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Orthodontics Information

Straight and beautiful smiles come naturally for some. For others, orthodontic treatment can align teeth the right way and enhance a smile for a lifetime of optimal health and confidence.

Scott Family Orthodontics strives to inform future and current patients about modern orthodontic treatment. From adult orthodontics and braces for kids to clear aligners and TMJ therapy, the following information can give you a head start on treatment.

Our practice is located in Pueblo, CO, and Dr. Brian Scott also treats patients at locations in Trinidad and La Junta.

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Orthodontic Treatment for Kids

It’s recommended that children visit an orthodontist no later than age 7. Discover more of what you can expect from pediatric orthodontics.

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How long will early treatment for your child last?

Our doctor takes a conservative approach when determining if a patient needs early treatment. If needed, early treatment is usually six to fourteen months in duration. If early treatment is not necessary, Dr. Scott will monitor your child every six to twelve months.

How long will your child wear braces?

Braces are placed for a period of one to three years. In this active phase of treatment, the teeth are moved into their ideal position for optimal function and aesthetics.

Will your child need to wear a retainer?

At the end of active treatment, braces are removed and retention therapy begins. During this phase, retainers are placed to hold the teeth in position until the surrounding bone and tissues settle into place, and in order to ensure that the teeth don’t move during further growth. Once retainers are placed, the patient is monitored for two years, or to age 18.

Adult Treatment

You’re never too old to achieve your dream smile. Learn more about orthodontic treatment for adults.

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Are you a candidate for braces & orthodontic treatment?

If your gums and teeth are healthy, you can undergo orthodontic treatment. However, since there is less facial growth in adulthood, special treatment planning may be required in some cases.

Are you a candidate for orthodontic surgery?

Jaw growth is usually completed by age 16 for girls and 18 for boys. All growth must be completed before jaw surgery can be performed. Schedule a consultation to find out if you are a candidate for orthodontic surgery.

Will you require TMJ therapy prior to or coinciding with your orthodontic treatment?

The relationship between your teeth and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can affect the appearance and function of your smile. In some cases, TMJ treatment is necessary for some orthodontic patients.

Dr. Scott will work closely with you to optimize your orthodontic treatment plan and incorporate TMJ therapy if necessary.

Aligner Treatment

Achieve a straight smile with maximum comfort and confidence. Here is more information about Invisalign® and SureSmile® aligners.

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How many hours a day should you wear Invisalign® or SureSmile® aligners?

Invisalign and SureSmile aligners must be worn 20-22 hours per day to achieve the desired final position and end results. If worn less than 22 hours per day, you will experience slower results. It is important to wear your aligners at night while you sleep.

Are you a candidate for Invisalign® or SureSmile treatment®?

Invisalign and SureSmile are not intended for children and are not appropriate for every adult. Only an orthodontist can determine if this treatment is an effective option for you. To see if you’re a candidate for aligner treatment, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott.

TMJ Treatment

Put an end to teeth grinding, restless nights, jaw pain, and headaches. Discover more about temporomandibular joint dysfunction and TMJ treatment.

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What is temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects your jawbone to the skull, allowing you to chew, talk, and open and close your mouth. There are two of them on each side of your jaw. When problems arise in the TMJ, it can lead to temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), which can cause pain, dysfunction, and other problems.

What causes temporomandibular joint dysfunction?

The exact causes of TMD are not known; however, the condition should be thought of as a problem within the entire chewing system, not just the jaw joint.

TMD may be caused by misalignment of the jaws within the temporomandibular joint, or by disharmony between the teeth and jaws. It can also be traced to nightly teeth grinding, frequent teeth clenching, arthritis, and stress.

What Are Our Patients Saying?

“Everyone here makes the whole experience amazing and most of all comfortable for new patients! Highly recommend if braces are needed.”
﹣ Kenith C.

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