Orthodontic treatment--wearing braces--helps correct the alignment of smiles that are crowded, gapped, and uneven. Besides the obvious aesthetic problems, poorly aligned teeth lead to dental problems and overall health issues. At Lake View Dental Associates in Chicago, IL, Dr. Scott Emalfarb delivers both conventional braces and Invisalign clear aligners to patients of all ages who desire healthier, more attractive, and better functioning smiles.
The benefits of orthodontics
Good oral health, better self-image, and an attractive smile--that's what orthodontics from Lake View Dental Associates delivers. Whether you're a young person of the traditional age to receive braces (11 to 14, says American Academy of Orthodontists) or are an older teen or even a middle-aged adult, braces could help you achieve important smile goals and improve your overall well-being.
Unfortunately, smiles that are crooked, are missing teeth or have teeth that are rotated or misshapen due to congenital factors, often cause people facial, back, ear, jaw, and even shoulder pain. Additionally, some patients develop speech or nutritional problems, and teeth that are overcrowded are harder to keep clean, putting people at greater risk for dental decay and periodontal problems.
Patients come to Lake View Dental Associates with a variety of smile issues which may need orthodontic services. Some common ones are:
- Malocclusions such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite
- A midline which has shifted (the middle of the top arch is askew from the middle of the bottom arch)
- Protruding front teeth
- Orthodontic relapse (teeth shift when braces are removed)
- Tooth tipping and rotation
- Overcrowding (too many teeth or teeth are too large for the jaw)
Types of braces
There are many, and Dr. Emalfarb can determine what type is best for your particular issue. We're all familiar with traditional metal braces--brackets, archwires, and rubber bands which exert gradual physical forces on teeth to move them into favorable and functional positions. Alternatively, these braces may be made of ceramic or may be mounted on the tongue-side of the teeth for a less obvious appearance.
Dr. Emalfarb also offers Invisalign clear aligners, a practically invisible series of customized appliances. These innovative aligners are BPA-free and removable for hygiene and meals, and they move teeth into position more quickly and comfortably than traditional braces can.
Qualifying for braces
As your orthodontic expert at Lake View Dental Associates in Chicago, Dr. Emalfarb will perform a complete oral examination to determine if braces are right for you. He'll take digital X-rays, photos and comfortable oral impressions using the 3M True Definition Scanner. Your treatment plan will be planned step-by-step and individualized to meet your specific needs.
Enjoy the many advantages of a healthy, well-aligned smile. Explore orthodontics through a consultation at Lake View Dental Associates in Chicago, IL. To book your appointment, call (773) 472-6322.