Crooked teeth can cause a range of oral health issues, including gum disease, and make you feel self-conscious about your smile.
At Premier Dental & Implant Center in Orland Park, IL, we offer braces to straighten your teeth for a healthier, more comfortable bite.
So why should you straighten your smile with braces?
Braces Can Create a Better Bite and a More Beautiful Smile
Having a straight, symmetrical smile that you can feel proud of can promote a more positive self-image and make you feel more confident about your appearance.
A Better Bite
Braces can realign your bite to make chewing easier, improve your digestion, and reduce wear and tear on your teeth.
Crooked Teeth Can Impact Your Social Life
Braces Can Address a Variety of Misalignments
An overbite refers to a condition when the upper jaw extends farther forward than the lower jaw. This issue can cause damage to the front teeth and make your upper lip protrude.
When your lower teeth jut out past your upper teeth, it is called an underbite.
Where an overbite or underbite both involve the teeth jutting too far forward or backward, a crossbite occurs when the teeth are laterally misaligned.
With an open bite, the upper and lower jaw do not meet correctly, which can prevent you from closing your jaw fully.
Large spaces between the teeth can affect the appearance of your smile and also cause difficulties eating and speaking.
When there is not enough room in the jaw for every tooth, it is often harder to keep your smile clean and the risk of bad breath, cavities, and other oral health problems increases.
Neglecting Treatment for Misalignmen Can Have Serious Consequences
If you suffer from malocclusion, you most likely cannot reach all of the surfaces between teeth to maintain proper dental hygiene. As such, you are at a higher risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, misalignment can contribute to conditions such as bruxism, or teeth grinding, and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) which can be painful and damaging to your teeth and jaws. Consequently, while getting braces may seem like a substantial undertaking, it can actually help prevent other intensive treatments that will be needed to address these conditions and you will be able to enjoy a straighter smile.
Precise Planning Yields Better Results
When planning your braces treatment at our practice, the doctor will use advanced dental technology to evaluate your bite, including digital x-rays and an in-office cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) machine to create a digital view of your teeth. These tools provide highly precise imaging that can be used to identify malocclusion and determine the extent of treatment needed with only minimal exposure to radiation. From there, we can create a treatment plan customized to your unique case.
The Path to a Straighter Smile
Your braces treatment will take place over several months. Typically, this process takes an average of 18 to 24 months.
The Treatment Process
Retainers, Follow-Up, & Hygiene
Following your braces treatment, you will need to wear your retainer at night to prevent teeth from shifting out of place, especially in the first few months. If you neglect to do so, you may need to receive additional orthodontic treatment to correct any movement. It is also necessary to continue attending your bi-annual visits. During these appointments, we can monitor for any potential issues that may affect your newly straightened smile. At home, you should continue to practice proper oral hygiene including brushing twice and flossing once daily.
"Orthodontic treatment creates a better bite, making teeth fit better and decreasing the risk of future dental problems regardless of age." American Association of Orthodontists
Cost of Braces
Orthodontia can enhance the appearance of your smile and improve your oral health by correcting bite issues and aligning teeth. However, some patients may be hesitant to pursue treatment because of the expense. While the cost of braces will vary depending on your goals and needs, our friendly team is happy to work with you to develop a treatment plan that fits your budget. At Premier Dental & Implant Center, the cost of traditional metal braces typically starts at $3,500. We also offer Invisalign for those patients who wish to undergo more discreet treatment.
Treatment Aspects to Consider:
Complexity of Your Case
Severe misalignment that requires extended treatment timelines or specialized orthodontic appliances and techniques will increase your overall cost.
Your dentist may recommend additional preparatory appliances, including palatal expanders or spacers, extractions, or treatment for decay and damage before placing your braces.
Duration of Treatment
Straightening teeth is a gradual process that requires a significant time investment. The longer your treatment plan takes, the more expensive your treatment will be.
Traditional brackets and wires are made of metal, though in recent years, dentists have begun offering tooth-colored ceramic braces as well as clear braces, which are highly discreet.
Financing Is an Option
CareCredit® financing is accepted at our Orland Park practice. This option allows you to make payments over the course of several months instead of paying in full up front. If you are insured, you can expect that at least a portion of your treatment cost will be covered. We will also work with your provider to maximize your benefits and minimize out-of-pocket expenses.
At Premier Dental & Implant Center in Orland Park, we strive to provide the most up-to-date treatments and techniques for our clients. For patients undergoing orthodontic treatment, we employ advanced cone beam computed tomography (CT) imaging technology to determine candidacy and design comprehensive treatments. By creating a detailed plan before beginning treatment, we can minimize both your treatment time and cost.