October is National Orthodontic Health Month

  • Innovative Orthodontic Centers is highlighting the importance of orthodontic care and taking a stand against bullying during the month-long initiative.

    Innovative Orthodontic Centers is highlighting the importance of orthodontic care and taking a stand against bullying during the month-long initiative. Courtesy of George Castellanos

Updated 10/3/2022 9:27 AM

October isn't just for Halloween, it's also National Orthodontic Health Month. Shorewood and Naperville orthodontist Dr. Manal Ibrahim and her team at Innovative Orthodontic Centers are gearing up for the month-long initiative.

The practice will be creating awareness about how orthodontic treatment improves the oral and overall health of children, teens and adults. While, of course, straightening teeth creates a beautiful smile, it also reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, allows for proper chewing to improve digestion and helps with speech.


Orthodontic care aligns the jaw too, which alleviates temporomandibular joint pain and headaches and promotes healthy breathing and swallowing patterns.

In addition to boosting physical health, orthodontics has a role in mental health as well. When patients love their smile, they feel more confident and ready to tackle new challenges. This plays into the theme of National Orthodontic Health Month 2022: #bullyingbites.

For the past several years, Innovative Orthodontic Centers has joined forces with the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) to take a stand against bullying and encourage patients and the community to do the same.

For those in Chicagoland who'd like to get a healthy, confident smile they can use to spread kindness and acceptance, Innovative Orthodontic Centers can help. The practice will be donating $10 for every patient that starts treatment at the Shorewood or Naperville office in October. The donations will go to Stand for the Silent, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring awareness to bullying and the devastation it causes.

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Innovative Orthodontic Centers and its sister practices, Innovative Pediatric Dentistry and Naperville Dental Specialists, will close this celebratory month with a Halloween Minion-Palooza on October 23, 2022 during Downtown Naperville's Halloween Hop.


At Innovative Orthodontic Centers, American board-certified orthodontists Dr. Manal Ibrahim and Dr. Christine Gin are leaders in comfortable, accelerated orthodontics. They're among the top providers of Invisalign and SureSmile® prescription braces wires in the world. By pairing these custom, state-of-the-art treatments with a technology-led approach, they help patients get better results more quickly and conveniently without cutting corners. Their commitment to their patients shows: Innovative Orthodontic Centers has been recently voted "Best Orthodontic Practice" in Naperville by Naperville Magazine.

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