Your Orthodontist in Metamora

Dr. Gregory Long has dedicated his career to providing superior orthodontic care to the Metamora community, helping patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles with the latest in orthodontic technology.

Board-certified Orthodontist in Metamora

Meet Dr. Greg Long

Growing up in Metamora, Illinois, Dr. Greg Long’s passion for orthodontics was ignited early, inspired by his own orthodontic experiences. After his residency, Dr. Long returned to Central Illinois, dedicating his practice to enhancing smiles and changing lives.

Dr. Long loves to see the remarkable transformation in patients’ smiles and confidence post-treatment. These changes aren’t just a testament to the patients' dedication but also to the cooperative journey they’ve taken together.

Education & Experience

  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - Bachelor’s Degree
  • Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine - Doctorate of Dental Medicine
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham - Master’s Degree and Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics

Dr. Long has been recognized for his excellence and leadership in dentistry throughout his education, earning several awards.

Following his residency in January 2020, he brought his expertise back to the communities of Central Illinois.

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Orthodontist vs. Dentist: Specialized Care for Your Smile

Understanding the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist is crucial when considering teeth straightening options. While both focus on oral health, orthodontists undergo additional years of specialized training beyond dental school, focusing exclusively on correcting misalignments of the teeth and jaw. This specialized training equips orthodontists to use braces, clear aligners, and other corrective devices more effectively than general dentists. Orthodontists like Dr. Long are experts in designing personalized treatment plans that not only straighten teeth but also optimize facial symmetry and jaw function, ensuring that each patient achieves both a functional bite and a visually appealing smile.

The Comprehensive Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment offers extensive benefits that transcend mere aesthetics. Physically, it promotes better oral health by making teeth easier to clean, thus reducing the risk of periodontal disease and cavities. Proper alignment also distributes biting pressure evenly, alleviating excessive stress on the jaw joints and preventing premature wear on teeth.

Mentally, the impact of orthodontic treatment is profound. Achieving a straight, attractive smile significantly boosts self-esteem and confidence, impacting personal and social interactions positively. This newfound confidence can lead to improved mental health and a more active social life.

Socially, people with well-aligned smiles are often perceived as more approachable and attractive, which can enhance both personal relationships and social networking opportunities. Professionally, a great smile can break barriers; individuals with aesthetically pleasing smiles are perceived as more successful and confident, potentially leading to better job prospects and professional advancements.

Orthodontic care thus not only improves the functionality and appearance of your smile but also enriches your social interactions and professional opportunities, fostering an overall better quality of life.

Begin Your Orthodontic Journey Today

Are you ready to transform your smile and enhance your life? Contact Central Illinois Orthodontics in Metamora to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gregory Long. Let us guide you through the benefits of our personalized orthodontic care and show you how a new smile can open doors to a brighter future. Take the first step towards a confident, radiant smile today!

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