How Braces Can Change Your Life

Well over half the population of the US does not have straight teeth; if you are one of them an orthodontist in Downers Grove can help you. A skilled orthodontist can provide solutions for crooked or poorly spaced teeth or a poor bite, solutions designed to improve your smile and help your teeth function as they should.

The benefits of braces:

Correcting a bad bite, straightening teeth or closing gaps between teeth does far more than improve your looks; these corrections also improve your self confidence. Orthodontics also helps to improve your overall oral health. Teeth that are not positioned correctly make it difficult for you to maintain you’re properly; this of course leads to rapid decay and gum disorders. A bite problem, malocclusion, can make eating and speaking difficult. Poorly aligned teeth are one of the causes of pain in the jaw, headaches and rapid wear on the enamel.

How do braces work?

Braces are a dental appliance that; once properly installed by an orthodontist in Downers Grove, reposition your teeth over time. The braces exert a specific pressure in a specific direction, slowly moving them into the desired position.

There are different types of braces:

Conventional braces are by far the most common, the least expensive option is metal but braces can also be made from plastic or ceramics. The brackets are fixed to the surface of the teeth, tensioning wires and rubber bands are used to slowly move the teeth in the desired position using gentle force.

An attractive alternative to conventional braces are clear aligners. The orthodontist will provide you with a series of clear plastic “trays” that fit over your teeth, the tray is changed every couple of weeks and over a period of time the teeth are aligned properly. There are certain benefits to aligners, they are clear and unobtrusive and they can be removed, making brushing and flossing much easier.

If your teeth are misaligned or you have an over or under bite then an orthodontist in Downers Grove can eliminate the problem for good by fitting braces. You are invited to make an early appointment with Oakbrook Orthodontics. Visit them online at

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