Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Benefits of Invisalign Treatment

If you want a straighter smile but hate the thought of wearing traditional metal braces, Invisalign may be the perfect option for you. Invisalign is the only clear option that is free of brackets and wires. Invisalign allows you to work, eat, and participate in social situations worry free! All while giving you a perfect smile.

Invisalign has many benefits for the wearer, such as comfort and flexibility. At McClellan Orthodontics we are a top provider of Invisalign and have years of experience permanently correcting alignment issues in a shorter time than traditional braces.

Invisalign is clear. Not only is Invisalign effective, but the aligners are nearly invisible and can be worn without detection. This is an especially great option for patients of all ages who want to live life without the brackets and wires associated with traditional braces.

The aligner trays are comfortable. Invisalign is custom made to fit your teeth and mouth. The aligner trays are made of smooth plastic making Invisalign much more comfortable than traditional metal braces.

You can remove them. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners can be removed instantly and easily. You can take them out when you are ready to brush and floss your teeth. The trays themselves can also be cleaned! To make sure there is no build up on your aligners just remove the trays and rinse or lightly brush them with your toothbrush.

You can eat anything. Because you can remove the Invisalign aligners at your leisure, you don’t have to avoid any foods like patients with traditional braces do. Invisalign makes it easy to eat whatever you want, whenever you want, and you never have to worry about your meals ruining your orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign saves time. With Invisalign you will be able to spend less time in our office as they only need to be maintained every 6 weeks on average. Other teeth straightening options can take much more time and many more appointments.

The results speak for themselves. Invisalign leads to beautifully straight teeth and a wonderful smile. Possibly the best reason to use Invisalign!

Now that you know some of the benefits of Invisalign give our Kenilworth, IL office a call to schedule your initial Invisalign consultationtoday and begin your journey to a perfect smile!

For more information regarding Invisalign, visit our website.

 

Monday, June 6, 2022

5 Helpful Tips for New Orthodontic Patients

The braces are on, and you are now on your journey to a straighter smile! As a new patient at McClellan Orthodontics, we know that you may not be excited about wearing your braces, but we also know that when all is said and done, you will be thrilled with the results of your new smile.

Adjusting to something new can be a little confusing and overwhelming. Fortunately, braces are pretty low maintenance, but there are a few things you can do to make your orthodontic experience more effective and comfortable.

1. Know What to Expect - When you first get braces, it’s perfectly normal for your teeth and mouth to be sore and/or tender. Your lips, cheeks, and gums may also be irritated for up to two weeks while they get used to the braces. Try a saltwater rinse or over-the-counter pain reliever to help reduce the amount of pain or discomfort you feel.

2. Give Yourself Some Time - Your braces may not be what you expected or wanted, but after some time, your teeth will start shifting and you will notice how incredible your teeth and smile alignment look. Pain may occur after your appointments, just give it a few days after each adjustment and you should feel more comfortable.

3. Avoid Bad Habits - When you have braces, you’ll have to choose between breaking your bad habits or breaking your braces. Biting your fingernails, chewing on pen caps or ice cubes, or not following proper oral hygiene instructions all pose threats to your brackets and wires. Continuing these habits can lead to costly orthodontic emergency appointments and may delay your overall treatment time.

4. Brush and Floss Often - Orthodontic patients should brush after every meal to keep their teeth and gums healthy. Be sure to brush for at least two minutes and to reach the front, back, and top of each tooth. We also recommend that you floss every evening before bed so that food particles and germs don’t attack your teeth and gums. We want your teeth to be just as healthy after braces as they were before!

5. Be Confident - Don't worry about how your braces look and don't be afraid or embarrassed to smile with your braces. Depending on the type of braces you are treated with, people may not even know you are wearing braces. Be proud and flash those pearly whites often!

Lastly, be sure you know what to do if you are experiencing pain or problems with your braces. Before you leave checkups, feel for any poking wires so you can have us correct the agitation and avoid pain. If a problem arises after your appointment, do not be afraid to call us; chances are it's a simple fix. For more information about adjusting to your braces, visit our website or give McClellan Orthodontics a call.

 

Friday, May 27, 2022

Foods That Can Harm Your Braces

Teeth move best in a healthy environment and in individuals who maintain excellent overall health.

Certain dietary habits are known to cause breakage of orthodontic appliances, as well as increase the risk of dental disease. Dr. McClellan’s aim is to achieve treatment goals with as few disturbances as possible due to appliance breakage, and to minimize the side effects of poor diet choices.

Braces and other orthodontic appliances are attached to your teeth with a special orthodontic glue or cement that will withstand the normal forces of eating. However, brackets can be dislodged, and wires can be bent or broken after eating certain foods.

For most situations, common sense will tell you the specific foods to avoid.

To protect your orthodontic appliances, be sure to avoid:

  • Hard and Crunchy Foods – These foods can break or damage wires and brackets, loosen cement under the bands or break the little brackets and tubes that are attached.
  • Sticky and Chewy Foods – Sticky foods can get caught between brackets and wires, cling to bands, and pull appliances off. These foods can weaken the bond strength of the glue or cement for any appliance glued in your mouth.
  • Sugary Foods – Foods and drinks that may cause cavities should be restricted while you are wearing braces or other orthodontic appliances. Whether you wear an orthodontic appliance or not, sugary foods can cause tooth decay and other related problems and should be avoided whenever possible. If you do eat them, brush your teeth immediately. If it is not convenient to brush, then rinse your mouth with clear water after eating sweet foods.

When taking care of braces or other orthodontic appliances, softer foods are recommended. Additionally, do not chew on non-food items such as pens, pencils, ice, or your fingernails.

It is beneficial to check your braces or other orthodontic appliances regularly to make sure that nothing is bent, broken, or loose. In the event of a loose or broken wire or bracket please call our office immediately to arrange an appointment for repair.

Remember, loose brackets or bands and bent or broken wires create longer treatment times and added fees. So please choose your foods wisely.

If you have any questions about dietary restrictions or healthy food choices, give our Kenilworth, IL orthodontic office a call!

 

Monday, May 9, 2022

5 Steps to the Perfect Selfie

Selfies have been popular for years now. And taking selfies is a fantastic way to show off your personality and confidence…not to mention your McClellan Orthodontics smile.

Taking a selfie is an art form. A great selfie is more than just a quick camera click, it takes a level of skill to capture and edit the perfect picture. After some practice using our tried-and-true techniques below the team at McClellan Orthodontics knows you will be a selfie expert in no time!

5 Tips that will Help you to Take Flawless Selfies

1. Have Expression. You can never go wrong with smiling…but do not fake it. Think about something that really does make you smile. Play around with different smiles and expressions and have fun! Relax your mouth and breathe out. This will stop your smile from looking tense in your picture. 
 
2. Capture Your Best Angle. We all have a particular side or angle that we feel looks much better in selfies. If you haven’t yet found yours, try moving the phone around your face and snapping a ton of photos. Instead of taking pictures head-on, turn your head a little to the right or left, or hold your camera a little higher…try different angles to show off your best features. If possible, try and extend your head away from your neck. When you do this, you will then be able to create the look of a longer neck and smoother jawline. You can push your shoulders down if you want as this will help you to look more relaxed.

3. Focus on Lighting. Lighting is everything. They say that taking selfies using natural light is great. But the truth is that sometimes the rays can be too harsh on the face, so avoid snapping a shot during midday. You can always find a light source inside, just make sure that it is not located behind you and that there are no shadows on your face. When you are in the perfect selfie pose, slowly spin around until you can find the best lighting angle and then snap away.

4. Don't Use a Mirror. Just stretch your arm out, point the camera toward your face and click. Don’t hold your phone in front of you. Instead, hold it out to the side…this will help you to get the best angle.

5. Show Off Something New. If you decide to take a selfie to show off something new…like your braces, make sure that you frame the photo in a way that highlights the new accessory that has you so excited.

Now you are ready! Upload those selfies to all your feeds. Are you a patient of McClellan Orthodontics? Tag us in your selfies, we would love to see your smiling face!

Friday, April 22, 2022

You Deserve a Smile You Can be Proud of!

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At McClellan Orthodontics, we believe that no matter what the reason for seeking orthodontic treatment, everyone deserves a straight smile.

When your teeth are crooked, overlapped, or otherwise misaligned, you place an uneven amount of pressure when you bite down. That leads to pain, and it can cause your teeth to wear down, chip and even break. Not only that, but poorly aligned teeth are also harder to clean properly which can lead to decay and gum disease.

Orthodontic treatment is an investment in your smile, your health, and your overall well-being. Braces can transform your teeth, give you a more comfortable bite, and give you a beautiful smile that will boost your confidence.

Today’s braces are customized to suit your needs and can help to improve a wide range of orthodontic issues. If you would like to avoid the metal brackets on your teeth, you have options. For example, Ceramic braces and Invisalign clear aligners, work like metal braces…only better. These options blend in with your teeth for a great look. You will be able to straighten your teeth without anyone noticing.

Straight teeth are healthy teeth. Braces don’t just enhance your smile…they also improve your oral health. Straight teeth are easier to clean. When your teeth are easier to brush and floss, you are less likely to develop cavities or infections.

With orthodontic treatment, you can get the beautifully straight smile you have always wanted. Not to mention, having straighter teeth can improve your facial profile, align your jaw, and fix your bite…drastically improving your appearance.

If you would like to learn more about how orthodontic treatment can improve your smile, call McClellan Orthodontics to schedule an appointment. From conventional metal braces to Invisalign Dr. McClellan and his team have you covered!

Your smile is the first thing others notice about you. You deserve a smile you can be proud of!

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Is Orthodontic Care Expensive?

One question we are often asked is, “Is Orthodontic Care Expensive?” And the most generic answer to this question is…When orthodontic treatment is implemented at the proper time, treatment is often less costly than the dental care required to treat the more serious problems that can develop years later.

If you have recently discovered that orthodontic treatment is needed for you or a member of your family…don’t worry, Dr. McClellan and his team are aware that people have finite budgets and are accustomed to working with families and individuals to make orthodontic care affordable and budget friendly.

You may be pleasantly surprised to hear how truly affordable orthodontic care is today. Monthly payments can be no more than the cost of your mobile phone plan…but the benefits last a lot longer. At the end of the day, orthodontic care is a lifetime investment in your or your child’s health and appearance, and payment plans make care extremely manageable.

In an effort to keep orthodontic fees down while maintaining the highest level of professional care, we have established this financial policy:

  • If full payment is made at the onset of treatment, we will offer a fee discount. (If you have insurance, we will offer a discount for payment of your portion of the fee that will not be covered by insurance.)
  • To fit your individual needs, financial arrangements can be made to extend your payments over a period of months.
  • We offer a unique program where we create a payment slider. You pick the down payment and you pick how many payments you would like to make, interest-free of course!

Do you have insurance to help pay for treatment? For your convenience, we will help you to determine the coverage you have available and will file your claim for you. Keep in mind that orthodontic insurance differs from general dental insurance in that each insured individual has a lifetime maximum benefit for orthodontic services. We will help you strategize how to maximize your benefits so you can minimize your out-of-pocket costs.

Even if your dental plan does not cover orthodontics, your employer might offer a flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA). The money you put into this account is not taxed, which means your dollars will go further. Contribute the maximum amount and use these funds to pay for expenses not covered by insurance, including braces.

Though orthodontics can come with a higher price tag, you do have many options to help you pay for your or your child’s orthodontic care. Start by having a conversation with Dr. McClellan…then begin your journey towards the smile you have always wanted.

Thursday, March 24, 2022

What Does an Ideal Bite Look Like?

Human teeth are designed to fit together in a specific pattern. Your bite is the way your upper and lower teeth fit together. If your upper teeth fit slightly over your lower teeth and the points of your molars fit the grooves of the opposite molars, then you most likely have an ideal bite.

If you are like most people, you probably weren’t born with an ideal bite, and this may not be a huge issue. However, for many people having a bite that is less than ideal can lead to excessive and uneven tooth wear, jaw joint pain, muscle problems, and headaches.

Although it can be difficult to identify exactly what an ideal bite should look like, there are some general rules that you can use to look at your teeth that will help you decide whether you should book an appointment with Dr. McClellan.

To fully understand what an ideal bite should look like, you will need to look at your teeth from three different views.

1. From the Front 
When you look in the mirror the edges of your top teeth should follow the curve of your bottom lip. When your teeth are clenched together, about 90% of your bottom teeth should be visible. In an ideal bite, the upper arch is slightly wider than the lower. The upper midline should line up with the middle of the upper lip and the lower midline should line up with the top one.

When your teeth are closed, looking at the front view can also help you identify the presence of certain orthodontic problems. For example, if your upper row of teeth doesn’t cover your lower teeth, it’s possible that you may have an open bite.

2. From the Side 
When looking at the side view of your teeth, when your bite is closed, the pointed ends of your top teeth should rest nicely within the gap between two of your lower teeth and the edges of your upper teeth should not bite directly on the edges of your lower teeth. In general, your bite should close without experiencing any obstacles or issues that leave your bite slightly open.

Examining your bite from the right or left side may be difficult to do, but just know that your teeth should meet like cogs in a wheel. If your upper teeth are draped over the bottom ones, it’s likely that you are suffering from an overbite. When the bottom teeth are positioned over your top teeth, this is referred to as an underbite.

3. From the Bottom 
To examine your upper and lower rows of teeth, look in the mirror with your mouth opened wide. Both your upper and lower rows of teeth should follow a standard curve. They should all be touching each other with no overlapping or spacing between them. If you notice any overlapping or spacing, it’s likely that you are suffering from crooked or widely spaced teeth.

Taking a good look at your teeth from these three different views is an effective way to determine whether or not you have an ideal bite. However, to be confident about your bite, consider scheduling an appointment with Dr. McClellan. A short complimentary consultation will allow you to identify your next course of action.

Having properly aligned teeth isn’t just about enhancing your smile, it’s also about improving your oral health, and reducing your risk of common dental problems such as tooth wear, tooth decay and gum disease. If you find that your bite isn’t as good as you would like it to be, contact McClellan Orthodontics today so that we can schedule your initial orthodontic consultation and help you determine which treatment is right for your needs.