Looking for Aesthetic Braces? Hyde Park Orthodontist has Options
When patients ask for aesthetic alternatives to braces, Hyde Park orthodontist Dr. Michael Stosich shares two options available at his practice: Invisalign & SureSmile.
It may seem trivial to have concerns about how a person's teeth look while they're in orthodontic treatment. After all, have we forgotten the sole reason for orthodontic treatment is to improve aesthetic flaws, alignment problems and bite issues?
"While this is correct," said Dr. Michael Stosich of iDentity Orthodontics, "patient demand for treatment options that aren't noticeable is high, and technology keeps rising to the challenge."
When it comes to aesthetic braces, Grayslake and Hyde Park orthodontist Stosich offers a pair of in-demand aesthetic orthodontic treatment options: SureSmile and Invisalign.
Stosich admits that given a choice, SureSmile is his favored treatment option.
A Sure Thing
SureSmile is a highly advanced system that offers the orthodontist insight into each patient's tooth movement. It calculates every customization necessary to deliver his recommended treatment path. The arch wires are bent by a robot, which paves the way for faster, more exact tooth movements than Stosich could achieve by manually bending the wires, which is the method employed when traditional braces are used in treatment.
SureSmile also uses 3D technology to formulate a plan where the teeth move more efficiently. Grayslake orthodontist, Stosich, estimates treatment can be completed 30 percent faster with SureSmile than other methods.
This enables Stosich to address aesthetics in two ways. First, patients finish treatment faster, which means time spent with appliances on the teeth is reduced. Second, he improves aesthetics during treatment by offering clear brackets instead of traditional metal ones.
"SureSmile and clear brackets are my preference to Invisalign because of the quicker, more precise results," said the orthodontist Gurnee who treats patients from Chicago and other neighboring cities. "The ease of lifestyle adaptation also is better with SureSmile than that of Invisalign."
However, Dr. Stosich knows that some patients just can't bear the thought of braces on their teeth. These patients still stand to benefit from Invisalign, particularly if they are adamantly against brackets and wires. Some form of treatment is better than foregoing treatment altogether.
Invisalign for Invisible Correction
Invisalign uses a series of custom-made aligners that are barely noticeable when worn. Aligners can be removed prior to eating and when brushing and flossing.
Patients switch to the next in their series of aligners about every two weeks, and they must wear the aligners 20-22 hours daily while in treatment to achieve the desired result on schedule.
Patients considering Invisalign should be mindful of the aligners' propensity for staining. Removing the trays also can be uncomfortable, and Stosich said movements are not as precise with Invisalign.
"Invisalign is touted as being a speedy treatment option, but it actually takes twice as long as clear aesthetic braces," he said.
Food for Thought
Adults interested in straightening their teeth, but are concerned about the way they'll look with metal braces can keep in mind that these discreet options exist.
Stosich has treated hundreds of patients with these two technologically advanced procedures, and he is the only university-trained doctor in the U.S. to receive advanced training from SureSmile's inventor.
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About Dr. Michael Stosich
Dr. Michael Stosich attended the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia and earned a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. He then pursued critical specialty training in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics at Temple University, and also received a Master's Degree. He was awarded the Coben Scholar in Orthodontics. He went on to complete a four-year craniofacial fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.