At NextGen Orthodontics we are always excited to meet new patients. We understand that your decision to undergo an orthodontic treatment is a big commitment, and we want to make sure you are comfortable with your choice as well as our staff. NextGen doctors and assistants will work with you every step of the way and make you feel at ease with your treatment as well as payment options. And while we are always happy to answer general orthodontic questions, we feel like it is crucial to examine each patient individually before providing any recommendations.

So what can you expect at the first visit?

Your initial complimentary consultation will consist of a thorough examination, diagnosis of your condition and an explanation of treatments. A doctor will review your medical and dental history and will address questions like severity of your condition, timing of the treatment, recommended procedures, cost and payment options. Our goal is to educate you about your condition and available treatment options and ensure that you leave our office well informed and have all your questions answered. We value your time and ask that you provide us with the following information prior to your initial consultation:

  • A recent panoramic X-ray taken within 6 months of the appointment
  • Your dental insurance card (if you have insurance).

To schedule your first appointment, call us at 847-947-2651 or email us at

Frequently Asked Questions

Your smile is your greeting to the world. Not everyone is born with beautiful teeth. Crooked teeth or spaces between them may be a source of embarrassment or self-consciousness. Improperly aligned teeth and jaws called a “malocclusion” can also lead to tooth decay and a host of sometimes painful dental disorders. The good news is that orthodontic treatment can correct malocclusions and help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.

What causes orthodontic problems?

Most orthodontic problems (malocclusions) are inherited. Examples of these genetic problems are crowding, spacing, protrusion, extra or missing teeth, and some jaw growth problems. Other malocclusions are acquired as a result of thumb- or fingersucking, dental disease, accidents, the early or late loss of baby (primary) teeth, or other causes.

When should children get a check-up with an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child get a check-up with an orthodontist at the first recognition of an orthodontic problem, but no later than age 7. By then, your child has enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to determine whether an orthodontic problem exists or is developing. Putting off a check-up with an orthodontist until a child has lost all baby teeth could be a disservice. Some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they are found early. A check-up no later than age 7 gives your orthodontist an opportunity to recommend the appropriate treatment at the appropriate time. If early treatment is in order, the orthodontist may be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.

Why is treatment so important?

Orthodontic treatment creates a better bite, making teeth fit better, and decreases the risk of future and potentially costly dental problems. Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. A malocclusion can cause tooth enamel to wear abnormally, can cause difficulty in chewing and/or speaking, and excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue. Without treatment, many problems simply become worse.

Can adults benefit from orthodontic treatment?

Yes, age is not a consideration when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Today, adults account for one in every five orthodontic patients. Thanks to the variety of “appliances” (for example, clear aligners or ceramic brackets) used by orthodontists, adults may be able to inconspicuously achieve the great smile they want. Advances in today’s orthodontic materials mean patients see the orthodontist only about once every six weeks during active treatment.

Does orthodontic treatment hurt?

New techniques and materials today have made orthodontic treatment more comfortable than ever. Discomfort, if any, is short-lived and can be managed using over-the-counter analgesics.

How much does treatment cost?

The cost of orthodontic treatment depends on many factors, including severity of the problem, its complexity, and length of treatment. Your orthodontist will be glad to discuss fees with you before treatment begins. Many patients find that orthodontic treatment is more affordable today than ever. We offer a variety of payment plans. Employers may offer dental insurance plans with orthodontic benefits and/or the option to set aside pre-tax dollars in a flexible spending account or other health savings account.

How long does treatment take?

Orthodontic treatment averages less than two years, but can range from one to three years. When “active” treatment ends, retainers are prescribed for most patients to keep teeth in their new positions.