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By Suter Orthodontics
February 20, 2020
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: orthodontics  

Have questions about getting a straighter smile as an adult? We have answers.

These days, more and more adults are turning to our Colorado Springs orthodontist, Dr. Scott Suter, to receive treatment. If you're interested in joining this group, it’s only natural to have some questions about what the process is like. Here are some of the top questions about adult orthodontic treatment answered:

Is there an age limit for getting braces?

Absolutely not! When it comes to braces, age is just an illusion. While you may not want to wait until your 60s or 70s to get braces you absolutely can. As long as your teeth are healthy, it’s doesn’t matter how old you are when you get braces.

What are the benefits of getting braces?

Along with a beautiful smile that makes you feel more confident, getting a straighter smile can also provide you with some major health benefits. Misaligned teeth can be more challenging to properly brush. By getting a straighter smile, you make it easier to keep teeth clean, meaning that you will be less likely to deal with cavities, gum disease, cracks, or other dental injuries in the future.

What dental problems can braces fix?

Dr. Suter offers traditional braces for children and adults at his Colorado Springs practice because they are able to handle any and all dental problems, no matter how complex. In fact, complicated dental issues are most effectively addressed with traditional braces. You may benefit from braces if you are dealing with,

  • Crooked or twisted teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowding
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites
  • Protruding teeth

How do I care for braces?

While wearing braces it’s even more important to provide your teeth and gums with the proper care they need to prevent decay and other problems. This may mean spending more time to carefully brush and floss your teeth. You may choose to get special floss designed for people with braces or you may opt for a water flosser. Our orthodontist can show you the best ways to keep your braces and your teeth clean.

How long will I need to wear braces?

Orthodontic treatment will vary, depending on certain factors including the severity of the issues you are looking to fix. While it may only take a few months to treat mild problems, it can take up to two years to fix more serious dental issues. The average length of orthodontic treatment is between 12 and 18 months for adults. During your consultation, Dr. Suter will be able to provide you with a more accurate idea of the length of your orthodontic treatment.

Interested? Give us a call

Suter Orthodontics is dedicated to providing braces to children and adults living in Colorado Springs. If you want to get a beautiful smile for years to come, then let’s talk about how braces could help you. Call (719) 550-0222 to schedule a consultation.

By Suter Orthodontics
February 19, 2020
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: orthodontics  

Orthodontic treatment isn't just a cosmetic fix. In fact, braces help both oral and systemic health, and of course, a straight smile impacts self-esteem. Here at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO, clear braces, metal appliances, and interceptive treatment for children, improve smiles for patients. Read on to learn more.

The orthodontic evaluation

The American Association of Orthodontists says a child should receive an orthodontic exam by the age of seven. Early detection and intervention takes advantage of a youngster's still-growing bone structure and may even prevent complex care plans later in life.

However, whether a child, teen or adult, the patient undergoes a thorough visual inspection, oral impressions, and sophisticated digital imaging. This information tells Dr. Suter what appliances are needed and how long the treatment may take.

Types of appliances

Your professional team at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs offers:

  • Clear braces, made of ceramic
  • Traditional metal brackets and archwires
  • Bonded on palatal expanders to open space in the upper jaw (typically for children)
  • Removable retainers (worn when a treatment plan is complete)

Health benefits of orthodontic treatment

Straight teeth are simply easier to clean, resulting in less decay and gum disease. Fewer cavities and periodontal problems means less tooth loss.

Plus, when teeth are free of bacteria-filled plaque and tartar, systemic health thrives. Oral bacteria contained in biofilms are linked to many health problems such as diabetes, stroke, hypertension, dementia, arthritis and cardiovascular disease.

Additionally, proper bite (occlusion) translates to:

  • Improved speech
  • Better self-esteem
  • Fewer oral accidents (chips or cracks as examples)
  • Ne destructive grinding or clenching (bruxism)
  • Better biting, chewing and digestion
  • Fewer headaches, earaches, and facial pain
  • Resolution of jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD)
  • Improved facial symmetry and correction of chin recession
  • Ability to close mouth and lips comfortably
  • Less mouth breathing

Contact Dr. Suter

At Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO, you can take advantage of the latest in orthodontic care, including clear braces, interceptive care for kids, and more. Phone our office team today for your personalized consultation with Dr. Suter: (719) 550-0222.

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.