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Is Invisalign Right For You?

February 24th 2021
Kelly OrthodonticsIf you want a straighter smile but don’t want to spend years of wearing traditional metal braces, Invisalign may be the perfect option for you. Kelly Orthodontics is a Certified Premier Invisalign Provider, and our team has years of experience permanently correcting alignment issues in a shorter time with Invisalign clear aligners. Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using custom-made clear aligners created just for you. These aligners are smooth,...  [Read full blog post]


Do You Have Gum Disease?

February 11th 2021
Kelly OrthodonticsMore than 80 percent of Americans are living with periodontal or gum disease, which most often than not, goes unnoticed. February has been designated “Gum Disease Awareness Month” in a national and global effort to raise public awareness of gum disease. The awareness program was launched in 2012 by the Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry, a non-profit educational and research center dedicated to providing evidence-based clinical training in advanced laser dentistry...  [Read full blog post]


Does Your Breath Stink?

January 26th 2021
Kelly OrthodonticsWe understand that bad breath can be an uncomfortable subject to talk about but unfortunately it happens to most people for several different reasons. Bad breath, or halitosis, can be caused by poor oral hygiene, personal habits such as smoking or eating certain foods, or medical problems. The most common factor for bad breath in patients with braces at Kelly Orthodontics is almost certainly caused by poor oral hygiene. After getting braces, patients may develop bad breath...  [Read full blog post]


Caring For Your Invisalign Aligners

January 8th 2021
Kelly OrthodonticsDid you know over 8 million people across the U.S. have had orthodontic treatment using Invisalign? That includes many people right here in our St. Charles community. Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based...  [Read full blog post]


Getting Used To your Braces

December 21st 2020
Kelly OrthodonticsYou may not be excited to get braces at first, but before you know it…you will love your braces. There will be some bad days, but there will be lots of good days too. You will soon realize your braces are working hard to help you achieve the smile you have always wanted. To prevent any ill feelings between you and your braces the team at Kelly Orthodontics recommends... Avoiding Sticky and Hard Foods. You don’t want to do anything that could cause your braces harm and...  [Read full blog post]


Your Questions Answered

December 10th 2020
Kelly OrthodonticsAt Kelly Orthodontics we get a lot of questions when it comes to braces. Dr. Kelly and his team know that being told that you need braces can cause some apprehension. If you have been told by your General Dentist that you may need braces, don’t worry…we have your back. One question we are always asked is… Does Getting Braces Hurt? While each person will have a different experience with braces, generally, getting braces does not hurt. There is no reason to...  [Read full blog post]


Solving Orthodontic Emergencies

November 24th 2020
Kelly Orthodontics If you ever find yourself in what you believe to be an orthodontic emergency, the first step is to determine the severity of the problem: is it really a true emergency or is it a less serious issue that you can fix yourself? The vast majority of orthodontic problems are relatively minor although some may irritate your mouth or cause discomfort. In general, the best approach is to try to ease the source of the problem, and then call our office to schedule an appointment....  [Read full blog post]


Why Go To An Orthodontist?

November 12th 2020
Kelly Orthodontics A question people often ask is, “Can my dentist give me braces?” The simple answer is no. Your dentist may offer orthodontic services, leading you to assume that he or she is an orthodontist. But the truth is that putting aligners or braces on teeth does not make a dentist an orthodontist.Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with the teeth, gums, nerves, and jaw, while orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites....  [Read full blog post]


Are You Too Old For Braces?

October 21st 2020
Kelly OrthodonticsOrthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Ideally, your teeth would line up as neatly as the keys on a piano. Unfortunately, many people must contend with crooked or crowded teeth, or poorly aligned bites.These problems raise more than cosmetic concerns. Crowded or overlapping teeth can be difficult...  [Read full blog post]


A Perfect Smile in 3 Easy Steps

October 8th 2020
Kelly Orthodontics The upcoming holiday season can be a busy time for parents and their children. A new season brings new activities and new routines so it’s easy to forget that you still need to be taking care of your braces and teeth. Step 1: Whiten - There are many tooth whitening products available at your local drug store that can get rid of stains and discolorations. At-home teeth whitening kits often contain peroxide gels or strips with peroxide that are...  [Read full blog post]


Just the Facts

September 22nd 2020
Kelly OrthodonticsWe use our teeth every single day, from biting, to eating, to speaking. We often take our teeth for granted. We may not realize just how vital they are to our health and our appearance or the overall impact teeth have on our bodies. 6 Surprising Facts About Our Teeth 1. A cavity is one of the few things the body can’t heal. A cavity just gets larger with time, unless a dentist removes the decay and places a filling. 2. Diet soda and sports drinks can be just...  [Read full blog post]


Let's Be Clear About Your Orthodontic Options

September 9th 2020
Kelly OrthodonticsWhen you think of braces, you may think of the traditional metal braces of years gone by. The truth is that those traditional braces you are used to seeing are only one of the many choices when it comes to orthodontic treatment. While traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces, at Kelly Orthodontics, we want you to know there are other options out there…and it’s clear, we are excited about it! Deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment to improve your...  [Read full blog post]


What is Two-Phase Orthodontics?

August 26th 2020
Kelly OrthodonticsOrthodontists 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. Two-phase orthodontic treatment is a specialized process that involves facial and jaw changes along with straightening teeth.  This process allows Dr. Dan Kelly to...  [Read full blog post]


More Than Just a Pretty Smile

August 13th 2020
Kelly Orthodontics  One of the biggest and most noticeable advantages of orthodontics, beyond a transformed smile, is the overall improvement in self-confidence that comes from looking one’s best. This is the most anticipated reward that the entire Kelly Orthodontics team looks forward to when a patient completes their orthodontic treatment. But the benefits of braces go well beyond pure aesthetics. Braces ensure correct bite and tooth alignment which has many positive side-effects....  [Read full blog post]


Preparing For Orthodontics

July 28th 2020
Kelly OrthodonticsIt’s completely normal to feel a bit apprehensive when you first consider going to an orthodontist. Whether your dentist has advised you to seek care from Kelly Orthodontics, or you’ve decided to do so on your own, there are a few things you can do to prepare for your initial exam with Dr. Kelly. The first thing you should do to prepare for your initial exam is to learn more about orthodontics and understand your options. Start by visiting our website and familiarizing...  [Read full blog post]


Adjusting to Your New Braces

July 8th 2020
Are you a new patient at Kelly Orthodontics? You may or may not be excited about wearing your braces, but regardless we know you will be thrilled with the result of your new smile.  As with any change, adjusting to something new can be a little confusing and overwhelming at times, so we decided to help you out with a few tips on adjusting to your braces. The first tip is to give yourself some time. Your braces may not be what you expected or wanted, but after a while when your teeth start...  [Read full blog post]


Our Low Profile Braces are a Total Victory

June 23rd 2020
3M Unitek VictorySeries Low Profile BracesNo matter what your age, metal braces are still the most common and affordable type of braces. That’s why, at Kelly Orthodontics, we are proud to offer our patients the Victory Series Low Profile Braces from 3M Unitek. Why 3M Braces? 3M is a global leader in technology, innovation and research. In the braces arena, 3M produced the first stainless steel braces, the first adhesive pre-coated braces, color-changing bonding adhesive, and true...  [Read full blog post]


Summertime Smiles

June 11th 2020
Kelly OrthodonticsAsk any teen and they’ll probably tell you that there is no good time to get braces, however, summertime is actually the very best time to get braces. Why Summertime? Time to Adjust - It’s no secret that getting braces can be pretty daunting to the self-esteem of a teenager. Giving them a few months to get used to their braces without being surrounded by their peers at school can make a huge difference in their confidence overall. Similarly, summer helps teens learn...  [Read full blog post]


Dr. Dan Kelly is Ready to See You

May 22nd 2020
The Team at Kelly OrthodonticsEveryone at Kelly Orthodontics would like to announce that we are welcoming our patients back to the office and we are also accepting new patients! While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: Our commitment to your safety. Safety has always been our priority, but we have implemented some new protocols to help keep all of us safe. Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same...  [Read full blog post]


Ageless Smiles

May 4th 2020
Kelly OrthodonticsYour teeth are probably the only thing on your face that won’t get wrinkles…but your teeth certainly do show signs of aging. So if you want to look younger and healthier, your teeth are a great place to start! “Just as white, straight teeth convey youth, a smile with crooked, discolored, worn, or missing teeth is associated with an aged look,” says Edmond Hewlett, DDS, professor of restorative dentistry at UCLA's School of Dentistry. “The adage ‘long in the...  [Read full blog post]


2 Minutes 2 Times a Day

April 20th 2020
Kelly OrthodonticsSeeking orthodontic treatment is a great way to make sure your oral health is in good shape. However, there are other factors that affect the status of healthy teeth. Brushing, flossing and eating habits are just as important. When treating your teeth Dr. Kelly and his team want to be sure they are working with healthy teeth...and developing healthy habits start at a young age. Did you know that the baby teeth that appear in the first 3 years of a child's life have been...  [Read full blog post]


National Facial Protection Month

April 1st 2020
Kelly OrthodonticsEvery April, National Facial Protection Month strives to raise public awareness and remind parents, coaches, and athletes to play it safe while playing sports. Kelly Orthodontics would like to take the time this month to remind our athletes to wear a mouthguard during recreational and organized sports. A mouthguard is used to protect your mouth from injury when you are participating in sports.  A mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of...  [Read full blog post]


March Smiles in Saint Charles

March 31st 2020
We have seen many fantastic smiles from braces to invisalign, these are just a few of the great smiles we have seen. View this post on Instagram Sharing some throwback smiles on this lovely Tuesday! We hope everyone is staying healthy. #KellyOrtho 😃😃🦷 A post shared by Kelly Orthodontics (@kelly_ortho) on Mar 31, 2020 at 8:13am PDT View this post on Instagram Way to go Ava! 🏆🦷 #KellyOrtho A post shared by Kelly Orthodontics (@kelly_ortho)...  [Read full blog post]


COVID19 Update

March 18th 2020
As we continue to navigate the evolving situation with COVID-19 and follow federal guidelines, we feel it is in the best interest of our patients, staff and community to close our office effective immediately.We will be closing starting Wednesday March 18th, 2020 and plan to reopen Monday April 6th, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust this timeline as needed.During this closure, we ask that everyone be patient with our staff as we work through devising a plan to keep all...  [Read full blog post]


February Bright Smiles

February 27th 2020
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. View this post on Instagram Awesome smile Jack! #KellyOrtho 🏆🎉 A post shared by Kelly Orthodontics (@kelly_ortho)...  [Read full blog post]


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