Friday, June 28, 2019

3 Summer Tips to Keep Your Smile Bright

Summer is finally here! That means summer vacation, kids are at home and some free time for your family. Summer is the perfect time to schedule orthodontic appointments or to begin treatment. Summer can also be a hard time to keep up with oral hygiene routines. According to a nationwide survey by Delta Dental, nearly 30% of parents say summer vacation is the most difficult time to get their children to keep up good oral health.

Here are three tips to help keep your smile and teeth healthy all summer long.

Replace Your Toothbrush - Toothbrushes should be replaced every 3-4 months, so summer is the perfect opportunity to get a new one. A new toothbrush will help you ensure your teeth are being brushed and cleaned properly.

Stock Healthy Snacks - With kids at home and some free time, sugary treats are bound to end up in our diet. Stay ahead of the curve and stock some healthy snacks such as fruits and vegetables already cut up and within reach. Additionally, avoid sugary drinks such as soda, lemonade and sports drinks which can damage your teeth.

Travel Set: Grab a travel size toothbrush, toothpaste and floss to keep handy for vacations, slumber parties and day trips.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Kelly Ortho: Smiles Ready for Summer

These smiles are ready for summer! There is no charge for your first visit to Kelly Orthodontics. Our new patient examination appointment will introduce you to our doctors, team, and office. A thorough, comprehensive clinical examination will be performed to determine the need for orthodontic treatment. If Dr. Kelly feels treatment is necessary he will explain appropriate recommendations and answer any questions you may have. Check out a few of our amazing smiles and be sure to follow us on social media.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Smiles at Kelly Orthodontics

Orthodontists today can successfully correct most problems regardless of the patient’s age. But that does not mean that the orthodontic treatment starting age does not matter. In fact it may play a significant role in the total time and expenses required for the completion of the orthodontic treatment. Check out a few of our amazing patients this month.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

2 Benefits of Invisalign in Saint Charles

Thinking of ways to enhance your smile or correct a bite? Invisalign may be an option for you. Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you're wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign is made with 3-D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective.

Here are two unique benefits to choosing Invisalign for orthodontic treatment.

1. Food Restrictions:
Thanks to the removable aligners, Invisalign allows you to continue to eat and drink without the restrictions braces would cause. It's no secret that braces, come with food restrictions. Simply remove your aligners before a meal and place them in after.

2. Easier Care:
With Invisalign, you do not have to worry about cuts, scrapes and wires poking out such as with braces. It is easier to care for aligners by simply brushing them. In addition, your oral hygiene routine should also be focused on brushing your teeth and flossing, to ensure a healthy orthodontic treatment. Learn more about caring for you Invisalign aligners.

You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move - little by little, week by week - until they have straightened to the final position the doctors have prescribed. You'll visit our office about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 6-12 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 10 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, a month on the awareness of cancers of the mouth and upper throat. While oral cancer can be fatal or have dangerous consequences,  when oral cancer is detected and treated early, treatment-related health problems are reduced, and survival rates may increase.

Here are a few symptoms and signs of oral cancer. It is encouraged to check between dental visits, and to see a dental professional if they do not improve or disappear after two-three weeks.

  • Any sore or ulceration that does not heal within 14 days.
  • A red, white, or black discoloration of the soft tissues of the mouth.
  • Any abnormality that bleeds easily when touched.
  • A lump or hard spot in the tissue, usually border of the tongue.
  • A lump or thickening that develops in the mouth.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Facial Protection Month: When to Wear a Mouthguard

April is National Facial Protection Month! National Facial Protection Month serves as a reminder over the importance of wearing mouth guards during sports, protecting your beautiful smile.

67% of parents surveyed by the American Association of Orthodontists said their child does not wear a mouth guard, yet 70% said their biggest fear is their child getting hurt when playing sports. The most effective way to protect your childs teeth and prevent injuries is to wear a mouthguard.

About 80% of traumatic dental injuries occur to the two front teeth. Injuries can happen at any age and any skill level. So when should you wear a mouth guard? Here are just a few.

  • Basketball 
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Skiing 
  • Rugby  

Did you know from the ages of 7 to 11 years old, children are most vulnerable to sports related mouth injuries? The importance of protecting our smile should be stressed enough and should remind our friends and community how easy it is to protect our teeth.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Spring Smiles at Kelly Orthodontics

Kelly Orthodontics is a true family oriented practice that has been in St. Charles for 40 years. We are proud to serve our community and all the wonderful families. Orthodontists specialize in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of improper bites and facial irregularity, ultimately giving you, your desired smile to smile confidently.

Check out some of our amazing smile transformations this month.

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3 Summer Tips to Keep Your Smile Bright

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