Evidence of brace-like dental solutions to teeth irregularities can be found as far back as the ancient Greek civilization. Braces use force and pressure against the teeth in an effort to move them into proper alignment. Braces in Bloomington are your solution to a smile that may be distracting and unattractive.
The braces most people think about when the discussion comes up are comprised of metal or wire brackets, a bonding material, arch wire, and a special ligature elastic or spring that aligns the teeth. The arch wire slowly forces the teeth into their proper position thus eliminating the possibility of a malformed jaw by making sure the jaw grows properly and helping to create a more proper alignment of the teeth. The process is a slow one which any teenager who has worn them can attest to.
Stainless steel and titanium are still the most popular type of braces in use today. In conventional braces, the arch wire is held in place by ties. Another option is the development of self-tying or self-ligating brackets. It is also possible to use clear braces, with brackets made of ceramic or plastic, in place of traditional braces. Clear elastic and white metal ties make the braces even less noticeable. For those allergic to nickel, a component of stainless steel, gold-plated stainless steel can be a good alternative as well as titanium braces.
Another option is a lingual brace. Traditional braces are connected to the front of the teeth, while lingual braces are cemented on the inside of the teeth, so they can’t be seen very clearly. These are as close to invisible as possible. All of these types of braces require frequent trips to the dentist or orthodontist because they need to be tightened from time to time. This is because the teeth move slowly, and forcing them to move too quickly could cause serious problems.
If your dentist/ or orthodontist determines that you need braces, you will be given a list of available options and provided with all the information necessary for you to make an informed decision. Braces are relatively inexpensive. The results can make an enormous difference in the life of an individual especially when jaw alignment is part of the problem. It is a good idea for you to talk about what choices you have as well as any additional considerations. Getting braces in Bloomington is one way to make sure your mouth has the best chance for good health throughout your life.
Eastland Dental Center is owned and operated by the father-daughter duo, Dr. Mike Milligan and Dr. Marisa Milligan.
Dr. Mike completed his doctor of dental medicine degree from Southern Illinois University in 1978. Dr. Marisa completed her doctor of dental medicine degree from Midwestern University in 2015. Both doctors have logged hundreds of hours of continuing education to stay on top of the latest technologies in dentistry as well as the most current research on the oral-systemic, mouth-body connection to benefit their patients. Dr. Mike and Dr. Marisa are active members and in excellent standing with the American Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Association, Chicago Dental Society, McLean County Dental Association, American Academy of Oral Systemic Health, and numerous other societies.
Both doctors are avid golfers and have won several national golf tournaments over the years. They are the only father-daughter team in the state to have won the Illinois State Amateur Golf Championship. Dr. Mike in 1974 and Dr. Marisa in 2005.