Straighten Your Smile
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/TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder), teeth grinding, and premature wear and tear, we're 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 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. The same can be said for issues like overbites and underbites. By correcting these issues with orthodontics, you can enjoy boosted confidence and higher self-esteem throughout your day-to-day life.
A misalignment of your teeth and bite can contribute to jaw pain, premature tooth wear, and headaches, among other issues. It is also more difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene with crooked or crowded teeth, which can increase your risk of developing oral health issues like cavities and gum disease. Fortunately, with orthodontics you can eliminate these issues and enjoy better overall oral health.
Space maintainers are an orthodontic treatment required for kids who have lost a baby tooth prematurely. As the name suggests, these are small metal or plastic devices that are placed in the gap where their missing tooth used to be.
Space maintainers help maintain the gap between teeth. Without a space maintainer, the surrounding teeth may move toward this gap which can interfere with the eruption of your child’s adult teeth. By getting a space maintainer, we can avoid oral development complications and keep your child’s mouth healthy after they lose a baby tooth early.
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.
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 virtually 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 before moving on to the next set. Most patients can complete Invisalign treatment in about a year, although treatment length can vary depending on the severity of the misalignment. To learn more and see if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign in Colorado Springs, contact Tuttle Family Dentistry online today.