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impacted-tooth-and-orthodontics

Kenilworth, IL – Orthodontic issues that require treatment come in many forms. We often think of issues such as underbites, overbites and spacing issues, but impacted teeth can affect the function of a person’s smile. But what exactly are impacted teeth, and how can orthodontics help?

“Impacted teeth are teeth that are not able to fully erupt because they are blocked from doing so,” says Dr. Michael Stosich. “The impacted tooth is unable to push through the gums, often due to a spacing issue, and discomfort, as well as issues with how the bite is able to function, can occur.”

choosing-treatment-option

Kenilworth, IL – Orthodontic treatment is a big step that requires careful consideration and research to choose the best provider for you. When entering into orthodontic treatment, it’s important to choose an experienced provider who can offer the very best in treatment. But it’s also important to choose one who views patients as partners in care, who answers questions and addresses concerns and understands your smile goals.

blue Ivy in braces

Grayslake, IL – The social media world was recently afire when a picture of Blue Ivy Carter, the daughter of perhaps the most famous parents in the world, Beyonce and Jay-Z, was featured sporting standard metal braces. A debate erupted among social media users – how could these parents, who have so much money and access to the best healthcare in the world, really have their precious Blue Ivy in metal braces?   “It’s quite simple really,”...

veneers-instant-orthodontics

Kenilworth, IL – Everybody wants a gorgeously straight smile that they can show off, but the idea of months in orthodontic treatment may not seem appealing. Many people may look for other ways to get the smile they want. And, if their only goal in mind is a pretty smile, they may think a cosmetic option such as veneers is ideal. After all, veneers only take a couple visits to your dentist’s office to change the appearance of your smile.

 

But, while you may think the only thing that is being accomplished during orthodontic treatment is a more cosmetically pleasing smile, you would be wrong. Orthodontic treatment doesn’t just create prettier smiles, it creates healthier and more stable bites.

invisalign-hype

Grayslake, IL – When it comes to straightening your smile and improving your bite, there is a lot that goes into it. Careful scientific planning must be involved in every single treatment plan for every single patient. Orthodontics can never be a one size fits all solution, because every patient presents with a unique smile. That means the planning to treat that smile must also be unique.

 

“We see many patients asking about clear aligners, and Invisalign specifically,” says Dr. Michael Stosich. “Invisalign has done a tremendous marketing job, and most consumers have probably heard the name. Its perks seem hard to beat – comfortable, removable and invisible, but it’s always important to pull back the curtain to see what is really there.”

north shore adult orthodontics

North Shore, IL – A new year often brings about resolutions, typically centered around ways we can better ourselves. Eating healthier, hitting the gym more, and maybe even tackling big life changes such as going back to school or getting a new job are often on people’s resolution lists. If you have plans to make 2021 your best year yet, why not add a smile makeover to that list?

orthodontics for kids

Grayslake, IL – If your child has a less than ideal smile, they are certainly not alone. Orthodontic treatment is practically a rite of passage in adolescence. But can beginning treatment at an early age save money, and time, in the future?

Very few people have naturally straight smiles. Orthodontic treatment is here to help ensure that patients can have beautiful, healthy smiles that are ready to last a lifetime. Your child’s first visit to an orthodontist should happen around the age of 7 – this is the age recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists.

damon braces

Kenilworth, IL – In the orthodontic world, we see technological advances all the time. Many are wonderful – sleeker and more efficient metal braces, advanced clear aligners that move teeth more effectively, and advances in imaging that gives us the clearest images possible. One advancement that has received a lot of hype in recent years is self-ligating braces. Companies such as Damon, one of the most common makers of self-ligating braces, make very big claims, such as higher levels of comfort and shorter treatment times. But are they accurate?