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Orthodontics – South Elgin, IL

Improving Oral Function by Realigning Teeth

Misaligned teeth cause more harm than you might realize. While they may lead you to feel embarrassed by your smile, they also make it harder to enjoy good oral health and hygiene. Crooked and gapped teeth as well as improper bites can lead to chronic jaw pain, enamel wear and tear, and a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. With proven orthodontics in South Elgin from Grand Dental – South Elgin though, we can improve oral function by realigning teeth for good. Call us to discover which method of treatment is right for you.

Why Choose Grand Dental – South Elgin for Orthodontics?

Phase 1 Orthodontics

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Children who have a mixture of primary and permanent teeth can be eligible candidates for Phase 1 Orthodontics. This process is a form of early treatment that is designed to address jaw and facial development so that less cumbersome solutions are required in the future. In completing this process, you may find that your child does not require extensive braces once they reach adolescence. They may also not require invasive surgery to fix their jaw alignment or tooth extraction to create additional room for permanent teeth.

Adult Orthodontics

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Adults often find that orthodontic treatment is essential, even if they wore braces as a teenager. Teeth can shift over time, resulting in poor oral health and a dissatisfied look. By offering adult orthodontic solutions, we can help you take charge of your smile once again so that you can resume feeling confident about your appearance. In doing so, you will also notice an improvement in your oral health that allows for an upgraded smile in the future.

Invisalign ®

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Invisalign is a great alternative for more mature teens and adults who want a subtle form of orthodontics. Instead of turning to metal braces, these clear plastic trays can shift teeth in the right direction using gentle, continuous pressure. In just 12-18 months, on average, you can experience a smile that is in better alignment so that tooth enamel does not wear down, nor does jaw pain continue to cause problems day in and day out.

Metal Braces

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Traditional metal braces are the most commonly used form of orthodontics. Designed with a metal bracket-and-wire system, they work to straighten teeth plagued by overcrowding, gaps, or bite misalignment. Frequent follow-up visits are required, as the wire must be tightened and replaced to ensure that teeth continue to move until treatment is complete. With many patients seeing results in 2-3 years, each case is different because of the severity of the problem and the timeframe required to achieve desired outcomes.

Tooth-Colored Braces

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Commonly referred to as clear ceramic braces, these tooth-colored orthodontic solutions work in the same way as metal braces but with more discretion. Instead of shining brightly like traditional metal, these are tooth-colored, so they blend in with your existing teeth to create a more subtle look. They are a preferred option among individuals who need this type of treatment but want to avoid bringing much attention to their smiles.


Metal wire expander on palate of model of the mouth

When areas of your mouth require expansion, fixed or removable expanders are available. We can assist in changing the size and shape of your mouth as well as creating additional space so that teeth may grow into place accordingly. By applying continuous, gentle force, these expanders will work to generate more space so that once braces are put into place, they can begin to move the bite so that optimal alignment is achieved.

Phases of Orthodontic Treatment

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Your orthodontic treatment is likely to be different than someone else’s, which is why there is no definite timeframe. While three clear phases include the planning, movement, and retention steps, our team must consider various factors to understand the proposed timeline (i.e., your commitment to the process, the type of orthodontics you receive, and the type of problem orthodontics are being used to fix).

Dental Monitoring

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At Grand Dental – South Elgin, we are pleased to use a new form of treatment – dental monitoring. Using artificial intelligence (AI), we can help individuals take more control of their oral health. All you have to do is take photos of your smile using a smartphone and upload them to a designated app. From there, we can review the images taken and closely watch the progression of a person’s oral movement. As a result, dental monitoring makes it easier and more convenient for patients and dentists alike.

Light Force Brackets

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Considered a newer form of treatment, Light Force Brackets use a three-dimensional model of your teeth so that they work to produce faster results and more advanced solutions. Quicker than even Invisalign clear aligners, the custom brackets maintain a less noticeable appearance so that you can enjoy a more blended smile.

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