Our orthodontic specialist at Grand Dental – Lake Zurich has worked with children and adults in the past to create healthier, more attractive smiles. At our dental office, you’ll find a full range of orthodontic services so that you and your loved ones can get the best care possible under one roof. And since our orthodontist works directly alongside our dentists and hygienists, all of our experts can combine their talents to develop an ideal treatment plan for you. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about your options for orthodontics in Lake Zurich, IL.
Phase 1 Orthodontics begin around the ages of eight or nine. Your little one might not need braces at this point, but we can still intervene to treat developmental issues such as underbite. In some cases, we may even need to make room for permanent teeth to erupt. A good Phase 1 Orthodontics plan can potentially reduce the need for a number of more complex treatments later on in your child’s life.
There are various causes of orthodontic issues, including excessive space between the teeth, issues with jaw growth, bad bites (which can be a hereditary issue or a result of physical trauma), thumb-sucking habits, or mistimed loss of baby teeth. Generally, the age of 7 is the ideal time to check for orthodontic issues, since your child will have some of their permanent teeth at that point (along with some baby teeth) and we’ll be able to identify long-term problems more easily.
The initial orthodontic checkup will be comprised of an examination and a panoramic X-ray. We’ll try to get the full picture of your child’s oral health so that we can create a treatment plan that takes their unique situation fully into account.
One in five of all orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. That means that even adults have a chance to straighten their smiles! Of course, properly aligned teeth aren’t just show; they’re also important for keeping the entire mouth healthy and properly functioning. And of course, a more attractive smile can leave you feeling more confident during job interviews and dates. Become one of the many adults who are taking advantage of orthodontic care.
It’s understandable why many adults do not look forward to having to wear braces to work or social events – which is why it’s a good thing there are so many options to choose from! In addition to traditional metal braces, you can also get more attractive tooth-colored braces or (depending on your needs) Invisalign clear aligners.
For those who want a more discreet orthodontic solution, Invisalign is often the treatment of choice. The aligners are made out of a clear plastic that will slowly but surely push the teeth towards their ideal position. Each aligner should be worn for about 22 hours every day and should only be removed for meals and oral hygiene purposes. You’ll switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks or so, and the total treatment time can be anywhere between 9 and 24 months.
Even with all the changes that orthodontics and dentistry in general have gone through over the years, traditional wire and bracket orthodontics is still the best solution for the most severe cases of crowding, misalignment, and oral malocclusion. The wire will slowly push your teeth into place; you’ll need to return to our dental office every few weeks or so for periodic adjustments. Braces are typically first recommended during childhood, but adults can still get excellent results wearing them.
Did you know that brackets and wires can also be made out of a clear plastic or ceramic materials? That way they can make the same kind of changes without standing out too much on your smile. You can get the reliable results of braces without having to worry about eyes being drawn to the dark pieces of metal covering your teeth and taking away from your beautiful smile.
If the mouth is too small, early orthodontic intervention can help create the necessary space for healthy oral development. A device called an expander (which can be fixed in place or removable) can be attached to the mouth in order to change its shape as necessary. There are a couple different kinds of expander, but they all help contribute to a properly aligned bite that will serve your child well as their mouth continues to grow and change over the years.