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By Bolingbrook Dental Care
May 11, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   orthodontics   invisalign  

Get the smile you’ve always wanted with a simple and clear orthodontic treatment.invisalign

Both teens and adults are discovering that they can finally close gaps in their smiles, fix crowded and overlapping teeth and a variety of other misalignments without ever having to wear metal braces. Our Bolingbrook, IL, family dentists, Dr. Rani Seeth and Dr. Alina Huff, are here to explain why you are never too old to get that straighter smile and how Invisalign could help.

Invisalign is one of the most popular clear aligner systems used to straighten teeth and you’re about to find out why. With Invisalign, you will never need to wear metal brackets or wires on your teeth. Instead, our Bolingbrook dentist will provide you with a series of custom-made aligners that are specifically designed to shift your teeth around until you achieve the results you want.

One of the most common questions we hear is, “How does Invisalign work?” It seems like a fair enough question because it is sometimes hard to imagine that these clear aligners are all that’s needed to fix a crooked smile. We are here to explain what goes into getting Invisalign treatment and how it could give you the straighter smile you want.

Getting Invisalign

You will come in for a consultation where we will examine your smile and talk to you about your treatment goals to make sure they align with what Invisalign can offer. After all, this invisible orthodontic system can handle a variety of mild to more serious misalignments but it won’t be able to tackle all dental issues.

Once we deem you the perfect candidate we will map out your treatment plan and take images of your teeth to get the proper measurements. Of course, there are no messy and unpleasant putty molds taken of your smile. Instead, we will take a quick 3D image of your teeth and upload it to the computer.

Through special computer software, we will be able to map out each individual tooth movement to figure out which teeth need to move and just how much they will shift during the course of your Invisalign treatment. Once these movements have been mapped out they will be sent to an Invisalign-approved dental lab, where they will take time fabricating each unique aligner to fit your mouth.

Not only are aligners made from thin, flexible plastic rather than irritating and unpleasant metal but also these aligners are trimmed to fit your gumline so they will always offer a perfect and comfortable fit. Invisalign offers a discreet and more comfortable way for many older teens and adults to finally get the smile they’ve always imagined without those awkward months of metal braces.

If you are interested in getting Invisalign in Bolingbrook, IL, then the next step is to schedule a consultation with our dental team to find out if your smile is right for clear braces. Turn to Bolingbrook Dental Care for all of your dental needs.

By Bolingbrook Dental Care
December 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   orthodontics  

Are you interested in knowing how your Bolingbrook, IL, dentists can help you with orthodontics?orthodontics

Your dentists can offer you and your child the dental care you need. They can identify the problems your child is suffering from, create a custom plan according to what needs to be done and, finally, execute the necessary orthodontics.

Types of Braces:

  • Conventional braces, which uses metal strips, or bands
  • Metal or plastic brackets that are bonded to teeth
  • Brackets that attach to the back teeth called lingual braces
  • Invisalign, clear braces usually fit for young adults

What to Know About Braces

The purpose of braces is to fix a bad bite and malocclusions, which is when teeth are crooked or crowded. These issues are noticed between the ages of 6 and 12, so orthodontic treatment usually begins around the ages of 8 to 14, while the child's bone structure is still developing.

The duration of treatment varies from one person to another but can last up to 3 years. The braces move your child's teeth into their proper positions and, after your child no longer needs to wear braces, he or she will need to wear a retainer so their teeth don't shift back into their crooked positions.

Side Effects of Not Having Braces:

If you don't allow your Bolingbrook dentist to fix your child's bad bite, they may suffer from other severe problems:

  • Extreme tooth decay that can lead to tooth loss
  • The deterioration of tooth enamel and formation of gum disease
  • Crooked teeth that can affect speech, chewing and bite

How to Care for Your Braces:

There are several things to take into consideration when maintaining your dental health:

  • Avoid eating certain foods, such as popcorn, corn, sticky foods...etc.
  • Make sure to wear a mouth guard if you're playing a sport.
  • Don't skip your dentist's appointment to ensure braces are adjusted properly and there's no hard-to-reach plaque that can cause gum disease.
  • Floss and brush your teeth after every meal, and make sure your child changes his or her tooth brush every 3 months or when the bristles are worn out or frayed.

For more information about orthodontics and the best options for your child, call your dentists in Bolingbrook, IL, at (630) 739-5500.

By Bolingbrook Dental Care
October 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   orthodontics   oral hygiene  

What your dentists in Bolingbrook, Illinois want you to knoworal hygiene

Wearing braces can be intimidating. Those metal brackets and wires can form a barrier between your toothbrush and your teeth. Orthodontics doesn’t have to keep you from caring for your smile. Your dentists at Bolingbrook Dental Care in Bolingbrook, Illinois want to share how you can keep good oral hygiene habits when you have braces.

First, it’s important to remember why you practice good oral hygiene. The goal of a good oral hygiene program is to eliminate the plaque clinging to your teeth. That’s because the plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria which produce toxins strong enough to destroy your soft tissue and your teeth.

Lack of good oral hygiene can cause tooth decay, gum and periodontal disease, gum recession, and stains and discolorations on your teeth. There’s nothing worse than having your straight smile covered up by a mouth full of problems.

You can avoid dental problems by practicing good oral hygiene. Remember to:

  • Brush after eating and before bed. Consider investing in a sonic toothbrush. The pulsing action works well to remove and flush out plaque and debris in difficult access areas.
  • Floss your teeth every day. Floss threaders or picks are necessary to floss underneath the wires.
  • You can also use a fluoride rinse to protect your tooth enamel. Just remember not to rinse, eat or drink immediately afterward. Give the fluoride time to work.

No excellent oral hygiene program is complete without regular visits to your dentist. You should visit your dentist at least once each year for a full exam and x-rays. You should also schedule professional dental cleanings at least twice each year to maintain your oral health.

Keeping good oral hygiene when you have braces doesn’t have to be difficult. Thanks to modern tools like sonic toothbrushes, floss picks, and other aids, cleaning your teeth even when you have braces is easier than you think. For more information about oral hygiene, orthodontics and other restorative and cosmetic dental issues call your dentists at Bolingbrook Dental Care in Bolingbrook, Illinois today!

By Bolingbrook Dental Care
June 30, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   orthodontics  

One of the most common dental myths is that braces are solely used to straighten crooked teeth. While bite problems like crowding do orthodonticsaffect tooth alignment, so that some teeth may overlap or protrude from the gums, orthodontic treatment is also used to address structural problems with the jaw, which in addition to affecting how the teeth look, can also cause other problems like headaches and TMD (temporomandibular disorder, also commonly referred to as TMJ).

Orthodontics Treatment in Bolingbrook

Although braces are most commonly associated with the early teenage years, when developing bite problems are easier to manage, the need for orthodontic treatment can develop at any age, with many adults finding themselves needing this treatment. The dentists at Bolingbrook Dental Care in Illinois treat a broad range of patients for everything from an overbite to missing teeth from a traumatic injury.

There are a few types of bite problems (also known as malocclusions) that may require correction with braces such as:

  • Crowding
  • Excessive spacing
  • Open bite
  • Underbite
  • Abnormal eruption
  • Protrusion (overjet)
  • Deep bite (overbite)
  • Front teeth crossbite
  • Back teeth crossbite

Signs That Your Child May Need Braces

Every case is different, and the need for correction with braces depends on the severity of the problem. Some of the most common signs that you or your child may need orthodontic treatment include:

  • Early or delayed loss of baby teeth
  • Trouble chewing and swallowing
  • Crowding or overlapping teeth
  • Shifting in the jaw
  • Popping, cracking, or snapping sound when moving the jaw
  • Protruding teeth or jaw
  • Abnormal spacing
  • Poor/non-alignment between the upper and lower jaw

Contact a dentist in Bolingbrook

Braces improve the function and cosmetic appearance of the teeth, and the entire face as a result. For more information about orthodontic treatment for children and adults, contact Bolingbrook Dental Care by calling (630) 739-5500 to schedule an appointment today.