Orthodontic Specialties, P.C.
Locations in Rockford & Belvidere, Illinois
Se habla español


Much of our practice today involves treating adults. The perception of orthodontics being ‘just for kids’ has not been true for the past forty or more years. People who should have been treated as children, and for different reasons were not, make up the majority of our adult patients. Others who have had treatment as a child but have experienced some movement through the years make up another large segment of our patients. Many of these patients can be treated quickly and the correction not only allows them to enjoy their smile again, but prevents further deterioration. The remaining group of adults frequently involve treatment before crown or bridge/implant procedures or to stabilize a dysfunctional TMJ.

Adult Orthodontics Pamphlet

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Clear esthetic braces, Invisalign, small bonded brackets or even a combination of these are utilized. Fixed lingual retainers and clear retainers help to hold the correction.

Your own natural teeth are viewed to last your entire lifetime today. Gone are the days of dentures at age 40 or 50. Your teeth need to look good and function properly. Straight teeth ensure healthy periodontal and TMJ support.

Problems to Watch for in Adults

Malocculusions, some of which are illustrated below, may be improved by orthodontic treatment. Final treatment decisions should be made in consultation with the family dentist, the orthodontist and other specialists, if necessary.

Anterior Crossbite Anterior Crossbite

Spacing Spacing

Crowding Crowding

Open Bite Open Bite

Protrusion Protrusion

Impacted/Tipped/Missing Teeth Impacted/Tipped/Missing Teeth

Periodontal Problems Periodontal Problems

Tooth Wear/Bruxism Tooth Wear/Bruxism

Deep Bite Deep Bite

Class II Class II

Vertical Problems Vertical Problems

Class III Class III

Orthodontic Specialties, P.C.

Orthodontic Specialties, P.C. — Orthodontics by Dr. Dean J. Murphy

We accept insurance.

2835 McFarland Rd, Rockford, IL 61107
(One block South of Woodman’s)
Se habla español.

1670 Henry Luckow Ln, Belvidere, IL 61008
(One block East of Post Office)

Member American Association of Orthodontists


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