Braces by Hinsdale Ortho
Dental braces are orthodontic devices that align and straighten teeth through the use of gentle, continuous pressure to teeth. This pressure, over an extended period of time, gradually moves teeth into their desired position for better smiles and better oral health!
Some of the issues that traditional or clear braces are often used to treat are crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites, and gaps between teeth.
If you are considering braces or have been referred to us by a family dentist in Western Springs, IL or the surrounding communities, our orthodontists are the best around and are ready to help you or your child get that perfect smile that they can be proud of! Call Hinsdale Ortho today to schedule a consultation to see how we can help you get that healthy and beautiful smile that you have been wanting!
Types of Dental Braces
There are several types of dental braces available. Choose the best one based on your specific orthodontic needs. The most common types of braces for Western Springs residents include:
- Traditional braces. This is the most common type of braces. They have been around for decades and are very durable and effective at straightening teeth. They consist of metal brackets that are attached to each tooth and connected by a wire.
- Ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal braces, but they are made of tooth-colored or clear materials. This makes them less noticeable than metal braces, so it’s a great option for patients who are concerned about the appearance of their braces.
- Lingual braces. Lingual braces are similar to traditional metal braces, but they are attached to the back of the teeth instead of the front. This makes them virtually invisible from the outside, but they can be more difficult to clean and uncomfortable. If these type of braces are the ones you are interested in, we can refer you to another great orthodontist who can do them!
- Damon braces. The Damon System uses a patented slide mechanism to connect arch wires to the bracket while allowing the wire to move freely. This system reduces friction and improves oral hygiene. This results in a broader smile that can even make you look more youthful.
The Braces Process
Getting braces typically involves several steps. The first step is a consultation with a Western Springs orthodontist from Hinsdale Ortho, who will examine your teeth and recommend the best type of braces for your needs. Once you have chosen a type of braces, the orthodontist will take impressions of your teeth and create a customized treatment plan.
The next step is the placement of the braces. This involves attaching the brackets to each tooth and connecting them with a wire. The orthodontist will adjust the wire periodically to gradually move your teeth into their desired position. You may have to wear braces anywhere from six months to maybe three years, depending on the severity of your issues.
Caring for Your Braces
Proper care and maintenance of your braces is essential to ensure that they work effectively and that your teeth and gums remain healthy. Here are some tips for caring for your braces:
- Brush and floss regularly. Brush and floss your teeth daily to prevent plaque buildup and keep your teeth and gums healthy. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
- Clean your braces regularly. Use a specialized brush or floss threader to clean between the brackets and wires of your braces.
- Avoid hard or sticky foods. Hard and sticky foods, such as popcorn, hard candy, and chewing gum. can damage your braces and make them less effective.
- Attend regular orthodontic appointments. Regular checkups allow your Western Springs orthodontist to ensure that your braces are working properly and make any necessary adjustments.
What Else Should I Know?
Braces can be scary. Here are some answers to questions you may have about braces.
What is a good age to get braces?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child see an orthodontist for an evaluation at the age of 7 or 8. The orthodontist will recommend a personalized treatment plan and time for your child. However, if you or your child is older, you can still get evaluated for braces. Even adults can get braces. You’re never too old for a beautiful smile!
What is the difference between braces and clear aligners?
Braces are put directly on your teeth and consistently adjusted using brackets and bands to move your teeth into the desired position where as clear aligners are created like a mouth guard to help move your teeth. Clear aligners are able to come off when you are eating and are known to be more convenient than braces. Check those out by going here!
Do braces hurt?
Orthodontic treatment has improved dramatically over the years. Braces generally make your teeth sore for a few days, but they are not painful. Today’s braces are smaller and more comfortable than ever. Plus, they use special technology that reduces discomfort. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help with any soreness.
Will I have to wear a retainer after braces?
Yes, wearing your retainers is a part of your orthodontic treatment. Retainers help stabilize your teeth after braces so that they retain their new alignment. You should wear your retainer full time for the first year following the removal of your braces. After that, you will need to wear it at night indefinitely.
Why Choose Hinsdale Ortho
Why should you I choose Hinsdale Ortho? We work hard to make your visit memorable from the moment you walk in our office. Our friendly staff members always provide courteous and prompt service and our orthodontists are knowledgeable and professional, giving you the orthodontic care and advice you need to rock a gorgeous smile.
We treat patients of all ages and provide a personalized orthodontic treatment plan for everyone. We understand your time is valuable, so we get you in and out quickly. After all, who likes to wait for the dentist? Contact Hinsdale Ortho today to schedule a consultation with a friendly Western Springs orthodontist.