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Aligned Teeth Improve Dental Health in Grayslake

Aligned Teeth Improve Dental Health

GRAYSLAKE, Ill.-1. When teeth are properly aligned it is easier to keep teeth clean and free of plaque. There are no gaps or crevices for plaque to hide around, making it easier to maintain a clean and healthy smile.

2. Plaque is a film composed of saliva, food, and bacteria. A build-up of plaque is a leading cause of tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs when the bacteria in plaque feed on the sugar and starch we consume, which then produces acids that can cause cavities. Plaque also increases the risk of gum disease. Gum disease begins with plaque, which is always forming on teeth. When plaque accumulates to excessive levels, it hardens and turns into tartar in as few as 24 hours. Tartar attaches to teeth so firmly that it can only be removed by a professional cleaning. When teeth are properly aligned and less plaque amasses, the risk of tooth decay and gum disease decline.

3.  TMJ is another unfortunate effect of unaligned teeth. TMJ dysfunction, often referred to as TMD, is a disturbance between the jaw joint and the way the teeth and bite work while moving. Possible causes of this dissonance include crowded teeth, tooth loss, unbalanced occlusion, mal-positioned and underdeveloped jawbones, and teeth grinding. Often people suffer from headaches, facial pains and neck soreness without knowing the real cause is TMJ disorder. When teeth are aligned, patients are less likely to suffer from TMJ dysfunction.

Teeth that are aligned harbor less plaque and are less prone to decay, cavities and gum disease. Dr. Stosich is a board certified specialist in orthodontics. If your teeth are not properly aligned, then contact Stosich Consulting to achieve a healthy mouth. Patients are personally updated each visit as to how their treatment is progressing. Dr. Stosich and Stosich Consulting maintain a simple philosophy: we strive to provide our patients a personalized, attentive, and compassionate experience.

Schedule an appointment with us to learn about your alignment options. We specialize in lingual braces, Invisalign, robotically assisted orthodontics, dentofacial orthodontics, and surgery and craniofacial orthodontics. Stosich Consulting is a trusted source of pediatric and adult orthodontics in the Kenilworth, Grayslake, Skokie, Round Lake and Wilmette areas.

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  • Michael S. Stosich, DMD, MS, MS

    Dr. Michael Stosich is a board-certified orthodontist and the director of orthodontics at the University of Chicago Medicine. He is known for his extensive experience in leading clinical enterprises, publishing, and lecturing both in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Stosich has expertise in starting, growing, and maintaining successful orthodontic practices, including those in pediatric dentistry, general dentistry, and multi-specialty clinics. He serves on the editorial board of several publications and has been involved in innovating patient care and education, focusing on the future of dental and orthodontic healthcare.

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