Get A Straight Smile Without Braces
Treatment time varies for each patient, but most patients complete SureSmile treatment in about a year. This means that in many cases, SureSmile works faster than braces, which often require 12-18 months to move your teeth properly.
Of course, every case is unique, and there’s no way to estimate the length of your treatment without a consultation with your doctor. To find out if SureSmile is right for you and how long your orthodontic treatment may take, contact our Colorado Springs office for a complimentary consultation.
The biggest advantage of SureSmile therapy over other orthodontic treatments, such as braces, is its subtle, low-profile appearance. SureSmile clear aligners are virtually invisible when worn. The aligners are clear and thin, and fit perfectly over your teeth, so nobody has to know that you’re correcting your smile unless you want them to know.
Traditional metal braces, on the other hand, are more obvious, and may make you feel self-conscious about your orthodontic treatment. If you want a more subtle way to correct your smile, SureSmile may be the solution you've been searching for.
SureSmile treatment is also more comfortable than wearing metal braces, as the aligners won't poke or irritate your mouth. You can take your SureSmile aligners out to eat and drink, so there are no dietary restrictions. Because they're removable, clear aligners make it easier to brush and floss, so you can keep your teeth healthy during your orthodontic treatment.
In many cases, SureSmile treatment requires fewer trips to our office, which also saves you time. Most patients only need a quick checkup every 4-6 weeks, and these appointments are generally shorter than appointments to have your braces adjusted.
For many patients looking to straighten their smile, SureSmile is a fantastic option for orthodontic treatment. To learn more about SureSmile clear aligner therapy, and to find out if you're a good candidate for treatment, contact Tuttle Family Dentistry in Colorado Springs today.
This depends on your oral health and the extent of your orthodontic issues. First and foremost, your mouth must be healthy and free of issues like gum disease, cavities, and infected teeth. You cannot receive orthodontic treatment with these chronic oral health issues.
SureSmile is powerful, but not as versatile as traditional braces. If you have very serious issues with your teeth and jaw alignment, SureSmile may not work for your case. To find out if you’re a candidate, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tuttle today.
The average treatment time for SureSmile is about a year. This means you’ll usually wear somewhere between 22 to 26 different sets of aligners throughout your treatment if you’re switching them biweekly.
However, the treatment time is case-specific. Some patients with minor cosmetic orthodontic issues may only require 6 months to correct their teeth and improve their smile. On the other hand, if you have more serious issues with the alignment of your teeth and your bite, it could take 18 months or longer to correct your smile.
If you want to learn more about your expected treatment time with SureSmile, Dr. Brian Tuttle is here to help. Just get in touch with your dentist in Colorado Springs to schedule a consultation. After your oral exam and x-rays, Dr. Tuttle can help you learn more about what to expect from the SureSmile treatment process, and how long your treatment may take.
The answer is usually “yes,” but it depends on your case. Similarly to braces, SureSmile doesn’t just change the position of your teeth. It can also correct issues with your jaw position. Overbites and underbites are examples of bite issues that can be corrected with SureSmile.
An overbite is when the upper arch of teeth "hangs over" the lower jaw more than is ideal. An underbite is the opposite, when the lower jaw sits in front of the upper arch of teeth. Both can impact your confidence in your smile, but SureSmile may be the solution for you.
The end result is a straight smile, aligned jaw, and healthy bite. This doesn’t just help improve your oral health, but also your appearance and your self-confidence.
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on repairing misaligned teeth. It addresses the various types of malocclusions using a combination of orthodontic devices, medication, and sometimes surgery for severe cases.
Examples of malocclusions that orthodontic dentistry can fix include overbite, open bite, underbite, and crossbite. It can also fix crowded teeth and large gaps between teeth (diastema). By addressing these issues, this form of dentistry restores functionality to misaligned teeth and straightens the same teeth for a better-looking smile.
Customized treatment plans are a staple for orthodontic dentistry since no two cases of malocclusions are ever the same. Dentists use digital scanners and dental putty to get impressions of your teeth. They’re then sent to a lab to fabricate the orthodontic devices. These devices include braces, retainers, clear aligners, headgears, etc.
The most important aspect of caring for space maintainers is ensuring your child doesn’t play with it. The space maintainer might feel weird on your child’s mouth, and they may be tempted to pull or bend it. Watch your child closely and stop them from playing with the dental device until they get used to it.
You’ll also want to ensure your child maintains proper oral hygiene despite the space maintainer. Proper oral hygiene involves brushing and flossing the teeth at least twice daily using a soft-bristle brush.
Another proven way to care for your child’s space maintainer is to restrict gooey and sticky foods. While caramel, toffee, and other sticky foods are delicious, they can pull and dislodge the space maintainer. They also contain plenty of sugar and promote the proliferation of mouth bacteria that cause dental decay and gum disease.
The better option between Invisalign and braces depends on your specific needs. However, from a neutral standpoint, the benefits of Invisalign aligners far outweigh those of traditional metal braces.
For starters, Invisalign aligners are less visually intrusive than braces. The former is made from a clear type of flexible plastic called SmartTrack, making them almost invisible. Braces, on the other hand, consist of metal wires and ceramic brackets that visibly sit on top of the teeth. Invisalign aligners are discrete and make you feel less self-conscious about having them on.
Furthermore, Invisalign aligners are more comfortable than braces. The former uses a flexible plastic that fits snugly on the teeth, while the latter uses metal wires, elastic bands, and braces. The metal wires can scrape the cheeks and mouth lining, causing discomfort, and sometimes the wires can fit too tightly.
Lastly, Invisalign aligners are removable, meaning you can take them off whenever they make you uncomfortable. Braces, on the other hand, are permanent orthodontic devices that can only be installed and removed by a licensed dentist. However, it’s worth noting that Invisalign aligners may be unsuitable for severe cases of malocclusions.