About Orthodontics

Northbrook IL Orthodontist

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialized area of dentistry that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

Who is an orthodontist?

Orthodontists are specialized dentists, who after graduating from dental school, go on to receive at least two to three additional years of education and experience at an accredited orthodontic residency program. By learning about tooth movement (orthodontics) and guidance of facial development (dentofacial orthopedics), orthodontists are the uniquely educated experts in dentistry to straighten teeth and align jaws. Dr. Uhland and Dr. Thometz both attended dental school locally at the prestigious Loyola University School of Dentistry in Chicago.

How orthodontic treatment works

Orthodontic appliances are made up of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to the proper position. With new advances in design you no longer have every tooth with a metal band.  You can now choose clear or metal brackets.  Wires are far less noticeable, and the latest materials are designed to move teeth faster and with more comfort.

Duration of Treatment

Treatment time typically ranges from one to three years, depending on several factors including the growth of the patient’s mouth and face and the severity of the problem. Patients grow at different rates and will respond variously to orthodontic treatment, so the time until case completion may differ from the original estimate. The patient’s diligent use of any prescribed rubber bands or headgear is an important factor in achieving the most efficient treatment.