Any Damage to Your Braces Can Lengthen the Realignment Process

The braces installed in your mouth are designed to handle the daily rigors of chewing most common foods. However, there are certain things that can bend, loosen or otherwise damage your braces hardware. Should something like this befall you, the complications could significantly lengthen the realignment process. Chewing gum and eating sticky foods are the… Read more »

How Can I Keep My Retainer in Pristine Condition?

Are you having trouble keeping your retainer in tip-top shape? If so, it’s important to do all you can to reverse the habit. Whether you believe it or not, your retainer is very important in the orthodontic process, which is why we encourage you to do your best to keep it in pristine condition. To… Read more »

The Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Orthodontics

DIY orthodontics has been trending in social media, You Tube tutorials, and through word of mouth among teens around the nation. Common tools include rubber bands, dental floss, fishing line and paper clips. As appealing and inexpensive as some of its methods may sound, it’s a very dangerous game. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO)… Read more »

The Doctor Will See You Now…Virtually That Is

Telemedicine and specifically remote monitoring is commonplace in general health care. Originally developed as a way to provide care to patients living in rural areas, it is now increasingly used as a tool for providing convenient health care to every patient. The fact is, that however much a patient may like their doctor they would prefer not… Read more »

Enjoying Braces

Believe it or not, but there are some pretty simple ways to enjoy the time you spend wearing braces. Orthodontic treatment isn’t always the most comfortable, but the end result keeps us going forward through tightening of the wires and the aching teeth. However, the metal and wire used to straighten your teeth can sometimes… Read more »

Come Get Your Children Checked By Your Orthodontist

The image that most people think of when the topic of braces comes up is an awkward teenager embarrassed to show their teeth. That may be the common image, but this view is actually the wrong one. The best time to get braces is when a child has started the earlier stages of oral development…. Read more »

Oral Hygiene Tips for People with Braces

If you’re undergoing any type of orthodontic treatment, you’ve likely heard everyone tell you the best tips for keeping up on your oral health. It’s much more difficult with braces and presents some problems which aren’t the easiest to overcome. We can all use a refresher course, though, which is why our team wants to… Read more »

Simple Tips to Help You Prevent Damage to Braces Hardware

The braces that your orthodontist, Dr. , installed into your mouth are designed to realign your teeth to improve the overall function of your mouth and give you a winning smile. This is done by applying a light amount of tension to the braces, which stretches the periodontal ligaments that anchor your teeth in your… Read more »

Facts about Braces

If your teeth are crooked or if you have a misaligned bite, Drs. Sellke and Reily may recommend braces in Grayslake, Antioch, and Gurnee, . An orthodontic exam will be performed and our orthodontists will take impressions of your teeth, take photos of your teeth and face, and take X-rays of your mouth and head…. Read more »

Gum Disease: Prevention, Tips and Tricks

Bacteria in our mouth combined with food particles and leftover residue can form plaque, which wreaks havoc on our teeth and gums. If left unchecked, plaque can harden and become tartar, which requires professional cleanings to remove. If the tartar is not removed, gum disease can spread easily. While wearing your braces, you want to… Read more »