Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Gum Disease Awareness Month.

February is Gum Disease Awareness Month. More than 80 percent of Americans are living with periodontal or gum disease, which most often than not, goes unnoticed. Because the symptoms are barely noticeable at first and there is no pain involved, it can be tough

According to the American Association of Periodontology (AAP), you may have gum disease, even if it's in its early stages, if:

  • your gums are red, swollen and sore to the touch.
  • your gums bleed when you eat, brush or floss.
  • you see pus or other signs of infection around the gums and teeth.
  • your gums look as if they are "pulling away" from the teeth.
  • you frequently have bad breath or notice a bad taste in your mouth.
  • or some of your teeth are loose, or feel as if they are moving away from the other teeth.

A great oral hygiene routine and regular dental visits are the absolute best way to take a preventative measure against gum disease. The American Dental Association (ADA) site recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush that fits your mouth comfortably, so it reaches every tooth surface adequately. Be sure to floss everyday to ensure your gums are healthy and pink.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Wear those Retainers

Congratulations! You are near the end of your smile journey and your braces are about to be off! Nothing like that feeling. Even long after our braces are off, teeth shift and it is natural as we grow older. There is one thing you can do to ensure your smile remains the best it can be and that is wearing retainers.

No matter your situation, it’s almost a guarantee you will be wearing some form of a retainer after having your braces are removed. It might be removable retainer, which is removed for eating and cleaning or a bonded retainer, placed discreetly behind your teeth.

There might be a minor adjustment period when you first put your retainer on. Don’t worry, this is completely normal and will pass soon enough.

Retainers are essential for helping your teeth stay in place in their new positions after wearing braces.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

What are the Benefits of Braces?

At McClellan Orthodontics, we believe that no matter what the reason for seeking out orthodontic treatment, everyone deserves a straight smile. A straight smile means a healthy, properly functioning 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.

So what are some benefits to having braces?
  • Corrects Bad Bites: Bad bites such as an overbite or an under-bite, can affect your speech, the way you chew and eat. It also can lead to tooth loss in some cases. Thanks to braces, a benefit is your bite will be corrected.
  • Self Esteem: When you can smile confidently, your self-esteem and your personality shine through. With braces, you can be sure that your smile will be the best representation of who you are.
Contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation: (847) 251-6228 - Our office is conveniently located to serve the communities surrounding Kenilworth, such as Wilmette, Winnetka and Glencoe, IL. Call us today for your initial orthodontic consultation! We look forward to meeting you and working with you as we continue our tradition of creating the North Shore’s best smiles!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Benefits Beyond a Straight Smile

At McClellan Orthodontics in Kenilworth, IL, we have a tradition of creating great smiles by providing unparalleled orthodontic health care. Dr. Mart McClellan and our team strive to accommodate the needs of our patients and create a positive orthodontic experience. Hear what our awesome patients are saying about their experience here.

You may be wondering whether orthodontic treatment is right for you. Besides a beautiful smile, did you know there are other health benefits to straight teeth? Here are 2 things, straight teeth can prevent or help.

1. Decreases Risks of Injury: 

Did you know the benefit of straight teeth is the decrease of risk in an injury? Crowded or protruding teeth are most likely to break in an accident such as with sports.

2. Prevent Jaw and Neck Pain: 

Orthodontic treatment can help prevent bad bites that cause an abnormal chewing pattern. You may not know it, however the bad bites and crowded teeth may be stressing out your jaw and neck. A pain in these areas and headaches could be a sign and orthodontic treatment can help you feeling healthy.

The strength of our office is not only Dr. McClellan’s backgrounds but our exceptional, professional staff. Our staff receives frequent continuing education in order to ensure that we provide the most up-to-date care possible. All patients will receive the same care as our own children, spouses, and relatives—our best! Schedule a consultation today.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Have Braces? Avoid Candy Canes

The holidays are just around the corner and Christmas is less than a month away! Certain holiday treats can damage braces and cause wires to come loose. It's best to stay away from, candy canes. Whether you love them or don’t, candy canes are everywhere during the holidays. However you feel about candy canes, if you have braces, you may want to avoid candy canes this holiday season. 

Candy canes are one of the worst foods for teeth. Candy canes, are 100% sugar. Sugar can lead to cavities, tooth decay and loss. Candy canes are also one of the hardest treats to eat. One of the types of foods you should stay away from if you have braces (during orthodontic treatment) are hard foods and candies and candy canes fit the criteria perfectly. 

Candy canes also take a while to eat, which give the sugar a reason to linger around longer and form into bacteria, leading to cavities.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Avoid these Holiday Treats

The holidays are here and whether you are cozying up with hot chocolate or baking cookies, you may be wondering if there are any types of treats you should steer clear from, especially if you have braces. The answer is yes! Here are a few holiday treats that are not braces-friendly.

  • Candy Canes
  • Fudge
  • Popcorn 
  • Peanut Brittle 
  • Anything with nuts or crunchy crusts
  • Caramel - avoid this sticky treat that can easily get caught up in your braces.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

3 Benefits of Fixing an Open-bite

If your upper and lower teeth don't touch when your mouth is closed, your doctor calls this an open bite. An open bite affects the way we eat food. With orthodontic treatment this can be corrected. Here are three benefits of fixing an open bite.
  1. Your teeth will be cleaner. When your teeth become straighter, it is easier to clean in between teeth and keep your smile healthy.
  2. In many cases, red and swollen gums are a direct result of teeth that are too widely spaced or too crowded, which can be minimized by straightening your smile.
  3. As a key part of your mouth, your teeth play an important role in your speech. Gapped, protruding, or crowded teeth can affect your speaking patterns. Straightening your smile can help.

Choosing to straighten your teeth is a big decision that affects not only your appearance but your lifestyle as well and the benefits of having properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a confident smile. Straightening your teeth can significantly affect your overall dental health. Schedule an appointment today.