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PROPEL® Orthodontics: A fast, gentle way to accelerate your orthodontic treatment

June 12th, 2014

propelGet It Straight Orthodontics is dedicated to staying on the cutting-edge of orthodontic treatment technology, and we’re always on the lookout for treatments that can improve your overall orthodontic experience.

Drs. Neil Warshawsky, Ketti Boller, and our team are excited to offer our patients accelerated orthodontic treatment with PROPEL Orthodontics! If you’re interested in improving the aesthetics of your smile, but are put off by the thought of having to spend months, or even years, in braces, PROPEL could be right for you. This state-of-the-art technology speeds up tooth movement, and while each patient varies, many patients can now have their orthodontic treatment completed in less than a year.

So, how does PROPEL work?

PROPEL works with your own biology by stimulating the bone surrounding your teeth, helping the teeth to move faster and more predictably into their ideal position. This allows you to see your new smile faster and requires fewer visits to our office. PROPEL is effective and safe to use with clear aligner orthodontics and traditional braces.

Would you like to propel your orthodontic treatment? Contact Get It Straight Orthodontics to schedule a consultation with Dr. Neil or Dr. Ketti today!

What if I miss an appointment over the summer?

June 6th, 2014

If you are planning on taking a vacation this summer, we ask that you let us know ahead of time so that we may schedule your summer appointments more efficiently. We also encourage patients and their parents to be proactive in determining when they make their summer appointments.

If you will be gone for an extended period (more than six weeks), we recommend you visit Get It Straight Orthodontics prior to leaving and schedule another visit shortly after your return. Lastly, please remember not to indulge in hard, sticky, and chewy treats while enjoying your vacation. We look forward to seeing you soon and hearing about your adventures!

How does wisdom tooth removal affect orthodontic care?

May 30th, 2014

The purpose of braces and other forms of orthodontic treatment at Get It Straight Orthodontics is to correct malocclusion, also known as crooked or crowded teeth, or “bad bites.” Past orthodontic practice dictated that wisdom teeth be removed, especially in cases of crowding.

The wisdom teeth are the last teeth to come in, and are officially known as the third molars. The teeth typically erupt, or break the surface of the skin, in young people between the ages of 13 and 20.

Sometimes, wisdom teeth are impacted. That means they cannot break through the gum tissue. This typically happens when the mouth or jaw is too small to accommodate the teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can become infected, and some dentists and orthodontists may want to remove them as prophylaxis to prevent possible future infection.

Justification for removing wisdom teeth

Drs. Neil Warshawsky and Ketti Boller will tell you that in some cases, wisdom teeth attempt to come in the wrong way, either tilting in the jaw, or sideways. If the mouth is too small to accommodate these additional teeth, they inevitably become impacted. Swelling or infection of the gum flap above an impacted wisdom tooth may cause pain. The greatest danger is pericoronitis, a potentially dangerous infection that can occur in the gum area around an impacted wisdom tooth, or around a wisdom tooth that has erupted.

Orthodontists base their decision to remove wisdom teeth on each patient's individual circumstances. To learn more about the impact wisdom teeth have on orthodontic treatment, or to schedule a visit with Drs. Neil Warshawsky and Ketti Boller, please give us a call at our convenient Lake View, Lincolnshire, Hyde Park, or Orland Park office!

Finding Sarah's Smile

May 30th, 2014

Happy Friday, everyone!

One of our amazing patients, Sarah, shared her orthodontic journey with us. Check out the video she made to share her story!

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