure you are using the right techniques, make an appointment and have us demonstrate at your next dental visit.

With all the best intentions, some plaque may remain. Plaque that is allowed to stay on your teeth hardens into a substance called tartar or calculus. This must be removed periodically with a professional cleaning by me or by our hygienist.

With not too much effort, you can ensure that your teeth are clean and plaque free, and your healthy gums no longer bleed.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your questions about bleeding gums. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bleeding Gums.”