By Toni Rocha

Braces are only one of several reasons why patients seek an orthodontist, the specialist who helps correct how teeth and jaws are aligned.
For Dr. Yaroslav Yarmolyuk, DDS MS, owner and operator of Orthodontic Experts, nearly a dozen other locations in the central Midwest, each patient presents a specific challenge. Whether that challenge is met with the latest in braces or goes beyond to teaming with oral and plastic surgeons, the outcome is what he says he focuses on most.
“For patients who are referred because their teeth alignment is preventing them from eating, causing pain or feeling good about themselves, we can help them feel confident of a successful outcome,” Yarmolyuk adds.
That can start with braces, but not necessarily the traditional kind. Today, patients can chоose clear aligners that not only straighten teeth, but does so in a way that is less visible and more comfortable.
“First, we no longer do molds with that messy, gooey stuff,” Yarmolyuk says. “We use digital imaging to more accurately measure a patient’s teeth and jaw. If there is a malocclusion, an overbite or underbite, or if the teeth are out of alignment, these clear aligners work over a period of six months to two-and-a-half years to gradually reshape the patient’s mouth.”
As one of the largest providers of clear aligners, this is the major portion of Yarmolyuk’s practice. But an orthodontist's job can range from simply applying, adjusting, and removing braces to taking steps to control facial growth in children.
“Patients come in all age brackets,” he adds. “I have some in the process of alignment who are in their 70s. Children used to hate having braces but with the clear aligners, they actually want to have them. These aligners can be easily taken out to eat and when the child brushes and flosses his or her teeth. They can also be removed during sports. The rule is that they wear them about 22 hours each day.”
Yarmolyuk points out that another advantage of clear aligners is that they are ordered in trays to be changed every week by the patient, reducing the number and length of doctor visits. Ceramic aligners are another option, Yarmolyuk adds. And if the situation indicates it, the traditional metal braces are also still used.
“Most insurance plans, including ObamaCare, cover orthodontics,” he continues. “This is good news because treatment can cost between $2,000 and $6,000 depending on the length of treatment and number of office visits.”
Orthodontic treatment begins with a consultant visit to determine what the patient needs. Because of their extensive training, orthodontists can usually see primary and secondary issues right away. During the initial visit, Yarmolyuk says he may take digital images to confirm the diagnosis. Then he adds that he talks to the patient about treatment options.
In addition to alignment, orthodontists help patients with other oral conditions such as jaw pain, speech impediments, gum disease and difficulty chewing. They can also ease seemingly unrelated problems such as sleep apnea.
“Once we begin to treat a patient, we are there for them,” Yarmolyuk says. “We have a call center that is manned seven days each week with a 24-hour emergency call line.”
Orthodontic Experts has offices conveniently located offices in Chicago, Arlington Heights, Mundelein, Algonquin, DeKalb, Harwood Heights, Burbank, Hillside, Homewood, Avondale and Bucktown.
“We provide a wide choice of customized orthodontic treatment options that fit every need and budget,” Yarmolyuk concludes. “At Orthodontic Experts, we use a variety of treatment options, including traditional orthodontic braces, clear ceramic braces, lingual braces, various removable and fixed orthodontic appliances. We also provide interceptive orthodontic treatment, surgical orthodontics (corrective jaw surgery), dentofacial orthopedics, and cleft lip and palate treatment. We emphasize individualized, science-based treatment for every patient.”
For more information, call (773) 801-7171 or visit Orthodontic Experts’ website at
Printed with the permission of Northwest Quarterly

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