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. 

Why Do Straight Teeth Matter?