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.


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kelly orthodontics smile photo

kelly orthodontics smile photo

kelly orthodontics smile photo


Friday, September 27, 2019

Monday, September 2, 2019

Protect Your Smile! National Mouthgaurd Day!



Today is #NationalMouthGuardDay! As everyone has gone back to school and fall sports are about to begin, it is a perfect opportunity to remind our Saint Charles community the importance of wearing a mouthguard during activities, especially during orthodontic treatment!

Wearing a mouthguard ensures our teeth and overall smile is protected. During the ages of 7 to 11 years old children are most vulnerable to sports related mouth injuries. 67% of parents surveyed by the American Association of Orthodontists said their child does not wear a mouthguard, yet 70% said their biggest fear is their child getting hurt when playing sports.


Thursday, August 29, 2019

End of Summer Smiles


Summer is winding down in Saint Charles and we have seen so many incredible patients say goodbye to braces and start their orthodontic treatment! Here are a few of some awesome rock stars!





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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Happy #NationalFreshBreathDay


Happy National Fresh Breath Day! Today is National Fresh Breath Day, a perfect reminder to keep our smiles healthy and smelling fresh.

One incredible way to keep your smile healthy that is often overlooked is by utilizing a type of mouthwash. Using mouthwash, especially during orthodontic treatment makes an oral hygiene routine easy. You can easily remove food debris from areas that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush and 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 gum, if gum disease is prevalent.


Wednesday, July 31, 2019

A Crossbite and Invisalign in Saint Charles


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.

Invisalign is preferred by many teens and adults who wish to receive orthodontic treatment with as little interruption in their everyday life. Invisalign treatment is a technique that straightens your teeth without braces, using a series of clear, removable aligners that are custom-modeled to fit your teeth. The virtually invisible aligners gradually reposition your teeth into a smile of which you will be proud. “Over 6 million people, including more than 1.4 million teens, have used Invisalign clear aligners to transform their smiles,” according to Invisalign.

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign has no metal bands or wires to trap food and plaque. Maintaining a good oral hygiene program will also reduce chances of plaque buildup, tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Of course most patients choose Invisalign because of the clear, clean look and overall aesthetic. However an effective treatment for a crossbite is Invisalign.

A crossbite happens when some upper teeth sit inside lower teeth rather than outside. A crossbite can cause your teeth to chip and wear down and even cause gums to recede. It can also cause difficulties speaking and chewing. A crossbite may also make it difficult for your teeth to be clean. Invisalign can be used to move incorrectly positioned teeth into the right place and treat a crossbite.



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 Ha...