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Get It Straight Orthodontics wants to know: What are your plans this spring?

March 26th, 2010

Believe it or not, it’s almost springtime. The birds are chirping, the sun is warming up and the smell of freshly-cut grass will be wafting from a baseball field nearby. Dr. Neil and team thought this would be a good time to ask: Are you ready for spring? Are you participating in school sports this year? Do you have exciting plans? We’d love to know them all!

You may share your stories or plans with our team here, on our Facebook fan page or by giving us a call!

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Dr. Neil Provides a Hands On Course in Lakeview, IL

March 17th, 2010

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

--Get It Straight Orthodontics

What’s so special about an Orthodontist?

March 5th, 2010

"Dentists, Orthodontists, they're all the same right?" We hear our patients asking this question as they wonder about the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist. Before becoming an orthodontist Dr. Neil started out in dental school and earned a DDS (dental degree), just like your dentist. After dental school however, Dr. Neil decided he wanted to learn more about orthodontics, which is one of nine specialties within the dental field. So he stayed in school for a few more years and became an expert in orthodontics; which focuses on tooth and jaw alignment and bite problems like overbites and under bites.

Other dental specialties you may have heard of include endodontic (focusing on the soft tissue inside your teeth), periodontic (focusing on the gums and other tissues surrounding your teeth) and prosthodontic (focusing on restoring and replacing damaged teeth).

Isn't it nice to know there's a dental expert here to help you through any type of treatment your teeth, jaw and gums might need?

When should you call Get it Straight Orthodontics?

February 27th, 2010

Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have put together a helpful list that outlines when you should call Get it Straight. Here are some early warning signs indicating it’s time to check in with us:

1. Early or late loss of baby teeth
2. Difficulty of chewing or biting
3. Mouth breathing
4. Finger sucking or other oral habits
5. Crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
6. Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or retrude
7. Speech difficulty
8. Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
9. Protruding teeth
10. Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
11. Facial imbalance or asymmetry
12. Grinding or clenching of teeth

Do any of these warning signs fit you? If so, give us a call as soon as possible!
Hope this helps,

-The Get It Straight Team

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