Adult Orthodontics

Dr. Baum, Dr. Lee, and Dr. MacGinnis can improve your smile regardless of your age. If your gums and bone structure are healthy, we can align them. At Villa Park Smiles, the number of adults in treatment is rapidly growing. Many of our adult patients either had braces as children but failed to wear their retainers or they have wanted to straighten their smile for years but never had the opportunity. If this sounds like you, it might be your turn for a new smile.

Orthodontic treatment later in life can dramatically improve your physical appearance and improve your self-confidence. Many of our options are invisible and most people won’t even notice you are wearing braces. Not only that, crooked teeth and a bad bite can lead to gum and bone loss, tooth decay, abnormal wear of teeth surfaces, headaches, and jaw and join (TMJ) pain in some cases.

Benefits of Adult Orthodontics

Adults undergoing orthodontic treatment can expect many benefits, including:

  • A more aesthetically pleasing smile with properly aligned teeth
  • Improved relapse after improper use of long-term retainer from previous orthodontic treatment
  • Better ability to maintain oral hygiene like brushing and flossing
  • Corrected bite, making chewing easier
  • Reduced spacing between teeth and closing gaps due to missing teeth
  • Relief from excessive wear on the teeth from grinding and poor bite


In the hours following the start of orthodontic treatment (typically the first 12-24 hours), some soreness or discomfort is to be expected. These symptoms should disappear within 3 to 5 days. Using the latest technology and modern techniques, we at Villa Park Smiles do our best to decrease discomfort while moving the teeth more efficiently.

Dr. MacGinnis, Dr. Baum and Dr. Lee would love to discuss the variety of options available to improve your smile. At our complimentary consultation, the doctors can determine the best possible treatment approach for straightening your smile with your individual needs in mind. Together you can choose from metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign or transparent aligners. Our doctors and treatment coordinator will outline the treatment plan, the expected duration of treatment, and the cost of treatment.

We believe it’s never too late to improve your smile and confidence.