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. Sara Spector. “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.”

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, ther 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.

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The Limitations of Invisalign

The Invisalign system is alluring to many patients. The subtlety and flexibility of the system makes it especially attractive to adult orthodontic patients. Some adults fear that braces will embarrass them. They believe these clear aligners are the best solution to their imperfect smiles. And sometimes they are. Other times, though, it’s better to go with traditional braces. Invisalign doesn’t solve every orthodontic issue, and in longterm studies, fixed braces prove to keep teeth straighter for longer.

bracesMost of the time your braces work flawlessly without any hiccups. Every once in a while, though, we encounter patients who need their braces removed in a hurry. We have heard stories of teens whose parents stopped paying for their orthodontic work and felt they needed to remove the braces themselves. We’ve even heard of kids who pulled their braces off without their parents’ knowledge, resulting in furious parents, a wasted orthodontic bill, and lots of unnecessary pain.

When it comes to sleep apnea, your orthodontist may be your best line of defense. Sleep apnea disorder has the potential to cause you serious health problems over time if neglected. If you feel you may have sleep apnea, you should consult your doctor, but you can also consult Dr. Sara Spector. An orthodontist, such as Dr. Sara Spector at iDentity Orthodontics, has the training and resources to help those with sleep apnea. He can be the best place to start with questions regarding ther age-old sleep disorder.

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