Monday, December 21, 2020

Getting Used To your Braces

Kelly Orthodontics

You may not be excited to get braces at first, but before you know it…you will love your braces. There will be some bad days, but there will be lots of good days too. You will soon realize your braces are working hard to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted.

To prevent any ill feelings between you and your braces the team at Kelly Orthodontics recommends...

Avoiding Sticky and Hard Foods. You don’t want to do anything that could cause your braces harm and sticky or hard foods can break a bracket or wire. Even though it may seem like all of your favorite foods are the foods that are sticky and hard, there are plenty of great tasting foods out there that will keep your braces safe.

Chew With Your Back Teeth. Taking a large bite of food with your front teeth can leave your braces vulnerable to damage. Cut large foods into smaller pieces and use your back teeth to chew.

Smooth Things Over. When you first get your braces, sore spots may develop on your cheeks. To protect your cheeks, place wax on the bracket or wire. Rinsing with warm salt water several times a day can also be very soothing to your gum and cheek tissues. Don’t worry…the soreness from your braces will not last long. 

Floss Regularly. We know that it can be a pain to floss around your braces.  But flossing is the best way to prevent gum disease and other oral health problems. If you find flossing with braces difficult, don’t give up on it. There are tools that can help. Ask us about Floss Threaders. Floss Threaders make flossing with braces much easier.

You and your braces will go through a lot together. When all is said and done, you will smile at yourself in the mirror, remembering your braces fondly and you'll know that it was totally worth all the hard work.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Your Questions Answered

Kelly Orthodontics

At Kelly Orthodontics we get a lot of questions when it comes to braces. Dr. Kelly and his team know that being told that you need braces can cause some apprehension. If you have been told by your General Dentist that you may need braces, don’t worry…we have your back. 

One question we are always asked is… 

Does Getting Braces Hurt? 

While each person will have a different experience with braces, generally, getting braces does not hurt. There is no reason to be anxious about getting braces. Braces do not hurt at all when they are applied to the teeth. However, you may experience mild soreness after the orthodontic wire is engaged into the newly placed brackets. Most of our patients experience some discomfort the first 4 days after their braces and wires have been placed and after an adjustment appointment. All the appliances and wires used at Kelly Orthodontics are cutting-edge and exert light, continuous, forces that greatly decrease any soreness associated with orthodontic treatment. But, if you do feel any discomfort associated with getting braces…an over the counter pain reliever, such as Advil or Motrin, plus a regimen of salt water rinses can be used to greatly ease the discomfort. 

Another popular question is… 

How Long Do I Have to Wear My Braces? 

The amount of time you will need to wear your braces greatly depends on the following: The severity of your orthodontic problem. The health of your teeth, gums, and supporting bone. Dr. Kelly’s goals. Your willingness to carefully following Dr. Kelly’s instructions throughout treatment. Most of our patients need to wear braces for about 18 to 24 months. For problems that are harder to correct, treatment may take up to three years. If you have less severe issues or are a good candidate for clear aligners, like Invisalign, treatment time may take as little as 6 to 12 months. 

A few more questions we always get asked are… 

Why Can’t I Get Invisalign Instead of Traditional Braces? Both Invisalign and traditional metal braces can effectively straighten your teeth and correct your bite. And both produce amazing results. However, there are some complex orthodontic problems that can only be corrected with traditional metal braces. Therefore, Dr. Kelly may recommend traditional braces instead of Invisalign. We realize that being told that Invisalign isn’t the right choice for you can be very disappointing, but it’s our job to give you the best treatment possible so you can have a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. 

Are Braces Expensive? There’s no denying that braces are costly, but because orthodontic treatment is highly personalized and based on the individual the patient, your expenses will depend on your age, insurance plan, and the type of braces you wear. It is impossible to know exactly how much braces will cost before being examined by Dr. Kelly

Why Can’t My Dentist Put My Braces On? Dr. Kelly is trained to detect and correct complex bite and jaw problems that are normally beyond the skill level of a general dentist. When it comes to braces…training is key. Dr. Kelly continued his education after completing dental school, spending thousands of hours of targeted instruction on malocclusions, bone growth problems, jaw issues, craniofacial anatomy, biomechanics and more. Only orthodontists, with their extensive backgrounds, can be relied on to provide the appropriate and comprehensive treatment for your oral health needs. 

Still have questions about braces? Visit our Website for answers. Or give our St. Charles orthodontic office a call to schedule your initial consultation.


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Solving Orthodontic Emergencies

Kelly Orthodontics


If you ever find yourself in what you believe to be an orthodontic emergency, the first step is to determine the severity of the problem: is it really a true emergency or is it a less serious issue that you can fix yourself?

The vast majority of orthodontic problems are relatively minor although some may irritate your mouth or cause discomfort. In general, the best approach is to try to ease the source of the problem, and then call our office to schedule an appointment.

Here are three common orthodontic problems you may be able to take care of at home, prior to scheduling a visit to our orthodontic office:

Loose or Poking Wires: 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.

If the main wire has come out of the tube on the back tooth, attempt to reinsert the wire with a pair of needle-nose pliers or tweezers. If the wire is sticking you, place a piece of wax over the area. As a last resort, you might be able to snip off the end of the wire with a nail clipper you’ve sterilized in alcohol. However, first call our office for advice and instructions.

Loose Brackets or Bands: If a bracket becomes loose, it usually remains connected to the main wire by a little colored rubber ring or a small steel ligature tie. 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.

In cases of damaged wires, brackets or bands, it’s still important to call our office as soon as possible to arrange for repairs in order to keep your treatment plan on course.

Loose Teeth: It’s natural for teeth to become slightly loose when wearing braces…it’s a sign that your orthodontic treatment is working. Sometimes this tooth movement can be accompanied by tenderness, especially immediately after braces are fitted or adjusted. Try taking over-the-counter pain relief. Rinsing your mouth twice a day with a cup of warm water and half a teaspoon of salt can also be soothing. A heating pad or warm washcloth placed on your face may help to relieve tenderness as well.

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 doesn’t stop, call your family dentist or our office.

And Remember…If you are a patient in retention and your retainer cracks or breaks, remove the retainer from your mouth and bring all the pieces to our office for professional repair.

Getting Used To your Braces

Kelly Orthodontics You may not be excited to get braces at first, but before you know it…you will love your braces. There will be some bad...