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Orthodontics Specialist

Global Facial Aesthetics

Cosmetic Dentists & Implant Specialist located in River Forest, IL

If you have a misaligned jaw or crowded teeth, orthodontics can restore balance to your smile and improve your oral health. At Global Facial Aesthetics, Gary Alder, DDS, FAGD, DAAPM, and Irene Skirius, DDS, offer orthodontics to people of all ages. To make an appointment at the practice in River Forest, Illinois, call the office to speak with a friendly staff member or click the online booking tool.

Orthodontics Q&A

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a dental specialty that diagnoses and treats alignment issues of the teeth and jaw. If your teeth are crooked, overlapping, or misaligned, you’re more likely to experience oral health problems like gum disease, cavities, and persistent bad breath. Orthodontics can lower the risk of these and other issues while transforming your smile.

Many people think orthodontics is only for kids or teens, but thanks to advances in treatment techniques and oral appliances, it’s just as beneficial for adults.

What types of issues can orthodontics correct?

Global Facial Aesthetics uses orthodontics to treat a variety of alignment issues, including:

  • Crowding
  • Crooked and overlapping teeth
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Misaligned jaw

You might also benefit from orthodontics if you have visible spaces or gaps between several teeth.

What are the types of orthodontics?

Global Facial Aesthetics offers several types of orthodontics, including:

Clear aligners

Clear aligners use a series of plastic mouthpieces to place mild pressure on your teeth and jaw. During treatment, you wear the aligners for 20-22 hours each day, only removing them to brush your teeth, or eat.

Treatment with clear aligners is quick and discreet. Most people achieve a more balanced smile in just 6-12* months. 

Clear braces

Clear braces use a combination of ceramic brackets and wires to straighten your teeth and jaw. They’re similar to conventional metal braces, but because the brackets mimic the color of your tooth enamel, they allow a more discreet method of treatment.

While wearing clear braces, you visit Global Facial Aesthetics regularly to monitor progress and make necessary adjustments. When you’re finished wearing braces, you transition to a retainer that keeps your teeth from moving out of the optimal position.

Night guards

Night guards are custom oral appliances that protect your tooth enamel from damage caused by bruxism (teeth grinding) or jaw clenching. They’re comfortable, easy to care for and prevent the risk of fractures or chips.

Braces repair

If you wear traditional braces and break a wire or lose a bracket, Global Facial Aesthetics can quickly provide repairs. There’s a dental laboratory on-site used to provide same-day fixes.

What type of orthodontics will most benefit me?

To determine the type of orthodontic treatment that will most benefit you, your provider conducts an oral exam and takes a series of digital X-rays with the cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) scanner. 

If your teeth are crowded and crooked or your jaw is misaligned, they can develop a custom care plan that aligns with your needs.

If you’re interested in learning more about orthodontics, make an appointment at Global Facial Aesthetics by calling the office to speak with a caring administrative staff member or by clicking the online booking tool. 

*Individual results may vary.