Adult Treatment

Adult Orthodontics in Chicago, IL

At Yummy Dental & Orthodontics For Kids, we believe everyone deserves a smile they're proud to show off. As a leading orthodontist serving Glenview and the greater Chicago, IL area, we're proud to offer a wide range of treatments ranging from traditional braces to Invisalign, and we work hard to make treatment fit into the lifestyles of our patients. We treat patients of all ages at our practice – so if you've been longing to improve your smile but are already an adult, we can help.

About Adult Orthodontics

More and more adults are discovering the magic of orthodontic treatment, and it's little wonder why. Contrary to what many people believe, we're able to move healthy teeth at any age, so it's never too late for a new smile. For the most part, adult orthodontic treatment works the exact same way as it does for teenagers or kids. But there are two important differences.

First off, in adults, the jaw has completely finished development. This means we can't influence jaw growth in adults as we can with kids or teenagers, meaning changes in the bone structure of your face and jaws aren't possible.

Second, periodontal disease (gum disease) is a much bigger problem for adults than kids. And because periodontal disease can easily progress and threaten your smile during orthodontic treatment, we'll need to be careful to eliminate any signs of gingivitis or gum disease before starting treatment. We'll also need to be more aggressive about maintaining oral hygiene during treatment, which means we'll need to schedule professional teeth cleanings more frequently during treatment than we would for children.

Adult Orthodontic Treatment Options

Once any risk of gum disease is fully dealt with, there are a wealth of options available for adult orthodontics. Far beyond the clunky metal strips of the past, modern orthodontics offers a variety of treatment options ranging from thinner, lighter braces to nearly invisible options like Invisalign. At our Glenview orthodontic practice, we're proud to offer all of the following adult orthodontic treatments:

    An illustration of what traditional metal braces look like on teeth.
  • Traditional Metal Braces: The oldest treatment in orthodontics, this is what most people picture when they think of "braces." Traditional braces are composed of a network of stainless steel brackets and wires that gradually move the teeth, but modern braces are lighter, more attractive, and more comfortable than their past counterparts.
    An Illustration of what clear braces look like on teeth.
  • Clear Braces: Clear braces use the same basic mechanism as traditional braces to move teeth, but the brackets are made from a clear ceramic composite instead of stainless steel. This means they blend in with the teeth, producing a treatment that's still reliable and cost-effective but far less noticeable than metal braces.
    An Illustration of what lingual braces look like on teeth.
  • Lingual Braces: These are the only truly invisible form of orthodontic treatment. They're made of stainless steel brackets and wires, just like traditional braces – but the difference is that the brackets are mounted to the backside (tongue side) of teeth. This makes them completely impossible to see from the outside, but they are more expensive and take longer to get used to than traditional braces.
    An illustration of what Invisalign looks like on teeth.
  • Invisalign: Invisalign aligners eliminate brackets and wires entirely, instead of relying on a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth. The aligners are nearly invisible when worn, and because they're easy to pop in and out for eating and oral hygiene, you'll still be able to enjoy your favorite foods and brush and floss your teeth as normal. The added discretion and convenience makes Invisalign a wildly popular choice for our adult patients.

Post-Treatment Care

No matter which treatment method you choose, you'll finish the process with a retention phase. Retention therapy is absolutely vital to the long-term health of your smile: while your teeth will be in new places after treatment, the tissues supporting them will have yet to adapt or "set" into place. A retainer keeps your teeth in position long enough for your mouth to readjust, preventing the teeth from migrating back to their old alignment. We'll provide specific instructions on wearing and caring for your retainer when we finish the active phase of your treatment.

Schedule a Consultation for Adult Braces in Chicago!

Getting orthodontic treatment as an adult isn't just achievable – it's an investment in yourself that will pay off in renewed confidence, improved self-esteem, and long-lasting happiness for years to come. Take the first step towards achieving a new smile of your own and request your consultation online today. Working together, we'll develop a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and help you achieve your dream smile. We can't wait to hear from you!

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