New Family Dental

General Dentists located in Arlington Heights, IL

Proper teeth and jaw alignment isn’t just important for a beautiful smile; they’re also essential for proper chewing, speaking, and swallowing. Whether you have mild to severe misalignment issues, you can receive the expert orthodontic care you need at New Family Dental in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Book your orthodontics evaluation online or call the office directly to schedule an appointment.

Orthodontics Q & A

Why do I need orthodontics?         

Orthodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that involves using modern appliances to reposition your teeth and jaws. 

While achieving a perfect smile is often the top-requested reason for getting started on braces and orthodontic treatments, your dentist may also recommend orthodontics if you have:

  • Large spaces or gaps in your teeth, or overcrowding
  • Overbite, where your upper teeth are too far forward or sticking out
  • Underbite, meaning your lower arch is too far forward, or your upper teeth are far back
  • Crossbite, where your upper teeth don’t properly come down in front of your lower teeth

Straightening your teeth makes it easier to keep them clean, so your risk of cavities and gum disease decreases. Orthodontic treatments can even lessen stress on your jaw muscles and pressure on your teeth, which can help prevent temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ or TMD), as well as tooth fractures.

New Family Dental entirely personalizes your orthodontic treatment to you and can include many different types of fixed and removable appliances that may change throughout the plan. 

Which type of orthodontic treatment do I need?

At New Family Dental, you have access to the latest and most modern orthodontic treatments, so you and your dentist can work together to find something that meets your needs and fits your budget. Your orthodontic treatment plan can include:

  • Invisalign® clear aligners
  • Traditional wire and bracket braces 
  • Palatal expander to widen your upper arch
  • Jaw repositioning appliances, known as splints
  • Headgear device to keep back teeth in place while shifting front teeth

Because the orthodontic team at New Family Dental are experts in pediatric dental care, they can even provide specialized fixed appliances or removable retainers to prevent thumb sucking.

How long do orthodontic treatments take?

It depends on the severity of your misalignment issues and how quickly your teeth shift. Most orthodontic treatment plans from New Family Dental take anywhere from 12-24 months. Your orthodontic treatment plan could be shorter or longer, based on your individual needs. 

Once your treatment is complete, you may get fitted for a retainer that you need to wear on a daily basis, often for several hours per day for at least several months. Retainers help keep your teeth in place as bone and tissues build-up, so you can enjoy your straighter smile for years to come. 

To learn more about orthodontics and how it can improve your smile, book an exam at New Family Dental today. Schedule either online or over the phone.