Kasia D. Lopez, DDS / PureDental

Chicago Orthodontist

What Is An Orthodontist?

An orthodontist has had two years of formal training in orthodontics at a dental school, and is then licensed as a specialist.

Dr. Lopez is not an orthodontist. She is licensed as a general dentist. But she has had considerable additional post-graduate training in orthodontics from Dr. Jay Gerber and Dr. Brock Rondeau. And, besides that, she has an additional advantage not possessed by many dentists. That is that, if you have crooked teeth, she can offer you every possible option for correcting that. This means that she can offer you the pros and cons of each approach, because she does them all.

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Orthodontics Options

If you have crooked teeth, there are several options for correcting that.

  • Traditional braces. Cases will typically take about two years, and when the braces are taken off, you will be able to enjoy your straight teeth for the rest of your life. And not only will you look better, but your teeth will be healthier and easier to clean when they are straight, and you will reduce your chances of having serious gum disease. Dr. Lopez is trained and experienced in traditional orthodontic treatment.
  • Invisible braces. There are two invisible braces techniques: Invisalign® and ClearCorrect®. It avoids the uncomfortable wires and brackets, and treatment takes about half the time of traditional orthodontics. For more information, please see our Invisalign page. Dr. Lopez is certified in both techniques and will recommend the one that looks best for you.
  • Porcelain veneers. Sometimes called "instant orthodontics," porcelain veneers are thin wafers of porcelain that are bonded to the fronts of your teeth to make them appear straight without really straightening them. If there are other problems with the appearance of your teeth, such as a dark color, or chips and cracks, this could be the best treatment for you. Your teeth will be straight in two appointments. Click here to read more about porcelain veneers.

Are you wondering which technique would be best for you? We'd be happy to schedule a complimentary consultation for you, and you could have ten or fifteen minutes to discuss these options with Dr. Kasia Lopez, as they pertain to your smile. Few dentists would be able to give you the pros and cons as thoroughly as she could. Please visit our request an appointment page, or call us at (773) 904-8400.


Chicago Orthodontist