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.

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