Arlington Heights Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry Blog

Can You Wear Clear Aligners if You Grind Your Teeth?

April 2, 2023

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a woman getting clear aligners from her dentist

Modern technology has made it more convenient than ever to achieve the straighter smile you’ve always wanted. Thanks to clear aligners,  you no longer have to endure the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces. This orthodontic treatment offers a discreet, comfortable, and convenient way to straighten your teeth with removable aligners. However, you may be concerned if the treatment would still work for you since you grind your teeth. Read on to learn what you need to know about clear aligners and bruxism (teeth grinding).


Is It Possible to Play a Wind Instrument While Wearing Braces?

February 2, 2023

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young person holding an instrument

Is your child a member of their school band? Do they play the flute, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, tuba, or another wind instrument? The sounds that come from them are beautiful, and it can be a proud moment for any parent to see their child thrive in such a way. But if you’ve recently learned that they need braces to straighten their crooked teeth, you both may wonder if it will hinder their status in the band. While braces will certainly require some adjustment, an orthodontist is here to help.


Lunch with Braces: Foods to Avoid and Pack for Your Child

October 7, 2022

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child eating lunch with braces

Every night after dinner, you and your child put together their lunch for the next day. Before the brackets and wires, the menu had few limitations, but now that your child is wearing braces, you have a whole new set of concerns to keep in mind. Your orthodontist gave you a list of foods they are not allowed to have, which could break off a bracket or get stuck, but you also need to think about what your child should and shouldn’t have while they’re at school. Keep reading to get an idea of what you can pack in their lunches and what you should leave out.


What Should I Expect When Getting My Braces?

September 7, 2022

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woman smiling with braces in Arlington Heights

Are you struggling with gapped, crooked, or misaligned teeth? Two of the most effective and time-tested methods to correct your bite is traditional braces and clear aligners. Even if you had them many years ago or it’s your very first time undergoing the treatment, you might be wondering what it feels like to receive your braces. To help you feel more comfortable about the process, here’s what you can expect from your first visit to your final orthodontic appointment!


Baby’s First Dental Appointment: When and What to Expect

May 10, 2022

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baby’s first dental appointment

When you have a new baby, you experience many firsts, especially in year one. First smile, first tooth, first time sitting up and crawling, and perhaps even their word or first steps. There’s one new experience you shouldn’t forget about during this exciting phase of your child’s life—their first dental appointment. Here’s some valuable information about this initial visit with a board-certified pediatric dentist and why it’s vital for your baby.