Choosing the right orthodontist

Before seeking orthodontic solutions, you are probably wondering what orthodontist in your area is likely to give you the best results. If you are looking for a reliable, talented and experienced family orthodontist in Oak Lawn, look no further than our team at Petty & Bielik Orthodontics!

When is the right time to visit an orthodontist?

Teenagers account for the largest percentage of orthodontic patients in North America and most nations. The jaw, gums and teeth are relatively flexible and elastic during this stage of life. With time, most anatomical features in the mouth become rigid. Nevertheless, adults with mild or moderate malocclusion can still be good candidates for a custom orthodontic solution at our office.

Children under the age of 10 can begin wearing some orthodontic appliances that break bad habits, such as sucking of thumbs or other objects. For example, a palatal crib prevents kids from developing a severe or moderate bad bite. Full-scale orthodontic treatment can only begin when a child has all of the permanent teeth.

What types of braces are available?

Our experienced orthodontists are skilled enough to install various types of braces, like self-ligating braces. Patients who want more aesthetically pleasing orthodontic solutions should consider ceramic self-ligating braces or clear braces, which blend better. Clear aligners like Invisalign® are popular alternatives to braces that have to be bonded to teeth. These orthodontic appliances are composed of a medical-grade plastic that is transparent. A patient simply needs to switch to a new aligner regularly. This mouthpiece can be conveniently removed, washed and stored as needed. However, a clear aligner must be worn for most of the day and night in order to deliver optimum results.

What happens after treatment?

People who have worn braces or clear aligners are still at risk of developing a relapse. It might take a few years for the newly positioned teeth to gradually settle down. A retainer has to be worn to keep the teeth in the desirable positions. This is usually a removable mouthpiece.

If you are interested in braces or some other type of orthodontic correction, make an appointment at Petty & Bielik Orthodontics. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our orthodontists in Oak Lawn! Learn more about orthodontics on our blog.