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Office Hours

Monday 8:00 AM5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM5:00 PM
Wednesday 3:00 PM8:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM5:00 PM
Friday Closed Except Emergencies
Saturday 8:00 AM1:00 PM
Sunday Closed Except Emergencies

At our office, we use clinical laboratory services from OralDNA Labs® to ensure we are giving our patients the best oral health information possible. OralDNA Labs® is a specialty diagnostics company designed to provide reliable, definitive and cost effective clinical tests that guide oral health professionals in detecting and prognosing disease at an earlier, more treatable stage.

Dental Braces Mchenry, Crystal Lake

The way the teeth in upper jaw come together with the teeth in lower jaw in a bite has an impact on the oral health of the person. This is called occlusion. When there are deviations in the way the upper and lower teeth come together, the condition is called malocclusion or a bad bite. The dental science that involves study of bite and teeth positions is called orthodontics. An orthodontic treatment involves use of appliances and tools to correct the bad bite. Dental braces are one of the most effective tools in curing bite related problems. They work wonderfully by moving the teeth in desired direction to improve the alignment. Our dentist at our McHenry office sets treatment plan to move teeth using dental braces. Our orthodontic treatments have been successful in creating healthy smiles for patients who visit us from different parts of McHenry, Crystal Lake and other nearby cities.

Malocclusion and oral health

Malocclusion is any condition where there is deviation from the normal way of upper and lower teeth coming together. This can result in cross bite, open bite, crowding and other orthodontic complexities. These conditions can have long-term impact on oral health. Firstly, it may become difficult to maintain oral hygiene since there all the edges of the teeth may not be easily accessible when brushing teeth. This can increase the chances of dental infection. There can be increased teeth wear because of imbalance in bite forces. The teeth may loosen on a longer run which may lead to teeth loss. The smile may be less attractive because of malocclusion. Dental braces are designed to move the teeth in proper direction to bring about the necessary changes in their alignment.

Dental braces – Treatment

The treatment using dental braces requires thorough oral examination. The dentist may take impressions of teeth and 3D scan if necessary to set a proper treatment plan to move teeth in the proper direction. Any infectious condition may be taken care of before starting the treatment. The application of dental braces over teeth can be done using bonding agents. The braces have brackets and wires. The brackets are fixed over the teeth using bonding agents and the wires are fit within the brackets carefully such that they are in tension mode. The wires move the teeth in desired direction to improve alignment. After every 6 weeks or so, the patient may have to visit the dentist to tighten the wires. Over a period of 18-36 months the teeth are moved to come in proper alignment. The dentist may use retainers after the treatment just to make sure that the teeth do not come back in position.


Dental braces are also called as orthodontic braces, it helps to fix misaligned, crowded and spacing between the teeth. The braces bring all irregular teeth to its perfect position without damaging any teeth. The goals of dental braces are to straightening the teeth and create an attractive smile with healthy teeth

There are major benefits of dental braces, some of them are:

  • Braces aligns teeth properly
  • Able to chew food and speak easily
  • Reduces unnecessary wear and grinding teeth
  • Improves appearance of teeth and smile
  • Boosts self-confidence
  • Protects your teeth from misaligning

A Dental braces or orthodontics is a proven solution to straighten misaligned teeth and improve your teeth structure. The treatment process takes a little time shows a sign of light discomfort of 2 weeks. Make sure you follow regular dental hygiene such as brushing, flossing, cleaning your tongue and rinsing your mouth properly to prevent dental plaque formation around the braces. Consult us in the case of emergencies such as broken braces or loose tooth at MChenry and Crystal Lake IL.

You need dental braces for following reasons:-

  • Irregular or Misaligned teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth

Dental braces make slightly discomfort your teeth after having it. The pain may last from 3 days to 1 week depending upon the teeth structure. The dentist will work carefully places the dental braces and try to minimize patient's discomfort. If you feel severe pain even after a couple of weeks, then you need to visit several times to reduce discomfort or pain.

Our orthodontist or dental braces specialist Dr. Hasken in Mchenry IL and Crystal Lake IL, help you fix misaligned teeth and restores happiness in your life. Call us now 815-385-0777 or make an appointment.

Actually, it depends on the condition of your misaligned teeth; it may take from 8 months to 3 years.

The cost of dental braces depends on the type of braces used like non-metal braces, ceramic braces, and invisible braces. Other than metal braces the cost will be higher and also a number of frequent visits will add up the cost.

For more information about the cost of braces please call 815-385-0777 Dr. Hasken at MChenry IL, Crystal Lake IL and make an appointment immediately.

To take care of your braces then you need to follow few things

  • Brush gently every corner of teeth for at least 2 minutes
  • Floss properly between braces and teeth.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water to remove food particles
  • Try to avoid eating hard foods otherwise, the braces may break and causes severe pain.
  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks for better oral health
  • If bleeding or swelling regularly occurs after having braces then reduce it with warm water and salt water
  • Regularly visit the dentist every 3 months for a checkup and replace with new braces if required.

Actually, there is no age limit to wear dental braces until your teeth and gums are healthy. The dentist will advise at the first appointment to have dental braces or not based upon your teeth structure.


Invisalign - Invisalign is also called as clear aligners to straighten your teeth. The treatment process is very simple and takes some time to analyze the teeth structure that you are eligible to take at initial stages or not. It is completely a painless way to restore you misaligned tooth without getting wear and tear.

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Traditional Dental braces - This is the most commonly used treatment procedure worldwide to reshape your misaligned teeth. Once the orthodontist starts aligning your misaligned teeth using metal or ceramic braces in the way required.