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Orthodontics

We create beautiful, straight smiles for all patients: Adults, teens and children. Whether traditional brackets or clear aligners, Drs. Peter and Christopher Ching use today's comfortable, state-of-the art orthodontics to gently move your teeth to perfection. We offer Traditional Braces and Invisible Braces.

In skilled hands, orthodontics can transform your smile. At Ching Dental, we provide a wide range of adult and teenage orthodontic procedures to correct misaligned, crooked or crowded teeth.

Dr. Peter Ching has completed more than 600 hours of continuing education in traditional orthodontic therapy and has been treating orthodontic patients for over 10 years.

Dr. Christopher Ching is also certified to offer Invisalign, the new way to straighten teeth without braces. Instead, Invisalign uses a series of virtually undetectable, clear plastic aligners to move your teeth!

Many Americans today are wanting to straighten their teeth and at Ching Dental Care we offer a variety of ways to do so.

Traditional Braces use the wires and brackets to straighten the teeth. We use the traditional type on children without all of their permanent teeth and on cases where there is a lot of movement to be done or the patient has TMJ Disorder (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder).

Invisible Braces use clear, plastic aligners to straighten the teeth.  The aligners are changed out every two to three weeks and each new aligner moves the teeth more each time.  We use Invisible Braces on patients who have all of their adult teeth as well as patients who have a little bit of correction.

Orthodontics will improve your smile and dental health, providing you with these benefits…

  • A natural cosmetic makeover that aligns your own teeth
  • A new smile that adds a new feeling of confidence and a boost in self-esteem.
  • Reduced risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease

Free Consultation

We would like to offer you a complementary consultation at our office so we can create a treatment plan to suit your needs.  At this appointment, the orthodontist will examine your teeth and discuss with you any problems that exist and different treatment possibilities that can correct them. If the timing is right for you to start treatment, we will schedule for you to come in and have orthodontic records taken. At this appointment we will also discuss the cost of your particular treatment and answer questions you may have in regards to your insurance.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?

Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, an orthodontist can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?

It's best for the orthodontist to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and it is the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding, and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.

Regular Appointments

The appointment when you get your appliances (braces, expanders, etc.) usually takes 1 to 2 hours. You’ll then see us at regular intervals 4 to 8 weeks apart for an adjustment, which takes 20 to 40 minutes. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately.

Records Appointment

At this second visit, diagnostic records are made to determine the best course of treatment. Complete diagnostic records include x-rays of jaws and teeth, digital photographs of the patient's face and teeth, and plaster study models of the teeth. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move under orthodontic care. We will use these records to make a custom treatment plan to address the needs of each patient.

Treatment Planning Consultation

After the doctor has evaluated your records, we will meet with you to discuss treatment options and your treatment plan in detail. At this appointment we will also discuss the cost of your particular treatment and answer questions you have in regards to insurance.

Typical Emergencies and How To Solve Them

Loose or Poking Archwires

If a wire causes irritation, push the wire away from the area using the eraser end of a pencil or a Q-tip. If the wire cannot be tucked away, cover the end of the wire with a small piece of wax or a cotton ball until you can see us for an adjustment.

Loose Brackets and or Bands

If a bracket becomes loose, it usually remains connected to the main wire by the door on the bracket or a ligature wire. Tweezers can be used to reposition the brace if it flips around the wire and becomes a source of irritation. Call our office and inform us of the problem. If a piece of your braces break, save the piece and call our office to schedule a repair visit.

Lost Separators

In case a rubber spacer or separator falls out, call our office so that we can arrange to replace it for you. If it happens a day before your appointment to put on braces or bands, you do not need to do anything.

If You Swallow Something

Remain calm if you swallow a piece of your appliance. It will usually go into the stomach and pass out of the body in a bowel movement. However, if difficulty breathing is experienced, you should seek immediate medical attention. X-rays will be taken to determine the location of the swallowed piece. Call to make a replacement appointment. If you already have an appointment, please call to advise the front desk that you may need a longer appointment.

Broken Retainer

If a retainer cracks or breaks, remove the retainer from your mouth and call to make an appointment. Bring all the pieces to our office for professional repair.

Sore Teeth Or Sore Gums

Drinking something cold will deactivate the wires and can reduce pain.

Rinsing your mouth with a cup of warm water and half a teaspoon of salt can be soothing. If your teeth get sore suddenly in the middle of the month, give us a call as it can be unusual for your teeth to get sore several weeks after your last office visit. If food becomes stuck between your teeth, use dental floss or a proxy brush to dislodge the food. If you cut your gums, tongue or the inside of your cheek, apply finger pressure to the bleeding site for several minutes. If the bleeding does not stop, call your family dentist or our office. Minor irritations and canker sores will heal much more quickly if you apply Zylactin or Orabase, according to the manufacturer’s directions. You can purchase it over the counter at most pharmacies and convenient stores.


The office of Dr. Peter and Christopher Ching provides dentistry for children, teens, and adults serving Momence, Grant Park, Bradley, Bourbonnais, Kanakee, Manteno, Peotone, Crete-Monee (Illinois) & Lake Village (Indiana). Drs. Peter N. Ching and Christopher K. Ching offer general, orthodontic, implants, cosmetic and family dentistry. Contact the dental practice of Ching Dental to schedule an appointment.

Momence, IL Dentist - Ching Dental - Christopher Ching, DDS & Peter N. Ching, DDS
116 North Locust Street, Momence, IL 60954 ph. (815) 472-6345


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