At Lake Street Dental, our Roselle Illinois dentist specializes in orthodontics and orthodontic appliances. Orthodontics help patients have straighter teeth through the use of methods such as braces. We offer patients the luxury of both traditional and invisible braces in a relaxed atmosphere. Traditional braces use hardware and retainers, as where invisible braces use clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth and are invisible for the most part. Both types of braces take anywhere from a year or more, depending on the level of straightening needed.
We also offer orthodontic retention. Orthodontic retention is an important part of the treatment phase after getting braces removed. The retention phase helps keep teeth in place even after braces are off. The phase lasts for at least 6 months and the final result of your orthodontics treatment depends on the retaining phase. This 6 month phase helps for growth and settling, and helps keep teeth and jaws stable. Because teeth move over time due to many different circumstances, such as force exerted by lips, tongue and aging, retainers are important. The only way to maintain the alignment after braces is with permanent or lifetime retention. Our Roselle Illinois dentist can tell you more about retention treatment after braces.
Our Roselle dentist recommends coming in for beginning treatment before your braces are put on as well. Initial evaluation should start if there are problems, and should start no later than age 7. Early treatment and evaluation gives us a chance to detect problems early enough to prevent them from getting worse later on or from turning into a more serious issue. Interceptive treatment can help to create room for crowded teeth, create facial symmetry and reduce the need for tooth removal. For more information on how orthodontics can help you and your family, call Lake Street Dental today.