The Perfect Age For Braces

June 21st 2021
Kelly OrthodonticsWhen we think of braces, most of us think of teenagers. But nowadays, people of all ages are getting braces. So…what is the perfect age to start braces treatment? Dr. Kelly can successfully correct most orthodontic problems regardless of the patient’s age. But that doesn’t mean that the orthodontic treatment starting age does not matter. In fact, the starting age may play a significant role in the total time and expenses required for the completion of the orthodontic...  [Read full blog post]

Is Invisalign Right For You?

June 8th 2021
Kelly OrthodonticsWhen you think of orthodontics, you probably think of traditional metal braces. But metal braces are only one of the options when it comes to correcting your smile. The Invisalign System is virtually undetectable and straightens your teeth without wires and brackets. Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using custom-made aligners created for you and only you. These aligners are smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible. Not only are the aligners...  [Read full blog post]

Throw Your Toothbrush Away

May 24th 2021
Kelly OrthodonticsBrushing your teeth is one of the most important ways you maintain your oral health. However, if you are brushing your teeth with an old or dirty toothbrush, you might be doing more harm than good. At Kelly Orthodontics, we recommend that you switch out that old toothbrush for a fresh new one every 3 to 4 months and even more frequently if you are wearing braces because your toothbrush becomes less effective once the bristles begin to wear down. Also, bacteria tend to build up...  [Read full blog post]

Digital Orthodontic Impressions with iTero

May 5th 2021
Kelly OrthodonticsAt Kelly Orthodontics we have made treatment even easier with the use of our latest iTero Digital Impression Scanner. This state-of-the-art technology allows our well-trained team members to take accurate 3D digital images of your mouth. By taking these scans we eliminate the need for traditional putty impressions as well as speed up the start of your orthodontic treatment. The iTero scanner is all about patient comfort. It delivers digital impressions that are much more...  [Read full blog post]

Beautiful Smiles That Last A Lifetime

April 27th 2021
Kelly OrthodonticsIt’s time to celebrate! You’ve just gotten your taken braces off and your smile looks amazing! If you want to keep that beautiful smile for life, you are going to need to make sure you wear your retainer. Your orthodontic treatmentdoes not end once we remove your braces. Wearing your retainer is the final step in keeping your smile perfect. Your teeth aren't set rigidly into your jawbone like you might think. They are held in place by bands of fibrous tissue called the...  [Read full blog post]

Protect Your Enamel

April 9th 2021
Kelly OrthodonticsBraces provide patients with a spectacular tool for straightening smiles and correcting jaw problems that impact self-confidence and overall oral wellness. Your wires and brackets are fundamental to the treatment process, but they also can make it difficult to remove food particles that get stuck under and between your brackets and wires. Unfortunately, if this food is left to fester, the acidic content of the food can eat away at your tooth’s vital tooth enamel. If you...  [Read full blog post]

Facts About Braces

March 22nd 2021
Kelly OrthodonticsAt Kelly Orthodontics, we often get asked a lot of great questions about orthodontic care and treatment. We have also seen a lot of false information on orthodontic treatment. Some are rumors and others are myths that are believed to be fact. Myth: “Braces and orthodontic treatment are only for children.” Fact: Braces are not just for kids… orthodontics can be rewarding to adults as well. Teeth provide the support structure for the soft tissue of the lower face,...  [Read full blog post]

Straighter Smile Online

March 10th 2021
Kelly OrthodonticsYou may have noticed that some online direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies have been making orthodontic treatment sound cheap and easy. While it may sound great to save money and buy your orthodontic treatment online, the reality is…you are not getting the treatment for less. You are simply purchasing a product and opting out of the many important aspects that make orthodontics work. The money you save today may end up costing you thousands of dollars in future...  [Read full blog post]

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]

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