Crooked and gapped teeth aren’t only problematic because of aesthetics. Orthodontic concerns can also significantly harm a patient’s health over the years, resulting in a dysfunctional bite, difficulty with oral hygiene, and even the possibility of developing sleep apnea. At Aesthetic Dentistry by Design, patients and families in need can discover multiple treatment options for finally correcting these issues in the long-term and enjoying a smile that both looks and feels better than ever. Dr. Gasper hopes to welcome you in for a consultation soon to discuss options for orthodontics in Colorado Springs.
Functional orthodontics is focused on guiding children’s oral development to ensure that they have a functional as well as an attractive smile. Dr. Gasper can use conservative treatments to correct slight teeth and jaw misalignments early and help your child avoid the need for more extensive care in the future, all the while giving them a well-balanced appearance. This approach can also be used to correct habits like thumb/finger sucking and even increase the size of a patient’s airway to help them get quality sleep every night.
If you are not interested in wearing metal brackets and wires, Invisalign Clear Braces may be a viable option that prioritizes day-to-day aesthetics to a greater degree. Instead of the traditional orthodontic model, patients will wear a series of clear, custom-made aligners that are very subtle in the mouth and can be removed as well. Dr. Gasper regularly recommends this service to teenage patients who want to maintain their self-confidence while still achieving a straighter, more uniform smile.
It’s recommended your child has their first orthodontic consultation around the age of 7 to let Dr. Gasper monitor their growing smile. If Dr. Gasper finds a complication, like overcrowded teeth, he may recommend Phase 1 Orthodontics. This provides early intervention for bite and alignment concerns in children. It guides the dental and facial development of our young patients to lessen the need for costly or lengthy orthodontic treatments in the future.