Dentist Blog

Posts for tag: clear braces

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
October 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Invisalign Clear BracesWondering which kind of braces would be right for you and your smile needs?

Chances are good that you’ve heard about clear orthodontic systems that are able to straighten your teeth differently from traditional braces. Instead of bonding brackets and wires to the front of your teeth to shift them around, this clear system uses a series of custom-molded, transparent aligners that fit over your upper and lower teeth. So, is it time to talk to our Bolingbrook, IL, dentists Dr. Kathryn Bachinski and Dr. Christine Petrilla about getting clear braces?

If you are ready to take the next step towards a straighter smile, you should definitely schedule a consultation with us. This is the only way for us to determine whether you are right for clear braces. Here are some of the factors that we look at to help us determine your candidacy.

Your age

Clear braces are perfect for adults and older teens who want to discreetly fix a misaligned smile. As you might be able to tell, clear braces provide teens and adults with the ability to get the straighter smile they have always wanted without coworkers and classmates noticing. Unfortunately, children and young teens are not candidates for clear braces.

Your dental issues

The oral problems you are facing will also help us determine whether clear braces are the right approach. While this system can certainly handle a variety of problems it won’t be able to handle more complex or complicated tooth movements or jaw repositioning. This is where traditional braces are still the best choice. You may be right for clear braces if you want to correct,

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowding
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite

We will examine your smile during the consultation to determine whether the issues you want to correct can be addressed successfully with clear braces. If not, we have many other options from which you can choose.

Your dedication (and discipline)

Unlike traditional braces, which are bonded to your teeth, clear braces can be removed. This offers the wearer a lot of freedom during their orthodontic treatment; however, it also means that you will need to be disciplined and still keep those aligners in for about 20-22 hours every day. If you think you will be tempted to keep your aligners off for long periods of time then clear braces may not be right for you.

Call our Bolingbrook office today!

If you want to get a straighter smile the more discreet way, call Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL, today at (630) 759-0077 to learn more about this system and schedule an evaluation. We want to give you something to smile about!

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
March 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   clear braces  

Would you like straighter teeth but don't want to wear metal braces? Luckily, there's another option. Drs. Charles Crowl and Kathryn clear bracesBachinski of Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL, explain how clear braces can help you.

What are clear braces?

Clear braces change the position of your teeth using a series of removable aligner trays, instead of wires and brackets. Because the trays are clear, most people probably won't even notice them. Changing the trays every two weeks gradually and gently realigns your teeth. Thanks to special software, your dentist can view a 3-D image of your mouth and see how the aligners will move your teeth before you begin your treatment.

Can clear braces help me?

Clear braces are an excellent choice if you have mild to moderate orthodontic issues, including crossbite, open bite, underbite or overbite. They also close gaps in your smile and relieve crowding. Although most people can benefit from clear braces, traditional braces might be a better choice if your orthodontic issues are severe. Adults may only need to wear clear braces for about a year. Teenagers generally need to wear the braces for as long as they would wear metal or ceramic braces.

What benefits do clear braces offer?

When you wear clear braces, you won't have to worry about:

  • Food Restrictions: People who wear traditional braces must avoid hard or sticky foods because these foods can get stuck in wires or damage them. Because you'll remove your clear braces when you eat, you can eat anything you want.
  • Cleaning Difficulties: Cleaning around wires and brackets can be time-consuming. When you wear clear braces, you'll take your aligner trays out, brush and floss, as usual, rinse the trays and put the braces back in your mouth.
  • Special Events: Even though clear braces are practically invisible, there still may be times when you would rather not wear braces. If you're attending a prom, wedding or another special event in Bolingbrook, you can take your trays out for a few hours. You can also remove the aligner trays while you play sports.

Ready to improve your smile with clear braces? Call Drs. Crowl and Bachinski of Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL, at (630) 759-0077 to schedule your appointment.

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
February 03, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   braces   clear braces  

What’s So Special about Clear Braces? The advantages of clear braces

A friend of yours is getting her teeth straightened. But the thing is, you don’t see any metal brackets or wires, and she looks so clear bracescomfortable and happy. That’s because she is being treated using new, modern clear braces, like the treatment you can receive at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL, your experts in clear braces.

What's the Difference?

Clear braces have many advantages over conventional metal braces. Besides the obvious fact that they are much more cosmetically pleasing, clear braces are:

  • Far easier to clean than metal braces because you can take them out to clean them
  • Much more comfortable because there are no poking metal wires or brackets
  • More convenient because you can take them out when you eat
  • Virtually invisible to you and people around you
What Can They Do?

The skilled Bolingbrook dentists at Hidden Lakes Dental Care are here to answer any questions you have about what clear braces can do for you. Clear braces are used to correct teeth that are:

  • Widely spaced apart
  • Crowded and overlapped
  • Badly aligned and affecting your bite
What's the Treatment Like?

Hidden Lakes Dental Care professionals will create an individual treatment plan unique to your needs. Using 3-D imaging, they will create a set of comfortable clear plastic aligners which you will wear for the next two weeks. Then you switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks until your teeth are straight. You come in and visit every six weeks to monitor your progress. The whole process takes about nine to 15 months, and that's it!

You can now choose an option other than uncomfortable metal braces to straighten your teeth--and you won’t be sorry. Clear braces are comfortable, invisible and the perfect choice for a busy lifestyle. So, if you want to find out more about the advantages of clear braces and what they can do for you, give the friendly dentists at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Bolingbrook, IL a call. Get started on a new smile with clear braces and call today!

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, P
February 03, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: clear braces  

YOUR CHILD’S BABY TEETH are just as important as their permanent teeth. Kids may not keep their first teeth forever, but they require just as much diligent care as future permanent teeth.

In fact, maintaining your child’s dental health when they are young will provide health benefits well into adulthood as well as set them on the right track of good oral health habits!

Some Children Don’t Get The Preventive Dental Care They Need

Early childhood caries—more commonly known as a dental cavity—is the number one chronic disease affecting young children. In light of this statistic, you may be surprised to learn that one quarter of children between ages three and 18 don’t visit the dentist at all!

Although common, dental diseases like tooth decay and gum disease are quite preventable, especially when healthy habits are taught during early childhood.

Start Oral Health Regimens Early

Even before your child’s teeth have erupted, an infant’s gums should be wiped down with a wet cloth or gauze after eating to protect from bacteria.

The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist by their first birthday or as soon as their first tooth appears. At this visit, your dentist can teach you more about proper pediatric oral hygiene and check for cavities. As soon as your child turns two, establish a daily brushing routine.

As your child gets older, there are two specific treatments we recommend to prevent tooth decay. These treatments are:

  • Topical Fluoride: By applying fluoride directly to your child’s teeth in higher concentrations than found in toothpaste or water, they will be more protected and resistant to decay.
  • Dental Sealants: These are thin, plastic coatings painted onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth to prevent tooth decay. Even thorough brushing and flossing can’t always get into the depressions and grooves of the molars. Sealants form a protective shield over these vulnerable areas, keeping out plaque and food. Generally, children should get sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as they come in.

We Care About Your Children’s Oral Health

Baby teeth set the stage for the permanent teeth to develop and come in correctly. By taking care of them and teaching their children correct habits, parents ensure lifelong dental health for their children. At our practice, we are committed to promoting preventive dental care to ensure lasting health and happiness for you and your children!

Thank you for continuing to be a part of our practice family!

Image Credit: Image by Flickr user Frédéric de Villamil used under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

Video Link:

Disclaimer:  The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

By Hidden Lakes Dental Care, PC
December 01, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: clear braces  

One of the most acclaimed advancements in dental technology is clear braces; these thin, plastic trays work the same way traditional clear bracesmetal braces do, only with several advantages. Learn more about why Dr. Charles Crowl and Dr. Kathryn Bachinski, dentists at Hidden Lakes Dental Care in Boilingbrook, Illinois, often recommend clear aligner braces to their patients who want straighter teeth.

They're more comfortable than metal braces.

Where traditional wires and brackets have sharp edges that can be uncomfortable - even downright painful - clear aligner braces are made of smooth, flexible plastic. There's also no need for your Boilingbrook dentist to "tighten" them every month the way traditional braces require; wearing them approximately 20 to 22 hours each day spaces out the pressure evenly and only requires a new aligner for adjustment every few weeks.

They're barely noticeable compared to traditional braces.

With clear braces, the nicknames "brace-face" and "metal-mouth" are a distant memory. Your custom clear aligners fit snugly against your teeth, many people won't even notice you're wearing braces. And considering how lightweight they are, you might forget as well!

They're just as effective as metal braces.

For people with mild to moderate gaps, overlaps, and crowding, clear aligners produce the same results as traditional metal wires, without all the hassles mentioned above. The gentle pressure that the aligners apply to the teeth moves them into position much like metal braces do.

They don't limit your diet.

People who have worn traditional braces remember having to avoid eating apples, corn on the cob, and anything sticky or chewy for fear of dislodging their framework. However, with clear aligner braces, you can enjoy all your favorite foods simply by removing them while eating or drinking, and then replacing them after brushing.

An evaluation with your Boilingbrook dentist will help determine if clear aligner braces will work for you. Younger patients and those who have severe crowding may benefit from other methods. If you'd like to learn more about these amazing aligners, contact Hidden Lakes Dental Care today!