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The Basics on Orthodontic Treatments

The dentists of Dental Pointe in Naperville, IL, provide patients with braces and orthodontic treatments to help straighten teeth and improve overall function. Read on to learn more about orthodontic treatment and how it can help you.

More About Braces

Orthodontic treatments create great-looking smiles that boost self-confidence and improve social and professional opportunities. Children, adolescents, and young adults all use braces to properly align teeth and optimize chewing and speaking functions.

Orthodontics harnesses the body's ability to remodel its tissue. When light, constant force, is applied to teeth by orthodontic appliances, teeth gently reshape bone and move teeth to their positions.

Braces resolve many of the problems that become obvious at about age 7. Some of these dental issues include underbite, crossbite, open bite, large gaps between teeth, or excessive overbite (upper and lower teeth don't close properly).

Types of Braces

At our Naperville office, your dentists offer several orthodontic appliances, including:

  • Traditional metal braces that rely on metal brackets and wires to move teeth to their right position
  • Clear braces that use brackets made of ceramic or plastic
  • Lingual braces that operate like traditional metal braces, except that they are bonded to the back of your teeth.

There are also removable clear aligners that fit over teeth in a sequence of trays tat move teeth to their proper position. Because these aligners are removable, they are a great hygienic option, however, only adults can undergo this treatment, because children's jaws are still developing, and this hinders results.

Once your orthodontic treatment is completed, we cannot stress enough how important it is to wear a retainer as directed, for this prevents teeth from drifting back to their original positions.

Need a Consultation? Give Your Dentist a Call

For more information about braces and post-orthodontic care, don't hesitate to contact Dental Pointe dentists in Naperville, IL, by calling (630) 333-9571 today!

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