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early orthodontic treatmentWilmette, IL – Smiles can be perfected at any age, but for parents wondering when to schedule their child’s first orthodontic visit, it’s important to remember there is an optimal time to begin treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children have their first visit with an orthodontist by the age of seven.

“Beginning treatment at just the right time can help improve outcomes, and it can often save you time and money in the long run,” says Grayslake orthodontist Dr. Michael Stosich. “Seven is the recommended age because the child will most likely have some mix of baby and permanent teeth, and the first molars have started to come in. We can begin to see how the mouth will take shape, and find problems that can be corrected with early orthodontic treatment.”

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Does jaw pain have you all locked up? Do you have frequent headaches, neck aches, or tension in your shoulders? If so, you may suffer from TMJ disorders like so many Americans. TMJ refers to the temporomandibular joints, the joints that link your lower jaw to your skull. People hold stress and anxiety in these joints, and over time, this stress can manifest as pain in the body. With certain yoga poses, we can provide relief and vitality to the TMJ and lessen associated pain. Here are several yoga poses we recommend for TMJ disorders.

impacted wisdom toothIf you are concerned that your wisdom teeth coming in will undermine your orthodontic treatment of wearing braces for a couple of years, you shouldn’t be too concerned. Wisdom teeth will not cause your other teeth to become crooked; however, there are incidences where wisdom teeth coming in can and will cause problems, but crooked teeth is not one of them.

Grayslake LingualMany people are opting for braces far past their teen years these days. With the onslaught of commercials telling us we should look a certain way, act a certain way, and have teeth that look a certain way, we have become a nation of greater self awareness. In some cases, this is not necessarily a bad thing, especially when it involves your teeth.

michael StosichNORTH SHORE, IL-Finding the highest quality of orthodontic care just got a whole lot easier for residents of the North Shore. Dr. Michael Stosich, orthodontist at iDentity Orthodontics, already has successful practices in Grayslake and the University of Chicago.

The Illinois orthodontist can’t wait for the growth and development of his North Shore office.

“It was just the right time and place,” says Dr. Stosich. “The North Shore is home to many families, including my home. We want to make sure that they have convenient access to orthodontic treatment.”

GRAYSLAKE, IL-You might have just recently got the news that your child will need braces. Parents and children typically have mixed reactions when they hear this. Children might be a bit skeptical at first, while parents are glad that their child will have straight, beautiful teeth.

Braces CostsBut then reality starts to sink in. How will you be able to afford orthodontic care? According to Embrace-It, an online orthodontic resource, the cost of various orthodontic care plans can range from $3,000-$8,000. Though this may sound like a lot of money, it’s truly an investment in your child’s smile, as well as their overall health and success.

ROUND LAKE, IL-Let’s say that your teenager is having a hectic day. They could be anxious about a major test, a problem with a friend or their sporting event later in the evening. The last thing on their mind is to smile.

perfect teethAccording to Psychological Science, even the most forced of smiles can decrease your stress and liven your mood. The study looked at two smiles, the standard and the Duchenne. The standard smile is located in the muscles surrounding the mouth, while the Duchenne (genuine) smile spreads to the eyes and feels more natural.

Cleft Lip and Palate Case OneSKOKIE, IL-Doctors involved in dentofacial orthodontics see cleft lip and palate cases from two perspectives today. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 7,000 American children are born with an oral cleft defect.

When a child has a cleft lip, their lip hasn’t formed completely and isn’t closed properly. Cleft palate, on the other hand, means that there’s a hole in the roof of their mouth.

GRAYSLAKE, IL-A successful orthodontic practice consists of more than the leading orthodontist. It also takes an elite staff.

At iDentity Orthodontics, we have a tremendous team. They are all educated and qualified both clinically and in customer service.

But most importantly, we believe that we care more than the standard orthodontic practice. Our team always maintains a warm, inviting atmosphere that patients love.