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A Natural Smile with Removable Dentures

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In the United States, 26% of adults between the ages of 65 and 74 years have lost all their teeth, and in other parts of the world, that percentage is even higher. Luckily, with all of the advances in modern dentistry, there are many affordable and efficient ways to replace missing teeth that are both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

Removable denture prosthetics (false teeth), are one of the most inexpensive options for replacing lost teeth, and they just might be the right option for you. Below are some answers to common questions about removable dentures. Remember, the first step to finding a solution is scheduling an appointment, so that we can develop a treatment plan that will best meet your needs.

How are removable dentures created?
First off, you should know that a considerable amount of art and science will go into the process of making your dentures. When we create your dentures, our ultimate goal will be to recreate your smile. You can even bring in photographs of your natural teeth to help guide us as we develop your dentures. First we’ll make a detailed impression of the residual ridges on the top and bottom of your mouth. We’ll then work with our skilled laboratory technicians to choose from many different prosthetic tooth sizes and shapes to create your natural looking smile. You’ll then come into our office to try out your new teeth, and if necessary, we’ll make any adjustments to make sure your smile is natural-looking!

Our Joliet, IL office hosts our on-site dental lab.  Your impressions do not have to travel very far to be created by our experienced team.  They will even do denture repairs while you wait. Check out the office video for Avid Dental, PC.

How will I wear removable dentures?
It may take a bit of practice to get used to your dentures, but once you do, it will be smooth sailing from there! You’ll need to essentially relearn how to bite, chew and speak while wearing your dentures. You should come into our office for frequent checkups to ensure your dentures continue to be comfortable, and we will make any necessary adjustments along the way.

Do I still need to brush with dentures?
Absolutely! You’ll want to brush your gums, tongue and the roof of your mouth every morning before you insert your dentures. And like your teeth, you should brush your dentures daily to remove food and plaque.

If you would like more information about dentures, please contact us by calling (815) 483-2040 to schedule an appointment for a complimentary denture/partial consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Removable Full Dentures.”

Faith Hill Wears Her Braces Proudly

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When she stepped on stage at the recent Grammy Awards ceremony, country music star Faith Hill made a stunning impression: She had a black gown by J. Mendel, a Bottega Veneta clutch, shoes by Tom Ford, a handsome man standing beside her (her husband, fellow country star Tim McGraw)… and a big smile that showcased her new braces.

The 45-year-old songstress didn’t seem the least bit shy about flashing the orthodontic appliances, which had been placed on her teeth just a few months before. In fact, she joins a growing list of adult celebrities — and regular folks too — who know that it’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted.

If you thought that braces are just for kids, you may be surprised to learn that today, around two in ten orthodontic patients are grown-ups. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Research shows that the incidence of bite problems (malocclusions) in adults is comparable to that of children and adolescents: That means perhaps three-quarters of adults have a condition that could benefit from orthodontic treatment.

Why would an adult choose to have orthodontic treatment? One reason is for its potential health benefits. Misaligned teeth are often much harder to clean properly, and poor oral hygiene can pave the way for gum disease and tooth decay.

Another reason is to enhance your career prospects… and your social life. Several studies have indicated that orthodontic treatment can increase self-confidence, and even improve career opportunities. Plus, a recent survey found that having good teeth was the #1 criterion by which both men and women rate the attractiveness of potential partners. So there are plenty of reasons to get treatment.

If you haven’t looked closely at orthodontic appliances since you were a kid, you might also be surprised at how far the technology has progressed. Fixed appliances — that is, traditional metal braces — are still the “gold standard” for treating moderate to complex bite problems. But even all-metal braces are smaller than they used to be, because the small brackets that hold the arch wire are now bonded to the teeth with special adhesives, instead of always being fastened with wide metal bands.

For those seeking a less-obvious alternative to traditional braces, it’s often possible to use translucent (tooth-colored) brackets instead of metal ones. That’s the treatment of choice for many celebrities like Tom Cruise — and Faith Hill. They’re a lot harder to notice than the all-metal type, and some find they fit better with their self-image.

In some cases, it may even be possible to opt for “lingual” braces, which are placed on the tongue side of the teeth. They offer an alternative that’s truly invisible — only you will know they’re there.

Finally, if your bite problems are mild to moderate, you may be able to get good treatment results from Invisalign clear aligners. These are a series of transparent plastic “trays” that fit over your teeth and gradually move them into a better position. They’re designed to be worn for 22 hours a day, but they can be removed for important occasions — like award speeches.

So if your smile — or your life — could use some perking up, take a tip from stars like Faith Hill: Don’t let the fact that you’re an adult stop you from getting orthodontic treatment. As the singer recently tweeted, “I’ve seen your posts and the news coverage on my braces… woah!! Wear your braces proudly.”

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment for adults, please contact us by calling (815) 741-1700 to schedule an appointment for a consultation or request your appointment online. You can also read the Dear Doctor article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”