Office Visits and Scheduling

Your First Visit
Your new smile starts today! Self-improvement is always in style and we’re here to help you make it happen. At your free consultation, which lasts approximately 30-60 minutes, we will:
  • Review your new patient forms and medical history
  • Examine your teeth, jaws, and soft tissue supplementing with X-rays, photos, and intraoral scans where needed
  • Discuss your concerns and goals so that we can give you customized treatment options
  • Outline our payment plans and financing options to help you get started on the road to achieving your dream smile

Appliance Placement

We will finish any diagnostic records and finalize your selected treatment and payment plans. Plan to be with us about 1-2 hours as we place your braces or deliver your clear aligners.


Continuing Treatment Visits

Appointments generally occur every six to twelve weeks, depending on the type and stage of treatment. We always work with our patients to make visits as convenient for you as possible. However, please understand that occasionally you may have to miss some work or school in order to stay on track. We will do our best to minimize those burdens, but making your treatment a priority is important.


Treatment Completion and Retention

When the big day arrives, we know how excited you’ll be to unveil your new smile! It takes about an hour to remove your appliances, polish your teeth and take final records. You’ll be given retainers which are your key to maintaining your result for a lifetime.


Cancellations and Rescheduling

We understand that things are hectic sometimes. If you’re running late, please let us know and we will try our best to accommodate you. We reserve time to provide quality care for you. Please give 24-hours notice if cancelling or rescheduling so that we may also accommodate other patients who may be waiting for an appointment.

Patient Forms

Please take a moment to fill out the appropriate form below prior to your first visit. Having the information ready when you arrive will help make your consultation proceed as smoothly as possible. Please also plan to bring with you or have your dentist email us a panoramic X-ray dated within the past 6 months (if you have one) in order to reduce repetitive radiation.

New Patient Information
(under 18)

New Patient Information
(18 or older)

Insurance and Finances

Affordable and flexible payment plans to suit your budget

We use OrthoBanc® and CareCredit to make the financial process a breeze! Dental Insurance coverage for orthodontic treatment varies widely, but we are happy to provide assistance in determining and collecting any benefit you may have. It is important that you understand and verify your coverage personally as well because patients are ultimately responsible for any treatment fees not paid by insurance.

Life In Ortho

It’s a lifestyle change!

Fortunately, most patients, regardless of age, are able to adapt. Be patient, ask questions, and seek support where needed. But please remember, the best source of information is communication with our office. There are numerous types of appliances, practitioner philosophies and patient instructions out there. Nobody’s orthodontic experience will be exactly the same as yours.

Discomfort

Whether you’re wearing braces or clear aligners, it is normal to feel some soreness at various times throughout treatment. Cheeks and gums may be irritated, teeth may be tender. Be gentle with chewing and stick to a softer diet while getting used to the new things in your mouth. Some over-the-counter pain medicine or a warm salt water rinse can help. We will provide you with wax to place on poking spots, but it is also available in a pinch in the oral care section of any pharmacy or grocery store.

Appliance Care

Keeping appliances clean with thorough brushing between the gums and brackets, flossing, and using mouth rinses are the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy during your treatment. Care should be taken to avoid crunchy or sticky foods that will break or get stuck in the appliances. Electric toothbrushes and water flossers are excellent supplements to at-home oral hygiene maintenance. However, the technique and frequency are more important than the technology. Regular visits to your general dentist are still required throughout your orthodontic treatment.

Emergencies

It is rare to have an orthodontic emergency, but our team at Love My Smile Chicago is here to assist if you need immediate care. The most common orthodontic emergency is when the brackets or wires come loose. If you notice this issue, you can push the wire back to minimize irritation to the cheeks and gums. Then, schedule an appointment within the next few days to have the braces repaired.

If a piece of your appliance fell out, then bring the broken part to your appointment. It is also helpful to bring your appliances if you are using Invisalign or retainers for the treatment. Damaged appliances should be repaired right away to avoid disruptions to your treatment plan.

When participating in sports, it is important to wear a mouthguard to avoid both minor and major orthodontic emergencies. Don’t hesitate to call our office if you have any concerns about your oral health.

Retainers

Retention is one of the most overlooked yet most important parts of your orthodontic journey. Unfortunately, moving the teeth where we want them to create a beautiful smile does not mean they will stay there on their own. Shifting is a part of the aging process just like getting wrinkles! Teeth are part of the human body and like all other aspects of your physical health, they (and their position) need lifetime maintenance and monitoring.

Healthy teeth are not meant to be glued together forever. Teeth are individuals and are meant to function independently. Dentists normally reserve splinting or joining of teeth for areas of weak bone and gums, short roots or to replace missing tooth structure. For that reason, we do not encourage the use of bonded or “permanent” retainers. Instead we advocate responsible use of removable retainers to maintain your smile.

So-called “permanent” retainers (a bonded wire behind a few of the front teeth) have come into favor due to patients’ natural desires to finish orthodontic treatment and protect their investment with minimal effort. However, they are not actually permanent and can cause other unexpected problems after treatment is complete. Bonded retainers are more difficult to adequately clean around and can be traps for plaque and calculus that lead to localized gum and bone loss. They are subject to frequent breakage which is the reason that when bonded retainers are placed it is recommended to wear a removable retainer over them anyway. Bonded retainers only hold a few teeth straight when most orthodontic treatment involves improvement of the whole dentition. They often cannot be placed on the top teeth due to the bite and therefore a top removable retainer would still be required.

If you are concerned about your retention options, we are happy to discuss them with you and are confident that we can find a solution to meet your needs!

FAQs

What is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

Both a general practitioner and an orthodontist are dentists. Your general dentist is probably awesome! However, he or she is not also a specialist. An orthodontic specialist has completed an additional two to three year accredited residency program and has a secondary specialty dental license in the State of Illinois. Orthodontists are experts in smile architecture and growth and development of the face and jaws. If you’re not sure whether the provider offering you braces or clear aligners is a specialist, please ask!

It is similar to having a heart surgeon perform your bypass or seeing an obstetrician to deliver your baby instead of going to your family physician. I mean, hey, they all went to medical school, right? You deserve a provider who dominates, not someone who dabbles. Choose an orthodontist for your tooth alignment needs.

At what age should I seek orthodontic care for my child or myself?

No later than age 7.

The transition period from primary to adult teeth is the perfect time for an initial evaluation. Most young children do not require early orthodontic intervention (Phase I). However, having a baseline to detect any developing anomalies and familiarizing the patient and parents with the orthodontic process is very important. Often parents are told to delay an orthodontic consultation until “all the baby teeth are gone.” This misdirection can overlook underlying problems that would be more easily corrected at a younger age.

Orthodontic treatment is also possible at any age! Did you already have braces or clear aligners and need a redo? Are you seeking a new smile for the first time as an adult? No matter whether you’re 7 or 70, we’re here to make your smile goals a reality.

What is Phase I and Phase II?

In general, it is most efficient in terms of mechanics, patient motivation and finances to complete orthodontic treatment when all the adult teeth have erupted in early adolescence or the teen years. This is called Phase II or Comprehensive Treatment.

However, there are instances where early orthodontic intervention (Phase I) is recommended before all the permanent teeth have come in. Localized trauma from tooth malposition, jaw deflections, or deficiencies that may impede normal growth are some examples. Psychosocial concerns due to bullying or self-confidence issues are also factors. When Phase I is undertaken it is almost always followed later by a Phase II round of additional treatment to complete the orthodontic result.

After a thorough examination and discussion of your child’s needs, we will help you determine appropriate treatment timing and scope.

How long will my orthodontic treatment take?

While the average time spent with braces or clear aligners is 18-24 months, treatment times can be longer or shorter depending on your individual needs and compliance. The best thing you can do to stay on track and keep your time in ortho as short as possible is to follow instructions, keep regularly scheduled appointments and take care not to break or lose your appliances.

Will my teeth hurt?

Any form of tooth movement, regardless of whether you have braces or clear aligners, is liable to cause some soreness although some patients are fortunate to not experience any. Most are able to adjust to the temporary periods of discomfort just fine. Remember, wax, over-the-counter pain relievers and softer foods are your friends.

Do I still need to see my general dentist during my orthodontic treatment?

Yes!!! Your visits to our office will help make your time in ortho fly by, but you still must see your general dentist at least every six months, and possibly more often if directed. Maintaining optimal oral hygiene is the top priority. Straight teeth do not come at the expense of healthy teeth and gums. Period.

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Easy access from De Paul, Lakeview, Old Town, Bucktown, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park and beyond.
Close to 90/94 and plenty of free onsite parking!

 

Compliments

I went to see Dr. Kitt before my wedding for an Invisalign consultation. I had braces as a teen and began noticing some unwanted shifting and undesirable changes in my smile. After that first meeting I was confident Dr. Kitt was the right orthodontist for me. She is friendly, welcoming and most importantly, honest. During the consultation she made a point to fully ascertain my concerns and goals, answer all of my questions and help me understand the treatment process and what I could expect. I am ecstatic with the results. Thank you, Dr. Kitt, for helping me LOVE my smile!

Courtney H.

I had tried both braces and Invisalign with other dentists before, but I still wasn't totally happy with my smile. Dr. Kitt went over my options with me and we decided to use clear braces to touch up my smile for *hopefully* the last time. I'm so happy with the results, and would recommend her to anyone!

Sara W.

Come Visit Us

Easy access from De Paul, Lakeview, Old Town, Bucktown, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park and beyond.
Close to 90/94 and plenty of free onsite parking!

2112 N Clybourn Ave, Unit B,
Chicago, IL 60614
Mon 10AM-6PM, Tue 10AM-6PM
Wed Admin, Thu 8AM-5PM

Compliments

I went to see Dr. Kitt before my wedding for an Invisalign consultation. I had braces as a teen and began noticing some unwanted shifting and undesirable changes in my smile. After that first meeting I was confident Dr. Kitt was the right orthodontist for me. She is friendly, welcoming and most importantly, honest. During the consultation she made a point to fully ascertain my concerns and goals, answer all of my questions and help me understand the treatment process and what I could expect. I am ecstatic with the results. Thank you, Dr. Kitt, for helping me LOVE my smile!

Courtney H.

I had tried both braces and Invisalign with other dentists before, but I still wasn't totally happy with my smile. Dr. Kitt went over my options with me and we decided to use clear braces to touch up my smile for *hopefully* the last time. I'm so happy with the results, and would recommend her to anyone!

Sara W.

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