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We’re ‘All-In’ for Safe & Clean - Treatment, Learning and Work Spaces.

September 15th, 2021

As patients head back to 5-day, in-person learning (or full time in the office) we are reminded that to help protect ourselves and each other, we are all in this together. In the past we have shared with you the infection control procedures we have adopted from the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It is with these recommendations we truly believe we can best help protect our community and each other. If there’s something to be learned from this pandemic the takeaway is this; let’s all adopt easy measures to benefit not only ourselves, but our families and community as a whole. Here’s what we’re doing. We encourage you to review these actions and see how they parallel with what Chicago Public Schools (CPS) recommends we can do to help keep us all safe and healthy.

What we do:  Observe meticulous hand disinfection protocols and always wear surgical masks in the clinic. For team members who are in direct contact with patients, this includes KN95 surgical masks, facial shields, goggles, cap, gown, and gloves.

What you can do: Wash your hands often, and when you can’t, use hand sanitizer, often. Wear your mask where required and appropriate – especially if you are in a crowded, public indoor area and cannot socially distance.

What we do:  For treatment procedures that generate aerosols, a disposable gown is added to the above mentioned personal protective gear. After the procedure, all our protective gear is changed.

What you can do: Always wear a mask when you are in an indoor public setting, using public transportation, attending public gathering or travelling. These high traffic areas where people congregate have the greatest potential to spread aerosols.

What we do:  All team member work uniforms are now washed/dried here in the office to ensure maximum sterilization. In addition, we have purchased an additional autoclave to double our sterilization capacity and revamped our entire OSHA manual procedures to comply with the latest Covid-19 guidelines.

What you can do: If you are in high-traffic, public areas for a prolonged period, change your mask. Keep a good supply of masks on hand and always have a spare on hand in case you need it. And be sure to wash reusable masks after each use to ensure they are fresh and ready for when you need them.

What we do:  We have partitioned our open bay clinic with plastic to trap aerosols and each compartment is disinfected both on surfaces and through “fogging” the air using hospital grade Hypochlorous Acid or HOCl. Comprised of electrolyzed salt, water and vinegar, this disinfectant kills 99.9% germs, is non-toxic and 100% safe.

What you can do: Respect social distancing. Help protect others by catching coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues. Be sure also to dispose of those tissues in the trash and not leave them laying around. Students should also remember to check for and take all belongings when leaving the classroom. Clearing desktops allows for proper cleaning/disinfecting between classes.

What we do:  All rooms are ventilated with an added iWave-R ionizing air, as well as Novareus non-chemical ultra-low energy plasma technology air purifiers placed throughout the office.

What you can do: Many office buildings, classrooms, and public venues all around the country are moving to implement similar purification systems. For your part, be sure to clear areas of belongings and trash to allow for proper disinfection protocols. You should also avoid sharing personal items with others which could transmit germs.

What we can ALL do: Most importantly, if you are sick… stay home! And if your quarantined, practice the same safety measures at home to protect family members and those with whom they come in contact from getting sick as well. Yes, we are all in this together, and we really should look to how individually and collectively we play a part in looking out for each other, the ones we love and our community.

The Benefits of Damon™ Smile Braces

September 8th, 2021

You have several options for orthodontic treatments that effectively straighten teeth. Damon™ Smile braces are a good option for patients who desire a method that is quick, convenient, and discreet.

Many patients want to avoid traditional braces that can cause pressure and uncomfortable pain. Traditional braces have wires and brackets that extend throughout the mouth, which gradually move teeth into their proper position with some pressure. They also use ties that connect wires to the teeth.

Damon Smile technology is different because it helps to guide teeth gently into place by reducing the amount of force. When you can wear braces in comfort, the process becomes much less intimidating.

The Benefits of Damon Smile Braces

  1. Faster results. Damon braces don’t contain metal or plastic ties, so there’s no need to tighten the wire on them. Damon Smile also has a unique system that allows for self-ligating. This system has a specialized clip with a “door” in place of the elastics in traditional braces.
  2. Fewer appointments. Lightweight, shape-memory wires allow teeth the freedom to move faster, without the need for as many adjustments.
  3. Comfort. Damon Smile realigns teeth and enhances facial appearance without extracting any teeth or using rapid palatal expanders. The slide mechanism facilitates more comfortable repositioning of your teeth.
  4. Better oral health. Damon braces are easier to clean because they don’t have ties attached where food particles commonly get stuck.
  5. Helps with facial balance. These braces can help achieve a wider smile, improves facial profiles, and help to decrease dark triangles that appear in the corners of the mouth.

If you’re considering a braces treatment for yourself or your child, ask Dr. Yan Razdolsky about the Damon Smile system and how this orthodontic method can achieve the results you’re looking for. There are an array benefits to appreciate when you compare the Damon method to traditional braces.

Feel free to contact our Buffalo Grove office if you have questions regarding orthodontic treatment for a more beautiful smile.

Damon® Smile vs. Traditional Braces

August 25th, 2021

Orthodontics researchers continue to innovate and develop the best ways to improve patients’ smiles. The latest generation of orthodontics includes Damon Smile, an advanced form of braces that improve upon the metal brackets of earlier generations. Talking to Dr. Yan Razdolsky can help you decide if Damon Smile braces are appropriate for your orthodontic needs.

What are Damon Smile braces?

Traditional braces require a series of brackets to be bonded to each tooth. Then, a thin metal wire connects the brackets. These wires are immovable and are firmly connected to the brackets. With Damon Smile, a special “invisible” bracket is placed on the teeth. Unlike with traditional braces, wires pass through these brackets but can slide within the bracket. This reduces friction and may result in a more comfortable process than traditional braces.

Aesthetic Considerations

Both teens and adults often hate the look of traditional braces, with their clunky metal brackets and wires. Additionally, rubber bands may need to be worn to hold brackets closed. With Damon Smile braces, none of these concerns apply. The brackets are clear and no rubber bands are needed, meaning that few people will notice your orthodontics unless they look closely.

Differences in Cost

Traditional braces tend to be the most cost effective orthodontic option available. Because of their specialized equipment, Damon Smile braces do cost more than traditional alternatives. It’s worth checking with your insurance company to determine whether both types of orthodontics are covered.

Length of Treatment

Another benefit of Damon Smile braces is a decreased length of treatment. Compared to traditional braces, individuals who opt for Damon Smile braces typically experience significantly lower treatment time. Particularly for those with complex orthodontic problems, shaving even a few months off of treatment may be worth it.

Less Irritation of Gums

Some people report that they experience sores or gum pain after implementation of traditional braces. Damon Smile braces are specially formed to be smooth and less invasive. This may result in diminished pain and a lower rate of gum problems. The differences are particularly noticeable in the first weeks of treatment.

To find out if Damon Smile braces can meet your smile needs, contact our Buffalo Grove office and schedule an appointment!

7 Benefits for booking your next appointment BEFORE you leave out office.

August 18th, 2021

Visiting Dr. Razdolsky and your Forever Smiles team about every four to twelve weeks is an important part of your orthodontic treatment. That’s why we work hard to make sure that your appointments are as convenient and productive as possible. But if you ever needed a reason to plan ahead for your next orthodontic appointment, here are seven team-approved benefits to help you understand just why we think it’s a really good idea.

  1. Pre-booking simplifies your orthodontic treatment by keeping you on track. Scheduling your appointment on the same day of the week and even the same time of day each time builds a healthy schedule and makes remembering your appointment so much easier. Scheduling later can make getting the same day, or even time of day more difficult.
  2. Just like airports sometimes have a layover, so too could your orthodontic treatment. Much like an air traffic controller, Dr. Razdolsky programs your wires to take your teeth to the destination required for this period of time. If you come much later, your teeth are not going anywhere. Booking your appointments on a regular schedule keep your orthodontic progress and teeth on track to their next destination. For someone who’s on the long road to a beautiful smile, there’s nothing better for staying on track than a well scheduled itinerary.
  3. Dr. Razdolsky books some appointments out as early as 6-10 weeks in advance and those appointment slots fill up fast! To ensure you get the time that works best for school and your parent’s work schedule, book before you leave. This helps ensure optimal selection from the available dates and times. Calling the week before your required treatment affords much less flexibility since most patients have already booked their time with Dr. Razdolsky. Booking your appointment in advance means you not only get the time which works for you, but that you receive your orthodontic treatment when you need it.
  4. Due to updated COVID guidelines, we allocate patient schedules and Dr. Razdolsky’s time differently. Many of our newer policies and procedures are designed to maximize patient safety by minimizing wait times and potential exposure risk. That’s why our policy requires at least 48 hours advanced notice of appointment cancellation otherwise a fee is applied. This policy ensures every patient gets the time they need, and treatment is not delayed.
  5. Balancing the appointment nature, for example banding, bonding and longer appointments with orthodontic emergencies requires concerted effort. Your appointment with us is important to us for that very reason. Being respectful of each patient’s unique orthodontic needs means that we run a very tight ship to ensure you get the time and treatment you deserve. Booking your appointment ahead ensures we make the most of your time with us.
  6. What if something comes up? Hey, we understand that sometimes “life happens”! Just give us a call at least 48 hours in advance and we can reschedule you for the next available appointment. It may take a little time, because as we mentioned we run a pretty tight schedule, but we’ll definitely get you in.
  7. But what about appointments with your regular dentist? Yes, you should still make and keep appointments with regular dentist for cleanings and checkups every six months. That way we are sure we’re all working together to keep your Forever Smile healthy and strong. That benefit alone earns a hearty thumbs up from our team!