Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Straighter Smiles Available Online

McClellan Orthodontics

Lately, you may have noticed some online direct-to-consumer orthodontic companies have been making orthodontic treatment sound cheap and easy. While it may sound great to save some money and buy your orthodontic treatment directly online…the reality is you aren’t getting the treatment for less. You're simply purchasing a product and opting out of the many important aspects that make orthodontics work.

Orthodontic treatment involves the movement of biological material, which if not done correctly could lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changed bites, and other issues.

Orthodontic treatment is a medical procedure. This is precisely why orthodontists, like Dr. McClellan, are required to undergo extensive training and education before they can begin performing treatments. Remember…orthodontic treatment is not a product or device. Orthodontic treatment is a professional, medical service. When your care is personally supervised by an orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists, you are assured that your orthodontist spent years in a post-doctoral residency program focused on providing orthodontic treatment to patients.

Before making any decision about orthodontic treatment, we strongly encourage you to schedule a complimentary orthodontic consultation with McClellan Orthodontics. Our team cares about your smile, and we will take the time to discuss the pros and cons of all your treatment options with you.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Two-Phase Orthodontics

McClellan Orthodontics

Orthodontics 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 orthodontics starts with interceptive orthodontic care (phase one treatment). This interceptive phase can make a dramatic impact on establishing the proper occlusal foundation as it allows Dr. McClellan the opportunity to intercept a problem before it gets out of hand. Typically, phase one treatment starts with younger children in order to shift teeth, manipulate growth, and create space for unerupted teeth. Phase one treatment, can create a better environment to idealize the occlusion for the child or possibly create an environment to elevate treatment in the future.

The best age for phase one treatment is between 7 and 10 years old. Typically, this first phase will be about 4 to 12 months and will address a specific problem. Once phase one treatment is completed, your child will be monitored by Dr. McClellan until they are ready for phase two.

Phase two treatment begins once a majority of the adult teeth have erupted. The average treatment time of second phase is about 12 months with retainers being worn after treatment to hold the correct position of the teeth.

It is important to have your child evaluated by Dr. McClellan from an early age as early diagnosis and treatment can have a lasting improvement on the function of your child’s teeth and their overall appearance. Feel free to contact our Kenilworth orthodontic office or visit our website to schedule your child’s initial evaluation. Our exceptional and professional staff looks forward to making your child’s Two-Phase Orthodontic Treatment as efficient and rewarding as possible.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Give Your Teen Something To Smile About This Summer

McClellan Orthodontics

If you ask any teenager...they’ll most likely tell you that there is never a good time to get braces. At McClellan Orthodontics, we disagree...because  summertime is actually the perfect time to get braces.

Getting braces during the summer allows your teen the time to adjust. It’s no secret that getting braces can be tough on a teenagers self-esteem. Giving them a few months to get used to their braces without being surrounded by their friends at school can make a huge difference in their confidence. 

Summertime is also the best time to break in the braces. Braces can sometimes make talking and eating difficult. Braces can also initially disrupt school sports and extra-curricular activities. The break that summertime provides allows your teenager the time to become accustomed to their braces and tooth alignment before heading back to school.

But the main reason summertime is the perfect time to get braces is because during the summer most teens have far fewer responsibilities than they do during the school year. No homework, no projects and fewer sports commitments makes scheduling adjustment appointments a lot easier. 

At McClellan Orthodontics, we believe that no matter what the reason for seeking orthodontic treatment, everyone deserves a straight smile. Give your teen a smile to last a lifetime...a smile they can be proud of! Visit our website to schedule your teen’s orthodontic appointment today.

McClellan Orthodontics is conveniently located in Kenilworth, IL. We offer orthodontic appointments Monday through Thursday and do our best to accommodate your schedule.