Posts for: February, 2020

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.