While it’s easy to think that straightening the teeth will only provide cosmetic improvement, the benefits of orthodontic treatment can go well beyond what you can see. Properly aligned teeth don’t have the tiny spaces where plaque can become trapped and cause cavities like crowded teeth, plus a straight smile can dramatically boost a person’s confidence as well. Here, Dr. Dale is ready to provide the specialized care you or your child need to enjoy the healthiest and most attractive smile possible, and you can learn more about your options by contacting us today.
Orthodontic Services – South Loop • Chicago, IL
Everything You Need To Enjoy a Straight Smile
Orthognathic Surgeryfor Adults
Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, is primarily used to correct a wide variety of malocclusions or crooked bites. Most of the time, misaligned bites can be adequately addressed using traditional orthodontics, but if one jaw is less developed compared to the other, then surgery might be the most direct and reliable solution. This kind of procedure is able to improve not only the function of the teeth and jaw but enhance the appearance of the smile as well.
Traditional Bracesfor Teens & Adults
Traditional metal braces have been around for decades, and we still use them to correct misaligned teeth and crooked bites for one simple reason: they work! Specially-bent wires apply a consistent force to the teeth that slowly shifts them into the ideal position, and they’re held in place using brackets on each tooth. Still, they are the most affordable and durable orthodontic solution available, perfect for younger patients and adults alike looking to straighten their teeth.
Clear/Ceramic Bracesfor Teens & Adults
With clear/ceramic braces, patients get to benefit from the best of both worlds. They use the same reliable bracket and wire system as metal braces to move the teeth, but they are made of see-through and tooth-colored materials. The brackets are also wider and sit more flush against the teeth. This all helps the appliance blend easily into the teeth and have a more discreet appearance, allowing patients to smile with confidence throughout their treatment.
Invisalign® Clear Alignersfor Teens & Adults
Are you an adult who would love to straighten your teeth, but you don’t want to get metal braces? Or, do you have an image-conscious teen at home who would literally die if you made them get braces? If so, then Invisalign was designed for you! A patient just has to wear a progressive series of custom-made, clear plastic aligners that are shaped to bring the teeth into the right position. They practically disappear when on the teeth, and patients can simply take them out when it’s time to eat or brush.
Interdisciplinary Orthodonticsfor Teens & Adults
Orthodontics can also be used in tandem with other treatments in order to make certain procedures more successful. For instance, the teeth can be moved in order to make more room for a dental implant that will replace a missing tooth in the future. Orthodontic care can also work alongside restorative treatments like dental bridges and crowns in order to help a patient repair their smile in the most effective way possible.
Retainers/Oral Appliancesfor Children, Teens & Adults
Dr. Dale can use more than just braces to enhance our patients’ smiles! Space maintainers can ensure that erupting adult teeth have the room to come in properly, and an RPE (rapid palatal expander) can increase the size of a child’s hard palate to prevent/fix any crowding. And, once orthodontic treatment has finished, a retainer will ensure that the newly shifted teeth stay in place. A patient will initially wear a retainer at all times right after treatment, but eventually, they’ll just need to sleep with it.
Dentofacial Orthopedicsfor Children & Teens
While traditional orthodontics is mostly focused on changing the position of the teeth, dentofacial orthopedics enable Dr. Dale to manipulate the bone structure around the teeth in order to create a more attractive and functional smile. This can accomplish goals like ensuring both jaws fit together properly, eliminate flaws like an overbite/underbite/crossbite, and create a better proportioned and well-balanced facial appearance.
Phase 1 Pediatric Orthodonticsfor Children
We recommend that your child should have a complete orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7. This will enable Dr. Dale to find any alignment issues your child might have now and see the signs of others that might occur down the road. If necessary, he can use Phase 1 Pediatric Orthodontics to help your child’s teeth come in as straight as possible. This may consist of having them wear a removable oral appliance when they go to bed. This approach can not only eliminate some minor orthodontic issues but also prevent others from developing in the future.