Straighten Your Smile

Orthodontic Care in Colorado Springs, CO

Do I Need Orthodontic Care?

If you have crooked teeth or bite issues, orthodontic care in Colorado Springs from Tuttle Family Dentistry may be right for you. Whether you’re unhappy with your appearance, or you suspect that your jaw and bite position are causing or contributing to issues like TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), teeth grinding, and premature wear and tear, Dr. Tuttle and Dr. Colt are here to help. To learn more and find out if orthodontic care may be right for you, contact us now to schedule a consultation.

The Benefits Of Orthodontic Treatment

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More Self-Confidence

The most common reason people choose orthodontic treatment is to restore their smile and appearance. Crooked, gapped, or crowded teeth may make you feel self-conscious, and issues like overbites and underbites can negatively affect the appearance of your face. By correcting these issues with orthodontics, you can enjoy more confidence and higher self-esteem throughout your day-to-day life.

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A Healthier Mouth

An improper alignment of your teeth and your bite can contribute to jaw pain, premature tooth wear, and headaches, to name just a few issues. It’s also harder to maintain proper oral hygiene with crooked or crowded teeth, which may further raise your risk of oral health issues like cavities and gum disease. With orthodontics, though, you can eliminate these issues and enjoy better overall oral health.

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Exposure Of Unerupted Teeth

In some cases, a child’s adult teeth will not erupt fully, or may not erupt at all. This is the most common with the upper canines. Up to 3.5% of kids will have a canine that does not erupt fully. Surgery is required to expose these teeth.

In most cases, braces and a special chain are used to pull the tooth down and move it into the proper position. At Tuttle Family Dentistry, we use the latest technology, techniques, and sedation to perform this surgery quickly and efficiently, and with no pain or discomfort.

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Invisalign

Invisalign is an alternative to traditional metal braces. It uses a series of aligners or trays that look similar to a retainer or a nightguard. Each set of aligners is designed to shift your teeth slightly when worn.

Over time, Invisalign gently moves the teeth and jaw position to correct minor-to-moderate orthodontic problems. The aligners are completely invisible when worn, so this is a very popular treatment with adults who may wish to avoid getting braces.

Typically, each aligner is worn for 20-22 hours per day for two weeks, and most people can complete Invisalign treatment in about a year. This may vary depending on your situation, though. To learn more and see if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, contact Tuttle Family Dentistry online right away.