Posts for tag: invisalign

By Suter Orthodontics
February 09, 2015
Category: Clear Braces
Tags: invisalign  

InvisalignBoth children and adults may have teeth that don't bite together correctly or are crowded, crooked, and overlapping. Upper and lower jaws may be misaligned. Don not fear, this is where state of the art orthodontics comes in. This branch of dentistry uses braces to help bring teeth into the proper alignment which nature intended, helping the child or the adult:

  • speak and eat properly
  • have teeth that wear evenly over the years
  • feel confident in how they look when they smile

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be screened by an orthodontist, a dentist who has had specialized training in re-aligning teeth, by age 7 to catch any issues early on and to plan treatment if necessary. Many adults, too, think about braces because they are dissatisfied with previous orthodontic correction or have never sought a change in how their smiles look and function.

What Kind of Braces Are Used Today?

Traditional metal bracket and wire braces are still the most common kind used on children, teenagers and adults. Durable and cost-sparing, metal braces successfully address many kinds of alignment and correction issues. Brackets are bonded or cemented directly to the teeth, may have colored ligatures or rubber bands and are connected by arch wires. Together with the laws of physics, these appliances apply pressure gradually over time to move teeth to a healthier and more attractive position. Some orthodontists and patients opt for tooth-colored ceramic brackets which less obvious but accomplish the same treatment goals.

Some dentists use clear plastic braces, more accurately termed aligners, for teens and adults who require minimal correction to their smiles. Aligners are not used on children. These plastic braces resemble the trays used in dental whitening procedures. The aligners are removable, worn by the patient most of the day and taken out for meals and brushing and flossing. Aligners are changed out every 2 to 3 weeks as the teeth are moved into a more favorable position. Typical treatment times range from 9 to 18 months.

Are Clear Braces Right For You?

A consultation with an experienced dentist or orthodontist can help answer the question. Together, doctor and patient should discuss what can be expected from orthodontic treatment. The advantage to clear braces is that they are almost invisible, a characteristic that appeals to teens and to many adults as well. However, clear aligners are not appropriate for more complex orthodontic problems. Traditional metal braces can work for both the simplest to the most difficult of tooth alignment and bite issues.

Consult an Experienced Orthodontist

Scott Suter, DDS MS, PC, knows that a healthy and properly aligned smile boosts the self-confidence of any individual, whether it be child, teen or adult. He has many years of orthodontic experience in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area and will help you achieve the beautiful smile you have always wanted for you or your child. For a consultation, call Suter Orthodontics at 719-550-0222.

Most people think they could never feel confident while wearing braces, but modern orthodonticclear braces treatment puts that thought to rest. The advantage of getting clear braces is the fact that your orthodontia is barely noticeable, and you will be thankful for the final results. It takes some time for teeth to shift into their proper place, but they will get there. Different teeth call for different wear time, but there are two things braces wearers can agree on when it comes to clear braces.

Always photogenic

With clear braces, you will always be ready for pictures. Photos with friends and family won’t be a time of insecurity but something to truly smile about. Clear braces are tooth-colored, so you will notice that they easily blend in with your teeth. Preteens, teens and adults can all discreetly correct their smiles.

Better results without the hassle

For moderate to severe malocclusion cases, traditional and clear braces can get your teeth as straight as they can get. Invisalign and other plastic aligners aren’t meant to fix vertical problems or severely rotated teeth; thus, you might still have bite issues after treatment is over. Trust clear and, invisible braces in Colorado Springs, to do the best job possible.
With clear braces, you don’t have to worry about the hassle. At Scott Suter D.D.S., M.S., P.C., Dr. Suter manages all of your orthodontic needs. You just need to sit back in the dental chair and let Dr. Suter track your treatment. Plus, clear braces are always attached to your teeth, so you don’t run the risk of losing them like aligners. Clear braces, in Colorado Springs, are the clear alternative to traditional braces, and they boast some of the best results!

Many adults these days are opting for clear aligners to correct orthodontic problems that have long bothered them. Katherine Heigl is a perfect example. She had one tooth that was out of alignment, and wanted to have it fixed before her wedding day.

“I got them [clear aligners] because of this wonky tooth,” Heigl told In Style magazine not long ago. “It's awesome because every two weeks you switch to a new retainer. Pretty much the perfect way to describe Invisalign is Netflix for your teeth.”

That's actually a pretty good way to describe this highly user-friendly form of orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners are transparent, plastic oral appliances that are changed every two weeks so that your teeth can be moved a little bit at a time, according to a carefully staged sequence. Though they cover your teeth completely, clear aligners are barely noticeable.

In fact, when Heigl excused herself before taking out her aligners to eat, her In Style interviewer said, “Who knew you wore them? I guess that's the point of Invisalign.”

Being able to remove the aligners for eating and, more importantly, teeth-cleaning, is another major advantage of this method of straightening teeth. Successful orthodontic treatment for adults depends on good periodontal health (“peri” – around; “odont” – tooth), and the best way to keep your gums and the underlying bone that supports your teeth healthy is to keep up an effective daily oral hygiene routine.

Clear aligners have been improved in recent years to correct more complicated malocclusions (“mal” – bad; “occlusion” – bite) than previously; they can even work well for teenagers. But there are still some cases that call for traditional braces. We would be happy to explore all the different options for orthodontic treatment with you, whether you have crowded teeth, an overbite or underbite, or just one “wonky tooth.”

If you would like more information about clear aligners, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about clear aligners in general by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners For Teenagers.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Wedding Day Smiles.”

By Orthodontics for Children and Adults
April 27, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures

Years ago, if you hadn't received braces by the time you finished high school odds are you would never pursue orthodontic treatment. Most adults wouldn't have even dreamed of wearing braces! Thankfully, today, clear aligners have quickly become a popular alternative for adults who have mild to moderate crowding or spacing of teeth.

Unlike traditional orthodontic “braces” in which small (metal) brackets are attached to the teeth, clear aligners use a sequence of individual, clear, removable “trays” to straighten teeth. These trays completely cover each tooth and gradually move the teeth into new improved positions. Clear aligners can be used to realign mildly crowded or tipped teeth, to close small spaces between teeth and even treat elongated teeth.

Your clear aligners will be computer-generated based on current dental records. If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for orthodontic treatment using clear aligners, we will need a full set of records to properly assess your case starting with a thorough examination, taking radiographs (x-rays) of your teeth, jaws and skull, as well as photos and impressions of your teeth that can be used to create models. If you have a good bite, which means that your back teeth fit together properly, clear aligners should be a viable treatment option for you. However, if your upper and lower jaws don't align properly, resulting in a severe overbite or underbite, you will more likely need traditional orthodontic braces to straighten your teeth and improve your bite.

Each patient presents unique dental challenges. Cases vary, but you can expect to have to wear the aligners all day except when eating, for an average of anywhere from six months to two years. But don't worry about what others might think — clear aligners are barely noticeable at all.

If you are ready to improve your smile with this state-of-the-art orthodontic treatment, call our office today. To read more about clear orthodontic aligners, and to view photos that compare traditional orthodontics to clear alternatives, please read the article “Clear Orthodontic Aligners: An Alternative For Adult Orthodontics” in Dear Doctor magazine.

By Orthodontics for Children and Adults
April 20, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures

Compared to traditional braces, orthodontic clear aligners seem miraculous in many ways, almost too good to be true. You may be wondering if they really work. The answer is yes — but they are not for everyone.

What are orthodontic aligners and how do they work?

Clear orthodontic aligners are an alternative to traditional braces that are used to move your teeth and transform your smile without much interference to your daily life. They are removable trays made of a clear plastic material that is essentially invisible.

When using aligners, a sequence of slightly different trays is custom-made to fit over your teeth. You must wear each one 20 hours a day for two weeks before changing to the next in the series. The aligners are computer generated, designed by state-of-the-art techniques based on models and images of your own teeth. They work because slight changes in the sequential aligners gradually shift your teeth. If they are worn consistently, the process takes from six months to two or three years.

Advantages over traditional braces are:

  • The aligners can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, flossing and social occasions.
  • They have no rough edges or wires, making them more comfortable.
  • Changes become visible quickly as your teeth move into their new, better positions.

Clear aligners are a good solution for correcting mild to moderately crowded or incorrectly spaced teeth. They are most effective if your back teeth already fit together properly. Clear aligners are usually effective in correcting simpler or tipping movements of teeth in two dimensions. For more complex movements, traditional braces may be required. Clear aligners are usually recommended for adults whose teeth and jaws are fully developed, and not for children.

When do you need traditional fixed braces?

Traditional braces are fixed brackets attached to the teeth through which narrow, flexible wires are threaded. They may be necessary if your teeth do not meet properly, creating too much overbite or underbite. Closing spaces where teeth are missing, rotating teeth, or other complicated situations probably make you a better candidate for traditional braces.

Each particular situation is unique. To find out if clear aligners are right for you, make an appointment with us for an assessment and diagnosis of your own situation. For more information see the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Orthodontic Aligners.”