Many families have an orthodontist that works at a different dental office than their normal dentist. But here at Grand Dental – Channahon, we have our very own on-site orthodontic specialist who’s ready to help patients young and old improve their smiles! From traditional braces to Invisalign, to expanders, we have a full range of orthodontic services for you to take advantage of. And since your orthodontic team will be under the same roof as your dentist and hygienist, putting together a comprehensive oral care plan is a breeze! Call us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your options for orthodontics in Channahon, IL.
You can bring your child in for a Phase One orthodontic consultation around age seven. Early treatment may begin around eight or nine if we find that your child is on track to suffer from certain developmental problems, such as an underbite or an overbite. If we intervene early on, we can ensure that there’s enough room for the teeth to erupt properly later so that more complex procedures aren’t needed later.
An orthodontic issue might take the form of crowded teeth, unevenly spaced teeth, issues with jaw development, protruding teeth, and bite problems. The cause might be linked to genetics, but sometimes it might be a result of thumb-sucking, an early oral injury, or mistimed loss of baby teeth.
Try to schedule an orthodontic checkup for your child around their seventh birthday. At that point, they’ll have some of their permanent teeth, but some baby teeth will remain. We can get to the root of orthodontic issues early on with a thorough examination and a panoramic X-ray that gives us the full details of what’s happening inside your child’s mouth. The earlier we make a plan, the less you’ll need to spend on future treatments.
If you’re over the age of 21, it’s not too late for you to get orthodontic treatment. Many orthodontic patients today are adults as more and more people realize the health benefits of a straighter smile as well as the self-confidence that comes with being happy with your appearance. In fact, many dental offices have adults make up around one-fifth of their patients. Get in touch with us today if you’ve long been bothered by a crooked smile.
Even though braces can still be effective for adults, the aesthetic issues can be a significant obstacle. In addition to traditional metal braces, you can also consider tooth-colored braces that are far less noticeable. And if you don’t want to limit your diet during your treatment, you can look into Invisalign clear aligners.
First of all, teeth that are properly aligned tend to be healthier in general; they can be cleaned more easily, and they decrease your risk of a variety of oral health problems. Leaving orthodontic problems alone usually means allowing them to get worse, which could eventually result in a very complex dental issue that could be expensive to treat. Aside from the health benefits, of course, there’s also the confidence that comes from having a smile that you’re proud of – no more awkwardly having to hide your teeth in public.
If you ever received orthodontic treatment as a child or teen but never finished it, now is a good time to do so. That way, you’ll finally have the healthier, more attractive grin you’ve always wanted.
With Invisalign, clear aligners are used in place of the regular metal brackets. You’ll receive multiple aligners; each one in the series will very slowly move the teeth closer to their ideal alignment. You’ll wear a given aligner for about two weeks, and you’ll need to keep it in your mouth for at least 22 hours every day. Most Invisalign treatments last between 9 and 24 months. During that time, you’ll be able to eat and drink whatever you want, and you’ll be able to brush and floss your teeth like you normally would.
Many different orthodontic procedures have been developed over the years, but traditional wire and bracket orthodontics still hold a unique place. They’re your most reliable option for the most severe cases of crowding, misalignment, and malocclusion. The brackets exert pressure on the teeth thanks to the thin metal wire connecting them. The wire will need to be adjusted periodically as the treatment continues. Patients of all ages can potentially benefit from metal braces.
Have you ever seen braces that were made out of plastic or ceramic? This type of orthodontic device is no less effective than metal brackets and wires, but it’s far more discrete; at a glance, it’ll be harder to tell you have braces at all. This can make it easier to greet new people with a smile without having to give up on the reliability that traditional braces offer.
Expanders are a unique type of orthodontic appliance that is used when there is a problem with the size and shape of the mouth, or if we want to maintain space before a permanent tooth erupts. Some expanders are permanently attached to the mouth while others are removable; it depends on the patient and their needs. We may recommend an expander if your child needs extra help to create a more even, properly aligner bite.
On average, it takes between 6 and 30 months to complete an orthodontic treatment. The process will be different based on the type of correction being made, the kind of orthodontic device(s) that need to be used, and whether the patient successfully adheres to the treatment plan. Most of the time, the orthodontic process can be divided into three distinct phases. The specifics may vary depending on the situation, but the goals of each phase remain largely the same.
Malocclusion and other orthodontic issues can take many different forms. To begin the treatment process, first a diagnosis needs to be made. We will capture X-rays of your teeth and your jaw as needed. Our goal is to determine the exact position of each tooth and to identify any current or potential complications that need to be addressed. Next, we will look over your medical and dental history to see if there are any existing health issues that we need to be aware of before moving forward with the orthodontic treatment. The final step is to take an impression, or model, of the teeth so that we have a reference for putting together a customized treatment plan.
During the next phase, we carry out the established treatment plan. A specific type of orthodontic device is used to move the teeth as needed so that they eventually reach their proper alignment. Depending on your circumstances, you may receive a fixed or removable orthodontic device. Fixed orthodontic devices include traditional and tooth-colored braces; they stay in the mouth at all times and thus put limitations on what you can and cannot eat during your treatment. A removable orthodontic appliance like Invisalign®, in contrast, can simply be taken out of your mouth during meals, leaving you free to eat whatever you want. No matter which kind of orthodontic appliance you get, you can expect to return to our office periodically for adjustments or progress checks so that we can confirm that the proper changes are being made.
Even after the teeth have been realigned, they can still potentially shift back to their original positions. To prevent this, a retainer needs to be worn once the teeth reach their proper alignment. If you receive a removable retainer, you will need to wear it for a specified period of time every day. Adherence is key to ensuring the success of the retention phase so that the results of orthodontic treatment are maintained for the long term.