Orthodontic FAQs

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Understanding the world of orthodontics can be difficult, but our experienced practice is here to guide you throughout this process. Let Lippitz Orthodontics, one of the best orthodontists in Chicago, answer your pressing questions.

FAQs about Orthodontics

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

How does orthodontic treatment work?

Braces work by applying steady, continuous pressure to gradually move teeth in a specific direction. The two primary components of braces are the brackets that are cemented to your teeth and the archwire that connects each bracket. As the archwire applies pressure to the brackets, your teeth slowly move to their new positions.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

Treatment times vary depending on the severity of the problem and how well the patient responds. Typically, treatment lasts somewhere between 12 and 36 months.

What age should my child be seen by an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that your child be assessed by age 7. When it comes to orthodontic problems, early detection is important. By taking early corrective action, increasingly difficult treatment later on can be avoided.

Can you be too old for orthodontic treatment?

No, it’s never too late to achieve a confident smile. As long as your gums and the bones that support your teeth are healthy, you’re eligible for orthodontic treatments. Adults can benefit from orthodontic treatment at any age. In fact, about 50% of our orthodontic family are adults. LEARN MORE

How can I schedule a free orthodontist consultation near me?

Scheduling your complimentary consultation at Lippitz Orthodontics could not be easier.  Simply give us a call or send an email and we will schedule a time that’s convenient for you…no strings attached, just pure dental magic! LEARN MORE

What is the cost of Invisalign treatment near me?

No one cost fits all at Lippitz Orthodontics. Dr. Lippitz develops a personalized plan for each patient.  We never want the cost to deter our patients from their absolute best healthy beautiful smile. We are creative and flexible with our payment options-get in here for your complimentary consultation! LEARN MORE

How much do braces cost?

We want to make braces affordable for everyone! We provide any number of payment options to fit your budget…let’s talk! Your journey to a gorgeous smile starts here. LEARN MORE

How does Invisalign compare to braces in cost?

Invisalign or braces—which is more cost-effective? Invisalign and braces generally cost the same! Both have pros and cons, and we offer individualized payment plans for each. Get in here and let’s talk! LEARN MORE

Do you offer orthodontic payment plans?

Yes! Achieve your dream smile without financial stress! We offer a variety of payment plans to make orthodontic treatment affordable. We work with all insurance, FSA/HSA plans to customize your plan and achieve your dream smile without financial stress.

Do you offer Invisalign for teens?

Teens, say goodbye to metal braces and hello to Invisalign! We offer Invisalign for teens as a discreet and effective treatment alternative to traditional braces. With features like compliance indicators and a free app it’s a hit among teenagers and parents. LEARN MORE

Do you offer braces for kids?

Certainly, we offer early intervention for kids starting as young as age 7 if indicated. This can include expanders and anterior bite plates and upper braces where warranted.  Learn how we make orthodontics fun for kids because smiles deserve big care! LEARN MORE

Do braces hurt?

The actual placement of bands and brackets does not hurt. However, although orthodontic treatment has improved greatly over the years, braces will make your teeth sore for the first few days. This can be easily remedied with an over-the-counter pain reliever.  LEARN MORE

Will I still be able to play sports with braces? A musical instrument?

Yes, and yes! As for sports, it is highly recommended that patients wear a mouthguard while participating in any athletic activity. Additionally, braces don’t interfere with playing an instrument. While there may be an adjustment period, it by no means prevents you from playing.

What should I do in case of an orthodontic emergency?

Orthodontic emergency? Don’t panic! In case of an orthodontic emergency, contact us immediately. We provide 24/7 support and prompt treatment to alleviate discomfort. Your comfort is our priority.

How much does a retainer cost?

Retainers are Forever! We know they are a crucial part of maintaining your new smile.and protect your investment! An upper and lower retainer is included with your treatment at Lippitz Orthodontics.

How can orthodontic treatment correct an overbite?

We provide orthodontic treatment to correct an overbite. We can do this using braces, aligners, or specialized appliances. A corrected overbite improves oral health and aesthetics.

How can orthodontic treatment correct an underbite?

An underbite can be effectively corrected through braces, aligners, or jaw surgery (a last resort). Orthodontic treatment enhances facial balance and function.

Should I see my general dentist while I have braces?

Absolutely. You should continue to see your dentist at least every six months for regular cleanings and dental checkups. For some, it’s even more important to see your dentist while receiving orthodontic treatment.

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