Posts for tag: orthodontics

By Suter Orthodontics
October 16, 2019
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: orthodontics  

Wondering if your child could benefit from orthodontic treatment?

When people think about braces they often picture this a rite of passage for teens; however, orthodontic treatment can also be beneficial to Braceschildren who have a crooked or misaligned smile. In fact, getting evaluated early by our Colorado Springs orthodontist Dr. Scott Suter could provide your child with some amazing oral health benefits.
 

When should my child be evaluated for orthodontic treatment?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontic specialist by the time they turn 7 years old. Of course, if you are bringing your child in for routine cleanings your dentist will continue to monitor the development of their smile as their permanent teeth erupt and spot issues right away so that your child can get the proper treatment they need for a healthier and straighter smile.
 

Why should my children see an orthodontist?

An orthodontist has the specialized training to be able to spot the smallest issues such as jaw growth and problems with erupting teeth, as well as issues with baby teeth. While it might seem obvious to be able to tell when your child could benefit from getting braces sometimes your child’s teeth may look straight but there could be a problem that you don’t see that our orthodontist can detect through a regular physical exam or with x-rays.
 

What is the benefit of early orthodontic treatment?

By getting your child braces when they need it orthodontic treatment can,

  • Facilitate proper jaw growth and development
  • Reduce the risk for dental damage by repositioning crooked or protruding teeth
  • Correct bad habits that can affect oral health
  • Improve appearance and self-esteem
  • Improve a bite and reduce excessive wear and tear on teeth

Getting an orthodontic evaluation doesn’t necessarily mean that your child will need braces or that they will get braces right away. In some instances, our orthodontist may decide to monitor the development of your child’s teeth to see if the problem corrects itself before deciding whether to place braces or not.

Do you have questions about getting your child braces in Colorado Springs? Want to find out if your child’s smile could benefit from orthodontic treatment? If so, call Suter Orthodontics today to schedule a consultation.

By Suter Orthodontics
March 19, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces  

What your orthodontist in Colorado Springs wants you to knowbraces

If you have rotated, poorly-aligned teeth, you already know how difficult they are to keep clean. If your jaws don’t align properly, you already know how difficult it is to chew your food. The truth is braces can give you a more beautiful smile. They can also restore full biting function. Dr. Scott Suter at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO wants to share more about the benefits of braces.

If your teeth are crowded closely together, it can be very difficult to floss. Chances are you’ve shredded floss in between your teeth which can be frustrating and can also result in more plaque collecting between your teeth. Increased plaque can result in tooth decay, gum infection, and periodontal disease. Braces will align teeth correctly, making flossing easy. Your teeth will stay much cleaner, reducing the possibility of tooth decay, gum, and periodontal disease.

Poorly-aligned teeth can also cause increased tooth wear, resulting in the need for expensive restorative treatments later on. Properly aligned teeth will help prevent tooth wear and keep your teeth healthy and strong.

Now that you know how braces can help keep your teeth healthy, you need to know how braces can make your smile beautiful. Let’s face it a straight smile is more attractive! If you suffer from an underbite, overbite, crossbite, or open bite, chances are people are noticing your poor bite alignment and not your beautiful smile. Braces will shift your teeth into proper position. Now people will notice you and your beautiful, straight smile!

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

Dr. Suter offers several options for your braces. You can choose from conventional metal brackets and wires, or ceramic, tooth-colored brackets and clear wires.

For more information about the benefits and types of braces, call Dr. Suter at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO. You deserve a smile you can be proud of, a smile that gets noticed! Call today and get started on your great smile!

By Suter Orthodontics
December 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics  

Orthodontic care is an efficient and permanent way to change your smile’s appearance for the better. Unfortunately, some adults believe orthodonticsthat braces are only for kids and that they are too old to undergo this procedure. This, luckily, is not true. Braces are for anyone who wishes to improve the appearance of their smile, no matter their age. Find out more about orthodontics for children and adults with Dr. Scott Suter at Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO.

Am I a candidate for orthodontic care? 
Almost anyone who wishes their smile’s appearance was straighter or their mouth’s bite was corrected can benefit from orthodontic care. Dentists recommend braces for teens over the age of 12 and adults. In some cases, children under 12 may begin treatment early to help guide their still-growing jaw into alignment. Some of the most common issues orthodontic care treats include:

  • overcrowding
  • under crowding
  • misalignments
  • uneven teeth
  • overbite
  • crossbite
  • underbite
  • open bite

What kind of braces does Dr. Suter offer? 
Suter Orthodontics offers several types of braces, including:

  • Traditional Braces: These are the braces which most people think of when they envision orthodontic care. Colored rubber bands hold metal wires onto brackets placed permanently onto each tooth.
  • Ceramic Braces: Ceramic braces work the same way as traditional braces, with brackets on each tooth which hold wires in place. However, rather than being made form noticeable metal, they are made from ceramic, a tooth-colored material which blends easily into your smile.

Orthodontic Care for Children and Adults in Colorado Springs, CO
If you think you are a good fit for orthodontic care, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Suter to fully explore your options and determine that this treatment is in your best interest. For more information on orthodontics in the Colorado Springs, CO area, please contact Dr. Suter at Suter Orthodontics. Call (719) 550-0222 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Suter today!

By Suter Orthodontics
August 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   retainers  

Retainers are common. Most people who have braces have to wear a retainer after getting their braces taken off. A common reason dental retainerpeople wear retainers is to help their teeth stay set in their new positions after wearing dental braces. Dr. Scott Suter of Suter Orthodontics, which is located in Colorado Springs, CO, offers a variety of retainers to his patients. Read on to find out why retainers are so important.

What's a Dental Retainer?

A dental retainer is a piece of metal and plastic that is custom-made for each person who needs one. It fits the top of the teeth and mouth. These devices help to prevent teeth shifting, which occurs naturally. These devices are worn for a period of time that is specified by your orthodontist. Also, advances have made it possible for the wearer to be much more comfortable than in years past.

No two dental retainers are the same, even though many look alike. Some dental retainers are fixed — meaning they can only be removed only by your orthodontist — and some can be removed. While dental retainers were once rather bulky and uncomfortable, the new models of today are often hard to detect. 

Why Do I Need to Wear a Retainer?

You might need a dental retainer for a few reasons. One common reason is to help your teeth stay set in their new positions after wearing dental braces. It's important to wear your dental retainer because otherwise, your teeth will begin to shift. The dental retainer helps to hold your teeth in place in their new positions. Other people may wear dental retainers to move one tooth or close a space between their teeth.

Dental retainers can help with many problems besides shifting teeth. Sometimes dental retainers are used to help a medical problem. For instance, some individuals have a tongue thrust (a condition where their tongue sneaks through their teeth when they speak). The dental retainers keep their tongue from going forward in between their teeth when they talk.

Dental retainers are also used to help patients with temporomandibular disorder (TMD). This disorder is usually a result of a bite problem (the teeth don't fit together properly when the jaw is closed). The device can help by preventing the patient's mouth from closing completely at night, which keeps them from grinding their teeth.

Now is the perfect time... to make a wise decision. If you need a dental retainer, why wait? We can help you today! Call Suter Orthodontics at 719-550-0222 right now to schedule an appointment in Colorado Springs, CO.

By Suter Orthodontics
June 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces  

Find out if your smile could be greatly improved just by getting orthodontic treatment.

It’s pretty rare to have a perfectly straight smile. A lot of people deal with at least minor overlapping, crowding or gapbracess in their smile. Of course, if you are ready to do something about it, it’s never too late. Our Colorado Springs, CO orthodontist, Dr. Scott Suter, makes it simple to get the orthodontic treatment you need to have the smile you want.

Could your smile benefit from braces? Let’s find out. Are you dealing with any of these issues?

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowding
  • Protruding teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • An overbite
  • An underbite

If you said “yes” to any of these issues then it’s definitely a great time to turn to our orthodontic specialist in Colorado Springs for an evaluation. During your evaluation, we will examine your smile and talk to you about what issues you would like to fix with the help of braces. Based on your goals we will be able to help you decide which kind of orthodontic treatment is the best option.

Why should I consider braces?

While no one revels in the idea of wearing braces for a year or more, it could greatly improve your oral health. Think about it: your teeth are overlapping or twisted. Doesn’t that make it more challenging to properly brush all surfaces of your teeth? Absolutely! By straightening your teeth, it’s now easier for your toothbrush or floss to get into all those once impossible-to-reach areas. Orthodontic treatment could reduce your risk of gum disease or decay.

What are my orthodontic options?

We offer a variety of options to fit your specific needs. While children and teens often get traditional metal braces, a lot of adults hate the idea that people will see their braces whenever they speak or smile. You can also choose from tooth-colored or ceramic braces, which will make the braces less noticeable.

Suter Orthodontics in Colorado Springs, CO is dedicated to helping you get that perfectly straight smile no matter whether it’s for your child or for yourself. Call us today to schedule your free consultation and get one step closer to your ideal smile.