March 30th, 2021
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 would 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 2021 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 AmEx CASH CARD and be entered to win the 2021 GRAND PRIZE!
WHAT IS THE 2021 GRAND PRIZE?!?!
One lucky winner will receive a
SEGWAY NINEBOT S!
March 2nd, 2021
Congratulations, your orthodontic treatment is complete! You are now in the retention phase of treatment. This can also be known as the preservation period, because you will actively be working towards preserving your new smile. When treatment is complete and orthodontic appliances are removed, there is a “settling” period in which teeth can adjust as you bite, chew, swallow and speak. These small changes in tooth position are not a failure of orthodontic treatment, but a natural process.
Your orthodontist will give you a set of retainers to be worn as prescribed. If your retainer is not worn as your orthodontist recommends, then you may have large changes in tooth position. This can be disappointing after you dedicate many months to orthodontic treatment. If you are in the retention phase of treatment and you notice any unwanted change, it is important to contact your orthodontist right away.
Retainers are a lifelong commitment. The best way to maintain your beautiful new smile is to wear retainers as prescribed by your orthodontist!
January 4th, 2021
Happy New Year! With a new year often comes new goals and routines, but what about oral hygiene? Here are some tips and tricks to help you achieve your healthiest smile in the New Year!
Brush your teeth for two minutes after every meal with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brush the outside and inside surfaces of your teeth using small, gentle, circular motions while positioning the head of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line. Brush your teeth’s chewing surfaces and the inside surface of your front teeth using short, gentle, back-and-forth motions. Pay close attention to the areas around your brackets or other appliances. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed.
Flossing after every meal will help keep your teeth and braces clean. To floss with braces, use a floss threader or special orthodontic floss to thread the floss behind each wire. Floss the sides of each tooth beneath the gum line to remove plaque and food particles. A water flosser can also be a helpful tool when removing food particles from your braces or orthodontic appliances!
Regular Dentist Visits
Even the best oral hygiene routine still needs to include seeing your dentist regularly for routine check-ups and cleanings! Your dentist can identify cavities and spot potential issues and offer treatment solutions.
Limit Sugary Foods
Try to limit sugar intake, including sugary sports drinks and soda! Sugar contributes to more bacteria and tooth decay. Instead, try to stay hydrated with water! Water can help produce saliva, which naturally washes out the mouth and helps prevent tooth decay.
November 16th, 2020
Holidays can feel like a challenge with braces, especially if this is your first holiday season with them. With Thanksgiving approaching it may come as a relief to know that you can still enjoy many of the traditional holiday foods that you look forward to each year.
These foods are safe for you to eat with braces:
• Corn that is cut off the cob
• 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 lookout for crunchy items in casseroles)
• Cooked carrots
• Most desserts are safe to eat with braces as long as they aren’t too crunchy or have anything too sticky, like caramel etc. on them.
Enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving!