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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
December 29, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Orthodontics  

This holiday season you’ll be exposed to more food and delicious treats than you can handle. Everything from pumpkin pie to sugarplums is being advertised. But if you’re wearing braces, you have to take certain precautions to protect your braces and preserve good oral health. Keep these tips in mind this holiday season from St. Charles orthodontics Dr. Lynn Lipskis, DDS.

Use a Straw
One way to protect your braces is to make it a point to drink beverages (especially sugary ones like egg nog) with a straw instead of Bracessipping. This will minimize the contact those beverages have with your braces and teeth. Also, whenever possible drink food as a liquid or eat soft foods instead of hard solids. For instance, try apple sauce for dessert instead of having a slice of holiday pie or biting into a hard apple.

Clean and Floss More than Usual
To proactively avoid damage to your braces during the holiday season, be more diligent about cleaning and flossing. Whereas before you may have brushed twice a day and flossed once, at this time of year it’s wise to increase the frequency of your dental maintenance. Keep your brush and flossing tool handy throughout the day so that you can do a quick clean up. Make sure you get plenty of flossing brushes from St. Charles orthodontics Dr. Lynn Lipskis, DDS at your next braces appointment—these brushes make it easier to get in between the metal brackets.

Minimize Acidic Foods
With so many items on the menu at holiday dinners, it can be difficult to stick to a diet that’s good for your braces and teeth. Just remember this: avoid acidic foods like tomatoes, soda and beef as much as possible. Acidic foods wear on your tooth enamel and can weaken the bond between your braces and teeth. Find a chart online that compares acidic versus alkaline foods, print it and hang it on your refrigerator as a reminder.

Check Braces Daily
It’s important that you take the time each morning to check your braces thoroughly. If you see anything that looks concerning, call St. Charles orthodontics Dr. Lipskis to make an appointment as soon as possible before the holidays to have it corrected. You can reach her online at http://www.stcharlesdentist.com or by calling (630) 377-3131 to request a time to come in.

By St. Charles Family Dentistry
April 17, 2014
Category: Damon
Tags: Orthodontics  
We know what you might be thinking—did Matt Damon produce a braces line?  Okay, maybe that’s just our attempt at a bad joke, but on to more important news, our office provides the Damon Orthodontic System.
What is Damon Braces?
  • It’s a revolutionary braces system that standards are comfort and convenience.
  • Smile about these Damon Braces benefits:
  • Damon Braces are self-litigating, which means elastic and/or metal “ties” are not involved in the treatment
  • Shape-memory wires shift teeth fast
  • Fewer adjustments, fewer appointments
  • Damon Braces focus on alignment and facial esthetics, which means there is less of a need for tooth extractions or a palatal expander
  • Helps patients achieve a straighter and natural 10-tooth smile
  • No metal “ties” makes it easier to clean teeth and braces, removing more plaque bacteria
The Damon System truly differs from traditional braces with the use of a slide mechanism to stabilize the wire, allowing for faster and more comfortable teeth alignment.
Your smile is a part of your identity. If you identify with Damon Braces, St. Charles orthodontic treatment can be discussed during a consultation and exam.
Close to 2 million people are sporting Damon Braces. Are you ready to be one of those millions? For orthodontics in St. Charles, call St. Charles Family Dentistry at (630) 377-3131.