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October is National Orthodontic Health Month

The team at Associated Orthodontists is joining the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ORTHODONTISTS and professionals across the nation in celebrating National Orthodontic Health Month. Each year, the month of October is dedicated to creating awareness about orthodontic health and care.

Orthodontic treatment offers more than straight teeth and brighter smiles. And, while a beautiful smile is a great benefit of orthodontic care, patients also receive a myriad of health benefits from our treatments.

Orthodontic care can help by decreasing the risk for the following:

Oral Disease: Straight teeth are easier to clean. When teeth are not properly aligned, there are more areas where food and bacteria can collect – leading to increased plaque, cavities and risk for oral diseases.

Jaw Problems: Unaligned teeth can place undue stress on the jaw. This can lead to problems with the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ), as well as weakened teeth and an increased risk for chipped or broken teeth.

Injuries: When teeth are unaligned or protruding, the mouth and teeth are more prone to injury, especially when playing sports or participating in activities.

Extensive Dental Procedures: Proper teeth alignment makes it easier to bite, chew, and speak. Misaligned teeth are harder to clean and cancause abnormal wearing of tooth enamel. This can then lead to extensive and expensive dental procedures.

While most think of orthodontics as a “kid” thing, care is an option for patients of all ages. The team at Associated Orthodontists recommends that children are first evaluated at the age of 7, but patients can receive the benefits of care at any age. With advancements in technology, techniques and products, getting orthodontic care is more convenient and life changing than ever before.

Associated Orthodontists offers Complimentary Consultations for all new patients, and in some cases, treatment can start on the same day.

Associated Orthodontists has six convenient locations in Joliet, Plainfield, Morris, New Lenox, Frankfort and Bourbonnais. Please visit to find a location near you, and to schedule your complimentary consultation.

About Associated Orthodontists

Since 1969, Associated Orthodontists has been providing patients with care that is focused on wellness, satisfaction and perfection. With cutting-edge treatments and extraordinary outcomes, its team of highly trained orthodontists are committed to creating a customized, stress-free and rewarding experience for patients and families. The partners at Associated Orthodontists include the most experienced board certified and renowned orthodontists in the area, committed to improving smiles and making a positive impact in the communities they serve. For more information on Associated Orthodontists, including services and locations, please visit

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