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same day braces how it works

North Shore (Chicago) – Are you in need of orthodontic treatment, and are ready to get started as soon as possible by getting braces the very same day as your consultation? Patients of all ages lead busy lives. Younger patients have school, extracurricular activities, homework, and chores. Adult patients have work, keeping up with their families, and social lives. It’s a lot to keep track of, and adding another thing can seem daunting. But, orthodontics...

what is a crossbite?

Grayslake, IL – A malocclusion refers to the improper positioning of teeth when the jaws are closed. There are several types of malocclusions, including crossbites. But what exactly is a crossbite, and how can it be corrected?

A crossbite occurs when your teeth don’t line up properly when your mouth is closed. In a normal bite, the upper teeth are wider and sit toward the outside of the bottom teeth. The upper teeth each match with a lower tooth to help evenly spread out the force of chewing. In a crossbite, however, that doesn’t happen, and it can damage your teeth.

Can Orthodontic Issues Be Genetic?

Round Lake, IL – We often hear phrases relating to the genetics passed on to us from our parents. Things such as “She has her mother’s eyes” or “he has his father’s nose.” But have you ever wondered where your teeth came from? While someone may tell you you have a smile like one of your parents, chances are good they aren’t referring to the teeth themselves. But your genetics and your teeth are closely linked.

Essix retainer

Round Lake, IL – Dr. Michael Stosich and his team at iDentity Dental love seeing the excitement on their patients’ faces on the day their braces are removed. Seeing how happy they are with their new smiles is one of the best parts of the job. But educating patients on how to help that smile stay so straight is an important part of the job.

wisdom teeth and braces

Grayslake, IL – Wisdom teeth are the final set of molars that erupt during the late teen or early adult years. We don’t have much use for these teeth today, so they are typically removed as most jaws don’t have enough room to accommodate them. But if you’ve heard the old wives’ tale that you should wait on orthodontic treatment until after these teeth have come in, Dr. Michael Stosich of iDentity Orthodontics says that isn’t the case.

invisalign and bruxism

Wilmette, ILInvisalign clear aligners are an increasingly popular way for teens and adults to get the straighter smiles they’ve always wanted. People love them because they offer a high level of discretion, and they are comfortable and removable. The plastic aligners fit snugly over the teeth to guide teeth to their desired locations. But, if you grind your teeth is Invisalign a good option for you?

Canted-Smile-Correction

Round Lake, IL – Some smiles come in slightly tilted or with a degree of asymmetry in relation to the lips and gums. If you notice something that is just slightly off when you smile, you may be tempted to hide your smile rather than displaying it for the world to see. And that’s where Dr. Michael Stosich comes in.

“Orthodontic treatment is available to help individuals who present with a host of different issues,” says Dr. Stosich. “Sometimes, that issue is mostly a cosmetic concern, but many times even cosmetic issues can also lead to problems with functionality over time.”

Get invisalign treatment only through board certified orthodontists

Round Lake, IL – Clear aligner therapy, such as Invisalign, continues to gain in popularity. And it’s no wonder – who doesn’t want to get a straighter smile using a treatment that is clear, comfortable, and removable? But when it comes to choosing a provider, expertise matters.

“I always encourage patients to do their research when choosing an orthodontic provider,” says Dr. Michael Stosich of iDentity Orthodontics. “Creating beautiful smiles is a science and an artform, and patients deserve to receive treatment from a provider who understands how these two work together to create beautiful smiles and properly functioning bites.”

Extracting Baby Teeth For Proper Eruption

Wilmette – Kenilworth, IL – To extract or not to extract – that is often a question asked of orthodontists and dental experts as children are growing. Can extracting otherwise healthy baby teeth have a positive impact on the eruption of permanent teeth? Dr. Michael Stosich always says look to the science.

One of the teeth these experts often look to is the canine. For patients who may have a palatally displaced permanent canine, could extraction of the primary tooth assist in its eruption? One examination of several studies of this sought to determine just that.

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