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Orthodontics Helps Crooked Teeth in Colorado Springs

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Orthodontics, Invisalign and Braces

Dr. Platt works to prevent or correct misaligned teeth and jaws and has the expertise and knowledge to provide the best orthodontic care. Orthodontics or “braces” can be helpful for both children and adults. They can straighten crooked teeth, correct the spacing between teeth, and improve bite patterns. Orthodontics can contribute to healthy teeth and gums and prevent future dental problems. Orthodontics can improve the appearance of your teeth and smile.

Orthodontics can align crooked or crowded teeth. They can close gaps between teeth. Proper tooth alignment is important for biting properly and tooth wear. Straight teeth can be cleaned more thoroughly, which prevents tooth decay and gum disease. Straight teeth improve the appearance of your smile.

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Helping the jaw to grow to its genetic potential is a form of treatment that Dr. Platt has been doing for more than 20 years. The options of treating a small jaw include extracting permanent teeth, jaw surgery to cut off one or both jaws and re-attach them to a more ideal position or encouraging the jaw to grow to its genetic size that it was intended to grow in order to allow all the teeth to fit into the mouth.

As a parent I couldn’t allow my own children to have a horrible invasive surgery to bring the jaw to normal size so I began looking for ways to make the jaw grow. I have attended mini-residencies and courses on jaw growth and have been treating my own children and hundreds of other children and adults to get the upper and lower jaw to begin growing. With adults, we can still take advantage of the smaller amounts of growth hormone that is released and time the appliance wear with that hormone release (3 pm to 7 am).

Orthodontics can correct bite problems called malocclusions. Ideally, your top and bottom set of teeth should fit together and line up, forming an accurate bite. Differences in jaw size, poorly aligned jaws, crowded teeth, extra teeth or missing teeth can cause malocclusion. Significant malocclusions can contribute to mouth breathing and interfere with speaking and eating. They can also affect the appearance of your face. One of the long-term problems being addressed today is the amount of airway space that is missing when you have a narrow jaw. The problem is that when your mouth is narrow you anatomically also have a narrow breathing passage to allow air to flow into your lungs. When we sleep, and have a narrow airway space, we end up having a medical problem called “Sleep Apnea.” So while we are looking at straightening your teeth, we are also looking at your airway space and the genetic size of your upper and lower jaws.

Invisalign is a system for treating miss aligned teeth. Instead of using braces and brackets, we use clear trays that are custom made to fit just your teeth. The aligners are worn full-time for a couple of weeks and at the end of that time you trade out the old tray for a new tray so that your teeth keep moving in the direction we want them to go. The clear Invisalign aligners are very discrete and non-recognizable; no one will know that you are even having any orthodontics done to your teeth. To find out more about Invisalign, Clear Correct or Aligner therapy that I do please visit my other website. http://clearbracescoloradosprings.com/

Below is a case treated with clear aligners.

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Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss. This is important for preventing periodontal disease, commonly known as “gum disease.” Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It occurs when harmful bacteria infect the gums and create gaps around the teeth. Orthodontics may help your natural teeth last a lifetime.

Finally, orthodontics can create a beautiful healthy-looking smile. Your smile is a main feature of your face and one of the first things that other people notice about you. A healthy smile enhances your appearance and may improve your self-confidence, personal relationships, and career. Orthodontics does require a short-term time investment, but the benefits of healthy teeth and gums last a lifetime.