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Your smile tells a story of who you are. We are here to make sure your story is a beautiful one. No one will deny the importance of a winning smile. It makes a pleasing appearance, promotes self-esteem, and is valuable to social and career success. Providing a beautiful smile is what orthodontics is all about. Today, braces and orthodontic treatment are so convenient and affordable that individuals from childhood through retirement can reap its important benefits.
On your first visit to our orthodontics office in Homewood, you will receive a complimentary consultation for braces. Your concerns and desires will be discussed and your teeth and jaws carefully examined. Our Homewood, IL orthodontists and team of professionals will present an individualized treatment plan to fit your needs and desires. Our orthodontists specialize in metal braces, clear ceramic braces and Invisalign. If a treatment is not the right match for you, we will not suggest it. Your well-being and satisfaction are our first priority.
Our orthodontic team will:
After your initial consultation for braces, we obtain additional diagnostic records. This can be done directly after your initial consultation. We will then schedule a 1-2 hour appointment to place your new orthodontic appliance. Our orthodontic team will be available to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed during this process.
It is very important that you continue to visit your family dentist once every four to six months for teeth cleanings and routine dental checkups, even during your orthodontic treatment. If extra dental work is needed, we will be happy to coordinate with your family dentist to make sure you receive the best possible care.
Is it required that my family dentist schedule my appointment with a Homewood, Illinois orthodontist?
No, it is not. Many of our patients are referred by their family dentist, yet many other patients take the initiative to schedule a braces examination themselves.
At what age should I schedule an appointment for an orthodontic screening for braces?
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.
Will my teeth straighten out as they grow?
No, they will not. The space available for the front teeth does not increase as you grow. In most people, after the permanent molars erupt, the space available for the front teeth decreases with age.
How do I schedule an appointment for an initial braces exam?
If you or your child can potentially benefit from braces and 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.
What will happen at the initial braces examination appointment?
Upon arriving, each patient and parent will be seen by the staff and orthodontist who will acclimate you to our orthodontics office in Homewood, IL and prepare you for the initial exam. We will take the necessary photographs and X-rays to allow us to make a proper diagnosis. The orthodontist will then complete a brief, but thorough, exam.
To read more about your first visit, see our First Visit Page.
What will I learn from the initial braces examination?
There are five essential questions that we will cover during the initial braces examination:
Will I need to have teeth extracted for braces?
Removing teeth is sometimes required to achieve the best orthodontic result. Straight teeth and a balanced facial profile are the goal of orthodontics. However, because new technology has provided advanced orthodontic procedures, removing teeth is not always necessary for braces and orthodontic treatment.
How long will I need to wear my braces?
How long you have to wear your braces obviously depends on your specific orthodontic problem. In general, treatment times range from 12 to 30 months. The “average” time frame a person is in braces is approximately 22 months.
How much will braces cost? Are financing options available? How does my insurance work?
It is impossible to give an exact cost for braces 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.
How often will I have appointments?
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every five to 10 weeks. If there are specific situations that require more frequent monitoring, we will schedule appointments accordingly.
Can I schedule all of my appointments after school?
Unfortunately, we cannot schedule all appointments for students during after-school hours. However, because most appointments are scheduled five to 10 weeks apart, most patients will miss minimal school due to their braces and orthodontic treatments. We will, however, make a sincere effort to meet your scheduling needs.
Can I drop my child off for an appointment at your Homewood orthodontics office?
Yes. We understand your busy schedule, and we are happy to help you make the most of your time. On some occasions, we may request to speak with a parent when they return, so we ask that parents check in with their patient manager before dropping off their child.
Do braces hurt?
Generally, braces do not “hurt.” 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. However, after most visits, patients do not feel any soreness at all! We often remind our patients, “It does not have to hurt to work!”
Can I return to school the day I receive my braces?
Yes. There is no reason to miss school because of an orthodontic appointment at our orthodontics office in Homewood, IL.
Do you give shots?
No. Shots are not necessary with braces and orthodontic treatment.
Do you use recycled braces?
Absolutely not! It is our belief that each patient should be provided with their own braces to achieve the best orthodontic result possible.
Can I still play sports with braces?
Yes. We recommend a mouth guard for all sports when you are wearing braces.
Do I need to see my family dentist while in braces?
Yes! Regular checkups with your family dentist are important while in braces. Your family dentist will determine the intervals between cleaning appointments while you are in braces.
Are there foods I cannot eat while I have braces?
Yes. Once treatment with braces begins, we will explain the complete instructions and provide a comprehensive list of foods to avoid. Some of those foods to avoid with braces include: ice, hard candy, raw vegetables and all sticky foods (i.e. caramel and taffy). You can avoid most emergency appointments to repair broken or damaged braces by carefully following our instructions.
How often should I brush my teeth while in braces?
Patients with braces should brush their teeth at least four times each day – after each meal and before going to bed. We will show each patient how to floss their teeth with braces and may also provide a prescription for a special fluoride, if necessary.
What is an emergency appointment? How are those handled?
If your braces are causing extreme pain or if something breaks, you should call our Homewood orthodontics office. In most cases, we can address these issues over the telephone. If you require an emergency appointment, we will set aside time for you.
Can orthodontic correction occur while a child has baby teeth?
Yes. Some orthodontic problems are significant enough to require early intervention. However, if a patient is not yet ready for braces and orthodontic treatment, we will follow that patient’s growth and development until the time is right for treatment to begin.
What is Phase One (early) treatment?
Phase One treatment, if necessary, is usually initiated on children between the ages of 7 and 10. Phase One treatment lasts about 12-21 months. The primary objective for Phase One treatment is to address significant problems to prevent them from becoming more severe and to improve self-esteem and self-image.
Will my child need full braces if he/she has Phase One treatment?
It is best to assume that your child will need full braces even after Phase One treatment. The period following Phase One treatment is called the “resting period,” during which growth and tooth eruption are closely monitored. Throughout this period, parents and patients will be kept informed of future treatment recommendations.
Will my child need an expander?
At the completion of the initial examination, we will determine whether a patient will need an expander.
Is it too late to have braces if I am already an adult?
A surprising percentage of our patients for braces are adults. In fact, 25 percent of all orthodontic patients are adults. Health, happiness and self-esteem are vitally important to adults. No patient is “too old” to wear braces!
Can I wear braces even though I have crowns and missing teeth?
Yes. A tooth with a crown will move just like a tooth with a simple filling. When teeth are missing, braces and orthodontic treatment will aid in the alignment of the remaining teeth.
Why should I choose 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.