At Grand Dental - Wilmington, our caring dental team develops custom-tailored treatments to help patients of all ages improve the health and appearance of their mouth. We offer a full range of products and orthodontic services including traditional braces, the Invisalign system, tooth-colored braces, and expanders. Expect to receive the best oral care plan possible, all under one roof! To learn more about our orthodontics in Wilmington, IL, schedule a consultation today.
Early treatment (also known as Phase One) typically begins around age eight or nine (Phase Two will begin around age 11 or older). The goal of early treatment is to correct the growth of the jaw and certain bite problems, such as underbite. Early treatment also helps to make room for permanent teeth to come in properly, lessening the chance of needing extractions in the future.
Orthodontic problems such as crowding of the teeth, too much space between the teeth, jaw growth problems, protruding teeth, and bad bites can be inherited or caused by injury to the mouth, early or late loss of baby teeth, or thumb-sucking habits.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7. At this age, children have a mix of baby and permanent teeth, and the orthodontist can identify orthodontic problems at their earliest stages. Our team will provide your child with an initial exam and take a panoramic x-ray. That way the orthodontist can recommend the best options to care for your child’s smile now, and in the future.
Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.
For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. However today’s orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of lifestyle and aesthetic choices to meet your needs. Grand Dental - Wilmington Orthodontics offers:
Invisalign is a popular, discreet orthodontic treatment that utilizes clear, customized aligners to gently shift your teeth into their ideal alignment. The average treatment time for patients is typically between nine to 24 months, depending on the severity of the orthodontic issues you face. To achieve the best results and stay on track with your treatment timeline, you’ll need to wear your trays for 22 hours every day, only taking them out when you eat, drink and brush and floss your teeth.
Traditional wire and bracket orthodontics can be especially beneficial for patients with moderate to even severe crowding, misalignment and malocclusion problems. Braces can be attached to the teeth to help reposition and realign them for a straighter, healthier smile. Brackets work in conjunction with a thin metal wire that is adjusted at each of your orthodontic appointments. This traditional orthodontic option is ideal for kids, teens and even adults undergoing treatment.
Tooth Colored Braces are made out of clear plastic or ceramic materials. They provide the same benefits and treatment as traditional braces only they are more discrete. Since the brackets are clear it is less obvious that the patient is wearing braces. Patients love this option because they provide all of the reliability and strength of metal braces while maintaining a more aesthetic, natural smile.
An “expander” is a general term for a variety of orthodontic appliances that aim to modify the size and shape of the mouth or maintain space. These appliances can either be fixed (permanent) or removable depending on the treatment plan. Expanders apply gentle force to change the shape of the mouth as necessary, they may be spring loaded or screw activated. The goal of expander usage is to create an even and properly aligned bite.
Although every case is unique, orthodontic treatment usually can be completed within 6 to 30 months. Your precise treatment timeline will depend on factors like the type and severity of the misalignment, the type of orthodontic treatment being used, and your ability as the patient to adhere to the treatment plan. In general, most orthodontic procedures have three major stages: the planning phase, the active phase, and the retention phase.
In order to determine the most effective way to correct alignment issues, we first need to diagnose them. Our in-house orthodontist will take X-rays of your teeth and jaw to see the exact position of each tooth and check for potential complications. Also, we will look at your medical and dental history to make sure any existing issues can be controlled before we start orthodontic treatment. Finally, we’ll make a study model or impression of your teeth so that we can more accurately examine how to properly realign each tooth relative to each other.
When we’ve put together a customized treatment plan, it’s time to follow through with it. Various custom orthodontic devices can be utilized to slowly shift teeth into ideal alignment. For some orthodontic treatment, such as traditional braces and tooth-colored braces, the devices are fixed to the teeth and restrict what the patient can and cannot eat during treatment. In other situations, patients must wear removable devices such as Invisalign aligners for a certain amount of time every day, but they may remove the devices for meals and regular cleanings. In any case, the patient will need to come to Grand Dental – Wilmington to visit the orthodontist for adjustments or progress checks.
After your teeth have been properly positioned, you will need to wear a retainer to prevent regression, or in other words, to prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original alignment. A removable retainer must be worn for most of each day for a specific time period so that your new smile stays picture perfect. The retention phase is successful when it allows the jawbone to reform around the realigned teeth to maintain their perfectly straight positions.