Traditional Braces for Lake View & Lincoln Park
Whenever the word ‘braces’ comes up, most people will instantly imagine the traditional, metal version that’s commonplace among children and teenagers in need of orthodontic treatment. While this service may not be the most aesthetically pleasing in the world, it can’t be denied that traditional braces are incredibly effective in creating beautiful, lasting improvements for patients’ smiles that stand the test of time. Dr. Corey Jones and his dedicated team look forward to giving you or your child a smooth, enjoyable treatment experience from beginning to end here in Chicago, IL. Contact us today to schedule a first consultation!
Why Do I Need Braces?
In today’s world, an attractive smile can make a big difference in your everyday life, helping you enjoy a greater level of self-confidence and create better first impressions, whether at a child’s first day at school or an adult’s job interview. It’s also important to remember that overcrowded or misaligned teeth can be much more difficult to maintain with daily brushing and flossing, and patients may experience higher risks of tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ pain, or other oral health problems as a result. By committing to braces, patients can improve their wellbeing and their overall quality of life in amazing ways. Better yet, children and adults alike can get started today!
How Do Traditional Braces Work?
Your new braces will consist of a few separate, equally important components. First, there are metal brackets that are bonded directly to the front of the teeth. The orthodontic wires are then attached in place over the brackets with the help of elastic bands. These wires are what actually move the teeth, exerting constant pressure while the brackets serve as “anchor sites” along the smile. As treatment progresses, patients will come to see Dr. Jones on a routine basis so that he can switch out the wire and replace it with a new one to ensure that the desired results are achieved.
What Can I Expect After Getting Traditional Braces?
It’s very likely that patients will experience some soreness and aching sensations in the days immediately following the placement of their new braces. We strongly recommend that you eat only soft foods until you’re capable of chewing without discomfort, such as soups, smoothies, macaroni and cheese, baked potatoes, and ice cream. Also, your vulnerable inner oral tissues will need time to toughen up to the presence of the practices, and you may experience some sores within the mouth initially.
When you have braces, it’s even more important to brush and floss diligently so that your teeth will be healthy and attractive once they’re removed. We also recommend the use of a mouthguard if the patient regularly grinds their teeth or participates in sporting events where physical contact is likely.
Are Traditional Braces Right For Me?
Today, braces are smaller and sleeker than their older counterparts, as well as more comfortable to boot. While they are still noticeable within the mouth, they remain very popular among adults and parents in need because the average cost tends to be more affordable than more modern options. Better yet, their durable nature will stand up to your child’s daily adventures, and they’ll be sure to love choosing their favorite colors of elastic bands to wear! A whole rainbow of options is available here in our Chicago office, including more neutral shades (white, silver, and black) for adults who would like to maintain a professional image.
Clear & Ceramic Braces
These braces are very similar to the traditional model, save for one important difference – the brackets our team uses will be made from either tooth-colored ceramic or clear materials that blend in well with your natural smile. Dr. Jones may also recommend the use of tooth-colored wires to make the treatment even less noticeable to passerby. Many older patients prefer this option so that they continue to maintain a natural, confident appearance in their everyday life throughout the treatment process.
Phase I Pediatric Orthodontics
The earlier we can detect and treat certain orthodontic conditions, the easier it can be to prevent more severe oral health problems later in life. That’s why we ask parents to bring their son or daughter in for an initial consultation when they’re around the age of seven. Phase I pediatric orthodontics can not only correct existing issues, but also provide invaluable guidance for the future development of your child’s unique smile.