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By Joseph Kizior, DDS
March 20, 2019
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Braces  

Discover the best solution for getting a straighter smile in Western Springs, IL.

There are many factors that play a role in which type of braces will provide you with the best and most efficient results. After all, our BracesWestern Springs, IL, orthodontist Dr. Joseph Kizior wants nothing more than for you to be happy with your new smile and to experience a smooth-sailing treatment process. Here are the most common types of braces and who may be ideal candidates for these different treatment options.

Traditional Metal Braces

This is most likely the type of braces you picture when you picture braces. They’ve been around for a while and that’s because they often provide the most efficient results, particularly for those dealing with more complex and complicated issues.

Traditional metal braces consist of metal brackets that are interconnected through metal wires, which apply just the right amount of pressure to gradually shift teeth around. Modern-day traditional braces now offer sleeker and more lightweight metal so they are more comfortable.

Just about anyone with a misaligned smile can benefit from metal braces. Those who also need to fix a malocclusion (bad bites), which requires realigning the jaws, will benefit the most from this type of braces.

Traditional Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces function the same way as metal braces the only difference, as you might have guessed, is that these braces use tooth-colored brackets and sometimes even clear wires to make these braces more aesthetically pleasing and less visible.

Because of the cosmetic benefits these braces are a little more expensive than metal braces and it’s also important that you keep them clean, as they are prone to stains. Again, ceramic braces can fix any malocclusion or misalignment.


Invisalign uses a set of clear removable aligners that look similar to whitening trays. These aligners are custom-made based off molds taken of your teeth. Since these aligners are removable you will still be able to eat and drink whatever you like throughout the course of your treatment.

Invisalign is only designed for older teens and adults dealing with crowding, crookedness, gaps between teeth, and malocclusions (e.g. overbites; underbites) because these aligners are custom-made to fit over teeth. The teeth of children and young teens are still growing, which means that this isn’t the ideal orthodontic treatment for them.

Are you interested in getting braces for you or your child in Western Springs, IL? It’s never too late to get that beautiful smile and our orthodontist can certainly help. Call our office today for a free evaluation.

By Joseph Kizior, DDS
October 30, 2018
Category: Orthodontics
Tags: Braces  

BracesFor generations, the practice of orthodontics has corrected and optimized both oral function and facial appearance. Dr. Joseph Kizior is Western Springs' top expert in orthodontics, and he offers a wide variety of braces for patients of all ages. In a one-on-one evaluation, this highly experienced and well-respected dentist can tell you if braces will help your smile.

Who gets braces?

People of all ages and walks of life experience the benefits of straighter, healthier smiles through orthodontic correction. While the best age for placement and treatment with braces typically is between 10 and 14 (according to the American Academy of Orthodontics), many college-age people and adults well into middle age opt to correct dental and jaw alignment issues through many kinds of braces, such as:

  • Conventional metal or ceramic braces
  • Clear cosmetic braces
  • Lingual, or tongue-side braces
  • Headgear
  • Palatal expanders (to widen the jaw)
  • Clear aligners (Dr. Kizior offers EZ-Align)

These customized appliances gradually move teeth into positions which eliminate bite issues (such as open bite, overbite, and underbite), gaps, crowding, overjet, tooth tipping, and rotation. Orthodontics is also recommended to patients who have jaw development and alignment issues, too, as it will create oral-facial balance and optimal functionality of teeth, gums, bone structure, muscles, and ligaments.

Additionally, the best candidates for braces practice diligent oral hygiene. Teeth should be in good general health and free of extensive decay and gum disease.

What does treatment involve?

You can expect a complete oral examination, including X-rays, three-dimensional scans (as needed), and precise oral impressions. Your unique care plan will include progress checks by Dr. Kizior in addition to:

  • Careful home hygiene habits (flossing once a day and brushing twice a day on top of any special care your appliances may need)
  • Your usual six-month oral hygiene visits and examinations with your dentist
  • Some dietary restrictions if you wear metal, ceramic, or lingual braces
  • Wearing a fixed bonded or removable retainer after completion of treatment

Find out more

If you'd love to flash a beautifully straight smile and reap the wonderful oral health benefits brought along with it, contact Dr. Joseph Kizior at his Western Springs office today. Phone (708) 246-1000 for your consultation appointment. We're open Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm.

By Joseph Kizior, DDS
August 28, 2018
Category: Orthodontics

It’s time to figure out what orthodontic treatment will best fit your needs.


Different Types of Braces

No matter whether you are seven years old or an adult, it’s never too late to get braces and our Western Springs, IL, orthodontist Dr. Joseph Kizior makes this possible by providing a variety of different orthodontic treatment options. We know that our patients are all looking for different things when it comes to braces, and our ultimate goal is to get you the straight smile you want.

Here are the most common types of braces:

  • Traditional metal braces
  • Ceramic/transparent braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Clear aligners

Traditional Braces

Despite all the different kinds of braces out there today, traditional braces will always be around because they are often the best and most efficient way to fix a variety of misalignments and dental problems. The look and feel of this metal bracket-and-wire system has gotten quite a makeover through the years and they are now sleeker and more lightweight than ever before.

Who should consider traditional braces?

  • Patients with more severe malocclusions (“bad bites”)
  • Patients that require more complicated tooth movements

Ceramic Braces

These braces work the same way that traditional braces do. The only difference is that instead of stainless steels brackets, our Western Springs, IL, orthodontist will create these brackets from a clear or tooth-colored material so they are less visible when bonded to the front of your teeth.

Who should consider ceramic braces?

  • Patients looking for a more discreet orthodontic treatment
  • Patients who are dedicated to keeping their braces clean (as poor hygiene can lead to visible discolorations)
  • Patients willing to spend a bit more for a more visibly discreet orthodontic system

Lingual Braces

Imagine getting metal braces but having them bonded to the back surface of your teeth instead of the front. This system is one of the least noticeable options for patients who need to straighten their smiles. Of course, because they are bonded to the back of your teeth they aren’t right for everyone including those with underbites. Some drawbacks are that the braces could affect your speech or irritate your tongue.

Who should consider lingual braces?

  • Patients looking to hide their orthodontic treatment
  • Patients who are okay with paying a little more for their braces
  • Patients with good oral hygiene who will brush and floss their teeth and braces properly

Clear Aligners

Most people think of this type of orthodontic treatment and immediately think of Invisalign. Of course, there are a variety of different orthodontic systems that use clear, plastic aligners that are custom-made to fit over your upper and/or lower teeth to move them into the proper position. These aligners can treat a variety of minor-to-moderate malocclusions.

Who should consider clear aligners?

  • Older teens and adults who are dealing with misalignments in their smile
  • Patients who aren’t dealing with more complicated tooth movements
  • Patients looking for a subtle, nearly invisible approaching to a straighter smile
  • Patients dedicated to wearing their aligners for the majority of the day
  • Patients who are dedicated to keeping their aligners clean and stain-free

If you are interested in getting braces for you or your child in Western Springs, IL, then it’s the perfect time to call our office today to schedule a consultation.