Posts for tag: orthodontic treatment

By Suter Orthodontics
November 13, 2018
Category: Braces

Straight SmileThe majority of people that require dental braces tend to get them in childhood or early adolescence, but that isn't always the case. Bite and alignment problems are generally easier to treat in younger patients when the bones are still developing, but it is never too late to invest in a straighter smile. Adults can (and should) get treatment for bite and alignment problems that could affect oral health, self-esteem, and quality of life. Dr. Scott Suter, an orthodontist in Colorado Springs, CO, offers braces for children, teens, and adults.

Dental Braces in Colorado Springs, CO

There are several types of bite and alignment problems that may require orthodontic treatment to correct:

  • Overbite or underbite
  • Crowding
  • Spacing
  • Open bite
  • Crossbite
  • Protrusion

Why is Orthodontic Treatment Necessary?

On the surface, orthodontic issues seem like cosmetic problems - crooked teeth or an excessive overbite that can make people feel self-conscious in everyday situations like smiling for a picture or going on a date or a job interview. And while it is true that orthodontic problems can make you feel self-conscious about your smile, they can also take a toll on your oral health depending on the issue and its severity. For example, problems like crowding can make it difficult to properly clean and floss the teeth, making them more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. Excessive spacing can cause the teeth to shift further out of alignment over time. Braces gradually shift the teeth into the correct alignment over time.

There are several types of braces and orthodontic appliances to choose from:

  • Traditional metallic braces
  • Tooth-colored ceramic braces

Find an Orthodontist in Colorado Springs, CO

For more information about orthodontic treatment and the different types of braces available, contact Suter Orthodontics by calling (719) 550-0222 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Suter today.

By Suter Orthodontics
August 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

How your orthodontist in Colorado Springs can help your smileorthodontic treatment

Having a straight smile is important for many reasons. A straight smile is easier to clean and helps you chew your food better, which aids in your overall health. A straight smile also helps prevent excess stress and wear on your teeth, which will help save you from eroding or breaking your teeth down over time. Of course, a straight smile is also more attractive!

Orthodontics is the answer to a straight smile, and Dr. Scott Suter at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO, wants to share what you should know about the types of orthodontic treatment available.

At Suter Orthodontics you can choose from:

  • Conventional metal brackets and wires which are the least expensive and often the best orthodontic option
  • Ceramic, tooth-colored brackets, and wires which are the most natural-looking orthodontic option

You should consider orthodontic treatment to give you a healthy, beautiful smile you can maintain easily. Orthodontics can correct:

  • Jaw alignment issues like overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite
  • Tooth positioning issues like crowding, rotation, improper placement, or incomplete eruption
  • If you have gaps in between your teeth, or you have teeth that overlap each other, orthodontic treatment is the perfect choice to give you a smile you will love.

To view amazing before-and-after photos of Dr. Suter’s patients, please visit the Services page on the Suter Orthodontics website at https://www.suterorthodontics.com/services.html

Orthodontic treatment can also help prevent temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems by correctly aligning your bite, taking the stress off of your jaw joint. Lowered stress to the joint can help prevent headaches and facial pain.

Orthodontics is the way to achieve the straight, beautiful smile you’ve been waiting for. Don’t wait any longer. Get started today by calling Dr. Suter at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO. Call 719-550-0222 today!

By Orthodontics for Children and Adults
October 07, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
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Sometimes, we all need a bit of prompting to do what's good for us. When Serena Girardi, the 10-year-old daughter of New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, needed to have orthodontic treatment, she was a little nervous. To help lessen her anxiety, Girardi, then 45 years old, made a deal: if she got braces, then he would too.

“What I didn't realize,” said Girardi in an interview with ESPN, “is that she only had to get four on her front teeth and I got the full mouthful.”

But that didn't stop the baseball great from keeping up his end of the bargain. In a separate deal with his son Dante, who also needed braces, Girardi agreed to wear blue rubber bands. “It's a good look,” he said. What will he do if his third child needs braces? Stay tuned...

Whether it starts as a bargain with your kids or as a promise to yourself, orthodontic treatment can offer real benefits at any age. In fact, about one out of five orthodontic patients today is an adult. Studies have shown that up to three-quarters of all adults have some form of orthodontic problem, like drifting or crowding of teeth. And having a great-looking smile not only improves self-confidence, but can also boost an adult's social life, and even enhance his or her career opportunities.

If you or your child may need braces, but you're put off by the dreary metal hardware you remember from back in the day, take heart! Plenty has changed in the field of orthodontics since you were a teenager — and it's not just the color of the rubber bands.

In many cases, clear or colorless ceramic braces can be used instead of metal ones. These stain-resistant orthodontic appliances blend in well with your own teeth, making them much less evident. It may be possible for them to be placed on the lingual (tongue) side of the teeth, where they're even less visible.

Clear aligners offer an alternative to braces that's appropriate for some people. Aligners are a series of precision-made “trays” composed of polyurethane plastic. Worn 20-22 hours per day for a period of months, these appliances gradually move teeth into an improved position. Besides being virtually invisible, another advantage of these trays is that they may be removed for eating and for important occasions. Once recommended only for adults, they have recently become available to teenagers as well.

What's the best way to find out whether you or someone in your family could benefit from orthodontics, and which treatment option best suits your individual needs? Come in to our office for a consultation! After a thorough examination, we would be happy to recommend the most appropriate treatment methods for your particular situation.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics For The Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”