Orthodontic Treatments for Adults and Children in Lockport, IL

Teeth Straightening Options for the Whole Family

Working to correct crooked teeth is about much more than just having a nice smile. When teeth are in the wrong place, misshapen, or pushing other teeth out of the way, problems can arise. Patrick Healy, DDS and our team at our Lockport dental office work to provide patients with a variety of options to correct crooked teeth and more.

Orthodontic treatment involves moving teeth into alignment in such a way that teeth are not only more beautiful, but functional. We know that improving the way your teeth look will provide you with a great deal of confidence. If you are struggling to love your smile because your teeth are not straight, we can help.

We’ve put together a short guide to help you understand your options when it comes to orthodontics so you can make an informed decision about your oral health. Got questions? We’ve got answers. Read on to learn more about how we can help.

What is Orthodontic Treatment?

When you decide to undergo orthodontic treatment, there may be several ways to help correct the issues with your teeth. The most commmon form of orthodontic treatment is done with braces. Although you will see metal braces on your teeth, the real magic happens in the pushing and pulling of the teeth through the pressure placed on the teeth.

Having braces is not a painful treatment option, although from time to time, patients do report that they have discomfort in their teeth from the process of moving them. It takes time to correct alignment issues with your teeth so when you opt for orthodontic treatment, be aware that it may take many months and even many years to get the results you want.

For some patients, orthodontic treatment is not about aesthetics, it’s about improving their oral health. If teeth are in the wrong place, causing overbite or underbite issues, pushing on other teeth, preventing proper closure of the mouth, and more, orthodontic treatments may be recommended as a way to reduce those issues.

The positive outcome of those results has less to do with the way teeth look and everything to do with the way teeth function; although, it’s a nice side effect of treatment to have a beautiful set of teeth when treatment is finished.

How Do I Know if Orthodontic Treatment is Right For Me?

It’s important to determine which orthodontic treatments, if any, are appropriate for your issues. Some patients may have to undergo other treatments or procedures in order to be ready for certain orthodontic treatments. The type of treatment will depend on the issues you are trying to address.

For example, some patients may only have minor adjustment issues to make, in which case Invisalign or clear braces may be an option. In many cases, patients opt to have clear braces, instead of the traditional metal braces, but this can greatly increase the cost of treatment. However, people concerned about the appearance of their smile often think it is worth it.
For more extreme situations, traditional metal braces may be required in order to ensure more control and adjustments if needed. The team at our Lockport, IL dental office will help you understand your options and make a choice that is right for you.

Many teenagers are opting for clear braces, as well as many professional adults who don’t want to have to wear metal braces for a long period of time. We’re proud to serve patients of all ages and want to offer the teeth-straightening solution that is right for you and your lifestyle.

How do Braces and Other Orthodontic Treatments Work?

The science behind braces and other orthodontic treatment options is fascinating and simple. The process involves applying continuous pressure to teeth in a way that forces them to move into their desired locations. Teeth can be rotated in any direction, moved forward or backward in the gums, and even brought further out of the gums to lengthen the teeth.

This means that dentists have many options to correct crooked smiles and improve patients’ oral health in a lasting way. Orthodontic treatments are often accompanied by other treatments either before or after the braces come off patient’s teeth. For example, some patients may need to undergo extractions to remove teeth to make room for others.
When treatment is finished, some patients may opt for teeth whitening services to brighten their newly straightened smile. The process of straightening teeth is painless and whether you choose to have clear braces or metal braces, you can expect great results. We’ll work with you every step of the way to ensure a comfortable and successful orthodontic treatment plan.

How Much does Orthodontic Treatment Cost?

Orthodontic treatments are among some of the most expensive dental treatments; luckily, many of these treatments are covered, at least in part, by many insurance benefits plans. Please note, it is the responsibility of the patient to ensure their insurance coverage provides options for orthodontic care. We cannot guarantee that every insurance policy will provide coverage.

It’s important for patients to have alternative payment options for braces and other orthodontic treatments. Our Lockport dental office will work with you to ensure you can get the treatments you need to have a healthy and beautiful smile. If you have questions about your coverage, call your insurance provider.

The cost of braces will depend on the treatment type, how long the treatment takes, other procedures that need to be performed before and after treatment, and your coverage for such treatments. Call our office for starting prices for clear and metal braces.

Patrick Healy Dental is Ready to Improve Your Smile

Ready to learn more about how orthodontic treatments can help you have a beautiful, healthy smile? Our friendly and professional staff are on hand to answer any questions or concerns you might have. If you would like to set up an appointment or just discuss your options, reach out to our Lockport, IL dental office at 815-836-0001 to learn more or set up a consultation with our Lockport dentist.

The before and after images below show just a few of our successful transformations.