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Common Treatments

Common Treatments At Your Trusted Willowbrook Orthodontic Office

At Willowbrook Orthodontics our number one priority are our patients. Dr. Yue and his friendly staff feel honored to provide Willowbrook and the surrounding communities with the best in orthodontic care. If you are in the Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Countryside, Darien or another surrounding area and looking into orthodontic care we encourage you to contact our office for more information. Our staff is standing by to answer any questions you might have. The following is more information about the common orthodontic treatments at Willowbrook Orthodontics!

Why Should You Or Your Child Undergo Orthodontic Treatment?

The most common answer to this question is “a big, beautiful smile!” Certainly, a beautiful smile provides a compelling reason for orthodontic care. But the best reason for orthodontic care is what that smile shows – healthy teeth. Orthodontic care may often be viewed as primarily cosmetic, but it’s really an important part of long-term health care.

Orthodontic problems are often very visible. Overbites, uneven teeth and misalignment of the jaw are recognizable to most people upon casual observation.

However, what isn’t visible, or often known, is that correcting those issues may prevent many health concerns that, left uncorrected, could cause lifelong problems, including:

Tooth Decay
Expensive Dental Care
Abnormal Tooth Wear
Gum Disease
Bone Destruction
TMJ (Jaw Joint) Problems
Psychological Stigma
Even Digestive Difficulty

Orthodontic patients and their parents consistently point to improved self-confidence as one of the major benefits of orthodontic care. And one of the best things about orthodontic treatment is that these benefits can last a lifetime. Even after treatment is finished, patients are able to enjoy a continuing positive self-image, great wedding photos, confident job interviews, improved speech, and teeth that are easier to clean.
 
Today’s orthodontic care is appropriate for children, adolescents and adults. So, please read more about the care you are considering, and may the world smile with you!

The Common Treatments for orthodontic care are:

Crowding of teeth 
Also known as malocclusion. Treatment for a crowding may reduce tooth decay and improve the look and appeal of your smile.

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Patient started treatment at age 11 and wore braces for 26 months. He loves his new smile.

Open Bite: Front teeth do not touch
Open bites happen when a patient puts strain on the alignment of their teeth, usually while they are young. There are many reasons for this such as thumb sucking or pencil chewing.

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Patient sucked her thumb as a young child. She started treatment at age 13. She had braces and a special appliance — called a crib — to retrain the tongue, for 28 months. Now she can bite the lettuce out of a sandwich.

‚ÄčOverbite: Lower front teeth bite into palate
An overbite is a dental condition where the top teeth overlap the bottom teeth more than what is necessary. It is a common condition and fortunately it is relatively easy to correct.

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This adult patient, age 25, required braces and jaw surgery to correct his severe overbite, with treatment taking two years. His problem could have been corrected without surgery if he had been treated before he was a teenager.

Underbite: Lower front teeth in front of upper
An underbite is a dental condition where the bottom teeth overlap the top teeth more than what is necessary. Like over bites, under bites are common and relatively easy to treat.

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Missing Lateral Incisors
It is important to have missing teeth in your smile corrected. Your teeth allow your bite to remain stable and allow you to smile confidently. Once you lose a tooth or teeth, you may become less confident in your smile and your bite and other teeth begin to shift.

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This patient's lateral incisors were congenitally missing. She had braces for 20 months to move the teeth into their correct positions, then the missing teeth were replaced with bonded "Maryland" bridges.

Spacing of teeth
Space (or Gaps) between your teeth are known as distemas. They most commonly occur between the front top two teeth. There are many treatments available to fix space between a patient’s teeth to boost the confidence in their smile.

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Patient was bothered by the spaces between his teeth. Braces closed the spaces and gave him an ideal bite in 24 months. Special glued-in retainers help keep the spaces closed.

Non braces treatment
Sometimes braces are not needed to get noticeable improvements in tooth alignment.

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This patient was first seen at age seven for crowding of the lower permanent teeth. A procedure was performed to reduce the width of the adjacent baby teeth and the permanent incisors aligned on their own in nine months.

Over Jet 
Overjet is a condition where the top incisors are ahead of the bottom incisors, or vice versa. There are many reasons a patient may develop an overjet such as teeth crowding, thumb sucking, or congenital condition where the top jaw is ahead of the bottom jaw.

Overjet

Contact Our Willowbrook Office Today!

If you are interested in orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are always happy to answer any questions that you may have or to help you book an appointment. Dr. Yue and his staff look forward to welcoming you into the Willowbrook Orthodontics family!