Orthodontics without braces

orthodonticsOrthodontics is primarily concerned with improving the position of your teeth and correcting any malocclusion or the general misalignment of teeth.

Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth to improve its appearance and how they work. By spreading the biting pressure over all your teeth, the health of your teeth, gums and jaw joints will considerably be better.

Why get orthodontic treatment?

There are many people who have crowded or crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatment will straighten the teeth and move them into a better position. This way the appearance and the way your teeth bite will make them easier to clean.

Some people have upper front teeth that stick out slightly protrude. This may cause some discomfort and some feel uncomfortable when smiling or laughing. These protruding or prominent teeth are possibly damaged, but orthodontic treatment can move them back into correct alignment. Another is when how the way the upper and lower jaws meet can cause teeth to look unsightly and lead to an incorrect bite. These can be treated by an orthodontist.

When your teeth don’t meet correctly, the muscles of the jaw may get strained resulting to jaw and joint problems and sometimes headaches. Orthodontic treatment can help you to bite more evenly and reduce the strain in your jaw.

Orthodontist in Lemont IL

The first and most important thing to do is to have a full examination with your dentist. Your teeth will be checked by taking dental x-rays and making plaster models of your teeth. We will then discuss what the best treatment is for you.

During your orthodontic treatment, always take care to follow your dentist’s home care instructions. Your teeth can be damaged if you don’t look after them properly during treatment. The braces themselves will not cause damage, but poor cleaning and too many sugary foods and drinks can cause permanent damage to your teeth. Brackets, wires and braces can trap food and cause more plaque than usual to build up. So you need to clean your teeth and appliance very thoroughly.

We look forward to hearing from you!

We hope this letter finds you well! We know it's been difficult for everyone during this challenging time, and we just wanted to let you know that we haven't forgotten about you! We've been open but only seeing emergency patients during the last 8 weeks, as was mandated by the Governor of Illinois and the Illinois Department of Public Health.

 

As of May 11, 2020, we have been given the green light to reopen for routine dental care. During the last couple months, as we've been seeing emergencies, we have been making daily adjustments to our protocols to ensure they are meeting and exceeding the guidelines given to us from the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Research is ongoing, and we are prepared to adopt new guidelines as evidence emerges. We are thrilled to be opening our doors again to all of our existing patients, and we look forward to welcoming new patients to the practice as well. To give us time to acquire the necessary supplies and implement changes, we will be fully open as of June 1, 2020 for routine dental care.

 

We have implemented a number of new protocols in addition to our already rigorous infection-control standards:

 

  • All patients will be screened prior to their appointment with a CDC-approved questionnaire.
  • We will be asking you to stay in your car until you are sent a message to come in for your appointment.
  • We will be asking you to wear a mask before you enter the office; this goes for minor children as well.
  • We will ask you to use hand sanitizer once you enter, and will provide you with gloves to put on afterward.
  • We will be limiting the number of people in the waiting room to 1 individual at a time, unless a parent needs to accompany a minor. Once a minor child is brought back for treatment, we will be asking the parent to return to their car to wait until treatment is complete.
  • We will be taking temperatures before you enter the treatment area.
  • We will have you rinse with an antimicrobial mouth rinse after you are seated.
  • We have implemented additional air purification standards to reduce aerosols and contaminants in the whole office.
  • You will see the staff wearing more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) than we were wearing before. This is not just for the protection of the staff, but also to prevent cross-contamination to the patient.

 

We are requesting that you be patient with us during this time. We will all be adapting to a new normal, and that can be frustrating for everyone involved. Appointment times will take approximately 20-30 minutes longer than previously, to allow us the time needed to effectively implement the changes we talked about above. We would not recommend scheduling your appointments on days where you have a very tight schedule to maintain, as there may be unexpected delays.

 

We can't wait to get back to the work of getting you smiling again!

 

Thank you!

Saqib H. Mohajir, DMD

Pinewood Dental

 

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