Friday, June 29, 2018

Common Problems Kelly Orthodontics Can Solve

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.

We provide all types of orthodontic solutions and find it rewarding to see our patients experience their brand new smile. Here a few of the orthodontic problems we can solve at Kelly Orthodontics.

Phase I: Treatment is oftentimes necessary for younger patients to establish the proper "foundation" for future dental and facial development. By creating the necessary space and properly aligning the existing teeth, we can guide permanent teeth into their proper position. The second phase of treatment takes place after the permanent teeth have erupted. In many cases, Phase I treatment can reduce the length of time required for the second phase.

Class II: Problems represent an abnormal bite relationship in which the upper jaw and teeth are located in front of the lower jaw and teeth. Class II patients usually exhibit a convex facial profile with a recessed chin. In most cases, this relationship is due to inherent characteristics. A skeletal Class II problem occurs when the upper back molars are forward of the lower back molars…this gives the patient the appearance of a recessed lower jaw or an upper jaw that is protrusive (or both).

Excessive Gingival Display: Also known as a gummy smile, this orthodontic problem gives the appearance of excessive exposed gums on the upper arch. There are several treatment options for this problem. In severe cases surgery may be necessary to actually remove a section of the upper jaw shifting the jaw upward vertically reducing the amount of exposure of the upper gum tissue.

Open Bite: An open bite can occur with the front teeth, known as an anterior open-bite or with the back teeth, referred to as a posterior open-bite. An anterior open-bite is the lack of vertical overlap of the front teeth and can usually be traced to jaw disharmony or habits such as thumb sucking or the thrusting of the tongue against the front teeth. A posterior open-bite is a problem in which the back teeth do not meet vertically prohibiting the jaw to function properly.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Happy Mother's Day from Kelly Orthodontics

Kelly Orthodontics is a family oriented practice that has been in St. Charles for 40 years! This Mother's Day we want to give a shoutout to our mother's who have encouraged and loved us no matter what. 

“Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, Delores Brinker. I was blessed to work with my mom at Kelly Orthodontics for several years together until she retired. We had so much fun working and spending our lunch hour doing some wild things. My mom is  an amazing person with a big heart ️ and is always there when I need her. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there!"

"Mother’s Day has changed over the years.  When my kids were little, my husband would make the best handprint stepping stones for the yard. As they grew older, and their hands got too big and now my favorite part of the day is reading their homemade cards. Motherhood is one of my biggest blessings. I’m thankful for these kids and the time I have with them everyday. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Moms out there! I hope you are spoiled all day!!!"

"Happy Mother's Day to my beautiful , kind and loving mother , Katy Myer 😘   You bring so much joy and happiness to our entire family 💕  thank you for being there for us unconditionally, always️️. I love you , Mom"

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Paint your Smile

Are you curious what you would look like with braces?

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Paint Your Smile was designed by 3M for patients who want to have fun choosing their own elastics and brackets. Choose the combination that best suits your own unique style! In three easy steps you can get a good idea of what you would look like with braces that follow a certain color scheme.

  1. Select your Smile. 
  2. Choose up to 3 colors to create your own custom color personality. 
  3. Share for smile on social media. 

Paint Your Smile allows you to have fun with your braces and get as creative with your new look as you want. Try it out today!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

No Pain…Only Gain

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When thinking about orthodontic treatment the first question people usually have is, "Will it hurt?”. There seems to be a common fear amongst everyone with regards to the pain orthodontic treatment might bring. Well, Kelly Orthodontics has some good news…orthodontic treatment is not as bad as you think it is.  

Orthodontic treatment has improved dramatically over the years. But as a general rule, initially, braces do make your teeth tender and sore for the first few days after having them placed. But the soreness is not unbearable. The slight soreness you feel comes from the fact that your teeth are beginning to move and they are not used to the pressure the arch wire and brackets are causing. As time goes by, your teeth will get use to the braces and your soreness will go away.  

It is important to know that today’s braces are more comfortable than ever. But if you still think braces might hurt more than we are letting on, here are a few tips that will help reduce any soreness you may feel,    
  • Take an over the counter Advil.  
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.  
  • Eat soft foods like yogurt and mash potatoes.  
  • Place heating pad or warm was rag on jaw. Avoid acidic drinks; those drinks with acid can irritate a sore mouth.  
  • Use over the counter oral anesthetic like Orajel.  
  • Apply wax to any bracket or wire bothering your cheek, tongue or lips. 

If you have any questions about starting orthodontic treatment at our office, please feel free to give us a call anytime, or...leave a question on our Facebook page!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Which Type of Floss is Best?

If you’ve visited the dental care aisle recently, the sheer number of options available can be overwhelming. We often have patients ask us which floss is the “best” type of floss. In essence, all of the options on the market today do the same thing, and at the end of the day it comes down to personal preference. We’ve listed a few of the options below.  

Flossers: Flossers are small plastic instruments with a single floss strip and a pick on the opposite end. This option can be both effective at cleaning the areas in between your teeth and scraping off plaque. These flossers come in flavored varieties as well. They are a great “on the go” option.

Gentle Dental Floss:
Some people will find that regular dental floss is too harsh on their gums. For that reason, several options are available that have soft coatings that are less abrasive on the gums. Typically, gentle floss is just as effective as regular floss and an ideal match for anyone looking for a more sensitive approach to flossing.

Flavored Dental Floss: Flavored dental floss will freshen your breath while you floss! We suggest flavored dental floss if it prompts you to floss your teeth regularly.

Of all of the options, it is difficult to choose the absolute best type of floss. However, our team feels that the type of floss that works best for you, giving you the greatest chance of succeeding at regular flossing, is the ultimately best choice. For more information on floss, or flossing with braces, ask us at your next appointment. There are many ways to make it both easy AND effective.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Bad Breath & Braces

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After getting braces, new patients may develop bad breath from not cleaning their teeth properly. Simply doing a quick job brushing your teeth is not enough to keep your teeth in great shape, especially when you wear braces. Bacteria feeds on food particles leftover after you eat, and this sneaky bacterium creates an unpleasant odor.

We certainly understand bad breath can be uncomfortable to talk about, but it happens to most of us. The important thing to do if you’re experiencing bad breath (or know someone who is) is to determine the root of the problem. The most common factor for bad breath our patients is almost typically caused by poor oral hygiene.  It's important to brush immediately after every meal or snack or at least rinse your mouth with water or mouthwash if you aren’t able to brush. Bad breath-causing odors and bacteria can also cling to removable orthodontics (like a retainer or clear aligners), so be sure to remove them before eating, even if you're only having a snack.

If you need a refresher course on how to keep your Kelly Orthodontics smile looking it's very best, please let us know at your next appointment. We're happy to help!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Eating With Braces

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Now that you have your braces, what foods can you still enjoy? While some foods are off limits, don't worry, you'll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances. 

Please do not eat hard foods including:
  • Nuts 
  • Ice 
  • Crisp taco shells 
  • Whole apples and carrots  
  • Hard French bread crust and rolls 
  • Spare ribs 
  • Corn on the cob  
  • Popcorn  
These foods can cause breakage of the brackets and wires. Also beware of nail biting and pen or pencil chewing habits, since these can damage your braces. 

Do not eat sticky foods like: 
  • Taffy 
  • Caramels 
  • Bubble gum 
  • Sticky candy of any sort
Use common sense about most foods. Excessive broken appliances due to careless eating habits will prolong and complicate treatment.

If you have any questions as to which foods you can eat while in braces treatment please ask one of the Kelly Orthodontics Team Members at your next appointment.

Common Problems Kelly Orthodontics Can Solve

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...