By Suter Orthodontics
September 21, 2018
Category: Braces

Patient with BracesYour orthodontist can help you smile in many ways. Orthodontists can correct various problems relating to positioning, spacing, and alignment of the teeth, as well as issues with the jaw. Whether the concern is an overbite, underbite, crooked teeth, or an asymmetrical jaw, an orthodontist can help. Orthodontists treat children, teen, and adult patients. At Suter Orthodontics, Dr. Scott Suter is your Colorado Springs, CO, orthodontist.

Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment offers several benefits. Not only can it improve the appearance of your smile, but orthodontic treatment can also make it easier to maintain better oral hygiene, which leads to a healthier mouth. It can be difficult to thoroughly brush and floss when teeth are crowded together. A toothbrush or dental floss might not be able to reach in between certain teeth, which can leave behind cavity-causing bacteria. Correcting issues with crowding, spacing, and alignment through orthodontic treatment can help.

Another benefit of orthodontic treatment is relief from the tension and discomfort a misaligned bite can cause. When the upper and lower rows of teeth do not line up properly, a misaligned bite occurs. Overbites, underbites, and crossbites are examples of misaligned bites. When the bite is not properly aligned, that can lead to tension and discomfort in the jaw area, as well as headaches. When the alignment of the bite is corrected through orthodontic treatment, the additional tension and strain the misalignment was causing will be alleviated.

Orthodontic Options for Children, Teens, and Adults

Braces are one of the most common orthodontic treatments for teens and adults. Braces consist of brackets, bands, and wires. The brackets can be made from silver metal or clear ceramic and are cemented to the front of the teeth. Wires connect the brackets and bands across each row of teeth. Braces are an effective method for straightening teeth and correcting misaligned bites. Your Colorado Springs orthodontist can help determine if braces are the right option for you. Other orthodontic options include:

  • Retainers — Prevents teeth from shifting out of place following removal of braces
  • Space maintainers — Helps teeth grow in properly after a tooth injury or tooth loss
  • Thumb and finger appliances — Discourages ongoing thumb and finger sucking in children
  • Rapid palatal expander — Increases the width of the upper jaw in young patients
  • Upper jaw expansion appliance — Gradually widens a narrow upper jaw

Your orthodontist can help your smile in several ways, from straightening crooked teeth to correcting jaw alignment. To learn more about how orthodontic treatments can help you or your child, schedule an appointment with Dr. Suter, your orthodontist in Colorado Springs, CO, by calling Suter Orthodontics at (719) 550-0222.

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