Posts for: October, 2019

By Suter Orthodontics
October 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: retainers  

If you or your child has undergone orthodontic correction, you want to do everything possible to keep that new smile healthy and straight. RetainerHere at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, retainers play a significant role in maintaining the wonderful results that have been produced by our orthodontic treatments. Read on to learn more:

 

Why should orthodontic patients wear retainers?

After completing the final phases of orthodontic treatment, patients here at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs usually wear custom-made wire or acrylic appliances called retainers. As their name implies, retainers retain, or keep, teeth in their newly-aligned and healthier positions by prohibiting orthodontic relapse, or the return of teeth to their previously crooked, gapped, or crowded alignment.

Additionally, some patients need to wear retainers to avoid the pain and wear caused by jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD) and bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding). In other words, retainers help people feel better and keep tooth structure strong and healthy.

 

What kinds of retainers are there?

Some are removable and generally made of metal and/or acrylic, while some are bonded to the back of a top/bottom row of teeth and generally made of metal and composite resin. Whatever the materials and positioning may be, expect an appliance that is custom-crafted to be completely comfortable, discreet, and durable!

 

When will I wear a retainer?

Everyone is different. Some people require permanent retainers. Others do well with removable retainers that are worn day and night for a few months, and then, just at night indefinitely. Dr. Suter will tell you how and when to wear your appliance.

 

Do you have further questions? Give us a call

For more information, please contact Suter Orthodontics at (719) 550-0222 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Suter. Together, we can develop an orthodontic plan that is perfect for your dental situation and lifestyle.


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.