Smile with Confidence
In-House Orthodontic Treatment
If you are considering straightening your smile, consider First Class Smiles of Des Plaines, IL. With our award winning dentists and board certified orthodontist, you can receive all your specialized dental work you need in one convenient location.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is the field of dentistry that focuses on improving teeth and gums for cosmetic purposes. It may also be known as Anterior Orthodontics. In this field, we treat a variety of conditions such as an under-bite, over-bite, or crooked teeth.
Orthodontics also includes any treatment to improve the shape or space between teeth, and may also include dental implants. We can treat a wide range of issues, including an under-bite, over-bite, or crooked teeth
Who should consider orthodontic treatment?
Anyone can benefit from orthodontic treatment. However, some people are more likely to need orthodontic care than others. These factors include but are not limited to: bad bite habits, having overcrowded teeth, or not enough space between your teeth for your bite to be comfortable.
We treat children, teens, and even adults!
What to expect during your initial consultation.
At your initial consultation, our orthodontist will review your health history, review your dental and orthodontic needs, and perform an examination. She will then spend time looking at your teeth and the bite relationship. She will also examine your mouth and determine how you move your mouth and your bite. From her assessment, she will explain your treatment options, risks, and benefits.
Currently, all initial consultations for orthodontic treatement are free! Be sure to schedule your appointment if you are interested in improving your smile.
Our Orthodontic Services
Metal braces are used to correct a wide variety of issues, including an under-bite, over-bite, or crooked teeth. They are the most common type of orthodontics treatment. The metal parts are easy to remove, so they can be taken off with ease.
With metal braces, we attach wires to teeth and thread them into the mouth. These wires are connected to an appliance that helps shift teeth into position. All metal braces have brackets that attach to the teeth and secure them in position.
Metal braces are generally used for about two years.
Ceramic braces are a popular choice among older teens and adults. They have similar build as metal braces, but instead they are made of a clear, ceramic material which allows patients to wear braces more discretely than the metal bracket counterpart.
Because of the lighter, ceramic material, ceramics could be more susceptible to breakage than metal braces. They are also susceptible to stains considering the clear brackets.
Invisalign uses a series of custom-fitted BPA-free plastic aligners used to gradually shift your teeth into alignment. Invisalign is often a favorite among adults as it allows them to straighten their teeth more discreetly.
If you want to improve your smile without traditional braces, Invisalign may be your smile solution! Visit our Invisalign page to learn more.
Retention / Retainers
A retainer is a plastic or metal device that your orthodontist will place in your mouth. They are meant to help keep your teeth in place while you are wearing braces. However, they can also be used as an option for adults who need to improve their bite.
If your teeth are moving out of place, you may need to wear a retainer. Retainers are generally removable, so they can be taken out easily. You can wear them while drinking and eating. They are typically worn for approximately six months.
Your orthodontist may recommend you wear a retainer after braces are taken off or before treatment begins. Retainers are not considered cosmetic treatment and may be recommended if your bite is off and you need to improve your bite.
About Dr. Mona Yang, Board Certified Orthodontist
Dr. Mona Yang is a board certified orthodontist at First Class Smiles. Attended The University of Connecticut Health Center for residency and UT Health San Antonio for her Ph. D. She is part of the American Association of Orthodontics, American Dental Association, and International Association for dental research organizations. Dr. Yang has received numerous awards including the