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End-Of-Year Invisalign Special

November 15th, 2017

Kennell Orthodontics is offering an end-of-year Invisalign special running now through the end of December 2017!  If you begin Invisalign treatment with us during this time, we will discount the $350 records fee off of your treatment fee- call us for details!

With our new iTero scanner and the Treatment Simulator, you can see what your teeth might look like at the end of your orthodontic treatment! 

At Kennell Orthodontics we now take all of our records for our patients using our new iTero scanner.  This means no more goopie impression material!  The iTero also has a feature that allows us to show you what your teeth could look like once your orthodontic treatment is complete.  How awesome is that?!

Don't Forget Your Retainer!

November 6th, 2017

Once braces come off we know it is exciting to see how great your new smile looks.  And you want to keep it that way, right?  However, some patients forget how important it is to wear their retainers to maintain that beautiful smile after orthodontic treatment is complete.  At Kennell Orthodontics, we give specific instructions to all of our patients on how to properly wear retainers.  Typically, retainers are worn 24/7 for the first three days after braces are removed, then just during sleep thereafter.

Retainers must be worn for life in order to maintain the teeth in position.  Minor tooth movement can occur throughout life, which is why we strongly encourage our patients to always wear their retainers.  Oh - and remember to keep those retainers away from the dog.  Dogs don't just eat your homework, they eat retainers too!

B(oo!)races and Halloween Candy!

October 31st, 2017

Happy Halloween! Learn what treats you can and can't eat with braces to avoid a SPOOKY smile tonight :)

Good Treats:

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Kit Kats
  • Plain M&M’s
  • 3 Musketeers
  • Oreo’s & Soft Cookies
  • Hershey Bars & Hershey Kisses
  • Candy Bars without caramel or nuts

Bad Treats:

  • Caramel
  • Bubblegum
  • Hard Candy
  • Taffy
  • Licorice
  • Nuts
  • Jelly Beans
  • Candy Corns
  • Popcorn
  • Chewy Candy
  • Caramel/Candy Apples

How Orthodontic Patients Can Avoid a Sticky Situation this Halloween

October 24th, 2017

Five orthodontic-friendly recommendations by the Lakes Regions orthodontist, Dr. Alan Kennell

October is National Orthodontic Health Month. And each October, thousands of kids have one thing on their mind: Halloween candy!  For orthodontists, the Halloween season is all about helping patients avoid potentially sticky situations.

October is the perfect time of year to learn about orthodontic health and how an orthodontist helps patients achieve beautiful, healthy smiles. Besides, everyone knows that Halloween candy can give any orthodontist a scare!

The Lakes Region and White Mountains orthodontist Dr. Kennell of Kennell Orthodontics offers these five timely tips to help protect braces, aligners and other orthodontic “appliances” while protecting teeth from decay.

  1. Let sticky foods RIP. If it’s hard, sticky, chewy or crunchy, stay away! Avoid caramel, taffy, bubblegum, licorice, gummies or any snack that can damage brackets or wires. Also, be sure to say “boo” to hard-shelled peanut candies, nuts or nut-filled candies, taco chips and popcorn (especially unpopped kernels).
  2. Choose “spooktacularly” soft foods. Opt for soft chocolates, peppermint patties, peanut butter cups or other melt-in-your-mouth varieties.
  3. Dare to take extra care. Sweets can cause cavities, which is why brushing and flossing are even more important than ever during the Halloween season. Orthodontic patients should be especially vigilant about brushing and flossing immediately after eating sugary or starchy foods.
  4. Set yourself up for success. Kennell encourages parents to keep acceptable treats on hand to substitute for “off limits” candies for trick-or-treating. Parents can also find free, Halloween-themed recipes such as Quirky Quesadillas for Halloween, Delightfully Devilish Deviled Eggs, Mummy Pizza Biscuits, Spooky Spider Web Bean dip and others, on the American Association of Orthodontists’ website at https://www.mylifemysmile.org/recipes.
  5. Commit to oral health. Deciding to avoid hard and chewy sweets before the Halloween season increases your rate of success – and reduces the likelihood that you’ll break wires.

“We want kids to have fun on Halloween,” says Dr. Kennell. “And there’s no need to feel left out. Patients are free to enjoy acceptable treats in moderation. The payoff is a healthy, beautiful smile. It’s always worth it in the end!”

What is Onychophagia?...Nail Biting!

October 18th, 2017

Nail Biting and Your Oral Health

We’ve all heard that biting your nails is an awful habit, but you many wonder- really- what’s so bad about it? This interesting article discusses how biting your nails affect your teeth and oral health.

Nail biting, also known as Onychophagia, is a common habit among various age groups, including primarily children, teens and young adults. Nail biting is generally triggered by stress and most often decreases with age. That being said, nail biting is unsanitary, unattractive, as well as unhealthy for your teeth!

Here’s why:

It’s unsanitary. Your nails are dirty, almost twice as dirty as your fingers! Hence, biting your nails is just asking for germs and bacteria.

No good things come to your teeth. Nail biting causes your teeth to constantly be chewing, which is not good for them. This excessive motion wears your teeth down faster than a non-nail biter’s and puts a large amount of stress on your front teeth- contributing to teeth misalignment.

Braces don’t love it either. Braces already put pressure on teeth, nail biting ads unnecessary pressure, further stressing your teeth and weakening their roots.

It can be costly. Nail biting can result in up to $4,000 in additional dental bills over one lifetime, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Yikes!

What can you do about it?

Now that you know how harmful nail biting can be, it’s time to take action to break your nail biting habit. Try to be conscious of your fingernails and to keep them looking good- this will help you resist the temptation.

Ask Dr. Alan Kennell or visit the article for tips on how to break a nail biting habit.

Meet Ally! Team Kennell Ortho

October 4th, 2017

SPOTLIGHT on ALLY

Ally is the newest member of the Kennell Orthodontics team. She grew up in Massachusetts and moved to New Hampshire last year after living in North Carolina for three years. Ally and her husband, Nick recently celebrated four years of marriage. Ally and Nick enjoy spending time outside, kayaking and going to the ocean. Ally graduated this year from NHTI’s Dental Assisting program and was grateful to be given the opportunity to  work at Kennell Orthodontics after completing her final externship.

Meet Tori, Kennell Ortho Team

September 21st, 2017

SPOTLIGHT on TORI

Tori grew up in the lakes region of NH with her Mom, Dad and sister Sydney. Now she owns her own home with her boyfriend Mike, Brodie (the dog), Opie, and Jax (the cats). Tori and Mike enjoy fishing, hiking, gardening, and spending time on the lake.

Tori graduated from NHTI’s dental assisting program in 2016. She did her last externship with Kennell Orthodontics and started right after graduation.


Back to School Week...

September 1st, 2017

BACK TO SCHOOL

It is the season of Back-to-School, with all the excitement and anxieties that come with it. This can also be true for children, and parents of children undergoing orthodontic treatment.

One way to put both parents and children at ease when it comes to orthodontics at school is to discuss a “Plan of Action”. If you and your child understand the plan ahead of time, it will help ensure a successful (orthodontic!) school year!

Here are some recommendations for your Orthodontic “Back-to-School Action Plan”

  • Bring a toothbrush to school – It’s always best to brush your teeth after you eat lunch. A quick brushing doesn’t take long and will help keep your teeth and braces free of food, which helps to avoid cavities and/or permanent staining on your teeth, as well as bad breath!
  • Drink Water – Bring a water bottle to school and drink throughout the day. This helps to keep your mouth clean by rinsing away large food particles stuck in your braces after eating. Keep a toothbrush in your locker in a toothbrush case along with some toothpaste, and you will never have to remember to bring it to school.
  • Packing your lunch and snacks – When packing lunches and snacks, avoid foods that are hard, sticky, chewy or crunchy to prevent bending wires or breaking braces. If you like hard fruits and vegetables, such as apples and carrots, cut them into smaller pieces before you leave for school. Biting into hard fruits and veggies can damage your braces, which can cause discomfort and could lengthen your time in braces.
  • Retainers – Bring your retainer case with you to school. Make sure to always place the retainer in the case whenever it is out of your mouth, and make sure your retainer case is labeled or has a unique marking or pattern on it, to avoid accidentally mixing it up with your friend’s. Many patients who need retainers replaced have forgotten to bring their case to school and left their retainers on a lunch tray or in their lunch bag where it’s likely to disappear in the garbage. Replacement retainers can be quite costly and it’s no fun to look in the trash to look for your lost retainer! Ewwwwwww…
  • Rubber bands – Don’t forget to change your rubber bands and bring a supply with you to keep in your desk, backpack or locker! A great idea is to have an orthodontic baggie in your locker that has everything you need to take care of your orthodontic appliances, and to make sure your mouth stays clean and comfortable while you’re at school.
  • Do you play a Sport? – Protecting your braces during sports not only protects your teeth from accidents but also protects your braces!!
  • Lastly, Don’t forget to SMILE! – Show off your beautiful smile to your friends and teachers!

Sports and Orthodontics

August 24th, 2017

We’re close to the end of summer vacation, and the summer months bring an increase in outdoor activities and a greater chance of kids damaging their precious mouths and pearly whites. If you play sports, it's important that you consult our office for special precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard. A protective mouth guard is advised for playing school sports such as baseball, soccer, lacrosse and others. Be sure, however, to avoid mouth guards that custom form to your teeth as these will resist any tooth movements we are trying to achieve.

Mouthguard and Braces
In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, please schedule an appointment with the office. And don’t forget to ask us about how you can get a mouth guard for yourself.

Only by using a mouth guard and other forms of facial protection can kids with and without braces avoid serious sports injuries. Please give us a call if you have any questions about mouth guards or your treatment at our office.

Elements of Braces

August 8th, 2017

When coming to our office to have braces put on, you may find yourself feeling a bit intimidated and nervous about the experience. We hope to help you feel more at ease by explaining exactly what the different parts of braces are, and what they do.

Elements of Braces
Parts of Braces

• Elastic Tie — This is a very small rubber band, and it holds the archwire in place.
• Archwire — This is the main part of the braces. It is a wire guide that tracks the teeth. The wire may be moved from time to time during treatment to continue straightening a patient's teeth.
• Loop in Archwire — This is not in all braces. If it is used, it is to close a gap left from a tooth extraction.
• Bracket — This piece of equipment holds the archwire in place. Formerly, many patients used colored rubber bands to keep the brackets in place, but now since most brackets are cemented on, this is no longer necessary.
• Headgear Tube — This is a hollow area near the back bands, which allows the headgear to fit into the braces. This is only used on patients who require headgear.
• Coil Spring — If needed, this would fit between a bracket and the main archwire. Its purpose is to open up the space between the teeth. This is not necessarily used on all patients.
• Tie Wire — This is another piece of equipment that is used to keep the archwire in place. It is a thin wire that wraps around the bracket.
• Band — This is a metal band that fits completely around a tooth. It is used to help adhere brackets to the tooth.
• Hook — This is the piece of equipment that is used to attach the elastics, also known as rubber bands, around the bracket.
• Elastic — These elastics are used to connect one point of the appliance to another. The purpose is to apply pressure, and encourage the teeth to move into the proper positioning.

By defining each appliance we hope you or your child will be less apprehensive about getting braces put on. At the end of your treatment, you will have a bright, straight smile to show off to all of your friends.

Top ten tips to keep your braces sparklin' clean!

July 13th, 2017

Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever when you have braces! Food bits have more spots than usual to hide in your mouth, so you must be diligent in order to avoid bad breath, swollen gums, discolored teeth and cavities. If you remove plaque regularly during treatment, you'll experience better results and shorter treatment time. Keep plaque at bay with these top ten tips:


1. One tooth at a time. When you brush, take time with each individual tooth – at least 10 seconds each – and pay careful attention to the spots where your teeth touch your braces.
2. It’s all about the angles. Brush the tops of your teeth and braces with your brush angled down toward where they meet. Brush the bottoms of your teeth and braces with your brush angled up.
3. The tooth, the whole tooth, nothing but the tooth. While the front surface of your teeth may seem like the most logical to clean, it’s equally important to clean the inner surface of your teeth (tongue side) as well as the chewing surface. And be sure to clean along your gum line – a key spot for plaque buildup.
4. Step 1: eat, step 2: clean. While you’re in treatment, it’s important to brush after every meal. Bits of food can easily get caught between braces and teeth, and these food bits interact with bacteria in your mouth to cause decay. The longer food is in contact with your teeth, the greater opportunity for plaque to form. If you are eating somewhere that you can’t brush, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.
5. Like a Boy Scout, always be prepared. The easiest way to be sure you can brush after every meal is to get in the habit of taking a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss with you wherever you go. Designate a special container just for your teeth-cleaning tools and keep it in your purse, backpack, or laptop case.
6. Remove the moving parts. If you have elastic bands or headgear, remove these parts before you brush or floss.
7. Fluoride is your friend. Fluoride helps prevent cavities. Be sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste, and rinse with fluoride mouthwash.
8. Pointy brushes reach tiny places. Interproximal brushes (sometimes called proxa brushes or interdental brushes) are cone-shaped and come in very handy for reaching spots around your braces that standard brushes can’t.
9. Find the floss for you. Regular floss works for some patients, but others find it easier to work with a floss threader, which helps you get the floss into tight places. Other patients like an all-in-one product called Superfloss, which comes with a stiff end for easy threading, a spongy section for cleaning wide spaces, and regular floss for narrow spaces.
10. Make time for the pros. It’s your job to take care of the everyday cleaning. But make sure to visit your dentist regularly while in treatment, to get the deep, thorough cleaning that only a professional can provide. If you need help finding the right Dentist for you, feel free to contact our office - we’d love to help!

We hope this helps, and remember to give our team a call if you ever have any questions!

Looking for some fun, new things to do this summer in the Lakes Region? Check this list out!

July 5th, 2017

See Chocorua's Beauty:
The 3,480-foot Mount Chocorua in Albany appears as you round a bend on Route 16. The picturesque mountain is steeped in legend, and happens to be one of the most heavily hiked mountains in the region. From the bare summit, you'll spot the Presidential Range and the majestic Mount Washington to the north, and the Sandwich Range to the west. The views are simply breathtaking all around.

Stand Beneath the Arch:
Tilton's Arch, also known as the Memorial Arch, sits atop a hillside in Northfield. The arch, a replica of a Roman Arch, was built in the late 1800's as a memorial to the ancestors of Charles E. Tilton — who, as the town's wealthiest citizen, also donated several other statues throughout town. The arch, which is made of Concord Granite, stands 50 feet tall, and 40 feet wide. Take in the surrounding views from the arch, and marvel at its size.

Ride the Rails:
From spring through fall, the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad takes visitors on excursions around Lake Winnipesaukee, leaving from Meredith Bay to Weirs Beach and onto Paugus Bay before making a return trip to Weirs and back to Meredith. The train offers one and two hour trips, carrying passengers on a 7-mile waterfront journey. In the fall, foliage trains offer visitors different routes, including a four-hour trip from Meredith to Livermore Falls and an all-day excursion to Lincoln. Jump on board for an exciting ride 'round the lake or all the way into the White Mountains.

Feed Your Sweet Tooth:
Kellerhaus is the oldest candy shop in New Hampshire. Stop by and choose from their vast collection of chocolates, traditional candy shoppe favorites, fudge, nuts and maple products. Located at Weirs Beach, Kellerhaus also makes ribbon candy by hand, one of the few places in the world to still make it that way. During the summer months, the shop is well-known for their ice cream sundae buffet. Pile on the toppings and enjoy this one-of-a-kind treat.

Newfound, Long Lost Lake:
Newfound Lake has a hidden beauty all its own. Located in the town of Bristol, the lake is the more peaceful of its cousin to the east. Newfound has some distinctive features too, including a lighthouse that can be viewed from the roadway, adjacent to Paradise Lodge on Route 3A. Take a ride over to Profile Falls in Bristol, enjoy a dip in the pool and a waterfall shower.

Go to Gunstock:
Where else can you go mountain biking, hiking, fishing, tubing, and ziplining all in one place? Gunstock Mountain Resort, located in Gilford, has it all. Watch the boarders at the skate park, take a scenic lift ride, rent a paddle boat, do a Segway tour, or enjoy New England's largest aerial obstacle course at their Mountain Adventure Park. Their many hiking trails will take you through the Belknap Range and lead you to stunning views of the surrounding Presidential and Sandwich Ranges, Lake Winnipesaukee and the Ossipee Mountain Range. You definitely can't squeeze it all into one day, so plan to spend some time on the mountain.

Drive IN:
The Weirs Beach Drive In, one of only 4 still existing in New Hampshire today, is a popular Weirs Beach attraction during the summer. It's been in operation since 1949 during the heyday of Drive-In Theaters.

Explore the caves:
Polar Caves in Rumney is a unique geological spot. Formed by massive boulders nearly 50,000 years ago when the third continental glacier moved southward over New Hampshire's White Mountains, the Polar Caves features naturally-made caves, passages and trails. The nature trails are (sometimes) man-made, as you'll walk through a pine forest to get to the caves. There is a covered bridge, a maple sugar shack and museum, and even a sluice and mines where you can pan for gold, gems or fossils on the premises.

A spot of fun:
Funspot, at Weirs Beach, is the largest arcade in the world. 'Nuff said. Ok, we'll elaborate a bit more. It has over 500 games for all ages, include skee-ball, pinball, bingo, and all of your favorite video games from the 80s. They are the site of an annual International Classic Video Game Tournament each year. It's the coolest "spot" on the list, if you're a kid, or simply remember being a kid!

SPIRIT WEEK is happening in July! Get your wardrobe ready!

June 21st, 2017

Take a look at this years SPIRIT WEEK Themed Days and get ready to have some summer fun with  Team Kennell Ortho!

SPIRIT WEEK THEMESThis is a week you won't want to miss! Summer fun at it finest!

Meet Katie, Kennell Ortho Team

June 8th, 2017

SPOTLIGHT on KATIE

Katie is originally from the Lakes Region who has spent half of her life in TN and traveled.  She re-planted her roots back in the Lakes Region two years ago when she joined the awesome Kennell Ortho Team!  Katie graduated the Dental Assisting Program in Chattanooga, TN in 2007.  She has since worked as an assistant, treatment coordinator and office manager in general, periodontics, oral surgery and orthodontic offices.

Katie enjoys spending time with family, traveling, painting, camping, hiking, skiing and being at the beach any chance she can get.  She has two beautiful daughters who are the light of her life! Berylin is soon to be five and full of life… and sass. Aribella is nine months old and happy as can be.

Katie is extremely honored and grateful to be a part of this fantastic team!

June is National Smile Month

June 6th, 2017

The number one goal of orthodontic treatment is to give you or your child a good bite, meaning straight teeth that work well with the teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to eat, chew and speak. It can enhance your dental health and overall health, and may well improve your self-esteem. As a part of your comprehensive dental health care plan, orthodontic treatment can help you retain your teeth—and your smile—for a lifetime.

Let your smile express yourself! Nothing can show the world how happy you are quite like a beautiful smile. In fact, it’s one of the first things others notice about you, too. With orthodontics, you can be proud to flash your smile, because you’ll know that your smile truly represents your positive attitude.

Make your mouth healthy! Straight teeth aren’t just pretty, they’re healthy as well. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean, reducing the amount of plaque buildup and risk for gingivitis. The cleaner you keep your teeth, the longer they’ll last!

Feel free to live your life! Orthodontics is easier today than ever before, with treatment options that fit your lifestyle and schedule. We can personalize your treatment to suit all of your needs!

Get your perfect smile this Spring!

May 18th, 2017

Do you ever look in the mirror and wonder if your smile could be straighter? Do you wonder how your bite would benefit from orthodontic treatment? With spring in full swing, Kennell Orthodontics hopes that you’ll see the new season as a fresh start for your dental health!

Springtime; the birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and your smile is getting straighter! If you have always been curious how your smile could benefit from braces, we don’t want you to wonder anymore! Braces have the ability to impact your social life, your career, and your overall confidence. What better time than springtime to take your first step towards feeling better about yourself?

If you’re interested in learning more about how your life will benefit from seeking orthodontic treatment, then please call us for a consultation. We look forward to making this spring season one you won’t ever forget!

May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month!

May 2nd, 2017

It's National Teen self-esteem month in the month of May, so what better time to talk about the importance of teen self-esteem. Actually self-esteem in all ages is really important! National Teen Self-Esteem Month was established to create awareness about the negative effects poor self-esteem causes among the teen population. During this month, parents and guardians are encouraged to act as positive role models, help stop negative self-images, and improve confidence and security among adolescents.

What is self -esteem? The Webster’s dictionary says: Self-Esteem-The esteem or good opinion of oneself. Now lets look at what Esteem is- to set value on, to regard with respect. So, for us to have self-esteem we need to have a good view of ourselves and be respectful to ourselves as well. Why is self-esteem so important? One, we make better decisions for ourselves when we are not lacking self-esteem. We want to value who we are, love who we are and make good decisions for our self, to reinforce our self worth, thereby strengthening our self-esteem.

Treating ourselves with respect is totally in our hands, we have complete control over this one. If you have the choice to do something good or bad for yourself, you have the choice to do what’s good, and no one can stop you. We have to remember that our opinion of ourselves really starts with us, not outside influences - not people, not the media!

Here are a couple quick tips to strengthen and maintain our sense of self and build confidence:

  • Learn to love yourself for who you are
  • Respect yourself, make good decisions
  • Know your opinions of yourself, come from you, not the opinions of others
  • Realize what make you shine is on the inside, not what you look like

So, go out in the world and know you are good enough and are perfect just the way you are. And remember, although it might sound cliche, treat others the way you want to be treated!

Myths and Facts About Braces

April 27th, 2017

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.

April is Facial Protection Month! Play It Safe!!

April 3rd, 2017

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends to:
Play it safe!
Wear a mouth guard at every practice and every game!!Mouth guards and other types of protective gear can prevent or reduce injuries that happen during organized and recreational sports.

Mouth guards offer protection by absorbing high-impact energy from potentially traumatic blows.

Mouth Guard Care

  • Keep your mouth guard clean - rinse before and after each use
  • Store in a perforated container to let your mouth guard dry out
  • Avoid chewing on the mouth guard
  • Don't wear removable retainers with your mouth guard
  • Replace your mouth guard when it shows signs of wear

Wish you could wrap your kids in bubble wrap to protect them?

Good news - mouth guards are better than bubble wrap for facial protection and are much more practical! Check out this video.

What's the best type of mouth guard? The one that's worn.

For athletes currently in orthdontic treatment, contact Dr. Kennell if you have any questions about the type of mouth guard to wear during treatment.

PLAY IT SAFE! Dr. Kennell can help!

Have you heard?! Kennell Orthodontics is on Instagram - Show Us Your Smile!

March 22nd, 2017

Here's what you'e been waiting for..2017 Refer-A-Friend contest details!!

February 22nd, 2017

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 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
2017 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 2017 GRAND PRIZE!

What is the 2017 GRAND PRIZE?!?!

One lucky name will be drawn and the winner will win a brand new

Apple MacBook Air!

*Selected winner to be notified in December 2017. Restrictions may apply.
Product delivery in 2018.

Spotlight on Tara!

February 13th, 2017

Spotlight on Tara!

Meet the newest edition to the Kennell Orthodontics Team - Tara!

Tara is a New Hampshire native, who recently moved back home from North Carolina to be closer to her LARGE family! Along with her adorable three year old daughter AVERY, (She's the one with the yellow flower in her hair  - Adorable!), Tara has FOUR brothers and THREE sisters! (That's a lot of babysitters:)

Tara has lots of nieces and nephews.
Avery loves being close to her cousins and being goofy with them!

Avery is learning to ski this year and Tara likes to pamper her with occasional Mani & Pedis to celebrate her bravery:)


Tara and Avery enjoy 4- wheeling, fishing, hiking, sledding, reading books, painting, cooking and drinking hot cocoa together!

Tara was introduced to Kennell Orthodontics at a routine dental appointment for her daughter at Dr. Missy Kennell's office, and the rest is history! Tara is currently taking classes to further her education in orthodontics.

Make sure to introduce yourself to Tara at your next appointment!


ICYMI! Dr. Kennell picks the 2016 Refer-A-Friend Winner!

February 10th, 2017

Dr. Alan Kennell and his staff at Kennell Orthodontics are pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Refer-a-Friend contest – Holly Phillips!  Kennell Orthodontics realizes the greatest compliment received is when one of their patients refers a friend or colleague to their practice.

In an effort to show appreciation to patients for these referrals, Dr. Kennell developed the Refer-a-Friend campaign. This campaign, which focuses on new patient treatment plans from qualified referrals, rewards Refer-a-Friend participants with a Visa Cash Card and an entry into the grand prize drawing.

Holly had multiple entries from her multiple referrals – this gave her a greater advantage on having her name picked as the Grand Prize Winner!

As the Grand Prize winner, Holly & her family will spend a FUN OVERNIGHT ADVENTURE IN BOSTON which includes hotel accommodations, dinner, and 4 tickets to BLUEMAN GROUP!

Dr. Kennell thanked Holly for being a valued patient and for recommending Kennell Orthodontics to her family and friends.  “We are honored to have such loyal patients who continue to refer to us and share their positive experiences here at Kennell Orthodontics with others.”

Spotlight on Linda!

January 30th, 2017

Spotlight on Linda!

Linda is a NH Native who loves spending time with her beautiful family! Linda & her husband, Keith, have been married for 27 years! (What a lucky guy:)

Linda & Keith have 3 children & 2 grandchildren - soon to be 3! Her daughter Olivia is expecting another baby anytime!

Olivia & her husband, Dalin, met & married at BYU. They have two children named Tenley & Declan - they are excited to welcome a new bother or sister! Linda loves traveling to Utah to snuggle with them!

Linda's oldest son, Payson, is 24 & studies coding at School "42" in California. Her youngest son, Donovan, is 17 - a junior in high school who loves skiing, fishing & hunting.

Linda's hobbies include playing tennis, sewing quilts for Tenley & Declan, searching for seaglass at the ocean and, of course, hanging out on Lake Winnipesaukee!  She enjoys traveling to Utah & Florida to visit family & soak up the sunshine!

In 1986 Linda graduated from NHTI & has been with Dr. Kennell part time for over TEN amazing years!

Cold and flu season means germs everywhere!

January 18th, 2017

The dreaded cold and flu season is here again! After recovering from your cold, one of the most important steps you can take to avoid becoming reinfected is replacing your toothbrush!

Germs can linger on the bristles, and you risk prolonging your sickness by continuing to use the same toothbrush. Be smart - keep a spare, just in case! To protect your toothbrush from bacteria all year long, consider the following tips:

• Wash your hands before and after brushing
• Allow the brush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen
• Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster
• Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Worn bristles are less effective in properly cleaning your teeth, and can actually be damaging to teeth if used too long!

Hope this tip helps! Feel free to give us a call or ask us on Facebook if you have any questions!

Tips for keeping your smile clean with braces!

January 9th, 2017

Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever when you have braces. Food bits have more spots than usual to hide in your mouth, so you must be diligent in order to avoid bad breath, swollen gums, discolored teeth and cavities. If you remove plaque regularly during treatment, you'll experience better results and shorter treatment time. Keep plaque at bay with these top ten tips:

1. One tooth at a time. When you brush, take time with each individual tooth – at least 10 seconds each – and pay careful attention to the spots where your teeth touch your braces.

2. It’s all about the angles. Brush the tops of your teeth and braces with your brush angled down toward where they meet. Brush the bottoms of your teeth and braces with your brush angled up.

3. The tooth, the whole tooth, nothing but the tooth. While the front surface of your teeth may seem like the most logical to clean, it’s equally important to clean the inner surface of your teeth (tongue side) as well as the chewing surface. And be sure to clean along your gum line – a key spot for plaque buildup.

4. Step 1: eat, step 2: clean. While you’re in treatment, it’s important to brush after every meal. Bits of food can easily get caught between braces and teeth, and these food bits interact with bacteria in your mouth to cause decay. The longer food is in contact with your teeth, the greater opportunity for plaque to form. If you are eating somewhere that you can’t brush, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.

5. Like a Boy Scout, always be prepared. The easiest way to be sure you can brush after every meal is to get in the habit of taking a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss with you wherever you go. Designate a special container just for your teeth-cleaning tools and keep it in your purse, backpack, or laptop case.

6. Remove the moving parts. If you have elastic bands or headgear, remove these parts before you brush or floss.

7. Fluoride is your friend. Fluoride helps prevent cavities. Be sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste, and rinse with fluoride mouthwash.

8. Pointy brushes reach tiny places. Interproximal brushes (sometimes called proxa brushes or interdental brushes) are cone-shaped and come in very handy for reaching spots around your braces that standard brushes can’t.

9. Find the floss for you. Regular floss works for some patients, but others find it easier to work with a floss threader, which helps you get the floss into tight places. Other patients like an all-in-one product called Superfloss, which comes with a stiff end for easy threading, a spongy section for cleaning wide spaces, and regular floss for narrow spaces.

10. Make time for the pros. It’s your job to take care of the everyday cleaning. But make sure to visit your dentist regularly while in treatment, to get the deep, thorough cleaning that only a professional can provide. If you need help finding the right Dentist for you, feel free to contact our office - we’d love to help!

Hope this helps!

Dr. Kennell and Team

Fun spin on Holiday Treats to enjoy with braces!

December 21st, 2016

When the holiday season comes around, there's no need for kids with braces to miss out on the traditional treats! Some candies can damage braces, but there are plenty of safe and tasty snacks to satisfy young taste buds without interfering with orthodontic treatments. In fact, when preparing fun holiday treats with your child, you can include numerous healthy options that build strong teeth at the same time.

Treats to Avoid:

When supermarket shelves are full of brightly packaged treats for the holidays, it's hard not to fill your cart. But for the sake of your child's braces, you still need to scoot past the hard, chewy and sticky foods. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) advises that children with braces should avoid caramel, licorice, lollipops, bubblegum, popcorn, taffy, jelly beans and hard pretzels. Those types of food can easily bend or loosen the brace brackets.

Kids can enjoy the holidays without risking their braces by sticking to soft snacks and by paying extra attention to oral hygiene. The AAO suggests chocolate, peanut butter, milkshakes, gelatin-based candies and ice cream are all fun holiday treats that won't damage braces. Brushing twice a day is especially important during the holidays.

For added assurance that the food you serve is safe on braces, consider making your own!

The Colgate Oral Care Center has some great recipe ideas:

Strawberry Santas:

Slice the bottom off the large end of a strawberry so that it stands upright, and cut off the top quarter. Squirt some whipped cream onto the strawberry's top flat surface, and add two chocolate sprinkles to make the eyes of Santa's face. Place the top quarter of the strawberry back onto the whipped cream to form Santa's hat, and dab some cream on the very top of the strawberry to give his hat its white bobble.

Marshmallow Snowmen:

Melt some white chocolate candy coating in the microwave, and push a stiff straw or wooden skewer through three marshmallows for the three parts of the snowman's body. Dip the marshmallows in the candy coating, and before it sets, press chocolate chips into the top marshmallow to make the snowman's eyes. Add a tiny piece of carrot for his nose – but not too big that one crunch can damage a braces bracket.

Reindeer Cheese:

Cut strips of yellow bell pepper to the shape of antlers with a sharp knife, and push them into the wide end of a soft cheese triangle. Use two pieces of olive to make the reindeer's eyes, and half a cherry tomato to make Rudolph's nose.

Christmas Tree Brownie Lollipops:

Not every lollipop needs to be hard or sticky. Cut brownies into triangles, and decorate them with lines of frosting for tinsel and sprinkles for baubles. Push a brightly colored, stiff straw into one edge of the triangle, as far as it will go without poking out the other side. Snip off the end of the straw to form your lollipop stick.

Sometimes it's hard for kids to understand why they have to endure the fuss and bother of wearing braces, and it can be especially difficult during the holiday season when they can't eat the same treats their friends enjoy. By offering your child enticing alternatives, he or she can have just as much fun as everyone else while benefiting from the long-term bonus of beautifully straight, pearly white teeth.

Happy Holidays!!

Spotlight On Pam!

December 16th, 2016

Spotlight on Pam!

Pam is originally from Franklin, NH & now lives in Effingham, NH with her boyfriend, Michael & their adorable daughter Hope (aka Hopie or Peanut:)

Last April they took their 1st family trip to the Florida Keys to celebrate Hope's First Birthday! Hope got the chance to swim with PAX the Dolphin at the Research Center in Marathon - how fun is that?!


Pam graduated from NHTI as an orthodontic assistant in 1996 & joined the Kennell Orthodontic Team in January 2014. When not at work; Pam, Michael and Hopie spend lots of time enjoying the outdoors - hiking, fishing & swimming. This winter they are going to teach "Peanut" how to ski - if they an get her to stop dancing - her favorite thing to do!


Just Look at that face - what a cutie!

Six Must-Ask Questions at your Orthodontic Consultation.

December 6th, 2016

This is a video great presentation on what you should be asking your potential Orthodontist during your initial consultation - before entering into a treatment program - you should know the answers to these 6 simple questions!

https://vimeo.com/187370642

Spotlight on Mona!

November 21st, 2016

Spotlight on Mona!!

Mona grew up in Northern Maine way up by the Canadian border, with 2 sisters and SIX brothers! Mona has lived in Laconia with her significant other, Walter,  for over 13 years! That's him with the chicken on his head:)

Mona has 2 beautiful daughters. Candice lives in Maryland with her husband Dwight and Krystal lives in Northfield with her husband Steve.  Mona has FOUR grandchildren: Kaelyn (the princess) and Liam, Kyle, and Kurtis (her 3 princes!)

Mona has worked for Dr. Kennell for 12 wonderful years! When she's not at work, she enjoys GOLFING (her favorite!!), TRAVELING (she's been to Rome, Sicily, Malta, Hawaii, California, Neveda, and Maryland!), KAYAKING, FISHING, READING, LISTENING TO MUSIC and COOKING!


It's Fall in the Lakes Region!

November 1st, 2016

Fall is one of our favorite times of year! With the beautiful New England fall foliage in full bloom, it's no wonder why the Lakes Region is a wonderful place to live, work and play! With lots to do, who doesn't love this season.

The Lakes Region offers lots of fun places for all ages. A majority of our patients are between the ages of 12-16 and now that we are treating adults, we've realized that this is the perfect area to live! Here are just a few things our patients and our staff love to do during this time of year.

If you're looking for a great view of the fall foliage, Mount Major, in Alton, NH is a wonder hike for the whole family. This small mountain weighing in at an elevation of 1,786 feet, is near the Belknap Range and to the South of Lake Winnipesaukee.

It is also that time of year for apple and pumpkin picking. With lots of wonderful local farms to choose from too! Beans and Greens in Gilford, NH offers a fun corn maze and hay maze for the little ones. The beautiful town of Gilford also offers another popular mountain, Gunstock Mountain Resort. Offering mountain biking, hiking, fishing and ziplining at this time of year.

For those of you that love to shop, the Tanger Outlets in Tilton offers a great shopping experience. And we can't forget about Funspot, at Weirs Beach, which is the largest arcade in the world. These are just a few of our favorites. We hope you enjoy this time of year as much as we do!

Have a safe Halloween!

October 28th, 2016

October is National Orthodontic Health Month, and with Halloween on Monday, we have compiled a list of specific treats that are ok with braces.  As with anything else, always in moderation and make sure to brush and floss very well after!

Good Treats:

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Kit Kats
  • Plain M&M’s
  • Oreo’s & Soft Cookies
  • Hershey Bars & Hershey Kisses
  • Candy Bars without caramel or nuts

Those will keep your braces safe, but don't forget to keep these Trick-or-treating safety guidelines in mind while you are out there filling your candy bags:

  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult
  • Carry a flashlight
  • Wear a light-colored or reflective costume
  • Choose face paint over masks for young ghosts and goblins
  • Have an adult inspect all treats before the children dig in

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

It's NH Pumpkin Festival Time here in Laconia!

October 20th, 2016

The second annual PumpkinFest is this weekend! There are so many fun events for the whole family to participate in! Keep posted on the latest information by visiting the official Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/NHPumpkinFestival/.

Tell Dr. Kennell and the staff what you did this weekend to be part of the fun!

Meet Marianne!

October 19th, 2016

SPOTLIGHT ON MARIANNE!

Marianne is a "Jersey Girl" and has lived in N.H. with her husband Steve, since 1978.


She, Steve and their three grown children  and three grandchildren spend as much  time together as they can.

She, Steve and their three grown children

and three grandchildren spend as much

time together as they can.

When not working at Dr. Kennell's office, Marianne is busy in the kitchen making baklava and in her sewing room till midnight!

When should you call Kennell Orthodontics?

September 30th, 2016

Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have put together a helpful list that outlines when you should call Dr. Alan Kennell. Here are some early warning signs indicating it’s time to check in with us:

1. Early or late loss of baby teeth
2. Difficulty of chewing or biting
3. Mouth breathing
4. Finger sucking or other oral habits
5. Crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
6. Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or retrude
7. Speech difficulty
8. Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
9. Protruding teeth
10. Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
11. Facial imbalance or asymmetry
12. Grinding or clenching of teeth

Do any of these warning signs fit you? If so, give us a call as soon as possible!

Hope this helps,

The team at Kennell Orthodontics

Meet Valerie!

September 22nd, 2016

SPOTLIGHT ON VALERIE

Valerie grew up here in Laconia and graduated from Laconia High School. She attended NHTI in Concord and completed the Dental Assisting Program.

Valerie has been an orthodontic assistant for 15 years.

Valerie was recently married last November to her husband Steve and they have two beautiful teenage daughters, Bella and Samantha, and her adorable shorkie-poo named Tank.

Valerie and her family enjoy golfing, hiking, and vacationing in Maine.

September 12th, 2016

Did you know one in every five orthodontic patients is an adult? We’re living longer and technology is improving, making orthodontic treatment an appealing and safe option for patients of all ages. As the trend toward treatment later in life grows, we’re seeing braces on parents as well as children – and even adult celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Gwen Stefani and Nicholas Cage have shown off their braces. It’s never too late to look and feel your best!

Can Braces Work for Adults?

People of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment. The physical process for moving teeth is the same, young or old, which means it’s never too late to address issues such as an overbite or underbite, crooked or crowded teeth, or jaw disorders.

How Do I Get Started?

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, we’ll make a consultation appointment with you. During this meeting we will perform a general assessment of your oral health, discuss options for treatment, and answer any questions you may have. We will also discuss matters of cost and insurance. The next step is an orthodontic records appointment in which we take x-rays, photos, and an impression of your teeth. This information drives your unique treatment plan.

What Are the Benefits?

Straightening your teeth can improve your smile, your self-esteem, and your dental health. Technologically advanced new treatments make it easier to identify the option that best fits your lifestyle. Modern techniques and materials have made braces and aligners more effective, comfortable and unobtrusive than ever.

If you think you might benefit from orthodontic treatment, give our team a call, so we may set up a consultation to determine what type of treatment best meets your needs.

It's Back to School time again!

August 29th, 2016

As much as we hate to admit it, the beginning of August is a reminder in a few short weeks, Back to School activities will be in full swing!  Kennell Orthodontics wants to send your children back to school prepared for school life with braces or new orthodontic treatments. Pack your child their very own "Back to School with Braces" kit - something as simple as a ziplock plastic bag including items such as:  Orthopicks, orthodontic rubber bands, mini toothbrush and toothpaste, orthodontic wax, small mirror, floss, retainer case and tissues. This kit can easily be tucked into their backpack or locker and will help as a reminder of orthodontic care even when at school.  Start the school year off right with these reminders:

  • bring retainer cases to lunch room and keep retainer in it to avoid accidentally throwing it away with lunch trash;
  • always wear protective mouth guard for all fall sports - this will help prevent brackets from breaking and inner lip from rubbing against braces.

Stay ahead of the Back to School shopping rush by preparing these orthodontic kits now - kick back and enjoy the last weeks of summer!!

What are the Early Signs of Orthodontic Treatment?

August 12th, 2016

Visibly crooked teeth are not the only reason to take your child into the orthodontist. There are some subtle things to look for as well, which may indicate the onset of more serious orthodontic issues. Many orthodontic issues are much easier to address if treated and corrected during a child's development.

Waiting until facial development is complete or until the permanent teeth have come in can make correction of many orthodontic issues more challenging. Both children and adults can benefit from orthodontic care at any age, but addressing issues early is almost always the ideal choice.

If you're wondering if you or your child might have need for orthodontic care, there are some things you can be on the lookout for. Here are some of the most common warning signs of orthodontic issues:

• Difficulty when chewing or biting
• Chronic mouth-breathing
• Sucking the thumb, the fingers, or any other oral sucking habits that continue after the age of six
• Overbite - when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth by more than 5mm
• Top front teeth that cover more than 25% of the bottom teeth while biting
• Underbite - when the top front teeth go behind the bottom row of teeth when biting
• Crowded, crooked, overlapped, misshapen, misplaced teeth or extra teeth of any size
• Crossbite - when one or more teeth tilt toward the cheek or toward the tongue causing excessive stress on the jawbone
• The center of the top and bottom teeth don't line up
• Uneven teeth-wearing
• Baby teeth coming out too early for the child's age
• Pain in jaws
• Clicking in the jaw joints
• The jaw shifts off-center while chewing or biting
• A jaw that protrudes, or recedes, too much
• Difficulty speaking or enunciating clearly
• Chronic biting of the inner cheek or roof of the mouth
• Asymmetrical facial structure
• Grinding or clenching of the teeth

If you notice that either you or your child has one or more of these conditions, they could be signs that there is a risk of orthodontic or health problems. The sooner these problems are addressed, the wider and brighter you will be able to smile going forward!

Meet Dr. Kennell!

August 11th, 2016

Introducing Dr. Alan Kennell

SPOTLIGHT on Dr. Kennell

Dr. Kennell grew up in Frankfort, NY – a small town in central New York. He is the youngest of 4 children (3 older sisters). Dr. Kennell spent many summers picking (and eating) strawberries and corn on his uncle’s farm.

He attended Frankfort-Schuyler Central High School (go Knights!) and graduated in 1993. He was a smarty pants in school and was the valedictorian of his class. After high school Dr. Kennell attended Union College – a small liberal arts college in Schenectady, NY. He really liked science (OK - so he was a little geeky…) so he decided to major in Biology and minored in Chemistry. Dr. Kennell loved being in school so much that he decided to go to dental school after college.

He attended The State University of New York at Buffalo Dental School (or “UB” to central NY folks!) While at dental school in Buffalo, Dr. Kennell got to explore all aspects of dentistry (and hot wings) including extracting rotten teeth (yuk!) and even doing root canals and making dentures (boring). But one area that fascinated him the most was orthodontics.

After graduating from dental school he decided to specialize in orthodontics. Orthodontics is one of the hardest (and coolest) specialties to get acceptance into – fortunately Dr. Kennell was still somewhat of a smarty pants and graduated in the top 1% of his dental school class. He was accepted into UB Dental’s Orthodontic program and stayed in Buffalo for another 30 months (more hot wings) to complete the orthodontic program.

In his first year of his orthodontic residency at UB, Dr. Kennell met Dr. Missy Kennell (Scarpino at the time…) – who happened to be in her first year of dental school! A couple years later they were engaged, and married shortly after that!

In 2006 the Kennells moved to the Lakes Region of NH – a long-time vacation spot for Dr. Missy’s family. The Kennells have 2 kids -Vivian & Preston, and a Bernedoodle named Isla (that’s “eye-la”). The Kennell household is a hectic one - with both doctors running off to manage their practices and the kids involved in activities including figure skating, skiing, music, swimming, tennis, golf and summer camps. But they still manage to find time for fun on the lake, traveling and staying healthy together. Their favorite activities are working out, hiking, skiing, and of course anything on Lake Winnipesaukee!

In the coming months, we'll be spotlighting our other Kennell Orthodontics team members in our Blog posts.  We thought this would give our patients a chance to get to know us a little better.  Please check back - you never know who our next team member is!

SPOTLIGHT August. Dr Kennell

What can I eat?

July 31st, 2016

We love when patients ask us that question! Now that you’re wearing braces, it’s even more important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen as you begin your orthodontic treatment.

Braces are known to trap food particles and make it difficult to brush or remove plaque, which is why our team at Kennell Orthodontics recommends that you brush and floss after every meal.

When your braces are initially placed, your teeth are likely to be very sensitive. You may experience discomfort for up to three to five days, which is why we encourage you to eat soft foods during that time. Remember, the less pressure you put on your teeth, the less discomfort you will have.

You may also be thinking, “Okay, so what can I eat?”

Here are a few soft foods that do not require you to do much chewing and are easy to chew on when your teeth are sore:

In the first couple of days, stick to liquid-based foods like yogurts, pudding and soups. Mashed potatoes are a good option as well. You can also cook fruits and vegetables to make them softer. Ice cream, cool soups, Jell-O, scrambled eggs, cream of wheat, oatmeal, baked potatoes, soft cooked pasta, soup, bananas, cottage cheese, smoothies, macaroni and cheese, pancakes, soft cheeses, and milk are all foods you can eat safely without having to worry about pain or breaking your brackets.

It’s crucial to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, please call our office immediately to schedule an appointment for repair.

Lastly, in addition to visiting Kennell Orthodontics during your orthodontic treatment for adjustments, you should visit your dentist for professional checkups and teeth cleaning appointments about every six months, or as recommended by your dentist.

Here are some helpful tips for anyone with braces:

  • Cold foods and drinks are very soothing to sore gums, try drinking milk as it neutralizes acids in your mouth and soothes your gums.
  • Do not eat sticky or hard foods and make sure to brush, floss, rinse with mouth wash, and rinse with salt water every night. Rinsing with salt water will help ease pain and irritation in your mouth.
  • Wear lip salve when you go for checkups and braces tightening. It will prevent you from getting crinkly lips afterwards.
  • Taking a pain pill before bed will make it easier to sleep, as braces usually hurt most when you are lying down or on your side.
  • Don't keep on eating something if it starts hurting.
  • If you can't brush your teeth after meals, at least rinse your mouth.
  • Avoid soft drinks, as most have lots of acid and sugar. This can erode teeth and dental equipment and can also leave white spots. Excessive drinking of soft drinks can lead to cavities.

Your Smile is a Window into Your Overall Health!

July 11th, 2016

There are many options for straightening teeth and the decision of one treatment over another can be overwhelming.  Which treatment is best?  Which will fit your lifestyle?  Which can you afford and maximizes treatment time?  All these questions can be answered by Dr. Kennell and his Kennell Orthodontics team!  One type of treatment offered by Dr. Kennell is Invisalign.  This revolutionary approach uses aligners that are clear, smooth and plastic - versus brackets and wires bonded to your teeth.  This treatment offers the convenience of an orthodontic treatment without interfering with your appearance.  Check out bracesinfo.com/invisalign for more information and contact Kennell Orthodontics today to discuss whether Invisalign is right for you!!!

SPIRIT WEEK at Kennell Orthodontics! JOIN IN ON THE FUN!

July 7th, 2016

Keep that SMILE awesome for a lifetime! Summer is the perfect time to start treatment!

June 8th, 2016

The number one goal of orthodontic treatment is to give you or your child a good bite, meaning straight teeth that work well with the teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to eat, chew and speak. It can enhance your dental health and overall health, and may well improve your self-esteem. As a part of your comprehensive dental health care plan, orthodontic treatment can help you retain your teeth—and your smile—for a lifetime.

Let your smile express yourself! Nothing can show the world how happy you are quite like a beautiful smile. In fact, it’s one of the first things others notice about you, too. With orthodontics, you can be proud to flash your smile, because you’ll know that your smile truly represents your positive attitude.

Make your mouth healthy! Straight teeth aren’t just pretty, they’re healthy as well. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean, reducing the amount of plaque buildup and risk for gingivitis. The cleaner you keep your teeth, the longer they’ll last!

Feel free to live your life! Orthodontics is easier today than ever before, with treatment options that fit your lifestyle and schedule. We can personalize your treatment to suit all of your needs!

Call Dr. Kennell today to set up your consultation!

Summer Care Plan for your Smile!

May 27th, 2016

Summer is right around the corner!  There's no better time to make sure you have a safe and healthy summer.  Pool parties, BBQ's, summer camps, vacations galore!  With summer comes a time to slow down, take a break and soak up a little extra family time.  That being said...Summer is NOT the time to skimp on your dental care routines.  Whether your child is heading off to summer camp with new orthodontics or you, yourself, have transitioned into a new retainer - Don't take a vacation from your healthy smile!

Make an appointment with Dr. Kennell today for a quick check up before heading out on your summer trips.  Remembering good orthodontic care during your summer activities, caring for your braces and avoiding sugary drinks and sticky, chewy or hard foods, are all part of a smart plan for maintaining your healthy Summer Smile!

May is National Self-Esteem Month!

May 6th, 2016

It's National Teen self-esteem month in the month of May, so what better time to talk about the importance of teen self-esteem. Actually self-esteem in all ages is really important! National Teen Self-Esteem Month was established to create awareness about the negative effects poor self-esteem causes among the teen population. During this month, parents and guardians are encouraged to act as positive role models, help stop negative self-images, and improve confidence and security among adolescents.

What is self -esteem? The Webster’s dictionary says: Self-Esteem-The esteem or good opinion of oneself. Now lets look at what Esteem is- to set value on, to regard with respect. So, for us to have self-esteem we need to have a good view of ourselves and be respectful to ourselves as well. Why is self-esteem so important? One, we make better decisions for ourselves when we are not lacking self-esteem. We want to value who we are, love who we are and make good decisions for our self, to reinforce our self worth, thereby strengthening our self-esteem.

Treating ourselves with respect is totally in our hands, we have complete control over this one. If you have the choice to do something good or bad for yourself, you have the choice to do what’s good, and no one can stop you. We have to remember that our opinion of ourselves really starts with us, not outside influences - not people, not the media!

Here are a couple quick tips to strengthen and maintain our sense of self and build confidence:

  • Learn to love yourself for who you are
  • Respect yourself, make good decisions
  • Know your opinions of yourself, come from you, not the opinions of others
  • Realize what make you shine is on the inside, not what you look like

So, go out in the world and know you are good enough and are perfect just the way you are. And remember, although it might sound cliche, treat others the way you want to be treated!

Smile Down the Aisle

April 22nd, 2016

You're engaged, you're planning your wedding, and you couldn't be happier-except for one thing… Your smile!  Maybe your teeth are a little crooked, or you have a gap-but you're an adult now and you don't want braces!  Rest easy- Dr. Kennell has several esthetic, or invisible treatment options for you to choose from.

If your teeth are only moderately crooked and you have three or four months till the big day, you can see drastic improvements using clear aligners, such as Invisalign.  Believe it or not, if your case is mild enough, your treatment time may be as little as 10 weeks!

If you're not familiar with the Invisalign technology, Dr. Alan Kennell can (in appropriate cases) use clear aligners to move your teeth, rather than the traditional wires and brackets.  Invisalign trays are almost invisible-unless someone is very close to you, they won't even notice you are wearing them! You take the trays out to eat and brush your teeth, and while your teeth will feel sore and may even throb periodically for the first few days, after that you'll hardly notice when the trays are in. (While wearing the trays you won't be able to drink anything but water, which will also help with that wedding day diet!)

If you are not a candidate for Invisalign, Dr. Kennell has another “invisible” option for you – lingual braces.  These are actually braces that go behind your teeth!  The Harmony system is a custom set of behind the teeth braces that will get your teeth straight without having to show metal braces and wires.  Dr. Kennell is proud to be the only Harmony provider in the entire state of New Hampshire!

Call Dr. Kennell today to make your appointment for beautiful, straight teeth for your upcoming wedding and get ready to Smile Down the Aisle!

April is Facial Protection Month! Don't forget new mouthguards!

April 8th, 2016

Like you, we are seeing and hearing a lot of promotion for the 2016 Spring Sports season that is about to begin. Registration sign ups for lacrosse, baseball, softball and more are posted all around the Lakes Region.  This means we need to do our job to remind our valued patients that proper mouth protection is recommended when you participate in any sports activities. If you wear braces, this protection becomes essential. Injuries to your mouth can not only damage your teeth, but your braces could break and cut open your lip.

Mouth Guards
Mouth guards referred to as boil-and-bites can be purchased at many retail stores. As the name implies, these guards are boiled in water to heat and soften the material. While the guard is still warm, you place it in your mouth and bite down gently. This causes the guard to form to the shape of your mouth. Unfortunately, these guards do not necessarily offer the best protection or fit.

The custom fitting of a mouth guard ensures you of better protection and a comfortable fit. Custom guards are also built in layers for durability. The American Dental Association recommends custom guards for orthodontic patients. Your mouth guard will be designed to provide proper protection for both your teeth and your braces.

No matter what type of sport you participate in, a mouth guard can protect your braces. Even an activity as seemingly harmless as table tennis can result in a contact injury. The Academy for Sports Dentistry states that a properly fitted mouth guard should not interfere with any athletic activity.

Custom-fitted mouth protectors are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist's instructions. First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material. Due to the use of the special material and because of the extra time and work involved, this custom-made mouth guard is more expensive than the other types, but it provides the most comfort and best fit and protection.

Who Needs a Mouth Guard?

Mouth guards should be used by anyone -- both children and adults -- who play contact sports such as football, boxing, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey. However, even those participating in non-contact sports (for example, gymnastics) and any recreational activity (for example, skateboarding, mountain biking) that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a protective mouth guard.

Adults and children who grind their teeth at night should have a nocturnal bite plate or bite splint made to prevent tooth damage.

Why Use a Mouth Guard When Playing Sports?

Because accidents can happen during any physical activity, the advantage of using a mouth guard is that it can help limit the risk of mouth-related injuries to your lips, tongue, and soft tissues of your mouth. Mouth guards also help you avoid chipped or broken teeth, nerve damage to a tooth or even tooth loss.

Our office will be glad to answer any questions you have so you can continue the activities you enjoy with little concern. If you do suffer any injuries to your mouth or braces during sporting activities, please contact us immediately. The sooner we can care for your mouth, the better the results will be.

The Braces Glossary

March 24th, 2016

If you ever sustain damage to your braces and need to call Kennell Orthodontics, we can help you more effectively if you can tell us exactly which piece is in trouble! Here’s a handy diagram and corresponding list of all the parts that make up your braces.

Elastic Tie: Tiny rubber band that fits around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

Archwire: The main wire that acts as a track to guide the teeth along. It's changed periodically throughout treatment, as teeth move to their new positions.

Loop in Archwire: Frequently used for closing space left by an extraction. Many archwires don't have a loop.

Bracket: Small attachment that holds the archwire in place. Most often, a bracket is cemented directly onto the tooth's surface, eliminating the need for a band.

Headgear Tube: Round, hollow attachment on the back bands. The inner bow of the headgear fits into it.

Coil Spring: Fits between brackets and over archwire to open space between teeth.

Tie Wire: Fine wire that is twisted around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

Band: A thin ring of metal fitted around a tooth and cemented in place. The band provides a way to attach the brackets to the tooth.

Hook: Welded or removable arm to which elastics (rubber bands) are attached.

Elastic (Rubber Band): Small rubber band that is hooked between different points on the appliance to provide pressure to move the teeth.

Hope this helps! Give us a call if you have any questions!

Kennell Orthodontics is excited to launch OUR LATEST OFFICE CONTEST!!!

March 16th, 2016

We are excited to introduce the next Kennell Orthodontics contest!

A scavenger hunt to win tickets to Cirque du Soleil - OVO!

TO ENTER: Answer all the questions on the Kennell Orthodontics Entry Form. Forms can be picked up at our office or downloaded here.  All entries must be returned to our office (or emailed to contests@kennellortho.com) by AUGUST 22, 2016.

Only entries with ALL answers correct will be entered into the contest. You must be a patient to enter - so if you're not yet - make your appointment today to see Dr. Kennell!

Winner will receive a 4-pack of show tickets to the 8/27/16 7:30pm Show AND a pre-show dinner with the Kennell Orthodontics crew! GOOD LUCK!!

OVO is a story about insects working, playing, fighting and looking for love in a non-stop riot of energy in motion. Their home is filled with biodiversity, beauty, action and moments of quiet emotion. The awestruck insects are intensely curious when a mysterious egg appears, representing the enigma and cycles of their lives.

Cirque du Soleil Entry form.

March 11th, 2016

Many parents assume they must wait until their child has all of his or her permanent teeth to see Dr. Kennell for a consultation, only to discover treatment would have been much easier if started earlier. Did you know the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven?

That’s right—seven.

Ok, so what’s so great about age seven, you ask? Enough permanent teeth have arrived for Dr. Kennell to make a determination about whether any problems are present. The first molars have come in, providing an opportunity to check for malocclusion, or “bad bite.” Also, the incisors have begun to come in, and problems such as crowding, deep bites and open bites can be detected.

Orthodontic evaluation at an early age provides one of two positive outcomes: For some, early identification or problems will lead to easier or shorter orthodontic treatment in the future. For others, a healthy prognosis will provide immediate peace of mind.

Early evaluation, of course, may signal a need for early treatment. For some children, early treatment can prevent physical and emotional trauma. Aside from spurring on years of harmful teasing, misaligned teeth are also prone to injury and are detrimental to good oral hygiene. So, if your child is nearing his or her seventh birthday, give us a call at Kennell Orthodontics to schedule an appointment.

Here's what you've been waiting for..2016 Refer-A-Friend contest details!!

February 2nd, 2016

A New Year means a NEW REFERRAL CONTEST!!

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  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 2016 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 2016 GRAND PRIZE!

What is the 2016 GRAND PRIZE?!?!

One lucky name will be drawn and the winner will have the luxury of choose one of the following

Overnight Boston Family Adventure including FOUR BlueMan Group Tickets

Or

$1000 Credit towards an existing or future treatment plan.

The Evolution of Braces

January 21st, 2016

Did you know that even in ancient times, people wanted to improve the look and functionof their smiles? We think of modern orthodontic appliances as sleek, efficient technology, but this was not always so! Take a look at the highlights in the evolution of braces.

Ancient Times: From Greece to Rome

• According to The Angle Orthodontist, Aristotle and Hippocrates first thought about methods for straightening teeth between 400 and 300 BC.
• The Etruscans, in what we now know as Italy, buried their dead with appliances that maintained spaces and prevented collapse of their teeth and jaws during life. Archaeologists have discovered mummified remains in various locations that have metal bands wrapped around the teeth.
• A Roman tomb has also been discovered in which the teeth were bound with gold wire, including documentation on the wire’s use as a dental device.

18th Century: A French Development

• The French dentist Pierre Fauchard is acknowledged as the father of modern dentistry. In 1728 he published a book that described various methods for straightening teeth. Fauchard also used a device known as a “blandeau” to widen the upper palate.
• Louis Bourdet was another French dentist who published a book in 1754 that discussed tooth alignment. Bourdet further refined the blandeau and was the first dentist to extract bicuspids, or the premolar teeth between canines and molars, for the purpose of reducing tooth crowding.

19th Century: Orthodontics Defined
• Orthodontics started to become a separate dental specialty during the early 19th century. The first wire crib was used in 1819, marking the beginning of modern orthodontics.
• During this period, gold, platinum, silver, steel, gum rubber, vulcanite, and occasionally wood, ivory, zinc, and copper were used — as was brass in the form of loops, hooks, spurs, and ligatures.
• Edward Maynard first used gum elastics in 1843 and E. J. Tucker began making rubber bands for braces in 1850.
• Norman W. Kingsley published the first paper on modern orthodontics in 1858 and J. N. Farrar was the first dentist to recommend the use of force over timed intervals to straighten teeth.

20th Century: New Materials Abound
• Edward Angle developed the first classification systems for malocclusions (misaligned teeth) during the early 20th century in the United States, and it is still in use today. Angle founded the American Society of Orthodontia in 1901, which was renamed the American Association of Orthodontists in the 1930s.
• By the 1960s, gold was universally abandoned in favor of stainless steel.
• Lingual braces were the “invisible” braces of choice until the early 1980s, when tooth-colored aesthetic brackets made from single-crystal sapphire and ceramics became popular.

Today
As we arrive in the present, you need only look at your own braces to see how far we’ve come. Your treatment plan was probably created with a 3D digital model, and we’ve likely used a computerized process to customize your archwires. Perhaps you have clear aligners, self-ligating brackets, or highly resilient ceramic brackets with heat-activated wires.

Orthodontics has come a long way from the days of Aristotle, and even the bulky wrap-around braces of just 60 years ago. Regardless of your specific treatment plan, the development of high-tech materials and methods has made it possible for your orthodontic experience to be as effective, efficient, and comfortable as possible.

Sources: Angle.org, ArchWired

2015 Refer-A-Friend Contest Winner is Announced!

January 15th, 2016

Dr. Alan Kennell and his staff at Kennell Orthodontics are pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Refer-a-Friend contest – Sophia J.!  Kennell Orthodontics realizes the greatest compliment received is when one of their patients refers a friend or colleague to its practice.  In an effort to show appreciation to patients for these referrals, Dr.Kennell developed the Refer-a-Friend campaign.  This campaign, which focused on new patient treatment plans from qualified referrals, awarded Refer-a-Friend participants with a Visa Cash Card and an entry into the grand prize drawing.  A patient since 2011, Sophia had multiple entries from her multiple referrals – this gave her a greater advantage on having her name picked as the Grand Prize Winner!

As the Grand Prize winner, Sophia received four 3-day hopper passes to Walt Disney World!!

Dr. Kennell thanked Sophia for being a valued patient family and for recommending Kennell Orthodontics to her family and friends.  “We are honored to have such loyal patients who continue to refer to us and share their positive experiences here at Kennell Orthodontics with others.  We are looking forward to Sophia sharing some fun pictures of Mickey Mouse with us!!”

Check back  - Dr. Kennell will be announcing his 2016 Refer-A-Friend campaign soon!!

CAUTION:Cold/Flu Season

January 14th, 2016

It’s that time of year to start thinking about protecting yourself and your family from the flu. Here are some simple steps you can take to help yourself avoid colds and the flu this season.
• Wash your hands before and after brushing
• Allow the brush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen
• Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster
• Replace toothbrush after every cold or flu or every 3-4 months when bristles appear worn

To promote a healthy and clean environment, our team gives a great deal of attention to sanitation and sterilization in our office at all times, as well as following all requirements for sterilizing instruments and work surfaces.

For the protection of other patients and our staff, we always ask that patients reschedule their appointments if they have any type of cold or illness that can infect others. We hope this helps and give us a call if you have any questions!

Stay healthy this winter!!

How to Avoid Plaque

January 7th, 2016

At Kennell Orthodontics, we know nobody likes getting plaque on their teeth. Here are five other ways you can avoid that dreaded enemy of the teeth during orthodontic treatment, courtesy of WebMD.

Let’s start with brushing regularly. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste is vital to a healthy mouth. Make sure you softly brush all the surfaces of your teeth.

Next on the list is flossing daily: a simple daily flossing between teeth clears away plaque before it can cause damage and can also clean plaque at the gum line. Plaque is known to reach the spaces between teeth.

Also, evading a trip to the dentist is probably not a great idea. Let’s say you brush and floss daily. You’re still at risk for plaque. With time, the plaque hardens and turns into tartar. Consider visiting your general dentist at least twice a year or as recommended by your dentist, and you have a lower chance of getting cavities or losing your teeth while wearing braces.

You’ll also want to stop avoiding those fruits and veggies. Believe it or not, there are foods out there that play a key role in keeping plaque off our teeth. They include apples, carrots, cucumbers and other raw fruits and vegetables. You can still eat these types of fruits and veggies if you have braces, but be sure to cut them up into bite sized pieces to avoid breaking off brackets.

Finally, before you pick up that candy bar, remember to not give in to your sweet tooth. Consuming sugary drinks or eating candy or other junk food allows sugar to stick to our teeth. The bacteria, then, becomes plaque, which turns into acid and damages our teeth. Avoiding these five bad habits keeps your plaque in check and your mouth as healthy as can be during your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Alan Kennell. If you have any questions, give us a call or ask us on Facebook!

It's almost a new year...

December 30th, 2015

The year is almost over, and we reflect on the year that was. We are looking forward to serving our amazing patients with even more great care in 2016!

A new year can mean a new you! It is never too late to get that beautiful smile you have always wanted. Nothing is as important as a genuine and heartfelt smile. Whether in your professional life or when you are out socializing, an attractive smile can make you feel happier and more relaxed –as well as making the right impression.

A beautiful smile is an amazing asset. It contributes to self esteem and positive self image – important qualities for any age group. As well as having teeth that look nice, orthodontic treatment can also improve the function of your jaw and aid chewing efficiency of your teeth by enhancing the way your teeth bite together. Crowded teeth can be very difficult to clean. They provide areas for bacteria to grow and food to stagnate and therefore require a rigorous oral hygiene routine. Straight teeth are much easier to clean as there are no awkward gaps to get between and improved accessibility, making oral hygiene routines straight-forward.

So go on... treat yourself this new year with a beautiful, bright, straight smile! Schedule your consultation today!

Have a safe and happy New Year from our family to yours!

An estimated 70% of all the teenagers in the world wear braces!

December 17th, 2015

You've just heard the three words that every teen dreads: “YOU NEED BRACES!”

Not everyone is born with a perfect smile. So for many teens, wearing braces is inevitable. Don't worry! The good news is that today's image-conscious teens now have a choice for straightening their teeth. Braces aren't nearly as scary as you may think. In fact, braces today come in a variety of styles, materials, and colors, making life with braces much easier, more comfortable, and even more stylish than ever before. There are proven alternatives such as clear, removable braces, like Invisalign Teen, that meet teens' desire for aesthetic treatment and are a better fit for their busy lifestyles filled with sports, music and other activities.

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, patients age 12 to 17 years represent more than half of the over two million orthodontic case starts in the U.S. each year. And that includes your favorite teen celebrities who wear braces! Did you see the cover of People magazine this week? Kate Gosselin's daughters, Mady and Cara, are showing off their great smiles wearing metal braces!

Call us today to schedule your consultation. You, too, can have a beautiful, healthy and straight smile!

A little Holiday Cheer!

December 14th, 2015

Here's a fun little poem we found on-line! HO!HO!HO!
Twas the night before Christmas,
and I'd been put through my paces
To cook, clean and wrap with my teeth set in braces.
The cookies so crunchy, the roast beef so chewy
But alas I must eat food that's softer and gooey.
My family munched on their crackers and chips
(Well, those only would have gone straight to my hips).
With my chompers a-hurtin from ear to ear
It's been hard to come up with that old Christmas cheer.
But I know that it all will pay off, all of this grief
When two Christmases from now, Santa brings me straight teeth!
This year, however, I'll cut him some slack
And wish for a case that good dental wax!
So goodbye crooked teeth
And spaces too tight!
Merry Christmas to all
And to all a good bite!

Looking for some fun Holiday things to do??

December 3rd, 2015

There are so many fun things going on in the Lakes Region this holiday season! Here are just a FEW things that sound FUN and FESTIVE and will make you SMILE!

Santa Express - Hobo Railroad  - Lincoln, NH

Enjoy hot chocolate and holiday cookies on the train! All children receive a gift from Santa!

Starts November 27 and runs through December 20th, 2015.

$20 coach, $25 First Class. Children 2 and under FREE.

www.hoborr.com

Kenny Rogers  - Christmas & Holiday Hits at the Capitol Center for the Arts- Concord, NH

Sunday December 20th at 7:30pm

www.ccanh.com

Festival of Trees 2015! Franklin Opera House – Franklin, NH

Enjoy holiday music and entertainment while viewing hand-crafted wreaths, wall-hangings and other crafts. Raffles and prizes!!

Saturday December 5-7, 2015

www.franklinoperahouse.org

Sleigh Bells Swing – Winnipesaukee Playhouse

Enjoy holiday music and beautiful vocals!

December 2nd and 3rd at 2pm.

Tickets: $15 Balcony $25 Orchestra

www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org

Sleeping Beauty – Winnipesaukee Playhouse

Enjoy an original English “Panto”!

December 19th – January 2nd

Tickets: $12 Balcony $19 Orchestra

www.winnipesaukeeplayhouse.org

Giving 'Thanks' with Braces

November 19th, 2015

Holidays can feel like a challenge with braces, especially if this is your first holiday season with them.

With Thanksgiving coming up next week we made a short list of holiday food favorites that are safe for you to eat; as well as ones to avoid when you have braces.

These should be safe for you to eat with braces:

  • Ham and/or Turkey
  • Corn: this can be tricky, while you shouldn’t have corn on the cob, cream corn is fine
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Stuffing (as long as there are no nuts or crunchy foods hidden within it)
  • Green beans (with the same warning to be on the look out for crunchy items in casseroles)
  • Most desserts are safe as long as they aren’t too crunchy or have anything to sticky like caramel etc on them.

Here are some foods to avoid this holiday season, and the rest of the year!

  • Caramel (as mentioned above)
  • Popcorn
  • Chips
  • Nuts

Braces AREN'T just for the kiddos!

November 12th, 2015

Braces have come all way for both children AND adults. Ask Dr. Kennell about our Invisalign line of braces.

Appointment Reminders

November 5th, 2015

At Kennell Orthodontics, we embrace new technology, whether it is through the innovative orthodontic treatments that we offer, our high-tech web site and social networks, or our modern office conveniently located in Laconia.

Beginning this January, did you know that patients at our office can receive appointment reminders through text messages and emails? Dr. Kennell knows that many patients prefer texts and emails rather than phone calls, which is why he wants to make appointment reminders convenient and fun for patients!

If you haven't already, you may sign up for this convenient service at your next appointment, or by giving our office a call

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

October 31st, 2015

Kennell Orthodontics would like to wish you all a Happy Halloween! We hope it is filled with (braces friendly) treats, tricks, and lots of fun!

B(oo!)races and Halloween Candy...

October 15th, 2015

Halloween is right around the corner. Learn what treats you can and can't eat with braces to avoid a SPOOKY smile :)

Good Treats:

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Kit Kats
  • Plain M&M’s
  • 3 Musketeers
  • Oreo’s & Soft Cookies
  • Hershey Bars & Hershey Kisses
  • Candy Bars without caramel or nuts

Bad Treats:

  • Caramel
  • Bubblegum
  • Hard Candy
  • Taffy
  • Licorice
  • Nuts
  • Jelly Beans
  • Candy Corns
  • Popcorn
  • Chewy Candy
  • Caramel/Candy Apples

Still time to make your DREAMS come true!! Enter Today!

October 13th, 2015

The LET IT SHINE Pumpkin Festival Parade is coming to Laconia! Kennell Orthodontics wants to help make you a part of the FUN! Have you or a loved one dreamed of riding in Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach?! All the details can be found here! http://ow.ly/T8sx5

Happy Columbus Day!

October 12th, 2015

Columbus Day, which is annually on the second Monday of October, remembers Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492. He sailed with a 90 man crew on three ships which were called the Santa Maria, the Nina, and the Pinta. They sailed for two long months that were filled with sickness, famine, and exhaustion. The first commemoration of Columbus took place in 1792. In 1968, Columbus Day was declared a federal public holiday on the second Monday in October by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Kennel Orthodontics hopes you all had a wonderful Columbus Day Weekend! Why not your day off from work or school by going for a hike to take in the lovely foliage, or by checking out the local Sandwich Fair!

http://www.thesandwichfair.com/html/general_information.html

Looking for a LOCAL Pumpkin Festival Cinderella!!

October 9th, 2015

The LET IT SHINE Pumpkin Festival Parade is coming to Laconia! Kennell Orthodontics wants to help make you a part of the FUN! Have you or a loved one dreamed of riding in Cinderella's Pumpkin Coach?! All the details can be found here! Deadline to enter is October 19th.      http://ow.ly/T8sx5

Don't Want Braces? Why not try Invisalign!

October 8th, 2015

Patients of all ages are now smiling with confidence. With Invisalign®, you can get the beautiful, straight smile you deserve without the hassle of metal braces!

What is Invisalign and how does it work?

Invisalign uses a series of clear and removable aligners to straighten your smile. Invisalign is made with highly effective 3D computer imaging technology to show you exactly how your orthodontic treatment will progress.

You will wear your aligners around the clock, removing them only during mealtimes and to brush and floss your teeth. As you move on to each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move slowly until they have straightened to their final positions. You'll visit us at Kennell Orthodontics about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time typically lasts nine to 15 months, and the number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both numbers will vary from case to case.

Why would I want Invisalign?

Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time here at Kennell Orthodontics in Laconia getting adjustments. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

Request a complimentary consultation with Dr. Alan Kennell to see if Invisalign is right for you.

Today is World Smile Day! :)

October 2nd, 2015

Happy World Smile Day!

As is well known by now throughout the world Harvey Ball, a commercial artist from Worcester, Massachusetts created the smiley face in 1963. That image went on to become the most recognizable symbol of good will and good cheer on the planet.

As the years passed Harvey Ball became concerned about the over-commercialization of his symbol, and how its original meaning and intent had become lost in the constant repetition of the marketplace.  Out of that concern came his idea for World Smile Day®. He thought that we, all of us, should devote one day each year to smiles and kind acts throughout the world.  The smiley face knows no politics, no geography and no religion.  Harvey’s idea was that for at least one day each year, neither should we.  He declared that the first Friday in October each yearwould henceforth be World Smile Day®. Ever since that first World Smile Day® held in 1999, it has continued every year in Smiley's hometown of Worcester, MA and around the world.

Today marks the beginning of National Orthodontics Month!

October 1st, 2015

October is known as National Orthodontics month! Do you know the difference between dentistry and orthodontics? Check out the info graphic below to learn the differences between dentists and orthodontists!

Show the world your smile, not your braces!

September 24th, 2015

Did you know that Dr. Kennell is the only orthodontist in New Hampshire that offers HARMONY?!  HARMONY offers a great new invisible solution for straightening your teeth!

HARMONY's digitally customized system for straightening teeth provides orthodontics with advanced technology to invisibly treat patients of all ages. For teens and adults of any age seeking invisible orthodontics, HARMONY offers a solution for even the most challenging cases.

Dr. Kennell designs your personal treatment through  HARMONY’S advanced technology using 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,  creating a high level of orthodontic precision and accuracy in tooth correction.

HARMONY System

Do you feel self-conscious about smiling and laughing in public because your smile isn’t as straight as you’d like?  Having teeth that are correctly aligned not only improves the look of your smile; it provides real health benefit, allowing ease of hygiene, optimal function and an ideal bite.

Lingual braces, placed on the tongue side of the teeth, are the completely invisible orthodontic option for patients who want to improve their smile without sacrificing comfort and aesthetics. With HARMONY System lingual braces, we are able to give you the beautiful smile you've always wanted, and no one will be able to tell you're undergoing orthodontic treatment!

The Benefits of HARMONY

• Orthodontic care with the HARMONY System results in faster treatment times, shorter appointments, and amazing results!

• Proprietary CAD/CAM technology ensures highly accurate treatment of all orthodontic cases, regardless of severity.

• Small, smooth brackets are designed to help you adapt quickly to your orthodontic treatment. Plus, the low profile of each bracket makes brushing and flossing easier than with traditional braces.

• Self-ligating brackets give your orthodontist more control over your precise tooth movement and provide a more comfortable overall experience for you.

It's never too late to get the smile and confidence you deserve. Ask if HARMONY brackets are right for you! For more information, visit www.myharmonysmile.com or ask Dr. Kennell about HARMONY's unique benefits.

Sports and Orthodontics

September 17th, 2015

It's back to school time, and that means it's time for school sports to start and a greater chance of kids damaging their precious mouths and pearly whites. If you play sports, it's important that you consult our office for special precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard. A protective mouth guard is advised for playing spring sports such as baseball, soccer, lacrosse and others. Be sure, however, to avoid mouth guards that custom form to your teeth as these will resist any tooth movements we are trying to achieve.

In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, please schedule an appointment with the office. And don’t forget to ask us about how you can get a mouth guard for yourself.

Only by using a mouth guard and other forms of facial protection can kids with and without braces avoid serious sports injuries. Please give us a call if you have any questions about mouth guards or your treatment at our office.

Nail Biting and Your Oral Health

September 10th, 2015

We’ve all heard that biting your nails is an awful habit, but you many wonder- really- what’s so bad about it? This interesting article discusses how biting your nails affect your teeth and oral health.

Nail biting, also known as Onychophagia, is a common habit among various age groups, including primarily children, teens and young adults. Nail biting is generally triggered by stress and most often decreases with age. That being said, nail biting is unsanitary, unattractive, as well as unhealthy for your teeth!

Here’s why:

It’s unsanitary. Your nails are dirty, almost twice as dirty as your fingers! Hence, biting your nails is just asking for germs and bacteria.

No good things come to your teeth. Nail biting causes your teeth to constantly be chewing, which is not good for them. This excessive motion wears your teeth down faster than a non-nail biter’s and puts a large amount of stress on your front teeth- contributing to teeth misalignment.

Braces don’t love it either. Braces already put pressure on teeth, nail biting ads unnecessary pressure, further stressing your teeth and weakening their roots.

It can be costly. Nail biting can result in up to $4,000 in additional dental bills over one lifetime, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Yikes!

What can you do about it?

Now that you know how harmful nail biting can be, it’s time to take action to break your nail biting habit. Try to be conscious of your fingernails and to keep them looking good- this will help you resist the temptation.

Ask Dr. Alan Kennell or visit the article for tips on how to break a nail biting habit.

Back to School Lunch Ideas!

September 4th, 2015

It’s that time of year and if you are new to the brace world or need a refresher here are some ideas and thoughts to keep in mind when packing lunch for someone with braces:

Soft foods are always easier and more comfortable to eat and are less likely to be caught in braces.  However choices like gummies, fruit roll ups, taffy etc. will stick like glue!

If you/your child has just had their braces tightened, their mouth may be sore so providing pre-sliced fruit (thinly sliced), yogurt, pudding may be better options for these days.

Some other brace friendly suggestions:

  • Banana slices, grape halves, and thinly cut (peeled) apples (dip them all in a bit of lemon juice to keep them from browning)
  • Canned peaches or pears, fruit cocktail and Mandarin orange slices
  • Applesauce or any of the mixed fruit “sauces” in individual servings
  • Thin carrot-curls made with a scraper, plus a small container of grated cheese or hummus, with torn-up fresh pita bread for scooping
  • Individual pudding and yogurt cups
  • Avocadoes sliced or mashed

The goal is to be soft enough to chew, healthy and filling to keep their mind and teeth strong.  Happy School Days!

Packing Brace-friendly Lunches

September 3rd, 2015

It’s that time of year and if you are new to the brace world or need a refresher here are some ideas and thoughts to keep in mind when packing lunch for someone with braces:

Soft foods are always easier and more comfortable to eat and are less likely to be caught in braces.  However choices like gummies, fruit roll ups, taffy etc. will stick like glue!

If you/your child has just had their braces tightened, their mouth may be sore so providing pre-sliced fruit (thinly sliced), yogurt, pudding may be better options for these days.

Some other brace friendly suggestions:

  • Banana slices, grape halves, and thinly cut (peeled) apples (dip them all in a bit of lemon juice to keep them from browning)
  • Canned peaches or pears, fruit cocktail and Mandarin orange slices
  • Applesauce or any of the mixed fruit “sauces” in individual servings
  • Thin carrot-curls made with a scraper, plus a small container of grated cheese or hummus, with torn-up fresh pita bread for scooping
  • Individual pudding and yogurt cups
  • Avocadoes sliced or mashed

The goal is to be soft enough to chew, healthy and filling to keep their mind and teeth strong.  Happy School Days!

Breaking bad habits, with Kennell Orthodontics

August 27th, 2015

At Kennell Orthodontics, we know good dental health requires only a few minutes a day. We thought we’d provide some practical advice on how to improve your or your child’s smile between your adjustment visits with Dr. Alan Kennell.

Start by brushing your teeth twice a day. Proper brushing techniques are an essential part of maintaining good oral health during your orthodontic treatment, as well as preventing gum disease. More care and time are needed to adequately brush your teeth when you are wearing braces. Brushing daily helps remove decay-causing plaque from tooth surfaces. Please consult Dr. Kennell if you would like us to review brushing techniques with you or your child. The use of a mechanical toothbrush such as a Sonicare or Oral B can aid in removing plaque around braces. Flossing daily will also prevent plaque to build up between the teeth and prevent stains between your teeth. Research has shown the bacteria of gum disease has been linked to coronary artery disease, stroke, diabetes and memory loss. Lastly, we encourage you to throw away old toothbrushes and replace them every 2 or 3 months, or after an illness.

We hope this helps! If you have any further questions about any of these tips, please contact Kennell Orthodontics or ask your general dentist during your next scheduled visit! Or, ask us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/KennellOrtho

REDUCE Back to School ANXIETY with a few helpful TIPS!

August 24th, 2015

It is the season of Back-to-School, with all the excitement and anxieties that come with it. This can also be true for children, and parents of children undergoing orthodontic treatment.

One way to put both parents and children at ease when it comes to orthodontics at school is to discuss a “Plan of Action”. If you and your child understand the plan ahead of time, it will help ensure a successful (orthodontic!) school year!

Here are some recommendations for your Orthodontic “Back-to-School Action Plan”

  • Bring a toothbrush to school – It’s always best to brush your teeth after you eat lunch. A quick brushing doesn’t take long and will help keep your teeth and braces free of food, which helps to avoid cavities and/or permanent staining on your teeth, as well as bad breath!
  • Drink Water – Bring a water bottle to school and drink throughout the day. This helps to keep your mouth clean by rinsing away large food particles stuck in your braces after eating. Keep a toothbrush in your locker in a toothbrush case along with some toothpaste, and you will never have to remember to bring it to school.
  • Packing your lunch and snacks – When packing lunches and snacks, avoid foods that are hard, sticky, chewy or crunchy to prevent bending wires or breaking braces. If you like hard fruits and vegetables, such as apples and carrots, cut them into smaller pieces before you leave for school. Biting into hard fruits and veggies can damage your braces, which can cause discomfort and could lengthen your time in braces.
  • Retainers – Bring your retainer case with you to school. Make sure to always place the retainer in the case whenever it is out of your mouth, and make sure your retainer case is labeled or has a unique marking or pattern on it, to avoid accidentally mixing it up with your friend’s. Many patients who need retainers replaced have forgotten to bring their case to school and left their retainers on a lunch tray or in their lunch bag where it’s likely to disappear in the garbage. Replacement retainers can be quite costly and it’s no fun to look in the trash to look for your lost retainer! Ewwwwwww…
  • Rubber bands – Don’t forget to change your rubber bands and bring a supply with you to keep in your desk, backpack or locker! A great idea is to have an orthodontic baggie in your locker that has everything you need to take care of your orthodontic appliances, and to make sure your mouth stays clean and comfortable while you’re at school.
  • Do you play a Sport? – Protecting your braces during sports not only protects your teeth from accidents but also protects your braces!!
  • Lastly, Don’t forget to SMILE! – Show off your beautiful smile to your friends and teachers!

Anyone, at any age, can benefit from treatment with Dr. Kennell!

August 20th, 2015

Did you know one in every five orthodontic patients is an adult? We’re living longer and technology is improving, making orthodontic treatment an appealing and safe option for patients of all ages. As the trend toward treatment later in life grows, we’re seeing braces on parents as well as children – and even adult celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Gwen Stefani and Nicholas Cage have shown off their braces. It’s never too late to look and feel your best with Dr. Kennell!

Can Braces Work for Adults?

People of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment with Dr. Kennell. The physical process for moving teeth is the same, young or old, which means it’s never too late to address issues such as an overbite or underbite, crooked or crowded teeth, or jaw disorders.

How Do I Get Started?

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, we’ll make a consultation appointment with you. During this meeting we will perform a general assessment of your oral health, discuss options for treatment, and answer any questions you may have. We will also discuss matters of cost and insurance. The next step is an orthodontic records appointment in which we take x-rays, photos, and an impression of your teeth. This information drives your unique treatment plan.

What Are the Benefits?

Straightening your teeth can improve your smile, your self-esteem, and your dental health. Technologically advanced new treatments make it easier to identify the option that best fits your lifestyle. Modern techniques and materials have made braces and aligners more effective, comfortable and unobtrusive than ever.

If you think you might benefit from orthodontic treatment, give Kennell Orthodontics a call, so we may set up a consultation to determine what type of treatment best meets your needs.

Never to late to learn the A, B, C's of Orthodontics!

August 17th, 2015

With the 2015-16 school season just around the corner, you may want to consider some ABC’s of Orthodontics.  A-Age, B-Braces varieties, and C-Cost.

AGE: For younger children, usually, it is best to wait until all of the permanent teeth have arrived but in some cases, a complimentary evaluation by age 7 can provide ideas which could prevent problems in the future that may become much more challenging to resolve. It is not required to have an orthodontic referral from your dentist to obtain an orthodontic evaluation.

BRACES: There are an ever increasing array of new and improved orthodontic techniques that are far superior than the classic braces that we adults all new as kids. Orthodontics has become a fast changing specialty with many new techniques and products.  Specialists in Orthodontics have far more education and training in this specialty and should be able to educate you as to the best choices available to meet your needs.

With many cosmetic choices available there is no reason that at any age, adults should not consider orthodontics for themselves or for their children.  Roughly half of all new start orthodontic patients today are adults and a fair percentage are older.

COST: Another important thing to consider is cost of the work needed.  Although fees for treatment can vary greatly depending upon the treatment necessary, Orthodontic practices typically offer convenient payment plans without interest. Health savings accounts are another way to provide a pre-tax source of funding for treatment.  In addition, there are several lenders that provide funding for orthodontics and are able to schedule convenient repayment plans.  Orthodontic practices should have an insurance specialist in their office to assist you with any of these.  They should be able to look into your insurance for you and assist in filing the proper paperwork to receive your benefit.

A beautiful and straight smile is one of those things in life that can improve overall health and help to provide better self-confidence, motivation, and acceptance.

Preventing Decay While Wearing Braces

August 13th, 2015

Having braces can present some new challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. Preventing tooth decay can be a big challenge simply because of the tendency for braces to trap food under the wires and between the teeth and the brackets. Here are a few tips to keep your teeth healthy while wearing your braces:

1.Eat Braces-Safe Foods
Keeping your teeth from decay starts with a proper diet. Foods that are high in sugar or starch can cause more plaque, which is difficult to remove during your brushing. There are certain foods that should be avoided while wearing your braces. First, sticky foods like caramel or gum can get stuck in your braces and be difficult to remove during brushing. Next, hard foods such as nuts and candy could bend wires or even break a bracket. Foods that are firm or hard to bite into like apples, carrots, or corn on the cob should be avoided. As much as we like to snack on them, those crunchy treats can harm your braces. Things like chips, ice, and popcorn can also bend or break your braces. On the other hand, bananas, mangoes, milk, water, poultry, and pasta all tend to be low in enamel-busting acids.

2. Proper Brushing
You want to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums in order to clean the whole tooth, and brush gently in the area between the wiring and the teeth. Use a softer toothbrush with fluoride paste for best results. Rinsing every day will help, too. Rinsing is important regardless, but especially important when you have braces as you need to disinfect the entire mouth, including those spots under the braces where your brush can't always reach.

3. Ask About Special Cleaning Tools
There are also special brushes, or other tools, to get under and clean your braces. You can find many of these items at your local pharmacy.

4. Regular Teeth Cleaning
It's important to keep your routine appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist for a thorough cleaning twice a year or as directed. The exact frequency of these visits will be up to your dentist as some types of braces are more demanding of a regular cleaning than others.
As long as you practice good oral hygiene and follow these basic tips, you should have no problem keeping your teeth from decaying while you wear braces.

Looking for something to do in August in the Lakes Region?

August 6th, 2015

Some great family friendly events happening in August around the Lakes Region:

Fireworks!!
Date: Every Friday night from July 10 - August 21
Time: 10:00 PM
Play some old school video games then stay and watch fireworks on Wiers Beach! www.weirsbeach.com

Family Party Night aboard the M/S Mount Washington
Date: Every Wednesday Night in August
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Children 12 and under cruise free aboard the M/S Mount Washington Wednesday evenings. Bring the whole family for a fun evening of dancing and dining on Lake Winnipesaukee. Special entertainment and dancing for children. A great time for all. Limit 2 free children per family. Adults $48, Children 13--16 and additional children pay $38. Buffet dinner is included in the cruise price. Every Wednesday June 25--August 27.
From Weirs beach 6--8 PM.

Laconia Farmers' Market

Date: Every Saturday in August!
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Meet your local farmers and shop from a wonderful selection of produce, baked goods, cheese, meats, soaps and crafts!Experience a beautiful outdoor market right here in Downtown Laconia!

Top ten tips for keeping your BRACES sparklin’ clean

July 30th, 2015

Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever when you have braces. Food bits have more spots than usual to hide in your mouth, so you must be diligent in order to avoid bad breath, swollen gums, discolored teeth and cavities. If you remove plaque regularly during treatment, you'll experience better results and shorter treatment time. Keep plaque at bay with these top ten tips:

1. One tooth at a time. When you brush, take time with each individual tooth – at least 10 seconds each – and pay careful attention to the spots where your teeth touch your braces.

2. It’s all about the angles. Brush the tops of your teeth and braces with your brush angled down toward where they meet. Brush the bottoms of your teeth and braces with your brush angled up.

3. The tooth, the whole tooth, nothing but the tooth. While the front surface of your teeth may seem like the most logical to clean, it’s equally important to clean the inner surface of your teeth (tongue side) as well as the chewing surface. And be sure to clean along your gum line – a key spot for plaque buildup.

4. Step 1: eat, step 2: clean. While you’re in treatment, it’s important to brush after every meal. Bits of food can easily get caught between braces and teeth, and these food bits interact with bacteria in your mouth to cause decay. The longer food is in contact with your teeth, the greater opportunity for plaque to form. If you are eating somewhere that you can’t brush, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.

5. Like a Boy Scout, always be prepared. The easiest way to be sure you can brush after every meal is to get in the habit of taking a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss with you wherever you go. Designate a special container just for your teeth-cleaning tools and keep it in your purse, backpack, or laptop case.

6. Remove the moving parts. If you have elastic bands or headgear, remove these parts before you brush or floss.

7. Fluoride is your friend. Fluoride helps prevent cavities. Be sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste, and rinse with fluoride mouthwash.

8. Pointy brushes reach tiny places. Interproximal brushes (sometimes called proxa brushes or interdental brushes) are cone-shaped and come in very handy for reaching spots around your braces that standard brushes can’t.

9. Find the floss for you. Regular floss works for some patients, but others find it easier to work with a floss threader, which helps you get the floss into tight places. Other patients like an all-in-one product called Superfloss, which comes with a stiff end for easy threading, a spongy section for cleaning wide spaces, and regular floss for narrow spaces.

10. Make time for the pros. It’s your job to take care of the everyday cleaning. But make sure to visit your dentist regularly while in treatment, to get the deep, thorough cleaning that only a professional can provide. If you need help finding the right Dentist for you, feel free to contact our office - we’d love to help!

Hope this helps!

Dr. Kennell and Team

Ask Dr Kennell: Why is it so important to have straight teeth?

July 23rd, 2015

Some people wonder why Laconia orthodontist Dr. Kennell and his team work tirelessly to give our patients straight teeth. Of course it’s nice to have a smile full of evenly-aligned teeth, but did you know that straightening your teeth at Kennell Orthodontics can keep them healthier? Straight teeth lead to better oral hygiene, increasing your chances of keeping your own natural teeth for a lifetime!

Straight teeth are less prone to decay, because they collect less plaque—the sticky colorless substance that forms on our teeth and leads to tooth decay; and they are easier to keep clean!

If you’re wondering whether your teeth might cause problems because they are out of alignment, please give us a call to set up a consultation. Dr. Kennell can help you decide whether or not you will benefit from orthodontic treatment.

Ten FUN things to do this summer!!

July 16th, 2015

  1. Bake cookies for yummy ice cream sandwiches.
  2. Make a family yearbook!
  3. Have a luau in the backyard.
  4. Visit the beach and collect shells.
  5. Make a fort out of cardboard boxes.
  6. Visit a farmer's market.
  7. Stage an A to Z scavenger hunt, where you have to find something that starts with every letter.
  8. Pick berries.
  9. Have a picnic at a state park
  10. BRUSH & FLOSS those braces EVERYDAY :)!!

Tell Kennell Orthodontics in the COMMENT section how many of these you've already done so far! We know EVERYONE has done #10 routinely:) We know this because we have the best patients ever!!

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I scream, you scream! We all scream for...???

July 9th, 2015

What makes I scream and you scream! We all scream for ice cream of course! July is national ice cream month, and what a perfect time to cool off with a scoop of your favorite flavor.  President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month! Enjoy a scoop today! Remember to brush and floss after those sweet treats!!

Kennell Orthodontics Summer BBQ Contest is in full swing!!!

July 3rd, 2015

The 4th of July holiday is the perfect time to test out new recipes for a chance to win an awesome BBQ gift basket!

Kennell Orthodontics is looking for current patients to share their creative cooking ideas while in orthodontic treatment. The contest winner will receive a BBQ gift basket full of goodies including a gift certificate to Wine'ing Butcher! Email your entries to contests@kennellortho.com to submit your recipes. Or stop by in person at our Laconia or Plymouth offices!

Photos of you in 'cooking' action are encouraged!

Deadline for submission is July 30th!

Joke of the day ANSWER....

June 30th, 2015

He wanted to get his buck teeth fixed! hahaha
Speaking of BUCK TEETH..
Overbite is a common orthodontic condition also known as buck teeth. In this condition the top teeth overlap the lower teeth. Genetics and actions such as thumb-sucking and pencil-chewing can lead to overbite in children. When children repeatedly thrust their tongue against the back of the top teeth while swallowing, it pushes the teeth out. Children affected by overbite can hurt their protruding front teeth easily. The lower teeth may hit the root of the upper teeth when chewing. Until the age of nine children should be treated with a functional appliance that helps the lower jaw to develop properly. After this, the child should wear braces till the lower teeth come together and the upper teeth are pushed up.

Did you forget June is National SMILE Month...and National Candy Month...and...

June 19th, 2015

In case you needed ANOTHER reason to smile this June...SCHOOL'S OUT FOR THE SUMMER!!! Kennell Orthodontics wants you to have the best summer ever...just remember to BRUSH, FLOSS, REPEAT and SMILE!!!

Dr. Kennell debunks the myths and facts about orthodontic treatment

June 18th, 2015

Trust us when we say Dr. Kennell and our staff know there are quite a few myths about orthodontics (and orthodontists) floating around these days. But before you buy into those myths, we think you should get the facts!

Myth: Only kids can wear braces.

Fact: This is a misconception based on the idea that once you reach adulthood, you cannot get orthodontic treatment such as straightening your teeth. The fact however, is that of the every five people orthodontists treat is an adult.

Myth: If a giant magnet is brought overhead, it will attract anyone who is wearing braces towards itself and the person will fly right out of his chair and get stuck to the magnet on the ceiling.

Fact: The braces these days are made of materials which are non-magnetic in nature. Therefore such a thing is highly unlikely to ever happen.

Myth: Braces are extremely painful and the treatment period is many years.

Fact: People easily get used to braces once the adjustment period is over and find them quite comfortable. The treatment period varies from person to person. Some people may be required to wear braces for just a few months.

Myth: You can download songs onto your iPod, iPad, or smartphone by connecting to the Internet using the signals from your braces.

Fact: Although it is an extremely attractive prospect, it is not yet possible.

Myth: Braces are very unattractive, and draw attention and embarrassment in a business setting.

Fact: Clear ceramics is being used to make braces, which makes them nearly invisible. Furthermore, in some cases braces can be placed on the inside of the teeth so they are not even visible from the front.

If you have any questions about orthodontics or your treatment here at Kennell Orthodontics, feel free to give us a call.

Stay cool with a braces-friendly summer treat!

June 11th, 2015

Summer is here! Kids and adults alike will now be spending more time outside being active and enjoying the hotter temperatures. What’s better on a hot summer day than a delicious treat that will cool you down after doing something active in the summer sun? Luckily, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have just the thing, Watermelon Sorbet! You can find the complete recipe below:

Watermelon Sorbet

Ingredients
• ¾ cup water
• ¼ cup sugar
• 1 teaspoon lime juice
• 2 to 3 cups watermelon, diced, no seeds or rind

Directions
In a small saucepan, heat the water, sugar, and lime juice on medium high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Chill this “syrup” at least 20 minutes. In the meantime, place the watermelon chunks in a food processor or blender and liquefy them. Add the chilled syrup to the watermelon puree and blend. Freeze sorbet in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions. Serve immediately.

Happy Summer!

-Dr. Kennell and team

Did you know that Kennell Orthodontics has the supplies you need when you run out or FORGOT them??!

June 4th, 2015

Running late to practice and forgot your mouth guard? Or maybe you just need more rubber bands... Just stop by our office anytime and grab what you need out of our supply box!

Want another reason to SMILE during NATIONAL SMILE MONTH??

June 4th, 2015

It's also NATIONAL CANDY MONTH!!! Indulge in your favorite sweet treat in honor of June having 2 awesome reasons to smile! JUST REMEMBER TO BRUSH, FLOSS, SMILE...REPEAT!

Smile with Confidence!

May 21st, 2015

Graduation for patients of all ages is just around the corner! Make sure your smile is as awesome as you are! Kennell Orthodontics is positive our patients can smile with confidence at graduation!

Did you know MAY is National Teen Self-Esteem Month?

May 7th, 2015

National Teen Self-Esteem Month was designed to focus more attention on the importance of teens having a healthy outlook of themselves! A great smile and healthy teeth are the best confidence builders you can have!

Click here for  more information!

SMILE THIS SPRING!

April 30th, 2015

Do you ever look in the mirror and wonder if your smile could be straighter? Do you wonder how your bite would benefit from orthodontic treatment? With spring in full swing, Kennell Orthodontics hopes that you’ll see the new season as a fresh start for your dental health!

Springtime; the birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and your smile is getting straighter! If you have always been curious how your smile could benefit from braces, we don’t want you to wonder anymore! Braces have the ability to impact your social life, your career, and your overall confidence. What better time than springtime to take your first step towards feeling better about yourself?

If you’re interested in learning more about how your life will benefit from seeking orthodontic treatment, then please call us for a consultation. We look forward to making this spring season one you won’t ever forget!

What IS the difference between crossbites, overbites, and underbites??

April 23rd, 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 and profile. As a result of a bad bite, formally referred to as “malocclusion,” your teeth may become crooked, worn down, or protrude over time. Most people experience some degree of malocclusion, and if it is serious enough, orthodontic treatment may be necessary to correct the issue.

Some types of malocclusion include crossbites, overbites, and underbites. So, what exactly, is the difference between the three?

· Crossbites, which can involve a single tooth or a group of teeth, and usually causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth. Crossbites usually correlate to a narrow upper jaw. A crossbite can happen in the front and/or the sides of the mouth, and is known to cause wear of the teeth, gum disease and bone loss.

Overbite is often confused with the term “overjet.”  Overbite refers to the vertical overlap of the upper front teeth over the lower front teeth.  A shallow or deep overbite are types of malocclusion, and either end of the spectrum can result in a variety of problems.

Overjet refers to the horizontal distance between the upper front teeth and lower front teeth.  If the upper teeth stick way out past the lower teeth, this is called excess overjet.  This can lead to gum irritation, wear on the lower teeth, and can even cause painful jaw and joint problems. Problems with overbites and/or overjets can usually be traced to genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth.

Underbites occur when the lower teeth protrude past the upper front teeth, and are caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both.  This in turn can lead to tooth wear and pain in your joints and jaw. Underbites can also be an esthetic concern for the patient, and can even leadto speech and articulation problems.

10 Frequently Asked Questions!

April 16th, 2015

Check out these 10 Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any questions, that are not answered below just ask us!

1. What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

2. What is an orthodontist?

All orthodontists are dentists, but only about 6 percent of dentists are orthodontists. An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Only dentists who have successfully completed an advanced specialty education may call themselves orthodontists.

3. At what age can people have orthodontic treatment?

Children and adults can both benefit from orthodontics, because healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have an orthodontic screening no later than age 7. Some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if treated early. An orthodontic evaluation at any age is advisable if a parent, family dentist or the patient's physician has noted a problem.

4. Why is orthodontic treatment important?

Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This may contribute to conditions that cause not only tooth decay but also eventual gum disease and tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints, which can result in chronic headaches or pain in the face or neck.

5. How long will orthodontic treatment take?

In general, active treatment time with orthodontic appliances (braces) ranges from one to three years. Mild problems usually require less time, and some individuals respond faster to treatment than others. Interceptive, or early treatment procedures, may take only a few months.

6. What are orthodontic study records?

Diagnostic records are made to document the patient's orthodontic problem and to help determine the best course of treatment. Complete diagnostic records typically include a medical/dental history; plaster study models of the teeth, photos of the patient's face and teeth, and appropriate radiographic films. This information is used to plan the best course of treatment, help explain the problem, and propose treatment to the patient and/or parents.

7. How have new "high tech" wires changed orthodontics?

In recent years, many advances in orthodontic materials have taken place. Braces are smaller and more efficient. The wires now being used are no longer just stainless steel. Some of the new wires are heat-activated. These new kinds of wires cause the teeth to continue to move during certain phases of treatment, which may reduce the number of appointments needed to make adjustments to the wires.

8. How do braces feel?

Most people have some discomfort after their braces are first put on or when adjusted during treatment. After the braces are on, teeth may become sore and may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. Patients can usually manage this discomfort well with whatever pain medication they might commonly take for a headache. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. Overall, orthodontic discomfort is short-lived and easily managed.

9. Do teeth with braces need special care?

Patients with braces must be careful to avoid hard and sticky foods. They must not chew on pens, pencils or fingernails because chewing on hard things can damage the braces. Damaged braces will almost always cause treatment to take longer, and will require extra trips to the orthodontist's office.

Keeping the teeth and braces clean requires more precision and time, and must be done every day if the teeth and gums are to be healthy during and after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning.

The orthodontist and staff will teach patients how to best care for their teeth, gums and braces during treatment. The orthodontist will tell patients (and/or their parents) how often to brush, how often to floss, and, if necessary, suggest other cleaning aids that might help the patient maintain good dental health.

10. How important is patient cooperation during orthodontic treatment?

Successful orthodontic treatment is a "two-way street" that requires a consistent, cooperative effort by both the orthodontist and patient. To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must carefully clean his or her teeth, wear rubber bands or appliances as prescribed by the orthodontist, and keep appointments as scheduled. Damaged appliances can lengthen the treatment time and may undesirably affect the outcome of treatment.

Avoiding Plaque

April 2nd, 2015

At Kennell Orthodontics, we know nobody likes getting plaque on their teeth. Here are five other ways you can avoid that dreaded enemy of the teeth during orthodontic treatment, courtesy of WebMD.

Let’s start with brushing regularly. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste is vital to a healthy mouth. Make sure you softly brush all the surfaces of your teeth.

Next on the list is flossing daily: a simple daily flossing between teeth clears away plaque before it can cause damage and can also clean plaque at the gum line. Plaque is known to reach the spaces between teeth.

Also, evading a trip to the dentist is probably not a great idea. Let’s say you brush and floss daily. You’re still at risk for plaque. With time, the plaque hardens and turns into tartar. Consider visiting your general dentist at least twice a year or as recommended by your dentist, and you have a lower chance of getting cavities or losing your teeth while wearing braces.

You’ll also want to stop avoiding those fruits and veggies. Believe it or not, there are foods out there that play a key role in keeping plaque off our teeth. They include apples, carrots, cucumbers and other raw fruits and vegetables. You can still eat these types of fruits and veggies if you have braces, but be sure to cut them up into bite sized pieces to avoid breaking off brackets.

Finally, before you pick up that candy bar, remember to not give in to your sweet tooth. Consuming sugary drinks or eating candy or other junk food allows sugar to stick to our teeth. The bacteria, then, becomes plaque, which turns into acid and damages our teeth. Avoiding these five bad habits keeps your plaque in check and your mouth as healthy as can be during your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Alan Kennell. If you have any questions, give us a call or ask us on Facebook!

Fluoride, Your Friend

March 19th, 2015

There are so many ways you protect your teeth throughout your orthodontic treatment. You brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly and protect your mouth and appliances from being damaged. But did you know there is another, often forgotten about, way to keep your teeth clean and healthy during your treatment? Fluoride – a mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay – can help keep your teeth strong! Fluoride comes in two varieties: topical and systemic. Topical fluoride is applied directly to the tooth. Topical fluoride includes toothpastes and mouth rinses. Systemic fluorides are swallowed in the form of a dietary supplement.

Fluoride used in the orthodontists’ office is often times a stronger concentration than in toothpaste or mouthwash, but is available at some drug stores or a pharmacy (ask your doctor how to purchase professional strength fluoride). A fluoride treatment typically takes just a few minutes. After the treatment patients may be asked not to rinse, eat or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health or doctor’s recommendation, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six or 12 months. Your doctor may also prescribe a fluoride product such as mouthwashes, gels or antibacterial rinses for at-home treatment.

When choosing your own fluoride product, be sure to check for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of acceptance. Products marked with the ADA seal of approval have been carefully examined and have met the criteria of the ADA for safety and effectiveness. Take care of your teeth, and smile bright!

What should I ask?

March 5th, 2015

When you visit Kennell Orthodontics for your orthodontic consultation, you’ll probably have a lot of questions. We want you to be prepared for your appointment and feel in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions, so keep these questions in mind to ask when you come in for your appointment:

• How long will I have to wear braces?
• Will getting braces hurt?
• Will I have to wear additional appliances to correct jaw problems while I have braces?
• What can I eat when I have braces?
• Are there certain things, like playing sports or playing an instrument, which I won’t be able to do?
• How can I make sure my teeth stay clean and healthy while I have braces?
• How often will I need to come in for appointments?
• How much will my orthodontic treatment cost?

The team at Kennell Orthodontics is here to answer all your questions and concerns, and we’re happy to explain all aspects of your treatment plan and expected outcome. Your orthodontic experience should be comfortable, hassle-free, and most importantly, leave you smiling!

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 2015 GRAND PRIZE!

What is the 2015 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.

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.

Valentine's Facts and Treats

February 5th, 2015

Valentine's Day is approaching quickly, are you ready? Here are some fun facts and a couple of braces-friendly recipes for your special Valentine.




Did you know....?

  • More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine's Day each year.
  • On average, men shell out $130 each on candy, cards, jewelry, flowers and dates. That’s more than double what women commit to spending.
  • About 1 billion Valentine's Day cards are exchanged in US each year. That's the largest seasonal card-sending occasion of the year, next to Christmas.
  • Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine's Day each year.

Valentine's is a holiday to celebrate those you care about and special treats.

Here are some braces-friendly recipes for the special person in your life.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Shake
Ingredients:
2/3 cup milk
2/3 cup strawberry ice cream
2/3 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and stems removed
2 Tablespoons hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed
Whipped cream and a cherry for garnish

Directions:
In a blender, mix up the ice cream and strawberries until smooth
Pour the hot fudge topping into a glass
Fill glass with shake mixture
Top with whipped cream and a cherry

Heart Shaped Egg in a Basket
Ingredients:
1 piece of bread
1 egg, separated
1 Tablespoon margarine or butter

Directions:
Butter one side of the bread. Separate the egg white from the yolk. Place the bread buttered side down in a frying pan on medium heat. Cook until golden brown, then remove.
Using a knife or even a cookie-cutter, cut out a heart shape in the bread. Lower the heat a bit and then return the bread to the pan.
Add just enough of the egg white to fill the empty heart-shaped center. Next, carefully place the egg yolk in the center and allow to cook.
When the egg is fully cooked, remove from pan and enjoy!

Know the Early Warning Signs

January 29th, 2015

Visibly crooked teeth are not the only reason to take your child into the orthodontist. There are some subtle things to look for as well, which may indicate the onset of more serious orthodontic issues. Many orthodontic issues are much easier to address if treated and corrected during a child's development.

Waiting until facial development is complete or until the permanent teeth have come in can make correction of many orthodontic issues more challenging. Both children and adults can benefit from orthodontic care at any age, but addressing issues early is almost always the ideal choice.

If you're wondering if you or your child might have need for orthodontic care, there are some things you can be on the lookout for. Here are some of the most common warning signs of orthodontic issues:

• Difficulty when chewing or biting
• Chronic mouth-breathing
• Sucking the thumb, the fingers, or any other oral sucking habits that continue after the age of six
• Overbite - when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth by more than 5mm
• Top front teeth that cover more than 25% of the bottom teeth while biting
• Underbite - when the top front teeth go behind the bottom row of teeth when biting
• Crowded, crooked, overlapped, misshapen, misplaced teeth or extra teeth of any size
• Crossbite - when one or more teeth tilt toward the cheek or toward the tongue causing excessive stress on the jawbone
• The center of the top and bottom teeth don't line up
• Uneven teeth-wearing
• Baby teeth coming out too early for the child's age
• Pain in jaws
• Clicking in the jaw joints
• The jaw shifts off-center while chewing or biting
• A jaw that protrudes, or recedes, too much
• Difficulty speaking or enunciating clearly
• Chronic biting of the inner cheek or roof of the mouth
• Asymmetrical facial structure
• Grinding or clenching of the teeth

If you notice that either you or your child has one or more of these conditions, they could be signs that there is a risk of orthodontic or health problems. The sooner these problems are addressed, the wider and brighter you will be able to smile going forward!

Tips on keeping your smile clean with braces!

January 22nd, 2015

Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever when you have braces. Food bits have more spots than usual to hide in your mouth, so you must be diligent in order to avoid bad breath, swollen gums, discolored teeth and cavities. If you remove plaque regularly during treatment, you'll experience better results and shorter treatment time. Keep plaque at bay with these top ten tips:

1. One tooth at a time. When you brush, take time with each individual tooth – at least 10 seconds each – and pay careful attention to the spots where your teeth touch your braces.

2. It’s all about the angles. Brush the tops of your teeth and braces with your brush angled down toward where they meet. Brush the bottoms of your teeth and braces with your brush angled up.

3. The tooth, the whole tooth, nothing but the tooth. While the front surface of your teeth may seem like the most logical to clean, it’s equally important to clean the inner surface of your teeth (tongue side) as well as the chewing surface. And be sure to clean along your gum line – a key spot for plaque buildup.

4. Step 1: eat, step 2: clean. While you’re in treatment, it’s important to brush after every meal. Bits of food can easily get caught between braces and teeth, and these food bits interact with bacteria in your mouth to cause decay. The longer food is in contact with your teeth, the greater opportunity for plaque to form. If you are eating somewhere that you can’t brush, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.

5. Like a Boy Scout, always be prepared. The easiest way to be sure you can brush after every meal is to get in the habit of taking a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss with you wherever you go. Designate a special container just for your teeth-cleaning tools and keep it in your purse, backpack, or laptop case.

6. Remove the moving parts. If you have elastic bands or headgear, remove these parts before you brush or floss.

7. Fluoride is your friend. Fluoride helps prevent cavities. Be sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste, and rinse with fluoride mouthwash.

8. Pointy brushes reach tiny places. Interproximal brushes (sometimes called proxa brushes or interdental brushes) are cone-shaped and come in very handy for reaching spots around your braces that standard brushes can’t.

9. Find the floss for you. Regular floss works for some patients, but others find it easier to work with a floss threader, which helps you get the floss into tight places. Other patients like an all-in-one product called Superfloss, which comes with a stiff end for easy threading, a spongy section for cleaning wide spaces, and regular floss for narrow spaces.

10. Make time for the pros. It’s your job to take care of the everyday cleaning. But make sure to visit your dentist regularly while in treatment, to get the deep, thorough cleaning that only a professional can provide. If you need help finding the right Dentist for you, feel free to contact our office - we’d love to help!

Hope this helps!

Dr. Kennell and Team

Patient Question

January 15th, 2015

Q: Is Invisalign® really custom-made for each patient?

A: Yes, it is, and that’s part of what makes it work, says Dr. Kennell. To find out if you are the right candidate for Invisalign treatment, the first thing we do is to take an impression of your teeth as they are now and digitize it. Using special software, we look at the current positioning of your teeth and compare it to the way your teeth should look.

Next we use special software to map out the exact path your teeth will take from the beginning of your treatment to the end. Based on the results, a set of custom aligners are created just for your teeth. Throughout the course of treatment, you will be required to wear these clear, removable aligners one at a time; each one moving your teeth closer and closer to their final, perfectly aligned position. The best thing about it all? Nobody around you will even know you are wearing braces!

Dr. Kennell is a certified Invisalign and Invisalign Teen provider in Laconia, NH. If you have questions about Invisalign, or would like to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment, please give us a call.

Braces, they aren't what they used to be!

January 8th, 2015

Patients of all ages are now smiling with confidence. With Invisalign®, you can get the beautiful, straight smile you deserve without the hassle of metal braces!

What is Invisalign and how does it work?

Invisalign uses a series of clear and removable aligners to straighten your smile. Invisalign is made with highly effective 3D computer imaging technology to show you exactly how your orthodontic treatment will progress.

You will wear your aligners around the clock, removing them only during mealtimes and to brush and floss your teeth. As you move on to each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move slowly until they have straightened to their final positions. You'll visit us at Kennell Orthodontics about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time typically lasts nine to 15 months, and the number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both numbers will vary from case to case.

Why would I want Invisalign?

Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time here at Kennell Orthodontics in Laconia getting adjustments. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

Request a complimentary consultation with Dr. Alan Kennell to see if Invisalign is right for you.

Happy 2015!

January 1st, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

As we reflect on the year that was, we’d like to ask all our patients: what was memorable about 2014 for you, and what are you looking forward to in 2015? Do you have a New Year’s resolution, or any exciting plans for the coming year?

We know that we are looking forward to serving our amazing patients with even more great care in 2015!

Have a safe and happy New Year from our family to yours!

Seasons Greetings!

December 18th, 2014

In this season given to tidings of comfort and joy, and as our team at Kennell Orthodontics reflect on the year that was, we’d like to ask you, our wonderful patients: What do you love about the holidays this year? Being with your loved ones? A clean slate for 2015? Opening presents by the fireplace? All the delicious food? Also, what gift are you most looking forward to getting this year?

We’d love if you shared with us all the things you love about the holidays. Stay warm, and don’t forget to stay away from those sweets!

All of us at Kennell Orthodontics would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!

-- Dr. Alan Kennell and team

Happy Thanksgiving

November 27th, 2014

Wishing that your Thanksgiving is full of love,warmth and extra special moments.
Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Don't Forget to Refer-A-Friend

November 6th, 2014

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 2014 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!

Happy Halloween!

October 30th, 2014

October is National Orthodontic Health Month, and with Halloween this weekend we have compiled a list of specific treats that are ok with braces.  As with anything else, always in moderation and make sure to brush and floss very well after!

Good Treats:

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Kit Kats
  • Plain M&M’s
  • Oreo’s & Soft Cookies
  • Hershey Bars & Hershey Kisses
  • Candy Bars without caramel or nuts

Those will keep your braces safe, but don't forget to keep these Trick-or-treating safety guidelines in mind while you are out there filling your candy bags:

  • Young children should always be accompanied by an adult
  • Carry a flashlight
  • Wear a light-colored or reflective costume
  • Choose face paint over masks for young ghosts and goblins
  • Have an adult inspect all treats before the children dig in

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

Take the Smile Challenge

October 27th, 2014

Do you think you know your celebrities?  Then take the Kennell Orthodontics Celebrity Smile challenge!  See if you can match the celeb to their dazzling smile.

Get them all correct and you will be entered to win an awesome movie gift basket with lots of goodies including an iTunes gift card - and movie tickets of course!

Entries must be received by Dec. 15, 2014 and you must be a patient of Kennell Orthodontics to enter.

Entry forms are available in our office, or download one right here!

Braces Can Help at Any Age

October 23rd, 2014

Did you know one in every five orthodontic patients is an adult? We’re living longer and technology is improving, making orthodontic treatment an appealing and safe option for patients of all ages. As the trend toward treatment later in life grows, we’re seeing braces on parents as well as children – and even adult celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Gwen Stefani and Nicholas Cage have shown off their braces. It’s never too late to look and feel your best!

Can Braces Work for Adults?

People of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment. The physical process for moving teeth is the same, young or old, which means it’s never too late to address issues such as an overbite or underbite, crooked or crowded teeth, or jaw disorders.

How Do I Get Started?

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, we’ll make a consultation appointment with you. During this meeting we will perform a general assessment of your oral health, discuss options for treatment, and answer any questions you may have. We will also discuss matters of cost and insurance. The next step is an orthodontic records appointment in which we take x-rays, photos, and an impression of your teeth. This information drives your unique treatment plan.

What Are the Benefits?

Straightening your teeth can improve your smile, your self-esteem, and your dental health. Technologically advanced new treatments make it easier to identify the option that best fits your lifestyle. Modern techniques and materials have made braces and aligners more effective, comfortable and unobtrusive than ever.

If you think you might benefit from orthodontic treatment, give our team a call, so we may set up a consultation to determine what type of treatment best meets your needs.

October is National Orthodontic Health Month!

October 15th, 2014

Happy October! For those who don't know, it’s National Orthodontic Health Month. This month-long event is organized by our pals at the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO.

Dr. Alan Kennell and our team realize that this is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness about the importance of oral hygiene. National Orthodontic Health Month also aims to recognize the dedicated work of orthodontists like Dr. Kennell and other dental professionals in Laconia, NH.

The AAO recommends patients avoid the following Halloween treats, or recipes with these ingredients:

• Caramel
• Nuts
• Popcorn (including un-popped kernels)
• Taffy
• Jelly beans
• Hard pretzels
• Licorice
• Bubblegum
• Ice

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call, ask us on Facebook, or ask us at Kennell Orthodontics during your visit this month!

Apples with Braces

October 2nd, 2014

It’s fall which also means it is apple picking season!
The problem is biting into an apple with braces is a no-no, it is best to cute it up into smaller pieces …or better yet, find some great braces friendly recipes to cook those apples into!

We have included some great recipes to try out!  Let us know your favorite!

Warm Apple Pie Smoothie
1 apple, cored and cut into chunks (peeled if you don’t have a high-powered blender)
½ cup / 120 ml water (for a creamier smoothie you can use yogurt)
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon maple syrup (or raw organic honey)
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
A pinch of nutmeg
A pinch of allspice
1 scoop protein powder (optional)

Combine apple, water, vanilla, maple syrup and spices in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a mug and microwave on high for about 2 minutes.
Sprinkle with cinnamon, and if you’re feeling particularly daring, add a bit of whipped cream on top. Serve!

Apple Peanut Butter Muffins
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar, divided
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, divided
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups shredded apples (about 2 medium)
1 cup low fat buttermilk
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut or canola oil
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.; line a 12 cup muffin tin with cupcake liners.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and salt. In another bowl, stir together the shredded apples, buttermilk, peanut butter, oil, egg, and vanilla. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry, stirring until just mixed, being careful to not over beat. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins. Combine the remaining sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over the muffin tops.
Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool on a wire rack.

Crescent Roll Apple Pies
1 Apple sliced (tart)
3 heaping tbsp. brown sugar
2 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. melted butter
1 Pkg. of Crescent Rolls

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.
Roll out the dough on a cooking surface, brush with butter and sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon.
Roll up 2 or 3 apple slice in the dough forming a crescent, place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Brush each crescent roll with remaining melted butter and top with cinnamon.
Bake for 12-15 mins until golden brown.
Remove from oven, serve and enjoy!

When is it time to call Kennell Orthodontics?

September 18th, 2014

Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have put together a helpful list that outlines when you should call Dr. Alan Kennell. Here are some early warning signs indicating it’s time to check in with us:

1. Early or late loss of baby teeth
2. Difficulty of chewing or biting
3. Mouth breathing
4. Finger sucking or other oral habits
5. Crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
6. Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or retrude
7. Speech difficulty
8. Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
9. Protruding teeth
10. Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
11. Facial imbalance or asymmetry
12. Grinding or clenching of teeth

Do any of these warning signs fit you or someone in your family? If so, give us a call as soon as possible!

Healthy Habits

September 11th, 2014

At Kennell Orthodontics, we know good dental health requires only a few minutes a day. We thought we’d provide some practical advice on how to improve your or your child’s smile between your adjustment visits with Dr. Alan Kennell.

Start by brushing your teeth twice a day. Proper brushing techniques are an essential part of maintaining good oral health during your orthodontic treatment, as well as preventing gum disease. More care and time are needed to adequately brush your teeth when you are wearing braces. Brushing daily helps remove decay-causing plaque from tooth surfaces. Please consult Dr. Kennell if you would like us to review brushing techniques with you or your child. The use of a mechanical toothbrush such as a Sonicare or Oral B can aid in removing plaque around braces. Flossing daily will also prevent plaque to build up between the teeth and prevent stains between your teeth. Research has shown the bacteria of gum disease has been linked to coronary artery disease, stroke, diabetes and memory loss. Lastly, we encourage you to throw away old toothbrushes and replace them every 2 or 3 months, or after an illness.

We hope this helps! If you have any further questions about any of these tips, please contact Kennell Orthodontics or ask your general dentist during your next scheduled visit! Or, ask us on Facebook!

Braces for Adults, your smile is worth it!

August 7th, 2014

Jennifer Taylor, 42
Sanbornton, NH
Veterinarian, Lake Side Animal Hospital

“Jennifer found herself planning her wedding and regretting her lack of follow-up from having braces as a child.  Upon meeting with Jennifer I presented her with an Invisalign treatment option to straighten her twisted front incisor.  Both Jennifer and I were pleased with the results!” – Dr. Alan Kennell

“As I began planning my wedding and anticipating all the photographs sure to be taken, I started to regret the lack of follow-up I had after having braces as a kid.  Dr. Kennell and his staff assisted me with an Invisalign treatment plan and gave me back my confidence.  The Kennell Orthodontics office is friendly and fun and made visiting “the orthodontist” a pleasurable experience.  Upon completion of my treatment, I am more confident in myself.  I smile all the time and my fears of wedding pictures with my “crooked tooth” disappeared!!  Dr. Kennell and Kennell Orthodontics gave me back the smile I had worked so hard to have.” - Jennifer Taylor

Back to School with Braces

July 31st, 2014

Much as we hate to admit it, the beginning of August is a reminder in a few short weeks, Back to School activities will be in full swing!  Kennell Orthodontics wants to send your children back to school prepared for school life with braces or new orthodontic treatments. Pack your child their very own "Back to School with Braces" kit - something as simple as a ziplock plastic bag including items such as:  Orthopicks, orthodontic rubber bands, mini toothbrush and toothpaste, orthodontic wax, small mirror, floss, retainer case and tissues. This kit can easily be tucked into their backpack or locker and will help as a reminder of orthodontic care even when at school.  Start the school year off right with these reminders:

  • bring retainer cases to lunch room and keep retainer in it to avoid accidentally throwing it away with lunch trash;
  • always wear protective mouth guard for all fall sports - this will help prevent brackets from breaking and inner lip from rubbing against braces.

Stay ahead of the Back to School shopping rush by preparing these orthodontic kits now - kick back and enjoy the last weeks of summer!!

Wishing 2013 Referral Winner Fun in the Sun!

July 17th, 2014

Congratulations again to Cassie Smith - our 2013 Refer-a-Friend contest winner!!  This is the weekend Cassie and her family to head to York, Maine to spend a fun-filled, family adventure by the sea!  Our fingers are crossed for beautiful weather and we thank you again for being a valued patient family and for recommending Kennell Orthodontics to family and friends!!   Kennell Orthodontics realizes the greatest compliment received is when one of our patients refers a friend, family member or colleague to our office.

Don't miss your chance to be part of the 2014 Refer-a-Friend contest and have your name entered to win this year's grand prize, an LG 50" Plasma HD TV!

Can I enjoy Summertime Food Favorites with my Braces??

July 10th, 2014

One of the first questions most new patients with braces have - "What can I eat?"  A patient with traditional braces may want to avoid certain foods that can cause damage to the braces, brackets or your teeth themselves!  As summer kicks into high gear, with farm fresh fruits and vegetables, ice cream stands on every corner and local fairs brimming with cotton candy and caramel apples....here's a quick list of what to stay away from and what can be enjoyed in moderation (of course):

  • Watermelon  (a must-have at any age)
  • Corn-on-the-Cob (just remember to cut it off the cob before taking a bite!)
  • Ice Cream (metal is an excellent conductor of temperature - so be sure to take       small bites - braces will make a regular "brain freeze" seem much longer!!)
  • Fresh Lemonade (limit sugary or acidic drinks like fresh lemonade - the acid and sugar can weaken bonding on the brackets)
  • Cotton Candy (again in Moderation....but limit sugary snacks that can lead to decay around braces and between teeth)
  • Candy/Caramel Apples (a "NO-NO" from the word go!!  Stay away from these summertime sweets!)

Enjoying the summer months and all that come with them means keeping good dental practices in place!!  On behalf of everyone at Kennell Orthodontics - Happy Summer!!

Don't Miss Your Chance to Win!

July 3rd, 2014

July is here already!!  The time to enter our Spring into Summer Testimonial Contest is coming to a close.  Don't miss your opportunity to show off your new Beats by Dr. Dre headphones at your end of summer events!!

Here's how it works:  1.  Submit a video testimonial on our Facebook page about why you love our office and why you love your smile!  Be creative, have fun and don't forget to talk about your experience with us!  - or - 2.  Post a favorable review on our Facebook page or Google+ page with a photo of your smile!

All testimonial entries must be made by August 8th and you must be a patient of Kennell Orthodontics to enter.  Enter today!!

Adult Testimonial

June 19th, 2014

Smile with Confidence....at any age!!

It's never too late to show your beautiful smile.  These days, adults make up nearly half of all orthodontic patients.  Whether trying to obtain your perfect smile or hoping to simply correct a bite issue, adult orthodontic treatments are available to you!  Check out Michelle Diana's success story as she completes her journey with Kennell Orthodontics.  Start your journey today by contacting Dr. Kennell to discuss your options!!

Why do I need braces?

June 12th, 2014

There are many reasons for braces. Most importantly, they improve your smile and confidence. Braces also correct bites allowing easier chewing and better speech, they eliminate tooth interferences that can cause TMD or joint problems; they align teeth so patients can clean between teeth, and they eliminate harmful wear patterns that destroy your teeth and gums. Braces can also be used to open or close spaces for implants, crowns, or bridges. Kennell Orthodontics offers a pressure-free environment, so that you can comfortably explore your options without any commitments. Braces are a wonderful way to improve your oral presentation and health, but getting braces is a decision you have to make. We love helping people reach their goal of a fantastic new smile!

My dentist does braces, why do I need an orthodontist?

Because we are specifically trained to serve you! After 4 years of dental school, an orthodontist completes another 2-3 years of specialized orthodontic training at an accredited university. An orthodontist does not do fillings, crowns, or cleanings. Instead, we are specially trained to deal with problems of tooth alignment and bite functioning. We work closely with pediatric dentists, family dentists, cosmetic dentists and other dental specialists on every case to create an efficient dental team. If you have questions about why you are seeing a licensed orthodontist for your treatment, please ask us or you can visit the American Association of Orthodontists website at http://mylifemysmile.org

Braces generally have two components: brackets and wires. Today’s brackets can be made of metal or of tooth-colored ceramic. They are usually attached to the front of your teeth, but some can be “hidden” behind your teeth. Wires, which do the work of moving your teeth, are threaded through slots in the brackets. You will need to see Kennell Orthodontics periodically to adjust your wires.

What age of people get braces?

Braces and other treatment options are available for ALL ages, from elementary school through retirement, people are enjoying the benefits of a beautiful, more comfortable smile. Kennell Orthodontics can work with you to give you a smile that fits your style, so why limit yourself to one treatment option, Kennell Orthodontics also offers treatments using new technology like braces with brackets that go behind your teeth and clear aligners, like Invisalign.

Food for thought.

Check out this website for recipes tailored for individuals with braces. Lots of ideas for healthy meals and snacks. What is your favorite food to eat while wearing braces? Let us know! Just because you have braces, doesn't mean you have to miss out on your favorite summer fruits and vegetables. Make sure to slice your apples very thin and simply cut the corn off the cob!

Bright, Beautiful, Healthy Smiles!

Get Ready for Braces Season: Summer is almost here!

May 29th, 2014

Summer is the best time to explore orthodontics for your children!  The 1st day of Summer is just around the corner, bringing lazy beach days, backyard BBQ's and endless sunshine. Along with days of summer fun, parents may wish to consider an orthodontics exam for their children and get a head start on better oral health.  When it comes to orthodontics for children, summer is by far the most convenient time to begin treatment.  Summer appointments steer clear of school year scheduling and extracurricular activities - leaving children over a quarter of their treatment time before the new school year even begins. They can begin a new year well on the way to a straighter and healthier smile.  As stated, beginning orthodontic treatments in summer months avoids a host of scheduling issues and gives children plenty of time to adapt to their braces before heading back into the classroom.  Contact Dr. Kennell today to schedule your child's summer appointment.  Let Kennell Orthodontics friendly team work with you and jump start your child's treatment plan this Summer!

Spring into Summer Testimonial Contest

May 22nd, 2014

Spring into Summer Testimonial Contest!  Enter to win Beats by Dr. Dre headphones today! Here's how you can win:  1.  Submit a video testimonial on our Facebook page about why you love our office and why you love your smile!  Be creative, have fun and don't forget to talk about your experience with us!  - or - 2.  Post a favorable review on our Facebook page or Google+ page with a photo of your smile!

All testimonial entries must be made by August 8th and you must be a patient of Kennell Orthodontics to enter.

Don't miss your chance to enjoy the summer sun with your new pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones - enter today!

Show the World your Smile...not your Braces!

May 15th, 2014

Technology does not just change in computers and cell phones…

In the ever changing world of technology, downloads of today require upgrades tomorrow!  Kennell Orthodontics and Harmony®’s invisible solution to straight teeth can help you show the world your Perfect Smile…not your braces!  The Harmony® system attaches to the interior side of your teeth, so no one even knows you’re wearing braces.  Harmony® provides teens and adults of any age a solution for even the most challenging cases.

Let Kennell Orthodontics design your perfect smile with state of the art CAD/CAM technology.  Dr. Kennell starts with a digital scan of your teeth and customizes a treatment plan just for you.  Harmony® technology achieves the highest level of precision including using robotics to accurately bend arch wires for each individual case.  Its small, smooth features help you adapt quickly and comfortably to your new treatment; all while Dr. Kennell works to precisely align your teeth.

With Harmony® and Kennell Orthodontics, you’ll receive fast treatment, short follow-up office visits and an amazing result.  Give us a call today to schedule your appointment to see if Harmony® is right for you!

Smile Down the Aisle

May 8th, 2014

You're engaged, you're planning your wedding, and you couldn't be happier-except for one thing. Your smile! Maybe your teeth are a little crooked, or you have a gap-but you're an adult now and you don't want braces! Rest easy-as long as your teeth are only moderately crooked and you have three or four months till the big day, you can see drastic improvement using clear plastic braces. While most people think only Invisalign® makes such a system, you actually have several options to achieving straight teeth and the smile you always wanted!

If you're not familiar with the technology, Dr. Alan Kennell can (in appropriate cases) use clear plastic trays to move your teeth, rather than the traditional wires and brackets. Clear braces are less painful and almost invisible-unless someone is very close to you, they won't even notice you are wearing them! You take the trays out to eat and brush your teeth, and while your teeth will feel sore and may even throb periodically for the first few days, after that you'll hardly notice when the trays are in. (While wearing the trays you won't be able to drink anything but water, which will also help with that wedding day diet!)

If you have at least a year until you walk down the aisle, you can go with Invisalign®. This is used with more complicated cases and you will get a new tray every two to four weeks (if you wear them correctly!). However, if you have less time, you can choose Simpli5®, Red White & Blue®, or RW II®. With the latter three options, your orthodontist takes a mold of your teeth and sends it to a laboratory. There, a technician makes your trays based on incremental movements of your teeth.   Red White & Blue® treat only one or the other, not both arches. These are for treatment of teeth with only very mild crowding or spacing issues. Red White and Blue® is a series of three aligners worn for six to twelve weeks, while RWII® is a series of two aligners worn for two to eight weeks.

Call Dr. Kennell today to make your appointment for beautiful, straight teeth for your wedding and Smile down the Aisle!

Play it Safe: Prevent Facial Injuries With Simple Sports Safety Precautions

April 17th, 2014

Last April, the AAPD posted an article and it was so great, we want to share it again with you!

April is National Facial Protection Month and the Academy for Sports Dentistry (ASD), the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), and the American Dental Association (ADA) are teaming up to remind parents, coaches and athletes to play it safe as they prepare to suit up for recreational and organized sports.

The mouth and face of a child or young adult can be easily injured if the proper precautions are not used while participating in sports or recreational activities. In fact, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of the 7 million sports- and recreation-related injuries that occur each year are sustained by children as young as 5 years old. Last year, the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation (NYSSF) forecasted that more than 3 million teeth would be knocked out in youth sporting events. They also reported that athletes who don’t wear mouth guards are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth.

An effective mouth guard holds teeth in place, resists tearing and allows for normal speech and breathing. It should cover the teeth and, depending on the patient’s bite, also the gums. Your dental professional can recommend the best mouth guard for every sports activity.  A properly fitted mouth guard can prevent many accidents and traumatic injuries.

The dental experts at the ASD, AAPD, AAOMS, AAO and ADA urge athletes, parents/caregivers and coaches to be proactive as they head out this spring and stay safe on the field.  The ASD, AAPD, AAOMS, AAO, and ADA dental experts offer these important tips:

  • Wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports. Mouth guards can help prevent injury to a person’s jaw, mouth and teeth and they are significantly less expensive than the cost to repair an injury.  Dentists and dental specialists can make customized mouth guards, which provide the best fit. Other less-expensive options are the boil and bite mouthguards, which are softened in boiling water to fit the mouth, and stock mouth guards, which are ready-to-wear but often don’t fit well.
  • Wear a helmet. Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent damage to the head.
  • Wear protective eyewear. Eyes are extremely vulnerable to damage, especially when playing sports.

·         Wear a face shield to avoid damage to the delicate bones around the eyes, nose and jaw. Hockey pucks, basketballs and racquetballs can cause severe facial damage at any age.

Kennell Orthodontics Announces 2013 Referral-of-the-Year Winner!

April 9th, 2014

Dr. Kennell and staff are pleased to announce the winner of the 2013 Refer-a-Friend contest – Cassie Smith!  Kennell Orthodontics realizes the greatest compliment received is when one of their patients refers a friend, family member or colleague to its practice.  In an effort to show appreciation to patients for these referrals, Dr. Kennell developed the 2013 Refer-a-Friend campaign.  This campaign, which focused on new patient treatment plans from qualified referrals, awarded refer-a-friend participants with a Visa Cash Card and an entry into the weekend getaway grand prize drawing.

Cassie Smith, chosen as the grand prize winner, was recently awarded an exciting summer weekend getaway to the Anchorage Inn in York, Maine.  Dr. Kennell and his staff presented Mrs. Smith with a canvas tote full of goodies, including embroidered beach towels and summer-time essentials, along with her itinerary for this fun-filled, family getaway.

Dr. Kennell thanked Cassie for being a valued patient family and for recommending Kennell Orthodontics to her family and friends.  “We are more than honored to have you as one of our Lakes Region fans”, Dr. Kennell stated as he wished Mrs. Smith a wonderful weekend at the beach.

You could be the next Refer-A-Friend 2014 patient referral program winner! Check out this link and find out how you could be the next winner and what the grand prize is!!!

Kennell Orthodontics has the latest EDGE of technology with just the touch of a button!

March 27th, 2014

There is a lot of excitement at Kennell Orthodontics! If you haven’t visited our office recently, we now have a cool new way to sign-in when you arrive for your next visit! Just touch the finger scanner at the reception desk and it will recognize you and sign you right in! Of course, we would have to introduce your finger to our computer, so if you have not used the Finger Scanner before, let us know and we’ll get you registered.  If you would rather just type in your name, that’s fine too, just use the touchscreen.

BUT don’t worry Mom and Dad, our finger scanner is very safe!  This is how it works: DigitalPersona software never stores fingerprint images. DigitalPersona software creates a fingerprint template, which is a highly compressed and digitally encoded mathematical representation of fingerprint features. This template is created when a user registers a finger and is stored in an encrypted file. When the patient later touches the fingerprint reader to authenticate, a new template is created and compared to the 'registered' template. If there is a match, the authentication is successful.  It is a one-way conversion that cannot be reversed. This means that fingerprint templates cannot be used to recreate the fingerprint image.

The finger scan is not the only new technology we have in our office. Our new software, Ortho2 EDGE, provides the latest in orthodontics software technology designed to provide us with the most effective practice management tools to increase efficiency, provide smoother workflow so you receive only the very best care and service.

How To Prevent Tooth Decay While Wearing Braces

March 20th, 2014

Having braces can present some new challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. Preventing tooth decay can be a big challenge simply because of the tendency for braces to trap food under the wires and between the teeth and the brackets.

Here are a few tips to keep your teeth healthy while wearing your braces:

1. Eat Braces-Safe Foods
Keeping your teeth from decay starts with a proper diet. Foods that are high in sugar or starch can cause more plaque, which is difficult to remove during your brushing. There are certain foods that should be avoided while wearing your braces. First, sticky foods like caramel or gum can get stuck in your braces and be difficult to remove during brushing. Next, hard foods such as nuts and candy could bend wires or even break a bracket. Foods that are firm or hard to bite into like apples, carrots, or corn on the cob should be avoided. As much as we like to snack on them, those crunchy treats can harm your braces. Things like chips, ice, and popcorn can also bend or break your braces. On the other hand, bananas, mangoes, milk, water, poultry, and pasta all tend to be low in enamel-busting acids.

2. Proper Brushing
You want to place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gums in order to clean the whole tooth, and brush gently in the area between the wiring and the teeth. Use a softer toothbrush with fluoride paste for best results. Rinsing every day will help, too. Rinsing is important regardless, but especially important when you have braces as you need to disinfect the entire mouth, including those spots under the braces where your brush can't always reach.

3. Ask About Special Cleaning Tools
There are also special brushes, or other tools, to get under and clean your braces. You can find many of these items at your local pharmacy.

4. Regular Teeth Cleaning
It's important to keep your routine appointments with your dentist and dental hygienist for a thorough cleaning twice a year or as directed. The exact frequency of these visits will be up to your dentist as some types of braces are more demanding of a regular cleaning than others.

As long as you practice good oral hygiene and follow these basic tips, you should have no problem keeping your teeth from decaying while you wear braces.

What are the Early Signs of Orthodontic Problems?

March 14th, 2014

Visibly crooked teeth are not the only reason to take your child into the orthodontist. There are some subtle things to look for as well, which may indicate the onset of more serious orthodontic issues. Many orthodontic issues are much easier to address if treated and corrected during a child's development.

Waiting until facial development is complete or until the permanent teeth have come in can make correction of many orthodontic issues more challenging. Both children and adults can benefit from orthodontic care at any age, but addressing issues early is almost always the ideal choice.

If you're wondering if you or your child might have need for orthodontic care, there are some things you can be on the lookout for. Here are some of the most common warning signs of orthodontic issues:

• Difficulty when chewing or biting
• Chronic mouth-breathing
• Sucking the thumb, the fingers, or any other oral sucking habits that continue after the age of six
• Overbite - when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth by more than 5mm
• Top front teeth that cover more than 25% of the bottom teeth while biting
• Underbite - when the top front teeth go behind the bottom row of teeth when biting
• Crowded, crooked, overlapped, misshapen, misplaced teeth or extra teeth of any size
• Crossbite - when one or more teeth tilt toward the cheek or toward the tongue causing excessive stress on the jawbone
• The center of the top and bottom teeth don't line up
• Uneven teeth-wearing
• Baby teeth coming out too early for the child's age
• Pain in jaws
• Clicking in the jaw joints
• The jaw shifts off-center while chewing or biting
• A jaw that protrudes, or recedes, too much
• Difficulty speaking or enunciating clearly
• Chronic biting of the inner cheek or roof of the mouth
• Asymmetrical facial structure
• Grinding or clenching of the teeth

If you notice that either you or your child has one or more of these conditions, they could be signs that there is a risk of orthodontic or health problems. The sooner these problems are addressed, the wider and brighter you will be able to smile going forward!

Life After Braces!

March 7th, 2014

Life after braces…what happens when the wires have all been clipped?

You’ve been marking your calendar for days, months even, to celebrate the day when your teeth are free and your new, beautiful and straight smile is finally all yours!

Did you know the time period immediately after having your braces removed is as critical as the entire length of your treatment?  First and foremost, give your mouth time to heal!  Your teeth are going to be weak and may even be a little looser than you are used to.  Most patients are fitted for a retainer at this time.  Your teeth can shift once all the wires and brackets are removed.  It is key to wear the retainer you’ve been fitted for, exactly as your orthodontist tells you.  It takes about nine (9) months for your new smile to “remember” it’s new position.

There are various types of retainers.  If you’re wondering about your life “after braces” contact Dr. Kennell for answers to all your questions.  Remember, wearing your retainer after braces, as instructed, helps to ensure your smile will remain in place for years to come.  You’ve worked hard for it – so SMILE…SMILE BIG…and SMILE OFTEN!

Sports and Orthodontics

February 27th, 2014

Spring is right around the corner! And that means the start of Spring Sports! Spring months bring an increase in outdoor and indoor activities and a greater chance of kids damaging their precious mouths and pearly whites. If you or your child play sports, it's important that you consult our office for special precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard. A protective mouth guard is advised for playing spring sports such as baseball, soccer, lacrosse and others. Be sure, however, to avoid mouth guards that custom form to your teeth as these will resist any tooth movements we are trying to achieve.

In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, please schedule an appointment with the office. And don’t forget to ask us about how you can get a mouth guard for yourself.

Only by using a mouth guard and other forms of facial protection can kids with and without braces avoid serious sports injuries. Please give us a call if you have any questions about mouth guards or your treatment at our office.

Check out this article about a Newport, NH basketball team that has everyone on guard about mouth guards.

Orthodontic Emergency? We can help!

February 20th, 2014

True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can't take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment with our office.

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you get in to see us…

The following solutions may help you relieve your discomfort:

Poking Wire: Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.

Loose Bracket or Band: If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.

Loose Wire: Using a tweezers, try to place your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax does not help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.

Loose Appliance: If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.

Headgear Does Not Fit: Sometimes headgear discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by your orthodontist. Please refer to the instructions provided by your orthodontist. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for assistance. Surprisingly, headgear becomes more comfortable the more it's worn, so be sure you’re getting in the prescribed hours.

General Soreness: When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.

Remember, after alleviating your discomfort, it is still very important that you call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem.

HARMONY System Progress Update... Featuring Jodie S.!

February 12th, 2014

As you may have read in our recent blogs, Dr. Kennell is the only orthodontist in New Hampshire that offers HARMONY. HARMONY offers a great new invisible solution for straightening your teeth!

The HARMONY System attaches to the interior side of your teeth, so no one knows you are wearing braces but you. For teens and adults of any age seeking invisible orthodontics, HARMONY offers a solution for even the most challenging cases.

Dr. Kennell and his team have been working with 2 Lakes Region patients, each outfitted with their own custom HARMONY Braces. Take a look at the photos below that show the before and after. We are so excited to offer this new application; we will showcase the progress with patient, Jodie S., as she progresses to the smile she has been after for years.

We last saw Jodie on 1-21-14 and she is in the home stretch!  Only one wire to go and she will be done with her HARMONY treatment! She has had a great experience with HARMONY and hasn’t minded it at all!  Go Jodie!!!

It's never too late to get the smile and confidence you deserve. Ask if HARMONY brackets are right for you! For more information, visit www.myharmonysmile.com or ask us about HARMONY's unique benefits.

We Are Officially Kicking Off Refer-A-Friend 2014!

February 6th, 2014

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 2014 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!

ADA National Children's Dental Health Month, February 2014

January 30th, 2014

Although National Orthodontics Month is in October each year, each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.

Dr. Kennell and his team want to remind parents that their children can avoid cavities. A balanced diet, limiting snacks, brushing and flossing each day and regular dental check-ups are the keys to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Cleaning Your Teeth & Gums

Taking care of your mouth is simple. The ADA recommends the following for good oral hygiene:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won't do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
  • Clean between teeth daily with floss or an inter dental cleaner. Tooth decay–causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps remove the sticky film on teeth called plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.

To learn more about ADA's National Children's Dental Health Month, visit www.ada.org.

Do germs really live on my toothbrush?

January 23rd, 2014

The dreaded cold and flu season is here again! After recovering from your cold, one of the most important steps you can take to avoid becoming reinfected is replacing your toothbrush!

Germs can linger on the bristles, and you risk prolonging your sickness by continuing to use the same toothbrush. Be smart - keep a spare, just in case! To protect your toothbrush from bacteria all year long, consider the following tips:

• Wash your hands before and after brushing
• Allow the brush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen
• Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster
• Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Worn bristles are less effective in properly cleaning your teeth, and can actually be damaging to teeth if used too long!

Hope this tip helps! Feel free to give us a call or ask us on Facebook if you have any questions!

Take The Modern Approach To Straightening Teeth!

January 2nd, 2014

Patients of all ages are now smiling with confidence. With Invisalign®, you can get the beautiful, straight smile you deserve without the hassle of metal braces!

What is Invisalign and how does it work?

Invisalign uses a series of clear and removable aligners to straighten your smile. Invisalign is made with highly effective 3D computer imaging technology to show you exactly how your orthodontic treatment will progress.

You will wear your aligners around the clock, removing them only during mealtimes and to brush and floss your teeth. As you move on to each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move slowly until they have straightened to their final positions. You'll visit us at Kennell Orthodontics about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time typically lasts nine to 15 months, and the number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both numbers will vary from case to case.

Why would I want Invisalign?

Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time here at Kennell Orthodontics in Laconia getting adjustments. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

Request a complimentary consultation with Dr. Alan Kennell to see if Invisalign is right for you.

It's Almost A New Year!

December 26th, 2013

The year is almost over, and we reflect on the year that was. With a new office coming this spring to Plymouth's Boulder Point (in addition to our Laconia office), we know that we are looking forward to serving our amazing patients with even more great care in 2014!

A new year can mean a new you! It is never too late to get that beautiful smile you have always wanted. Nothing is as important as a genuine and heartfelt smile. Whether in your professional life or when you are out socializing, an attractive smile can make you feel happier and more relaxed –as well as making the right impression.

A beautiful smile is an amazing asset. It contributes to self esteem and positive self image – important qualities for any age group. As well as having teeth that look nice, orthodontic treatment can also improve the function of your jaw and aid chewing efficiency of your teeth by enhancing the way your teeth bite together. Crowded teeth can be very difficult to clean. They provide areas for bacteria to grow and food to stagnate and therefore require a rigorous oral hygiene routine. Straight teeth are much easier to clean as there are no awkward gaps to get between and improved accessibility, making oral hygiene routines straight-forward.

So go on... treat yourself this new year with a beautiful, bright, straight smile!  Schedule your consultation today!

Have a safe and happy New Year from our family to yours!

Kennell Orthodontics Draws Hundreds to Red Carpet in Meredith

December 21st, 2013

Meredith NH – After months of planning and preparation, Dr. Alan Kennell of Kennell Orthodontics, Laconia, and his team hosted “Kennell Orthodontics' Red Carpet Movie Premiere” on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Barn Z’s Cinema in Meredith. This patient appreciation event was a fabulous time enjoyed by almost 300 VIP patients and their guests.

Kennell Orthodontics presented The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Free Birds at this VIP All Access event.  Moviegoers found themselves captured on the Red Carpet with lights, balloons and even paparazzi!  VIP guests were greeted by Dr. Alan Kennell in his tuxedo and his beautiful staff in their evening gowns. “It’s just our way to show our patients that we appreciate and value them at a fun event for all ages,” said Dr. Alan Kennell.  Kennell Orthodontics was thrilled to partner with Tim Barnes, owner of the local Meredith cinema. “Barn Z’s Cinema was a perfect fit to host our honored patients and their guests. I always find it valuable to develop great local business-to-business connections.”

Check out the Kennell Orthodontics Facebook page to see all the Red Carpet Movie Premiere photos.

Happy Holidays from Our Family to Yours!

December 19th, 2013

Our Holiday Wish For You

Good times with family
Laughter and joy
Memories with friends
The latest toy

Joy and fulfillment
In all that you do
Passionate journeys
Success for you, too

A season of love
A new year so bright
Dreams that come true
With each word you write

Happy Holidays from Our Family to Yours!

Spreading Holiday Cheer! Volunteering at the WLNH Children's Auction!

December 12th, 2013

We had a great time volunteering at the WLNH Children's Auction this Tuesday, manning the phones. The place is a buzz with The Lakes Region Holiday Magic! WOW! Bid high and Bid Often! 527-0999! What a great fun program to volunteer at!

It's not too late to donate- They are always accepting items to auction and donations! A great Holiday feel good opportunity to support the Children's Auction that supports the Lakes Regions! Check out the WLNH Children's Auction webpage to find out how you can help!

Patient Testimonial

December 6th, 2013

292 Guests Strolled Down the Red Carpet at Kennell Orthodontics' Movie Premiere

November 27th, 2013

After weeks of planning and preparation, this past Saturday, November 22nd was our Red Carpet Movie Premiere at Barn Z's Cinema in Meredith, NH. It was a fabulous time enjoyed by our 292 guests! We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and their choice of movie, we sure did! We would like to thank each and everyone one of our guests for coming!

For those of you that couldn't make it, here are just a couple photos of Saturday's event. More photos can be found on our Facebook page.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21st, 2013


With Thanksgiving almost upon us, it’s a great time to ask ourselves what we’re thankful for. With our friends and family around us, we celebrate the blessings given to us in the past year. Our staff thought we’d ask: What are you thankful for this holiday season? Do you have any Thanksgiving wishes or recipes you would like to share?

Our entire team would like to wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. It’s a big food holiday, so be careful what you eat with those braces! If you have any stories or photos to share with us, we’d encourage you to send them along or post them below or on our Facebook page!

Gobble Gobble!

Avoiding Common Problems Associated With Braces

November 14th, 2013


While braces play an important part in helping to create a healthy mouth and teeth, you might experience a few side effects while wearing them that are common and can be easily treated.

Even with the best of care, braces can cause soreness to your mouth. As your teeth begin to move, it is natural for your teeth to feel aches and your jaw to develop soreness.

If there are broken wires or loose bands on your braces, a sore tongue, mouth, or canker sore will occur. Canker sores are a common occurrence when braces rub inside the mouth. There are ointments available to reduce the pain and irritation associated with mouth sores. If you experience a sore mouth or any of the following problems, call our office to schedule an appointment.

· Loose brackets: Apply a small amount of orthodontic wax to the bracket temporarily. You might also apply a little between the braces and the soft tissue of your mouth.

· Loose bands: These must be secured in place by our dentist. Try to save the band for repair.

· Protruding or broken wires: The eraser end of a pencil can be used to move the wire carefully to a less painful spot. If you are unable to move it, apply orthodontic wax to the tip. If a mouth sore develops, rinse with warm salt water or antiseptic rinse.

· Loose spacers: These will need to be repositioned and sometimes replaced.

Patient Testimonial

November 7th, 2013

From Our Crew to Yours-Happy Halloween!!!

October 31st, 2013

Wishing everyone a fun and safe Halloween!!! Be sure to stop by and meet our crew of swashbuckling buccaneers - we might even straighten a tooth or two! Argh! And while you're here, don't forget to reserve your seat(s) by picking up your tickets for our Red Carpet Movie Premiere of The Hunger Games-Catching Fire and Free Birds!!!

Tomorrow, Nov. 1st is the deadline for The Music Match Trivia Contest! You could be the lucky winner of a NEW iPod Nano!!!

So many awesome things going on in our office today!!! You don't want to miss this!!!

Halloween TIPS from the American Association of Orthodontists

October 24th, 2013

It’s almost that spooky time of year again and Laconia, NH orthodontist, Dr. Alan Kennell, and our team thought we’d share some Halloween tips from our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists.

Trick-or-treating safety guidelines:

• Young children should always be accompanied by an adult
• Carry a flashlight
• Wear a light-colored or reflective costume
• Choose face paint over masks for young ghosts and goblins
• Have an adult inspect all treats before the children dig in

To protect your braces, steer clear of the following Halloween treats, or recipes with these ingredients:

• All hard candies
• All chewy candies
• Caramel
• Nuts
• Licorice
• Taffy
• Jelly beans
• Hard pretzels
• Bubblegum
• Popcorn (including unpopped kernels)
• Ice

Of course, Halloween does not have to be completely treat-less. Braces-friendly Halloween treats can help you enjoy the “spook-ta-cular” holiday. For example, plain chocolate candy is okay, provided you remember to brush and floss afterwards. Bobbing for apples as well as caramel apples are not recommended. However, you can enjoy thinly sliced apples, dipped in yogurt or creamy chocolate sauce.

Dr. Kennell suggests looking for foods that are soft, such as soft chocolate that can melt in one’s mouth or peanut butter cups. Overall, candies that aren’t sticky, chewy, hard or crunchy are generally acceptable.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from the entire team at Kennell Orthodontics!

You're Invited to Kennell Orthodontic's Red Carpet Movie Premiere!!!

October 22nd, 2013

Dr. Alan Kennell and his team will be hosting “Kennell Orthodontics' Movie Premiere." A patient appreciation "Red Carpet" Movie Premiere at Barnz Cinemas in Meredith, NH. If you are a current patient we encourage you to join us!

You and a Guest are formally invited to Kennell Orthodontic’s Movie Premiere of The Hunger Games-Catching Fire and Free Birds.

Saturday, November 23rd, 9:30 am
at Barnz Cinemas, Meredith, NH

Guest Arrivals Welcome at 8:45am
Movies will begin at 9:30am

Reservations Required. Seating is limited. To reserve your seat and movie choice, please stop by our office to pick up your ticket(s). Unfortunately, we are not accepting reservations over the phone, please stop by our office! Tickets are required for entry at the event.

For more details, check out the Movie Premiere Event on our Facebook page!

Save the Date: Kennell Orthodontics wants to take you to the movies!!!

October 17th, 2013

Our patient appreciation tubing event at Gunstock Mountain in January was such a success and great time, we would like to announce our next patient appreciation event!

Save the Date!!!

Dr. Alan Kennell and his team will be hosting “Kennell Orthodontics' Movie Premiere." A patient appreciation "Red Carpet" Movie Premiere at Barnz Cinemas in Meredith, NH. If you are a current patient we encourage you to join us!

For more details, check out the Movie Premiere Event on our Facebook page! And stay tuned for more information to come!!!

Got Braces. Now What?

October 10th, 2013

We love when patients ask us that question! Now that you’re wearing braces, it’s even more important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen as you begin your orthodontic treatment.

Braces are known to trap food particles and make it difficult to brush or remove plaque, which is why our team at Kennell Orthodontics recommends that you brush and floss after every meal.

When your braces are initially placed, your teeth are likely to be very sensitive. You may experience discomfort for up to three to five days, which is why we encourage you to eat soft foods during that time. Remember, the less pressure you put on your teeth, the less discomfort you will have.

You may also be thinking, “Okay, so what can I eat?”

Here are a few soft foods that do not require you to do much chewing and are easy to chew on when your teeth are sore:

In the first couple of days, stick to liquid-based foods like yogurts, pudding and soups. Mashed potatoes are a good option as well. You can also cook fruits and vegetables to make them softer. Ice cream, cool soups, Jell-O, scrambled eggs, cream of wheat, oatmeal, baked potatoes, soft cooked pasta, soup, bananas, cottage cheese, smoothies, macaroni and cheese, pancakes, soft cheeses, and milk are all foods you can eat safely without having to worry about pain or breaking your brackets.

It’s crucial to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, please call our office immediately to schedule an appointment for repair.

Lastly, in addition to visiting Kennell Orthodontics during your orthodontic treatment for adjustments, you should visit your dentist for professional checkups and teeth cleaning appointments about every six months, or as recommended by your dentist.

Here are some helpful tips for anyone with braces:

  • Cold foods and drinks are very soothing to sore gums, try drinking milk as it neutralizes acids in your mouth and soothes your gums.
  • Do not eat sticky or hard foods and make sure to brush, floss, rinse with mouth wash, and rinse with salt water every night. Rinsing with salt water will help ease pain and irritation in your mouth.
  • Wear lip salve when you go for checkups and braces tightening. It will prevent you from getting crinkly lips afterwards.
  • Taking a pain pill before bed will make it easier to sleep, as braces usually hurt most when you are lying down or on your side.
  • Don't keep on eating something if it starts hurting.
  • If you can't brush your teeth after meals, at least rinse your mouth.
  • Avoid soft drinks, as most have lots of acid and sugar. This can erode teeth and dental equipment and can also leave white spots. Excessive drinking of soft drinks can lead to cavities.

October is National Orthodontic Health Month!

September 26th, 2013


Can you believe it's already October? For those who don't know, it’s National Orthodontic Health Month. This month-long event is organized by our pals at the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO.

Our team realizes that this is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness about the importance of oral hygiene. National Orthodontic Health Month also aims to recognize the dedicated work of orthodontists and other dental professionals.

The AAO recommends patients avoid the following Halloween treats, or recipes with these ingredients:
• Caramel
• Nuts
• Popcorn (including un-popped kernels)
• Taffy
• Jelly beans
• Hard pretzels
• Licorice
• Bubblegum
• Ice

Trick-or-treating safety guidelines:

• Young children should always be accompanied by an adult
• Carry a flashlight
• Wear a light-colored or reflective costume
• Choose face paint over masks for young ghosts and goblins
• Have an adult inspect all treats before the children dig in

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call or ask us on Facebook. Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Check Out What's Going On at Kennell Ortho!!!

September 19th, 2013

We know September is a busy month with school and fall sports, so today's blog is to keep you up to speed with our super fun office! So much to smile about!!!

Last weekend our office participated in WOW Fest 2013! Check out our Facebook page for more photos! For those of you that are not familiar, The WOW Trail is a multi-use, non-motorized recreational pathway in the City of Laconia.  The proposed pathway is just over 9 miles long, stretching the length of the City to the Meredith and Belmont town lines.  The WOW Trail will be constructed adjacent to the railroad tracks used by the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. The trail will be 10 feet wide and paved.

One of our favorite holidays is approaching! Halloween is right around the corner and this peeping Tom just won't leave us alone! Maybe you'll see him at your next appointment!

And don't forget about our contests!!!

Refer-A-Friend 2013 To show our appreciation, we kicked off a new patient referral program for 2013! If Kennell Ortho 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 2013 GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.The lucky grand prize winner will select ONE (1) Winter or Summer New England Get-A-Way of their choice to be scheduled in 2014!

Music Match Trivia Contest! Enter our music trivia contest and you could be the lucky winner a NEW iPod Nano. Click here for more details!

We've got so much going on, what's not to Smile about!!!

The doctor is in! "Dr. Who" is at Kennell Orthodontics!

September 12th, 2013

The doctors are in! That's right, Dr. Kennell and Dr. Who! Everyone is talking about BBC America's hot show, Dr. Who! So stop by our office to check out Dr. Who!

Celebrating it’s 50th year on BBC America, the Doctor’s greatest secret will at last be revealed! If this wasn’t already their most exciting year it would be anyway! ”Look what’s going on! They’re up in the sky and under the sea! They’re running round the rings of an alien world and then a haunted house. There’s new Cybermen, new Ice Warriors and a never before attempted journey to the centre of the TARDIS.

“Doctor Who” returns with a modern day urban thriller, “The Bells of Saint John,” written by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (“Sherlock”). Set in London against the backdrop of new and old iconic landmarks – The Shard and Westminster Bridge – “The Bells of Saint John” introduces a new nemesis, the Spoonheads, who battle the Doctor as he discovers something sinister is lurking in the Wi-Fi. The premiere will be followed by seven epic episodes written by Steven Moffat, acclaimed writer Neil Gaiman (“Coraline,” “Beowulf”), Mark Gatiss (“Sherlock”), Neil Cross (“Luther”) and Stephen Thompson (“Sherlock”).

The Doctor (Matt Smith) is joined by his new companion Clara (Jenna Coleman) for the latest set of incredible adventures through space and time. The duo finds new adversaries and familiar friends around every corner as they journey from the bottom of the ocean in a submarine to the center of the TARDIS and beyond. The Cybermen make a thunderous return and the Ice Warrior arrives in an unexpected place.

"Brace" Yourself for Fashion While Supporting A Great Cause!

September 5th, 2013

Stretchy, fun and clever - BRACED-LETs are the next wave in cool accessories for all ages! Here's the scoop about these awesome Braced-Lets! Braced-Lets are fun, durable and wearable stretchy bracelets for all ages, crafted entirely out of brand new, authentic orthodontic materials.  Colorful power chains are accented with metal brackets and contrasting elastic rubber bands and are designed to be mixed and matched, creating countless combinations.  Braced-Lets are the brainchild of Dr. Marc Lemchen and Dr. Jennifer Salzer, two top New York City orthodontists, and Jennifer’s sister, Lulu Frost jewelry designer Lisa Salzer.

Catch Katy Perry and her child co-star in her WIDE AWAKE Video from June 2012, at 2:06 when she meets hands with the little girl they are both sporting the BRACED-LET's that are now available for sale in our Office...Proceeds to benefit the National Hemophilia Association.

“Like” Braced-Lets on our Facebook page and feel free to post pictures of yourself, family and friends wearing these unique Braced-Let color combinations. Collect, trade and share Braced-Lets!

Don't forget to get your BRACED-LETs when you're here for your appointment. Proceeds to benefit the National Hemophilia Association. They make a great gift!

Treat yourself to a new smile, no matter what your age!

August 30th, 2013

Did you know one in every five orthodontic patients is an adult? We’re living longer and technology is improving, making orthodontic treatment an appealing and safe option for patients of all ages. As the trend toward treatment later in life grows, we’re seeing braces on parents as well as children – and even adult celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Gwen Stefani and Nicholas Cage have shown off their braces. It’s never too late to look and feel your best!

Can Braces Work for Adults?

People of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment. The physical process for moving teeth is the same, young or old, which means it’s never too late to address issues such as an overbite or underbite, crooked or crowded teeth, or jaw disorders.

How Do I Get Started?

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, we’ll make a consultation appointment with you. During this meeting we will perform a general assessment of your oral health, discuss options for treatment, and answer any questions you may have. We will also discuss matters of cost and insurance. The next step is an orthodontic records appointment in which we take x-rays, photos, and an impression of your teeth. This information drives your unique treatment plan.

What Are the Benefits?

Straightening your teeth can improve your smile, your self-esteem, and your dental health. Technologically advanced new treatments make it easier to identify the option that best fits your lifestyle. Modern techniques and materials have made braces and aligners more effective, comfortable and unobtrusive than ever.

If you think you might benefit from orthodontic treatment, give our team a call, so we may set up a consultation to determine what type of treatment best meets your needs.

It's Time to Go Back to School!

August 22nd, 2013

Now that many of the schools in the Lakes Region are back in session, Kennell Orthodontics would like to remind all of our patients about the importance of scheduling appointments in advance. With school, clubs, sports, and family duties to consider, we know that it can be challenging to find time to visit for a routine visit or even a consultation. In order to accommodate all of our patients’ busy schedules, it is important that you plan ahead for your appointments so that we are able to provide you with a convenient appointment time.

As always, please remember to give us advanced notice if you’re unable to make your regularly scheduled appointment with Dr. Kennell and our team. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule your fall appointment.

We hope you and your family had a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Music Match Trivia Contest!

August 15th, 2013

We're Excited To Announce Our New Contest!

Music Match Trivia!

It's back to school and time for the Kennell Orthodontics' Music Match Trivia contest.  You could win an awesome iPod Nano!  Pick up a contest entry form in our office, or click below for the Trivia form.  All entries must be received by November 1st, and you must be a patient of Kennell Orthodontics to enter.  Good luck!

Kennell Orthodontics' Red Sox Contest Winner Announced!

July 29th, 2013

Christopher F. is the grand prize winner of our Summer Facebook Cover Photo Collage Contest.  Looks like you have a great time living in the Lakes Region!  Thank you for showing us the great fun you have!

Christopher F. and his brother Ben, celebrate his win with the Kennell Ortho Team! Christopher is excited to take his family to the game next month, they are all huge Sox Fans!

The orthodontic years can be a tough time for some and our team at Kennell Orthodontics certainly understands that.  To keep our patients in a positive frame of mind and welcome them into our friendly office atmosphere we often organize patient contests.  Trying to think outside the box and give the young, tech-savvy, social media-frenzied friends an engaging contest to participate in, Kennell Orthodontics launched a Facebook Photo Collage Contest in May 2013. Check out Christopher's winning entry!

Dr. Alan Kennell and the Kennell Orthodontics team are excited to announce the winner, Christopher F., a local Laconia Middle School student.  Christopher won 4 Box Seat Tickets to the August 4, 2013 Red Sox vs. Diamondback game at Fenway Park, as well as an autographed baseball and a Red Sox gift basket.  The winner could not be a better choice as Christopher shared his commitment to being one of the biggest Sox fans in the Lakes Region!  Check out the Kennell Orthodontics Facebook page to see Christopher’s winning photo collage – facebook.com/KennellOrtho.

Thank you to all our entrants!

Take a look at the great collages submitted below. Living with Braces in the Lakes Region looks like a great time!

Stay Cool with a Braces-Friendly Summer Treat!

July 11th, 2013

Summer is here! Kids and adults alike will now be spending more time outside being active and enjoying the hotter temperatures. What’s better on a hot summer day than a delicious treat that will cool you down after doing something active in the summer sun? Luckily, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have just the thing, Watermelon Sorbet! You can find the complete recipe below:

Watermelon Sorbet

Ingredients
• ¾ cup water
• ¼ cup sugar
• 1 teaspoon lime juice
• 2 to 3 cups watermelon, diced, no seeds or rind
Directions
In a small saucepan, heat the water, sugar, and lime juice on medium high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Chill this “syrup” at least 20 minutes. In the meantime, place the watermelon chunks in a food processor or blender and liquefy them. Add the chilled syrup to the watermelon puree and blend. Freeze sorbet in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions. Serve immediately.

Happy Summer!

Celebrating Independence Day 2013!

July 3rd, 2013

Did You Know?!

1. July 4 is not technically our day of independence: On the most semantic level, the 13 original colonies were legally liberated from England’s rule on July 2, 1776 in a closed session of Congress.

It took the Second Continental Congress two more days to revise the most famous of American documents; July 4 was the day the Declaration of Independence was given final approval.

2. The first Independence Day was celebrated on July 8, 1776: Although the Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4, 1776, it was not made public until July 8. The bells of Philadelphia -- the Liberty Bell included -- rang to summon citizens to Independence Hall for the very first public reading of the document.

The Declaration of Independence was read that day by Colonel John Nixon, who, less than a year later, would be made a brigadier general of the Continental Army.

Contrary to popular belief, the Liberty Bell did not ring on July 4, 1776 to mark the nation’s independence because the Declaration was not yet made public -- and wouldn’t be for another four days.

3. Three Presidents died on the Fourth of July: Three U.S. presidents actually died on July 4. Two of them passed away within hours of each other on July 4, 1826: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. The two had been political rivals and then friends later in life. The other to share the distinction was James Monroe, who died July 4, 1831.

4. The signers of the Declaration of Independence did not sign on July 4, 1776: The idea of the 56 signers being in the same room at the same time on our day of independence is, unfortunately, a myth.

The official signing event took place on August 2, 1776 when 50 men signed the document. It took several months before all 56 finally signed; the last, Thomas McKean, signed in January of 1777, some seven months after the document was approved by Congress.

Even after signing, the names of the signers were withheld from the public for more than six months to protect their identities. The Revolutionary War was still going on, and if the signers were discovered, the treasonable act could have resulted in their deaths.

It's Official, School's Out and the First Day of Summer is Friday, June 21st!

June 20th, 2013

It's official! School is out and the official start of summer starts Friday, June 21 at 1:04am! And it looks like Mother Nature shares our excitement with a beautiful, 4 day forecast to start the summer off right!

Did you know we have 273 lakes and ponds in our own backyard, the Lakes Region?! We do! We have so many great places, events and attractions at our finger tips. Check out lakesregion.org for ideas this summer! From the lakes, to the mountains to the outlets and so much more in between! How lucky are we to hike, swim, play, shop, boat, camp and more, all in a beautiful area we call home. When you come in for your visit, tell us what you are doing this summer!

Now that there is no school and no homework to do, we highly encourage all of our patients to participate in the Facebook Photo Collage Cover contest! It's fun and easy, and not to mention the winner will win 4 tickets to watch their favorite Boston baseball team at Fenway Park in August. What a great way to start off summer with a fun project, collect photos of you, your family and friends, smiling-having a great time this summer at all your favorite places and all the fun stuff you love to do in a photo collage! Click this link and check out the details and tips! Just 3 weeks left. All entries must be entered by Friday, July 12th and the winner will be announced Monday, July 15th. Check out these two entries, they both did a great job!

 

Ask your Doctor: What should I expect during my initial consultation?

June 6th, 2013

Great question! When you first come in for your initial consultation your doctor will conduct a comprehensive examination to assess your oral health. This will better enable us to determine the best treatment method for you.
Your orthodontic evaluation will consist of an oral and facial examination to assess your oral health. We will have you take intraoral and facial photographs as well as panoramic and cephalometric X-rays to help determine the proper orthodontic treatment method. Then, an impression of your teeth and bite will be taken to construct a model of your mouth. (This will help us when examining your diagnostic records).
At your second appointment, the doctor will discuss your options with you. Our team feels it’s important to take the time to carefully examine your diagnostic records after your consultation so that we can more thoroughly prepare for your orthodontic treatment. This additional preparation will ensure that you receive the best orthodontic care possible. At this time, we encourage you to ask us any questions you may have about your treatment.
If you are seeking orthodontics for your child, our staff asks that both you and your child attend the initial consultation. We feel it is important that both you and your child completely understand the doctor’s recommendations before we proceed with treatment.
Give us a call today and schedule a consultation! We look forward to hearing from you!

Just 6 Weeks Left to Win Red Sox Tickets!!!

May 30th, 2013


Don’t miss out on the chance to win 4 Red Sox tickets to see your favorite baseball team play at Fenway Park against the Diamondbacks on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at 1:35PM.

Design a photo collage for our Facebook page and you could win!

It's really easy!!! Just take your favorite pictures and make a collage! There are lots of free collage apps to download on your smart phone and lots of free Facebook collage apps for your computer. Simply search "photo collage" on your smart phone and you'll see lots of free apps pop up, like Photo Collage, Pic Collage, Instaframe, FrameUrLife, Pic-Frame... There are so many! Or you could use your Instagram App! Just be sure to incorporate the following into the collage: Kennell Ortho, Lakes Region Living, Braces (or retainers), Smiles, Summer, Friends, Having Fun!

Check out what we did using the Smilebox App on our facebook page!

The Spring Contest ends Friday, July 12, 2013.

The winner will be selected the week of July 15, 2013.

If you have questions, just ask us! We are really excited to see everyone's entries!

Entry Submission

You must be a patient of Kennell Orthodontics to enter.

Just submit your creative collage by using one of the following and be sure to include

your name and contact information.

Email: contests@kennellortho.com

Bring in a hard copy to our office: 783 North Main Street Laconia

Post on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KennellOrtho

 

Wishing you a happy and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

May 23rd, 2013

Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving our country. Yes, for many Memorial Day is a day off.  And sadly, that's how a majority of American's view this holiday.  That's a shame as it's time set aside to remember the fallen; the brave men and women who have fought to provide us with the freedoms we enjoy in this country. So teach your kids about Memorial Day! This Monday, find a Memorial Day observation of some sort.  Seek out your local VFW, or your local VVA chapter and see what's going on and make sure you explain to your kids....why this holiday is more than just a day off for Mom and Dad. So, when you're out enjoying your Monday off from work and school, whether you're barbecuing with friends and family, at the lake or relaxing, take a moment to give thanks!

Kennell Orthodontics wishes you a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!

Refer-A-Friend 2013!

May 2nd, 2013

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 kicked off a new patient referral program for 2013!
If Kennell Ortho 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 2013 GRAND PRIZE DRAWING.
What is the 2013 GRAND PRIZE DRAWING?!?
The lucky grand prize winner will select ONE (1) Winter or Summer New England Get-A-Way of
Their Choice to Be Scheduled in 2014!
Choose either

A Winter Weekend at NESTLENOOK FARM in Jackson NH

A Summer Weekend at ANCHORAGE INN in York ME

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!!!

April 15th, 2013

Kennell Orthodontics’s Spring Contest has officially kicked off!

Don’t miss out on the chance to win 4 Red Sox tickets to see your favorite baseball team play at Fenway Park against the Diamondbacks Sunday, August 4, 2013. at 1:35PM EDT.

Design a photo collage for our Facebook page and you could win tickets to a Red Sox game this summer!

 

The Spring Contest kicks off Monday, April 15th through Friday, July 12, 2013.

The winner will be selected the week of July 15, 2013.

Be Creative!  Create a Photo Collage for our Facebook!

The following elements need to be incorporated into the collage:

Kennell Ortho, Lakes Region Living, Braces (or retainers), Smiles, Summer, Friends, Having Fun!

There are lots of free Facebook Cover Collage apps you can download!

Check out what we did using the Smilebox App on our facebook page!

Here are the details:

Specs for collage should be the following:

851 pixels wide and 315 pixels tall, less than 100 kilobytes

4 inches wide x 1.5 inches high

JPG format preferred

 

Entry Submission

You must be a patient of Kennell Orthodontics to enter.

Just submit your creative collage by using one of the following and be sure to include your name and contact information.

Email: contests@kennellortho.com

Bring in a hard copy to our office: 783 North Main Street Laconia

Post on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KennellOrtho

Technology does not just change in computers and phones...

April 8th, 2013

Technology advances daily, the app you download today on your smart phone is likely to receive an upgrade tomorrow.  It does not stop there...

Show the world your smile, not your braces.

The HARMONY System attaches to the interior side of your teeth, so no one knows you are wearing braces but you.

For teens and adults of any age seeking invisible orthodontics, HARMONY offers a solution for even the most challenging cases.

HARMONY's digitally customized system for straightening teeth provides orthodontics with advanced technology to invisibly treat patients of all ages.

 

Dr. Kennell, Valerie, and Pam worked with 2 new Lakes Region Patients last week, when they outfitted each with their  own custom Harmony Braces.

Take a look at photos below that show you the before and after.  We are so excited to offer this new application; we will showcase the progress with patient, Jodi S., as she progresses to the smile she has been after for years.

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Ask Dr. Kennell about HARMONY's unique benefits.

Share the Love

March 29th, 2013

Share the Love contest winners:
Amanda L
Jessica T
Anthony A
Tim G

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated in our Share the Love food drive.  We were able to collect over 200 items for people in need.

 

Braces...not just for children!

March 22nd, 2013

Did you know one in every five orthodontic patients is an adult? We’re living longer and technology is improving, making orthodontic treatment an appealing and safe option for patients of all ages. As the trend toward treatment later in life grows, we’re seeing braces on parents as well as children – and even adult celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Gwen Stefani, Nicholas Cage, and more recently Faith Hill have shown off their braces. It’s never too late to look and feel your best with Dr. Kennell!

 

Can Braces Work for Adults?

People of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment with Dr. Kennell. The physical process for moving teeth is the same, young or old, which means it’s never too late to address issues such as an overbite or underbite, crooked or crowded teeth, or jaw disorders.

How Do I Get Started?

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, we’ll make a consultation appointment with you. During this meeting we will perform a general assessment of your oral health, discuss options for treatment, and answer any questions you may have. We will also discuss matters of cost and insurance. The next step is an orthodontic records appointment in which we take x-rays, photos, and an impression of your teeth. This information drives your unique treatment plan.

What Are the Benefits?

Straightening your teeth can improve your smile, your self-esteem, and your dental health. Technologically advanced new treatments make it easier to identify the option that best fits your lifestyle. Modern techniques and materials have made braces and aligners more effective, comfortable and unobtrusive than ever.

If you think you might benefit from orthodontic treatment, give Kennell Orthodontics a call, so we may set up a consultation to determine what type of treatment best meets your needs.

A Big Thank You From Dr. Kennell

March 14th, 2013

 

Thanks to all of our patients, parents and friends for making our Gunstock Tubing Event a huge success!!!  This was our very first large-scale patient appreciation event and we are so glad it went without a hitch.  Be sure to check out some photos on our Facebook album.  And congratulations to our lucky raffle winners – enjoy those prizes!

The orthodontic years can be a tough time for some of our patients and we certainly understand that.  Hey, I had braces myself – TWICE!  I hope that having office contests and events like these help to lighten the mood a bit and make the “braces years” a little more enjoyable.  I have to admit I am very fortunate to have an awesome office community of patients, parents and staff – it makes my job so much more rewarding.

Thanks again - and I’m already looking forward to planning our next event!  If you have some cool ideas of events that would interest you, please let us know.

Dr. Kennell

Tubing @ Gunstock March 10, 2013

February 28th, 2013

Dr. Alan Kennell and his team will be hosting
“Brace Yourself”

A Patient Appreciation Tubing Party at Gunstock Resort tubing hill!

If you are a current patient or recent patient in a retainer we encourage you to join us!

Sunday March 10, 2013

4-7 p.m.

Stop in and hit the hill, mingle, and allow us to show you our appreciation for choosing Kennell Orthodontics as your ortho provider!

Warm up with some hot cocoa, enjoy a nice warm fire along with s'mores and some great music.

We will even have some AWESOME raffle prizes - like a 2013/14 SEASON PASS to GUNSTOCK!...and so much more... for those who join us! Come for an hour or stay the whole time.

Please RSVP to the Facebook Event.

Everyone will be meeting just under the bridge by the welcome center. You will see the Kennell Orthodontics tent setup, check in for your tubing pass and a small gift.

 

Happy Valentine's Day!

February 14th, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day to you from US!

We LOVE that you chose Kennell Ortho for your ortho treatments!

 

So…for you, we have found some fun links that may highlight some of your interests…

How are the STARS celebrating Valentine’s Day this year?

A Valentine’s Day Song for you!

Valentine’s Day treats for kids – YOUNG and OLD !

ADA National Children's Dental Health Month, February 2013

February 7th, 2013

Although National Orthodontics Month is in October each year, each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.

Dr. Kennell and his team want to remind parents that their children can avoid cavities. A balanced diet, limiting snacks, brushing and flossing each day and regular dental check-ups are the keys to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

 

Cleaning Your Teeth & Gums

Taking care of your mouth is simple. The ADA recommends the following for good oral hygiene:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won't do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
  • Clean between teeth daily with floss or an inter dental cleaner. Tooth decay–causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps remove the sticky film on teeth called plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.

Patient Testimonials

January 31st, 2013

Check out our latest patient testimonial. We love to hear from our fabulous patients on the day their braces come off and their smile is ready for the world.

Check out Emily G.!

She was so excited, we are thrilled to be a part of her joy!

http://youtu.be/foJZEwCYxX8

Show them your smile, not your braces

January 25th, 2013


Dr. Kennell is excited to announce that he now offers this great new invisible solution for straightening your teeth!

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.

BRACE YOURSELF - Tubing Party and you're invited!

January 17th, 2013

Dr. Alan Kennell and his team will be hosting
“Brace Yourself”

A Patient Appreciation Tubing Party at Gunstock Mountain’s tubing hill!

If you are a current patient or recent patient in a retainer we encourage you to join us!

Sunday March 10, 2013

4-7 p.m.

Stop in and hit the hill, mingle, and allow us to show you our appreciation for choosing Kennell Orthodontics as your ortho provider!

Warm up with some hot cocoa, enjoy a nice warm fire along with smore’s and some great music.

We will even have some AWESOME raffle prizes for those who join us! Come for an hour or stay the whole time.

Please RSVP to the Facebook Event.

Everyone will be meeting just under the bridge by the welcome center. You will see the Kennell Orthodontics tent setup, check in for your tubing pass and a small gift.

2013 Flu Outbreak Is Making News Daily

January 13th, 2013

This year’s flu is the worst it has been in ten years and we are in the peak season.

Check out this article posted this week in NY DAILY NEWS -

Here are some simple steps you can take to help yourself avoid colds and the flu this season.
Be sure to get yourself and your family protected from the flu

  • Get vaccinated
  • Wash your hands before and after brushing
  • Allow the brush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen
  • Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster
  • Replace toothbrush after every cold or flu or every 3-4 months when bristles appear worn

To promote a healthy and clean environment, our team gives a great deal of attention to sanitation and sterilization in our office at all times, as well as following all requirements for sterilizing instruments and work surfaces.

For the protection of other patients and our staff, we always ask that patients reschedule their appointments if they have any type of cold or illness that can infect others. We hope this helps and give us a call if you have any questions! 

SHARE THE LOVE

January 7th, 2013

Spread the Cheer this time of year!

1 in 7 U.S. households don't know where their next meal is coming from. (Shocking, right?)

You can do something about this...
“Share the Love” is back! Leaving the Holiday Season of giving to those you love and those less fortunate does not need to stop. Together we can SPREAD THE CHEER THIS TIME OF YEAR!
Giving makes us all feel good, and the 2012 “Share the Love” program was a large success filling the shopping cart with non-perishable foods for the Laconia Area Food Pantry. With the winter season upon us, and the fresh load of snow dropped right after Christmas reminds us that it is important to keep our local community healthy through the season.

• When most people think about hunger, they think of a starving child in a third-world country. Or perhaps they think of a long line of homeless people waiting outside an inner-city soup kitchen.
• The truth is that hunger in United States is a huge problem. In a country known for its wealth and prosperity, 50 million Americans struggle to find their next meal.
• Did you know 17 million children go to bed hungry every night?
• The face of hunger has changed. No longer is it just the homeless man on the street reaching out for a helping hand, but millions of everyday people struggling to feed their families. No one is a stranger to the economic hardships of today.

Dr. Kennell and the Kennell Ortho Team are once again kicking off a non-perishable food drive program, when you bring in a non-perishable food item; you will be entered in the 2013 “Share the Love” prize drawing. 4 lucky winners will be announced on Wednesday March 27th!

Share this post with your Kennell Ortho friends and family so together we can SPREAD THE CHEER THIS TIME OF YEAR!.

Happy New Year!

December 28th, 2012


The year is almost over, and as we reflect on the year that was, we’d like to ask all our patients: what was memorable about 2012 for you, and what are you looking forward to in 2013? Do you have a New Year’s resolution, or any exciting plans for the coming year?

We know that we are looking forward to serving our amazing patients with even more great care in 2013!

Have a safe and happy New Year from our family to yours!

Season's Greetings!

December 20th, 2012


In this season given to tidings of comfort and joy, and as we reflect on the year that was, we’d like to ask you, our wonderful patients: What do you love about the holidays this year? Being with your loved ones? Hitting the slopes? A clean slate for 2013? Opening presents by the fireplace? All the delicious food?

Also, what gift are you most looking forward to getting this year? We’d love if you shared with us all the things you love about the holidays. Stay warm, and don’t forget to limit the amount of sweets you eat!

Happy holidays from our family to yours!

Need a New Year’s Resolution? How about a healthier, more beautiful smile?

December 14th, 2012


2013 is almost here, and it’s a great time of year to get started on achieving a straight, dazzling and confident smile that will last you a lifetime. We are proud to offer some of today’s most innovative orthodontic technologies that can straighten your smile in less time than you ever imagined. Not only do today’s braces and other orthodontic treatments straighten your teeth quicker, they also offer greater comfort for you, and require fewer visits to our office.

So if obtaining a healthy, beautiful smile is one of your New Year’s resolutions, we invite you to give us a call to schedule an initial orthodontic consultation. Happy holidays!

The Evolution of Braces

November 29th, 2012


Did you know that even in ancient times, people wanted to improve the look and function of their smiles? We think of modern orthodontic appliances as sleek, efficient technology, but this was not always so! Take a look at the highlights in the evolution of braces.

Ancient Times: From Greece to Rome

• According to The Angle Orthodontist, Aristotle and Hippocrates first thought about methods for straightening teeth between 400 and 300 BC.
• The Etruscans, in what we now know as Italy, buried their dead with appliances that maintained spaces and prevented collapse of their teeth and jaws during life. Archaeologists have discovered mummified remains in various locations that have metal bands wrapped around the teeth.
• A Roman tomb has also been discovered in which the teeth were bound with gold wire, including documentation on the wire’s use as a dental device.

18th Century: A French Development

• The French dentist Pierre Fauchard is acknowledged as the father of modern dentistry. In 1728 he published a book that described various methods for straightening teeth. Fauchard also used a device known as a “blandeau” to widen the upper palate.
• Louis Bourdet was another French dentist who published a book in 1754 that discussed tooth alignment. Bourdet further refined the blandeau and was the first dentist to extract bicuspids, or the premolar teeth between canines and molars, for the purpose of reducing tooth crowding.

19th Century: Orthodontics Defined
• Orthodontics started to become a separate dental specialty during the early 19th century. The first wire crib was used in 1819, marking the beginning of modern orthodontics.
• During this period, gold, platinum, silver, steel, gum rubber, vulcanite, and occasionally wood, ivory, zinc, and copper were used — as was brass in the form of loops, hooks, spurs, and ligatures.
• Edward Maynard first used gum elastics in 1843 and E. J. Tucker began making rubber bands for braces in 1850.
• Norman W. Kingsley published the first paper on modern orthodontics in 1858 and J. N. Farrar was the first dentist to recommend the use of force over timed intervals to straighten teeth.

20th Century: New Materials Abound
• Edward Angle developed the first classification systems for malocclusions (misaligned teeth) during the early 20th century in the United States, and it is still in use today. Angle founded the American Society of Orthodontia in 1901, which was renamed the American Association of Orthodontists in the 1930s.
• By the 1960s, gold was universally abandoned in favor of stainless steel.
• Lingual braces were the “invisible” braces of choice until the early 1980s, when tooth-colored aesthetic brackets made from single-crystal sapphire and ceramics became popular.

Today
As we arrive in the present, you need only look at your own braces to see how far we’ve come. Your treatment plan was probably created with a 3D digital model, and we’ve likely used a computerized process to customize your archwires. Perhaps you have clear aligners, self-ligating brackets, or highly resilient ceramic brackets with heat-activated wires.

Orthodontics has come a long way from the days of Aristotle, and even the bulky wrap-around braces of just 60 years ago. Regardless of your specific treatment plan, the development of high-tech materials and methods has made it possible for your orthodontic experience to be as effective, efficient, and comfortable as possible.

Sources: Angle.org, ArchWired

How to Protect Your Braces During Sports Activities

November 14th, 2012


Proper mouth protection is recommended when you participate in any sports activities. If you wear braces, this protection becomes essential. Injuries to your mouth can not only damage your teeth, but your braces could break and cut open your lip.

Full Facial Guards

Full facial guards are often used in football and offer protection to your mouth from most injuries. Even with full facial protection, you may benefit from additional mouth protection. While your face is protected from outside impact, you could still suffer from cuts or damage to your braces from internal impact.

Mouth Guards
Mouthguards referred to as boil-and-bites can be purchased at many retail stores. As the name implies, these guards are boiled in water to heat and soften the material. While the guard is still warm, you place it in your mouth and bite down gently. This causes the guard to form to the shape of your mouth. Unfortunately, these guards do not necessarily offer the best protection or fit.

The custom fitting of a mouthguard ensures you of better protection and a comfortable fit. Custom guards are also built in layers for durability. The American Dental Association recommends custom guards for orthodontic patients. Your mouthguard will be designed to provide proper protection for both your teeth and your braces.

No matter what type of sport you participate in, a mouthguard can protect your braces. Even an activity as seemingly harmless as table tennis can result in a contact injury. The Academy for Sports Dentistry states that a properly fitted mouthguard should not interfere with any athletic activity.

Our office will be glad to answer any questions you have so you can continue the activities you enjoy with little concern. If you do suffer any injuries to your mouth or braces during sporting activities, please contact us immediately. The sooner we can care for your mouth, the better the results will be.

Back to School Trivia Contest at Kennell Orthodontics!

November 2nd, 2012


Don't forget to enter our "Back to School" Trivia Contest for your chance to win an awesome Kindle Fire!

You can enter by picking up an entry form in our office, or print one out at home by clicking the form below:

Contest ends December 1st. Must be a patient of Kennell Orthodontics to enter. Good luck!!

Besides Straight Teeth, What are the Benefits of Braces?

October 25th, 2012

Everyone wants a naturally aligned and beautiful smile, and it is no secret that orthodontic braces can help deliver one. However, there are greater benefits to wearing braces than just having straight teeth. You’ll gain many oral health benefits in addition to the cosmetic ones.

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

Crooked or crowded teeth may overlap each other and create tight spaces in between. These can make it very difficult to brush and floss effectively, allowing bacteria and plaque to build up, and eventually leading to tooth decay and gum disease. With orthodontic treatment, your teeth will become properly aligned and spaced, which allows for more effective brushing.

Difficulties with Speech

Your teeth play an essential role in speech. When they are out of line or lean too far forward or backward, this can affect your speaking patterns, and possibly cause embarrassment and frustration. Braces can readjust the positioning of the teeth to allow for clearer, more professional speech.

Bone Erosion

Bone and gum tissues begin to erode when there are no teeth to support. This is also true for poorly aligned teeth that leave gaps and spaces or place too much pressure on the jawbone due to a bad bite. With braces, the bones and tissues are less likely to erode and can continue to support the teeth in their new alignment.

Digestion

Your teeth play an important role in digestion. Before food ever enters your stomach, it has been partially digested by the teeth. If teeth are severely out of line, however, they may not play their role in breaking down food as effectively as they should. With braces, your teeth will be straightened into optimal alignment for eating and chewing.

Rubber Band Horoscopes: What Your Color Says About You

October 17th, 2012


One exciting part about wearing braces is getting to choose the colors of your rubber bands. Orthodontists place elastic bands, or ligatures, over each bracket to secure the archwire in place. These rubber bands may be individual or connected, depending on your mouth’s needs. You have the option of choosing the color of your elastics, which are changed about once every month at every visit. Our offices keep a color wheel handy to help you choose which ones suit you best!

Children and teens often enjoy picking different colors each month to express their creativity and coordinate their braces with outfits. Decorating your mouth with your favorite colors is fun for kids and takes some of the stress out of wearing braces. Adults who wish for subtlety have color options that blend in with the metal brackets and archwire. Common choices for adults include silver, clear, and gray tones.

Common Color Combinations for Rubber Bands

With individual ligatures for each bracket, you may choose different color combinations for special events. You can have alternating colors or place an entire rainbow over your teeth. Here are a few options to consider:

• School spirit colors
• Favorite sports team colors
• Patriotic colors
• Holiday themes

Some patients choose only one color to match their mood, personality, or favorite outfits. The palette of choices allows you to make bold statements with your braces or go for subtler tones that blend in with the metal structures. Keep in mind that bright colors make your teeth look whiter, while lighter shades, such as yellow and white, may cause your teeth to appear less bright.

What Your Rubber Band Color Says About You

• Red tones indicate that you are ready for action and take charge of your life with aggressive, forward-thinking steps.
• Blue tones are calm and relaxing. You are conservative and exhibit integrity when dealing with situations.
• Green tones represent growth and balance. You are level-headed and look for opportunities to grow emotionally and spiritually.
• Purple tones attract creative energies. You like to have fun and use your imagination in every aspect of your life.
• Orange tones indicate that you are optimistic and thrive in social situations where communication is open.
• Pink is a romantic color that represents a caring personality. You also enjoy having fun with silly games and endless laughter.

Permanent or Removable Retainers: Which is Right for You?

October 12th, 2012


When the time to remove your braces finally arrives, it is very exciting. Unfortunately, it can be somewhat confusing, too, because you are faced with choosing between two kinds of retainers. Should you go with permanent, removable, or a combination of the two? It is always wise to follow your dentist’s recommendations, but knowing more about the two types of retainer beforehand can be helpful.

Removable Retainers

Removable retainers offer the advantage of easy use: you will generally put a removable retainer in at night and take it out in the morning. Regardless of your retainer schedule, you'll be able to enjoy some time with no retainer. However, a removable retainer can easily be forgotten at times, and this means you won't be taking full advantage of teeth retention.

Another potential advantage of a removable retainer is that you can take it out and brush and floss your teeth with ease, which is more of a challenge with a permanent retainer. Although removable retainers can be very effective, they don't tend to be as effective as permanent retainers, especially if they are not used as directed.

Permanent Retainers

Permanent retainers are the clear choice for patients who want to “get it and forget it.” Once your permanent retainer is placed in your mouth, you won’t need to worry about daily retainer schedules, since it is permanently affixed to your teeth.

Because teeth begin to shift naturally as we age, a permanent retainer typically offers better long-term results for teeth straightening than a removable one. You can't forget to put it in — it's already there! Temporary retainers get lost or are forgotten on trips, and often fail to get used as often as they should be.

One drawback to permanent retainers is flossing. Some patients find it more difficult to floss with a permanent retainer, but we can show you effective ways to floss fairly quickly with your permanent retainer.

Some orthodontists may recommend a combination of the two; for example, a removable retainer for the top teeth and a permanent one for the lower ones because the lower teeth are smaller and tend to shift more.

Ultimately, the most important thing to remember is that wearing your retainer as directed is extremely important. As long as you follow our orthodontist’s advice, you will get the best results from your retainer, regardless of its type.

Cold and flu season is upon us, are you prepared?

September 26th, 2012


It’s that time of year to start thinking about protecting yourself and your family from the flu. Here are some simple steps you can take to help yourself avoid colds and the flu this season.

• Wash your hands before and after brushing
• Allow the brush to air dry after each use, harmful bacteria dies after being exposed to oxygen
• Store the toothbrush in an upright position to allow water to drain and dry faster
• Replace toothbrush after every cold or flu or every 3-4 months when bristles appear worn

To promote a healthy and clean environment, our team gives a great deal of attention to sanitation and sterilization in our office at all times, as well as following all requirements for sterilizing instruments and work surfaces.

For the protection of other patients and our staff, we always ask that patients reschedule their appointments if they have any type of cold or illness that can infect others. We hope this helps and give us a call if you have any questions!

Stay healthy this beautiful autumn!

Foods That are Safe for Braces

September 14th, 2012


Orthodontic braces are used to straighten the teeth, which not only creates a more pleasing appearance, but also helps prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems. Braces are only effective when they are properly cared for, however. Certain foods, for example, are better suited for individuals who have braces, as opposed to hard and sticky foods that can cause damage. So what types of foods should you or your kids eat to protect dental appliances?

The best foods to eat with braces are those that are not high in sugar and do not require excessive chewing. For breakfast, try eggs, yogurt, bacon, wheat toast, or oatmeal. Lunch may steer toward a banana rather than an apple, a salad without nuts, and a glass of water. If you are looking for some after-school snacks for your kids, consider baked tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole, or try string cheese with fruit.

A healthy dinner can include most types of vegetables, so long as they are cooked to an appropriate softness. Pair that with a lean protein, such as fish or chicken, and follow up with dessert. Just be sure to brush afterward!

Post-Tightening Foods

As braces begin to adjust the alignment of the teeth, our office will periodically tighten them to continue the alignment process. After tightening occurs, the teeth may be sore and sensitive to certain foods. During this time, it is best to eat soft foods. Examples include:

• pudding
• mashed potatoes
• soup
• ice cream
• cottage cheese
• peas
• pancakes
• pasta

Foods to Avoid

According to the American Dental Association, anyone who wears braces – whether fixed or removable – should avoid excessive snacking and should aim to eat a healthy and balanced diet. It is also important to avoid foods that could cause damage to the braces, such as:

• hard candies
• gum
• nuts
• popcorn
• certain raw vegetables (for example, carrots)

Considerations

Regardless of what types of foods you eat with braces, it is important to keep the crevices between the teeth and around the braces very clean. That means brushing and flossing after meals to prevent the build-up of plaque and decay. Not only can failing to do so damage the teeth, but it can also cause discoloration.

When Are Two Phases of Treatment Necessary?

September 7th, 2012

Usually patients in orthodontic treatment already have their permanent teeth – they are pre-teens, teens and adults. But in some cases we have to start treatment earlier, even before the patient’s permanent teeth come in. We call this “two-phase treatment.”

When we have patients with clear developmental problems at an early age, it’s best to start work when they are young, before the problems get bigger and more difficult to treat.

Examples include:
• An upper or lower jaw that is not growing correctly
• A mouth growing in a way that doesn’t leave enough room for all the permanent teeth to come in
• A severe malocclusion, or bad bite, which means the jaw doesn’t fit together correctly

In these cases we will start early and do one round of treatment – phase one – while the patient still has their baby teeth. Phase one usually does not involve braces, but can include a different type of appliance that helps the jaw grow into place properly. We’ll follow up with phase two usually a few years later, when permanent teeth are in place. Generally phase two involves braces.

In order to catch early problems, we recommend that children have an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven (and so does the American Association of Orthodontists). However, if your dentist or pediatrician sees any sign that early treatment might be necessary, he or she may recommend your child visit our office even sooner.

What are the Early Signs of Orthodontic Problems?

August 23rd, 2012

Visibly crooked teeth are not the only reason to take your child into the orthodontist. There are some subtle things to look for as well, which may indicate the onset of more serious orthodontic issues. Many orthodontic issues are much easier to address if treated and corrected during a child's development.

Waiting until facial development is complete or until the permanent teeth have come in can make correction of many orthodontic issues more challenging. Both children and adults can benefit from orthodontic care at any age, but addressing issues early is almost always the ideal choice.

If you're wondering if you or your child might have need for orthodontic care, there are some things you can be on the lookout for. Here are some of the most common warning signs of orthodontic issues:

• Difficulty when chewing or biting
• Chronic mouth-breathing
• Sucking the thumb, the fingers, or any other oral sucking habits that continue after the age of six
• Overbite - when the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth by more than 5mm
• Top front teeth that cover more than 25% of the bottom teeth while biting
• Underbite - when the top front teeth go behind the bottom row of teeth when biting
• Crowded, crooked, overlapped, misshapen, misplaced teeth or extra teeth of any size
• Crossbite - when one or more teeth tilt toward the cheek or toward the tongue causing excessive stress on the jawbone
• The center of the top and bottom teeth don't line up
• Uneven teeth-wearing
• Baby teeth coming out too early for the child's age
• Pain in jaws
• Clicking in the jaw joints
• The jaw shifts off-center while chewing or biting
• A jaw that protrudes, or recedes, too much
• Difficulty speaking or enunciating clearly
• Chronic biting of the inner cheek or roof of the mouth
• Asymmetrical facial structure
• Grinding or clenching of the teeth

If you notice that either you or your child has one or more of these conditions, they could be signs that there is a risk of orthodontic or health problems. The sooner these problems are addressed, the wider and brighter you will be able to smile going forward!

When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

August 16th, 2012

Orthodontic treatments vary from dental treatment, in that they primarily address malocclusions, jaw spacing and tooth alignment, rather than the actual health of the teeth. That is why it is often more difficult for parents to determine when a child needs orthodontic treatment than dental treatment. So how can you know it is time to take your child to the orthodontist?

• Bad Bite - As the adult teeth begin to replace primary teeth, bite occlusions can develop. These often become visible to parents between middle childhood and the pre-teen years, although an orthodontist can identify a bad bite with early evaluation.
• Visible Tooth Crowding - If your child's newly emerging teeth are already crowded, you should make an appointment with our office to discuss braces.
• Tooth Grinding (Bruxism) - Children who grind their teeth at night may do so unconsciously, but the condition requires treatment to prevent the development of headaches, TMJ, and tooth damage. Oral appliances are available to correct nighttime tooth grinding.
• Difficulty Chewing, Biting, or Speaking - If your child is displaying difficulty speaking or eating, or if he or she often experiences cheek biting, schedule an orthodontic consultation.
• Asymmetry - If your child's face is asymmetrical, or if his or her teeth do not meet together in a natural way, orthodontic treatment may be necessary.

Evaluation and Preventive Care

Even if your child has no visible tooth or jaw alignment problems, the American Association of Orthodontics recommends that every child visit the orthodontist for an initial examination no later than age seven. The reason for early evaluation is because orthodontists are capable of finding subtle problems with the jaw and teeth growth and spacing before they become more pronounced and also more difficult to treat. By bringing your child in for an evaluation, you may be able to treat orthodontic conditions with shorter and more simplified treatments that are also more affordable than treatment during the teenage and adult years.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

July 30th, 2012


Orthodontic treatments are used to correct malocclusion, a condition more commonly known as a bad bite. The length of treatment time varies depending on the severity of the bite problem.

What is a "bad bite"?

A bad bite occurs when spacing or alignment problems are present. This often includes teeth that are protruding, crowded, or crooked. Sometimes teeth appear straight, but have an uneven bite because the upper and lower jaws do not align properly. Teeth that are irregularly spaced - either too far apart or too close together - can also cause bite problems.

Frequent causes of bite problems:

• Heredity
• Thumb-sucking
• Premature tooth loss
• Accidents

Benefits of orthodontic treatment:

Appearance -
Correcting a bad bite often creates a more attractive smile, which frequently raises the patient's self esteem.

Preventing Decay -
It also results in a healthier mouth. It is much more difficult to thoroughly clean teeth that are crooked, protruding, overlapped, or crowed. This may allow plaque to build up, which can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and even tooth loss. Orthodontic treatment corrects these conditions, so cleaning can be more efficient.

Avoiding Alignment Issues -
An uneven bite can interfere with the motions of chewing and speaking. This can cause abnormal wear to tooth enamel, which may require pricey cosmetic restorative treatments, such as crowns or veneers, to correct. It can also lead to problems with the jaws. Orthodontic treatment lessens the likelihood of those issues, as well.

Types of orthodontic treatment:

Braces: Metal or ceramic brackets are bonded to the front of teeth. Wires and elastics are attached to the brackets to straighten teeth.

Invisalign®: Advanced 3D computer images of the patients' mouth are used to create clear, custom aligners that slowly move teeth. They are nearly invisible and are more comfortable than traditional braces. They are also removable, which makes it possible to continue with normal brushing and flossing.

Retainers: A retainer is a removable piece worn inside the mouth that uses pressure to force teeth to move into proper alignment. They are used after braces are removed.

Length of orthodontic treatment:

Treatment typically ranges from 12 - 36 months. Factors include the age, cooperation level, and growth occurrence of the patient. The complexity of the case also impacts the treatment time.

Elements of Braces

July 27th, 2012

When coming to our office to have braces put on, you may find yourself feeling a bit intimated and nervous about the experience. We hope to help you feel more at ease by explaining exactly what the different parts of braces are, and what they do.

Parts of Braces

• Elastic Tie — This is a very small rubber band, and it holds the archwire in place.
• Archwire — This is the main part of the braces. It is a wire guide that tracks the teeth. The wire may be moved from time to time during treatment to continue straightening a patient's teeth.
• Loop in Archwire — This is not in all braces. If it is used, it is to close a gap left from a tooth extraction.
• Bracket — This piece of equipment holds the archwire in place. Formerly, many patients used colored rubber bands to keep the brackets in place, but now since most brackets are cemented on, this is no longer necessary.
• Headgear Tube — This is a hollow area near the back bands, which allows the headgear to fit into the braces. This is only used on patients who require headgear.
• Coil Spring — If needed, this would fit between a bracket and the main archwire. Its purpose is to open up the space between the teeth. This is not necessarily used on all patients.
• Tie Wire — This is another piece of equipment that is used to keep the archwire in place. It is a thin wire that wraps around the bracket.
• Band — This is a metal band that fits completely around a tooth. It is used to help adhere brackets to the tooth.
• Hook — This is the piece of equipment that is used to attach the elastics, also known as rubber bands, around the bracket.
• Elastic — These elastics are used to connect one point of the appliance to another. The purpose is to apply pressure, and encourage the teeth to move into the proper positioning.

By defining each appliance we hope you or your child will be less apprehensive about getting braces put on. At the end of your treatment, you will have a bright, straight smile to show off to all of your friends.

Sports and Orthodontics

July 19th, 2012


We’re halfway through the summer, and the summer months bring an increase in outdoor activities and a greater chance of kids damaging their precious mouths and pearly whites. If you play sports, it's important that you consult our office for special precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard. A protective mouth guard is advised for playing spring sports such as baseball, soccer, lacrosse and others. Be sure, however, to avoid mouth guards that custom form to your teeth as these will resist any tooth movements we are trying to achieve.

In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, please schedule an appointment with the office. And don’t forget to ask us about how you can get a mouth guard for yourself.

Only by using a mouth guard and other forms of facial protection can kids with and without braces avoid serious sports injuries. Please give us a call if you have any questions about mouth guards or your treatment at our office.

Top ten tips to keep your braces sparklin' clean!

July 12th, 2012



Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever when you have braces! Food bits have more spots than usual to hide in your mouth, so you must be diligent in order to avoid bad breath, swollen gums, discolored teeth and cavities. If you remove plaque regularly during treatment, you'll experience better results and shorter treatment time. Keep plaque at bay with these top ten tips:

1. One tooth at a time. When you brush, take time with each individual tooth – at least 10 seconds each – and pay careful attention to the spots where your teeth touch your braces.
2. It’s all about the angles. Brush the tops of your teeth and braces with your brush angled down toward where they meet. Brush the bottoms of your teeth and braces with your brush angled up.
3. The tooth, the whole tooth, nothing but the tooth. While the front surface of your teeth may seem like the most logical to clean, it’s equally important to clean the inner surface of your teeth (tongue side) as well as the chewing surface. And be sure to clean along your gum line – a key spot for plaque buildup.
4. Step 1: eat, step 2: clean. While you’re in treatment, it’s important to brush after every meal. Bits of food can easily get caught between braces and teeth, and these food bits interact with bacteria in your mouth to cause decay. The longer food is in contact with your teeth, the greater opportunity for plaque to form. If you are eating somewhere that you can’t brush, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.
5. Like a Boy Scout, always be prepared. The easiest way to be sure you can brush after every meal is to get in the habit of taking a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss with you wherever you go. Designate a special container just for your teeth-cleaning tools and keep it in your purse, backpack, or laptop case.
6. Remove the moving parts. If you have elastic bands or headgear, remove these parts before you brush or floss.
7. Fluoride is your friend. Fluoride helps prevent cavities. Be sure to brush with fluoride toothpaste, and rinse with fluoride mouthwash.
8. Pointy brushes reach tiny places. Interproximal brushes (sometimes called proxa brushes or interdental brushes) are cone-shaped and come in very handy for reaching spots around your braces that standard brushes can’t.
9. Find the floss for you. Regular floss works for some patients, but others find it easier to work with a floss threader, which helps you get the floss into tight places. Other patients like an all-in-one product called Superfloss, which comes with a stiff end for easy threading, a spongy section for cleaning wide spaces, and regular floss for narrow spaces.
10. Make time for the pros. It’s your job to take care of the everyday cleaning. But make sure to visit your dentist regularly while in treatment, to get the deep, thorough cleaning that only a professional can provide. If you need help finding the right Dentist for you, feel free to contact our office - we’d love to help!

We hope this helps, and remember to give our team a call if you ever have any questions!

Independence Day Facts, Tips, and Party invitations!

July 2nd, 2012



It’s hard to believe, but July is already here and half of 2012 has already passed! As July 4th approaches, our team thought it would be fun to share some facts and safety tips for celebrating our country’s independence day.

Fun Facts:
• Betsy Ross, according to legend, sewed the first American flag in May or June 1776, as commissioned by the Congressional Committee.
• The major objection to being ruled by Britain was taxation without representation. The colonists had no say in the decisions of English Parliament.
• The word ‘patriotism’ comes from the Latin patria, which means ‘homeland’ or ‘fatherland.’
• The first public Fourth of July event at the White House occurred in 1804.
• And what could be more fitting than spending the day in a place called “America”? There are five such places in the country, with the most populous being American Fork, Utah, with 21,941 residents. Check out American Fact Finder.

Safety Tips:
• Avoid buying fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that the fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could pose a danger to consumers.
• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
• Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
• To prevent a trash fire, be sure to douse the spent fireworks with plenty of water from a bucket or hose after fireworks complete their burning and before discarding them.
• Make sure fireworks are legal before buying or using them.

What are your plans this 4th of July? Share them with us! We’d love to hear what you and the rest of the community will be doing to celebrate! (Don’t forget to make sure there are no restrictions on fireworks! Check out this link to see if fireworks might be an issue for you this year.)

Also, check out these 4th of July party invitations, eGreeting cards, and delicious recipes!

July 4th eCard invitations!

Happy Independence Day eCards

Independence Day Recipes

Photo by shawnajean
Photo by shawnajean

Stay Cool with a Braces-Friendly Summer Treat!

June 27th, 2012

Summer is here! Kids and adults alike will now be spending more time outside being active and enjoying the hotter temperatures. What’s better on a hot summer day than a delicious treat that will cool you down after doing something active in the summer sun? Luckily, we have just the thing, Blueberry Blast! You can find the complete recipe below:

Blueberry Blast

Ingredients
• 1/4 cup cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
• 8oz lowfat blueberry yogurt
• 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
Directions
In blender, combine cranberry juice, yogurt, and blueberries and blend until mixture is smooth and frothy. Pour into 1 tall glass. Serves 1.

Happy Summer!

Making Your Life Better with Orthodontics

June 11th, 2012


The number one goal of orthodontic treatment is to give you or your child a good bite, meaning straight teeth that work well with the teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to eat, chew and speak. It can enhance your dental health and your overall health, and may well improve your self-esteem. As a part of your comprehensive dental health care plan, orthodontic treatment can help you retain your teeth—and your smile—for a lifetime.

Let your smile express yourself! Nothing can show the world how happy you are quite like a beautiful smile. In fact, it’s one of the first things others notice about you, too. With orthodontics, you can be proud to flash your smile, because you’ll know that your smile truly represents your positive attitude.

Make your mouth healthy! Straight teeth aren’t just pretty, they’re healthy as well. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean, reducing the amount of plaque buildup and risk for gingivitis. The cleaner you keep your teeth, the longer they’ll last!

Feel free to live your life! Orthodontics is easier today than ever before, with treatment options that fit your lifestyle and schedule. We can personalize your treatment to suit all of your needs!

June marks National Dairy Month!

June 8th, 2012

In honor of June Dairy Month, our team would like to thank all of our hard working families in the Dairy Industry.

In fact, dairy is important to your overall health! A 2008 study from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) found that regular consumption of dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, can lower your chances of contracting periodontal disease (also known as gum disease).

Results of the study show that adults who consume at least 55 grams of lactic acid a day are less at risk for gum disease. Eating dairy is not just healthy for building strong bones, but is essential for maintaining a strong, healthy mouth.

Questions about which foods you should steer clear of and which you should enjoy during orthodontic treatment? Give us a call or ask us on Facebook!

The benefits of a beautiful smile

June 1st, 2012


We know that having an attractive smile puts a spring in your step—or two—as well as increases your self-confidence, no matter if you’re 14 or in your late forties. Smiling not only makes people happy and puts them in a good mood, doing it often can even help you live longer, according to previous studies!

If you’ve been hiding your smile because you have crooked teeth or gaps between your teeth, it’s time to consider orthodontic treatment at our practice. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn how quickly and efficiently today’s most advanced correction techniques can straighten your smile!

Don’t hide your smile any longer — give us a call today to schedule yours or your child’s orthodontic consultation.

Dr. Kennell and team, wishing you a relaxing and memorable Memorial Day weekend

May 24th, 2012


Memorial Day weekend is a time when Americans everywhere stop and remember all those men and women who bravely gave their lives for our country.

Memorial Day also marks the unofficial start of summer 2012 and getting out of town for three days after being cooped up in the office or in the classroom means sweet, sweet relief for many folks. We also know Memorial Day weekend is ripe for travel. After all, it’s a season of vacations, adventures and great memories.

What are you up to this Memorial Day weekend? Whether you are headed to a barbecue, a camping trip, hitting the great open roads or hanging out in your backyard this weekend, we want to know about it!

Wherever your long weekend takes you, we hope you all have a nice and relaxing Memorial Day!

“Am I Too Old for Braces?”

May 18th, 2012

Absolutely not! Orthodontic treatment for adults is becoming more and more common. In fact, the number of adults getting braces has actually climbed 24 percent since 1996! More adults than ever are realizing that orthodontic treatment is not just for kids, and can help improve the aesthetics and health of a smile of any age! In a society where appearance matters and can help make the difference between getting a job or a promotion, adults are choosing wisely to invest in orthodontic treatment.

Some of the most common reasons our adult patients come to us considering orthodontic treatment include:

  • Teeth that are crowded or spaced apart, sometimes as a result of tooth decay or gum disease
  • Pain or pressure from crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw
  • A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly

Most of all though, adult patients come to our office seeking a healthier mouth and a more confident smile! Orthodontic treatment at our office can be successful at any age, and adults especially can appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile.

As an adult patient, we recognize that you have different needs than our younger patients, and we will work with you to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.

If you’ve been thinking about getting that perfect smile, we would love to have you visit for a consultation. We understand you have a busy schedule, and will work with you to find a time that is convenient for you. Please visit our website or give our office a call to schedule your appointment today!

Ask your Doctor: What should I expect during my initial consultation?

May 11th, 2012

Great question! When you first come in for your initial consultation your doctor will conduct a comprehensive examination to assess your oral health. This will better enable us to determine the best treatment method for you.
Your orthodontic evaluation will consist of an oral and facial examination to assess your oral health. We will have you take intraoral and facial photographs as well as panoramic and cephalometric X-rays to help determine the proper orthodontic treatment method. Then, an impression of your teeth and bite will be taken to construct a model of your mouth. (This will help us when examining your diagnostic records).
At your second appointment, the doctor will discuss your options with you. Our team feels it’s important to take the time to carefully examine your diagnostic records after your consultation so that we can more thoroughly prepare for your orthodontic treatment. This additional preparation will ensure that you receive the best orthodontic care possible. At this time, we encourage you to ask us any questions you may have about your treatment.
If you are seeking orthodontics for your child, our staff asks that both you and your child attend the initial consultation. We feel it is important that both you and your child completely understand the doctor’s recommendations before we proceed with treatment.
Give us a call today and schedule a consultation! We look forward to hearing from you!

“Show Us Your Summer Photos” Contest with Kennell Orthodontics

May 1st, 2012


How would you like to win tickets to the Big Time Rush concert on September 1st? Do you have exciting plans this summer? Are you thrilled now that you finally got your braces or retainers? Are you in love with your new smile? Now through August 1st, we’re excited to host our “Show Us Your Summer Photos” contest, which is an opportunity for all of our patients to share their favorite summer smile shots for a chance to win tickets to the Big Time Rush concert!

To enter, just email your favorite smile shot to contests@kennellortho.com. Please remember to include your First and Last Name on the Subject line. If you have a Dr. Kennell t-shirt, be sure to wear it for the picture. Oh, and don’t forget to show off that awesome smile!

Once your photo has been uploaded to our Facebook Big Time Summer Photos album, you’ll want to let your friends, family and coworkers know so that they can share their feedback! Our team will be determining the contest winner, also taking into account the number of “Likes” that each photo receives.

*Please note that by entering our “Show Us Your Summer Photos” Contest, you are giving us permission to share your photo on our social networks.

We look forward to seeing your awesome pics!

-The Kennell Orthodontics Team

Celebrating Earth Day by Doing Our Part to Help the Planet!

April 27th, 2012

We are living in an age with a renewed commitment to conservation, and are frequently reminded to recycle, reduce and reuse. Last Sunday marked Earth Day, so today we thought we would discuss some of the things we do to conserve our natural resources and the environment.

Our office is digitalized, which means we can operate without the use of large amounts of paper and printing materials. The information in our office can be sent and processed digitally, which is also more efficient. We take all of the steps possible to be a 'green' office, making us better for the planet and more convenient for our patients.

We would love to hear how you minimize your impact on the environment. Leave us a comment below or post on our Facebook page!

Making Your Life Better with Orthodontics

April 20th, 2012

The number one goal of orthodontic treatment is to give you or your child a good bite, meaning straight teeth that work well with the teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to eat, chew and speak. It can enhance your dental health and your overall health, and may well improve your self-esteem. As a part of your comprehensive dental health care plan, orthodontic treatment can help you retain your teeth—and your smile—for a lifetime.

Let your smile express yourself! Nothing can show the world how happy you are quite like a beautiful smile. In fact, it’s one of the first things others notice about you, too. With orthodontics, you can be proud to flash your smile, because you’ll know that your smile truly represents your positive attitude.

Make your mouth healthy! Straight teeth aren’t just pretty, they’re healthy as well. Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to clean, reducing the amount of plaque buildup and risk for gingivitis. The cleaner you keep your teeth, the longer they’ll last!

Feel free to live your life! Orthodontics is easier today than ever before, with treatment options that fit your lifestyle and schedule. From clear braces to removable aligners and totally invisible lingual (behind the teeth) braces, we can personalize your treatment to suit all your needs.

"Am I Too Old for Braces?"

April 13th, 2012

Absolutely not! Orthodontic treatment for adults is becoming more and more common. In fact, the number of adults getting braces has actually climbed 24 percent since 1996! More adults than ever are realizing that orthodontic treatment is not just for kids, and can help improve the aesthetics and health of a smile of any age! In a society where appearance matters and can help make the difference between getting a job or a promotion, adults are choosing wisely to invest in orthodontic treatment.

Some of the most common reasons our adult patients come to us considering orthodontic treatment include:

• Teeth that are crowded or spaced apart, sometimes as a result of tooth decay or gum disease
• Pain or pressure from crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw
• A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly

Most of all though, adult patients come to our office seeking a healthier mouth and a more confident smile! Orthodontic treatment at our office can be successful at any age, and adults especially can appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile.

As an adult patient, we recognize that you have different needs than our younger patients, and we will work with you to ensure you receive the most appropriate treatment and that your needs are met with understanding and respect from us.

If you’ve been thinking about getting that perfect smile, we would love to have you visit for a consultation. We understand you have a busy schedule, and will work with you to find a time that is convenient for you. Please visit our website or give our office a call to schedule your appointment today!

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April 6th, 2012

Visiting your dentist during your orthodontic treatment will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy while you have braces, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. The fact is, every hour of every day in the U.S., someone dies of oral cancer, which is the sixth-most common diagnosed form of the disease. The five-year survival rate is only 50 percent, and oral cancer is one of the few cancers whose survival rate has not improved. Since April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we would like to take this opportunity to remind all of our patients about the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene while you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.

Your dentist is specifically trained to diagnose, treat, and prevent oral health problems. Please let us now if you have any questions about your oral health during your next adjustment appointment. Take care of your teeth!

Smile, and you might just live longer!

March 29th, 2012

Folks with big smiles may actually live longer than those who don’t, according to a March 2010 study at Michigan’s Wayne State University. Dr. Kennell has known for quite some time that positive emotion has been linked to both physical and mental health, but researchers at the university did something quite interesting: they looked at photos of 230 ball-players who began their careers in baseball prior to 1950 and studied their smile intensity (ranging from big smile, no smile or partial smile). The players' smile ratings were compared with data from deaths that occurred from 2006 through 2009. The researchers then took into account other factors that impact life longevity, including body mass index, career length and even college attendance.

The results? Researchers found that players who weren't smiling in the photos died at the average age of 72.9 years. Players with partial smiles lived to be 75. Those with big smiles, however, lived on average to be 79.9 years old.

The take-away from the new study? Smile now, smile often and you might just live longer! Have you been perfecting your smile by visiting Kennell Orthodontics on a regular basis? If not, give us a call!

What do rubber bands do?

March 22nd, 2012


Rubber bands, or elastics, can be an integral aspect of orthodontic care, so if Dr. Kennell has prescribed elastics as a part of your treatment, it’s important to follow the directions fully. Elastics help to align your bite or cause teeth to move in different directions and straighten more quickly. We will instruct you how to hook one end to an upper bracket and the other end to a lower bracket so the rubber band goes vertically or diagonally from one bracket to another. The tension of the rubber band produces pressure on the bracket, which causes the teeth to move and straighten. This tension is also sufficient to correct an overbite or an under bite in the jaw.

If rubber bands are a part of your treatment plan, there are a few things to keep in mind. With rubber bands, you won’t be able to open your mouth fully, so they will have to be removed when you eat and reapplied after meal time. Many times, rubber bands are only needed at night, so you won’t need to worry about eating with them. Also, if you try to open your mouth too wide, your rubber bands might snap – so be careful!

Failure to wear your elastics full time or as instructed can lengthen your treatment time and may make it more difficult to achieve an optimal result. But don’t worry; your time in elastics will be well worth it when you see your beautiful, new smile.

Connect with Kennell Orthodontics on Facebook!

March 14th, 2012


We’ve rolled out our new Facebook Timeline page and would love for you to check it out! You’ll find all the useful information that was there before, but now in a fun, new layout. When you connect with us on Facebook, you’ll be able to check out photos of our office, find out about new events and contests, or you can even leave a note about how much you enjoyed your visit at our office. We love hearing your feedback to make our practice serve you and your family even better. To make life even easier, if you “Like” us on Facebook, you’ll automatically receive updates from our office right on your own news feed!

See you on Facebook!

Which questions should I ask during my orthodontic consultation?

March 8th, 2012

When you visit Kennell Orthodontics for your orthodontic consultation, you’ll probably have a lot of questions. We want you to be prepared for your appointment and feel in charge of your orthodontic treatment decisions, so keep these questions in mind to ask when you come in for your appointment:

• How long will I have to wear braces?
• Will getting braces hurt?
• Will I have to wear additional appliances to correct jaw problems while I have braces?
• What can I eat when I have braces?
• Are there certain things, like playing sports or playing an instrument, which I won’t be able to do?
• How can I make sure my teeth stay clean and healthy while I have braces?
• How often will I need to come in for appointments?
• How much will my orthodontic treatment cost?

The team at Kennell Orthodontics is here to answer all your questions and concerns, and we’re happy to explain all aspects of your treatment plan and expected outcome. Your orthodontic experience should be comfortable, hassle-free, and most importantly, leave you smiling!

The Clear Benefits of Invisalign

February 29th, 2012

Invisalign clear aligners can be a great option for improving the look of your smile. At Kennell Orthodontics, we have lots of experience using this technology to give our patients the straight, beautiful smile they’ve always wanted. Plus, because it’s so convenient, Invisalign won’t interfere with your daily life.

• Invisalign aligners are clear, discrete and effective at moving your teeth into their ideal positions.
• You don’t need to change your eating habits, because your aligners can be easily removed.
• Invisalign aligners are made of comfortable, smooth plastic, so you don’t have to worry about taking care of metal brackets.
• Invisalign aligners make daily oral hygiene easier, reducing the risk of possible problems.
• Invisalign treatment is covered by most insurance providers, just like traditional braces.

A straight smile makes you look great, but it also can help you keep the rest of your mouth healthy. Correctly aligned teeth can decrease health issues that can be caused by an improper bite, speech or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel.

Invisalign can be used by teens and adults, so whether you want to improve your own smile or need more information about your teen’s orthodontic options, contact our Laconia, NH office to learn more.

Congratulations to our "Share The Love" contest winners!

February 21st, 2012

At Kennell Orthodontics, we asked our patients to bring in food items for our "Share The Love" food drive, and they were entered to win an awesome prize! Congratulations to our "Share The Love" contest winners - Kendall Donohoe, Raina Gately, Nicholas Kulig, Niki Bogdan and Kerry Dempsey! They won some awesome prizes!

All of the food that we received was sent to the Laconia Area Food Pantry! Thank you to all of our wonderful patients for helping us support this great cause!

Visit our Facebook page to see pictures from the food drive and of the winners!

Ask Dr. Kennell: How long does orthodontic treatment take?

February 16th, 2012

Your smile is totally unique, so the time you’ll need to spend undergoing orthodontic treatment will also be unique. Generally, orthodontic treatment will take about two years, and this is for good reason. During this time, your teeth will slowly move into their desired positions, leaving you with a great smile with as little discomfort as possible. Rushing treatment can result in a less than perfect smile with a greater chance of tooth movement after your treatment is complete. At Kennell Orthodontics, we don’t want to waste your time with treatment that won’t retain your smile for the rest of your life.

Of course, treatment time will vary depending on your specific situation. Very minor tooth movement may only take a few months to correct, while serious malocclusion (poor bite) may need more than two years to correct. Only Dr. Alan Kennell will be able to accurately estimate the time your treatment will take. But trust us—it’ll all be worth it in the end!

Has your child or teen visited Kennell Orthodontics for a consultation? If not, please give us a call and let us help him or her begin the journey to a gorgeous smile!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, from Kennell Orthodontics

February 9th, 2012

Each February for the past 62 years, the American Dental Association (ADA) has sponsored National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

For kids wearing braces, brushing and flossing can become more difficult, requiring extra time and vigilance to remove food particles that accumulate on and between the teeth and in braces. New options for braces such as Invisalign Teen, which is removable, make it easier for kids to maintain good oral health during orthodontic treatment.

If the health of your teeth is ignored during treatment with braces, the results can be significantly compromised. Dr. Alan Kennell is available and happy to explain why effective brushing and flossing is one of the most critical actions needed from patients during orthodontic treatment. Have you visited us lately? Give us a call and schedule an appointment!

Ask Kennell Orthodontics: What's the deal with mouthwash?

February 2nd, 2012

While mouthwash is not an alternative to regular brushing and flossing, it can help keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. There are several different types of mouthwashes available, and all of them will help do different things for your smile. The most common types of mouthwashes are:

Fluoride – fluoride is the most used type of mouthwash available, and is used to strengthen the enamel of the teeth while preventing cavities and tooth decay.
Antiseptic – an antiseptic mouthwash is used to kill bacteria and germs in the mouth. Most commonly used before and after a dental surgery, antiseptic mouthwashes can also help to fight gum disease, and halitosis (chronic bad breath). Antiseptic mouthwashes can affect your sense of taste and may stain the teeth, so it is recommended that you consult your dentist before using this type of mouthwash.
Combination – a combination mouthwash is designed to help prevent tooth decay, freshen the breath, and maintain the health of your smile.
Prescription – for patients with gum disease, or any signs of gum disease, you may need a prescription mouthwash. Prescription mouthwashes, like Peridex of PerioGard, are used to treat gingivitis, and other forms of decay.

There are also many different brands of mouthwash. Some common brands include:
• Scope
• Listerine
• Act
• Crest
• Tom’s of Maine (all-natural)
• Plax (anti-plaque rinse)
• Breath Rx
• Orajel
• Targon (special mouthwash made for smokers)
• Rembrandt (whitening mouthwash)

If you are curious about which kind of mouthwash would work best for you, be sure to ask us at your next appointment. If you have a favorite mouthwash, let us know by posting a comment for others to read!

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There is still time to "Share the Love" with Kennell Orthodontics!

January 25th, 2012


There is still time to "Share the Love" with the Kennell Orthodontics team. Just a couple more weeks to go - let's fill this shopping cart! All of the food donations will go to the Laconia Area Food Pantry.

Remember, if you bring in a food item for our food drive, you will be entered to win an awesome prize! We will be drawing 5 lucky winners on Valentine's Day, so don't delay in bringing us your food. Thank you for helping us support this wonderful cause. If you have any questions about how you can donate food, or about your orthodontic care, give us a call or ask us on Facebook!

Thanks to Invisalign, you can have a perfect smile without metal wires or brackets!

January 18th, 2012

At Kennell Orthodontics, we know image is everything. For many people, the thought of having metal brackets and wires attached to their teeth for two or more years may be more than enough to delay orthodontic treatment.

If you’ve been considering straightening your teeth but are apprehensive about metal wires and brackets getting in the way of your smile, Invisalign treatment at Kennell Orthodontics may be a great solution. Invisalign, which straightens teeth through a series of clear, custom-fit removable aligners, does so in a way that is discreet and hardly noticeable.

If you have questions about Invisalign, or would like to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment at our office, please give us a call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alan Kennell.

The benefits of a beautiful smile

January 12th, 2012

Dr. Alan Kennell and our team know having an attractive smile puts a spring in your step—or two—as well as increases your self-confidence, no matter if you’re 14 or in your late forties. Smiling not only makes people happy and puts them in a good mood, doing it often can even help you live longer, according to previous studies!

If you’ve been hiding your smile because you have crooked teeth or gaps between your teeth, it’s time to consider orthodontic treatment at Kennell Orthodontics. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn how quickly and efficiently today’s most advanced correction techniques can straighten your smile!

Don’t hide your smile any longer—give us a call today to schedule yours or your child’s orthodontic consultation.

"Share the Love" with Kennell Orthodontics

January 4th, 2012


"Share the Love" with the Kennell Orthodontics team! Help us fill our shopping cart for the Laconia Area Food Pantry. When you bring in a non-perishable food item, you'll be entered in our "Share the Love" prize drawing! 5 lucky winners will be announced on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2012. Start sharing the love today!

If you have any questions about how do donate food, or about your orthodontic treatment, give us a call or ask us on Facebook! Thank you in advance for your support!

Make 2012 the year to improve your oral health

December 29th, 2011


Let’s face it- when was the last time you managed to keep a New Year’s resolution? We at Kennell Orthodontics believe the key to sticking to a goal is picking one that is both reasonable and attainable. If you haven’t yet picked a New Year’s resolution, consider setting one that will improve your oral health!

For example, resolve to brush twice and floss once a day. Good oral hygiene only takes a few minutes a day, and can make a big difference in your oral health and overall health too! For more oral health-themed resolutions for you and your family, check out this article.

We would love to see what you come up with, share with us by commenting on this post or on our Facebook page. Whatever your New Year’s Resolution, we wish you the very best for 2012!

-Happy New Year, from your friends at Kennell Orthodontics

Season's Greetings from Kennell Orthodontics!

December 20th, 2011

In this season given to tidings of comfort and joy, and as our team at Kennell Orthodontics reflect on the year that was, we’d like to ask you, our wonderful patients: What do you love about the holidays this year? Being with your loved ones? A clean slate for 2012? Opening presents by the fireplace? All the delicious food? Also, what gift are you most looking forward to getting this year?

We’d love if you shared with us all the things you love about the holidays. Stay warm, and don’t forget to stay away from those sweets!

All of us at Kennell Orthodontics would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday. Be sure to check back here for details about our upcoming food drive and fun contest!

-- Dr. Alan Kennell and team

Look for Dr. Kennell's golden signature in your holiday card!

December 14th, 2011


It's that time of year again! Here at Kennell Orthodontics, we recently mailed out our holiday cards. Believe it or not, we hand-sign each and every card for all of our patients in braces! When you get your card in the mail this year, be sure check out Dr. Kennell's signature. If it's gold, hang on to that card!

So, what does it mean to get a golden signature? Visit us on Facebook to find out! Good luck!

Do we have your current contact info?

December 6th, 2011

Happy holidays from all of us at Kennell Orthodontics! As you probably know, you can always connect with Dr. Alan Kennell and our team on our Facebook page, but we also encourage you to call us and let us know if you have any new phone numbers or if your contact information has changed!

Please contact our office with any updates to phone numbers and addresses, so that we may be able to reach you. Thank you!

- The team at Kennell Orthodontics

Happy Holidays from Kennell Orthodontics!

November 28th, 2011

The Thanksgiving leftovers are almost gone, and we're approaching December. It's officially the holiday season and Dr. Alan Kennell and our staff at Kennell Orthodontics would like to say: Happy Holidays!

Keep your eye right here on our blog and on Facebook for December news and updates from our office!

Happy Thanksgiving from Kennell Orthodontics!

November 21st, 2011

Dr. Alan Kennell and team would like to wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. It's a big food holiday, so be careful what you eat with those braces! If you have any stories or pictures to share with us, we'd encourage you to send them along or call our office and ask how.

Gobble Gobble!

Dr. Kennell answers your Invisalign questions

November 17th, 2011

Are you wondering what Invisalign treatment is really like, and what effect it will have on your day-to-day activities? Will it slur your speech? Will people know you're in treatment? You're not alone in your concerns! Dr. Alan Kennell and our team thought we’d share this list of questions and answers for anyone pondering Invisalign treatment at Kennell Orthodontics.

How exactly does Invisalign work?
Using 3-D computer imaging technology, Invisalign creates a series of custom-made, clear aligners exclusively for your teeth, based on the treatment plan that we specify for you. Each aligner moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about two weeks, then replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved.

Will I experience pain during treatment?
Most people experience temporary discomfort for a few days after a new aligner is placed. This feeling of pressure is normal and is a sign that Invisalign is working by sequentially moving your teeth to their final destination.

Can other people see that I'm in treatment?
One of the benefits of Invisalign is that the aligners are clear. You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.

Can I smoke during treatment?
We discourage smoking while wearing the aligners as they may become discolored.

Are there any foods I shouldn’t eat while in treatment?
You can eat normally during the entire course of treatment. One of the advantages of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable. Simply take the aligners out before each meal, brush when you're finished eating, then reinsert the aligners afterward.

What about chewing gum?
We recommend removing your aligners for all meals and snacks, as gum and other chewy substances can stick to the aligners.

How often must I wear my aligners?
Aligners should be worn all day, except when eating, brushing, and flossing.

Will my speech be affected by the aligners?
As with any orthodontic treatment, aligners may temporarily affect your speech. If this does happen, your tongue will adjust within a day or two and your speech should return to normal.

How do I clean my aligners?
The best way to clean your aligners is by brushing and rinsing them in lukewarm water.

How often must I visit the office during treatment?
For most patients, visits every 4-6 weeks are frequent enough for us to determine that your treatment is progressing properly. We will provide you with a specific schedule that supports your individual treatment plan.

If you have additional questions about the Invisalign treatment, please give our office a call.

5 ways you can avoid plaque

November 11th, 2011

At Kennell Orthodontics, we know nobody likes getting plaque on their teeth. Here are five other ways you can avoid that dreaded enemy of the teeth during orthodontic treatment, courtesy of WebMD.

Let’s start with brushing regularly. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride-containing toothpaste is vital to a healthy mouth. Make sure you softly brush all the surfaces of your teeth.

Next on the list is flossing daily: a simple daily flossing between teeth clears away plaque before it can cause damage and can also clean plaque at the gum line. Plaque is known to reach the spaces between teeth.

Also, evading a trip to the dentist is probably not a great idea. Let’s say you brush and floss daily. You’re still at risk for plaque. With time, the plaque hardens and turns into tartar. Consider visiting your general dentist at least twice a year or as recommended by your dentist, and you have a lower chance of getting cavities or losing your teeth while wearing braces.

You’ll also want to stop avoiding those fruits and veggies. Believe it or not, there are foods out there that play a key role in keeping plaque off our teeth. They include apples, carrots, cucumbers and other raw fruits and vegetables. You can still eat these types of fruits and veggies if you have braces, but be sure to cut them up into bite sized pieces to avoid breaking off brackets.

Finally, before you pick up that candy bar, remember to not give in to your sweet tooth. Consuming sugary drinks or eating candy or other junk food allows sugar to stick to our teeth. The bacteria, then, becomes plaque, which turns into acid and damages our teeth. Avoiding these five bad habits keeps your plaque in check and your mouth as healthy as can be during your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Alan Kennell. If you have any questions, give us a call or ask us on Facebook!

Cold season is here, from Dr. Kennell

November 3rd, 2011

Cold and flu season is here - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that a common cold usually includes sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and coughing. Symptoms can last for up to two weeks.

To promote a healthy and clean environment, Dr. Alan Kennell and our entire staff give a great deal of attention to sanitation and sterilization in our Laconia, NH office at all times, as well as following all requirements for sterilizing instruments and work surfaces. For the protection of other patients and our staff at Kennell Orthodontics, we always ask that patients reschedule their appointments if they have any type of cold or illness that can infect others.

And remember to constantly wash your hands and avoid contact with those who are ill! Stay healthy!

Kennell Orthodontics at the Gunstock Segway Tour

October 18th, 2011


At Kennell Orthodontics, we always like to try new things. Recently our team decided to go off-roading on some Segways! We had an awesome afternoon at the Gunstock Mountain Adventure Park. We also enjoyed celebrating Taylor Sullivan's 14th birthday with her and her grandmother, as they were also on the tour. The Segways were so cool to ride on and it only took a few minutes to learn and get comfortable with them. Best of all, they're made right here in Bedford, NH!

To see more pictures from our Segway adventure, visit us on Facebook!

October is National Orthodontic Health Month!

October 13th, 2011

Happy October! For those who don't know, it’s National Orthodontic Health Month. This month-long event is organized by our pals at the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO.

Dr. Alan Kennell and our team realize that this is a great opportunity for us to raise awareness about the importance of oral hygiene. National Orthodontic Health Month also aims to recognize the dedicated work of orthodontists like Dr. Kennell and other dental professionals in Laconia, NH.

The AAO recommends patients avoid the following Halloween treats, or recipes with these ingredients:

• Caramel
• Nuts
• Popcorn (including un-popped kernels)
• Taffy
• Jelly beans
• Hard pretzels
• Licorice
• Bubblegum
• Ice

If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call, ask us on Facebook, or ask us at Kennell Orthodontics during your visit this month!

Emergency Care at Kennell Orthodontics

October 6th, 2011

At Kennell Orthodontics, we know orthodontic emergencies are never convenient nor timely. If you are a patient of record, Dr. Alan Kennell and our team are committed to your dental health and are more than willing to see you after hours or over the weekend. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem. If you have a orthodontic emergency after regular office hours, please give us a call. If you are calling us after hours, please follow the emergency prompts to learn how you may be able to solve the problem yourself, or, if you cannot, how to contact Dr. Kennell and team.

Common issues include:

*Broken Brace
*Broken Wires
*Tie has come off of a Brace
*Loose Expander
*Poking Wire Tie
*Sharpness Felt on the Tongue Side of a Brace
*Loss of a Separator
*Initial Soreness
*Wire Poking

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you visit our office.

WOW Fest '11 Fun Walk!

September 28th, 2011

Kennell Orthodontics recently participated in the Wow Fest '11 Fun Walk! We joined forces with our friends from Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region for the walk and everyone had a great time (and the weather was spectacular as well)! The WOW Fest was a fun event for the whole family which featured two bicycle challenges, 10K & 5K road races, a fun walk, BBQ lunch, live music and lots of activities for the kids.

This event benefited the WOW Trail, which is a proposed multi-use, non-motorized recreational pathway in Laconia, NH. The proposed pathway is just over 9 miles long and stretches from the Laconia to the Meredith and Belmont town lines. The trail will be 10 feet wide and paved.

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Fun Walk with our team! Check out pictures of the event on our Facebook page.

The Go-To Mom Discusses Invisalign

September 16th, 2011

Our team at Kennell Orthodontics found a great video that discusses the advantages of Invisalign. In the video, Kimberley Clayton Blaine, "The Go-To Mom," discusses the Invisalign and Invisalign Teen treatments and her personal experience with Invisalign.

To determine if Invisalign is right for you, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Alan Kennell. Have a great weekend!

iPad2 Contest Winner!

September 7th, 2011

Congratulations to Megan L. for winning an awesome iPad2!

Megan's video was drawn from the top 5 videos chosen in our iPad2 YouTube video contest. You can view Megan's winning video below:

Check out our blog for other upcoming contests at Kennell Orthodontics - maybe YOU will be the next winner!

There is still time to enter our iPad2 Video Contest!

August 15th, 2011

At Kennell Orthodontics, we are always looking for ways to connect with our patients online. That’s why we wanted to remind everyone that our iPad 2 Video Contest is still going on at the office. The contest winner will be selected September 1st, so don’t delay in submitting your video entry! Just film a quick video about how much you love your new smile, why you chose Dr. Kennell’s office, your favorite thing about our office, or even what foods you can’t wait to eat after your braces come off!

You can film your video at Kennell Orthodontics using our Flip video camera, or email any video testimonials that are made at home to drkennell@kennellortho.com. Be sure to include your first and last name in the subject line of the email. We recommend that video entries are no longer than 2 minutes. By submitting your video, you are also giving us permission to share that video on our YouTube channel and other social networks.

We can't wait to see all of your great videos! Remember to enter by September 1st. Good luck!

-Dr. Kennell & team

*One entry per person and you must be a patient of Kennell Orthodontics to enter.

How to freshen your breath, with Kennell Orthodontics

August 8th, 2011

Dr. Alan Kennell, your Laconia orthodontist, recognizes that many of our patients are concerned about bad breath, or halitosis. While some cases of bad breath are persistent (chronic bad breath), generally bad breath is transient, and can be prevented.

We recently came across this helpful video about bad breath and thought it was worth sharing with our patients. The video explains what might cause bad breath and some ways that it can be avoided. In most instances, bad breath can be prevented by practicing common oral hygiene techniques that you have probably heard us emphasize during a visit to Kennell Orthodontics, such as brushing and flossing daily. We encourage you to watch this video for additional tips on how to keep bad breath at bay. Enjoy!

What's so bad about nail biting?

August 2nd, 2011

We’ve all heard that biting your nails is an awful habit, but you many wonder- really- what’s so bad about it? Recently, our team at Kennell Orthodontics found an interesting article that discusses how biting your nails affect your teeth and oral health.

Nail biting, also known as Onychophagia, is a common habit among various age groups, including primarily children, teens and young adults. Nail biting is generally triggered by stress and most often decreases with age. That being said, nail biting is unsanitary, unattractive, as well as unhealthy for your teeth!

Here’s why:

It’s unsanitary. Your nails are dirty, almost twice as dirty as your fingers! Hence, biting your nails is just asking for germs and bacteria.

No good things come to your teeth. Nail biting causes your teeth to constantly be chewing, which is not good for them. This excessive motion wears your teeth down faster than a non-nail biter’s and puts a large amount of stress on your front teeth- contributing to teeth misalignment.

Braces don’t love it either. Braces already put pressure on teeth, nail biting ads unnecessary pressure, further stressing your teeth and weakening their roots.

It can be costly. Nail biting can result in up to $4,000 in additional dental bills over one lifetime, according to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). Yikes!

What can you do about it?

Now that you know how harmful nail biting can be, it’s time to take action to break your nail biting habit. Try to be conscious of your fingernails and to keep them looking good- this will help you resist the temptation. Ask Dr. Alan Kennell or visit the article for tips on how to break a nail biting habit.

Good luck!

Your friends at Kennell Orthodontics

Flossing with Braces

July 26th, 2011

Dr. Alan Kennell will tell you that keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever when you have braces. Food bits have more spots than usual to hide in your mouth, so you must be diligent in order to avoid bad breath, swollen gums, discolored teeth and cavities. If you remove plaque regularly during treatment, you'll experience better results and could possibly reduce your treatment time.

Here is a very concise video explaining the proper way to floss your teeth with braces. Give Kennell Orthodontics a call if you have more questions about flossing. Enjoy!

How can Invisalign improve my oral health?

July 19th, 2011

When considering treatment options, patients often ask us how Invisalign treatment is so different than traditional braces. Well, there are more reasons to smile about Invisalign with Kennell Orthodontics than you may know. Invisalign is a series of removable aligners that are nearly invisible, and besides straightening your teeth, can improve your oral health. Here’s how:

Healthy Gums: Straight teeth allow a close fit for gums. This lessens the gum stress that is caused by crowded or widely spaced teeth, thus also reducing red and swollen gums.

Easy cleaning: Invisalign is removable, therefore brushing and flossing is easier and you are able to maintain a healthy mouth. These habits are vital to avoiding tooth decay, plaque and even gum disease.

Improved speech and chewing: Properly-aligned teeth don’t have the discomfort or compound speech impediments that can be caused by crowded teeth or a deteriorating jawbone.

If you have any questions about Invisalign, just ask Dr. Allan Kennell the next time you’re in for an appointment. Or, you may post your question on our Facebook page! You can also read this article for more information on Invisalign and your oral health.

iPad 2 Video Entries!

July 13th, 2011

Here at Kennell Orthodontics, we love to see your new smile after your braces come off. Lately, we have received some great videos for our iPad 2 contest that make us smile. Don't forget! The winner will be selected on September 1st, so you still have some time to submit your video. Remember to include your first and last name in the subject line of the email, with a video that is no longer than two minutes. Tell us about how much you love your new smile, why you chose Dr. Kennell’s office, your favorite thing about our office, or even what foods you can’t wait to eat after your braces come off. Check out a couple of video entries below!

Thank you for all of the great entries! We can't wait to see more!

-Dr. Kennell & team

Win an iPad 2 at Kennell Orthodontics!

July 8th, 2011

At Kennell Orthodontics, we are always looking for ways to connect with our patients online. That’s why we’re currently hosting an iPad 2 Video Contest. We would love to hear about how much you love your new smile, why you chose Dr. Kennell’s office, your favorite thing about our office, or even what foods you can’t wait to eat after your braces come off!

You can film your video at Kennell Orthodontics using our Flip video camera, or email any video testimonials that are made at home to drkennell@kennellortho.com. Be sure to include your first and last name in the subject line of the email. We recommend that video entries are no longer than 2 minutes. By submitting your video, you are also giving us permission to share that video on our YouTube channel and other social networks.

The iPad Video Contest winner will be selected September 1st, so don’t delay in submitting your video entry!

We can't wait to see all of your great videos!

-Dr. Kennell & team
*One entry per person and you must be a patient of Kennell Orthodontics to enter.

Kennell Orthodontics wants to know: What are your 4th of July plans?

July 1st, 2011

This coming Monday, July 4th, is Independence Day and the United States of America will be turning 235 years old! It’s a day to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and also a time for every American to pay homage to our soldiers, past and present, who have placed themselves in harm’s way so that we may continue to enjoy our freedom.

Dr. Kennell and team will be celebrating this Monday and we would like to know, what are your plans for the 4th of July? Will you be out in the sun? Have you stocked up on fireworks? Are you going to grill up your favorite summer foods? Are you staying in town or heading somewhere else? If you have a 4th of July tradition, we would love to hear about it.

Whatever you plan to do, Kennell Orthodontics hopes you have a fun and safe holiday! Feel free to upload your 4th of July photos to our Facebook page and let us know how your Independence Day turned out this year.

June is National Smile Month!

June 17th, 2011

According to the American Dental Association, a person's smile outranked eyes, hair and body as the most important physical feature, which is why it's important for our team at Kennell Orthodontics to support National Smile Month this June.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to improve your oral health so that you may celebrate National Smile Month for many, many years to come:

* Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Here's a helpful video showing you how to brush with your braces on.
* Floss every day to clean between your teeth.
* Reduce your intake of sugary foods and drinks during your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Kennell.
* Visit your dentist regularly (usually every six months apart).

If you have questions about any of these tips, we encourage you to give us a call.

Orthodontic emergency care with Kennell Orthodontics

June 9th, 2011

True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can't take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kennell.

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you schedule an appointment with Kennell Orthodontics.

The following solutions may help you relieve your discomfort:

Poking Wire: Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the discomfort.

Loose Bracket or Band: If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.

Loose Wire: Using a tweezers, try to place your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax does not help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.

Loose Appliance: If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.

Headgear Does Not Fit: Sometimes headgear discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by your orthodontist. Please refer to the instructions provided by your orthodontist. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for assistance. Surprisingly, headgear becomes more comfortable the more it's worn, so be sure you’re getting in the prescribed hours.

Dr. Alan Kennell, serving dads, daughters and the whole family!

June 2nd, 2011

Would you like to have a positive and rewarding orthodontic experience? Dr. Alan Kennell, your Laconia orthodontist, strives to make each patient feel comfortable and confident with the treatments they receive. Hear for yourself in this great patient testimonial!

For all of our current patients: If you haven't already shared your story, we want to hear it! We will be giving away an iPad 2 on September 1, 2011 to one lucky patient. Don't forget to enter our iPad 2 Video Contest! We would love to hear what YOU love most about your smile and why YOU choose Dr. Kennell and our team.

Kennell Orthodontics, wishing you a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend

May 27th, 2011

Memorial Day weekend, a time to remember and honor the men and women lost while serving for our country. Memorial Day is also the unofficial start of summer, and for many folks in Laconia, getting out of town for three days after being cooped up in the classroom or the office spells sweet, sweet relief.

What about you? What are you up to this Memorial Day weekend? Whether you are headed to a barbecue, a camping trip, or just hitting the great American open roads, we’d like to hear all about it!

Our entire team at Kennell Orthodontics wishes you a happy, safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend!

Aloha, Dr. Kennell!

May 18th, 2011

Ava made us this great video during her recent trip to Hawaii. Thanks for sharing some of your sunshine, Ava!

As a reminder, we will be giving away our iPad 2 on September 1, 2011. Don't forget to enter our iPad 2 Video Contest if you haven't already! We would love to hear what YOU love most about your smile and why YOU choose Dr. Kennell and our team.

May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month

May 12th, 2011

At Kennell Orthodontics, we know image is everything. At an age when image is so important, the thought of having braces may intensify the already-delicate confidence of today's teens. Well, May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month, and during this time, parents are encouraged to act as positive role models, help stop negative self-images, and improve confidence and security among teenagers.

One of the great ways to improve your confidence is to improve your smile. And that begins with a complimentary consultation at Kennell Orthodontics. After all, what better time to avoid having crooked teeth in your adulthood than coming in for a consultation with Dr. Kennell?

We proudly provide traditional braces, ceramic braces and Invisalign Teen for today’s image-conscious teens, and invite you to give us a call to schedule a complimentary consultation or ask us on Facebook!

More beautiful smiles at Kennell Orthodontics

May 2nd, 2011

Dr. Alan Kennell, your Laconia, NH orthodontist, provides genuine, honest orthodontic care for adults and children. Our team at Kennell Orthodontics wants to give you a smile that fits your style! As mentioned in this video, we strive to create a fun and welcoming atmosphere for all of our patients.

Please give us a call to learn more about our office, and to schedule your orthodontic consultation with Dr. Kennell. We look forward to serving you!

Dr. Kennell asks: Have you entered to win an iPad 2?

April 27th, 2011

What do you love most about your new smile? What foods are you looking forward to eating once those braces come off? Why did you choose Dr. Kennell as your Laconia, NH orthodontist? We would love to hear your story in our iPad 2 Video Contest.

To enter for your chance to win an iPad 2, simply share your story about our office in a short video. You can film your video either using our Flip video camera, or submit any videos that are made at home to drkennell@kennellortho.com (with your first and last name in the email subject line). Please keep in mind that any contest entries may be uploaded to our YouTube channel and other social networks.

Kennell Orthodontics' iPad 2 Video Contest ends September 1st, so don't hesitate to submit your entry. We look forward to receiving your video!
*One entry per person and you must be a patient of Kennell Orthodontics to enter.

Another happy patient at Kennell Orthodontics!

April 19th, 2011

At Kennell Orthodontics we want to give you a smile that fits your style. Dr. Kennell and our team strive to help patients feel comfortable and confident with the treatments they receive. Learn more about orthodontics and the quality of care that you can expect in this short patient testimonial. Please schedule a consultation to learn more about Dr. Kennell and orthodontic treatment options in Laconia, NH. We look forward to serving you!

Your friend, fluoride

April 15th, 2011

There are so many ways you protect your teeth throughout your orthodontic treatment. You brush your teeth twice a day, floss regularly and protect your mouth and appliances from being damaged. But did you know there is another, often forgotten about, way to keep your teeth clean and healthy during your treatment? Fluoride – a mineral that helps prevent cavities and tooth decay – can help keep your teeth strong! Fluoride comes in two varieties: topical and systemic. Topical fluoride is applied directly to the tooth. Topical fluoride includes toothpastes and mouth rinses. Systemic fluorides are swallowed in the form of a dietary supplement.

Fluoride used in the orthodontists’ office is often times a stronger concentration than in toothpaste or mouthwash, but is available at some drug stores or a pharmacy (ask your doctor how to purchase professional strength fluoride). A fluoride treatment typically takes just a few minutes. After the treatment patients may be asked not to rinse, eat or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health or doctor’s recommendation, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment every three, six or 12 months. Your doctor may also prescribe a fluoride product such as mouthwashes, gels or antibacterial rinses for at-home treatment.

When choosing your own fluoride product, be sure to check for the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of acceptance. Products marked with the ADA seal of approval have been carefully examined and have met the criteria of the ADA for safety and effectiveness. Take care of your teeth, and smile bright!

Dr. Alan Kennell supports National Facial Protection Month

April 7th, 2011

With spring here, many children, teens and adults in Laconia, New Hampshire will once again pick up the ball, bring the bat out of seasonal retirement, and lace up their cleats to hit the fields for the return of spring sports! April is National Facial Protection Month, and during this time, Dr. Kennell and our dedicated team urge our young athletes to play it safe when out on the field. According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, children, high-school athletes and adults will have more than 5,000,000 teeth knocked out in sporting events this year.

Here are a few ways to ensure your mouth’s safety this spring, courtesy of our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists:

  1. Wear mouth guards for contact sports such as baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse.
  2. Wear a helmet
  3. Wear protective eyewear
  4. Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin
  5. Be alert, even as a spectator

We hope that helps. Protective gear is vital for anyone engaging in tooth or mouth-threatening activities. If you have any further questions about any of these tips, please contact Kennell Orthodontics. Stay safe and have fun!

Win an iPad 2!

March 28th, 2011

At Kennell Orthodontics, we are always looking for ways to connect with our patients online. That’s why we’re currently hosting an iPad 2 Video Contest. We would love to hear about how much you love your new smile, why you chose Dr. Kennell’s office, your favorite thing about our office, or even what foods you can’t wait to eat after your braces come off!

You can film your video at Kennell Orthodontics using our Flip video camera, or email any video testimonials that are made at home to drkennell@kennellortho.com (with your first and last name in the email subject line). We recommend that video entries are no longer than 2 minutes. By submitting your video, you are also giving us permission to share that video on our YouTube channel and other social networks.

The iPad Video Contest winner will be selected September 1st, so don’t delay in submitting your video entry! *One entry per person and you must be a patient of Kennell Orthodontics to enter.

Thank you,

-Dr. Kennell and team

The Braces Glossary: Your Guide to Brackets, Bands, and More!

March 18th, 2011

If you ever sustain damage to your braces and need to call Kennell Orthodontics, we can help you more effectively if you can tell us exactly which piece is in trouble! Here’s a handy diagram and corresponding list of all the parts that make up your braces.

Elastic Tie: Tiny rubber band that fits around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

Archwire: The main wire that acts as a track to guide the teeth along. It's changed periodically throughout treatment, as teeth move to their new positions.

Loop in Archwire: Frequently used for closing space left by an extraction. Many archwires don't have a loop.

Bracket: Small attachment that holds the archwire in place. Most often, a bracket is cemented directly onto the tooth's surface, eliminating the need for a band.

Headgear Tube: Round, hollow attachment on the back bands. The inner bow of the headgear fits into it.

Coil Spring: Fits between brackets and over archwire to open space between teeth.

Tie Wire: Fine wire that is twisted around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

Band: A thin ring of metal fitted around a tooth and cemented in place. The band provides a way to attach the brackets to the tooth.

Hook: Welded or removable arm to which elastics (rubber bands) are attached.

Elastic (Rubber Band): Small rubber band that is hooked between different points on the appliance to provide pressure to move the teeth.

Hope this helps! Give us a call if you have any questions!

The importance of retainers, from Dr. Kennell

March 4th, 2011

If you recently completed treatment at Kennell Orthodontics, we’d like to congratulate you! Now that your braces have been removed, Dr. Kennell will provide—or has provided you—with retainers. After braces are removed, teeth can shift out of position if they are not stabilized. Retainers, however, always provide that stabilization. They are designed to hold teeth in their corrected, ideal positions until the bones and gums adapt to the treatment changes. Wearing retainers exactly as instructed by Dr. Kennell is the best insurance that the treatment improvements last for a lifetime.

To learn more about the advantages of wearing retainers after your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Kennell, please read this helpful article about retainers from KidsHealth or give us a call!

Age 7 is the magic number for an orthodontic check-up

February 26th, 2011

Many parents assume they must wait until their child has all of his or her permanent teeth to see Dr. Kennell for a consultation, only to discover treatment would have been much easier if started earlier. Did you know the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic check-up no later than age seven?

That’s right—seven.

Ok, so what’s so great about age seven, you ask? Enough permanent teeth have arrived for Dr. Kennell to make a determination about whether any problems are present. The first molars have come in, providing an opportunity to check for malocclusion, or “bad bite.” Also, the incisors have begun to come in, and problems such as crowding, deep bites and open bites can be detected.

Orthodontic evaluation at an early age provides one of two positive outcomes: For some, early identification or problems will lead to easier or shorter orthodontic treatment in the future. For others, a healthy prognosis will provide immediate peace of mind.

Early evaluation, of course, may signal a need for early treatment. For some children, early treatment can prevent physical and emotional trauma. Aside from spurring on years of harmful teasing, misaligned teeth are also prone to injury and are detrimental to good oral hygiene. So, if your child is nearing his or her seventh birthday, give us a call at Kennell Orthodontics to schedule an appointment.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, from Kennell Orthodontics

February 7th, 2011

Each February for the past 61 years, the American Dental Association (ADA) has sponsored National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

For kids wearing braces, brushing and flossing can become more difficult, requiring extra time and vigilance to remove food particles that accumulate on and between the teeth and in braces. New options for braces such as Invisalign Teen, which is removable, make it easier for kids to maintain good oral health during orthodontic treatment.

If the health of your teeth is ignored during treatment with braces, the results can be significantly compromised. Dr. Kennell is available and happy to explain why effective brushing and flossing is one of the most critical actions needed from patients during orthodontic treatment. Have you visited us lately? Give us a call and schedule an appointment!

Parent testimonial: Another beautiful smile at Kennell Orthodontics!

January 25th, 2011

Dr. Alan Kennell, your Laconia, NH orthodontist, wants to give you a smile that fits your style. We make orthodontic treatment fun and enjoyable. Just see what the mom of one of our patients has to say!

Please give us a call to learn more about our office, and to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kennell. We look forward to meeting you, and helping you achieve a wonderful smile for a lifetime!

Connect with the Braces Brigade!

January 20th, 2011

At Kennell Orthodontics, our patients want to get as much out of their treatment as possible. That includes asking a lot of questions and making sure they take care of both their appliances and oral health.

Would you like to learn more about what to expect during orthodontic treatment, from someone with firsthand experience? Well, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recently developed the Braces Brigade blog, where past, present, as well as future orthodontic patients from coast to coast document their (or their child’s) orthodontic journeys. The blog will serve as a source of guidance for others as the patients undergo orthodontic care.

Our team at Kennell Orthodontics encourages you to visit the Braces Brigade blog to read these great and informative blogs—who knows, maybe you’ll learn a thing or two! As always, don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions about the Braces Brigade or your own orthodontic treatment with Dr. Kennell!

Visualize your new smile with the Braces Painter!

January 14th, 2011

Braces at Kennell Orthodontics are more fun than ever! With the Braces Painter, parents and children are able to “paint their braces,” and visualize how teeth will look with different colors of bands.

Would you like to try out pink and purple bands this February, without the commitment of an all-out Valentine’s Day look? The Braces Painter allows for you to select different colors, and then assign those colors of bands to certain teeth. Now, you can visualize your braces before you even come in for your appointment!

As always, please let Dr. Kennell know if you have any questions about the Braces Painter, or your orthodontic treatment at Kennell Orthodontics. Have a great weekend!

Patient Question: Is Invisalign® really custom-made for each patient?

January 7th, 2011

Yes, it is, and that’s part of what makes it work, says Dr. Kennell. To find out if you are the right candidate for Invisalign treatment, the first thing we do is to take an impression of your teeth as they are now and digitize it. Using special software, we look at the current positioning of your teeth and compare it to the way your teeth should look.

Next we use special software to map out the exact path your teeth will take from the beginning of your treatment to the end. Based on the results, a set of custom aligners are created just for your teeth. Throughout the course of treatment, you will be required to wear these clear, removable aligners one at a time; each one moving your teeth closer and closer to their final, perfectly aligned position. The best thing about it all? Nobody around you will even know you are wearing braces!

Dr. Kennell is a certified Invisalign and Invisalign Teen provider in Laconia, NH. If you have questions about Invisalign, or would like to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment, please give us a call.

Make 2011 the year to improve your oral health

December 28th, 2010

Many folks in Laconia, NH consider the beginning of a new year a time to not only reflect on the year that was, but also to set personal goals for the upcoming year. How are you planning to improve your health and happiness in 2011? Dr. Kennell and our team recommend that you make a New Year’s resolution to benefit your oral health!

It is important that New Year’s resolutions are reasonable and attainable, and that they improve your overall quality of life—for example, did you know that flossing every day is the very best way to prevent periodontal, or gum, disease? Using a straw when drinking sugary beverages can also help prevent cavities. There are many small steps that you can take to prevent cavities, oral infections and bad breath.

Be sure to give us a call if you need a few suggestions on ways to improve your oral health, or visit this helpful article from our friends at the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD). After all, we know your oral health is about more than just a beautiful smile.

Happy New Year!

-Your friends at Kennell Orthodontics

What do you love about Dr. Kennell and team?

December 20th, 2010

From your very first visit to Kennell Orthodontics our doctor and team are dedicated to providing honest, respectful, genuine orthodontic care. We want to give you a smile that fits your style. We thought we’d ask you, our wonderful patients: Have you been especially impressed by Dr. Kennell's work? Did our team go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and confident with the treatments you receive? Are you in love with your new smile?

Whether you’ve just come in for a consultation or your family has been visiting our office for years, we’d love to hear your feedback. You can write a review here on our Google Place Page. Or, you can tell us by posting on our Facebook page or by giving us a call!

Thank you,

The team at Kennell Orthodontics

At Kennell Orthodontics, we make appointment reminders easy!

December 13th, 2010

At Kennell Orthodontics, we embrace new technology, whether it is through the innovative orthodontic treatments that we offer, our high-tech web site and social networks, or our modern office conveniently located in Laconia.

Beginning this January, did you know that patients at our office can receive appointment reminders through text messages and emails? Dr. Kennell knows that many patients prefer texts and emails rather than phone calls, which is why he wants to make appointment reminders convenient and fun for patients!

If you haven't already, you may sign up for this convenient service at your next appointment, or by giving our office a call. What a great way to ring in the new year on schedule!

Elf Yourself this Holiday Season!

December 7th, 2010

Our team at Kennell Orthodontics is having a great time in the office this holiday season. You can see for yourself in this short "Elf Yourself" video! For more information about Dr. Kennell and orthodontic treatment options in Laconia, be sure to visit our website or give us a call today!

Happy Holidays!

-Dr. Kennell and team

Happy Thanksgiving, from Kennell Orthodontics

November 23rd, 2010

Here at Kennell Orthodontics, we are very thankful for all of our amazing patients! Our doctor and team would like to wish everyone a fun and safe Thanksgiving. We also want to remind everyone to brush and floss after indulging in the big meal.

If you have any stories or pictures to share with us, we encourage you to post them on our Facebook page or give us a call!

Gobble Gobble!

Patient Spotlight: Jamie is a Gold Medal Winner!

November 17th, 2010

At Kennell Orthodontics, we are dedicated to providing exceptional orthodontic care in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Today, we would like to recognize one of our outstanding patients for her achievements. Jamie Crane-Mauzy was the August 2010 Junior Slopestyle World Championships Gold Medal Winner. Awesome job Jamie!

Jamie presented our office with a picture of her "in action" at the event in New Zealand. We'd recognize that beautiful smile anywhere! We have proudly displayed Jamie's picture on our Wall of Fame.

Recognizing the winner of our Justin Beiber Contest

November 17th, 2010

Our doctor and team at Kennell Orthodontics recently hosted a contest in our office to determine what artist would be added to our Wall of Fame. Congratulations to Jared Simpson from Meredith, NH!! Jared's name was drawn from the 33 people who voted to have Justin Bieber added to our Wall of Fame. Jared won an awesome Flip mino HD!

An original My World CD (signed by Justin himself) is now displayed in our reception area for eveyone to check out! Awesome job to everyone who voted. Runners up were Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Robert Patterson and Taylor Lautner.

Keep your eyes open for other upcoming contests!

Kennell Orthodontics makes strides against Breast Cancer

November 17th, 2010

Making Strides Against Breast CancerDr. Kennell and our team would like to congratulate everyone who participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday, October 17, 2010. It was a beautiful day for a walk and we all had an awesome time.

Thanks to all who donated to this great cause!

Welcome to Our Blog!

November 4th, 2010

Thank you for taking the time to visit the Kennell Orthodontics blog. Please check back often for weekly updates on fun and exciting events happening at our office, important and interesting information about orthodontics and the dental industry, and the latest news about our practice.

Feel free to leave a comment or question for our doctor and staff – we hope this will be a valuable resource for our patients, their families, and friends!

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