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Adult Orthodontic Treatment

Braces for Adults in Willowbrook, IL

At Willowbrook Orthodontics, we believe everyone deserves a beautiful, healthy smile, and we're committed to helping our patients achieve one. As a leading orthodontic practice serving the Willowbrook and Westmont, IL areas, we're proud to offer a wide range of orthodontic treatments, and we work hard to customize treatment to suit even the busiest of lifestyles. We're proud to treat patients of all ages, and if you've been considering improving your smile as an adult, we'd love to help you do it!

About Adult Orthodontics

Adults everywhere are discovering the magic of orthodontic treatment, and at Willowbrook Orthodontics, we're excited to help adults throughout Westmont and Willowbrook revitalize their lives with a new smile. Achieving a beautiful new smile provides a boost in confidence, self-esteem, and happiness that radiates through your personal and professional life, and you'll get to enjoy those benefits for a lifetime. Plus, modern orthodontic treatments are more comfortable and less noticeable than in the past, making it more convenient than ever to reinvigorate your smile.

Because we can move healthy teeth at any age, you're never too old for braces. That said, there are a few important differences between adult treatment and early or adolescent treatment. First, the jaw has finished developing in adulthood, so we can't make changes to the underlying jaw structure for adults. Second, periodontal disease is a bigger concern for adults, so we'll need to treat any signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease before beginning orthodontic treatment.

Braces & Invisalign for Adults in Westmont, IL

In the past, the only option for orthodontic treatment were clunky metal braces – but thanks to advances in orthodontic technology, we now offer a plethora of options for you to straighten your teeth. Modern orthodontic appliances are thinner, lighter, and more comfortable, making it easy and convenient to achieve a new smile. We're proud to offer a number of treatment options at our office, including:

  • imagesTraditional Metal Braces: The most popular treatment we offer, traditional metal braces use stainless steel brackets and wires to move the teeth. They're durable and reliable, and modern braces are thinner, lighter, and more comfortable than those of the past, making for a more aesthetically appealing option.
  • Clear Braces: These work the same basic way as metal braces, but instead of stainless steel, the brackets are made from a clear ceramic composite material. This allows the brackets to blend in with teeth, making for a less noticeable form of braces. The only drawback is that clear braces are slightly more fragile than metal braces.
  • lingualLingual Braces: Lingual braces use stainless steel brackets and wires just like metal braces, but they're completely invisible. Why? The brackets are mounted to the inside of the teeth! This makes them the only orthodontic treatment that is truly invisible from the outside, but they're also more expensive and take more getting used to than metal braces.
  • invisalignInvisalign: Invisalign does away with brackets and wires entirely, instead using a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten the teeth. These aligners fit directly onto the teeth, are virtually invisible when worn, and can be removed to eat, drink, brush, and floss. This makes Invisalign one of the most discreet and convenient treatments on the market and one of our most popular options for adult treatment.

Post-Treatment Care

After you finish the active phase of your treatment, we know you'll be excited. But we're not quite done yet: next comes the retention phase, which is vital to long-term success. While your teeth will be in new positions after treatment, the ligaments and tissues supporting them will have yet to adapt to these new positions. Without retention, your teeth will shift back to their old alignment and erase your hard work. Retention helps us prevent this and secure your smile for a lifetime. We'll provide detailed instructions on wearing and caring for your retainer during your fitting appointment – and if you follow them carefully, your new smile will last you the rest of your life!

Schedule a Consultation with Your Willowbrook, IL Orthodontist

A new smile is an investment in your best asset that can truly revitalize your life, and if you're ready to pursue a new smile for yourself, we'd love to help you do it! Use our easy online form to request your consultation today. We'll help you understand your orthodontic situation, choose the treatment that best fits your lifestyle, and start on the path towards a beautiful, healthy new smile!