Western Springs Braces

Western Springs is one of the quaintest suburbs of Chicago. There is a lot to see and do within the community and surrounding areas, and you want to be as happy and healthy as you take advantage of everything this area has to offer. This includes taking care of your oral health. Orthodontics plays a big role in the health of your mouth. When your teeth are straight, you can brush your teeth and floss more effectively, helping you keep bacteria at bay. Straight teeth can also help you avoid bone loss, gum disease, and other complications. If you are not entirely happy with your smile, call our Western Springs orthodontists to learn about your options.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners adjust the teeth a little bit at a time, just as traditional braces do. Aligners fit over all of the teeth, not just the ones seen when a person is smiling, to deliver the most beautiful smile. Little by little, aligners push the teeth into their proper positions. Once treatment is over, patients will also find that their bite is more comfortable, as the top and bottom teeth will fit together properly.

Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners are not permanently fixed to the teeth. They are usually worn between 20 and 22 hours a day but can be removed to eat, brush your teeth, or for social outings. It is important to remember that clear aligners are not very easy to see and to reap the full benefits of them as quickly as possible, you should keep them in as long as possible. After all, aligners can only work when they are on the teeth.

Clear aligners are a great option for many people, but they are not right for everyone. For some, braces are sometimes a better option. It is important to speak to a Western Springs orthodontist who can examine the issue and make a recommendation about which system is right for you.

Damon Clear Braces

Damon clear braces do have some similarities between traditional braces. The biggest difference between regular braces and the Damon clear system is that the latter is much less noticeable. These clear braces are made out of ceramic that is the same color as the tooth.  They also do not have the bands traditional braces use, or any visible metal parts, making it easier for them to go unnoticed.

Many people confuse Damon clear braces for clear aligners, but there are some fairly big differences. Damon clear braces are not removable the same way clear aligners are. They are fixed to the teeth, which can make activities such as eating and brushing your teeth trickier. Damon clear braces are also a great option for just about anyone who wants to straighten their smile. Aligners, on the other hand, are not appropriate for everyone, particularly those with complex oral health issues.

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Damon Metal Braces

Damon metal braces are different from the clear system because you can see them. Damon metal braces are self-litigating. This means there are special clips that hold the wires of the braces in place. The teeth are gradually moved to position them correctly, but a sliding mechanism moves the teeth. Like the clear system, you do not need to use the little rubber bands that are necessary with other types of metal braces.

Damon metal braces are the most popular option among our patients. This is largely because they are more durable than clear braces, and they are very affordable. The durability of this system comes from the metal itself, unlike clear braces which use ceramic and are a bit more fragile.

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Orthodontics is for Everyone!

Contrary to what many people think, orthotics is not just for young children and teenagers. Your smile is something you will take with you for the rest of your life, and it is important to keep it healthy, happy, and beautiful.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, all children should visit an orthodontist at around the age of seven. This is an important age, as the position of erupting teeth can be assessed and jaw growth can be evaluated. Sometimes, children may have to visit an orthodontist sooner than the age of seven. It is important to schedule a free consultation with a Western Springs orthodontist if your child is suffering from any of the following:

  • Late or early loss of baby teeth
  • Difficulties biting or chewing
  • Shifting jaws, or a jaw that makes sounds
  • Mouth breathing
  • Facial imbalance
  • Clenching or grinding teeth
  • Biting the roof of the mouth or the cheek
  • Irregular jaw growth
  • Protruding front teeth

An orthodontist can advise on whether your child requires treatment and will monitor their development to ensure they have the healthiest mouth possible.

Orthodontic Basics

Our Western Springs orthodontists are passionate about helping you get the healthy smile you want. Many people do not know how to take care of their equipment but it is important to lengthen the life of your equipment and to ensure good oral health.

Using toothpaste that contains fluoride, make sure you brush your teeth after every meal and to floss daily. Keeping your teeth clean will help prevent bacteria buildup and fluoride helps prevent cavities. If you need to take equipment out to eat, such as an aligner or a retainer, put it in its case. Do not place it in a napkin or anywhere else so it does not get lost or break.

You should always try to avoid sweet and sugary foods during the course of treatment. Chewy and sticky foods should also be avoided, as these can stick to and damage your equipment. As always, continue seeing your family dentist one every six months.

Need Orthodontics in Western Springs? Call Our Experienced Orthodontists Today

Everyone deserves a healthy and beautiful smile. If you have alignment issues or are experiencing other problems, you need Western Springs orthodontics. At Hinsdale Ortho, our orthodontists have extensive experience helping patients achieve the smile they have always dreamed of, and we can help you, too. Call us now at (630) 394-8405 or reach out to us online to schedule a free consultation.

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