Orthodontics is a type of dentistry that focuses on aligning and correcting irregularities among the jaw and teeth. Orthodontics particularly helps ensure that your upper and lower jaws fit together properly so that you can enjoys greater oral health, proper functionality within your mouth and a more attractive smile.
Orthodontic services provide a range of treatments and health advantages that general dentistry cannot always offer.
- Corrects the look of your natural teeth so that your new smile is still your natural smile
- Affordable treatments that can provide life-long results
- Increased confidence and comfort with regular mouth mobility
- We explain what you can expect during your treatment
- Treatment performed by our certified orthodontists
Why Should You Choose Orthodontics?
Orthodontics can give you a straighter smile that increases your confidence while also improving your oral health and the function of your mouth
Your Natural Mouth
Orthodontics works with your natural teeth, using appliances and unique treatments to move your teeth and jaw into their proper positions. In the end, your smile is still your natural mouth. Why is this important? Because when you know that the new, beautiful and aligned smile you are showing others is made up of your own natural teeth, you can have greater confidence in how you look.
Improving Facial Structure
The shape of your face relies heavily on its structure, including the structure of your jaw line. If you have a misaligned bite, odds are your jaw line is off. Depending on which type of malocclusion you have, your facial structure around the jaw could appear to be more to one side when you look at yourself head-on, or your profile could make it seem like your jaw line is too far forward or back. Orthodontic treatments work to bring your teeth together in the right way, which, if you have a malocclusion, will involve moving the position of your jaw. In the end, your facial structure will appear more natural and symmetrical.
Better Oral Hygiene
Straighter teeth are easier to keep clean. When you have crooked teeth, it can be difficult to clean all of the surfaces or floss in between them. If your bite is misaligned, your teeth could also wear in unnatural places and increase your chances of developing tooth decay or other issues. By ensuring that your teeth are straight and aligned, you can improve your oral hygiene and increase your smile’s chances of staying healthy throughout your life.
Perhaps one of the most significant benefits of orthodontics is the increased confidence you gain in yourself from having a straighter, healthier and more beautiful smile. All of our patients agree that their self-esteem increases after they complete their orthodontic treatments.
About the Orthodontic Process
Each orthodontic treatment is planned based on the patient’s unique needs and goals
Before beginning any orthodontic treatment, you will visit with our orthodontist to determine if you require orthodontics and which treatments would be best to meet your unique needs and goals. Generally, we recommend that children visit our orthodontist around the age of 7, as this is the age when the signs of most dental issues start to present themselves. Adults are welcome to come in at any age.
After our orthodontist evaluates your condition, we can recommend the treatment(s) that will work best to give you a straighter, healthier smile. For children, this could involve a Two-Phase treatment of both appliances and braces. For adults, most treatment plans involve a single treatment, such as braces or Invisalign®. Your treatment plan, however, will be based on your current condition and your end goals.
Depending on your unique treatments, your treatment process could last anywhere from six to 18 months or longer. Our team at American Dental Associates will help you know how long you can expect your specific treatment to last. At the end of every treatment, however, our patients achieve a straighter, more aligned and healthier smile.
Following any orthodontic treatment, you will receive instructions on how you can retain your new smile. In most cases, this involves wearing a retainer. This is an essential step to keep your teeth straight and your jaw aligned.
Types of Orthodontic Treatments
We offer a variety of orthodontic treatments to meet all of your smile goals
Braces are one of the most common orthodontic treatments. By using a series of brackets and wire, we can gently guide your teeth into their proper positions, creating a straighter smile. Braces can also use elastics to help move your jaw into its aligned position.
Clear aligners, such as Invisalign®, use a series of customized alignment trays that fit over your teeth and move your teeth into place. These alignment trays are clear and removable, making them ideal for those who wish to maintain their normal daily routine and a professional appearance throughout their treatment.
Headgear is often used in conjunction with other orthodontic treatments to move a misaligned bite into its correct position.
There are a variety of other orthodontic appliances that can help widen the mouth, move jaw positions, and straighten teeth. Some of these appliances include space maintainers, retainers, palatal expanders and bite plates.
Why Should You Choose American Dental?
Expertise you can count on.
Your treatment will be planned and carried out by our trusted and experienced orthodontist.
- Treatment plans involve only the treatments you need to achieve a straighter, healthier smile
- High-quality products and innovative treatment options for you to choose from
- Our clinics are modern with state-of-the-art equipment to maximize your comfort and success
- Family-owned and operated with 20+ years of dental experience
American Dental Associates offers orthodontic treatments at 3 of our convenient Chicagoland offices:
5342 South Archer Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60632
1610 West Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60614
13303-A. South Ridgeland Ave.
Palos Heights, Illinois 60463
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