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3 Benefits of Straight Teeth

November 27th 2018
Whether it is for health reasons or a confident beautiful smile, there are many benefits to a straighter smile. We have been in the Saint Charles community for over 40 years and our goal at Kelly Orthodontics is that your smile is a confident, beautiful, healthy smile. Whether its through Invisalign, braces or simply wearing your retainers after orthodontic treatment, orthodontics goes beyond just a beautiful smile. It additionally helps your jaw and helps your bite. Here are three health...  [Read full blog post]


November Smiles

November 26th 2018
We are so thankful for the trust our patients place in us to make their smile a beautiful healthy smile. Here are a few of our extraordinary patients this month. Whether it's through Invisalign or braces, our goal is to ensure your smile is an extension of your best self. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see more of our smiles.


Halloween Sweets and Your Teeth

October 25th 2018
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,...  [Read full blog post]


World Smile Day

October 5th 2018
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.


Kelly Orthodontic Smiles

September 27th 2018
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...  [Read full blog post]


Back to School Visit an Orthodontist

September 6th 2018
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...  [Read full blog post]


Kelly Orthodontics Summer Smiles

August 24th 2018
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 😄 We truly are a family...  [Read full blog post]


Your First Visit at Kelly Orthodontics

August 15th 2018
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...  [Read full blog post]


Family Health Tips

July 30th 2018
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...  [Read full blog post]


Kelly Orthodontics Smiles

July 23rd 2018
We are a family oriented practice that has been in St. Charles for 40 years! Our focus is finding the orthodontic solutions that are right for your family and creating beautiful smiles! 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. That #FridayFeeling when you have no more braces! Dr. Kelly's...  [Read full blog post]


Common Problems Kelly Orthodontics Can Solve

June 29th 2018
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...  [Read full blog post]


Happy Mother's Day from Kelly Orthodontics

May 11th 2018
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...  [Read full blog post]


Paint your Smile

April 18th 2018
Are you curious what you would look like with braces?Image provided by paintyoursmile.comIntroducing Paint your Smile with Kelly Orthodontics. 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. Select your Smile. Choose up to 3 colors to create...  [Read full blog post]


No Pain…Only Gain

April 5th 2018
Photo provided by oralb.comWhen 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...  [Read full blog post]


Which Type of Floss is Best?

March 23rd 2018
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...  [Read full blog post]


Bad Breath & Braces

March 8th 2018
Kelly OrthodonticsAfter 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...  [Read full blog post]


Eating With Braces

February 21st 2018
Kelly OrthodonticsNow 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...  [Read full blog post]


Do You Have Loose Wires or Brackets?

February 8th 2018
Photo provided by 3m.comWe know even despite your best efforts, the wires and bands on your braces may come loose. If this happens, please contact Kelly Orthodontics as soon as possible so that we can check and repair your appliance. If any piece of your appliance comes off, be sure to save it and bring it to the office with you.In an emergency, you can temporarily fix the loose wire by using the back of a spoon or the eraser end of a pencil to carefully and gently push the wire back...  [Read full blog post]


Braces Friendly Game Day Recipes

January 30th 2018
If you're still searching for a few more snacks to add to your Super Bowl menu, we've got two that will be sure to score with your friends & family.Hot Ham & Cheese Party Rolls 1 can refrigerated pizza crust1 lb. deli ham (thinly sliced, but not shaved)12 slices Swiss cheese     Glaze:1/2 cup butter2 tablespoons brown sugar1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce1 tablespoon Dijon mustard1 tablespoon poppy seedsDirections:Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9x13-inch baking dish...  [Read full blog post]


More Than Just A Beautiful Smile

January 9th 2018
Drs. Daniel and William Kelly and all the Kelly Orthodontics team want to remind you that orthodontic health is much more than straight teeth. When our doctors create beautiful smiles for our patients, they place all the elements of the face into their perfect alignment for a healthy as well as beautiful smile. Orthodontic treatment at Kelly Orthodontics also provides many additional health benefits. Here are just a few you might not realize:Prevent TMJ:TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint)...  [Read full blog post]


I Just Got Braces....Now What?

December 27th 2017
At Kelly Orthodontics we believe you have taken the first step toward a healthier and more beautiful smile but you are probably wondering what comes next. The first week is the biggest period of adjustment, and there is a lot to learn in this short time. What to eat?  How to brush?  No worries, in a very short time your braces will feel completely natural.On the first day, your braces will probably feel sort of like a mouthful and it may take time to get used...  [Read full blog post]


The Tooth Truth

December 11th 2017
Our dedication to providing extraordinary personal service with compassion and consideration to the unique needs of each of our patients is our top priority. We feel open communication is extremely important in creating a positive environment for our patients and ensuring a successful treatment outcome. Here at Kelly Orthodontics, we consider dental health to be an integral part of overall good health. We believe that good dental health can instill a sense of well-being, provide a lifelong...  [Read full blog post]


Thanksgiving Countdown!

November 16th 2017
It seems like the month of November has really flown by! Thanksgiving is just a week away and we’re all looking forward to time with family and friends – not to mention all of the delicious food! While some holidays spotlight foods that might traditionally be a challenge to manage when you have braces, Thanksgiving is typically filled with foods that are braces approved!If you’re looking to add a new side dish or two to your Thanksgiving table this year, we’ve found two contenders that...  [Read full blog post]


Out With The Old & In With The New

November 9th 2017
With cold and flu season starting, germs seem to lurking everywhere! While it’s difficult to avoid catching the office cold or flu bug, you can help keep your number one oral hygiene accessory in great shape by replacing your toothbrush regularly. Toothbrushes help keep your teeth and mouth clean, but how long should you a keep a toothbrush? It is recommended that you switch out that old toothbrush for a fresh new one every 3 to 4 months, and directly after any cold or flu. Replacing your...  [Read full blog post]


Four Flavorful Fall Smoothies

October 19th 2017
With Fall in full swing and with it the hectic holidays just a step further down the road, we thought we’d put together a list of a few fall-themed smoothies that can serve as a great (and easy!) breakfast or after school snack.Pumpkin Banana SmoothieIf you’re a pumpkin fan, this smoothie is for you! While pumpkin is a trendy item, especially this time of year, what you might not know is pumpkin has both fiber and protein which makes for a healthy and filling smoothie.2 tablespoons canned...  [Read full blog post]


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