Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Why Do Straight Teeth Matter?

 Straight teeth provide more than a great smile.

Teeth are like gears on a wheel. They are made to fit together in a certain way to do a certain job. If they don’t fit together, they can’t do their job, and this may lead to a variety of oral health problems.

For starters, straight teeth are easier to clean. You can remove plaque more easily when teeth are aligned. Crooked teeth offer more places for plaque to hide and get missed when brushing. Plaque buildup can result in cavities, gum inflammation(puffiness and bleeding) and ultimately, gum disease.

Even if your front teeth appear straight, there can be a problem with your bite – how all your teeth fit together.

Teeth that protrude, especially at the front of the mouth, are more prone to injury.

Added wear of teeth, chipping of teeth and teeth grinding are very common problems when an improper bite is present. Jawbone and joint problems can also develop, leading to breakdown of the bones that support your teeth as well as TMJ pain, headaches, and migraines. All of this can make it difficult to talk and chew food efficiently and comfortably.

Research also suggests jaw position and size may be the root of some sleep issues including sleep apnea.

The benefits of straight teeth and jaw alignment are truly important to your overall well-being.

The good news is there is a way to set yourself up for success. Dr. Prose will develop a plan with you on how to get straight teeth and ensure a healthy bite is achieved by repositioning teeth within the jaw bones and ensuring they function properly.

Call us today to schedule your complimentary orthodontic evaluation
at 630-584-6555.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Healthy you in 2022!


Know the facts when considering
orthodontic treatment as an adult.

It’s a new year, you have made your resolutions, and on the top of your list
is looking (and feeling) healthy! 

As a part of looking healthy and with the understanding that on-camera meetings are here to stay, you may be curious about straightening your teeth. You are not alone,  according to a recent study conducted by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), adult (18 years+) patients now outweigh teens/kids in treatment.

A common misperception is that you may be too old for orthodontic treatment or your situation is too difficult to consider treatment but this is NOT the case. The deciding factor on whether a patient is a good candidate for treatment is the health of their teeth and gums NOT their age. 

If the convenience of taking a selfie and receiving your orthodontic treatment by mail is attractive, you should be aware of the mail-order treatment process and the potential hidden dangers of a one-size-fits-all treatment plan

An in-person consultation is the best way for you to get the proper diagnosis and treatment which will be customized just for you.

Also, being actively monitored by Dr. Prose, An AAO orthodontic specialist, throughout your treatment will help to ensure that your treatment goes smoothly and you will be able to have the opportunity to have your questions answered by Dr. Prose. Your health history and habits need to be discussed so that you receive the best treatment possible. 

Items to think about when meeting with Dr. Prose:

  • Fillings
  • Missing Teeth
  • Misshapen or worn teeth
  • Dental disease
  • Periodontal disease 
  • Medications
  • Habits like smoking, clenching or grinding teeth

All of these items can affect the outcome of your treatment.  Plus, for some adults to reach optimal dental health, your dentist and Dr. Prose will work in partnership and may need to call in other dental specialists such as oral surgeons, periodontists, and endodontists.

In short, NO, you are never too old for orthodontic treatment as long as you have healthy teeth and gums.

Dr. Prose is an expert in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics – properly aligned teeth and jaws – and possess the skills and experience to give you your best smile. 

Friday, December 17, 2021

'Tis the Season


At this time of year, we take the time to reflect on all of the wonderful things we having you and your family as part of
our orthodontic family.

We appreciate you choosing to work with us to perfect your smile & hope that the holidays and the coming year bring you and your family
every happiness & success!

Dr. Prose, Linda, Dave, Jen, Pauline, Mel, Nikki,
Margaret, Meredith, & Angie

Thursday, November 4, 2021

New X-ray Technology

Smile...New X-ray Technology

Introducing the ProMax X-ray Machine

The ProMax X-Ray Machine is a new addition to our office, giving us the ability to optimize treatment plans and maximize the safety of our imaging procedures. This unit complies with the "best practices in dentistry" by following the American Dental Association's ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) radiation principal.  
The unique features of the ProMax X-Ray Machine allow us to focus imaging on specific teeth and facial anatomy, significantly reducing unnecessary exposure.
This unit, in conjunction with state-of-the-art software, provides you with the best patient care possible.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Please brush and floss your fangs after you have enjoyed your braces/aligner approved treats!


Monday, August 9, 2021

Back to School 2021


Now that the start of school is right around the corner, Prose Orthodontics would like to remind all of our patients about the importance of scheduling appointments in advance. With school, clubs, sports, & family commitments, we know that it can be challenging to schedule orthodontic appointments.  We ask that follow up appointments are always made while the patient is still in the office. We strive to accommodate everyone's busy schedules and scheduling in advance allows for a larger selection of appointment times.  

Please give us at least 24 hours notice when possible, if you are unable to make your regularly scheduled appointment.  Understand that rescheduling appointments are difficult to find similar times because most appointments are made in advance.

We hope you have had a wonderful summer and made lots of great memories.

Please email or text us pictures of your summer smiles and they may be featured on Facebook or Instagram:)

Why Do Straight Teeth Matter?