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Functional Orthodontics in Colorado Springs

July 19, 2016

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functional orthodonticsMost people have heard of orthodontics and most people have probably seen them, too. Metal brackets and wires or other devices help to straighten teeth for a more attractive and healthy smile. But what if there are considerations beyond just the appearance of your smile? Problems such as TMJ dysfunction, malocclusion and facial imbalance may need treatment beyond ordinary orthodontics. In this case, functional orthodontics from Colorado Springs dentist Dr. Gasper can help create a pleasing facial shape and profile, as well as a balanced bite.


Dr. Gasper Featured In The Colorado Springs Gazette! Functional Orthodontics can address issues earlier in childhood

December 10, 2014

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Health reporter, Stephanie Earls, featured Dr. Gasper in a story about Functional Orthodontics in this week’s Colorado Springs Gazette.

While a beautiful, full smile remains the goal, the focus of functional orthodontics isn’t solely on the realignment and straightening of teeth.

Functional orthodontics sets out to modify the mouth cavity or jaw during a child’s most active growth phases to address or correct underlying problems that could lead to issues with permanent teeth or the structure and mechanics of the mouth.

For the right patients, functional orthodontics can help correct overcrowding and crooked teeth, snoring, bite and jaw disorders, and even speech problems caused by lack of space.

The article also features the Smiley family whose three daughters benefited from functional orthodontics and who now have beautiful smiles!

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Orthodontics: It’s More Than Just Straight Teeth

February 4, 2014

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month (February) we asked our hygienist:

Tell us about Functional Orthodontics.

Christine: I have worked with Dentists who have provided functional orthodontics for the past 9 years. My son has had functional orthodontics. Orthodontists should address more than straightening teeth. Functional Orthodontics will reshape and reposition the upper and lower jaws.  It has been shown that proper alignment and shape helps avoid problems such as TMJ disorders, migraines, and airway/breathing disorders.

Learn more about Functional Orthodontics at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design here.

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Jaw surgery avoided with Functional Orthodontics

May 29, 2013

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Here is an amazing story about how Functional Orthodontics saved this child from jaw surgery.

Traditional orthodontics improves the smile cosmetically by straightening the teeth.

Functional Orthodontics (Available with Dr. Gasper at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design) can help with TMJ pain, joint/ear pain when chewing.

Learn more.


Click here to read the story.

5 ways to improve dental health

May 15, 2013

Fox News had a great article on how to improve your dental health.

From the article

1. Brushing and flossing
The American Dental Association recommends gently brushing twice a day, each time for around two minutes, using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

Make sure to brush the front, top and back of each tooth, as well as your tongue.

Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or when the bristles begin to fray.

Easily dismissed, flossing should be done daily to help remove food particles that the toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Never underestimate the importance of flossing because it clears food from hard-to-reach areas and removes bacteria that leads to tooth decay. When you floss, take an 18-inch long piece of string between your thumb and index finger. Start with your lower front teeth, then move to the upper front teeth, and finally work your way around the rest of your mouth.

A tongue scraper can also remove bacteria build-up and food debris.

2. Visit your dentist regularly
Regular cleanings and checkups by a dentist can significantly help prevent dental problems. Don’t wait until you have a toothache to schedule an appointment. Dentists recommend you have a regular cleaning done every six months. A professional cleaning will remove the plaque that can develop, despite regular brushing and flossing. A dental hygienist will also reach plaque in difficult-to-reach areas missed during daily bushing. A dentist will also take X-rays to make sure you have no cavities. The earlier a problem is detected, the more effective treatment will be. Make sure your insurance company covers your visit, and check the details of your coverage before having procedures done. Aesthetic Dentistry by Design 719-599-0700

3. Diet
Sugary foods can have an unhealthy impact on your teeth. You should eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and limit snacks between meals. Also, make sure you’re getting enough calcium from foods like milk, yogurt and cheese. Calcium is essential for building strong bones and teeth. Don’t smoke or chew tobacco, and if you’re taking medications, make sure to ask your doctor if they can harm your teeth in any way. Certain medications can affect the production of saliva and cause dry mouth.

4. Gum disease
If your gums are puffy, red or tender, see your dentist right away. You may have gingivitis. Also make an appointment if your gums bleed excessively when you floss. A dentist will be able to determine if you have gum disease, oral cancer or tooth decay.

5. Braces
If your teeth are crooked, you may want to consider braces to straighten your teeth because misaligned teeth are harder to clean and thus more likely to have cavities. Crooked teeth might also cause you pain and discomfort in the future.  Learn more about orthodontics at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design.

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Dr. Ken Gasper To Speak at the Annual Meeting for the International Association for Orthodontics

March 27, 2012

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Dr. Ken Gasper will be speaking at the annual meeting for the International Association for Orthodontics in San Juan, Puerto Rico April 18 – 22.  

Dr. Gasper is past president of the International Association for Orthodontics and an IOA Certified Senior Instructor.  

At Aesthetic Dentistry by Design, Dr. Gasper  uses a progressive orthodontic approach known as functional orthodontics to help guide a child’s facial growth and development, all to establish balance and harmony in the skeletal and neuromuscular system.  

He creates good-looking, balanced faces with full, beautiful smiles that have plenty of room for proper eruption of adult permanent teeth.

While traditional orthodontics is focused solely on straightening teeth, functional orthodontics  takes the patient’s entire face into consideration to deliver results that are functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Watch Dr. Gasper’s interview on Fox 21 to learn more and meet the Smiley family whose daughter started orthodontics at age 6.  

Learn more  about Funtional Orthodontics.


Brace Yourself – Orthodontics help adults with many medical conditions

July 25, 2011

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Don’t you wish you had listened to Mom? “Put in your retainer!” Now, as an adult you look in the mirror and see crooked teeth…again. Don’t despair. Adult braces are more common than ever. In fact, over 1 million adults currently wear braces. It’s not all cosmetic, either. Braces can alleviate many conditions.

Headaches : You might feel pain when you bite or have recurring headaches. These are two signs that your teeth are out of alignment. It’s hard to feel good about yourself when you’re in pain.

Periodontal Disease: Crooked teeth are difficult to clean, which lets decay-causing bacteria elude your toothbrush and attach to your teeth. Plaque and tartar build up on tooth surfaces; your gums can bleed, become tender and swollen, and a severe dental infection could cause you to lose teeth.

Social Phobias: Maybe you don’t smile anymore because your teeth embarrass you. You avoid social situations and shun co-workers, with good reason. Studies show that someone with an unattractive smile is less likely to be hired than someone with a perfect smile.

Sleep Apnea: Misaligned teeth may not provide enough room for you tongue to rest correctly and block airways.

Dr. Gasper of Aesthetic Dentistry by Design uses Functional Orthodontics to develop the jaw correctly.  Not only does Functional Orthodontics straighten teeth and create beautiful smiles, it can correct airway problems that may be causing airway dysfunctions, which leads to snoring and poor sleep.

Dr. Gasper has been able to help many families correct underlying medical symptoms by using Functional Orthodontics.

Learn more about Functional Orthodontics here.

Call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs at 719-599-0700.

‘Mouth-breathing’ gross, harmful to your health

April 20, 2011

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There was a very informative article about Functional Orthodontics by Melissa Dahl in the “Body Odd” section of MSNBC.

From the article:

“Experts say that breathing while slack-jawed can actually lead to some surprisingly unpleasant health problems.

If you’re fighting a cold right now, you know your inability to suck any air through your congested nostrils can cause dry mouth, dragon breath and lack of sleep, for starters. You’ll be fine when you kick the crud; the big problems start when you’ve become a chronic mouth-breather — children and adults with allergies, for example.

Breathing though the mouth is often an overlooked root cause of many health and behavioral problems, particularly in school-age kids. (How are the kids doing in school? Are they tired, irritable, can’t concentrate? A lot of these kids (may be) diagnosed with ADD and hyperactivity.”)

Mouth-breathing can actually change the shape of kids’ faces, according to a report published by Dr. Yosh Jefferson last year in the Journal General Dentisty.

Severe mouth breathers develop what they call long face syndrome — long, narrow faces, very unattractive facial features. Also if their tonsils are swollen, they sometimes position their jaw in weird ways in order to get more oxygen into their bodies.

It can happen in adults as well … but it’s more prominent in children.

People think they grew to this face because of genetics –- it’s not, it’s because they’re mouth-breathers.

It’s reversible in children if it’s caught early — an orthodontist might use a device to expand the jaw, which will widen the mouth and open the sinuses, helping the child breathe through the nose again. (This can be done in adults, too, but it’s more difficult.)”

Dr. Ken Gasper of Aesthetic Dentistry by Design provides Functional Orthodontics to help mouth breathers.

Learn more about Functional Orthodontics here.

Call Aesthetic Dentistry by Design in Colorado Springs at 719-599-0700.

Braces & Brushing Your Teeth

January 27, 2011

How should children with braces clean their teeth?

Always floss first using floss threaders/floss and go in between each tooth.

The use of a Waterpik is great to remove food debris and plaque, however does not substitute flossing.

I (Hygienist Yee Fong) always tell my ortho patients to concentrate brushing their teeth and gums (45 degree angle toward the gum line), and then go back and concentrate on brushing their brackets and wires (brush at least 3-4min each time 3-4x/day).

The use of a fluoride rinse 2x/day morning/night (ACT rinse) after brushing is great to prevent decay and demineralization as well! Oral hygeiene can be very challenging during ortho treatment, however the more you practice, the faster and more familiar you will become with it and the better you will get at it!

Learn more about Functional Orthodontics at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design.

Could My Child Have Sleep Apnea?

September 20, 2010

Dr. Gasper helps both adults and children with sleep issues.

For adults, sometimes the problem can be fixed with a custom oral appliance to keep you breathing freely throughout the night.

For children, sometimes undiagnosed airway issues can be fixed with functional orthodonticsthe boy asleep
Creative Commons License photo credit: erix!.

Take a look at this article, “Could My Child Have Sleep Apnea,” to see if your child exhibits any signs of sleep apnea.

Then call our office at 719-599-0700.

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