Orthodontic treatment isn’t just for teenagers. Nowadays, more and more adults are turning to adult orthodontics to fix problems with their crooked teeth, overcrowding, gaps, and even bite alignment. If you had treatment as a child, it may be possible that due to a relapse, you require orthodontics once again. Or, maybe you’ve always battled problems with your mouth but are just now able to afford treatment? No matter the reason, Dr. Dale and Dr. Amy at Chicago Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics can help you achieve the results you want in less time than you think. In fact, depending on your individual needs, lifestyle, and oral health, the average treatment time with adult orthodontics is 6 months! To find out how you can get started, contact us to schedule an appointment today.
Adult Orthodontics – South Loop, Chicago, IL
Offering Straighter Teeth At Any Age
Why Choose Chicago Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics for Adult Orthodontics?
- Customized treatment for your individual needs
- State-of-the-Art office and dental equipment
- Evening and Saturday appointments available
If wearing metal isn’t an appealing approach to straightening your teeth, you’ll be pleased to learn that we offer Invisalign® Clear Aligners. Adults who use this orthodontic treatment see tremendous results in less time. The process is quite simple, requiring you to wear your clear, plastic trays for 20-22 hours each day. Every 1-2 weeks, depending on your individual case, you will swap out your set for the next in the series. With each new set, your teeth will gently shift toward the correct position, putting you one step closer to a beautiful smile.
Invisalign aligners should only be removed when eating, drinking, or cleaning the trays. These practically invisible trays make it easy to move through your day without anyone noticing you’re receiving treatment.
Using metal wires and brackets, traditional braces have been around for years, helping adults (and teenagers) achieve beautiful smiles. If you had braces in the past, it was most likely the metal kind. This method of orthodontic treatment can fix crooked bites and misaligned teeth with great precision. Brackets serve to hold the specialized wires in place. Designed to put pressure on the appropriate areas, your metal wire will work to slowly move your teeth in the right direction.
Traditional braces are often the most affordable option when it comes to orthodontics, so if the cost is a significant factor in your overall decision, trust that you’ll receive outstanding results with this method of treatment.
Clear Ceramic Braces
You want the results achieved with traditional braces, but you’d rather avoid the spotlight of having metal shining brightly in your mouth. We understand that as a working professional, you want to maintain a certain look, and that usually doesn’t include a mouth full of metal. This is why Dr. Dale and Dr. Amy can fit you with clear ceramic braces instead!
Using the same system as metal braces, the only difference is the brackets and wires are made of transparent and tooth-colored materials. Another beneficial aspect is the bracket isn’t as bulky, so it lays flatter against your tooth, reducing the chances of possible soft tissue irritation.
Lingual Bracesfor Teens & Adults
Lingual braces are similar to traditional braces in that they use brackets and wires to straighten teeth. However, lingual braces are placed on the backs of teeth, making them virtually invisible to onlookers. They are an excellent option for individuals who want the teeth-straightening power of traditional braces without the look of traditional braces. Dr. Dale and Dr. Amy use advanced INBRACE technology to help patients take advantage of all the benefits of this type of treatment.
Do you have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite? If so, orthognathic surgery might just be the right solution for you. Our dental professionals are trained and equipped to offer corrective jaw surgery for patients suffering from malocclusions. When a bite problem exists, it can typically be addressed with orthodontic solutions; however, if the jaw is less developed, it can be problematic. Not only can there be pain, but the uneven pressure placed on your teeth when biting can cause aggressive wear and tear. Using this type of surgery, we can improve your teeth and jaw functionality, as well as enhance your smile’s appearance.
As you grow older, it may be necessary that in order to achieve optimal oral health, you need more than just orthodontic treatment. One of the great aspects of Chicago Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics is that we can offer interdisciplinary orthodontics to help you regain a beautiful, healthy smile in the most effective way. Whether you need a dental implant, bridge, or dental crown to restore and repair your teeth, we can use orthodontics in combination with other forms of restorative treatment. For example, if you have a missing tooth but inadequate room for a dental implant, orthodontics can shift your teeth in a way that opens the vacated area. This will allow you to have a dental implant placed once you are finished with braces.