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Our days are full of happy, beautiful smiles from patients who are having a great orthodontic experience.
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What a difference straight teeth can make! A great-looking smile can boost your self-confidence and have a positive impact on social and professional opportunities. Orthodontic treatment is the original smile makeover tool — and you will be happy to know that you're never too old to take advantage of it. But it isn't all about looks: Properly aligned teeth help you to bite, chew and even speak more effectively. They are also easier to clean, which helps keep your mouth free of tooth decay and gum disease.
The amazing thing about orthodontics is that it harnesses the body's natural ability to remodel its own tissue. With the application of light, constant force, orthodontic appliances gently reshape bone and move teeth into better positions. Some examples of these appliances are traditional metal braces, inconspicuous clear or tooth-colored braces, and clear aligners, a relatively new option for adults and teens.
Bite Problems and How to Fix Them
Orthodontic treatment can resolve a number of bite problems, which often become evident by around age 7. These include underbite, crossbite or excessive overbite, where upper and lower teeth don't close in the proper position; open bite, where a space remains between top and bottom teeth when the jaws are closed; and crowding or excessive spacing, where teeth are spaced too close together or too far apart.
To correct bite problems, teeth need to be moved — but doing that isn't as hard as you might think! Teeth aren't fixed rigidly in their supporting bone; instead, they're held in place by a hammock-like structure called the periodontal ligament, which is very responsive to forces placed on the teeth. Orthodontic appliances move teeth by careful application of light, constant pressure. This force can be applied via metal wires that run through small brackets attached to the teeth (braces), or via the semi-rigid plastic of clear aligners.
Orthodontics is for Children — and Adults
Having orthodontic treatment in childhood is ideal in order to take advantage of a youngster's natural growth processes to help move the teeth into proper alignment. Like the rest of the body, the teeth and jaws are now changing rapidly. So at this time it's possible (for example) to create more room for teeth in a crowded mouth by using a “palatal expander” to rapidly widen the upper jaw. This phase of growth modification can shorten overall treatment time and ensure the best result if additional orthodontic appliances are needed.
But remember, healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so you've never “missed the boat” for orthodontic treatment. In fact, about one in five of today's orthodontic patients is an adult. Several new technological developments — including tooth-colored ceramic braces, clear aligners and invisible lingual braces — have made orthodontic appliances less evident, and enhanced the treatment experience for grown-ups. Before treatment, adults are carefully examined for signs of periodontal (gum) disease, which will be brought under control before treatment begins.
Types of Orthodontic Appliances
When you imagine someone wearing braces, you probably picture small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth, with a thin wire running through them. This time-tested style remains very popular — but it's no longer the only option. Clear braces use brackets made of ceramic or plastic which, except for the slim archwire, are hardly visible. Lingual braces are just like traditional metal braces — except they're bonded to the back of your teeth (the tongue side) so that no one can see them.
Removable clear aligners are an alternative to fixed orthodontic appliances. They consist of a series of clear plastic “trays” that fit over your teeth exactly; each one moves your teeth a little bit, until they are in the proper position. Whether fixed or removable, each type of appliance may have advantages or disadvantages in particular situations. After a complete examination, the best treatment options for you will be discussed.
Retention & Post Orthodontic Care
Once your orthodontic treatment is completed, it's extremely important to wear a retainer as directed. That's because teeth naturally tend to drift back to their original locations — which is the last thing you want after you've gone to the trouble of straightening them! Wearing a retainer holds your teeth in their new position long enough for new bone and ligament to re-form around them, and helps keep your gorgeous new smile looking good for a lifetime.
Are you interested in Orthodontic treatments? Contact Lakemoor Dental at their Lakemoor, Hainesville, Arlington Heights or Elk Grove Village, IL location for more information!
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ROUND LAKE BEACH PROFILE
LIVING IN ROUND LAKE BEACH
Round Lake Beach is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 27,325 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Round Lake Beach is the 74th largest community in Illinois.
Unlike some villages, Round Lake Beach isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Round Lake Beach are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Round Lake Beach is a village of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Round Lake Beach who work in office and administrative support (12.52%), sales jobs (10.21%), and maintenance occupations (8.09%).
In Round Lake Beach, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.43 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.
The percentage of adults in Round Lake Beach with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.78% of adults in Round Lake Beach have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Round Lake Beach in 2018 was $24,419, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $97,676 for a family of four. However, Round Lake Beach contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Round Lake Beach is an extremely ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Round Lake Beach home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Round Lake Beach, accounting for 47.84% of the village’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Round Lake Beach residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Round Lake Beach include German, Irish, Polish, Italian, and English.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Round Lake Beach's cultural character, accounting for 24.47% of the village’s population.
The most common language spoken in Round Lake Beach is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.