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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
July 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces  

A straighter smile isn’t the only amazing benefits of getting orthodontic treatment.braces

Most people aren’t born with perfectly straight smiles, which means that most of the time people can benefit from getting braces at some point during their lifetime. Bringing your child in for an orthodontic consultation when they are around 7 years old is usually the perfect time to find out whether or not their smiles can benefit from braces. Of course, children aren’t the only ones who can get braces. More and more adults are turning to our Western Springs, IL, orthodontist Dr. Joseph Kizior for treatment. Here are some oral health advantages to getting braces:

We know that have a smile that is no longer crooked is a major benefit in and of itself. In fact, this benefit alone may be all you need to know that getting braces in Western Springs, IL, is the right option for you. Of course, there are some other benefits to braces that you might not have realized.

Did you know that those with crooked, misaligned smiles are more likely to develop decay? This is because smiles that are crooked, overlapping or have spaces between teeth are more likely to harbor bacteria that is harder to reach and brush away.

If you have teeth that are overlapping or crowded, think about how challenging it can be to clean every surface of that misaligned tooth. Getting orthodontic treatment and getting a straighter smile can also improve your oral health.

Malocclusions, or “bad bites”, also put too much pressure on certain teeth, which can lead to teeth grinding, worn teeth and fracturing. In order to prevent this, the best option is to improve the alignment of your smile with braces. By getting braces from our Western Springs, IL, orthodontic specialist as soon as possible you could prevent dental injuries or excessive wear and tear on your smile.

Of course, patients of all ages can get braces. Just because you are an adult doesn’t mean it’s too late. We offer a variety of orthodontic options to meet your needs. Whether you have more complex dental problems you need to treat or you want to straighten your smile discreetly, we have the option that will meet your smile goals.

If you think that you or your child could benefit from braces then it’s the perfect time to call our Western Springs, IL, orthodontic office to schedule a consultation with us. The smile you want is within reach; we can help.

By Joseph Kizior, DDS
January 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   Orthodontics   Ez-Align  

Misaligned teeth can make cleaning them difficult and smiling a chore. But the idea of wearing bulky, conspicuous braces might not appeal ez-alignto you either. That's why Dr. Joseph Kizior, your orthodontist in Western Springs, IL, offers EZ-Align as a comfortable, hygienic, and practically invisible alternative to traditional braces. If you'd like to learn more about EZ-Align's benefits, you've come to the right place!

How does EZ-Align work?

EZ-Align uses the same technology that traditional braces employ; localized pressure is placed on certain teeth to move them into place. However, EZ-Align from your Western Springs, IL, orthodontist doesn't require the brackets and wires; this orthodontic system uses a series of flexible plastic trays that are custom-fitted for you. When your teeth have shifted - usually after a month or so - you simply switch to a new aligner that will reflect those changes and continue the process. These removable trays are worn between 20 and 22 hours a day for an average of a year to give you a newly aligned smile you'll be proud to show off!

What are the benefits of EZ-Align?

One of the most compelling advantages of EZ-Align is that the trays are designed to be removed while eating and cleaning your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, this means you're free to eat what you like and maintain your normal dental hygiene routine. You'll also be able to thoroughly clean the trays before wearing them again. Another great aspect is that other people won't be able to see your EZ-Align trays while you're wearing them, thanks to their clear, flexible plastic material. Your journey to a straightened smile will be a completely personalized and comfortable experience!

To learn more about EZ-Align, call your orthodontist, Dr. Joseph Kizior in Western Springs, IL, and talk to our friendly office staff about setting up a consultation for yourself or your family member today!

By Joseph Kizior, DDS
November 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   Orthodontics  

Braces are a great way to achieve a beautiful smile, but caring for your teeth requires some modifications when you have braces. Daily bracesoral hygiene practices can be more challenging when you have braces. For instance, maneuvering a toothbrush or dental floss around the brackets and wires can be difficult. An orthodontist can give you specific tips on caring for your smile when you have braces, such as how best to clean your teeth or which types of foods to avoid. Dr. Joseph Kizior is your orthodontist for braces in Western Springs, IL.

Types of Braces

In the past, braces consisted of metal brackets and wires applied to the front of the teeth. Today, different types of braces are available. Metal braces are still an option, but they are not the only choice. Ceramic braces are applied to the front of the teeth like traditional braces but are clear so they are more discreet. Another discreet option is lingual braces, which are applied to the back of teeth. Finally, aligner trays offer a modern alternative to brackets and wires for straightening teeth. They are both clear and removable, offering another discreet option.

Caring for Your Smile with Braces

Braces consisting of brackets and wires pose special challenges to caring for your teeth. For instance, food particles can more easily become trapped between the brackets and wires when eating. Additionally, the brackets and wires can interfere with the ability to thoroughly brush and floss. There are steps you can take, though, to properly care for your smile when you have braces. Your Western Springs, IL, orthodontist can provide more specific details, but some steps you can take yourself include:

  • Avoiding sticky foods and treats, such as chewing gum.
  • Avoiding biting into especially hard foods, such as hard candies.
  • Eliminating such habits as biting on fingernails or the ends of pens or pencils.
  • Trying a floss threader to floss between teeth even when wires are in the way.
  • Using an interdental toothbrush or proxabrush to clean around brackets, bands and wires.
  • Wearing a mouthguard when participating in certain sports.

Caring for your smile when you have braces involves maintaining good oral hygiene habits and avoiding certain types of foods. Dr. Kizior, your Western Springs, IL, orthodontist can advise you on the best way to care for your teeth with braces. To schedule an appointment, call the office at (708) 246-1000.

By Joseph Kizior, DDS
June 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Braces   Orthodontics  

Could you benefit from orthodontic treatment? Our Western Springs, IL, orthodontist, Dr. Joseph Kizior, discusses a few signs that may orthodonticsindicate that you need braces.

Bite problems

Your upper and lower teeth should fit together easily when you close your mouth. If you don't, you have a bite problem. Bite problems, such as under and overbites can detract from the way you look, but the appearance isn't the only issue. Enamel erosion, lacerations in the mouth and gum disease are more likely to occur if you have a bite problem. If your molars don't meet, chewing may be difficult. In some cases, bite problems can even affect speech and cause temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), a painful condition that affects the hinge joints in the jaw.

Orthodontic treatment is effective in treating underbites, overbites, crossbites and open bites.

Crooked teeth

Do your teeth overlap or protrude at odd angles? Orthodontic treatment will gradually realign them, improving both your appearance and your bite. If you have a serious crowding issue, it may be necessary to remove a few teeth before your treatment begins. Removing the teeth ensures that there is adequate room in your mouth to realign your teeth.

Teeth on the move

If you think that your teeth have shifted, it's probably not your imagination. Teeth tend to change position as we age. If you had perfect teeth as a child, it's not unusual to see a difference in your smile as an adult. Unfortunately, if your teeth were far from perfect when you were younger, the alignment may only worsen as you get older. No matter what your age, orthodontic treatment can help improve the function and appearance of your teeth. Sometimes adults want to straighten their teeth, but don't like the look of metal braces. Invisalign, a type of clear braces offered in our Western Springs office, can be an excellent option.


Braces are ideal for treating gaps between teeth. Once those spaces close, you'll no longer have to worry about trapped food and will feel more confident about the way you look.

Still not sure if orthodontic treatment is a good choice for you? Call our Western Springs, IL, orthodontist, Dr. Kizior, at (708) 246-1000 to schedule an appointment.