16624 S. 107th Ct. | Orland Park, IL  60467 | Phone: (708) 460-7556

FAQ

  1. What is Orthodontics?
  2. Why should I see an orthodontic specialist?
  3. Who can wear braces?
  4. How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?
  5. At what age should I get an orthodontic screening?
  6. How long does treatment last?
  7. What will happen at the initial examination appointment?
  8. What orthodontic appliances are available?
  9. How much will braces cost?
  10. Do braces hurt?
  11. Can I still play sports?
  12. Why do I need to wear a retainer?

1. What is Orthodontics?

Today, orthodontic treatment is simple, convenient and affordable for patients of all ages. And, an attractive smile is just one of the benefits. Orthodontic treatment results in correctly aligned teeth, correcting your bite and providing ideal jaw function and a great smile! Perhaps most importantly, orthodontic treatment usually provides improved self-confidence.

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2. Why should I see an orthodontic specialist?

Teeth, and sometimes-entire facial structures, are permanently changed by orthodontic treatment. It is important that the treatment be appropriate and properly completed. Orthodontic specialists have extensive and specialized training that enables them to provide their patients with professional, personalized treatments.

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3. Who can wear braces?

Braces can be worn by children, teens and adults – anyone who wants to improve their smile! Braces also can improve alignment of the teeth, proper bite as well as correction of TMJ.

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4. How do I schedule an appointment for an initial exam?

If you or your child can potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment, simply call our office, send us an e-mail or fill out our appointment request form online. We will be happy to schedule an appointment for you. When you call to schedule your appointment, our front office staff will request some basic information from you.

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5. At what age should I get an orthodontic screening?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends an orthodontic screening at age 7. By this age, several permanent teeth in most children have erupted, allowing us to effectively evaluate your orthodontic condition. Adults can be evaluated at any time to improve their smile.

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6. How long does treatment last?

Treatment time obviously depends on each patient's specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 18 to 30 months. The length of treatment does depend on the patient’s cooperation in maintaining good oral hygiene, keeping appointments and wearing your appliance as directed.

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7. What will happen at the initial examination appointment?

Upon arriving, each patient and parent will be seen by the staff and doctor who will acclimate you to our office and prepare for the initial exam. We will take the necessary photographs and X-rays to allow us to make a proper diagnosis. The doctor will then complete an exam to determine the best treatment options.

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8. What orthodontic appliances are available?

We offer a variety of orthodontic appliances to suit your preferences and lifestyle. We offer traditional braces, ceramic braces, gold braces, Invisalign clear aligners, the Speed System self-ligating brackets and lingual braces, which are considered invisible because they are placed on the tongue-side of your teeth.

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9. How much will braces cost?

It is impossible to give an exact cost for treatment until we have examined you. We will cover the exact cost and financial options during the initial examination. We have many financing options available to accommodate your needs, and we will review these with you. We will also review your insurance policy and help to maximize your benefit and file your claims.

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10. Do braces hurt?

Advancements in orthodontics have helped make treatment more comfortable. After certain visits, teeth may be sore for a few days. In these situations, pain medications such as Advil or Tylenol will ease the discomfort.

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11. Can I still play sports?

Yes. We recommend wearing a mouth guard for contact sports or any sport where you might be hit in the face.

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12. Why do I need to wear a retainer?

Once you have finished wearing braces, retainers will help hold your teeth in their new positions and keep them straight. It is important to wear them as instructed, or your teeth will relapse to their old positions.

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