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healthy young womanGRAYSLAKE AND SKOKIE, ILLINOIS –National Orthodontic Health Month has come and gone, leaving behind an interesting survey about adults and orthodontic treatment.

The American Association of Orthodontists spearheaded the survey in October in honor of the month geared toward oral health awareness. Adults were asked questions such as whether they were too old for treatment and how they would look during treatment, particularly if they were undergoing treatment with traditional metal braces instead of a more aesthetic option such as Invisalign.

3D printing technology in orthodonticsGRAYSLAKE, ILLINOIS – The power of 3D technology is becoming more widely used in orthodontic circles for fabricating appliances such as aligners and retainers.

But Grayslake and Skokie orthodontist Dr. Michael Stosich sees a day on the horizon when 3D printers will do far more for serious craniofacial orthodontic cases and patients stricken with cancers in the oral cavity.

Dr. Michael Stosich, a Kenilworth orthodontist warns parents to correct overjet in children to prevent trauma.GRAYSLAKE AND KENILWORTH, ILLINOIS – Our desire here at iDentity Orthodontics is for every child to have a healthy, beautiful smile composed of beautifully aligned teeth and a proper bite that promotes lifetime oral health.

If your child has significant overjet that goes uncorrected, a 2013 study shows – again – the likelihood of this being the case is slim without interceptive orthodontic treatment.

Overjet is the term used to describe the condition where the front teeth in the upper jaw advance well in front of the lower jaw’s front teeth, says Dr. Michael Stosich, a Grayslake and Kenilworth orthodontist. You probably have heard people use the term “buck teeth,” which is a common way of referring to overjet.

Dr. Michael Stosich talks three unhealthy oral habits in children.GRAYSLAKE AND SKOKIE, ILLINOIS — While it may be cute to watch your little girl suck her thumb to soothe herself when she’s a baby, this habit becomes unhealthy if it is allowed to continue beyond about age 4.

Thumb sucking isn’t the only bad habit that needs breaking in young children. Finger sucking, mouth breathing and tongue thrusting all can usher in a plethora of future oral health complications if uncorrected.

We promote orthodontic evaluation by age 7 here at iDentity Orthodontics, and these unhealthy oral habits are part of the reason. All of these habits have the potential to cause malocclusions in children. Only by conducting a comprehensive evaluation can we determine if your child’s poor oral habits may lead to future complications.

GRAYSLAKE & GURNEE, ILLINOIS – You’ve just gotten braces and you’re already counting the days until you get them off.

Do you want to make sure you finish your treatment on time or even a little early? Brush and floss your teeth. Yes, that’s right. A good oral hygiene routine can actually help speed along your treatment. Watch this video to learn how to floss while wearing braces and read the rest of the post for more details about this.

Benefits of Early TreatmentEVANSTON & KENILWORTH, ILLINOIS – For many parents, the line between being overly protective and cavalier is a fine one.

On one hand, you know you shouldn’t run to the dentist for every little toothache your child experiences. On the other hand, you don’t want your child to face a serious orthodontic issue and let it go untreated for too long. But how do you know when to react and when to let it slide?

Breast-Feeding & Orthodontic ConnectionGRAYSLAKE, SKOKIE AND KENILWORTH, IL – If you were to think breast-feeding and orthodontics have about as much in common as auto mechanics and gardening, you would be wrong.

The February 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association included an article about the oral and general health benefits of breast-feeding, and the results are quite interesting to family orthodontists throughout the country.

Affordable Braces in Grayslake May Begin with Early ChecksGRAYSLAKE AND KENILWORTH, ILLINOIS — Dr. Michael Stosich, an orthodontist who treats adults and children, helps patients achieve their ideal smiles through affordable braces treatment.

Sometimes that is best accomplished through what is known at iDentity Orthodontics as the Growth and Development Program. Through this program, Dr. Stosich wants to see children for an evaluation by their 7th birthday – earlier if your child has unhealthy oral habits you can’t break, or you see something unusual in your child’s bite.