• Meet Dr. Desai

    • July 9, 2019
    • 2 min read
    • Office Happenings

    We’re so excited to introduce a new member of the West Loop Orthodontics team! Dr. Desai is an associate orthodontist who will be treating our incredible patients alongside Dr. Arruda. “What I’m looking forward to most about practicing at West Loop Orthodontics is empowering people with healthy smiles, connecting with my community, and working... Read more

  • How You May Benefit From Orthodontic Treatment

    • June 20, 2019
    • 2 min read
    • Treatment

    You may have heard people say that orthodontic treatment gives you more confidence and self-esteem. This is 100% true, but these are just the most visible benefits of ortho treatment. For many people, a perfect smile is a side effect of ortho treatment. We have many patients that undergo treatment because they suffer from... Read more

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    • June 10, 2019
    • 2 min read
    • FAQ

    Cost How much do braces cost? Treatment cost depends on many factors, like: complexity, length of treatment time, and whether the patient chooses metal braces, clear braces, or Invisalign. Because of these reasons, it’s hard to give a concrete answer. The most accurate way to find out how much braces cost is to come... Read more

  • Am I Too Old for Orthodontic Treatment?

    • May 20, 2019
    • 2 min read
    • AdultBraces

    Adults in orthodontic treatment have never been more common. And why shouldn’t it? Technological advances in the orthodontic industry have allowed for more comfortable, discreet options and shorter treatment time. So what’s the age limit for orthodontic treatment? Well, there technically is no age limit. It’s important to note that as you age, the... Read more

  • What’s the Difference Between Getting Braces From An Orthodontist vs A General Dentist?

    • May 20, 2019
    • 3 min read
    • Treatment

    Did you know that all orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists? Dentists and orthodontists are both doctors who focus on ensuring teeth and gums are healthy. However, an orthodontist undergoes an additional two to three years of school to be an expert on ensuring proper alignment of the teeth and correcting... Read more

  • What You Need to Know About Phase I Treatment for Your Kiddo

    • May 20, 2019
    • 2 min read
    • Kiddo

    We sometimes hear, “why does my child need to go through two rounds of orthodontic treatment if they can just get braces when they’re a teen?” Phase One is a term used to describe orthodontic treatment for children 7-10 years old. “The goal of Phase One treatment is to help your kiddo’s mouth grow... Read more

  • What You Need to Know About Home Delivered Aligners

    • May 20, 2019
    • 2 min read
    • Invisalign

    You may have seen ads for at-home aligner treatments. They promise lower cost, fast results, and zero in-person orthodontist visits. Sounds great, right? It can be incredibly tempting to go this route to achieve a perfect smile. We’re going to break down why this alluring offer isn’t a great idea, and what benefits an... Read more

  • Second Time’s The Charm: Sugar and Spice

    • December 21, 2017
    • 3 min read
    • Featured writers

    The holiday season brings hot chocolate, quality family time, and of course, presents. During this time of year, many offices like to exchange special gifts with one another. The most common in particular is food. So naturally, we can’t help but indulge. But a huge stoplight got put in front of me this year;... Read more

  • Second Time’s The Charm: Getting In The Groove

    • December 8, 2017
    • 2 min read
    • Featured writers

    After a hectic Thanksgiving break and the official start to the shopping season with Cyber Monday and Black Friday, I’m back again with another blog post! Over Thanksgiving break I managed to hit a milestone: it’s officially been one month since I started my second journey with braces. I haven’t had any breakage yet!... Read more

  • Second Time’s The Charm: The First Big Leap

    • November 21, 2017
    • 2 min read
    • Featured writers

    So I know what you’re thinking. You’ve read my ‘Meet Meredith’ blog post and may have guessed I had braces as an adult (4 years of treatment!). In a perfect world, we would get the results we want in a short amount of time and end up with a perfect smile for the rest... Read more