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How Long Will It Take to Get My Braces?

how long to put on braces

Round Lake, IL – Millions of people of all ages wear braces to improve the look and health of their smiles. If you are one of the many getting ready to get braces, you probably have some questions, like what you should expect on the day the braces are put on. Dr. Michael Stosich walks potential patients through what to expect when getting braces.

Are There Braces I Only Have to Wear at Night?

Nighttime Aligners

Grayslake, IL – If you’ve been told you need braces, chances are good you may not be overjoyed at the prospect. While you may be looking forward to the result, the process it takes to get there may be less than appealing. You may not love having to go about your daily life with braces or aligners. So, if you see or hear an ad for aligners you only have to wear at night, your interest may pique. But are these effective?

Can you get braces for top teeth only?

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Kenilworth, IL – Many people are happy, or at least content, with their bottom teeth. After all, these teeth aren’t seen that often. So, when it comes to orthodontic treatment, why spend time and money on teeth that aren’t very visible? It’s not uncommon for patients to ask about getting braces only on top teeth, and especially only the top four teeth since they are the most visible.   That may seem like a solid plan, but it’s not that simple, says Dr. Michael Stosich.   “Unfortunately, it’s just not as easy as making the teeth look straighter,” says Dr. Stosich. “While orthodontic treatment...

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How Does Orthodontic Treatment Change Your Face?

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Grayslake, IL – There are often many questions associated with orthodontic treatment. One may be, will the braces treatment change the shape of your face? As with everything else in orthodontics, the answer to that depends.   Can braces change your face shape? “Orthodontic treatment is unique to each individual, and the changes braces make depend on what was being corrected,” says Dr. Michael Stosich. “Correcting issues such as underbites, overbites, and even open bites can lead to small changes in the facial appearance.” Underbites: This is the name of the malocclusion in which the bottom teeth protrude and come over the upper...

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Invisalign, Spark, InBrace, SureSmile – Oh My!

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Round Lake, IL – You’ve no doubt heard of Invisalign, the clear and removable alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign was the first brand of aligners on the market after being invented by two Stanford University students in 1997. While that was once the only game for Invisible Braces or “Invisible” orthodontic treatment, that is hardly the case today.

Fall Foods to Avoid

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Grayslake, Round Lake, IL – Today’s metal braces are strong and effective, but it is still important to take certain steps to avoid damaging the brackets and wires. And as the air turns cooler, certain foods go hand-in-hand with the crisp, fall weather, but some of these may spell danger for your braces.

“Certain foods just sort of scream Fall,” says Dr. Michael Stosich, an orthodontist serving Grayslake and Round Lake IL area. “Caramel and candied apples, popcorn, pecan pie, and Halloween candy will soon be found everywhere. While I want my patients to enjoy the season, it’s also important that they remember the types of foods to avoid and that they continue to work hard to take care of their braces.”

Will Braces Leave White Spots on My Teeth?

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Round Lake, IL – One question orthodontists often hear is “will braces leave whites spots on my teeth?” How can you ensure that your smile is not only straighter, but without any blemish after your orthodontic treatment? Dr. Michael Stosich of Stosich Consulting, a board certified orthodontist and a braces expert from Round Lake, IL area explains how white spots can form on the teeth and how to ensure it doesn’t happen to you during orthodontic treatment.

Are Metal Braces the “In” Thing Today?

blue Ivy in braces

Grayslake, IL – The social media world was recently afire when a picture of Blue Ivy Carter, the daughter of perhaps the most famous parents in the world, Beyonce and Jay-Z, was featured sporting standard metal braces. A debate erupted among social media users – how could these parents, who have so much money and access to the best healthcare in the world, really have their precious Blue Ivy in metal braces?   “It’s quite simple really,” says Dr. Michael Stosich. “Beyonce and Jay-Z clearly did their homework and have an experienced and well-trained orthodontist who knew that metal braces were in...

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Do Damon Braces Really Live Up to the Hype?

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Kenilworth, IL – In the orthodontic world, we see technological advances all the time. Many are wonderful – sleeker and more efficient metal braces, advanced clear aligners that move teeth more effectively, and advances in imaging that gives us the clearest images possible. One advancement that has received a lot of hype in recent years is self-ligating braces. Companies such as Damon, one of the most common makers of self-ligating braces, make very big claims, such as higher levels of comfort and shorter treatment times. But are they accurate?

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