Orthodontic treatments serve two very important purposes – they give your smile the straight, symmetrical appearance of a classically beautiful smile, and they help to create a balanced and better functioning smile. Dr. Kenneth W. Coffey provides both traditional braces and Invisalign® invisible orthodontics at his Orland Park-area practice. Dr. Coffey believes that diagnosis is the most important stage of orthodontics. In other words, identifying the specific areas of disharmony in your smile, and determining the best method to correct those areas in order to achieve a smile that is both attractive and properly balanced, is the key to truly successful orthodontic therapy. To learn more about how traditional braces and Invisalign® can straighten your smile, contact our Chicago-area office today.
We all know that straight, properly aligned teeth make a smile look great to everyone around you. However, there are subtler benefits that are quite valuable. First, a properly aligned smile is easier to clean than a smile with crowded teeth, making it easier for you to prevent tooth decay. A properly balanced bite also places less strain on your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and its adjoining muscles. Another important benefit of orthodontic therapy is that the teeth are much less likely to chip or wear down if your bite is properly aligned. Contact us today to learn more about the many benefits of orthodontics.
Braces consist of metal, nickel-free, or clear ceramic hardware attached directly to the teeth, gradually guiding them into proper alignment. This treatment can span several months or more than a year, depending upon your individual needs. Brackets are attached to the teeth, and each bracket connects to a single wire. Over time, the tension placed on this wire slowly guides your teeth toward their ideal positions in your mouth. Patients make regular visits to our office to have this tension adjusted and maintain their progress. While wearing braces, you must make some modifications to your diet. Candy should be avoided, because cleaning your teeth while wearing braces is a more involved process than normal. Moreover, hard and sticky candy can actually damage your braces. Cutting food into smaller pieces is also important while wearing braces. For example, rather than taking a big bite of an apple, you should cut it into small, easily chewable slices.
Invisalign® works similarly to traditional braces, but instead of metal fixtures, it relies on a series of clear plastic mouthpieces to guide teeth into alignment. The length of treatment is about the same as braces. You will wear each custom mouthpiece for two weeks before moving to the next in the series. Because they are removable, Invisalign® places no restrictions on your diet. Simply remove your mouthpiece, eat what you choose, clean your teeth thoroughly, and then replace the mouthpiece.
The beauty and health of your smile often work hand-in-hand, and orthodontic therapy is a treatment that provides you with plenty of benefits in both respects. To learn more about braces and Invisalign®, contact our Chicago-area office in Orland Park.
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