At Grand Dental – Naperville, we are able to create tailor-made treatments to help patients of all ages achieve healthier and more attractive smiles. We offer a wide variety of orthodontic services, such as traditional braces, tooth-colored braces, Invisalign, and expanders. Our friendly dental team has the knowledge and expertise to ensure you get the best care possible. To learn more about how you can straighten your smile, book a consultation today to discuss orthodontics in Naperville, IL!
Early orthodontic treatment (also called Phase One) normally begins around age eight or nine (Phase 2 starts at around age 11 or sometimes older). The purpose of early treatment is to correct jaw growth and bite alignment problems, such as overbite. It also creates room for the adult teeth to properly emerge from the gumline, reducing the risk of needing extractions down the road.
Many orthodontic issues (like overcrowded teeth, large gaps between the teeth, protruding teeth, and uneven bites) are inherited or the result of early or late loss of primary teeth, injury to the mouth, or a thumb-sucking habit.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, a child should first visit an orthodontist by the time they’re seven years old. Kids have a mix of baby and adult teeth at this age, allowing the orthodontist to detect problems in their beginning stages. During this appointment, our team will examine your child’s smile and capture a panoramic X-ray. From there, we can recommend the best ways to care for their smile now as well as in the future.
Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for kids and teens. The American Association of Orthodontists has actually stated that one out of every five orthodontic patients is age 21 or older. Many adults are taking proactive steps to making their smile healthier and more confident. These days, you have plenty of options to help you do that.
Many adults hesitate to seek orthodontic treatment because they don’t want to wear metal braces. However, we offer several alternative options to meet your individual needs. At Grand Dental – Naperville, we offer:
Invisalign is an increasingly popular orthodontic solution that uses clear aligners to gradually shift your teeth into their desired positions. Depending on the severity of your orthodontic issues, the average treatment time with Invisalign is 9 to 24 months. To finish your treatment quickly, you must wear the trays for at least 22 hours a day, only removing them to eat, drink, or clean your teeth.
This traditional orthodontic solution may be ideal for patients with significant crowding and misalignment. A bracket is placed on the front of each tooth, and a thin metal wire is threaded through each of these brackets to gently reposition the teeth. This option can be beneficial for kids, teens, and adults alike.
Instead of noticeable metal, tooth-colored braces are made from clear ceramic or plastic materials. The treatment is identical to traditional braces, but more discreet. Many patients choose this option because it provides all of the effectiveness of braces while maintaining a more natural, professional image.
An “expander” refers to a variety of orthodontic appliances, all of which are designed to modify the shape and size of the mouth or maintain space. Depending on the patient’s needs, these devices can be either fixed or removable. Expanders exert a gentle force to shift the mouth as necessary to create an evenly spaced and properly aligned bite.
In general, orthodontic treatment usually requires between 6 and 30 months to complete. Your exact treatment time will depend largely on various factors, including the type and complexity of the malocclusion, the orthodontic device being used, and your ability to stick to the treatment plan. Orthodontic treatment has three major phases: the planning phase, the active phase, and the retention phase. Our team will guide you through every step and help you achieve the results you desire.
Before we can begin correcting the alignment of your smile, we need to have an official diagnosis. Our orthodontist will examine your mouth, take X-rays, and collect all the necessary information to see the exact position of each tooth and check for any potential complications. We will also evaluate your medical and dental history. In some cases, we need to ensure any existing issues are under control before orthodontic treatment begins. Finally, we will make impressions of your teeth, from which our orthodontist can more thoroughly examine the position of each tooth and plan treatment accordingly.
Once we’ve created a customized treatment plan, we can then move forward with it. Orthodontic devices are positioned on the teeth to move them slowly to where they should be aligned. Although some orthodontic devices, like traditional braces or tooth-colored braces, are fixed or bonded to the teeth, others are not. If you have a fixed orthodontic appliance, you may be restricted in terms of what you can and cannot eat during treatment. For removable devices, including Invisalign aligners, you must wear the device for a certain portion of the day, but you need to take it out for meals and regular cleanings. In either case, you must meet with our orthodontist for adjustments or progress checks.
When you’ve reached the point where your smile is perfectly aligned, we will provide a retainer. This oral appliance prevents your teeth from shifting back to where they were before. Most of the time, the retainer is removeable, but it should be worn for a certain amount of time each day to keep your new smile picture perfect. Following our instructions will allow your jawbone to restabilize your realigned teeth and allow you to maintain the results in the long term.