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By St. Charles Family Dentistry
June 12, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Orthodontics   Braces  

OrthodonticsMany people understand orthodontic treatments, such as braces, can give you a straighter smile. However, orthodontics can do more than just straighten crooked teeth. Orthodontics are also used to correct misaligned bites and alleviate jaw tension due to the misalignment. Whether you would like a straighter smile or need to correct a misaligned bite, orthodontics can help. At St. Charles Family Dentistry, Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, and Dr. Dana Lipskis are your family dentists for orthodontics in St. Charles, IL.

Orthodontic Treatments

Braces are one of the most common types of orthodontic treatment. Braces generally consist of brackets and wires, but can also include other components, such as rubber bands. Brackets can be made from metal, plastic, or ceramic and are cemented to the fronts or backs of teeth. When brackets are attached to the back of the teeth they are referred to as lingual braces. Wires connect the brackets and help gradually move the teeth into the desired position over time. Braces are an effective orthodontic option for both teens and adults.

Benefits of Orthodontics

Orthodontics offer multiple benefits, including straightening your smile and boosting confidence. In addition to a straighter smile, orthodontic treatment can also improve the health of your teeth and gums. When teeth are overlapped and crowded, food and bacteria can become more easily trapped between teeth. Trapped bacteria can lead to the formation of plaque, which can ultimately result in the development of tooth decay and/or gum disease.

When teeth are properly aligned, there are fewer places for food particles and bacteria to become trapped. It is also easier to more thoroughly brush and floss between teeth when they are aligned and straight. Being able to keep the teeth free from bacteria and plaque buildup leads to better oral health and helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Another benefit orthodontics provides is correcting bites that are not properly aligned. Misaligned bites occur when the top or bottom row of teeth is not properly aligned, which often puts tension on the jaw. The tension can lead to jaw discomfort, as well as headaches. Correcting alignment of the bite removes the additional strain and tension on the jaw and alleviates any associated discomfort. Your dentist for orthodontics in St. Charles can help you decide if orthodontic treatment is the best option for you.

If you want to achieve a straighter smile, then orthodontics can help. Your dentist can tell you more about how orthodontics could help you. For orthodontics in St. Charles, IL, schedule a consultation with Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, or Dr. Dana Lipskis by calling St. Charles Family Dentistry at (630) 377-3131.

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
June 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Orthodontics   Braces  

How orthodontic treatment in St. Charles can help your smileorthodontic

If you have rotated teeth or a badly aligned bite, you can certainly benefit from orthodontic treatment, but there are many other not-so-obvious reasons you might need orthodontic treatment. Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis and Dr. Dana Lipskis at St. Charles Family Dentistry in St. Charles, IL, want to share the facts about orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontic treatment is initiated both for functional and cosmetic reasons. Some of the functional reasons why you might need orthodontic treatment include:

  • If you have an overbite where your upper jaw protrudes too far over your lower jaw
  • If you have an underbite where your lower jaw juts out too far in front of your upper jaw
  • If you have an open bite where your teeth don’t meet in front when your jaws are closed
  • If you have a crossbite where your teeth cross each other when your jaws are closed

If your jaw is badly aligned, it can result in excessive tooth wear, headaches and facial pain, TMJ pain and other chronic issues. Orthodontic treatment will realign your jaws and restore full chewing function, eliminating stress on other areas of your head and face.

You may also want orthodontic treatment to correct cosmetic issues like these:

  • If you have teeth that overlap or crowd against each other
  • If you have teeth that are rotated or twisted and don’t touch properly when you bite
  • If you have unsightly gaps or wide spaces between your teeth
  • If you are missing teeth either from birth or extraction

Straight teeth are much easier to clean and maintain and a straight smile is more aesthetically beautiful. Orthodontic treatment is appropriate for both adults and children, however children ages 7 to 14 are the easiest candidates because facial structures are still growing and teeth are the easiest and quickest to move.

Your dentists in St. Charles offer a full range of orthodontic services. For more information about types of braces, please visit the orthodontics page on the website at http://www.stcharlesdentist.com/st-charles-il-orthodontist.html

If you are considering braces, you need the services of the experts. Call St. Charles Family Dentistry in St. Charles, IL today!

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
October 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Orthodontics   Braces  

Have you been thinking about improving your smile with orthodontics? Dr. Lynn Lipskis, Dr. Edmund Lipskis and Dr. Dana Lipskis, yourbraces St. Charles, IL dentists, explain how you can benefit from orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontics address a variety of problems

It's hard to feel confident about your appearance if your teeth are crooked or have grown in at odd angles. Braces offer a simple way to improve your appearance and boost your self-esteem, but also offer other important benefits, including:

  • No More Crowding Issues: When there's not enough room in your mouth, teeth grow in any way they can. Orthodontic treatment moves out-of-position teeth into the proper alignment, relieving crowding and enhancing your smile. Sometimes the problem isn't a lack of space, but too much space. Orthodontics are equally effective at reducing gaps and spaces between teeth.
  • Bite Issue Correction: Bite problems occur when your upper and lower teeth don't align correctly. Overbites, underbites, crossbites and open bites can cause aesthetic and oral health issues. When your bite is off, you're more likely to suffer from gum disease, receding gums, wear and tear on teeth, headaches and other issues. Braces correct these issues and often make speaking and chewing easier in the process.
  • Improved Oral Hygiene: Misaligned teeth often overlap, which makes plaque removal difficult or impossible in hard-to-reach areas. Unfortunately, the longer plaque lingers on your teeth, the greater the chance you'll develop a cavity. When your teeth are straight, flossing and brushing becomes much easier.
  • A Solution to Shifting: Your teeth may have been perfectly straight 10 years ago, but you may have noticed some overlapping recently. As you age, your teeth tend to move closer to the center of your face, a phenomenon dentists call mesial drift. Shifting can also occur if you grind your teeth or clench your jaw while you sleep, you have gum disease, or you've lost a tooth. Fortunately, orthodontic treatment can bring your shifting teeth back into alignment.

Are you ready to transform your smile with orthodontics? Call your St. Charles, IL dentists, at (630) 377-3131 to schedule your appointment.

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
February 22, 2016
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Braces  

How to know what braces are right for you

You want straight teeth, but you’re not sure where to go from here. Orthodontic treatments have come a long way thanks to modern dental materials and techniques. Now, you can choose from a variety of different methods to get that straight smile you’ve always braceswanted. Your dentists at St. Charles Family Dentistry in St. Charles, Illinois, want you to know all about the different orthodontic options available, so you can make the right choice.

You can fix many dental issues with braces, to give you better function and a much-improved look to your smile. Your dentists at St. Charles Family Dentistry are highly skilled and with their orthodontic treatments they can correct:

  • A poorly aligned bite, restoring good chewing function when you eat
  • Twisted or rotated teeth, so your teeth come together correctly
  • Widely spaced or gapped teeth, giving you back a full smile
  • Overlapped or crowded teeth, giving you a great looking smile

The dentists at St. Charles Family Dentistry offer a full range of orthodontic treatments and can help you decide the right treatment depending on your budget and aesthetic needs. You can choose from:

  • Conventional metal braces- which use metal wires and brackets
  • Modern braces- which use plastic brackets and tooth-colored wires
  • Lingual braces- which use brackets attached to the back of your teeth

Typically, you will need to wear braces for two years, longer if you are an adult. Your dentists at St. Charles Family Dentistry will show you all the tricks and tools to take care of your teeth and keep them healthy before, during and after braces.

No matter which material you choose for your braces, you can be sure you are receiving the best dental treatment available. Your dentists at St. Charles Family Dentistry in St. Charles, Illinois can help you discover which braces are right for you. For straighter teeth and a more beautiful smile, call today and get started on your new smile!

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
April 20, 2015
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Braces  

Discover the different kinds of braces so you can decide which one is right for you.

Are you looking to get a straighter, brighter smile? If so, your St. Charles orthodontist has a variety of different options to choose Braces from. Find out which braces will fit your smile and lifestyle best:

Traditional Braces

Just about everyone remembers the regular bracket and wire braces from your childhood; however, dental technology has come a long way and now these braces are sleeker, less bulky and more discreet than they once were. These braces are often the best option for those with more difficult dental cases and they also tend to be less expensive than other orthodontic options.

Porcelain Braces

If you or your child is looking for a subtler way to straighten smiles without a mouth full of metal, you can opt for porcelain braces. These braces look similar to the traditional braces in that you will still be wearing brackets and wire; however, the porcelain offers a tooth-colored appearance, so others won’t notice you are wearing braces right away.

Lingual Braces

For those looking for ways to completely hide their braces, lingual braces are a great option. While these braces look just like traditional metal braces, they are adhered to the back of the teeth rather than the front. Therefore, no one will be able to see that you are even wearing braces. However, keep in mind that lingual braces can be harder to clean because they are on the back of your teeth, so it’s very important to consult with our St. Charles orthodontist before deciding on which braces are right for you.

Clear Braces

Another revolutionary way to straighten your smile without others taking notice are invisible braces like Invisalign. These clear, plastic aligners are custom-designed to fit your smile and go over the upper and lower set of teeth to slowly shift them into the proper position.

Besides being clear, these braces are ideal because they are also removable. While you should still wear your braces as often as possible (we recommend about 22 hours a day) you can still remove them before eating, drinking, brushing and flossing; therefore, your diet won’t have to change to accommodate your new treatment.

Are you ready to get a straighter smile? Then get one step closer by scheduling your initial orthodontic consultation with your St. Charles orthodontist, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, DDS.