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Orthodontics

When the teeth and bite aren't in proper alignment, it can affect your appearance, overall oral health, and dental function.

Orthodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on permanently straightening the teeth and aligning the bite.

At Premier Dental & Implant Center in Orland Park, IL, we offer a variety of options to improve the health and beauty of your smile.

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At our Orland Park, IL, office, we have a board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Amer Shammaa. He is specially trained in the field of orthodontics, and he has the skill and experience necessary to deliver outstanding results. Dr. Yamen Akhras is trained in implant dentistry, and he also offers orthodontics. Together, they provide high-quality care to the community.

Our dentists believe that several elements work together to help individuals achieve the best possible oral health. For those interested in dental implants or veneers, Dr. Yamen Akhras may recommend orthodontic treatment first to achieve the optimum smile line and results.

No matter what your oral health needs, our team can help. We are committed to providing comprehensive, compassionate care. Contact us online or call us today at:

(708) 873-9709

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Our board-certified orthodontist, Dr. Amer Shammaa. He works with Dr. Yamen Akhras to provide the local area with the most effective orthodontic services.

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Jacquie Seymour

2020

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I absolutely LOVE Dr. Yamen. Dr. Yamen did all of my children's and Nieces and Nephews Orthodontics. I swear my children have had the best experience. At first I wondered if I was doing the right thing not going to our local dentist that only specializes in orthodontics. I am so happy that I chose this route. I think that because Dr. Yamen knew our dental history it helped when the time came for alignment. One of the things I can say is that my family is  some of the few that have not had to "redo" their braces due to growth and changes and their smiles are amazing. I was so happy with what happened with our children that I had Dr. Yamen do my braces at the age of 43. Thank you Dr. Yamen for everything you have done for our family.

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Rossana Mogollon

2020

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I came across Premier Dental when searching for a place to get a root canal (first one and pregnant!) we were new to town and didn’t know any good doctors. I’m SO glad I found their consult! When I called for a quote Dr. Yamen took the phone himself... he did an amazing job and my root canal experience wasn’t anything but positive.

I’ve been going to Premier Dental for 4 years now and I cannot talk highly enough about all the staff, from the moment you cross the door to any treatment or specialty you need. My whole family now goes there too, we’ve got done everything from cleanings, to root canals, braces and now even implants! I would recommend them to anyone with my eyes closed.

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Ashley Thatcher

2021

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All around, I am very impressed with the office. It was easy to notice that each dentist loved their job and is there to help individuals feel comfortable in their smiles. The staff takes their time to answer all question to make sure you understand and are comfortable with the best procedure that is needing to be completed. If financials are an issue, they work with you and are able to set up a payment plan. I am very thankful that I was able to find an office that is understanding and caring as this one. Thank you Premier Dental & Implant Center!

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Hadeil H.

2021

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I have had the good fortune of having Dr. Yamen as my dentist! He has taken care of my entire family as well. We trust his work and his advice completely, and all of his work has been outstanding!

The entire staff and the office manager are very kind and nice and always accommodate me! Amazing office! Highly recommend this place!

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Assessing Your Candidacy  for Orthodontic Treatment

Good Oral Health 

Patients who have a decayed tooth, gum disease, or any type of infection in the mouth will have to undergo restorative dentistry procedures before receiving orthodontic treatment.

Our Orland Park dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums to make sure your oral health is in good condition before proceeding with treatment.

Commitment to the Process

Orthodontic treatment can last months or even a few years. If you receive braces, you will require periodic adjustments from one of our doctors. If you undergo Invisalign treatment, you must wear your clear aligners for at least 22 hours a day. Adjusting to your orthodontic treatment can take some time but the benefits will last a lifetime if you commit to treatment.

Preserve Your Oral Health  With Orthodontic Treatment

Misaligned teeth are harder to clean than straight teeth, increasing your risk of cavities and infections. Left untreated, malocclusion can lead to painful conditions like TMJ disorder. These issues can be avoided through orthodontic treatment.

Committing to wearing braces or aligners for months to years can seem daunting, but the health and cosmetic benefits of orthodontic treatment can last a lifetime.

Our Orland Park dentists can discuss your smile goals during a free consultation and see if you would benefit from orthodontic treatment. You can message us or call:

(708) 873-9709

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Types of Orthodontics

There are several different types of orthodontic appliances, including fixed and removable devices. Here are a few of the options available at our Orland Park, IL, office.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces use surgical steel bands, brackets, and wires to bring each tooth into proper alignment. This is the most versatile orthodontic option because it can correct a wide range of problems. This treatment generally takes about two years to complete. We typically recommend traditional braces for children because they can often achieve the best outcome in these cases.

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Ceramic Braces

Individuals who require the mechanics of traditional braces but desire a more discreet solution can opt for ceramic braces. This option corrects misalignment issues in the same way, but the brackets are made of ceramic and the archwires are tooth-colored. As a result, ceramic braces are less noticeable compared to their conventional counterparts.

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Invisalign

This alternative is popular among our teen and adult patients. Instead of using metal components, Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners. Each set is worn for approximately two weeks before upgrading to the next set in the sequence. The teeth are shifted into their desired locations gradually. Invisalign usually takes between 12 and 18 months to complete.

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Accurately Mapping Your Teeth

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Our cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) creates detailed X-rays of the teeth and other oral structures. This allows our Orland Park dentists to personalize your orthodontic care to address your specific needs. 

Orthodontic Treatment Timeline

The length of your treatment timeline depends on the type of appliance you choose, as well as the complexity of your case. Here is a general guideline of what patients can expect at our Orland Park, IL, office.
Straightening your smile can improve overall function and prevent potential damage caused by malocclusion.
Straightening your smile can improve overall function and prevent potential damage caused by malocclusion.

Initial Consultation

During this appointment, your orthodontist assesses your teeth, gums, and surrounding structures. After reviewing your health history and your personal cosmetic and oral health goals, we will recommend a plan.

Placing the Appliance

Individuals who get traditional or ceramic braces will come in for an appointment to bond the brackets in place and attach the archwires. Those who choose Invisalign will have impressions made so their aligners can be fabricated.

Checkups

During active treatment, it is essential that patients attend routine checkups. These visits ensure that everything is going according to plan and that there are no potential issues that need to be addressed.

Retention

Once treatment is complete, everyone must wear a retainer to keep the teeth from shifting back into their original positions. There are several types of retainers available. Your orthodontist can help you find one that works for you.

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Isabel Dominguez

2020

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This place is amazing. Their office is very clean and professional. You should definitely try this place. 10 out of 10 and I do recommend!!!

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Shari Mckinley

2020

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Saw me in an emergency during covid pandemic. Saw me same day I called. Veronica was great and so was the dentist!! No more pain thank goodness. Thank you Premier!

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Adjusting to Orthodontic Treatment

When patients decide to get cosmetic treatment such as orthodontics, it is important to try to be as patient as possible about achieving the ultimate outcome. Treatment can last several months or even a couple of years, but the results can last a lifetime. For most individuals, the discomfort associated with braces or other appliances can be difficult the first couple of months, particularly for adults.

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It's Never Too Late to Visit An Orthodontist or Dentist

It may seem like you're the only adult in the world considering braces or Invisalign. As it turns out, though, you're one of many.

Now that you know about the high numbers of adult patients who opt to transform their smile with orthodontics, you can join their journey at Premier Dental & Implant Center.

Message our Orland Park, IL, dentists and orthodontists or call:

(708) 873-9709

Maintaining Your Results 

Completing your orthodontic treatment is a great success. With the proper care, you can enjoy the benefits of your new smile for a lifetime. Our specialists recommend:

Wearing Your Retainer

Our dentists will give you a customized retainer to help keep your teeth in their new positions. Wearing your retainer as instructed can prevent your teeth from shifting back into their original, misaligned positions and help the benefits of your orthodontic care last a lifetime. Without a retainer, you may eventually need braces or aligners again.

Maintaining Good Oral Hygiene

In addition to brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily, your oral care routine should include cleaning your retainer daily. Brushing and rinsing your retainer once a day will prevent bacteria buildup.

Attending Regular Dental Appointments

During your visits, our dentists can adjust your retainer, check your oral health, and ensure your teeth are staying in their newly aligned positions. Our Orland Park dental office is open Monday through Saturday, allowing patients to fit appointments comfortably into their schedules.

From free consultations to financing options, our Orland Park, IL, dentists strive to give you worry-free treatment.

Are Orthodontic Treatments Painful?

Clear aligners may feel tight at first, but this feeling usually goes away after you have worn them for a bit.

With braces, you will likely feel some discomfort, like pressure or a pinching sensation during your initial treatment and adjustments. However, you can alleviate it by taking acetaminophen, like TYLENOL®, prior to your appointment.

The good news is, you have the perfect excuse to eat ice cream, along with other soft foods, like yogurt, smoothies, or applesauce. Choosing meals that require little chewing can help prevent soreness and tenderness after your visits.

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Tracie McDaniel

2021

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My 19 year old daughter is a very anxious dental patient. From the moment we came for the consult through the procedure and follow up, she was comfortable and we felt well taken care of. The entire staff goes above and beyond to help you feel comfortable and genuinely cared for! They explain everything that needs to be done instead of surprising you later with regards to time to complete, cost, etc.

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Omama Kashour

2021

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My experience at Premier Dental was nothing short of exceptional. Dr. Akhras and his staff are friendly, professional, and very knowledgeable. When I came to the office, I was greeted by a nice young lady who helped me check in smoothly and answered all my questions about the procedure and payment plans. They are also a very organized dental team which was evident when I only waited about 10 minutes to be seen and I was able to schedule my next check-up seamlessly.

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Premier Dental & Implant Center

At Premier Dental & Implant Center, we provide high-quality dental care for your entire family. Dr. Yamen Akhras and our team offer a full range of dental services. We are also proud to be affiliated with:

  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Dental Association
  • Chicago Dental Associations
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists

For more information about our services, contact our office online or call (708) 873-9709 today.

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