Monday, December 23, 2019

Thank You for a Great 2019

It has been another fantastic year at Kelly Orthodontics. We love our Saint Charles community and love all the smiles we have seen transformed in our office. Thank you to all our patients and their families for entrusting us with their smiles. Thank you for your kind words and reviews.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Kelly Orthodontics: Holiday Treats to Avoid if you have Braces

The holidays are here and whether you are cozying up with hot chocolate or baking cookies, you may be wondering if there are any types of treats you should steer clear from, especially if you have braces. The answer is yes! Here are a few holiday treats that are not braces friendly.

  • Candy Canes
  • Fudge
  • Popcorn
  • Peanut Brittle
  • Anything with nuts or crunchy crusts
  • Caramel - avoid this sticky treat that can easily get caught up in your braces

Monday, November 18, 2019

4 Thanksgiving Foods to Avoid

Thanksgiving is a great time for family, reflecting on what we are thankful for and of course, celebrating around food. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life for those who come to us for their orthodontic health care. Whether it is braces, Invisalign or preventive care, you should always take care of your smile.

If you have braces, there are a few foods you may want to stay away from during Thanksgiving.

1. Uncooked Vegetables - uncooked vegetables, in their raw form are too hard to bite and chew and may damage braces. Instead, cook or steam your vegetables, which will be much softer for your teeth.

2. Corn on the Cob - on the cob, corn can do some damage to braces, but there is no problem if it is cut off. Just be sure to floss, so it does not get stuck to your teeth.

3. Nuts - nuts is an obvious food to avoid because it can damage brackets and cause wires to come loose. Watch out for nuts, often found in pies and other desserts.

4. Caramel - caramel is another obvious dessert to stay away from on Thanksgiving (and beyond during the holidays). It is sticky and can get easily stuck to your braces.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Kelly Orthodontics: What is the difference between an Orthodontist and a Dentist?

If you are beginning to research how to “get straight teeth” or “do I need braces,” a question you may be wondering is, "can my dentist give me braces?" The answer is a big NO! There are major differences between an orthodontist and a dentist. From what a dentist does to what an orthodontist can do.

As Orthodontists, we utilize the latest technological advances in the profession to achieve unsurpassed results for our patients. Dentists are mainly concerned with your overall dental health. Dentists treat decayed teeth and remove failed teeth. Dentists look for abnormalities in the mouth and teach patients how to prevent dental disease.

Orthodontists are specialists in training teeth and aligning jaws. Another difference between both dentist and orthodontist, is orthodontist become specialists by completing four years of general dental education in dental school and then continuing in an accredited program where they study their specific specialty full-time for two or more years.

Located in Saint Charles, our team is dedicated to ensuring you receive the best care possible. Schedule a consultation today.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Two Halloween Braces-Friendly Treats

If you have visited any of the fun pumpkin patches near Saint Charles, you’ll see all the family activities and be reminded of the fun Halloween is with all the costumes, trick-or-treating and endless treats, all making this time of year a fun time.

Halloween can also be a tricky time if you have braces and while there are certain foods you should stay away, there are some types of candies you can eat on Halloween, that won’t damage your braces. Check out our other blog on all the information on Halloween and candies. Here are two Halloween braces-friendly treats you can eat on Halloween night.

1. Brownies:
A sweet treat that is braces-friendly is brownies. Brownies or other soft pastries won’t damage your braces and are an enjoyable treat on Halloween. Softness is key because your wires and brackets won’t be damaged. Be sure to brush up after eating treats and stick to your oral hygiene routine.

2. Chocolate:
Sugary treats affect our teeth in different ways, especially when it comes to orthodontic treatment and the overall health of our teeth and our oral hygiene routine. Chocolate that has no nuts, is not hard or has additional sticky stuff is the best route to go on Halloween night (and beyond). Chocolate is so delicious, and one of the most popular types of candy given out on Halloween. Chocolate washes off your teeth easier than any other type of candy. Dark chocolate also has less sugar than regular milk chocolate.

Minimize sugary treats and foods and stick to oral hygiene routines. Check out more information here on what to do if a loose or poking archwires happen or brackets become loose. It’s important to regularly check your braces for bent or lose wires and brackets.

Kelly Orthodontics is a family-oriented practice that has been in St. Charles for 40 years. We are proud of the relationships we build with our patients and our focus on finding the orthodontic solutions that are right for your family. Schedule a complimentary consultation today.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Happy World Smile Day

Today is World Smile Day. A day that celebrates smiles on everyone. A smile is the universal language and can transform lives. Here are some of our amazing patients and their extraordinary smiles.

Did you know over 6 million people across the U.S. have had orthodontic treatment using Invisalign? That includes many right here in our Saint Charles and surrounding community.  Did you also know 1 in 4 orthodontic patients are adults? Whether it is Invisalign or braces, no matter what age you are, orthodontic treatment can enhance your smile.

kelly orthodontics smile photo

kelly orthodontics smile photo

kelly orthodontics smile photo

kelly orthodontics smile photo

Friday, September 27, 2019

Thank You for a Great 2019

It has been another fantastic year at Kelly Orthodontics. We love our Saint Charles community and love all the smiles we have seen transform...