Posts for tag: orthodontics
Sometimes it seems that appearances count for everything—especially in Hollywood. But just recently, Lonnie Chaviz, the 10-year-old actor who plays young Randall on the hit TV show This Is Us, delivered a powerful message about accepting differences in body image. And the whole issue was triggered by negative social media comments about his smile.
Lonnie has a noticeable diastema—that is, a gap between his two front teeth; this condition is commonly seen in children, but is less common in adults. There are plenty of celebrities who aren’t bothered by the excess space between their front teeth, such as Michael Strahan, Lauren Hutton and Vanessa Paradis. However, there are also many people who choose to close the gap for cosmetic or functional reasons.
Unfortunately, Lonnie had been on the receiving end of unkind comments about the appearance of his smile. But instead of getting angry, the young actor posted a thoughtful reply via Instagram video, in which he said: “I could get my gap fixed. Braces can fix this, but like, can you fix your heart, though?”
Lonnie is raising an important point: Making fun of how someone looks shows a terrible lack of compassion. Besides, each person’s smile is uniquely their own, and getting it “fixed” is a matter of personal choice. It’s true that in most circumstances, if the gap between the front teeth doesn’t shrink as you age and you decide you want to close it, orthodontic appliances like braces can do the job. Sometimes, a too-big gap can make it more difficult to eat and to pronounce some words. In other situations, it’s simply a question of aesthetics—some like it; others would prefer to live without it.
There’s a flip side to this issue as well. When teeth need to be replaced, many people opt to have their smile restored just the way it was, rather than in some “ideal” manner. That could mean that their dentures are specially fabricated with a space between the front teeth, or the crowns of their dental implants are spaced farther apart than they normally would be. For these folks, the “imperfection” is so much a part of their unique identity that changing it just seems wrong.
So if you’re satisfied with the way your smile looks, all you need to do is keep up with daily brushing and flossing, and come in for regular checkups and cleanings to keep it healthy and bright. If you’re unsatisfied, ask us how we could help make it better. And if you need tooth replacement, be sure to talk to us about all of your options—teeth that are regular and “Hollywood white;” teeth that are natural-looking, with minor variations in color and spacing; and teeth that look just like the smile you’ve always had.
Because when it comes to your smile, we couldn’t agree more with what Lonnie Chaviz said at the end of his video: “Be who you want to be. Do what you want to do. Do you. Be you. Believe in yourself.”
If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
If you have misaligned teeth or bite issues, you may have considered orthodontic care to straighten your smile. However, if the thought of traditional metal braces and their obvious appearance has held you back from pursuing treatment, you may be able to straighten your teeth discreetly with Invisalign. But what can Invisalign do for you? Are you a good candidate for this treatment? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch at Lynch Dental Center with locations in River Forest and Chicago, IL.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment which, instead of using traditional metal brackets and wires, uses clear, plastic aligner trays worn in the mouth to straighten the smile. Though Invisalign is effective in its results, its appearance is subtle and discreet, meaning you will not have to compromise your look to get the smile you want.
Can Invisalign help my smile?
Dentists recommend Invisalign for patients who want to straighten their smile or address their bite issues. Common uses for Invisalign include treating:
- misaligned teeth
- overcrowded teeth
- under crowded teeth
- open bite
What can I expect during Invisalign treatment?
Invisalign’s aligner trays come in a series, the number of which depending on your treatment plan and the severity of your orthodontic issues. Treatment length usually averages about a year. Patients wear the trays for 22 hours a day, removing them to eat and perform their daily oral care tasks like brushing and flossing. You will wear each tray for two weeks before replacing it with the next tray in the series.
Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment in River Forest and Chicago, IL
Invisalign's removable design allows patients to eat the foods they love and brush and floss as they would have before braces. This treatment provides the same results as traditional metal braces and can help most patients who require orthodontic care. If you think you can benefit from Invisalign, a consultation with your dentist can help you determine if this is the best treatment for you.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Sheila Lynch, and Dr. Fran Lynch at Lynch Dental Center with locations in Chicago, IL, and River Forest, IL. Call (312) 263-3235 to schedule your appointment in Chicago or (708) 366-6411 to schedule your appointment in River Forest today!
What makes an attractive smile? Of course, shiny, straight and defect-free teeth are a big factor. But there’s another equally important element: all your teeth have come in.
Sometimes, though, they don’t: one or more teeth may remain up in the gums, a condition known as impaction. And if they’re in the front like the upper canines (the pointed teeth on either side of the front four incisors) your smile’s natural balance and symmetry can suffer.
Impaction usually happens due to lack of space on a small jaw. Previously erupted teeth crowd into the space of teeth yet to come in, preventing them from doing so. As a result the latter remain hidden within the gums.
While impaction can interfere with the smile appearance, it can cause health problems too. Impacted teeth are at higher risk for abscesses (localized areas of infection) and can damage the roots of other teeth they may be pressing against. That’s why it’s desirable for both form and function to treat them.
We begin first with an orthodontic examination to fully assess the situation. At some point we’ll want to pinpoint the impacted teeth’s precise location and position. While x-rays are useful for locating impacted teeth, many specialists use cone beam CT (CBCT) technology that produces highly detailed three-dimensional images viewable from different vantage points.
If the tooth is in too extreme a position, it might be best to remove it and later replace it with a dental impact or similar restoration once we’ve completed other necessary orthodontic treatment. But if the tooth is in a reasonable position, we might be able to “move” the tooth into its proper place in the jaw in coordination with these other tooth-movement efforts to make room for it.
To begin this process, an oral surgeon or periodontist surgically exposes the tooth crown (the normally visible portion) through the gums. They then bond a small bracket to the crown and attach a small gold chain. An orthodontist will attach the other end to orthodontic hardware that will exert downward pressure on the tooth to gradually bring it into normal position.
Dealing with impacted teeth of this nature is often part of a comprehensive effort to correct the bite. If we’re successful, it could permanently transform both the smile and overall dental health.
If you would like more information on treating impacted teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Exposing Impacted Canines.”
Find out how this clear orthodontic system could potentially help you get a straighter smile.
As an adult, there are many things that you may feel too old to do: riding your local state fair’s kiddy rides or getting a lollipop after a dentist’s visit. Perhaps you think getting braces also belongs on that list. While most people assume that braces are just meant for children, our Chicago and River Forest, IL, dentists Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Frances Lynch and Dr. Sheila Lynch are here to dispel this myth and tell you why you may just want to consider getting Invisalign if you want to fix your crooked smile.
The Clear Alternative
This is the most obvious benefit to getting Invisalign and yet one we shouldn’t forget. While there are certainly tooth-colored brackets and wires that you can get, which are more discreet than their metal counterpart, you can still see these braces.
Instead, why don’t you opt for a system that uses a set of clear plastic removable aligners, which can be just as effective for shifting teeth into the proper place but doesn’t require you to wear braces that the whole world can see?
We know that you lead a busy life and having to visit our Chicago and River Forest, IL, general dentists every few weeks for routine checkups can really make getting braces more of a chore than a positive experience. Of course, when you get the Invisalign treatment you won’t have to come into the office nearly as much as you would with traditional braces, which means a little more time to spend doing what makes you happy.
Wearing metal all over your teeth is certainly no picnic, and it probably goes without saying that it can also be rather uncomfortable. The brackets and wires can rub against your cheeks and gums and cause some serious irritation. With Invisalign, you won’t have to worry about any of this. Each aligner is custom-made just for you from a special, flexible thermoplastic. While the aligners will offer a snug fit, the material is far more comfortable than traditional metal braces.
While your length of treatment will really depend on the severity of your dental issues, we find that by and large most adults who get Invisalign can get the results they want in about one year. Of course, minor misalignments may take far less time to treat. This is a much better option than traditional braces, which can take up to 2 years or more to get a straight smile.
Are you ready to find out if Invisalign is the best option for your smile? If so, the next step is to call Lynch Dental Center in Chicago and River Forest, IL, to schedule your consultation.
Straightening your smile is easier than ever, thanks to Invisalign, an innovative orthodontic approach that doesn't require wires or brackets. Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Frances Lynch and Dr. Sheila Lynch of Lynch Dental Center in Chicago and River Forest, IL, explain how Invisalign works.
A completely wire-free system
Invisalign uses a series of aligner trays to move your teeth, not wires. We custom design each set of trays in our Chicago and River Forest office using X-rays, images and impressions of your mouth. When you place the trays in your mouth, they apply gentle pressure to your teeth, gradually repositioning them.
One of the things people like most about Invisalign aligner trays is their appearance. Made of clear, comfortable plastic, the trays are nearly transparent and fit your teeth perfectly.
There are no complicated care routines when you wear Invisalign aligners. You'll take them out while you eat, which means you'll never have to struggle to remove tiny stuck-on pieces of food from your braces. After a meal, you'll rinse the aligners and place them back in your mouth. Oral hygiene is as simple as ever when you wear Invisalign aligners. Once you remove the aligners, you'll floss and brush as usual.
Worried about losing your trays when you take them out to eat at a prom, wedding or other event? Leave them at home! Because you'll only need to wear the trays for 20 hours a day, you can take them out when you attend special events or play sports.
Most people are good candidates for the Invisalign system. If you have a mild to moderate orthodontic issue, such as an overbite, underbite or crossbite, you can probably use the aligners. They're also a good choice if you're concerned about gaps or crowding. Invisalign offers an easy way to correct these and other orthodontic issues and is just as effective as traditional braces for most alignment and bite problems. If you're an adult, you may only need wear the trays for about a year to achieve optimum results.
Straighten your smile with Invisalign. Call Drs. John, Sheila and Frances Lynch of Lynch Dental Center in Chicago and River Forest, IL, at (312) 263-3235 to schedule an appointment.