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Orthodontics and Braces for Adults – Chicago, IL and the suburbs

Braces and orthodontic treatments are not just for kids!  Many adults and even seniors are enjoying the benefits of having the healthiest and best looking smile of their life through orthodontic treatment.

In most cases, adult orthodontic treatment is not simply about the cosmetic benefits or aesthetics of having straight teeth.  Straight teeth also mean a properly aligned jaw, and a healthier smile and body all-around.  Teeth that are aligned are easier to clean and prevent cavities and other dental issues.  Aligning the jaw can reduce and even eliminate bruxism and symptoms of TMJ disorder, which includes painful and/or loud clicking in the jaw.

Best of all, your teeth are straight and you can be proud and confident showing off your smile.  The confidence that comes from a healthy, straight smile can help you make your best impression in your career and personal relationships.

There are a variety of orthodontic treatment options and braces for adults, including traditional and clear braces as well as more discreet options such as Invisalign® clear aligners.

Orthodontic treatments for adults are equally as effective as for children.  The only difference typically is the length of treatment time, which may be a bit longer for adults.

Typical treatment time for adults is anywhere between 6 and 12 months for limited treatment, and 18-30 months for comprehensive treatment, with most cases completing in under 2 years. 1st Family Dental also offers AcceleDent Aura, which can accelerate bone remodeling and movement of teeth during orthodontic treatment, reducing treatment times by up to 50%.   Length of treatment also depends on patient compliance with regular home oral hygiene routines, wearing of any appliances, and regular check up and adjustment visits.

Orthodontic consultations are always 100% free at 1st Family Dental and do not require a commitment to start treatment. During your consultation, a member of our staff will carefully review your customized treatment plan. Our treatment estimates are comprehensive, and include all elements of treatment from start to finish.

Whether or not you have dental insurance, we offer financing options and convenient payment schedules to help ensure your investment your future is also a manageable part of your monthly budget.

Signs and Symptoms that Adult Orthodontics Might be Needed: How do I know if I might need orthodontic treatment or braces?

We always recommend a complimentary consultation with an orthodontist if you notice the following issues:

  • Protrusion of teeth
  • Difficulty chewing or biting, biting the insides of the lips or mouth
  • Crowding or extra spacing between teeth, difficulty flossing or brushing due to crowding
  • If you are hiding your smile because of crooked, misaligned or protruding teeth, or feel that these issues have caused you to potentially miss out on social or career opportunities

We are proud to offer all levels of orthodontic services, including traditional and clear braces as well as Invisalign® at every 1st Family Dental  Center location.  Our licensed and experienced orthodontic specialists are accepting new patients.

Orthodontic consultations at 1st Family Dental are always complimentary and require no commitment other than your desire to envision your smile’s full potential.  Consultations typically do not require a large time commitment.

In your consultation, your orthodontist will:

  • Check the number of your teeth to determine if there are missing or extra teeth
  • Check your bite for any problems: anterior crossbite, posterior crossbite, overjet, overbite, underbite, open bite
  • Check for alignment problems, spacing, crowding, impacted teeth
  • Check for gingival and periodontal disease to make sure your gums are ready for orthodontic treatment
  • Make time for any questions you may have, including an in-depth discussion about their observations and any treatment recommendations.

Braces for adults are the most common type of orthodontic treatment. Braces are a series of brackets that are carefully measured and fixed to the teeth, and connected with wires designed to align and move the teeth.  1st Family Dental offers traditional metal braces, as well as ceramic or tooth-colored brackets and wires that are designed to be more discreet.

Invisalign®, or a series of custom aligner trays, is another treatment option that may be available for some patients.  Your orthodontist will be happy to review all treatment options during the consultation process.

Do I really need braces or orthodontic treatment?

As adults, we may have grown accustomed to how our smile looks, or to adjustments we make to accommodate a misaligned bite such as avoiding certain foods, or even hiding our smiles.  While orthodontic treatment typically does have a distinct and cosmetic or aesthetically pleasing result, treatment is also often necessary to correct jaw alignment, crowding, gaps, or other issues that can have lifelong positive impacts on your health and wellbeing, as well as your career and social relationships.

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Andrzej B.

I have just completed a 16 months orthodontic procedure. Very happy how much of a difference it is! I can smile with confidence! A truly high professional dental and orthodontic services by First Family Dental! Thanks to Dr. Abboud, Dr. Williams and all the staff at First Family Dental and Midwest Orthodontics that showed a genuine patient care…

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My appointment today was outstanding, from being greeted by name by the receptionist upon my arrival, through the cleaning process by Debbie and the dental exam. The equipment is all top shelf and the treatment rooms are very clean and comfortable. I would highly recommend 1st Family Dental in the Burr Ridge Village Center to anyone looking for an exceptional dental experience.

Tony T.

I prepared myself for a life without teeth, and did not think there was anything that could be done to help me. I expected to learn to live out the rest of my years hiding my smile, and living with my digestive problems – until I found 1st Family Dental.

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Before I knew it, the assistant came out to tell me they were done and she did well. I was so relieved and happy. My daughter was happy and calm. I asked her about her visit. She now has no fears, and can’t wait for her next cleaning in 6 months.

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