Thursday, October 25, 2018

Halloween Sweets and Your Teeth




Not only is October Halloween, but also National Orthodontic Health Month!

There is an endless amount of free sugar given out and will surely make you happy, however for your teeth, that is another story. These sugary treats can affect your teeth in different ways, especially when it comes to orthodontic treatment and the overall health of your teeth.  Halloween is about having fun, dressing up and eating candy. It’s important to stick to your routines and be sure to brush your teeth, floss and wear your retainer.

Here are common types of Halloween candy and their impact on your teeth. You might want to stay away from these types, especially if you have braces.

Sticky Gummy Candies: Sticky, gummy type candies are the worst type of candy for your teeth. It is harder to remove and stay longer on your teeth. This is especially bad for those who just received orthodontic treatment such as braces.

Hard Candies: You want to watch out for hard candies on Halloween and beyond. These can break your teeth and can be damaging if you have braces. On top of that, hard candies can cause the sugar to wash all over your teeth. This is due to having the hard candy for longer periods in your mouth.

Sour Candy: It’s no secret how important the enamel on your tooth is. Acidic foods are harmful to your enamel and can cause it to erode, exposing your tooth to being more vulnerable to cavities. You can pass on sour candy because of the acidity.

Popcorn Balls: These are often a big hit on Halloween night. You may find a couple of these in your child’s Halloween bucket. Have some floss on hand after enjoying these treats. Please be aware, if you have braces, these are probably not an ideal treat.


Thursday, October 4, 2018

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.





Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Kelly Orthodontic Smiles


As the end of summer comes to an end and fall approaches, we want to thank everyone who entrusts Kelly Orthodontics to create their beautiful smile! We are a family oriented practice that has been in St. Charles for 40 years! Our focus has always been to find the orthodontic solutions that are right for your family and create beautiful smiles! We love what we do. We love that everyday our office is filled with smiles being transformed and seeing the excitement and eagerness of our new patients at the beginning of receiving orthodontic treatment and celebrating the final goodbye to braces. These are a few of our patients this month and their bright beautiful smiles.





Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Back to School Visit an Orthodontist


Kids are back in school and the abnormal summer routines are no more. As summer comes to an end and fall season returns, it can be a busy time for parents and their children. New activities and new routines, it’s easy to forget simple check-ups to the orthodontist (and other health related appointments).

Why is it important for a check-up during back-to-school season? This is the time to schedule an appointment to measure the progress of your child’s orthodontic treatment. This will ensure your child's treatment is on schedule. If your child is playing fall sports, be sure to get a mouth guard specifically designed for your child. This is the perfect time to ensure your child is on the road to a healthy beautiful smile.

Whether you are an adult, adolescent or child, our knowledgeable team is committed to helping you achieve the smile you deserve – a healthy, beautiful, self-confident one that will last a lifetime.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Kelly Orthodontics Summer Smiles



At Kelly Orthodontics, we love what we do! We love that we can help transform beautiful smiles everyday. We are a family oriented practice that has been in St. Charles for 40 years! We love to see the excitement and eagerness of our new patients at the beginning of receiving orthodontic treatment and celebrating the final goodbye to braces. These are a few of our patients this month and their bright beautiful smiles.

Yup, another one of Dr. Dan's nephew got braces πŸ˜„ We truly are a family business. 



Another great smile at Kelly Orthodontics. Dr. Dan's nephew Kieran got his braces!πŸ˜ƒ 


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Your First Visit at Kelly Orthodontics


Have you wondered about Orthodontic treatment? 

What does your first visit to Kelly Orthodontics look like? Our new patient examination appointment will introduce you to our doctors, team, and office. In addition to an office tour, you will be meeting one on one with one of our doctors. 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.

One of the things that make Kelly Orthodontics unique is that the doctors perform this initial examination themselves. We feel that this personalized approach makes our office very approachable and responsive to your questions.

Timing is an important factor in planning orthodontic treatment. That is why treatment may not be indicated when we first meet a patient. There may be a benefit in waiting for further growth or tooth development. If this is the case then the doctors will recommend following your family on a six month growth observation program. These six month evaluations are free of charge and allow for optimal communication as well as proper timing for potential orthodontic treatment.

If orthodontic treatment is indicated at the initial new patient exam, then the doctor may recommend gathering additional diagnostic records (at no charge to your family). These consist of digital orthodontic x-rays, digital photographs, and models. The doctors will carefully analyze this information and create a customized individual treatment plan for your family.

Part of our personalized approach is to present our detailed treatment recommendations, time frames, and financial options available at a separate consultation appointment. Our philosophy is that communication is the most important part of orthodontic treatment. This personalized approach allows us to gain the trust and confidence of our patients before they consider starting any orthodontic treatment.


Monday, July 30, 2018

Family Health Tips



We are a family oriented practice that have been serving the St. Charles community for 40 years. Our own, Dr. Dan Kelly always knew that he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become an orthodontist. From a young age he was able to observe his father in practice and witness firsthand the positive difference orthodontic treatment can make in a person's life. Dan feels that being an orthodontist is the best job in the world. He truly enjoys getting to know his patients and working with them to achieve smiles that will last a lifetime.

As a family we follow these healthy habits, that help us maintain an excellent oral health. We love to see the initiative to keep your family’s teeth healthy. Here are a few tips to ensure your family is in tip top shape before their next visit with us.


  • Brush Your Teeth Together: Make brushing your teeth a routine every morning and every night. Stick to the routine and ensure that you and your family keep a specific time for brushing your teeth, this will build a great daily habit. 
  • Flossing is Key: Flossing every day is even more important when you have braces. If you’re having trouble flossing, just use a floss threader with regular floss, or buy special stiff-tipped floss made for braces wearers.
  • Use Mouthwash: Using mouthwash, especially during orthodontic treatment is so important. Mouthwash can easily remove food debris from areas that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush or floss. After brushing and flossing, you can swish it around your mouth for a minimum of 30 seconds. This will remove any lingering bacteria and will even help with inflammation of the gums.


Halloween Sweets and Your Teeth

Not only is October Halloween, but also National Orthodontic Health Month! There is an endless amount of free sugar given out and w...