For many reasons, January is a great time to start the year with a beautiful and healthy smile. If you have been putting off orthodontic treatment, there’s no better time to move forward in accomplishing your oral health goals.
Now that the holidays are behind us, there is more time to schedule your visit to our office. If you are utilizing oral health benefits, many plans renew at the start of the year, making it a great time for orthodontic care.
If considering orthodontic treatment, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation. Start the New Year with a smile!
Did you know that crooked teeth can lead to periodontal disease? See below for information on how crooked teeth can impact oral health. Please contact our office to schedule your next orthodontic appointment.
Northbrook and Glenview orthodontist, Dr. Uhland, sits down and discusses “What is Orthodontics?”
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry specializing in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of jaw, face and bite irregularities. Orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children, and at Thometz and Uhland Orthodontics we can treat children, teens and adults.
At Thometz & Uhland Orthodontics, most of our patients will need to wear rubber bands at some point during their orthodontic treatment. The purpose of rubber bands is to correct an overbite or underbite. If your teeth do not fit properly, Dr. Thometz and Dr. Uhland may recommend you wear rubber bands during treatment.
Here are some tips for wearing rubber bands:
Use the correct rubber bands. Rubber bands come in different diameters and elastic strengths. We will provide you with specific rubber bands that fit the needs of your smile. Make sure you use the ones given by us in order for your jaw to move into place properly.
Wear them for the right amount of time. Be sure to wear your rubber bands for the appropriate amount of time that is prescribed by our orthodontists. Depending on our instructions, you may need to wear your rubber bands all the time or part-time, like during the day or during sleep. If you don’t wear them as prescribed, your jaw and teeth can start moving back to original positions, which can prolong treatment time.
Wear them appropriately. Patients have been known to double up on rubber bands thinking that it will make their teeth move faster. However, this can create more problems with your jaw and teeth. Also, do not wear rubber bands longer than instructed. Over time, the rubber bands will begin to lose their elasticity, which can affect treatment.
If you have any questions about orthodontic rubber bands, be sure to contact our Northbrook orthodontists. Wearing rubber bands is an important process during your treatment, and can reduce the time you have your braces.