Today Please call 847-823-5010 to make an appointment
for your complimentary orthodontic exam and consultation
with Dr. Westfallen.
Treatment Options At
your consultation, Dr. Westfallen will help you decide
which treatment option and type of appliance is best
suited for you or your child.
Orthodontic Records Prior
to beginning treatment specific information is gathered
to tailor a treatment plan for the patient. Orthodontic
records include x-rays, photographs, and impressions
or "molds" made of the teeth. These "molds"
are used to develop models for closer examination
of the teeth and how the upper and lower teeth relate
to each other. X-rays are used to measure your teeth
and jaws. Photographs help diagnose your problem.
called brackets, are bonded onto the teeth. Brackets
provide the most precise tooth movement and can correct
a wide range of bite problems. Because of this advantage,
they are the type of braces most often recommended
by orthodontists. Brackets can be metal or a clear
tooth colored material. Dr. Westfallen will assist
you in deciding which type of brackets is best for
are the type of appliance is most often used to align
just a few slightly tipped or crooked teeth. They
can be taken out the mouth for eating and brushing.
Some removable appliances have wires that can be used
to apply pressure to reposition teeth. Another option
for some adults is a completely clear plastic removable
appliance known as an aligner. You may be familiar
with aligners under the brand name INVISALIGN®.
Tooth movement is done with a series of aligners each
designed to create a sequence of tooth movements.
Removable appliances are to be worn 22 out of every
24 hours in order to be effective.
Spacers A week or two
before you get braces, spacers or separators will
be placed between the back teeth. These are small
elastics that gently create a slight space so that
small rings, called bands, can be placed around the
teeth. You will not receive spacers if you are going
to have removable appliances.
Impressions are taken
if your treatment will require additional orthodontic
appliances along with your braces. Impressions are
also needed to create removable appliances or clear
Adjustments Teeth can
be moved in many directions depending on how pressure
is applied by your fixed or removable orthodontic
appliances. Once your braces or aligners are placed,
your adjustment appointments are scheduled every 4-6
weeks. Dr. Westfallen will adjust your appliances
and strategically apply pressure to guide the movement
of your teeth.
Retaining Your Smile
Once your teeth are aligned, Dr. Westfallen will fabricate
an appliance called a retainer. The retainer holds
your teeth in their new position. To best maintain
your smile, follow our instructions on how often to
wear your retainer.