Q) Why should I consider orthodontics?
Orthodontics can be used to correct a number of problems related to oral health and the appearance of your smile. Many people seek orthodontic treatment to improve their look, but it’s more than that. A straighter smile and a better bite can encourage improved overall oral health, reduce the risk of cavities, and even alleviate TMJ pain.
Q) How do I know if I need orthodontic treatment?
Many patients find out that they need orthodontic treatment through their oral healthcare providers. However, you can look for the signs yourself too!. These include:
- Overbite (upper teeth protruding in front of lower teeth)
- Bucked teeth
- Underbite (lower teeth protruding in front of upper teeth)
- Spaced out teeth
- TMJ pain
- Open space between teeth when biting down (open bite)
- Problems with chewing
- Crowded or overlapping teeth
We’ll be happy to provide you with a thorough diagnosis and plan out your treatment to help you overcome these or other orthodontic problems at our Forest Park, IL office.
Q) Does your office see adults?
Yes! Forest Park Orthodontics sees patients of all ages, and we offer several different orthodontic systems to help you find the one that best fits your smile and lifestyle.
Q) What’s the best age for my child to begin orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontics can successfully change smiles at any age, but we do find that certain types of problems respond best when treated while the jaw is still growing. The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that your child visit an orthodontist around the age of seven even if no problems have been detected so far. This allows us to perform a thorough exam and give your child a complete diagnosis for optimal treatment planning.
Q) How long does treatment take?
The length of orthodontic treatment can vary widely depending on the method used and the type and severity of the problems being treated. However, the average length is between one and three years. If you want to make sure treatment goes smoothly, make sure to keep up with regular appointments and take any steps recommended by our office so that you can stay on track.
Q) Can my child play sports or musical instruments while receiving orthodontic treatment?
Your child can participate in all regular activities while undergoing orthodontic treatment, including playing sports and a variety of musical instruments. However, these appliances can take some getting used to! As far as sports are concerned, we recommend wearing a custom athletic mouthguard to provide enhanced protection. For patients who play musical instruments, we can provide brace covers to improve comfort or help them learn about braces and walk them through different precautions.