If your child needs orthodontic treatment, you may be wondering what options are available. Dr. Michael Stosich, a Grayslake orthodontist, explains common treatment options.
Grayslake, IL – Does your child exhibit signs of an overbite, underbite, or other orthodontic
malocclusion? If so, you’re probably assuming you have years of braces ahead. But braces might not always be needed. Dr. Michael Stosich, a Grayslake orthodontist, explains some common orthodontic treatments.
“The field of orthodontics has become pretty advanced, and we’re seeing new technology
introduced regularly,” says Dr. Stosich. “While metal braces are still the most common
orthodontic appliance, there are a host of other braces options available today, as well as other treatment options that may be recommended for your child.”
The first step to determining what treatment options are available for your child is to schedule a consultation with a certified orthodontist. At this appointment, the orthodontist will determine what the issue is, and how best to treat it. It may involve more than one orthodontic appliance over time.
Orthodontic appliances, whether fixed or removable, work to move the teeth, retrain muscles and guide the growth of the jaw. They place a constant, gentle pressure on the teeth. The severity of your child’s malocclusion will determine the appliance the orthodontist recommends.
First, let’s talk about fixed appliances. The most common fixed appliance is braces. Braces consist of bands, wires and brackets that work in conjunction to guide the teeth to their ideal locations. Standard metal braces work through brackets that are bonded to the teeth and metal wires. During treatment, the wires are tightened and adjusted, allowing the right amount of pressure to be exerted to guide the teeth.
Today’s metal braces are sleeker and more efficient than ever, and Dr. Stosich’s patients often enjoy a more comfortable and shorter treatment time thanks to the effectiveness of iDentity metal braces.
But there are also more options in braces than ever before. Clear and ceramic braces work in the same way metal braces do, but aren’t quite as effective because the material isn’t as strong. Self-ligating braces work through a clip and wire system that eliminates the need for both tightening and elastics.
Another braces options include lingual braces, which are metal braces that fit along the tongue side of teeth, allowing for a more discrete way to straighten the teeth.
Special fixed appliances may be recommended for patients who exhibit bad oral habits, such as
thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. These appliances are attached to the teeth and make it uncomfortable for the child to continue the habit.
Fixed space maintainers are used if your child loses a baby tooth too early. The space maintainer will ensure the space stays open until the permanent tooth erupts, preventing other teeth from drifting into the open spot and causing more orthodontic issues. These spacers have a band that is attached to the tooth next to the empty space, with a wire that extends to the tooth on the other side.
Removable appliances include any orthodontic appliances that can be removed from the mouth by the patient.
Invisalign is a tooth straightening option that some patients prefer to other braces. Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that fit over the teeth and exert a gentle pressure to move the teeth. They are removable, allowing patients to eat and drink as they normally would, and are virtually invisible, so others won’t even realize the patient is in orthodontic treatment. The aligners are removable, but to be effective they must be worn at least 22 hours a day, requiring a high level of patient compliance.
Removable space maintainers serve the same purpose as a fixed space maintainer, but are made
of an acrylic base that fits over the jaw. A plastic or wire branch will extend between the teeth to preserve the open space.
Palatal expanders are used to widen the upper arch in an orthodontic patient. A plastic plate fits over the roof of the mouth, and pressure is exerted by screws to force the palatal area to widen.
Headgear is used to slow the growth of the upper jaw, to hold the back teeth in position, and
move the front teeth back. A strap goes around the patient’s head and is attached to a metal wire in the front. Because braces have become much more effective than in years past, headgear is not as common as it once was.
Removable retainers are most often used at the end of orthodontic treatment to ensure the teeth do not drift back to their previous locations. Removable retainers can also be modified to help prevent thumb sucking in children.
“Every orthodontic case is different, and will require a different approach to properly treat it,” says Dr. Stosich, who treats patients in Kenilworth and Grayslake. “While two patients may exhibit the same type of malocclusion, each treatment plan should be individualized for the specific patient. A certified and trained orthodontist will have the experience and knowledge to know the exact treatment options that will provide the best outcome, and the right time to begin those treatments.”
About Dr. Michael Stosich:
Dr. Michael Stosich is a renowned orthodontist with extensive expertise and training. He
provides patients in Grayslake, Kenilworth and the surrounding areas with care that is often
unmatched. Dr. Stosich’s education and training are nearly twice that of the average orthodontist, showing his high level of commitment to ensuring the best for his patients. He serves as the Director of Orthodontics for the University of Chicago craniofacial, sleep apnea and cleft palate team, and has published and lectured throughout the country and abroad. Dr. Stosich’s office staff provide a warm, welcoming environment for patients who seek out his commitment to the latest scientific approach to straightening teeth.
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