Is it possible to straighten your teeth without braces? Mt Prospect Dentist explains

Is it possible to straighten your teeth without braces? Mt Prospect Dentist explains

They say that when you smile at the world, it smiles back at you. But the reality is that having missing or misaligned teeth can cause many people to lack confidence in their smiles. 

Malocclusion can be caused by a variety of factors including genetics, history of oral care, and a person’s jaw and teeth size. A number of further issues can result from misaligned teeth, mainly their tendency to grow in abnormal directions and change the overall shape and look of the face and jaw. 

When the teeth crowd together, it can become a lot harder to take care of them by brushing and flossing properly. Bacteria and plaque buildup can quickly cause discoloration. Speech problems, jaw pain, and tongue biting can also occur. 

Straightening your teeth can help to fix this, making you feel less self-conscious or insecure and limiting the risks of such problems. There are ways to do it without using traditional braces that involve wires or metals, or that can bring on social anxiety. What are they? 

Straighten your teeth without braces

Technological advancements allow for new and better ways to treat orthodontic issues. Limiting yourself to using traditional braces as a means to correct dental problems, doesn’t have to be the case.  

Despite correctible braces still being best suited for a number of conditions, the ones listed below can be fixed without them.  

Narrow Upper Jaw

Expanders are a great option for widening your palate. Having an underdeveloped palate can be corrected over time with the gentle guidance of expanders. It causes your teeth to move into the proper positions, subtly guiding your palate.

Malocclusion

This is also known as a bad bite. Malocclusion is more pronounced when you close your jaw and can further cause TMJ Disorder. As such, malocclusion needs the requisite dental appliances to re-adjust your jaw. Dr. Tom Meyer offers this to his patients experiencing jaw pain and bite disorders.

Slightly Crooked Teeth

Even just a little bit of overcrowding can cause your teeth to become crooked due to lack of space and pressure. Retainers are able to readjust this alignment and bring back your straight smile.

We believe…. Invisalign clear aligners can help you achieve your dream smile

There is no age limit when it comes to using devices like clear aligners to help restructure your teeth and jaw. At Meyer Dental Group, Invisalign dentist Dr. Tom Meyer can help you.

If you are seeking a treatment that is virtually invisible and fairly low maintenance, then Invisalign is a great choice.

We believe… Invisalign can change lives!

There is quite a diverse spectrum of issues, which can be addressed by Invisalign. These include:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps in teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Open bite 
  • Crossbite
  • Underbite
  • Overbite

Braces can cause a lot of jaw pain, irritation, and lack of confidence. Invisalign is a great alternative and an attractive option for children and teens as it is nearly invisible. It is made to fit well inside the mouth, with minimal discomfort. The aligner is easily removed when you are eating and/or cleaning your teeth, making it easier to brush and floss. The length of the treatment itself may be minimal compared to that of traditional braces, depending on an individual’s specific case. 

Set up an appointment and explore your treatment options

When you visit Meyer Dental Group our team can help to determine what treatment is best for you. We first examine your orthodontic issue, learn about your oral health history, and then make a recommendation based on our findings.

We believe orthodontic care from a professional is the safest and most effective option. Your health, safety, and comfort are our priority. Once you are assessed, we will work with you to choose a treatment plan that best suits you.

If you’d like to learn more about how to straighten your teeth without traditional braces, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Give us a call today at 847-827-6290 and set up a consultation with our Invisalign Chicago dentist, Dr. Tom Meyer.

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Is Teeth Shifting Normal and Is There Anything You Can Do About It?

Is Teeth Shifting Normal and Is There Anything You Can Do About It?

Have you noticed your teeth shifting lately?

Waking up one day to find that your teeth have shifted can be alarming. They might not look as straight as they used to, and you may even experience some pain.

This is a definite cause for concern, but it’s a fairly common occurrence. Today, you’ll learn why this is so common and what you can do to stop – and even reverse – the shift.

“My Teeth Are Shifting, and They Hurt!” Dental Emergency or Normal Occurrence?   

Teeth shifting tends to happen as a person ages. Most people are under the impression that all dental changes stop at some point during childhood. But that’s not the case.

The soft tissues that surround the teeth are flexible, making the teeth prone to movement. This can happen slowly, over a long period. Or, it can occur rapidly.

What causes the teeth to shift faster than usual?

  • Gaps in the mouth caused by missing teeth
  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Malocclusion (bite misalignment).

Some other causes of teeth shifting include:

  • Genetics
  • Poor dental care habits
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Untreated dental decay
  • TMJ disorder.

How a Mount Prospect Dentist Can Treat Your Shifting Teeth

If you notice that your teeth are shifting, you should see Mount Prospect dentist, Dr. Tom Meyer, as soon as possible. Shifting can not only be caused by existing dental issues – it can lead to more serious ones.

For instance, overcrowding or misalignment can make it difficult to care for your teeth at home. You might not be able to floss some teeth as well as others. Or, your toothbrush isn’t able to reach every angle of your teeth.

This can lead to dental decay, as well as gum disease. If not remedied early, both scenarios can result in pain, infection, and tooth loss.

Thankfully, Mt Prospect dentist, Dr. Meyer, can help you prevent and reverse shifting teeth.

Preventative Steps to Reduce the Likelihood of Teeth Shifting

The first line of defense regular dental checkups, which allow your us to catch problems pertaining to your oral health early.

Another key is home care. Brush and floss daily. Also, limit acidic foods that can cause sensitivity and enamel erosion. Over time, the enamel can wear down, which can lead to cavities and shifting.

It’s also important to pay attention to your posture. Slouching puts tension on the muscles of your head and neck. That can lead to clenching, grinding, and shifting.

Steps Your Mount Prospect Dentist Will Take after Shifting Has Started

One of the best ways to fix shifting teeth is to treat them with Invisalign braces. The benefits of clear aligners include:

  • They can help with crowding, crooked teeth, a narrow bite, and multiple other misalignment issues
  • They’re removable, making home care a breeze (which reduces your risk of decay and gum disease!)
  • They’re more comfortable than traditional metal braces.

Whether you’ve had braces in the past or this is your first time considering orthodontia, Invisalign braces are a great, long-lasting option to reverse shifted teeth.

Shifting Is Normal but Not Always Healthy or Ideal

Teeth shifting – it’s perfectly normal to experience this as you age. Unfortunately, it’s not always comfortable, nor is it healthy.

When your teeth shift and your bite changes, your dental health is in jeopardy. You can experience more dental issues, including dental decay, and gum disease.

Thankfully, you can take your dental health into your own hands. With help from Dr. Tom Meyer and your  Mount Prospect dental team, you can reduce the shifting. And with Invisalign braces, you can even reverse it.

Talk to your dentist today to see how you can avoid dental issues related to shifting teeth.

Would you like to have a straight, healthy, beautiful smile? Contact us today to schedule an Invisalign consultation. At your consult, you’ll be able to see what your smile will look like before committing to treatment!  

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Crowded teeth isn’t only a cosmetic concern

Crowded teeth isn’t only a cosmetic concern

Taking care of your teeth can be one of the more challenging aspects of keeping your body healthy.

Most people know enough to brush twice a day and floss after every meal, but other than this, the teeth remain mostly an enigma to the average person.

One of the most common yet least known about issues is crowded teeth.

While crowded teeth might sound like merely a cosmetic problem, it can actually wreak havoc in your overall health in a variety of ways.

Today, I’m going to delve into what you need to know about crowded teeth, so your oral hygiene can continue to be in tiptop shape.

What are crowded teeth and how do you get them?

Crowded teeth, also referred to as malocclusion, simply means that your teeth are misaligned, which results in a variety of issues depending on the person. Because the teeth are crowded, they begin growing in abnormal directions due to lack of room.

For most of my patients, crowded teeth are an inherited trait. It depends on a person’s jaw and teeth size. However, there are a number of ways to develop crowded teeth on your own, many of which occur as a child.

I recommend parents to keep an eye out for pervasive thumb-sucking and refrain from prolonged pacifier and bottle usage, all of which could all result in the misalignment of teeth in children. It’s also possible for poorly fitted dental fillings, retainers, and braces to cause crowded teeth, hence why it’s important to see an experienced dentist.

What are the consequences of crowded teeth?

When the teeth are packed together, it becomes difficult for your toothbrush or floss to reach certain places. This allows bacteria and plaque to go unattended, resulting in stains and tar buildup.

Malocclusion can cause

  • frequent tongue biting
  • speech problems
  • for younger children, new teeth to grow where they shouldn’t
  • teeth are harder to clean, making them susceptible to plaque buildup and gum disease
  • can result in a TMJ disorder

When you have a TMJ disorder, it means there’s great pain in the joints and muscles that operate your jaw, resulting in a myriad of painful symptoms

maloccolusion can cause

What is the best crowded teeth treatment?

While minor misalignments in the teeth are relatively normal, moderate or severe deviations can cause pain and should be treated.

Braces

One of the most common techniques in modern orthodontics for treating crowded teeth is braces, which use a metal wire to realign the teeth.

Tooth Removal

Sometimes, in cases of extreme overcrowding, the removal of certain teeth can help get the rest of the teeth back on track.

Some teeth don’t need to be entirely removed. Instead, they can be reshaped or adjusted, which creates the desired room for the rest of the teeth to flourish. In rare cases, surgery is required in order to reshape or shorten the jaw, but only if there’s extreme misalignment.

Clear Aligners or Invisalign®

Clear braces is a form of orthontics that’s attractive to adults and teens because they are nearly invisible. The smooth, clear material is custom made in the lab and designed to fit snugly on your teeth, so there is no discomfort or unsightly metal brackets.  It can be easier to brush and floss during your treatment, as compared to traditional ortho, for better oral health.

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Which of these is best for you?

I recommend making an appointment with us and getting a personal diagnosis. Crowded teeth can be spotted during a routine exam, although x-rays are sometimes required to get the most complete picture.

Treatment itself is about a six-month to two-year process, although it can go longer. Treatment for children and adolescents is easiest, as their bones and teeth are more malleable than an adults’.

We… believe in making your life easy

My team and I know you have a lot on your plate.

Worrying about your teeth can sometimes fall to the bottom of the pile when it comes to your many responsibilities.

That’s why we go out of our way to make sure something like crowded teeth is diagnosed and treated in the most efficient way possible.

For parents, be sure to remember to take preventative measures with your children, as their behavior at a young age can affect their oral health for years to come.

As always, it’s best to seek treatment as soon as possible. If there’s a problem, we can fix it before it gets worse. If there’s no problem, then that’s even better. Either way, you’re in good hands with your local Mount Prospect dentist.

Do you have any further questions regarding crowded teeth? Feel free to contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Not only do we love working on teeth, but we love talking about them, too!

Dental Health for Seniors: Simple Solutions Workshop by Dr. Tom Meyer

Dental Health for Seniors: Simple Solutions Workshop by Dr. Tom Meyer

Wednesday, May 16
10:00 AM to 11:15 AM
Frisbie Senior Center
52 Northwest Hwy
Des Plaines IL 60016

  • Do you have a lack of saliva?
  • Do you have trouble swallowing?
  • Do you take medications?
  • Do you miss eating certain foods?
  • Are you skipping meals because it is difficult to chew?
  • Do you have arthritis?
  • Do you have diabetes?

At our upcoming workshop at the Frisbie Senior Center in Des Plaines, I’ll be sharing many simple solutions to maximize your dental health and in turn your overall health.

These include the importance of managing dry mouth and how missing teeth can impact your health and confidence, amongst other topics pertinent to seniors’ oral health.

My goal is to show you that there are simple solutions to your dental needs and concerns.  Here’s a preview of what I’ll discuss. I hope you’ll be able to make this free event!

Dental Health for Seniors – Why We Need to Work Together to Manage Dry Mouth

Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is the bane of many seniors. In fact, the majority deal with it on a daily basis. It’s uncomfortable and makes eating and talking difficult.

And yet, I find that many people who come to my Des Plaines/Mount Prospect dentist office haven’t had this issue addressed. One of the main reasons this happens is because it’s often overlooked by the patients themselves or their caretakers.Happy elderly couple having breakfast in kitchen, smiling at camera.

Chronic dry mouth is an issue that should be addressed immediately. Xerostomia (dry mouth) can lead to significant health problems, including:

  • Dental caries and increased plaque
  • Oral candidiasis
  • Inflammation of the gums and mucosa
  • Difficulty speaking, eating, and swallowing
  • Painful tongue and taste disorders
  • Burning and stinging sensations in the mouth
  • Difficulty wearing dentures due to lack of lubrication from saliva

This is one of the main topics I’ll be discussing at my Simple Dental Solutions workshop. I’ll explain why seniors suffer with dry mouth (medications!) and I’ll also outline simple, refreshing ways to overcome symptoms.

Missing Teeth or Ill-Fitting Dentures Can Impact a Senior’s Overall Health and Confidence

Another topic I’ll be discussing at the workshop is missing teeth and dealing with ill-fitting dentures.

Studies have shown just how impactful losing a tooth can be on a person’s self-esteem.

Just because a person is in their golden years doesn’t mean that they aren’t affected by aesthetics. We should all be able to feel great about the way we look – at any age. woman-foy-dentures

Beyond our confidence level, we have to think about our health.

Losing a tooth can lead to jawbone recession. There’s nothing holding the jawbone in place or providing vital nutrients to it. When that happens, the jawbone shrinks. This can make eating and talking difficult.

What’s Wrong with Traditional Dentures?

Many seniors have expressed that they cannot stand wearing their dentures.

Traditional dentures can have a tendency of making people look older. For some, they are the answer to missing teeth. But for the advantages they offer (i.e. biting and chewing), dentures lack one important quality. They do not stimulate the jawbone. They offer no help to reduce the look of aging.

Essentially, the jaw ignores traditional dentures and continues to regress. The result of jaw bone resorption is the “sunken” appearance of the mouth and the chin.

At the Simple Dental Solutions Workshop, we dive into  how The Denture Fountain of Youth™ can give you back your youthful appearance and teeth that let you talk, eat, laugh, and smile  – knowing they are secure.

We Believe That All Seniors Deserve the Very Best in Dental Care

You can come to the Des Plaines Frisbie Center anytime between 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM to learn how you can eat, drink, and smile better with dentures and how to relieve health concerns such as dry mouth.

Afterwards, there will be a chance for you to ask questions. We are happy to discuss dental options for you that tailor to your specific and personalized goals.

We will have light breakfast treats and refreshments available for all to enjoy.

Will You Join Me for My Simple Dental Solutions Workshop?

simple dental health solutions des plaines

I hope to show seniors why they deserve the best dental care available. I want to show you that everyone at my Des Plaines/Mount Prospect dentist office commits daily to improving the health of those in our community.

There will be a lot of great information presented at this workshop. It will be informative and helpful. But most of all, it’ll be fun.

Please RVSP by calling our office at 847-827-6290, or emailing email@meyerdentalgroup.net, or just stop by!

 

Dr. Tom Meyer, D.D.S., F.I.C.C.M.O – Dentist Mount Prospect

 

 

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Look, feel, eat better with dentures! Des Plaines Dentures Workshop

Look, feel, eat better with dentures! Des Plaines Dentures Workshop

Wednesday, August 30th
10-11:30 am at Frisbie Senior Center
52 Northwest Hwy
Des Plaines IL 60016

We believe that… properly fitted dentures should give you the same confidence you had with your natural smile.

At our Dentures Workshop, I will explain how The Denture Fountain of Youth™ can give you the confidence with a youthful appearance and teeth that let you talk, eat, laugh, and smile knowing they are secure.

This amazing breakthrough in denture technology not only improves the fit and function of your dentures, it also helps make you look younger by supporting your face like your natural teeth;
reducing lines and wrinkles across your face.

In addition, I will talk about the marriage of properly fitting dentures and dental implants, as well as how you can enjoy a higher quality of life.

Traditional Dentures vs. The Denture Fountain of Youth™

What’s wrong with traditional dentures?

dental-implants-tom-meyer-dentist-des-plaines-chicagoTraditional dentures can have a tendency of making people look older. For some, they are the answer to missing teeth. But for the advantages they offer (i.e. biting and chewing), dentures lack one important quality. They do not stimulate the jawbone. They offer no help to reduce the look of aging.

Essentially, the jaw ignores traditional dentures and continues to regress. The result of jaw bone resorption is the “sunken” appearance of the mouth and the chin.

An Overview of Why The Denture Fountain of Youth™

On the other hand, The Denture Fountain of Youth™…

  1. Reduces bone loss in the jaw due to even distribution of denture forces
  2. Eliminates or greatly reduces denture pain
  3. Reduces signs of aging such as lines, folds, and jowls. It can restore your face’s youthful proportions. It can give you a facelift!
  4. Will let you speak, chew and smile better thanks to the better fit. It’s truly designed to fit a mouth in motion.

At the Workshop

You can come to the Des Plaines Frisbie Center anytime between 10-11:30 a.m. to hear about this denture technology that has already benefited so many people with missing teeth. There will be a short informational presentation starting at about 10:15 AM. Afterwards, there will be a chance for you to ask questions and visit with Dr Meyer and the Meyer Dental Group team. We are happy to discuss dental options for you that tailor to your specific and personalized goals.

 

We will have light breakfast treats and refreshments available for all to enjoy. All attendees will also receive a take home goodie bag which includes a free CT scan coupon and complimentary clinical consultation (valued at $565).

 

See you at the Workshop!

Please RVSP by calling our office at 847-827-6290, or emailing email@meyerdentalgroup.net, or just stop by!

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions ahead of time and if there’s a particular question you would like me to cover in the presentation.

Dr. Tom Meyer, D.D.S., F.I.C.C.M.O
Dentist Des Plaines

Don’t hide your smile – straighten your teeth regardless of your age!

Don’t hide your smile – straighten your teeth regardless of your age!

Traditional braces used to be the only way to straighten your teeth. Now, with the use of clear aligners (invisible braces), you can get the straight smile you desire without the look of metal brackets and wires.

You can always smile more

Your smile (or lack of it) is the first thing people notice about you. When people’s teeth are misaligned, they have a tendency to try to smile without showing their teeth, or forego smiling at all. Being able to smile again brings joy to both you and everyone you encounter. It makes you more approachable in a room full of strangers. Invisible braces are more visually appealing to encourage you to smile, laugh, and enjoy life during and after orthodontic treatment.

What are the advantages of invisible braces?

Invisible braces like Invisalign and ClearAligners consist of a series of clear, removable aligners. These aligners will gradually reposition your teeth. Many adults have come to Meyer Dental Group for invisible braces. Here are the benefits:

  • The clear aligners fit right over your teeth and are almost invisible
  • Aligners are smooth, firm plastic that hold and shift your teeth into place
  • Invisible braces are removable. This makes it easier to clean your teeth
  • They do not irritate your gums, cheeks or tongue
  • They eliminate any allergic reactions you may experience with metal

We believe your smile and your oral health is important

At Meyer Dental Group, we regularly help our patients get the smile they have always desired with the use of invisible braces.

We serve the Des Plaines, Mt Prospect, Arlington Heights, Chicago and surrounding areas. If you are holding back or hiding that beautiful smile of yours, call us at (847)827-6290  or make an appointment and smile again!

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