Dental Minute: The Proper Use of a Retainer

Orthodontist in Glenview, IL

In this Dental Minute, Dr. Uhland discusses the proper use of a retainer during your orthodontic treatment. With proper care and usage, your retainer will play a vital role in keeping your smile straight, healthy and beautiful.

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The Surprising Benefits of Aesthetic Dentistry

Orthodontist in Glenview, IL

orthodontist glenviewStudies show that about 45% of adults are unhappy with the appearance of their smile. Read about the surprising benefits for achieving a healthy and beautiful smile below.

You might make more money

Studies show that those who are considered attractive make more money than their less attractive counterparts. Men with bad teeth earn on average 18% less than those with good teeth, and women with bad teeth earn about 11% less than women with good teeth.

People with straight teeth are also seen as smarter, thus have the ability to potentially earn more money.

You will have better health

In addition to relieving physical tension and stress, smiling helps to boost the immune system. Smiling decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies. Laughter also improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can protect you against heart attacks.

You will have social success

About 48% of 18-24 years old have “detagged” themselves from a photo on Facebook because of their smile. Having good teeth increases self-confidence and there is no need to worry about making a bad impression with crooked teeth. About 97% of adults think a great smile is an important social asset.

You might get a date

The first thing that people notice upon meeting someone new is his or her smile. People with straight teeth are more likely than those with crooked teeth to get a date based on their picture alone.

Our team can help you achieve and maintain the smile you have always wanted! Contact our office to schedule a consultation with our orthodontist.

Decrease Your Odds of Hypertension

Orthodontist in Glenview, IL

Glenview OrthodontistYou may be unaware of how your oral health can be an indicator of your overall health. The warning signs of systemic health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, can often be found by during a routine examination at our orthodontic office. You may be surprised to find out that hypertension (high blood pressure) may also be linked to your oral health habits.

A recent study published in the Journal of Periodontology suggests that there is a link between oral hygiene and high blood pressure, based on the results of almost 20,000 adults surveyed in the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES). It was found that individuals with poor oral hygiene habits, such as infrequent brushing of teeth, were more likely to suffer from hypertension. Individuals that brushed their teeth more than once daily and also utilized other oral health products such as floss or mouthwash were less likely to suffer from hypertension. The study concluded that maintaining good oral hygiene habits may help prevent or control high blood pressure.

Good oral hygiene is essential to a healthy life and regular dental visits are important in maintaining good oral heath. Contact our office to schedule your appointment for an examination and cleaning.

Do I really have to wear rubber bands with my braces?

Northbrook IL Orthodontist

At Thometz & Uhland Orthodontics, most of our patients will need to wear rubber bands at some point during their orthodontic treatment. The purpose of rubber bands is to correct an overbite or underbite. If your teeth do not fit properly, Dr. Thometz and Dr. Uhland may recommend you wear rubber bands during treatment.

Here are some tips for wearing rubber bands:

Use the correct rubber bands. Rubber bands come in different diameters and elastic strengths. We will provide you with specific rubber bands that fit the needs of your smile. Make sure you use the ones given by us in order for your jaw to move into place properly.

Wear them for the right amount of time. Be sure to wear your rubber bands for the appropriate amount of time that is prescribed by our orthodontists. Depending on our instructions, you may need to wear your rubber bands all the time or part-time, like during the day or during sleep. If you don’t wear them as prescribed, your jaw and teeth can start moving back to original positions, which can prolong treatment time.

Wear them appropriately. Patients have been known to double up on rubber bands thinking that it will make their teeth move faster. However, this can create more problems with your jaw and teeth. Also, do not wear rubber bands longer than instructed. Over time, the rubber bands will begin to lose their elasticity, which can affect treatment.

If you have any questions about orthodontic rubber bands, be sure to contact our Northbrook orthodontists. Wearing rubber bands is an important process during your treatment, and can reduce the time you have your braces.