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The 2019 Grammy Awards was a star-studded night packed with memorable performances. One standout came from the young Canadian singer Shawn Mendes, who sang a powerful duet of his hit song "In My Blood" with pop diva Miley Cyrus. But that duo's stellar smiles weren't always quite as camera-ready as they looked that night.

"I had braces for four and a half years," Mendes told an interviewer not long ago. "There's lots and lots and lots of photo evidence, I'm sure you can pull up a few." (In fact, finding one is as easy as searching "Sean Mendes braces.")

Wearing braces puts Mendes in good company: It's estimated that over 4 million people in the U.S. alone wear braces in a typical year—and about a quarter of them are adults! (And by the way: When she was a teenager, Miley Cyrus had braces, too!)

Today, there are a number of alternatives to traditional metal braces, such as tooth-colored braces, clear plastic aligners, and invisible lingual braces (the kind Cyrus wore). However, regular metal braces remain the most common choice for orthodontic treatment. They are often the most economical option, and can be used to treat a wide variety of bite problems (which dentists call malocclusions).

Having straighter teeth can boost your self-confidence—along with helping you bite, breathe, chew, and even speak more effectively. Plus, teeth that are in good alignment and have adequate space in between are easier to clean; this can help you keep your mouth free of gum disease and tooth decay for years to come.

Many people think getting braces is something that happens in adolescence—but as long as your mouth is otherwise healthy, there's no upper age limit for orthodontic treatment. In fact, many celebrities—like Lauren Hutton, Tom Cruise and Faith Hill—got braces as adults. But if traditional braces aren't a good fit with your self-image, it's possible that one of the less noticeable options, such as lingual braces or clear aligners, could work for you.

What's the first step to getting straighter teeth? Come in to the office for an evaluation! We will give you a complete oral examination to find out if there are any problems (like gum disease or tooth decay) that could interfere with orthodontic treatment. Then we will determine exactly how your teeth should be re-positioned to achieve a better smile, and recommend one or more options to get you there.

If you have questions about orthodontic treatment, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Lingual Braces: A Truly Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth.”

By Skopek Orthodontics
February 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: braces   Orthodontics   Invisalign  

Different Types Of BracesOrthodontic problems stem from many sources—heredity, trauma, and even thumb sucking can affect how someone's teeth come together and how balanced and their straight jaw alignment is. If you are one of the millions of Americans who are unsatisfied with their tooth alignment, you should consider braces in order to have a healthier and more aesthetically pleasing smile! At Skopek Orthodontics of North Barrington, Dr. Robert Skopek crafts custom orthodontic treatment plans, and he can show you which braces are best for your situation.

The advantages of orthodontia

Braces from Skopek Orthodontics of North Barrington improve how your smile looks as well as balance your facial appearance from the front and the side. Many people who have orthodontic problems (e.g. teeth that are gapped, crowded, rotated, or missing) often also have issues with jaw structure: a chin may be receding, a top jaw bone too far forward, or a lower jaw displaced to one side.

These structural problems cause teeth to wear unevenly and contribute to decay, gum disease, jaw joint dysfunction, ear pain, and more. Accordingly, Dr. Skopek emphasizes not only the cosmetic aspects of orthodontic correction but also the health aspects. Both are important now and in the patient's future, for correct smile alignment definitely impacts dental longevity.

Types of appliances

Metal brackets and archwires remain the most common orthodontic appliances because of their versatility and ability to correct the most complex of issues. Ceramic braces are popular because of their less obvious appearance, while lingual braces are prized because they are completely hidden from view, a feat achievable through the brackets being cemented on the inner faces of the teeth.

Finally, Dr. Skopek offers ultra-thin Invisalign aligners. Customized according to three-dimensional scans, these removable appliances correct a range of mild-to-moderate issues such as overbite, tooth tipping, overjet, crowding, gaps, and more. Smooth and removable, Invisalign appliances are easy to maintain and comfortably move teeth in less time than metal braces.

Time for a new smile

At Skopek Orthodontics of North Barrington, Dr. Robert Skopek helps patients of all ages find the braces right for their smiles. Trust his skill, reputation, and caring attitude for you and your family. Call today to learn more about braces! We can be reached at (847) 277-1212.

By Skopek Orthodontics
September 11, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: braces  

Orthodontic braces are used to correct malocclusion, or “bad bites.”  When teeth are unevenly spaced, crooked and crowded, they are difficult to clean and maintain. This can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. Other problems, such as ineffective chewing, problems speaking and misalignment of the jaw joints can also result from a poorly aligned bite without treatment. That’s why it is important to consult with a trained dentist or orthodontist about the best treatment options for moving your teeth to their optimal position.

Who can benefit from braces?

For many teens, braces are a rite of passage. But you don’t have to be an adolescent to benefit from braces.  Both adults and children can undergo orthodontic care to correct a wide range of dental problems. Common reasons for getting orthodontic braces include:

  • Overcrowded or crooked teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Underbite
  • Irregular spacing
  • Overbite
  • Jaw misalignment problems

More comfort, better results.

Thanks to advancements in modern dental materials and technologies, today’s dental braces are much smaller, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing than in years past. One popular option for adults—Invisalign—may also be a good choice for improving moderate teeth misalignment. Invisalign appliances are clear and removable, giving adults the convenience and comfort to improve their smile without anyone knowing they are even undergoing treatment.

If you or your child desires a straighter smile and an improved bite, talk to your North Barrington, IL dentist or orthodontist. The best orthodontic option will depend largely on the severity of dental problems. Skopek Orthodontics can help you determine the best course of action.

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Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.

“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.

Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.

Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.

Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.

Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.

So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!

For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”