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FAQs

Q: WHAT IS ORTHODONTICS?

A: Orthodontics is a specialized form of dentistry focusing on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and jaw abnormalities.

 

 

Q: WHO IS AN ORTHODONTIST?

A: An orthodontist is a dental specialist who has received two-three year additional years of training and experience after obtaining a dentist degree. Dr. Petty and Dr. Kristie are specialized in straightening teeth, correcting misaligned jaws, and improving the function of your smile

 

 

Q: WHAT AGE SHOULD I/MY CHILD SEE AN ORTHODONTIST?

A: The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children first visit an orthodontist around the age of seven; however, orthodontic treatment is not exclusive to children and teens. If you want to improve the look and feel of your smile, then any age can be a great age to see the orthodontist.

 

 

Q: ONE PHASE VS TWO-PHASE TREATMENT PLANS

A: Most tooth and jaw alignment problems can be completed in one phase of orthodontic treatment. However there are a few cases when an early treatment (phase I) is indicated and then followed by a second phase later on when all adult teeth are present. Our doctor can help you decide if early treatment is indicated for your child. 

 

 

Q: WHAT ARE MY TREATMENT OPTIONS?

A: Dr. Petty and Dr. Kristie provide a full range of advanced orthodontic treatment solutions tailored to your unique, specific needs. Our services go beyond traditional metal braces to include esthetic self ligating clear braces and Invisalign® clear aligners for ALL ages. Schedule your complimentary consultation to find the treatment that best suits your needs.

 

Q: DURATION - HOW LONG DO I WEAR THEM?

A: The amount of time spent in treatment will vary depending on the severity of the orthodontic problem, how well you wear your elastics and keep your appointments, and how your teeth respond to movement. Treatment time can vary between 9 and 30 months with most people finishing around 22 months. 

 

Q: COST

A: The cost of treatment depends on severity of the orthodontic problem, the treatment modality, and your insurance. Schedule your consultation to determine what treatment options and payment options best fit you. 

 

Q: WILL MY TEETH STRAIGHTEN AS I GROW?

A: Typically the space for teeth aligning decreases with age so that teeth will become even more crowded or overlapped with time.

 

Q: CAN I GO BACK TO SCHOOL AFTER APPOINTMENTS?

A: Yes, you can keep your regular schedule following all appointments even after the braces are placed initially. Feel free to eat immediately after your appointments. 

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Chicago, IL 60659

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions patients have about dentistry and oral health issues.  If you have any other questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, Dr. Obaisi would love to hear from you.

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