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How an orthodontic consultation from your dentist in Worth, IL, can help your smile
If nature didn’t give you straight teeth, orthodontic treatment can help. Orthodontic treatment is a great way to improve your chewing ability and the beauty of your smile. It all starts with scheduling an orthodontic consultation.
The dentists at All Smiles in Worth, IL, offer comprehensive dental care, including orthodontic consultations, to get you on your way to a straight smile.
You might need an orthodontic consultation if you have:
- An overbite or underbite
- A crossbite or open bite
- Crowded or rotated teeth
- Gaps between your teeth
Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on correcting jaw and teeth alignment. Facial structures including your jaws all grow at different rates, and tooth eruption times can vary, leading to problems like crowding, underbite, overbite, and other issues. These can all be corrected with orthodontic treatment.
When you go in for an orthodontic consultation, your dentist will do:
- A full dental examination, including making notes of crowding, jaw alignment, and other important issues
- Imaging studies including x-rays, a panorex, and others
An orthodontic consultation can benefit people of all ages. Children can have an orthodontic consultation as early as 7 years old because the first permanent molars have erupted.
Once the orthodontic consultation is complete, your orthodontist will discuss the different options of treatment. These options include:
- Invisalign, which uses clear plastic trays called aligners
- Metal brackets and wires, which are the conventional method of orthodontic treatment
- Tooth-colored or clear brackets and wires, which offer a more natural look
- Lingual braces, which are placed on the back surfaces of your teeth
Orthodontic treatment can give you a great-looking, fully-functioning smile, and it all begins with scheduling an orthodontic consultation. To schedule an orthodontic consultation, call the dentists of All Smiles in Worth, IL, at (708) 448-0333.
Preventive care is the hallmark of modern dentistry. Besides brushing, flossing, a healthy diet, and routine cleanings and check-ups, your dentists at All Smiles in Worth recommend dental sealants to protect young teeth from the ravages of tooth decay. In fact, even teens and adults can enjoy years of protection from these easily applied plastic coatings.
What are plastic sealants?
The National Institutes of Health call them an effective barrier against tooth decay. Sealants are really useful on deeply pitted and grooved premolars and molars which easily collect plaque, tartar and their associated acids. Sealants are a quick, painless treatment which is relatively inexpensive, particularly when compared to the ravages and expense tooth decay can cause.
If your Worth dentist determines your child would benefit from plastic sealants, he or she will clean and dry the tooth and apply a mild etching liquid to help the coating stick to the tooth.
Then, the tooth-colored plastic is painted on, with careful attention to the intricate surface imperfections on the tooth. Then, the dentist cures the coating with a UV light. Each tooth takes about 10 to 15 minutes and can be repeated on as many teeth as the dentist deems necessary.
Does your child need this service?
The American Dental Association says that most dentists like to apply sealants as soon as a child's first molars erupt. Then, as teeth are lost and permanent molars come in, the service should be revisited so the teen and adult years remain as decay-free as possible.
Sealants are a continual barrier which stay in place for up to a year. Plus, if they wear thin or chip, your dentist can repair or re-apply sealants as needed.
Find out more
At All Smiles in Worth, IL, the professional team loves preventive dentistry. Sealants are just one of the many services they offer to keep smiles bright and healthy. If you have questions about sealants for your children--or for yourself--please call the office, and we'll be happy to answer them. Also, please arrange your usual semi-annual cleanings and exams. Call All Smiles at (708) 448-0333.