The Blog of Kennell Orthodontics

Referral Frenzie!

March 2nd, 2015

We Are Officially Kicking Off Refer-A-Friend 2015!

Here at Kennell Orthodontics, the greatest compliment we can receive is one of our patients referring a friend or colleague to our practice.

A successful practice doesn't just happen. It is the result of a strong commitment to excellence in our treatment and in our relationships with patients and doctors. We'd like to take a moment to thank you for showing your confidence in our practice by recommending us to your friends, family, and colleagues. We're gratified to find how many new patients regularly call on us based on your words of advice.

To show our appreciation, we are kicking off our 2015 patient referral program!

If Kennell Orthodontics begins a treatment plan with a new patient (child or adult) from your qualified referral, you will receive a $50 VISA cash card and be entered to win the 2014 GRAND PRIZE!

What is the 2014 GRAND PRIZE?!?!

One lucky name will be drawn and the winner will have the luxury of choosing one of the following theme park family passes.

FOUR 3-day passes to Universal Studios (2 adults/2 children)

or

FOUR 3-day Park Hopper passes to Disney World.

Click here for more details.

Where’s your bite?

February 26th, 2015

Did you know there is a direct correlation between your bite and your overall health? When your teeth and jaws are not properly-aligned, it may affect your breathing, speech, and, in extreme cases, even affect the appearance of your face. As a result of malocclusion, also commonly referred to as “bad bite,” your teeth may become crooked, worn or protruded over time. Most people experience some degree of malocclusion, but it is generally not severe enough to require corrective measures. If your malocclusion is serious enough, however, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to correct the issue.

Malocclusion may also be referred to as an underbite, crossbite or overbite. So, what, exactly, is the difference between the three?

• Crossbites, which can involve a single tooth or a group of teeth, occur when your upper and lower jaws are both misaligned, and usually causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth. Crossbites can happen on both the front and/or the sides of the mouth, and are known to cause wear of the teeth, gum disease and bone loss.
• Overbites, also known as “overjet,” occurs when your upper teeth overlap considerably with the lower teeth. Overbites can lead to gum issues or irritation and even wear on the lower teeth, and are known to cause painful jaw and joint problems. Overbites can usually be traced to genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth.
• Underbites, which occur when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth, are caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. Underbites can also be caused by missing upper teeth, which can prevent the normal function of front teeth ( molars). This in turn leads to tooth wear and pain in your joints and jaw.

Fortunately, we are able to treat bite problems. If you suspect you or your child has a bite misalignment, we encourage you to be examined at our office as early as possible. By starting early, you can make sure you or your child avoid years of pain and self-consciousness.

Myths and Facts About Braces

February 19th, 2015

MYTH: Braces are for kids.
FACT: One in five orthodontic patients is an adult.

MYTH: Braces are painful and take two years or more for the desired result.
FACT: After the adjustment period, like breaking in a new pair of shoes, braces are comfortable. Some may be worn for months, it all depends on your situation and the type of braces that are chosen.

MYTH: There are signals sent from braces link to the Internet to download songs.
FACT: This is an interesting idea, but its not possible at the moment. Maybe it's a feature they could work on?

MYTH: Braces are ugly, call attention to themselves and would be embarrassing in business settings.
FACT: Today's braces can be nearly invisible, there are lots of options and Kennell Orthodontics can work with you to find the best solution for you.

The bottom line is there are a lot of rumors and stories that go around about braces, but come in for a consultation and let us walk you through the process and figure out what will work best for you and your orthodontic health.

Harmony is Attainable

February 12th, 2015


Harmony system is an advanced digitally customized, invisible solution. The Harmony System attaches to the interior or lingual side of your teeth, so no one will notice you are wearing braces.

Dr. Kennell designs your personal treatment through Harmony’s advanced technology in computer assisted treatment. The 3D image shows how each tooth will be moved for your desired smile. CAD/CAM technologies produce a customized system that adapts seamlessly to the shape and contour of your teeth. The computer robotically forms arch wires for each phase of your treatment which creates a high level of orthodontic precision and accuracy in tooth correction.

• Fast and Comfortable Treatment.

• See your new smile before you even start treatment.

• Fewer appointments and less treatment time.

For more information, visit www.myharmonysmile.com.