Your Orthodontist in Peoria

Dr. Gregory Long of Central Illinois Orthodontics offers expert orthodontic care in Peoria, tailoring treatments to meet the unique needs of each patient for optimal results.

About Dr. Long
Board-certified Orthodontist in Peoria

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.

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Orthodontist vs. Dentist: Specialized Care for Your Smile

Orthodontists and dentists both play essential roles in maintaining oral health, but their areas of expertise differ significantly. Dentists provide general dental care, focusing on a wide range of oral health issues from cavities to gum disease. Orthodontists, however, specialize in the alignment of teeth and jaws. They receive additional training—typically two to three years beyond dental school—to master this specialty. This training makes orthodontists experts in designing and applying braces, clear aligners like Invisalign, and other devices to correct misaligned teeth and jaws. Seeing an orthodontist is crucial for anyone considering teeth straightening, as they are equipped with the specific skills and knowledge to ensure the treatment not only improves the appearance of your smile but also its functionality and overall health.

The Transformative Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment offers profound benefits beyond the obvious aesthetic improvement of a straighter smile. Physically, properly aligned teeth are easier to clean, reducing the risk of periodontal disease and decay. A correct bite reduces wear and tear on teeth, alleviates stress on the gums, bones, and jaw muscles, and can improve chronic headaches and TMJ pain.

Mentally and personally, achieving a well-aligned smile can significantly boost self-confidence, enhancing mental health and overall well-being. Patients often report a positive shift in self-perception and an increase in self-esteem post-treatment, which can lead to more open social interactions and a willingness to engage in new experiences.

Socially, a beautiful smile is seen as more attractive, making a person seem more approachable and reliable. Professionally, individuals with excellent smiles are often perceived as more successful and confident, which can influence hiring decisions and career advancement. The impact of orthodontic treatment is comprehensive, affecting every aspect of a person's life, from health to personal relationships to professional opportunities.

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Begin Your Journey to a Perfect Smile

Ready to transform your smile and your life? Contact Central Illinois Orthodontics in Peoria today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Gregory Long.

Experience the highest standard of orthodontic care and discover how a new smile can open doors to a brighter future. Let us help you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.