At Jacobson & Tsou Orthodontics, our mission is to help patients of all ages achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. We’re proud to offer a variety of orthodontic treatment options ranging from metal braces to Invisalign to help our patients achieve their dream smiles, but at our practice, we believe that patient education is just as important as the treatments we provide in our office. Unfortunately, there are many orthodontic myths that can leave people confused about orthodontic treatment – so today, we’d like to dispel some of those myths!
There’s a lot of misinformation out there in the world, and orthodontic treatment is no different. Here are some of the most common myths that people believe about orthodontic treatment, along with an explanation of the truth:
We hope this helps to clear up some of the myths surrounding braces and orthodontic treatment, as education is the first step to a healthy smile. And if you’re ready to take the next step towards a healthy new smile of your own, we’d love to help! Contact us today to learn more about how we can revitalize your smile through orthodontic treatment. We can’t wait to hear from you!
The effects of stress on our body are multifaceted. Stress not only affects your body, it impacts your oral health as well. One specific way is by clenching or grinding your teeth, also known as bruxism or bruxing. When we grind or clench, we damage our teeth and dental/orthodontic work by:
It is common to clench or grind your teeth without your knowledge, as it often occurs during sleep. If you suspect nocturnal bruxing, your orthodontists at Jacobson & Tsou Orthodontics in Vernon Hills and Chicago, IL are here to help you find relief.
Stress is the main reason for clenching and/or grinding our teeth, whether it happens nocturnally or during the day. Here are other common factors that can lead to bruxing:
As most bruxism is stress-related, the simplest way to reduce teeth-clenching and grinding, is by managing stress in positive ways. Relaxation techniques may help, but a custom occlusal guard may be the best long-term option. An occlusal guard is a custom-made mouthguard (similar to an athletic mouthguard) that is worn during at night. The occlusal guard keeps teeth from touching one another during sleep and also maintains proper jaw alignment during sleep to help reduce jaw pain.
If you experience any of the above symptoms related to clenching and grinding your teeth, please contact our Vernon Hills or Chicago, IL office to let us know. We don’t want anything bad to happen to your teeth or orthodontics that may affect treatment time and results, so full disclosure of any dental concerns or problems is always best!
Many people who have braces or are considering getting braces have heard of the “forbidden foods” list that they will have to adhere to while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Here at Jacobson & Tsou Orthodontics in Vernon Hills and Chicago, IL we have some recommendations when it comes to foods you should avoid while undergoing orthodontic treatment. However, while eating restrictions can be a little daunting, don’t worry—there are still many yummy options that you can partake in and we’re here to offer some suggestions!
Desserts must be included in this list as many people have a sweet tooth, however, please be attentive to your family orthodontist or dentist’s order and don’t intake too much sugar—this is bad for your teeth and your overall health. Sweets that are approved for those who wear braces are:
You see; there are plenty of delicious foods you can have at all times of day even while wearing braces. Though if you’re still unsure if braces are right for you, know that we also offer Invisalign as another form of orthodontic treatment, which involves using removable aligners vs. the placed metal wires and brackets of braces.
If you have any lingering questions about what we suggest you can or cannot eat, please contact our Vernon Hills or Chicago, IL office directly. And if you’re ready to learn more about our treatments and procedures and get started with braces, schedule an appointment today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Can you believe 2019 is coming? That means another year full of activities, social events, and adventure in general. So, whether it’s for yourself or for your child, it may be time to invest in a plan to straighten your teeth. But should you pick braces or opt for Invisalign? At Jacobson & Tsou Orthodontics in Chicago and Vernon Hills, we offer both Invisalign and traditional braces as great options to straighten teeth. By considering your individual teeth, goals, and preferences, we can help you choose which option is right for you.
Traditional braces, the most popular orthodontic option for teeth straightening, are made of a system of brackets and wires. Brackets are attached to either the front or back of the teeth using cement and wires and elastic bands are connected to those brackets in order to apply constant pressure to help straighten teeth. Your orthodontist will schedule appointments to replace the bands and adjust the wires every 6 – 10 weeks.
Invisalign is the process of using a series of clear aligners to increasingly straighten your smile. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is both wire and bracket-free. Initially, your orthodontist sends impressions of your teeth to create aligners. Once the Invisalign aligners are made they must be worn sequentially, contingent upon your orthodontist’s approval at regular check-up appointments. Appointments with your orthodontist should be scheduled every 8 – 12 weeks to monitor progress and receive the next aligner when ready.
The most significant difference between traditional braces and Invisalign is the fact that Invisalign is the “almost invisible” orthodontic option. Since Invisalign uses clear aligners, the treatment is less noticeable than its braces counterpart. Invisalign aligners are also removable, which means there are no restrictions on what you can eat while using this orthodontic option. Additionally, this means there are no limitations to your oral hygiene routine. Overall, because Invisalign is removable, there is a minimal effect on your lifestyle but an effect on your teeth.
Although, some patients who tend to snack all day rather than eat regular meals find having to constantly take out aligners to eat inconveniently. Those patients prefer traditional braces since they can snack with them on (they just have to eat softer foods).
Unlike Invisalign, traditional braces are not removable. This means there are certain limits in place to ensure the safety and efficiency of your orthodontic equipment. While using traditional braces, avoid eating foods that are either too sticky or too crunchy. You will also need to be especially vigilant with your oral hygiene, working to brush and floss between braces.
Naturally, traditional braces are the more noticeable option for your orthodontic needs. Keep in mind though, while they aren’t clear like Invisalign, traditional braces have come a long way aesthetically. The brackets are now smaller, come in less noticeable colors, and can even be placed on the back of the teeth to minimize how visible they are.
The cost of both traditional braces and Invisalign depends on several factors, for example, the severity of the orthodontic problem, your dental insurance, and any work to restore braces or Invisalign aligners that are damaged/lost throughout the process. Typically, the cost of traditional braces ranges from $2,500 – $7,000, while Invisalign costs from $3,000 – $8,000. Book a consultation with Jacobson & Tsou Orthodontics at our Chicago or Vernon Hills office to discuss the specific pricing you can expect for either traditional braces or the Invisalign system.
Start the New Year out with a step toward straighter teeth and a confident smile. Whether you decide to get braces or Invisalign, Jacobson & Tsou Orthodontics of Chicago and Vernon Hills will help you move toward your smile goals. Your eligibility to receive either Invisalign or traditional braces depends on your unique orthodontic needs, so schedule a consultation now to discuss with an orthodontist if braces or Invisalign may be right for you. We can’t wait to see your smile!