Thursday, July 21, 2022

Why You Need Orthodontic Care

Wazio Orthodontics

Oral health is a window into your overall health. Orthodontic treatment helps ensure proper function of teeth and creates healthy smiles. A good bite makes it easier for you to chew and speak. Teeth that are misaligned are harder to clean and can cause abnormal wearing of tooth enamel which can lead to extensive and expensive dental procedures. Orthodontic treatment can yield life-enhancing results: better function (biting, chewing, speaking).

In the simplest terms, orthodontics refers to “straightening” your teeth. While this may not sound important, it actually has a significant impact on your oral health and appearance. People who have crowded or crooked teeth often develop issues with their gums and jawbones which can lead to pain and discomfort. If the teeth are crooked, they can begin to grow in funny ways. This can lead to more issues down the line such as chipped or worn tooth enamel. Gum recession and fractures around the roots of your teeth where it attaches into your jawbone can also occur. You may even discover worse problems with decay from food being trapped between uneven surfaces. 

In addition to being uncomfortable or causing issues with eating and speaking, crooked teeth have been known to cause other health problems such as headaches from pinching on nerves. Crooked teeth can even cause back pain from a misaligned bite which puts pressure on the spine. In some cases, it can also cause issues with your sinuses due to poor air circulation in and out of the nose. While these are not always directly related to crooked teeth, they may be exacerbated by them so it’s best to get those pearly whites straightened out!

The bottom line is that orthodontic care is not something you should avoid. If you recognize any of these signs or concerns below in your child or yourself, it might be time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wazio.

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth 
  • Difficulty chewing or biting 
  • Mouth breathing 
  • Sucking the thumb or fingers, or other oral habits 
  • Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth 
  • Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude, or are recessed 
  • Speech difficulty 
  • Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth 
  • Protruding teeth 
  • Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all 
  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry
  • Grinding or clenching of teeth 
  • Inability to comfortably close lips

Even if the only thing that bothers you about your smile or bite is a little bit of crookedness in a few teeth, it’s still worth getting them straightened out as soon as possible.

Orthodontic treatment is not a quick fix. It is a complex biological process. It involves changes in jaw bones, facial bones and soft tissue as teeth are moved into their new positions. Your care often starts with a thorough examination of the teeth and mouth, and study of dental records such as x-rays, photos, and models of the teeth. From this, Dr. Wazio can develop your custom treatment plan.

There are a few different options for treatment, but the most common include braces and Invisalign. You can talk with Dr. Wazio about which option is right for you.

Traditional Silver Braces: These are the most common type of braces. Made of nickel-free high-grade steel, they are much smaller and more comfortable than those in the past. We offer a variety of colored elastics which may be changed at most appointments.

Ceramic (Clear) Braces: Made of a translucent tooth colored material, these are the most popular among adult patients. They are difficult to see unless you are extremely near the patient's teeth. However, the brackets are more fragile, and the elastic ties can become discolored between appointments.

Invisalign: The Invisalign System for adults is a series of clear, removable templates that fit over the teeth. Generated by computer simulation, they gradually move the teeth for the correction of some bite problems. Dr. Wazio is a Invisalign Certified Orthodontist.

LightForce Braces: LightForce 3D Brackets are a translucent, more aesthetic, option that blends in with the natural color of your teeth. Ergonomically designed, indirect bonding trays are 3D printed for each patient, providing superior placement accuracy. Intuitive digital treatment planning software enables Dr. Wazio to create, adjust, and approve your treatment plan quickly and efficiently.

Few people are lucky enough to have perfect teeth, but orthodontic treatment can make a dramatic difference to you or your child. The team at Wazio Orthodontics only recommends and uses the highest quality, clinically proven best treatments for our patients. Investing in high quality braces and materials will lead to the best, fastest, healthiest results.

Remember to keep your scheduled appointments, advise your Dr. Wazio of any problems that may occur between appointments, watch what you eat and drink, and brush and floss as instructed. It’s worth the effort to reach the goal you and your Wazio Orthodontics you a healthy smile that will last a lifetime.


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Orthodontic Care is More Affordable Than You Think

Wazio Orthodontics

Orthodontic treatment has positive effects on the health of your mouth. Aesthetics and function go hand in hand. A straighter, more beautiful smile will distribute the force of your bite more evenly and be less prone to dental problems. Teeth that aren't straight are more prone to damage. If you want your smile to last a lifetime, orthodontics can help.

When your teeth are crooked, overlapped, or otherwise misaligned, you place an uneven amount of pressure when you bite down. That leads to pain, and it can cause your teeth to wear down, chip and even break. Not only that, but poorly aligned teeth are also harder to clean properly which can lead to decay and gum disease.

If your dentist has told you that you or your child needs braces, your first question may have been “How much is that going to cost?”

Braces have a bad reputation for being more expensive than most families can afford. And the simple fact is…braces do involve pricey materials as well as many hours of time from a highly specialized professional. However, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn how truly affordable orthodontic care is today. At Wazio Orthodontics, we know that everyone wants a beautiful smile, and we also realize that families and individuals have different financial needs and are in different financial situations. Our office is accustomed to working with families and individuals to make orthodontic care affordable and budget friendly.

If you are worried that you can’t afford the cost of braces for yourself or your children...we have good news. Wazio Orthodontics offers a variety of ways you can pay orthodontic care.

Dental Insurance - If you have dental/orthodontic insurance and would like to use that money to pay towards your braces contact your insurance provider to find out what is covered under your plan. Many providers offer additional insurance that covers both dental and orthodontist work. It is great to know what your insurance benefits are before treatment starts. There are many different agreements between insurance carriers and their subscribers, and each contract provides a different benefit. However, orthodontic insurance differs from regular dental insurance in that each insured individual usually has a lifetime maximum benefit for orthodontic services. This benefit is paid as a percentage of the orthodontic fee (diagnostic records, initial fee, monthly payments, etc.) until the benefit maximum has been reached. If needed, we will help facilitate your understanding of your benefits. We accept assignment of benefits, and we will help in the completion of any necessary forms and documents.

Flexible Spending Account - Even if your dental plan does not cover orthodontics, your employer might offer a flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA). The money you put into this account is not taxed, which means your dollars will go further. Contribute the maximum amount and use these funds to pay for expenses not covered by insurance, including braces.

3rd Party Financing – Financing through a 3rd party is a popular way to pay for you or your child’s braces treatment. In this option, the 3rd party, such as CareCredit, will check your credit to determine the amount for which you qualify and get you on an affordable payment plan. These 3rd party financial companies can even extend payment options to beyond the traditional 24 months, depending on your preference.

In-Office Payment Plan - Most people don’t pay for their braces in one lump payment. Instead, they will put money down and spread the remainder of the payment out over a few months. In this way, paying for braces can be a lot like making car payments. Our in-office payment plan requires a low-down payment upon initiation of treatment with monthly payments on the balance. This allows you to make affordable payments that you can manage from month to month.

Combine Payment Options - In some cases you can combine any of the above payment options to come up with an individual payment option that suits your unique situation.

Credit Cards - At Wazio Orthodontics, we gladly accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Though orthodontics can come with a higher price tag, you do have many options to help you pay for your or your child’s orthodontic care. At the end of the day, orthodontic care is a lifetime investment in your or your child’s health and appearance, and payment plans, and dental insurance can make orthodontic care quite manageable. Start by having a conversation with Dr. Wazio to begin your journey toward the smile you have always wanted.

Wazio Orthodontics has offices in Batavia and St. Charles, Illinois, serving the communities of North Aurora, Geneva, Elburn, and South Elgin. Our goal is to provide innovative and exceptional orthodontic care, recognize our patient’s needs, exceed their expectations, and contribute to the health and self-esteem of our patients. Your smile is typically the first thing others notice about you. You deserve a smile you are proud of!

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Keep Your Invisalign Aligners Clean

Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created just for you.

One of Invisalign’s biggest advantages is having the ability to take the aligners out to eat and drink…but that doesn't mean they don't get dirty. Keeping your aligners clean is a vital part of your treatment, and it's the only way to keep them invisible, odorless, and free from germs. Without proper cleaning, your aligners can discolor, smell, and build up deposits of plaque and bacteria that can eat away at the enamel on your teeth.

Although your aligners are meant to be disposed of every two of weeks, they still require cleaning. If you are an Invisalign patient at Wazio Orthodontics, one of the most important things to remember about your aligners is that they need to be cleaned regularly.

When it comes to your Invisalign aligners, there is a difference between cleaning and rinsing. Rinsing your aligners may make them appear clean but rinsing alone does not address the unseen bacteria that can build up.

You should clean your aligners on a nightly basis, usually at the same time you brush and floss your teeth. This helps to remove any built-up food, debris, and bacteria that is naturally accumulate during the day.

The Following is the Basic Process for Nightly Cleaning:

  • Rinse your aligners with water.
  • Brush your aligners with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a clear, fragrance-free liquid soap to remove any debris or food particles.
  • Rinse your aligners thoroughly after brushing.

Helpful Tips to keep your Invisalign Aligners Looking Fresh and Clean:

  • Always take out your aligners when eating. Otherwise, food particles can become built-up in the aligners or damage the aligners, so they are no longer effective.
  • Refrain from drinking anything other than water while your aligners are in. Otherwise, you risk staining or damaging them.
  • Refraining from using extremely hot water to clean the trays.
  • Store your aligners in their protective case whenever they are not in your mouth. This reduces the likelihood you will lose them and protects them from bacteria.

Using these practices can help keep your aligners clean and your treatment most effective.

DO: Rinse your aligners any time you take them out of your mouth. This will rinse away bacteria, saliva, and food particles.

DON’T: Place your aligners into the dishwasher or in boiling water. Hot water will distort your aligners. It The best way to clean your aligners is with a clean, soft bristled toothbrush and cool water.

DO: Brush and floss your teeth regularly to prevent buildup of plaque and bacteria under the aligners.

DON’T: Use anything but clear soap or aligner specific cleaning products to clean your aligners. Anti-Bacterial soft soap is a fantastic way to keep your aligners free of bacteria and plaque.

DO: Brush your aligners every time you take them out or before you put them back in. But be careful, as overzealous brushing can leave visible marks and scratches on your aligners.

DON’T: Use toothpaste when brushing your aligners clean. Toothpaste is great for your teeth, but it can harm your aligners. When you brush your aligners, do so without toothpaste.

DO: Brush your aligners gently. Vigorous brushing can scratch your aligners and leave visible etchings. Brush carefully!

DON’T: Use denture cleaners to clean aligners and do not soak your aligners in mouthwash. These products can damage the surface of the plastic causing it to become more visible, sometimes making the teeth look yellow.

Aligner Cleaning Products

Steraligner: Invisalign aligner cleaning product with tray. To clean your aligners, simply place them in the tray and soak for 3 minutes. Rinse the sterilizing solution off, and brush with warm water.

Cleaning Crystals: Invisalign brand aligner cleaning crystals that dissolve in water so that you can soak your aligners. These crystals contain cleansing agents, including sodium sulfate.

NOTE: Some cleansers are simply too harsh or damaging to use on your Invisalign aligners. Examples of these include: Denture Cleaners, Mouthwashes, Scented Soaps, and Toothpaste.

It is important that your take care of your Invisalign aligners to ensure they are doing their best in helping shape your teeth according to your orthodontic treatment plan. Showing care to your aligners can help keep them as clear and undetectable as possible.

Proper upkeep and good oral hygiene are essential in keeping your Invisalign aligners clean, invisible and odor free. If you have questions about caring for your Invisalign aligners, we are here to help! Feel free to reach out to us or use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at either our Batavia or St. Charles orthodontic offices.

Invisalign effectively treats a wide variety of cases, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite. Dr. Wazio and the team at Wazio Orthodontics have been creating beautifully straight smile using the Invisalign System for children, teens, and adults in Batavia, St. Charles, Wheaton, Geneva, Aurora, Elgin, West Chicago, North Aurora, Mooseheart, Wildrose, Valley View, South Elgin, Campton Hills, and Winfield for many years. Contact our office today to schedule your or your child’s initial Invisalign Exam.



Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Trust an Orthodontist with Your Family’s Smiles

If you have been considering orthodontic treatment for yourself or a family member, you may be wondering if your family dentist is the best person to turn to for the high-quality care you need.

Although many people believe dentists and orthodontists are interchangeable, there are significant differences between a general dentist and an orthodontist. It’s important to understand these differences in order to make an informed decision about your orthodontic care.

In general, a dentist looks at a patient’s overall oral health. Regular checkups help dentists identify and treat many oral hygiene problems, like cavities and gum disease. Dentists are also able to improve the function and appearance of a patient’s teeth through crowns, veneers, and other cosmetic treatments. Dentists are also trained to spot signs of oral disease and can give patient’s all the advice they need on how to maintain your oral health.

Orthodontists, on the other hand, provide more specialized care. They are trained in various methods to align the jaws and move the teeth, to correct orthodontic issues like crowding, spacing, and misalignments.

Orthodontists and dentists both start their careers by completing dental school, but their paths diverge after graduation. Following graduation, orthodontists like Dr. Wazio must complete two to three years of post-grad orthodontic residency and almost 5,000 hours of specialized orthodontic training to receive certification from the American Association of Orthodontists. During their years of education and residency, orthodontists refine their skills to become uniquely qualified to assess and treat your smile. Though dentists do provide excellent dental and oral health care, simply put…general dentists do not possess the same level of training and experience when it comes to straightening smiles.

That being said, there are some general dentists who are capable of providing orthodontic care to their patients. They do this by attending continuing education courses, seminars, and weekend workshops. Though informational, these workshops simply can’t cover orthodontic material in any real depth.

You have the right to choose the healthcare provider with whom you feel most comfortable. That said, when it comes to the look and feel of your smile, it makes sense to find an orthodontist who knows how to move your teeth safely and effectively from years of specialized education and training.

Before you go to your dentist for orthodontic treatment, you should consider the benefits of choosing an experienced, specialized orthodontist like Dr. Wazio. These benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • A customized treatment plan based on your unique needs and desired results
  • The best possible outcome for your smile, especially if your case is complex or severe

At Wazio Orthodontics, we provide the only best orthodontic care. Our team has a wealth of dental experience averaging over 17 years. We offer a wide range of orthodontic services from early interceptive treatment for young children to comprehensive treatment for adolescents and adults. We focus on providing advanced orthodontic technology to precisely diagnose and treat our patients and have committed ourselves to staying in a leadership position in all aspects of orthodontics…allowing us to better serve our patients and their family.

Our practice is proud to provide families throughout Batavia, St. Charles, and the surrounding areas with exceptional orthodontic care. As a highly trained and skilled orthodontist, Dr. Wazio has spent years creating beautiful smiles for patients of all ages. Once you understand what we have to offer, we think you will agree that you should trust your family’s smiles to an expert orthodontist!

Dr. Wazio is a Chicagoland native. He received both his Bachelor of Science degree and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Loyola University of Chicago. After completing his General Practice residency at Michael Reese Hospital, Dr. Wazio attended St. Louis University where he received his Certificate of Orthodontics and Masters Degree. Dr. Wazio is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontics, Illinois Society of Orthodontics, Midwestern Society of Orthodontics, American Dental Association, and the Illinois State Dental Society. He is also past President of the Fox River Valley Dental Society.

If you would like to learn more about how Wazio Orthodontics can transform your smile, visit our website to schedule your initial consultation. Dr. Wazio will perform an extensive exam and will outline a personalized treatment plan that is specific to your individual needs and goals. Even if you decide not to start your orthodontic treatment right away, our team will be happy to answer any questions or address any concerns you have in order to help you make an informed decision.

Your family deserves a lifetime of healthy smiles, so contact Wazio Orthodontics today! 


Monday, March 21, 2022

Preparing For Orthodontics

When you or your child are ready to visit Wazio Orthodontics for an evaluation, you may have a few questions and maybe even some concerns. It is completely normal to feel a bit apprehensive when you first consider going to an orthodontist. Whether your dentist has advised you to seek care from Wazio Orthodontics, or you have decided to do so on your own, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your initial exam with Dr. Wazio and his team.

Before your initial orthodontic appointment, we will do our part to educate you on the process of getting braces. But it is always good if you can do some research of your own to ease any lingering fears. Prepare yourself so that you go into your appointment knowing what might happen.

The first thing you should do to prepare for your or your child’s initial exam is to learn more about orthodontics and understand your options. Start by visiting our website and familiarizing yourself with the different types of braces we offer and how each option may or may not work for you.

Things to Know

  • Before getting braces, visit your family dentist for a cleaning and check-up. Visits to your dentist should continue at least every six months for the duration of orthodontic treatment. If you typically take an antibiotic before regular dental visits, make sure to notify our office. We will advise you if pre-medication is recommended before your appointment to place braces. In addition, let us know of any allergies you have.
  • You will not need to do anything out of the ordinary to prepare for the day your braces will be placed. The only thing we ask is that you brush and floss your teeth thoroughly before your appointment.
  • Braces are applied using a special adhesive that cures rapidly initially but takes 24-hours to completely cure. At the end of your braces appointment, a team member will explain how to brush and floss, review what foods to avoid, and what to do if you experience any difficulties with your braces. You will want to check your braces once a week for anything loose or bent. If a bracket or band comes loose or you break a wire, please call our office so we can arrange an appointment to repair it.
  • The time it takes to apply braces is approximately 60 to 90 minutes.
  • You can expect some mild discomfort for the first few days after having your braces applied. This is temporary and can be relieved by rinsing with warm salt water or by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever.
  • After your braces have been placed, you can expect to come back for adjustment appointments about every 6 weeks. Adjustment appointments typically take about 15-45 minutes based on the involvement of the adjustment.
  • While in braces treatment you will need to keep your teeth in pristine condition…be sure to brush and floss your teeth regularly. The more brushing and thorough flossing, the better! 

Similarly, to how you need to prepare your mind for getting braces, you will also need to prepare your refrigerator. During your braces treatment it is best to avoid the following:
  • Hard candies 
  • Sticky substances 
  • Sugary foods

Please do not eat hard foods, including nuts, ice, crisp taco shells, whole apples and carrots, hard French bread crust and rolls, spareribs, corn on the cob and popcorn. These foods can cause breakage of the brackets and wires. Also beware of nail-biting and pen- or pencil-chewing habits since these can damage your braces.

Getting braces is exciting! It means that you or your child are just months away from a straighter, brighter, and healthier smile. We want you to feel comfortable with the transition so we will educate you and prepare you as much as possible. If any questions arise after your initial exam, don’t be afraid to ask. The Wazio Orthodontics team is here to help you throughout your entire process.

If you are interested in braces for children, teens, or adults, please do not hesitate to give us a call or schedule an appointment with us. With two orthodontic offices located in Batavia, IL, and St. Charles, IL, Dr. Wazio provides orthodontic treatment to many surrounding communities including Wheaton, Geneva, Aurora, Elgin, West Chicago, North Aurora, Mooseheart, Wildrose, Valley View, South Elgin, Campton Hills, and Winfield. Request your complimentary orthodontic exam today!


Monday, February 28, 2022

LightForce: The Future of 3D Orthodontics

Advances in Orthodontic technology have allowed the team at Wazio Orthodontics to diagnose and treat our patients more precisely. We have committed ourselves to staying in a leadership position in all aspects of orthodontics…allowing us to better serve you and your family.

We believe everyone deserves the most efficient, effective, and comfortable treatment possible. That’s why we are excited to announce that we have incorporated fully customized, 3D printed tooth-moving tools as part of the technology used at Wazio Orthodontics. This new technology allows us to offer our patients a new level of efficiency, personalization, and convenience.

LightForce is an ingenious advancement in bracket systems. In fact, it’s one of the most innovative technologies to hit the orthodontic industry in decades! This new system allows Dr. Wazio to provide completely individualized treatment for each patient with 3D technology that is designed to customize every bracket to fit your teeth perfectly. Since the braces are designed around your teeth, you will get a perfect fit every time. This makes your treatment more efficient and comfortable, resulting in fewer appointments and faster treatment times. Custom brackets can also mean fewer emergencies since the braces adhere to your teeth more precisely.

The LightForce Advantage

  • Our Light Bracket is a translucent, more aesthetic, option that blends in with the color of your teeth. 
  • Ergonomically designed, indirect bonding trays are 3D printed for each patient, providing superior placement accuracy. 
  • Intuitive digital treatment planning software enables Dr. Wazio to create, adjust, and approve your treatment plan quickly and efficiently.

The success of orthodontic treatment depends on precise tooth movement and a dedication to finding the best materials, equipment, and software for each individual’s treatment plan. LightForce 3D-printing technology enables the Dr. Wazio and his team to tailor braces to your unique dental anatomy and treatment plan. Unlike today’s conventional braces that have generic predetermined prescriptions and a fixed-base shape, LightForce is as unique as each individual patient.

After your teeth are initially captured by our intraoral scanner at your consultation appointment, Dr. Wazio positions them on a computer for optimal function and esthetics. Once this is done, LightForce Braces are designed for every single tooth with a custom prescription made unique for each patient’s orthodontic problem. The braces are then 3D printed on machines designed to make parts for jet engines and space travel. Utilizing this technology makes LightForce Braces are the most technologically advanced braces in the world.

Traditional braces do not take into consideration the unique shape of your individual teeth. This means that the traditional metal or clear braces we use on your teeth are the same exact shape, size, and configuration that we use on every other patient. Therefore, Dr. Wazio and his team spend extra appointments moving braces and bending wires to get your teeth into the correct position. While there is nothing wrong with this traditional approach, LightForce’s modern technology offers a better experience for our patients. 

How does LightForce work? The planning process for LightForce braces is entirely digital, so there are no uncomfortable impressions or plaster models to deal with. When you schedule your initial consultation with us, we will complete a comprehensive digital scan of your teeth. This scan will then be used to design custom brackets for each individual tooth.

What Is The LightForce Braces Process? The process for getting LightForce 3D printed Braces is easy. An intra-oral scan of your mouth is done using our iTero scanner at your initial consultation appointment. After the intra-oral scan is complete, Dr. Wazio will create a digital treatment plan that is fully customized to your needs. The LightForce braces are then manufactured utilizing 3D printing for each of your tooth’s unique shape and intended movement. The brackets can be placed wherever they are needed on the teeth, giving Dr. Wazio total control over the movements they make. This makes treatment faster and more efficient than it is with traditional braces.

What Are LightForce Braces Made From? LightForce brackets are more discreet than metal braces. They are made from 100% polycrystalline alumina that blends in beautifully with the natural color of your teeth.

What Are The Benefits of LightForce Braces? Traditional brackets come with a predetermined prescription, but LightForce brackets are patient-specific thanks to the patented 3D-printed technology. The 3D-printed braces provide the strength and precision necessary to successfully move the teeth but are tailored your dental anatomy. The LightForce system lets Dr. Wazio look at the final tooth positioning from the planning stage, giving you the most optimal results in less time.

Your smile deserves more than a one size fits all approach. With LightForce, we can now offer patient specific solutions, incorporate digital treatment planning, and custom braces which differentiates Wazio Orthodontics from other orthodontic practices that use a standard approach for every patient. Contact one of our conveniently offices in Batavia and St. Charles to schedule your initial orthodontic exam and learn more about the exciting and innovative technology used at Wazio Orthodontics.

Monday, January 17, 2022

Online Orthodontic Treatment

Wazio Orthodontics

You may have noticed that a few online direct-to-consumer companies have been making orthodontic treatment sound super quick, super easy, and super cheap…Just take a selfie and BAM!... Straight teeth!

While it may initially sound great to save money and buy your clear aligners directly online without having to talk to anyone at all. The reality is…you aren’t getting the treatment for less. You are simply purchasing a product and opting out of the many important aspects that make orthodontics work. The money you save today may end up costing you thousands of dollars in future corrective action. Even worse, it may cause you a great deal of discomfort, pain, and a worse smile down the road.

Before you decide to proceed with a direct-to-consumer company for your clear aligners, Dr. Wazio, his team, and the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) believe there are a number of factors and questions you should consider. For example, in many instances these direct-to-consumer companies do not include an in-person evaluation or the in-person supervision of your orthodontic treatment by an orthodontist. An in-person evaluation and in-person supervision throughout treatment are especially important, because there is more to creating a healthy, beautiful smile than moving the visible portions of your teeth.

Consider this question: What other transforming medical treatment would you undergo without an in-person, pre-treatment evaluation or ongoing in-person supervision from a medical professional?

Orthodontic treatment is a major medical procedure. This is precisely why orthodontists require extensive training and education before they can begin performing treatments. Proper orthodontic treatment must include:

  • Access to a licensed professional who can help immediately if you have an issue or emergency during your treatment
  • Regular, in-person consultations to evaluate the progress of your treatment and make necessary adjustments 
  • Personal interaction with a trusted professional who can explain the risks and answer all your questions 
  • X-rays of your teeth and jaws 
  • Clinical examination of your jaw alignment, teeth, bite, and relationship of your teeth to your bone structures 
  • Digital scans and/or impressions of your teeth 
  • Multiple available treatment options explained by a licensed professional who can provide the best recommended course of treatment and determine if you are even healthy enough for orthodontic treatment

Remember…orthodontic treatment is not a product or device. Orthodontic treatment is a professional, medical service. When your care is personally supervised by an orthodontist, like Dr. Wazio, who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, you are assured that your he has spent years in a post-doctoral residency program focused on providing orthodontic treatment to patients.

Orthodontic treatment involves the movement of biological material, which if not done correctly could lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changed bites, and other issues. If you are researching orthodontic treatment, here are a few questions you may want to consider:

  1. Are you comfortable starting orthodontic treatment without comprehensive diagnostic records? 
  2. Are you comfortable with orthodontic treatment that does not involve any in-person visits with an orthodontist? 
  3. Who is responsible for detecting any issues that may occur during your orthodontic treatment? 
  4. If an issue arises during your treatment, how will it be handled and who will be responsible for handling it? 
  5. If an emergency arises, does the company have an orthodontist in your area that you can see in-person? 
  6. Do you know if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for orthodontic treatment? 
  7. What are the possible risks (financial, health, etc.) associated with your orthodontic treatment? 
  8. If you are injured or have a dispute involving your orthodontic treatment, what rights do you have against the person or company involved with your orthodontic treatment? 

If you are thinking about ordering aligners online without seeing a licensed orthodontist first, we strongly encourage you to schedule a free orthodontic consultation Wazio Orthodontics before clicking that buy button. Dr. Wazio and his team care about your smile and will take the time to discuss the pros and cons of all your treatment options with you.

For over 20 years, the team at Wazio Orthodontics has been dedicated to achieving the best results possible for each of our patients. Our knowledgeable and talented staff is devoted to ensuring a comfortable, stress-free, and rewarding orthodontic experience. With expertise in braces and Invisalign, our clinical assistants will keep open and honest communications and provide exceptional care throughout the course of treatment. Likewise, our front desk and business office are always eager to assist with scheduling appointments, financial inquires and providing resolutions to insurance matters. We look forward to meeting you and joining you on this wonderful journey.

Before making any decision about orthodontic treatment, consider scheduling an in-person consultation with Dr. Wazio at one of our conveniently located orthodontic offices in St. Charles or Batavia. Visit our website to learn more about clear aligners and the other orthodontic options we offer to provide you with the smile you have always dreamed of. We are proud that we are able to offer in-office financial arrangements that are almost always flexible enough to allow our patients to be able to afford the personalized orthodontic care they deserve.