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.

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.

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.”

6 months clear aligners

Round Lake, IL – In today’s world, consumers often want instant results. In a world where almost everything we can imagine is available at the tip of our fingers, the idea of waiting for orthodontic treatment to finish can be frustrating. The good news is, in the hands of the right orthodontist, you may be able to see your treatment finished in no time.

“We live in a fast-paced world, and orthodontic patients are anxious to see their treatment zip by,” says Dr. Stosich, a board certified orthodontist in Round Lake IL. “The good news is that technology has improved, so when we use scientifically backed methods and treatment planning, we can treat patients more efficiently and effectively than ever before. Sometimes, that means patients can be in and out of braces in as little as six months.”

new year ortho treatment

Wilmette, IL – Your smile is an important part of who you are. Your smile greets the world. But your smile also has an impact on your health. If you’ve been putting off orthodontic treatment, no matter the reason, make 2022 the year you discover the health benefits orthodontic treatment can have.

“Everyone is aware of the most obvious benefits of orthodontic treatment,” says Dr. Michael Stosich of iDentity Orthodontics in Wilmette IL. “A straighter, more beautiful smile is a huge advantage to getting orthodontic treatment. But braces and aligners can also improve your oral health, thereby improving your overall health.”

buck teeth overjet orthodontist Round Lake IL

Grayslake, IL – A beautiful smile is a valuable tool – it not only boosts your self-esteem, but it also projects kindness and confidence to those around you. If you have a malocclusion, you may feel self-conscious about your smile and try to hide it. But orthodontic treatment is here to help you achieve the smile of your dreams, no matter what type of malocclusion you may have.

“Overjets, sometimes referred to as buck teeth, occur when the upper teeth protrude outward and sit over the bottom teeth at an angle,” says Dr. Michael Stosich, an orthodontist in Round Lake area.  “An overjet can make it difficult to chew and bite properly, close your lips all the way, and speak properly. Some people with overjets also frequently bite into the insides of their cheeks or their tongue.”

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