Grand Dental – Sycamore welcomes an orthodontic specialist into the dental office that not only helps patients improve their appearance through tailored treatments, but their oral health as well. Our dental office offers a full range of orthodontic services and products, including traditional braces, the Invisalign system, expanders, and tooth-colored braces. As you’ll learn, our general dentists work directly with our orthodontic team to ensure you receive the best oral care possible. Want to learn more? Call and schedule your first consultation today to discuss options for orthodontics in Sycamore, IL!
If your child is between 8 and 9 years old, we will typically recommend Phase One treatment. Once they are 11 or older, they can begin Phase Two. Early treatment is designed to correct the way in which the jaw grows and develops early. This can be done to resolve underbites and help make room for permanent teeth so they can develop properly. It also reduces the risk of your child needing tooth extractions later.
The most common orthodontic problems, such as crowding teeth, excessive space between teeth, improper jaw growth, protruding teeth, and uneven bites can appear due to genetics. However, they can also be caused by an oral injury, early/late loss of baby teeth, or continuous thumb-sucking habits.
Based on recommendations from the American Association of Orthodontists, children should complete an orthodontic checkup at the age of 7 and no later. During this time, children generally have both baby and permanent teeth, which makes it easier for our orthodontist to catch problems at the earliest stages. During your time here, we’ll perform an initial exam, capture a panoramic X-ray, and recommend the best option for your child’s smile today and moving forward.
No longer are teens the only group getting orthodontic care. The American Association of Orthodontists notes that one in five orthodontic patients is actually over the age of 21, so it’s not surprising to see so many adults choosing to complete care. Not only do they want to feel more confident about their appearance, but they’re recognizing the long-term oral health implications behind orthodontic services like braces. Now, you can do the same thing!
Many adults aren’t sure if metal braces are right for them, especially due to their appearance. Thankfully, today’s orthodontics offer multiple compromises designed to match specific lifestyle choices. At Grand Dental – Sycamore, we’re happy to provide:
One of the most popular and discreet orthodontic treatments is Invisalign, which uses a clear and customized series of aligners to push your teeth into a straighter position. On average, Invisalign treatment can fall between 9 and 24 months, but this can vary depending on your unique orthodontic concerns. If you want to straighten teeth as quickly as possible as well as get the best results, it’s imperative that you wear your aligners as instructed, which is typically 22 hours per day. With that said, you can take them out to eat, drink, and practice oral care.
If you have moderate to severe crowding, it’s hard to recommend any treatment other than traditional wire and bracket orthodontics. This option is particularly beneficial for patients in need of major realignment or uneven bites. Metal braces are attached directly to teeth so they can be repositioned and aligned, ensuring a healthier smile. Together, the brackets work with a thin archwire, which is adjusted every time you visit us for a checkup. While often placed on children’s smiles, metal braces are also a great option for teens and adults.
Made from clear plastic and ceramic materials, tooth colored braces are designed to function in the same way as traditional braces but remain more discrete in the process. Because the brackets are transparent, they are much less obvious than metal braces. Many patients prefer tooth colored braces because they remain reliable and strong like metal braces, but don’t force them to change their appearance in dramatic ways.
Expanders are actually a general term meant to describe many different orthodontic appliances available today. These oral appliances work to change the size and shape of the mouth or help maintain available space for teeth to grow. Expanders are found in both fixed (meaning permanent) or removable options depending on your treatment plan. Through gentle force, they change the overall shape of the mouth and can even be spring loaded or screw activated. Regardless of which one you receive, you can expect them to keep your child’s bite even and aligned.
It can take anywhere from 6 to 30 months to complete orthodontic treatment. The timeframe for your specific case will depend on factors like the type and severity of the issue being fixed, what type of orthodontic appliance is being used, and how well you adhere to your treatment plan. While every orthodontic treatment plan will be unique, they can typically be broken down into 3 distinct stages: the planning phase, the active phase, and the retention phase.
The first step in any orthodontic treatment is a consultation and diagnosis. Our in-house orthodontist will evaluate the alignment of your smile in order to determine which treatment would be most effective. This will generally include taking X-rays of your teeth and jaw to see the exact position of each tooth, which will also allow us to check for potential complications. Additionally, we’ll review your dental and medical history to ensure any existing problems are controlled before treatment begins. A study model, or “impression”, of your teeth will be created to further evaluate the position of each tooth in relation to each other. All this information will be combined to create your custom treatment plan.
Once you’ve agreed to a personalize treatment plan, the next step is to follow it. Depending on the specifics of your case, we’ll place or create your custom orthodontic appliances and teach you how to use them. Options like traditional braces will need to be affixed to your teeth, where they’ll stay throughout your treatment. This will cause some diet restrictions as well as a more thorough oral hygiene routine. Other services like Invisalign clear aligners are removable, and we’ll give you a few sets of custom aligners at a time. While these aligners can be removed for more freedom, a patient will need to wear them for 20-22 hours a day and refrain from eating or drinking while wearing them. For any type of orthodontic treatment, you’ll return to our office periodically for checkups, where we’ll monitor your progress, check for issues, and answer any questions you may have.
Once your teeth have reached their ideal positions, we’ll craft a custom retainer for you. You’ll need to wear this appliance regularly to prevent the teeth from shifting out of their new positions. You’ll likely need to wear your retainer quite often directly following your orthodontic treatment to ensure your realigned teeth stay in place as your jawbone continues to heal and strengthen around their roots. We will let you know when you can begin to wear your retainer less often, such as only at nighttime. A proper retention phase will help the results of your orthodontic treatment last a lifetime.