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TADs A Cause for Celebration

December 17th, 2018

Dr. Yan Razdolsky and his daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Razdolsky-Michalczyk celebrated her birthday in style at an education conference in November. No kidding! There’s nothing that says party like sitting in a lecture. However, the program did feature orthodontic mini implants and temporary anchorage devices or TADs which are affixed to the patient’s bone to enable simpler, more effective treatment. In some instances, these advanced orthodontic devices can even replace headgear altogether. This is news worthy of celebrating for many patients, and a significant advancement in helping to treat a patient who otherwise might require surgery.

“Treating complicated orthodontic cases in uncomplicated ways, both non-surgically and even conserving teeth by avoiding extractions is a goal for us at Forever Smiles, said Dr. Razdolsky.

“We would always prefer to offer patients the least invasive treatments whenever possible,” he added.

At the two-day conference Dr. Razdolsky and Elizabeth participated in a hands-on workshop and open panel discussion where they learned the latest techniques for mastering effective TADs placement, mechanics and how to address more complex orthodontic cases using TADs.

And, although they did spend Elizabeth’s birthday at the conference there was still time for celebration. All the family gathered together in the evening, and yes… there was cake!

The Forever Smiles Holiday Movie Event

December 17th, 2018

Wow! So many thanks to our amazing patients, friends and families who joined us in our Forever Smiles annual holiday movie tradition. This event is one that the team looks forward to all year and has garnered quite a turnout with patients, family and friends. Past movie events have even been featured in the Chicago Tribune! Dr. Razdolsky and the Forever Smiles team had such a wonderful time at this year’s private movie event held Saturday, November 17 at the Buffalo Groves Theaters. This year we witnessed the magic of Fantastic Beasts - The Crimes of Grindlewald. We won’t spoil the ending, but surely this was one of our most magical movie events ever! We had so many guests in attendance we couldn’t even count.

“This is our way of saying thank you to our amazing patients and friends,” said Anna Razdolsky. “The holidays are a time of giving and sharing, and we want to remind our patients their smile is the most important gift of all!”

The Forever Smiles bright orange sweatshirt give-away this year nearly outshone the smiles on our faces (almost). There was lots of laughter and good times all around, along with mouth-watering popcorn, treats, and most importantly, lots of Forever Smiles!

As always, the Forever Smiles team really enjoys celebrating the Holidays with their patients and friends. See you next year!

We're Really Into Research

November 30th, 2018

Forever Smiles is proud to announce that we are part of the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. This consortium of participating practices and dental organizations is committed to advancing knowledge of dental practice through research-based studies to improve clinical decision making. This new partnership will allow our office to offer our patients the latest technological advances in treatment materials and techniques, as well as participate in upcoming clinical trials to improve patient care nation-wide.

What makes this so important for you, our patient? Through affiliation with other dental health care providers and academic centers, Forever Smiles can research new opportunities for treatment and share expertise within our community. There's strength in numbers. This highly-successful network amasses topics and ongoing discussions regarding issues that directly impact patient treatment in daily practice by improving outcomes, satisfaction, and efficacy of treatment. Through his leadership and involvement in this network, Dr. Razdolsky will help develop and share clinical research advances and engage in discussion with other PBRN members about scientific approaches.

Dr. Razdolsky has a passion for education, and at Forever Smiles we welcome any questions related to the science behind dental and orthodontic treatment.

 

Probiotics in Orthodontics

November 15th, 2018

It has long been understood that fixed brackets, bands, and wires used in orthodontic treatment are convenient areas for the retention of food. In fact, one of the most troubling side effects of orthodontic treatment are white spot lesions left behind after treatment has ended. Since oral hygiene becomes more difficult while undergoing treatment, appliances become a perfect ecosystem for the growth of microorganisms which can cause tooth decay and white spot lesions.

Although fluoride varnishes, toothpastes, and sealants are used to mitigate the damage caused by these microorganisms, it is often found that their effectiveness can only be observed when they are regularly used. This disadvantage led researchers to explore probiotics as an alternative.

“Probiotics have been associated with gut health for a while now,” said Dr. Yan Razdolsky. “And while most clinical interest has focused on the prevention or treatment of gastrointestinal infections and diseases, an increasing number of suggested health effects of probiotic bacteria have been reported in the last decade. These include enhancement of the adaptive immune response, treatment or prevention of urogenital and respiratory tract infections, and prevention or alleviation of allergies. And, now that research suggests probiotics may play a significant role in our oral health, the implications of this are very interesting.”

Bacterial therapy or replacement treatment is an alternative way of fighting infections by using harmless bacteria instead of pathogenic microorganisms such as antibiotics. In fact, the benefits of probiotics in the prevention of tooth decay, halitosis, and periodontal disease have been accepted, and more health practitioners are using probiotic treatment for these issues due to the spread of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. Because of this and other perceived health benefits, probiotics can be found in an increasing number of dairy foods including milk, cheese and even ice cream! Research even indicates that probiotics added to a regular daily diet may benefit orthodontic patients as well.

Although the mouth is colonized by 200 to 300 bacterial species, the two main microorganisms that cause tooth decay are Streptococcus mutans (S mutans), responsible for initial tooth decay, and Lactobacillus, which plays a role in those white spot lesions we talked about earlier. Recent studies even suggest the use of probiotic products in orthodontic patients may reduce salivary S mutans and Lactobacillus levels in patients. And while the studies demonstrating the effect of probiotic products and probiotic delivery methods are limited, the good news is researchers did find a decrease in salivary microbial colonizations in orthodontic patients who consumed probiotics daily.

For example, in one study researchers explored daily ingestion of probiotics and the application of a topical probiotic toothpaste and their impact on salivary microbial colonizations in orthodontic patients. While the group who used the probiotic toothpaste did see some reduction in harmful bacterial growth, the group who consumed kefir, a bacterial fermented milk, appeared to experience greater decrease in salivary microbial colonizations.

While the outcome of this study is promising, more studies are needed to compare the relevant probiotic systems and to evaluate the effect of different probiotic products in the fight against tooth decay in orthodontic patients. In the meantime, consumption of daily probiotics with your doctor’s approval may just help protect your smile and minimize your chances for white spot lesions.

“We now understand that at least some probiotic bacteria used in various products may colonize the oral cavity during the time they are in use and therefore are important to understand,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “The extent to how probiotics influence damaging microorganisms is difficult to predict, so this research is important as it may provide new means of preventing or treating oral diseases.”

Traveling Orthodontist

October 15th, 2018

In most countries, the cost of braces will depend on the position of your teeth and the going rate in the area. Exceptions are made if you have a challenging case, jaw or health-related issues, or are seeking treatment from a specialist who provides cosmetic orthodontics.

But did you know that, in some countries, braces are set at a fixed cost or even covered by universal healthcare? Sometimes, this changes the entire course of treatment. For example, some practitioners select appliance and materials that are based solely on keeping patients in treatment longer! Can you believe?

Thankfully, Dr. Razdolsky and his wife Anna didn't meet such orthodontists on their most recent trip to Spain. However, they did take the time to visit several colleagues overseas to learn about the good standards of practice from international leaders in their field. Just another example of how Dr. Razdolsky explores ways to improve patient care at Forever Smiles.

H2O So Good

October 2nd, 2018

Excessive consumption of sweets can have significant impact on your overall health. But for your oral health, one of the worst things you can do is consume lots of sugar. Why? Bacteria and sugar mix to create toxic acid which gets trapped in leftover food debris or dental appliances in the mouth. This acid can wear away the enamel of your teeth and lead to tooth decay. Even the chemical substances found in diet or sugar-free soft drinks alone can harm your teeth over time.

While brushing your teeth after consuming sugary foods or drinks can help, it’s equally as easy to prevent cavities and tooth decay if you just avoid soda, energy or sports drinks and switch to water. Just how much sugar can you avoid in one 16-ounce drink? Let’s look at the numbers...

SODAS

Coca-Cola          52g Sugar (13tsp)

Sprite                  41g Sugar (10.25tsp)

Fanta                   59g Sugar (14.75tsp)

ENERGY / SPORTS DRINKS

Red Bull              49g Sugar (2.25tsp)

Gatorade           36g Sugar (9tsp)

Powerade         29g Sugar (7.25tsp)

If you really want to make the best decision for your overall health, drink lots of water! Plus, tap water is infused with fluoride which helps strengthen your tooth enamel while you stay hydrated. So, next time you’re reaching for that soft drink, think about how much sugar is in it and consider having some healthy H2O instead.

Understanding How Long You’ll Wear Braces

September 18th, 2018

So, your family dentist just referred you to Dr. Razdolsky for braces. Now what? How long will it take for braces to straighten your teeth? From gaps to overbites, to teeth or jaw alignment there are many factors that can affect the duration a patient will need to wear braces. Read on to learn what you can expect.

The short answer? It depends.

There are many factors that determine the amount of time a person must wear braces including age, type of treatment and individual needs or issues that should be addressed. The latter factors have the greatest impact on duration, as a patient’s issues could be as simple as minor adjustment, or as major as jaw realignment.

While the time it takes for braces to do their thing varies greatly by patient, after an initial evaluation and consultation, Dr. Razdolsky can help you better understand the amount of time that may be required for your unique case. So, when your dentist says it’s time to begin treatment, Dr. Razdolsky and the Forever Smiles team will schedule your initial exam and you can have a better idea of what to expect.

Now that you know the short answer, let’s discuss the details…

At your initial appointment, Dr. Razdolsky will do a thorough oral and facial new patient examination to assess overall oral health and your unique orthodontic needs. Depending on this assessment a CBCT scan, facial photographs, digital impressions and/or x-rays may also be taken. Review and recommendation for your patient treatment program is provided upon a second appointment. This ensures Dr. Razdolsky and his team have had ample opportunity to evaluate all the data collected. It is at this treatment conference Dr. Razdolsky will review your orthodontic records, and show you examples of braces, clear aligners or any appliances that may be involved in your prescribed course of treatment. Also at that appointment, Dr. Razdolsky can answer questions specific to your case, as well as talk about the anticipated duration of your treatment.

On average, how long do braces take to work?

The average orthodontic treatment falls somewhere between 16-18 months, but can sometimes take as long as 24 months, or even more. Be wary of promises from anyone who says you can have a straight smile in only six months. While some patients may think they only need to close a gap, treatment in less than six months is fairly rare. What some patients may not see or know is whether their bite is appropriately aligned, the airway is properly open or is the palate formed correctly. These are the hidden maladies that can impact long term oral and systemic health. Only a qualified orthodontist like Dr. Razdolsky has the experience necessary to ensure you have the best results.

In cases of adult braces, the average length of treatment can be a bit longer than for children. Again, the actual time depends on the patient’s specific needs but since adult teeth have stopped growing and are set, they require more pressure to move. This means many adult patients can look to have braces anywhere from 18 months to about three years.

I hear some kids have to wear braces even longer!

Could be. In some cases, a younger patient may have a major alignment problem, such as a tooth coming in in the wrong place. In that case it could require tooth extraction and waiting for others to come in. Depending on the wait for remaining adult teeth, this process could take considerably longer. The Forever Smiles team can advise you of what to expect in your case.

Can I shorten the time for braces treatment?

Maybe. A patient who carefully follows treatment instructions can increase the likelihood they get their braces off sooner. This can be something as simple as maintaining proper oral hygiene or, in the case of aligners or removable appliances such as bands, wearing them for the full prescribed treatment time every day.

Patients should also practice proper eating habits while wearing braces. This includes avoiding sticky or hard food like gum, corn, popcorn, hard pretzels or chips and most candy, as this can improve the treatment time. Broken or missing brackets can stretch out the time required for treatment.

Finally, not everyone realizes how much more challenging it is to brush your teeth with braces, but doing it properly is very important. The good news is there are techniques for proper brushing that can also help to ensure your treatment plan stays on track. Dr. Razdolsky and the Forever Smiles team have some information which can help you understand the best way to take care of your braces at home and at school or work.

It is important to note, regardless of how long your treatment is scheduled to last, the time a patient is required to wear braces does not include the post-treatment retainer that’s necessary to ensure your Forever Smile lasts a lifetime.

Dispelling the Myths of Ortho

August 16th, 2018

At Forever Smiles, we love what we do- from helping our patients gain confidence through the smile they’ve always wanted, to treating them for issues like sleep disorders and difficulties in breathing. Improving the quality of our patient’s lives is ingrained in all that we do, as is our purpose to “inspire, innovate, create, restore.” What’s more, we like learning and even teaching others about the benefits of good oral health and he role of orthodontics to long-lasting overall health. That’s why we think back to school is the perfect time for Dr. Razdolsky and the Forever Smiles team to set the record straight on six common misconceptions about orthodontic treatment and braces.

#1. Isn’t anyone who provides braces or aligners is an orthodontist?

While some general dentists or online companies offer braces or aligners, only an orthodontist like Dr. Razdolsky who the additional years of advanced training can call themselves an orthodontic specialist. It’s not worth the risk of permanent damage to your face and smile to allow anyone who isn’t an orthodontist to attempt to move your teeth. At Forever Smiles, you’re getting a team of specialists with the skills and experience necessary to ensure your best smile.

#2. Why does it seem that braces are so expensive?

Braces from Forever Smiles means you are getting a unique and fully-customized treatment plan designed to safely straighten your teeth and closely monitor your progress to ensure that your bite is the best that it can be. As a result, the cost can vary from patient to patient and should reflect the complexity of your unique case. From simple cases which only take months to treat, to very difficult ones which may take a couple of years, the benefits of having our team provide your orthodontic care will be well worth it. From our free initial consultation to flexible payment plans, we work with each patient individually to help them achieve a beautiful Forever Smile.

#3. Online companies promise straight teeth with little or no office visit. Does this work?

Heck, no! No visit means no monitoring. How can you be sure treatment is effective if you are not checking in? The reality is that the health of your gums, teeth and jaws cannot be monitored during treatment if you don’t come in regularly. Even the most carefully planned treatments need to be closely monitored to ensure that your treatment stays on course. Dr. Razdolsky and the team check each and every patient to ensure treatment is on schedule. And should a problem arise, they can develop a mid-course treatment correction as needed.

#4. On the internet I read I can have straighter teeth with clear aligners in just 20 months. Is this true?

Orthodontic treatment requires careful, controlled movements of the teeth to ensure they are moving into proper position. What’s more the type of appliance, whether brackets and wires or clear aligners also makes a difference in treatment. From simple cases which may only take a few months, to the more complex which may take longer, Dr. Razdolsky has the expertise to deliver great results in the least amount of time required for your unique case. What’s more, he stays up on the latest developments in the industry so he’s able to develop treatment using all matter of appliances to ensure the best possible care of your Forever Smile. It’s not worth the risk to have someone who is not a qualified orthodontist offer you treatment because of the possible irreversible damage that could occur.

#5. My teeth don’t look so bad. I don’t need braces.

There’s so much more to orthodontic treatment than meets the eye. Improved appearance is the most obvious result, but when teeth and jaws are aligned the function of biting, chewing and speaking are also better. So, a beautiful Forever Smile is not just the visible sign of good oral health, it sets the stage for overall well-being. Orthodontic treatment from Dr. Razdolsky actually plays a larger role in a patient’s healthcare than most people realize.

#6. I read before that orthodontic evaluation should be as early as the age of seven. It must be too late for me.

That’s not true! You are never too old to benefit from orthodontic treatment. We see patients young and old and believe age should never be a factor when it comes to getting a healthy, beautiful Forever Smile. It is important to note however, that adult cases may be a bit more complicated and it may sometimes take a little more time and patience. That’s why it is critical that adult patients only seek treatment from a qualified orthodontist like Dr. Razdolsky. Through his extensive training, expertise and experience he can develop a treatment plan tailored to each patient’s unique situation or needs, and ultimately deliver the best overall result.

Taking a Bite Out of Crime

July 10th, 2018

The science behind the various fields and specialties of dentistry are captivating. Take for example the role forensic dentistry in mainstream television and books with shows such as Bones and CSI Las Vegas, or even the gripping tales of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

Although Sherlock Holmes was a fictional character, to some, the way Doyle vastly contributed to the field of forensics is unquestionable. One of the biggest impacts being the “exchange principle” wherein two things come into contact with one another and one leaves a trace--the ramifications of which is enormous as evidence can last for years, decades and even centuries.

While forensic dentistry, or odontology is a growing area of forensic medicine, it has in fact been part of forensic science for more than 100 years. Its primary function is as the branch of forensic medicine which deals with the proper handling and examination of dental evidence and proper evaluation and presentation of dental findings in the interest of justice.

Let’s observe the case of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. During an exhaustive man hunt after his escape from jailors in January 1978, Bundy committed his final and most heinous crime. He was recaptured and eventually went on trial for his crimes and the only piece of evidence was a bite mark he left on one of the victims. Having taken casts of his teeth, investigators were able to show that Bundy’s teeth were unevenly aligned and several of them were chipped. Bite marks, like fingerprints are unique and it was through the casts of his teeth, and photographs of the bite marks on the victim, that a forensic odontologist was able to present key evidence instrumental in Bundy’s conviction.

Missing teeth, fractures or malformed teeth, as well as position and angle of the incisors all display unique characteristics which act like the distinct lines of a fingerprint. Whether a visual impression taken from the victim, or physical one found at the crime scene, the science of forensic odontology can be combined with known historical factors when teeth or bite marks are present.

John Wilkes Booth shot President Abraham Lincoln April 14, 1865 and escaped to Virginia where he was surrounded by the US Calvary and shot dead on the spot. For years however, rumors spread that he escaped and was still alive. To disprove naysayers, his body was disinterred in 1893 and reexamined. Booth’s body was positively identified by the family dentist by the peculiar formation of his jaw noted on dental records.

It can be said then that the role of dentistry in revealing evidence which may otherwise go unidentified can be paramount to justice when forensic techniques are employed. In the words of Sherlock Holmes, “There is nothing like first-hand evidence.” Indeed, Mr. Holmes. Indeed.

Beware the perils of Smile Shopping

June 15th, 2018

More and more, you see marketing and advertising for clear aligners with television commercials for straighter smiles by direct mail. And now, some makers are even opening storefronts in shopping centers with promises of an easier, more convenient way to a more beautiful smile. Like shopping for jeans, these purveyors suggest that a new smile is as simple as a trip to the mall. And while technological advancements in treatment with plastics and attachments have made them somewhat more viable in select cases, most industry professionals agree that for superior results, a qualified orthodontic specialist using the right tools and technologies are best.

What these offers fail to make clear is that these types of aligners are not effective in cases where acute tooth movement is needed. In these situations, traditional braces are not only more suitable, but most often the required course of treatment – especially for patients with molar/bite issues and where rotation or vertical movement of canines or premolars is necessary. Additionally, only an orthodontist has the specialized education beyond regular dental school that allows for the proper diagnosis and treatment in the alignment of jaws, facial irregularities and developmental anomalies in the airway that can lead to other health issues. These diagnoses are part and parcel of orthodontic treatment and may be overlooked completely if patients simply look to the quick-fix of online or shopping center teeth aligners. Sadly, in some instances direct-to-consumer companies do not involve an evaluation or supervising treatment by an orthodontic professional.

When determining a course of treatment for patients, Dr. Razdolsky stresses the importance of how addressing each patient as a unique case is paramount to success and a true Forever Smile. A thorough oral and facial examination, photographs, dental molds and/or x-rays, and possibly even CBCT scans are necessary to the assessment and proper recommendation for a patient treatment program. Dr. Razdolsky’s specialized training and first-hand experience with new and emerging technologies allows him to evaluate the collected data and develop the right course of treatment for the patients’ needs, rather than form-fitting a patient to a one-size-fits-all approach. Dr. Razdolsky said he has even had patients come in and seek re-treatment because the aligners prescribed by their dentist were not effective. More often this is a case of improper evaluation, planning or the wrong tool being prescribed for treatment.

“We see our patients as partners throughout the course of treatment,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “Success is critically dependent on our continued evaluation and their active role in proper daily maintenance and care of their braces, retainers or appliances. Although we always strive to provide for the happiness and wellbeing of all our patients, sometimes their preferred course treatment alone is not best.”

With traditional braces, you wear them all the time which allows for a more consistent, controlled and successful treatment. Treatment with clear aligners can often take much longer because changes are much more subtle and the trays are removable. This means patients have a tendency to wear them less, or forget to wear them at all at times, and therefore treatment gets drawn out. Without proper and ongoing observation by a qualified professional, these treatments become ineffective and can sometimes prolong issues.

“There are many factors in determining the best course of treatment,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “We work with the patient and the family to get from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ by the least obstructive and most efficient means available to us. Whether traditional brackets and wires or clear aligners, as an Orthodontist I look at all the latest options, tools and technologies accessible to get us where we need to go. That’s the difference between Orthodontics and online or in-store aligners – there’s usually no one, clear answer or quick fix to a beautiful Forever Smile.”

2018 Artishock Contest

May 17th, 2018

Dr. Yan Razdolsky, Anna and the entire Forever Smiles team are proud to present… the 2018 Artishock Art Contest entries! Showcased in our waiting area, these works of art are the students of Artishock Art Studio’s depiction of this years’ theme, “Smile around the world.” The goal of this awesome contest is to encourage students to reflect on the happy things in life and through the use of creative expression and self-awareness, create an entry that expresses their feelings about the things that make them smile.

Forever Smiles sponsors this annual competition to provide exposure to the talented kids of Artishock. Students ages seven and up submitted their drawings and paintings that describe their understanding of the world, what they think, their dreams, environment, family and friends, and things of importance to their lives. Like the Artishock philosophy, this contest fosters a lively discourse stimulating children’s natural wonder and curiosity in the more formal foundations of color, shape, line, texture, space and composition.

Similarly, Forever Smiles believes it is critical to develop a fun and nurturing environment for our patients - helping them to learn, grow and share ideas that make them a part of their community. This Artishock contest is great because it puts kids and their observations of the world around them front and center, as well as introduces them to concepts and elements of art in the environment.

Honored to host this contest for six years, Forever Smiles has awarded several scholarships and art supplies prizes to winning students. In addition to showcasing the more than 125 original works from Artishock students, we also sponsor the annual Artishock Art Show where these prizes are awarded.

Entries are judged by you and we need your vote! The top two pieces with the most votes in each category win art scholarships and supplies. Voting is going on now in our reception area and on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ForeverSmilesIL/. Vote today!

National Facial Protection Month: Are you saving face?

April 16th, 2018

You’ve heard it all before. Your family here at Forever Smiles has told you - time and again. Wear your mouth guard! And in honor of April as National Facial Protection Month, we’ re going to say it again.

Sponsored annually by the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Academy for Sports Dentistry and the American Dental Association (yes, that’s a lot of people who really care about your face), National Facial Protection Month is that time of year when we remind parents, coaches and athletes to gear up before they game on.

Dr. Yan Razdolsky and the Forever Smiles team has always advocated the importance of playing it safe by wearing a mouthguard at every practice and every game. So, to help you remember when the right time is to wear a mouthguard, we have put together these little graphics, so you can you play smart when you strive to bring home the prize!

Did you know that 27 percent of parents surveyed said their child has sustained an injury during an organized sport that resulted in a trip to the emergency room? That’s right! Nearly 67 percent of parents surveyed by the American Association of Orthodontists said their child does not wear a mouth guard, yet 70 percent said their biggest fear is their child will get hurt when playing organized sports. That’s why Forever Smiles thinks it’s so important!

In fact, according to the December 2016 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association, single traumatic injury to the teeth may never heal completely. What’s more it can create a lifetime of expensive and long-term problems for the affected individual.

If you play baseball, soccer, basketball or football you probably already know those sports account for a lot of mouth injuries, but in fact it’s about 80 percent of all sports-related emergency room visits for children between the ages of 5 and 14.

So, what do you do? Wear your mouth guard of course! But, you should also keep your mouth guard clean by rinsing it before and after each use. You should also store in a perforated container to let your mouth guard dry out. And always avoid chewing on the mouth guard. Doing that breaks it down making it much less effective at protecting your teeth and gums. Oh, and if you have removable retainers, never ever wear them with your mouth guard. Doing that can not only cause damage to your teeth and gums but can bend wires making them less effective at doing their job. Lastly, replace your mouth guard when it shows signs of wear.

Not all mouth guards are the same either. So when you are ready, set, go to play a sport... ask us what’s right for you. Doing all these things will ensure your mouth guard is providing you the best protection for you, your face and your beautiful Forever Smile!

2018 Artishock Orth Field Trip

April 3rd, 2018

Dr. Yan Razdolsky and the Forever Smiles team once again made welcome 23 Artishock Art Studio students for their annual field trip to our orthodontic office in Buffalo Grove. As part of this years’ education program, Dr. Razdolsky and the team showed the children aged 6 to 12, the science behind maintaining beautiful healthy teeth and protecting them from foods that can stain or hurt their enamel. Students also learned how Dr. Razdolsky develops treatment plans for patients and took part in using digital imagery to help Dr. Razdolsky show everyone how we create beautiful forever smiles.

“The Artishock visit is a favorite community and oral heath outreach program for our Forever Smiles team,” said Anna Razdolsky. “The children tour our office to learn all about proper oral health and the fascinating world of Orthodontics.”

Each year, Artishock students also receive a fun art project they illustrate for exhibition in the Forever Smiles offices. This years’ assignment, Smiles Around the World.

Another Doctor in the Family

March 19th, 2018

 Meet Dr. Elizabeth Razdolsky Michalczyk

Some resounding congratulations to Dr. an Razdolsky and Anna as their daughter, Elizabeth defended her thesis in February at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry. Funded by the National Institute of Heath, National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), her dissertation defense for PhD in Oral Sciences focused on Regulation of Angiogenesis in Healing Wounds. A culmination of her collaborative work under mentor Luisa A. DiPietro, DDS, professor of Periodontics, Director of the Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration, and an Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at UIC, Elizabeth’s studies afforded her an opportunity for interdisciplinary partnership between numerous clinical and academic departments for the study of injury, wound healing and regeneration of tissues to better understand and help develop therapeutic strategies.

“As wounds heal, certain factors ensure a balanced resolution to the repair process by controlling the number of blood vessels formed as well as connective tissue remodeling,” said Elizabeth Razdolsky Michalczyk in her thesis. “One such factor is Pigment Epithelium-Derived Factor (PEDF), and this study aims to explore the mechanisms by which PEDF influences wound vasculature and scar formation.”

In Elizabeth’s NIDCR Individual Predoctoral Dental Scientist Fellowship she states that although the hemostatic, inflammatory, and to some extent the proliferative phases of wound healing have been well studied, the regulation of the remodeling phase has received less attention. She believes that understanding PEDF’s function in healing wounds will help shed light on therapeutic options to decrease scarring and promote regeneration. Moreover, these and further studies will spur advances in regenerative medicine and more effective therapies against the effects of fibrosis and tumorigenesis in healing wounds.

Similar in the way Dr. Razdolsky is always looking to improve the treatment and outcomes for his patients, Elizabeth’s passion for helping to discover new therapies in wound regeneration is her contribution to the quality of care for future patients. We are so very proud of her. Way to go Elizabeth!

The Dangers of DIY Orthodontics

March 7th, 2018

The American Association of Orthodontists has issued a warning urging consumers to beware of Internet videos and websites which urge them to try and straighten their own teeth. We encourage you to share with others, that moving teeth is a medical procedure which requires direct supervision by a licensed orthodontic specialist like Dr. Razdolsky.

“Everyone should be wary of any suggestion to move their teeth with rubber bands, dental floss, or any other objects ordered off the internet,” said Anna Razdolsky. “Moving teeth without a thorough examination of the overall health of the teeth and gums could have grave results.”

As we learned from Dr. Razdolsky’s most recent conference and the discussion on impacted canines, more often we do not see the underlying issues below the gum line that may be the root cause to misalignment of the teeth. What’s more, without comprehensive evaluation by an AAO Orthodontist we cannot know what impacts the movement of teeth may have on surrounding teeth, the bite and even the roof of the mouth. Realignment of the teeth can impact jaw structure, facial shape and more importantly the airways. Improper treatment could result in expensive and lifelong dental problems with breathing and overall health due to tooth decay, gum disease and in severe cases, permanent tooth loss.

Did you know… all orthodontists are dentists, but only six percent of dentists are orthodontists? Orthodontists receive two to three years of specialized education beyond dental school and are specialists in straightening teeth and aligning the bite. In addition, Dr. Razdolsky’s continuing study and education allow him to stay up on the latest treatments which will improve the quality of your oral health for a lifetime. He understands that each patient is unique and requires a special treatment plan specific to their needs in effort to achieve the best long-term result.

Everyone wants a great smile and we want you (and everyone you know) to be confident in showcasing yours. If you see something, say something. Warn your friends of the perils of do-it-yourself braces and teeth aligners. Dr. Razdolsky and the Forever Smiles team are here to ensure you, and they... not only look good, but have a healthy smile that will last forever!

Lessons Learned - An AAO Winter Conference Wrap Up

February 21st, 2018

Dr. Yan Razdolsky attended the 2018 AAO/AAPD Joint Winter Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona last week. The three-day conference focused on early orthodontic treatment and how dental professionals can work together to produce excellent results. There were many topics for discussion including evidence-based treatments to assist in the diagnosis and management of dental trauma in both orthodontic and pediatric perspectives. But what was of great interest to Dr. Razdolsky at the conference was the discussion on Incipient Impaction and whether there is a foolproof preventative strategy.

Incipient Impaction, or early observation of impaction of the adult canines, is a frequently encountered problem affecting as many as 3 percent of the population. It is also one that often requires a treatment approach involving various dental professionals - the pediatric dentist or family dentist, orthodontist and sometimes a dental surgeon. However, surgical exposure of the impacted tooth and the complex orthodontic mechanisms that are required to then align the tooth into the arch can sometimes lead to damage to the tooth structures. So, it is worthwhile to explore early diagnosis and interceptive treatment for patients who have impacted canines. At the conference, speakers discussed the various ways to identify and treat patients with impacted canines starting with early detection.

“The importance of early treatment, as early as the age of 7, is crucial for the diagnosis of orthodontic issues such as impacted canines,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “An appropriate diagnosis and treatment can help prevent the impacted canines from complications like displacement of the surrounding teeth.”

Sometimes treatment is as simple as extraction of the deciduous canines, or “baby” canines as early as age 8 or 9. If there is enough space for the incoming canine to erupt or come out, then the orthodontist can help guide the permeant canine into place.

“The point here is that through early collaborative diagnosis and timely treatment by a patient’s dental team, we can sometimes see these teeth erupt more naturally,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “This may mean less-invasive surgical treatments and we simply help guide them to their correct position in the arch of the mouth.”

By delaying diagnosis and treatment however, or in more severe cases, the impacted canine can cause complications that include displacement of the surrounding teeth, recurring infections, pain, damage to the neighboring teeth, or even a combination of these.

“This program really provided a very practical overview of the clinical and radiological clues dentists and orthodontists can look for,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “By using an evidence-based approach to find treatment options we can avoid costly or invasive procedures that can have a negative long-term impact on the patient.”

Dr. Razdolsky believes this particular conference, as a whole, offered valuable insights to dental professionals not only on treatment options for impacted teeth, but how to identify and treat some of the most severe orthodontic cases including trauma.

“Programs like this help me better serve my patients,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “Through continuing education and then sharing of the information with my professional peers, we are able to collaborate better and produce more beautiful Forever Smiles for our patients.”

Bracket Chatter: Smile More in 2018

January 30th, 2018

People make a lot of resolutions only to fall off the wagon just a few short weeks into the New Year. But here is a 2018 resolution that’s super easy to keep, and five great reasons to do it too. Resolve to smile!
1. Studies prove that smiling improves your mood by releasing endorphins and serotonin that automatically lift your spirits. Even if you smile through tough times or moments of sadness, activating these neural messages can relieve stress and improve disposition.
2. A smile makes a great first impression by making you appear more confident, competent, courteous and even, likeable. When you smile at someone, the sensory reward center of their brain is activated, so they feel rewarded by your smile and have a more favorable first impression of you.
3. A smile is contagious. Studies show that when you smile at someone, their brain is hard-wired to return the smile, so you both get a shot of those feel-good endorphins.
4. To some, a smile shows that you’re healthy, take good care of yourself and can help you be perceived as more attractive. According to a 2016 study by the American Academy for Cosmetic Dentistry, a smile is the secret to attractiveness at any age. In fact, 96 percent of people surveyed by the AACD thought that a smile made people more attractive.
5. The more you smile, the more positive you become. So, even if you’re feeling a little blue… fake it, the rewards of a smile are still the same. Your brain tracks your smiles, so the more you do it the more you rewire your brain to think more positively.

So remember, a smile has benefits which impact your personal life, health and even those around you. Share a smile today and resolve to be a better and happier you in 2018!

Did you know...in as little as 30 minutes after drinking soda the acids begin wearing at your tooth enamel? Imagine that trapped in your braces!
Limit sugary drinks • drink more water
(And, if you drink soda, be sure to brush right away.) Your Forever Smile will thank you.

Bracket Chatter: Habits That Can Hurt

January 16th, 2018

The perils of tongue thrust to successful orthodontic treatment and a beautiful Forever Smile.

We see many challenging orthodontic cases at Forever Smiles, but no case is more disheartening than meeting a new patient whose previous orthodontic treatment did not result in long-term success.

One such factor in the treatment and re-treatment of open bite or malocclusion has at its cause, tongue thrust. Tongue thrust naturally occurs from early infancy to about six months of age, but has been found to exist as a habit in children as old as 5 to 8. It is described as pushing the tongue forward between the upper and lower teeth when swallowing, rather than the proper position against the gum above the upper front teeth. Over time, this tongue thrust can cause an open bite. Left untreated, this can even cause relapse in a once-successful ortho patient and require re-treatment. Other variations of tongue thrust occur when the tongue pushes on one or even both sides of the mouth pushing teeth outward.

“The tongue is a powerful muscle, applying nearly four pounds of pressure every time we swallow. This pressure, when accompanied by a bad swallowing habit is enough to push teeth out of their natural position,” said Dr. Yan Razdolsky. “Even worse, imagine this happening nearly 2,000 times per day!”

Factors that can contribute to tongue thrusting include prolonged thumb sucking or pacifier use, upper airway obstructions such as allergies or nasal congestion which cause the tongue to lie low in the mouth and lead to mouth breathing, and even hereditary factors such as facial structure, large tonsils and macroglossia, or enlarged tongue. What’s more, these habits left untreated can continue through the teens and into adulthood causing relapse in orthodontic treatment.

“There are many telltale signs of tongue thrust that we look for when first diagnosing a patient for orthodontic treatment,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “However, the most important factor in diagnosis and treatment of any patient is getting to know them and helping them to become a part of their own smile treatment.”

So, what do we do? Treatment for tongue thrust can include therapeutic exercises which re-educate the tongue muscles, kind of like physical therapy for the tongue. In some cases, patients may be also prescribed a dental appliance to aid in correction. Either way, Dr. Razdolsky and the Forever Smiles team are here to work with you. Through treatment, when your braces do come off, your teeth will stay in alignment.

Bracket Chatter: Holiday Movie Wrap Up

December 27th, 2017

So many thanks to our wonderful Forever Smiles patients who joined us in Leaguing Up on Saturday, November 18 for the Justice League movie at Buffalo Grove Theaters. More than 500 guests joined us for our annual, holiday movie celebration. A lot of smiles all around, and a few extras to spare with the adorable selfie smiles on a stick which the Forever Smiles team had a blast posing with!

Guests, friends and family of the red-carpet, premiere movie experience also received Forever Smiles sweatshirts, popcorn and (spoiler alert) awesome movie treats!

“This annual event is something we really look forward to,” said Anna Razdolsky. “The months and weeks leading up to it hold a lot of excitement for the team as we anxiously wait to see what the next big movie coming out of Hollywood for the Holidays will be.”

“It’s nice that there are always great movies this time of year that create enthusiasm and smiles for our patients and friends. It really boosts the spirit of the season,” she added.

The Forever Smiles team really enjoyed celebrating the Holidays with all who came. See you next year!

Bracket Chatter: Consortium of Specialists

December 19th, 2017

Dr. Razdolsky’s Annual Orthodontic Update Seminar

Dentistry is a field of specialists. You have the Dentist who makes sure your teeth and gums are healthy.  Dental Hygienists who specialize in cleaning your teeth and gums, Oral Surgeons who specialize in extractions and surgeries, Endodontists who focus on root canals, Pediatric Dentists who specialize in children’s dental needs, and Periodontist who deal with gum disease. Then you have Orthodontists, like Dr. Yan Razdolsky of Forever Smiles in Buffalo Grove who focus on straightening your teeth and bite. Simply put, it takes an entire team to care for your teeth and gums from childhood through adulthood. A team who must work collaboratively to ensure your absolute best overall oral health.

Orthodontics itself is a science. As with any science, information and studies emerge which shed new light on approaches and technology which can better serve patients’ needs. Due to these changes, the necessity of continuing education is critical and the sharing of that information across disciplines are particularly imperative for Dr. Razdolsky.

In answer to that calling, each year Dr. Razdolsky hosts a continuing education seminar for area dental practitioners. He had counted among his speakers, noted specialists from a variety of dental specialties around the world who share case studies and patient experiences to help improve the quality of treatment for all patients in our area and around the country. Programs like this are critical to improving patient outcomes, as through this collaborative approach, Dr. Razdolsky and other area dental health professionals can resolve some of the most challenging dental cases, offer the highest quality care and help patients achieve a healthy, beautiful Forever Smile.

This year’s program, held on October 11 hosted nearly 150 area dental professionals and featured Dr. Victoria Ursitti and Dr. Konstantin Gromov. Dr. Ursitti, an area Pediatric Dentist is committed to providing educational programs and volunteers services to underserved children of our community. An area Periodontist, Dr. Gromov holds degrees in both Periodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics, and like Dr. Razdolsky, he believes in an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to a beautiful, healthy smile. Together with Dr. Razdolsky, the speakers discussed the latest trends in dentistry, orthodontics and the difficult decisions in treatment planning.

Like all sciences, Orthodontics changes as research developments bring new information to light. This is one reason Dr. Razdolsky loves what he does so much. The ever-evolving nature of Orthodontics is fascinating. There is always more to learn and teach, which is why it is so important for all practicing dental health professionals to continue their education and stay abreast of the latest developments. In addition to theory, there are techniques, tools, and technologies all of which change. This means that old treatments can be obsolete within just a few short years as newer ideas and technologies emerge. Therefore, by hosting seminars and sharing of this valuable information, Dr. Razdolsky can help other professionals put into practice cutting edge new treatments. We cannot wait to see what Dr. Razdolsky’s program will teach us next year.

Bracket Chatter: The Right Time For Orthodontic Evaluation

October 18th, 2017

 

While some orthodontists and parents may have differing opinions as to the right time for orthodontic treatment, when it comes to adjusting imbalances in bone structure of the face and jaw, many agree early intervention is key. With dentofacial orthopedics, the signs of issues are often seen as early as seven years of age and can include misalignment of bite, cross bite, crowding of the teeth, nose and respiratory ailments, impacted canines and cleft lip or palate. That’s why studies suggest preliminary treatment to enlarge the dental arch and palate with rapid palatal expansion is beneficial for both anatomical and dental development. Here are five key reasons to help you better understand the benefits for application of early expansion.

  1. Anatomy studies are clear. The palatal area at the roof of the mouth is still adaptable with hardening into bone beginning for most in pre-adolescence through the teens. However, the roof palate of younger patients is much more responsive to the orthopedic treatment with an expander and less pressure is needed to achieve the desired result. When less pressure is used, we reduce the risk for negative consequences. As a patient grows there is greater risk of tipping the teeth out of alignment, creating a less stable orthodontic shift rather than orthopedic expansion.
  2. Use of an expander while a patient still has some baby, or primary teeth along with permanent teeth, allows the use of the baby teeth to serve as anchors for the expansion appliance. This is important in helping to eliminate the negative effects that can be caused by the necessary force being applied to permanent teeth, therefore protecting them. Expansion appliances use the strength of the roots and surrounding bone of the teeth to which they are attached. It is those teeth and supporting bone that carry the lateral pressure of the expansion as the palate opens. When primary teeth are used to support the expander, the newly-erupting adult teeth do not bear any of the expansion pressure and instead receive benefit from the additional space. Expander devices are specifically created to affix exclusively to each patient’s baby teeth, and have the added benefit of distributing the work over several teeth on each side. Studies report the use of a banded hyrax appliance attached to primary molars and canines or a Haas expansion appliance attached to the second primary molars and primary canines are both successful and stable.
  3. In most cases the reason for expansion is because of a crowded upper roof palate resulting in crooked or protruding teeth, jaw misalignment or crossbite. In treated patients, an expansion appliance is placed into the roof of the mouth as high as possible without negatively affecting palatal tissues. As a result, patients sometimes experience temporary difficulties with speech and swallowing, similar to that caused by a retainer. This inconvenience usually passes quickly as patients grow accustomed to the device.
  4. New and permanent teeth that come into mouth with adequate bone and soft tissue support benefit from the ideal scenario for long-term stability and more sound periodontal health. For patients with a crowded, developing mouth, the plan is to create space for the teeth to come in straight without the risk of future gum-related issues or tooth damage.
  5. The effects of a small upper palate goes well beyond adolescence. Growing evidence suggests that maxillary constriction left untreated can be a factor in airway restriction starting in children and continuing through adulthood. The effects of a rapid maxillary expander can help increase nasal airway and improve overall respiratory function. As further airway evaluation becomes part of early dental exams, the benefit of early expansion can include improved air intake and even better sleep.

Did someone say field trip?

September 26th, 2017

October is National Orthodontics Health Month. At Forever Smiles, we love taking this time to educate school-aged children and groups aged 7 to 13 about the fascinating field of Orthodontics. That’s why we offer fun and educational field trips to our office to help teach our young community about orthodontics while simultaneously helping local schools, clubs and organizations in making a positive impact in our area.

As part of a scheduled field trip participants get a “behind the scenes” tour of our offices, meet our friendly dental and orthodontic professionals and discover how we align teeth using science and modern technology. In this fun and interactive program, we discuss our techniques and explain the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene. In addition, we serve delicious and smile-friendly snacks and participants even receive goodie bags with toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss and an age-appropriate gift.

If you know a group or organization who would benefit from an educational field trip, please reach out to Anna at anna@razdolsky.com. Perhaps together, we can inspire a future Orthodontist!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

September 12th, 2017

Last month we published an article on Peak Performance & Breathing. As part of a continuing dialog on the impact and importance of Orthodontics on breathing, we present this discussion on Obstructive Sleep Apnea. At Forever Smiles we encourage patients to learn more about oral systemic health and how we improve their wellbeing and standard of care through orthodontics.

Do you or someone you know suffer from daytime sleepiness, have difficulty concentrating in school or sometimes feel cranky? You might think it’s time for a Snickers (which are terrible on braces btw), but maybe not. Sleep disorders impact as many as 30 percent of teens and pre-adolescents and it is estimated that as many as 10 percent can suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the tissue at the back of the throat collapses during sleep keeping air from getting to the lungs. It can happen a few times per hour, or as many as several hundred times per night! Imagine, these pauses in breathing waking you up every time, disturbing your sleep. While you may be thinking you’re sleeping a lot, in fact, this disturbed sleep amounts to only a few hours of fit sleep per night.

Dr. Yan Razdolsky and the Forever Smiles team see a lot of patients with airway problems. They study facial growth, development and airway passages, so they are eminently qualified to help screen patients for OSA issues and strongly recommend early orthodontic screenings as early as age 7. The causes of OSA are varied, and can range from a soft tissue obstruction to palatal development or even jaw alignment. It has even been discovered that as many as 50 percent of OSA cases involve the bony structure that surrounds the airway. Through upper arch expansion and by advancing the mandible, or jaw bone, an orthodontist can sometimes address the underlying cause of OSA. The earlier the treatment plan, the better the potential outcome for the patient.

“Using the latest digital imaging technology and orthodontic tools we can identify, treat and potentially prevent sleep-related breathing disorders in children,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “We may even be able to reverse the condition in adolescents and adults.”

Getting 8.5 to 11 hours of quality sleep, depending on age, is essential to healthy growth, development and function. Not getting enough sleep can impact focus, cause sluggishness and irritability. Sleep deprivation can also affect overall health, weight and even your complexion. Although there are a lot of studies and literature on sleep related issues, it is often surprising how little of it is directed to the child or teen. These patients know first-hand what the symptoms may feel like and are often the first at recognizing their own issues. So, if you find that you or someone you know is suffering from symptoms mentioned here on a regular basis, and a Snickers just doesn’t seem to satisfy… talk to Dr. Razdolsky or a Forever Smiles member. A good night’s sleep is a beautiful thing.

Peak Performance & Breathing

August 21st, 2017

For some, back to school means back to sports. For student athletes returning to the court or field this fall, it also means training, and sports conditioning.

But did you know there is an increased correlation between breathing through your nose and enhanced sports performance? What’s more, breathing through your nose as opposed to your mouth has many benefits which are well documented.

Those who breathe through their mouth are more prone to using their upper chest and shoulders rather than their diaphragm. This can yield a shallower intake of air and result in a lower distribution of oxygen to the blood, reduced energy and even decreased stamina or endurance. Furthermore, mouth breathing as a norm in day-to-day activities can lead to other health issues, moodiness and even affect concentration.

Nasal breathing is not only important for improved sports performance, but also overall general health and preventing potential illness. When we breathe through the nose, we warm and humidify the air intake ensuring once it reaches the lungs it is at body temperature. Moreover, germs, bacteria and microbes are filtered out which can help in preventing potential illness.

So, what’s the correlation between mouth breathing and orthodontics?

“While proper breathing techniques are something that can be learned, there are instances where poor airway development in adolescence can hinder efforts,” said Buffalo Grove Orthodontist Dr. Yan Razdolsky. “Craniofacial development or malformation, malocclusion and jaw deformation can lead to airway obstruction and development of other health issues as well.”

There is considerable evidence to support good facial and jaw development to nasal breathing. Studies show a correlation between mouth breathing and development of a narrow jaw, distended nasal cavity, misaligned cheekbones and even crooked teeth. These developmental problems can be treated more effectively if diagnosed early by your Forever Smiles team.

What sport or activity are you training for? Share your story on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ForeverSmilesIL/.

You worked hard for your beautiful Forever Smile, then this happens…

July 18th, 2017

Your wisdom teeth have come in. Don’t panic.

Wisdom teeth, or third molars are located on each side of the jaw in the very back and the last teeth to erupt – typically emerging between the ages of 17 and 25. In some cases they may come in painlessly, with little or no impact on the surrounding teeth. In fact, some people are fortunate enough to have plenty of room in their mouths for additional teeth. However, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxiofacial Surgeons, nine out of 10 patients will likely experience issues with at least one wisdom tooth.

So how do you protect your Forever Smile? If your orthodontic work is complete prior to your wisdom teeth coming in, Dr. Razdolsky will do a thorough examination prior to removal of your braces to check on the progress of your wisdom teeth and determine whether there is sufficient space for them to emerge successfully. Continued follow-up visits with the Forever Smiles team will also ensure we are able to track your progress.

Additionally, as you continue to visit your regular dentist for check-us, you will likely know exactly when your wisdom teeth come in and whether they are impacted (meaning they

haven’t broken the gums yet). During your regular check-up, your dentist will take x-rays to track wisdom tooth development. You can also help by telling Dr. Razdolsky and your dentist if you are having trouble or experience pain when opening your jaw, pain when you bite or chew, have swollen gums in the back of your mouth or side of your jaw. Simply being aware of when your wisdom teeth are coming in will help safeguard your smile investment.

Of course, the best determination for treatment of wisdom teeth will need to be made after a thorough evaluation by your personal dental care team. Given the probability that wisdom teeth can be problematic may require extraction to protect the smile you’ve worked so long for. If wisdom tooth extraction is the recommended course of treatment, earlier is better. Wisdom tooth removal before the roots have become firmly anchored can make the procedure easier and the recovery more comfortable.

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Back to School Survival Kit

The commercials and ads have already started and we are closing in on that time of year. Back to School shopping! At Forever Smiles we think no back to school shopping season is complete without the right supplies. Not paper, binders and pencils, but your back to school survival kit!

Your braces care survival kit is an emergency preparedness care pack to help you manage most dental issues that may arise. You can keep it in your backpack, purse or locker to make sure you’re always ready to care for your smile. What do you pack in a braces survival kit? Let’s shop supplies… Here are some of our favorite suggestions for your survival kit.

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Reaching out in support of forever family

June 28th, 2017

Once a member of the Forever Smiles family, you are always a part of us. This is not only true for patients, but for team members as well. We follow our forever family’s lives beyond their time with us -- sharing in their joys, experiences and even reach out in support when they are in need.

For those of you who do not know him, we would like to introduce you to Dr. Kapil Vij. Dr. Vij was a part of our Forever Smiles Grayslake family from 2007 to 2010. Dr. Vij was diagnosed earlier this year with myelofibrosis, a rare form of blood cancer. His bone marrow is unable to produce red blood cells, so he requires a blood transfusion every two to three weeks. With his condition deteriorating very quickly his only chance of beating this disease is to have a stem cell transplant. His siblings tested in hopes of being a match and giving him a second chance at life, but neither were close enough to be his donor.

“Dr. Vij is a wonderful doctor, and has an incredible rapport with patients,” said Dr. Yan Razdolsky. “As part of our team, he was a vigilant partner in assuring our patients were treated with the upmost care and compassion. This is why it is so important that he finds a donor to help save his life. He is a big part of our family,” he added.

Today, Dr. Vij practices pediatric dentistry in Mount Prospect. He lives with his amazing wife Neeru, their two beautiful children and a third on the way. Although he is no longer with Forever Smiles, we have continued to follow his career and more recently have learned of this plea to help save his life.

“We understand this has become quite urgent as his hemoglobin is dropping pretty fast despite blood transfusions,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “The entire dental community is reaching out to increase awareness of his plight, and we too want to do our part.”

According to Be The Match Registry posts, Dr. Vij is of South Asian (Indian) descent, and the pool of people from that ethnicity are underrepresented in the national bone marrow registry, making the need for others to join the registry vital.

The process of bone marrow donation has changed in recent years and in some cases only requires a partial blood donation from which stem cells can be collected. While this may sound scary, it’s very safe and truly a gift of life.

Qualified potential donors, ages 18-44, can learn more and register for the national marrow donor program online by visiting https://join.bethematch.org/HOPE4KAPIL. For anyone over the age of 45 and still wants to be a donor, we should let them know they can register with DKMS at dkms.org. Kits will be sent to their home, where they can swab and mail back. There are also several upcoming Be The Match registration drives in the Chicago area. Visit Facebook.com/HOPE4KAPIL for more information.

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Frozen in time... A Historic Lesson in Early Detection

May 16th, 2017

During their recent travels, Doctor and Anna Razdolsky spent some time in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology where they learned about Otzi, the Ice Man. Otzi is a well-preserved mummy of a 46-year-old man who lived around 3300 BC. That’s 500 years older than King Tut!

Otzi became a global scientific sensation on September 19, 1991 when two hikers from Germany found his body in the Otz Alps, a mountain range between Italy and Austria. The Ice Man had suffered from hypothermia and internal bleeding caused by an arrow in his left shoulder. Archeologists believe he may have been hunting and killed in a skirmish with a rival tribe.

However, what makes Otzi’s discovery so significant is what he teaches us. For the first time in the history of medicine and archaeology, scientists are able to examine a 5,300-year-old mummy using the most advanced diagnostic methods making him the most closely examined patient of all time.

“What makes Otzi so intriguing to us are his dental records,” said Dr. Yan Razdolsky. “Through these findings, scientists were able to discover where Otzi spent his childhood by analyzing his tooth enamel.”

Like the rings of a tree, during the first months of a human life the minerals typical of the landscape where he or she grows up are permanently stored in the teeth. By using 3D computer tomography researchers were also able to reconstruct his oral cavity, providing insight into dental issues of the period, as well as significant findings of how the Ice Man lived.

“A study like this is similar to how we practice early detection today,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “At Forever Smiles we use 3D imaging to look at bone development, tooth structure and soft tissue which helps us assess any issues we may need to address before they become a problem. Otzi sure could have used early detection and treatment,” he added.

Indeed, the Ice Man showed severe tooth enamel wear, had several cavities and gum disease. This supports research claims he had a diet rich in carbohydrates and stoneground flour, which must have contained grit from the milling process, and common in other findings of early man switching from hunter-gatherer to agriculture. It’s likely he didn’t brush his teeth, so any cleaning could only be attributed to these harsh grains. This is not enough to avoid tooth decay and cavities, and compounded with periodontal disease, it is likely Otzi suffered from pain when eating hot or harsh foods.

Also interesting is the link between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease. The discovery of Otzi confirms more current research regarding the link between oral systemic health and overall health in patients. An autopsy of the Ice Man revealed that he had arteriosclerosis, osteoporosis, and many other issues common today -- some of which also have a direct relationship with oral and dental health.

Dr. Razdolsky also noted the Iceman has a wide gap between the upper front teeth.

“The Ice Man had diastema, or a space separating his central incisors,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “This is a very common issue, even now, for some of our Forever Smiles patients. If he could have come in to see us, we could have fixed that,” he joked.

Oh, how little and yet how much has changed in 5300 years!

2017 Artishock Art Contest

April 19th, 2017

Presenting… the 2017 Artishock Art Contest entries! These visionary works of art from students of Artishock Art Studio are the answer to this years’ theme question, “What makes you Smile”? Our purpose... to promote creative expression and self-awareness. Entrants are encouraged to express their feelings about the things that make them smile with the goal of reflecting on and showcasing the positive and happy things in their lives.

Forever Smiles sponsors this annual competition to provide exposure to the talented kids of Artishock. Students ages five and up submit their drawings and paintings that describe their understanding of the world, what they think, their dreams, environment, family and friends, and things of importance to their lives. In addition to our mission to provide the most efficient and effective orthodontic treatment, Forever Smiles believes it is critical to develop a fun and nurturing environment for our patients - helping them to learn, grow and share ideas that make them a part of their community. This Artishock contest is great because it puts kids and their observations of the world around them front and center.

In our fifth year sponsoring the Artishock contest, Forever Smiles has shared more 100 original works from Artishock students. The Artishock Art Studio provides classes to children and adults, with lessons designed to introduce underlying visual art concepts and elements of art in the environment. Like the Forever Smiles mission, a person’s perception of environment regarding personal development is a key for growth.

“The goal of Artishock is similar to how I approach orthodontics,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “A person’s smile acts as a unique expression of their personality, mood and feelings. I look at the distinct characteristics of each patient and together we discover the beauty that is their Forever Smile.”

Entries are judged by you and we need your vote! The top two pieces with the most votes in each category win art scholarships and supplies. Voting is through May 12 on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ForeverSmilesIL/ or in our reception area. Vote today!

Orthodontics & Systemic Health

March 16th, 2017

In recent studies, medical researchers have drawn a positive correlation between oral systemic health and overall health. But is there any correlation between orthodontic treatment and overall heath?

Curious… we decided to do a little research ourselves so we could share with you our findings. So in honor of World Oral Health Day, March 20 here’s what we’ve learned regarding the relationship between orthodontic treatment and overall health.

In one study, The Impact of Malocclusion/Orthodontic Treatment Need on the Quality of Life - A Systematic Review, researchers analyzed existing evidence between orthodontic treatment and health-related quality of life. While they did conclude there is only a “modest association,” they did suggest that future studies should employ standardized assessment methods so outcomes will be more consistent for further analysis.

In the meantime, there is evidence linking Phase I orthodontic treatment with a palatal expander or Herbst Class II corrector to an improved airway development in children. Additionally, there have been significant findings which indicate some patients which undergo treatment for conditions of the jaw and face related to structure, growth, sleep apnea and joint disorders receive tremendous benefit to their health-related quality of life. However, many of these orthodontic cases are associated with skeletal problems that may not be treated with braces alone.

So, what does all this mean? While crooked or misalignment of teeth alone are not a disease or life-threatening condition, the physical, social and psychological consequences of it and its influence on your quality of life can have an impact on your overall health. A beautiful Forever Smile does make you more confident, which means you smile more and can lead to more positive daily interactions. While additional studies with an emphasis on the impact of orthodontic treatment will help us understand more about the positive impact braces can make on your long-term health, evidence does suggest patients do perceive a positive self-image, a sense of well-being and some overall health benefit.

Love Your Retainer

February 22nd, 2017

You’ve waited for what seems a long time to achieve your Forever Smile and you cannot stop showing it off. So, what now? Let’s keep it in top form with a new retainer or two.

What can you expect from your new retainer? At first your mouth will water a little morethan usual. This is normal, as at first your mouth doesn’t realize your retainer isn’t food. The sensation will go away after a few days. You may also experience a little slurred speech for a while. Talk a little slower and practice reading out loud. This will help you get back to normal more quickly.

You should always wear your retainer as prescribed by Dr. Razdolsky and the Forever Smiles team. For many of you this can mean 24-hours-a-day to start. The only exception is when you are eating, cleaning them or maybe participating in contact sports. Always bring your protective case for storing your retainer when not wearing it. This will protect its shape. Never, ever wrap your retainer in a napkin or paper towel! We cannot tell you how many patients did it “just once,” and accidentally threw it out in the lunch line. Plus, paper fibers can stick to your appliance making it difficult to clean and harbor yucky bacteria.

You should always be careful when inserting and removing your retainer (and when it is simply in your mouth). Some people like to play with their retainer with their tongue. This is an easy way to break it or bend the wires causing an improper fit. Retainers should feel snug if you are wearing them properly. They don’t change in size, but they can become distorted if you play with them. They can also become misaligned if you are hard on them in placement or removal.

Another reason a retainer can become misaligned is if your teeth shift. This is generally a result of not wearing your retainer as prescribed. You should always wear your retainer as prescribed by Dr. Razdolsky to prevent shifting. Regular follow-up visits with the Forever Smiles team will help with maintenance, fitting and realignment of your retainer if necessary. Remember, the longer you have been out of braces, the less often you will be required to wear your retainer, so in time it does become easier.

Retainers are exposed to the same bacteria and plaque as the rest of your mouth. If notcared for, they can become a haven for germs and develop an unpleasant odor. Much like your teeth, retainers should be cleaned and/or rinsed after every meal to keep them fresh. Clean them as you would your teeth, with a soft brush. Some retainers can be cleaned with a gentle toothpaste, but some cannot. When the time comes, you will be given instructions specific to the proper care of your appliance. However, when in doubt… please ask.

Lastly, don’t forget. Exposure to heat is bad for your appliance. Avoid hot water when cleaning your retainer and never leave it in a hot car or exposed to direct sun. Heat and sunlight can distort your retainer or make the plastic material brittle and more susceptible to breakage.

New Smile Habits for the New Year

January 17th, 2017

The New Year is a great time to start things fresh. To resolve new lifestyle changes that improve areas of our lives where we may have fallen slack. Some stick, some don’t. The following are a five easy lifestyle hacks that we think should consider to help you on your way to a healthier and more beautiful Forever Smile!

1. Eat more fruits & veggies

Did you know strawberries, oranges and pineapple are great for whitening teeth? And they are delicious, healthy and braces safe too! What’s not? Surgary foods, tea and sodas. These foods stain and can damage tooth enamel, so enjoy them sparingly in the New Year for a healthier brighter smile and always brush up right after.

2. Brush & floss

If you have not been a big brusher in the past, resolve to be better! Not only will your friends appreciate it, so will Dr. Razdolsky! Orthodontic appliances are a good place for bacteria to hide which can result in plaque build-up which can cause stains and other dental issues. Good oral hygiene helps is important in protecting your teeth, gums and ensuring the overall success of your orthodontic treatment.

3. Stick to the plan

Maintain your orthodontic adjustments on schedule. Treatments are spaced in six—to eight-week appointments in order to have the greatest impact on tooth re-alignment. So for us to stick to the plan and reach the goal of your most beautiful Forever Smile on time, keep your scheduled appointments.

4. Wear your elastic bands as prescribed

You have invested a lot of time into your new braces and are well on your way to improving your smile. But remember, changing the elastics a few times each day means that you maintain a reasonably even, low and light force that helps your teeth move according to your prescribed treatment plan.

5. Drink lots of water

Did you know that as many as 75% of Americans may suffer from Chronic Dehydration? And, if your body is dehydrated, your mouth is too. This is a haven for bad bacteria. In addition to drinking plenty of water throughout the day, you should drink even more if you play after-school sports or participate in other extracurricular activities. Plus, when you’re properly hydrated, the lips, cheeks and gums are not as easily irritated by your braces! That’s even more reason to smile.

Are invisible aligners the “clear” choice for straighter teeth?

November 16th, 2016

Next time someone asks you about traditional braces versus clear aligners, know the facts. At Forever Smiles we get first-time and adult patients who are self-conscious getting braces. The common question they have is whether they can have clear aligners to straighten their teeth. However, when it comes to orthodontics, not all options are equal.

For example, traditional braces are often required for patients with molar/bite issues, to rotate canines or premolars or move teeth vertically. Clear aligners are not effective in cases where dramatic tooth movement is needed. Moreover in cases where smaller teeth need to be adjusted, clear aligners may not be suitable as there is not enough surface area for the tray to properly grip the tooth as necessary for proper treatment.

Treatment with clear aligners can sometimes take longer. One, because the realignment can be more subtle, and two, because the trays are removable, it’s easy to ”forget” to wear them. (Or worse, to lose them.) This can drastically draw out the schedule for successful treatment. With traditional braces you wear them all the time. This allows for a more consistent, controlled and successful treatment program for some patients.

If it is a matter of aesthetics, or being self-conscious, there are a number of treatment options that are available - again, this depends on the individual patients needs. Clear or tooth-colored brackets are a great option for patients who want a more subtle look, but the same effectiveness of traditional braces. Lingual braces (brackets and wires are mounted on the tongue-side of your teeth) are also an option for some patients, but careful considerations are still made on a patient and case basis.

When determining a course of treatment for all our patients, we like to think of it as a team approach. Dr. Razdolsky follows a strict new patient procedure that includes a thorough oral and facial patient examination to determine their overall oral health. Depending on the patient a CBCT scan, facial photographs, dental molds and/or x-rays may also be taken. Assessment and recommendation for a patient treatment program is provided upon a second appointment ensuring Dr. Razdolsky and his team have had ample opportunity to evaluate all the collected data. Together at that appointment, we encourage an open discussion in formulating a plan that will provide the most successful outcome for the patient.

Although we strive to always provide for happiness and well being of all our patients, sometimes a preferred course treatment is not in the patient’s best interest. However, as part of your smile team we will always work to find the right path to your Forever Smile.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Private Screening

October 4th, 2016

We hope you will plan to join Dr. Razdolsky and the Forever Smiles Team on Saturday, November 19 for a private screening of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"!

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September 20th, 2016

Tips, Tricks & Reminders

Those of you learning to incorporate new routines and responsibilities into your daily life can find braces challenging at first. And those of you that have had braces for a while may think these tips and tricks are old news. Either way, we think everyone should find a formula that works for them and these tips, tricks and reminders can really help you on your path to a beautiful Forever Smile.

#1. Careful HOW you eat

There is a whole list of things you shouldn’t eat when you have braces. But did you know sometimes it’s just how you eat? Take your time and chew slowly. Lots of bent wires and popped brackets can be avoided if you do.

#2. Brush up after lunch

Besides just brushing in the morning and at night, you really should brush up after lunch. This helps keep food from being trapped in your braces and between teeth, which over time causes tooth decay. Lots of kids don’t brush after lunch... either there’s no time, or they just forget. A good tip... brush when you get home from school and before doing your homework. In between brushings, flosser sticks are great for dislodging trapped food which can make your braces look yuck.

#3. Be mindful when having sweets

Sweets and sugars can get stuck on teeth and over time cause yellowing or worse, toothdecay. Get in the practice of brushing up after sweets. Bonus... it will help freshen your breath which can be really great for your social life.

#4. Wear your bands

If you have hooks, wear your rubber bands all the time (except for when eating or brushing your teeth). Bands may hurt sometimes, but wearing them can stop the hooks from digging into or getting caught on your cheeks, as well as help your treatment move along as quickly as possible.

#5. Wear a mouthguard when playing sports

When you wear braces on the field, court or ice, you want to be sure to keep your teeth and gums protected from painful, unintentional contact. And at the same time you just want to play and be comfortable.

Much like the differences between generic boil-and-bite mouthguards and custom mouth guards, not all braces mouthguards are the same. Ask Dr. Razdolsky about mouthguards designed specifically for athletes with braces. He can advise best how to protect your beautiful Forever Smile.

#6. Have Fun!

Picking fun colors is a great way to express your personality and have fun.

Multi-colored bands can be matched up to lots of wardrobe choices, or you can even show your school spirit. Bright colors can be cheerful and radiant, while darker colors, such as dark purple and navy blue can make your teeth look whiter. But remember, color doesn’t really matter if you keep your braces clean.

#7. Keep your appointment and be on time!

Every month we pick a patient for our “On-Time” winner. To enter, just come on time,  have the front desk sign your appointment card and  drop it in the box. This month’s winner is Karen P. Congratulations!


What really cool tip have you learned since you started wearing braces? Share it with us at http://www.facebook.com/ForeverSmilesIL or on http://www.instagram.com/foreversmilesbg and maybe you’ll make out next list of Tips, Tricks and Reminders!

Dr. Yan Razdolsky Expands Expertise on 3D Cone Beam Technology at National Conference

July 21st, 2016

In order to better serve his patients, Dr. Yan Razdolsky is committed to continued education, seminars and conferences at the forefront of technology and techniques in orthodontia.

In this endeavor, Dr. and Mrs. Razdolsky recently attended a Visualization Systems and 3D Cone Beam Technologies conference in San Francisco. This conference afforded the Razdolsky’s the opportunity to learn, engage and participate in hands-on training with the latest in Cone Beam 3D Technology and medical imaging software.

At the forefront in simulation of data for analysis are visualization systems such as 3D Cone Beam, which are being adopted by many of the world’s leading medical institutions and dental service providers to study cranio-maxillofacial anatomy. Research studies on the use of 3D Cone Beam are also featured in numerous industry journals and praised by the medical community for their innovative approach to patient diagnosis and treatment. Through these systems and companion software applications, doctors can develop and implement comprehensive treatment plans for patients using digitally aided diagnostics.

“Visualization systems offer a diagnostic and treatment solution for orthodontists by rendering a patient’s CBCT scans into 2D and 3D models with more detail and precision for diagnosis of orthodontic issues,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “Doctors can analyze, generate measurements and develop treatments quickly and more accurately.”

Through impression-free, 3D Cephalometric X-rays and Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT), orthodontists capture a complete scanned image of the side of the face including the nasal and sinus passages. This type of imaging is more comfortable for the patient as it means that no plates or film are inserted inside the mouth. It can also reveal hidden anatomy and anatomic variations that cannot be seen on traditional 2D images. Failure to recognize these key anatomic features can lead to less than optimal diagnosis and overall results from treatment.

As an added benefit of visualization systems, orthodontists can isolate areas, simulate movements and even determine the minimum area and total volume of a patient's airway making this is a fantastic tool in treating sleep apnea and other maxillofacial respiratory issues.

“Visualization systems are also very helpful in patient consultation because doctors can develop custom annotations, capture videos and create digital models from patient scans for a clearer explanation of treatments,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “I really enjoy this type of technology as it is very cutting edge in orthodontics, helps me to better connect with the patient and it is also really cool.”

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Forever Smiles Supports Local Schools and Healthy Lifestyles

June 15th, 2016

Dr. Razdolsky and the Forever Smiles family loves kids and it doesn’t get any better than supporting healthy lifestyles and the local community. In fact, our commitment to promoting and supporting school programs that enrich the lives andD103-02 health of our kids is what our mission is all about!

Saturday, May 21 the Forever Smiles team gathered at Lincolnshire-Prairie View School to support the 2016 Run for D103. The 5k Run/Walk and community-school district event is a fundraiser to finance outdoor recreational needs in District 103. Over the past four years, they have funded approximately $100,000 to district schools for playgrounds, recreational fields, programs and equipment that serve to promote healthy activities for children.

Last years’ event drew more than 800 participants and annual Run for D103 events are instrumental in offering opportunities for the students to engage in fitness activities during gym, recess, after-school activities, and other sporting events. That’s healthy and fun!

In addition to sponsorship of the event, Forever Smiles team members participated in the run/walk, as well as hosted a tent and awarded prize drawings of Anna Razdolsky’s new book “The Smile Team” to participants.

“At Forever Smiles, we stress the importance of early detection of oral health issues and education for a child’s wellbeing,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “That’s why we support school programs that provide children the resources and education that promote healthy lifestyle habits that can last a lifetime.”

“Anna’s book is the perfect way to help spread the word to kids and their families about the benefits of good oral health and how it helps maintain a beautiful smile,” Dr. Razdolsky added.

Similar events and programs are a common occurrence for Dr. Razdolsky and the Forever Smiles Team. Throughout the year, the team can be found participating, hosting and supporting local and area events in effort to foster programs that can benefit a healthier way of living and growing. Events like the Oral Cancer Foundation’s Walk/Run for Awareness in May, and the Art Studio Artishock art contest earlier this month are great opportunities to reach out to the community in this endeavor.

“We are always looking for a way to reach out to our community and share in healthy activities,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “Clearly those who participate in run/walk events already understand the benefits of doing healthy things. Our participation just reminds them of one of the most important things they can and should do.”

Oral health is one of the most under-appreciated aspects of overall health and is really more important than just brushing your teeth. According to Mayo Clinic, in addition to oral infections such as gum disease and tooth decay, oral health can be linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even premature birth and low birth weight in pregnant women.

“We strive to make a difference in the communities we serve,” said Dr. Razdolsky. Education and awareness about good oral health is not just our business, we’ve made it our mission.”

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Meeting review: 2016 AAO Annual Session

May 26th, 2016

As many of his colleagues, patients and friends know, Dr. Yan Razdolsky is a big proponent of continued education and study for the advancement of orthodontic treatment. He hosts, attends and lectures at programs and conferences throughout the year in order to share techniques and innovative ideas to help better serve his patients and others all over the world.

As part of this continued effort, Dr. and Mrs. Razdolsky attended 2016 Annual Session of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Packed with lectures, educational programs, world-renown speakers, and yes… a little fun, the conference held April 30 through May 3, offered attendees the opportunity to mix it up and learn in “The City Beautiful” known worldwide for its theme parks and entertainment.

This years’ theme, Bringing Us Together drew in some of the most influential in the field. It spoke to uniting both practitioner and orthodontic team through programs, features, exhibits and technologies geared toward letting them see, touch and experience the newest products and developments in orthodontics.

AAO Conference programs featured scientific lectures and oral research presentations on early treatment, new developments in sleep apnea, orthodontic considerations, as well as Class II and Class III orthodontic treatments. In addition to orthodontic programs, attendees participated in numerous workshops and educational programs geared toward new patient treatments, as well as technological advances in the field.

“At the tradeshow there were exhibitors who brought in experts to share their knowledge,” said Anna Razdolsky. “There were people showcasing digital imaging, bracket appliances and more. It was very exciting.”

“Even professional surfer Bethany Hamilton was there. She has teamed up with a leading bracket manufacturer to develop braces emojis! Our patients will love them,” she added.

Of course, with this much work there’s time to relax, have fun and network with other dental professionals at events hosted at some of Orlando’s most notable attractions. In addition to a host of activities, booths and exhibits at the Orange County Convention Center, awesome events at the AAO included an opening ceremonies at Sea World, the AAO Gala at Universal Studios Florida, a 5K Fun Run/Walk and the Excellence in Orthodontics Awards Ceremony featuring guest speaker, 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney.

A whirlwind of activity, this annual event is a favorite of Dr. Razdolsky’s in what it means for his patients.

“There is such a wealth of knowledge and expertise at the AAO Annual Session,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “The quality of the programs and expertise of the presenters provides such great opportunity for growth in orthodontia. I am honored to be a part of this profession and appreciate that I am able to bring this information and experience back here to share with our patients.”

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Dr. Razdolsky Applauds Operation Smile Event’s Success

April 7th, 2016

Even while on Spring Break, Dr. Yan Razdolsky and two of his children who are in dental school can’t escape the importance of healthy smiles.

Dr. Razdolsky, his wife Anna, and their children Elizabeth and Ricky recently traveled to Park City, Utah. While there, Operation Smile held its annual Park City Celebrity Ski & Smile Challenge.

This star-packed event included Taylor Kinney and his fiancé Lady Gaga, Julianne Hough, Evan Ross, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Julie Bowen and Kate Walsh, among others. It was the celebs against Olympic skiers on the slopes at Utah Olympic Park in several dual ski races to support Operation Smile.

Operation Smile is a nonprofit organization that provides surgical correction of cleft lip and cleft palate to children in middle- to low-income countries. Founded in 1982 by Dr. Bill Magee Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife Kathy, a nurse and clinical social worker, this international medical charity has developed a network of thousands of credentialed medical volunteers from more than 80 countries. They have performed more than 220,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults from more than 60 countries who were born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

In addition to providing surgeries, Operation Smile also donates medical equipment and supplies, and provides year-round medical treatments through its worldwide centers.

Operation Smile’s mission is an important one to Dr. Razdolsky. Each year in the United States, 2,650 babies are born with a cleft palate and 4,440 babies are born with a cleft lip with or without a cleft palate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Throughout his career, Dr. Razdolsky has provided orthodontic treatment to hundreds of children who required it after surgical correction of cleft lip and/or palate.

“These surgeries and subsequent orthodontic treatment mean the world to affected children and their families,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “Kids don’t want to be treated differently because of the way they look. It is rewarding to watch their self-esteem improve as we improve their smiles.”

Dr. Razdolsky and Anna were elated to learn that the Park City Celebrity Ski & Smile Challenge helped raise awareness and funds to continue the organization’s mission.

As you may recall, Anna is doing her part to raise awareness about the importance of oral health by publishing her first children’s book earlier this year. She also is working on a second book.

We invite you to learn more about Operation Smile by visiting the organization’s website. If you would like to get a copy of Anna’s book, “The Smile Team,” click here. A portion of proceeds from the book sales will benefit organizations that promote beautiful and healthy smiles for children.download

Forever Smiles Sponsors International Women’s Day Event

March 30th, 2016

 Women around the world contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement, but there still is much progress to be made when it comes to equality.

Gender parity was the campaign theme for International Women’s Day March 8, and we here at Forever Smiles were proud to sponsor a Chicago event in honor of the holiday.

The Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International hosted Women in Leadership on March 10, in celebration of International Women’s Day. The event featured a reception, dinner and speaker presentations moderated by Aleksandra Efimova, who co-chairs the Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International and also is the founder of Russian Pointe, a dance apparel company.

Speakers included four women who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields, locally and even internationally in some cases:

  • Elena Mossina, partner-in-charge at Sikich, an international tax services company
  • Mridu Sekhar, Ph.D, founder of Sidvim, Inc., Chicago Center for Advanced Dentistry
  • Natalia Sklyarova-Yurchenko, All Around Gold Medalist at the 1983 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, and owner and founder of C.I.T.Y. Club Gymnastics Academy
  • Natalya Pavchinskaya, IT director at Abbott Laboratories, Cybersecurity Portfolio Management (born in Odessa, Ukraine).

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“It was our honor to sponsor and support Aleksandra's very important event,” says Anna Razdolsky, operations manager at Forever Smiles. “We enjoyed meeting very inspiring, motivated speakers and interesting guests.”

Anna felt a level of kinship with many of the speakers, as most of them were born and raised in the former Soviet Union and immigrated to the United States as young adults, just as Anna did when she left her native Ukraine in the 1980s.

“Many of these women came to America right after high school, and what they have achieved since then is amazing,” she says.

Not all of the speakers were strangers to Anna. Natalia Pavchinskaya once was a Forever Smiles patient, and her three sons are part of our patient family today.

About International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133, according to the International Women’s Day website.

This year’s celebration focused on “Pledging for Parity.” Men and women can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly, according to the organization’s website, “whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity,” the website states.

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Forever Smiles Debuts Book for National Children’s Dental Health Month

March 14th, 2016

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Anna Razdolsky recently fulfilled a dream she has nurtured for years: she published her first book.

Because the book, called “The Smile Team,” is about oral health and improving self-esteem in children and adults, it’s only fitting that it be released in February, which is National Children’s Dental Health Month.

The book is about a young girl who wants to perform with her mom during a surprise party she’s throwing for her older brother. Mom doesn’t want to do the performance because she doesn’t like her smile and doesn’t like to do anything that draws attention to it.

After a trip to the dentist, Mom has a choice to make: Will she take a fast approach to a more beautiful smile, or will she opt for a solution that will take a little longer, but will keep her teeth and gums healthy for years to come?

“The Smile Team” shows how teamwork is the best solution for solving a variety of problems. It also promotes the idea that sometimes the best results take thought, research and a team approach.

This book goes beyond Mom’s quest for a pretty smile and explores how children at a young age can learn organizational and leadership skills, too.

Anna wrote the book for a couple of reasons. She has a genuine love and appreciation for books because they weren’t always easily accessible to her. As a child growing up in Donetsk, Ukraine (former Soviet Union), not all books could be purchased effortlessly. Instead, you had to collect 100 kilos of scrap paper and turn it in for recycling. Then you would be given a coupon that was used to get a book. As children, she and several of her friends would pool their scrap paper so they could get a book to share.

Her other reason for writing the book is because during her 30 years of working with children and raising four children of her own, she has witnessed first-hand the effects of good and bad oral health on self-esteem and self-confidence. She wanted to convey that connection through a story that children and adults might relate to.

The mom in “The Smile Team” doesn’t initially realize how her personal insecurities affect her children.

Members of the Forever Smiles team routinely teach children about the importance of caring for their teeth when they’re in our office for appointments or fieldtrips, or while we’re speaking to students at schools. Sometimes it’s more difficult to teach those lessons to adults.

“My hope is that as parents read my book to their children, they’ll learn more about the benefits of keeping their smiles healthy,” Anna says.

The book’s inspiration came from dozens of conversations Anna has had with adult patients, parents and friends through the years.

“When I see a mom in her thirties or forties and she says she needs implants or veneers, my immediate response is to explain that she needs a plan first,” Anna says. “All these years of working alongside Dr. Razdolsky and seeing the variety of cases we have treated inspired me to write this book.”

Although “The Smile Team” is Anna’s first book, it won’t be her last. She has founded Forever Smiles Publishing to help children and their parents understand the value of oral care and orthodontic treatment through storytelling.

We’re excited to make “The Smile Team” available to students we speak with at local schools, libraries, clubs and children’s groups that visit our office during fieldtrips. The book will be available online this spring at www.Foreversmilespublishing.com.

Folic Acid Fights Gingivitis

January 15th, 2016

The country recently celebrated National Folic Acid Awareness Week, which is observed the second week of January annually.21872038211_6067a1d6cd_z

What the heck does folic acid have to do with orthodontics? A lot. Read on!

Patients undergoing orthodontic treatment are more likely to get gingivitis if they don’t practice good oral hygiene. Navigating around brackets and arch wires can take some getting used to, and your gums will become red, swollen and tender if you don’t brush and floss well.

Luckily for you, we provide each of our patients with all the tools needed to maintain good oral hygiene throughout treatment. We give patients oral care kits that include items such as soft picks, proxy brushes and dental floss threaders.

In addition to using these helpful tools, incorporating folic acid into your diet can help prevent gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease, because folic acid fights gingivitis. But first, you should clear it with your family physician before taking this or any supplement.

The health of your teeth and gums depends heavily on good nutrition. The right diet can prevent gum disease from developing, and some nutritional supplements can stop it in its tracks. That’s where folic acid comes in.

“Double blind studies have shown that folic acid can significantly reduce gum inflammation,” according to the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. This supplement is particularly important for pregnant women, as well as those who take contraceptive pills.

Other studies have identified Co Q10, folic acid and zinc as beneficial to fighting gum disease when applied topically. Folic acid can reduce gum inflammation and help them become more resilient to dental plaque and anaerobic bacteria, two of the primary culprits responsible for tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. Folic acid helps to reduce gum bleeding, which is one of the most common signs of gum disease.

Obviously, it takes more than folic acid to keep gingivitis at bay. Generally speaking, the same diet that promotes healthy gums also promotes whole-body health, according to the Institute for Optimum Nutrition. Focus on nutrient-rich and fresh, natural foods, whole grains, vegetables, fruit, fish, beans and seeds.

Limit the amount of sugar, refined carbohydrates, salt and alcohol. Look for foods that are high in bioflavonoids, such as blue-black fruits, onions, citrus pith and hawthorn berries, because these compounds help maintain healthy collagen structure. A high-fiber diet also may protect against gum disease by promoting saliva production, which washes away harmful bacteria.

Feel free to ask us if you would like more information on how to keep your gums and teeth healthy by eating a healthy diet. We want to help you do all you can to keep your smile beautiful!

 

Considerations for Adults Who Want Braces

December 22nd, 2015

We’ve always said you’re never too old to achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of, and thousands of adults have taken that to heart by becoming our orthodontic patients through the years.5355717000_a380852a0a_b

With the holiday season upon us, and New Year’s resolutions right around the corner, we realize that smile improvements might be on your wish lists this month, and among your goals for 2016.

When you have a consultation with Dr. Yan Razdolsky, there are some considerations he must account for that often are unique to adult patients when he develops a treatment plan.

Dental Work

Adults often have crowns, fillings and have undergone root canals at some point, and this sort of dental work must be taken into consideration when developing a treatment plan, Dr. Razdolsky says.  Sometimes dental work can make achieving the desired result more challenging.

Growth

Orthodontic treatment in children typically takes their growing dentofacial features into consideration. Growth is complete in adult patients, so fixing severe overbite, underbite and crossbite may require surgery in addition to orthodontic treatment.

Periodontal Disease

According to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of Americans ages 30 and older have periodontitis, the more advanced form of periodontal (gum) disease, the American Academy of Periodontology reports.

Periodontal disease destroys gum tissue and bone, and orthodontic treatment can make the problem worse. In cases where a patient has gum disease, we work jointly with their family dentist or periodontist to coordinate treatment once the disease is under control and properly managed.

Adult orthodontic treatment by the numbers

A Wall Street Journal article noted recently that more than 1.2 million adults in the U.S. received orthodontic treatment in 2012, the most recent numbers available from the American Association of Orthodontists. That is a 39 percent increase since 1996. By comparison, about 4.65 million orthodontic procedures were performed for patients age 17 and younger in 2012, up 32 percent in the same period.

Why bother with orthodontic treatment?

Dental treatment and care is better than it’s ever been. Dentists offer more conservative treatments, which preserve more natural tooth structure.

Studies are mixed about whether orthodontic treatment improves oral health, but we know this: Adults who go through Invisalign or other treatment are proud of their smiles once treatment is complete, and that likely entices them to practice good oral hygiene. That promotes healthier teeth and gums.

“There was a time when it was almost expected to end up wearing dentures in your old age,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “That’s no longer the case. These days, people can reasonably expect to keep most or all of their natural teeth for a lifetime with proper dental care.”

So if they’re going to last you forever, don’t you want your teeth to look their best? Feel free to call our office today if you’re an adult who’s been considering orthodontic treatment. We can perform a comprehensive examination and offer treatment recommendations.

Evaluation by Age 7

December 9th, 2015

Just as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see a pediatric dentist no later than their first birthday in an effort to prevent dental problems, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends every child 6886395944_0b80b79494_zsee an orthodontist at age 7 to prevent orthodontic difficulties.

Evaluation at age 7 doesn’t always mean treatment is needed at this stage. But in cases where it is recommended, interceptive treatment increases a child’s chances of avoiding surgeries, extraction of permanent healthy teeth in the future, and preventing or correcting habits that cause a bad bite.

For patients who do not require treatment, Dr. Razdolsky places them in our complimentary growth and development program. These patients visit us about every six months so we can monitor the eruption of their permanent teeth.

When the time is right for the child, Dr. Razdolsky will recommend treatment. Every child is different and everyone develops differently, so every child’s ideal time to begin treatment is different.

Please tell your friends and family members about the importance of evaluation by age 7.

You’re Invited to the Final Installment of The Hunger Games

November 10th, 2015

Are you getting as excited as we are to gather for our annual holiday movie date?

This year, we get to march together into the AMC Showplace Vernon Hills 8 to witness the fight for Peeta’s soul, and to see President Snow pay for what he’s done. That’s right – it’s time for our annual patient appreciation event and the final installment of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.

You, your siblings and your friends are invited to join us Nov. 21 at the theater. Be sure to get there early, because the first 500 people will receive a free Forever Smiles hoodie. The doors will open at 10:30 a.m., and the movie starts at 11:30 a.m.

Why are we doing this?

“We appreciate our patients and their families,” Dr. Yan Razdolsky says. “We are getting to that time of year when there are lots of holiday parties and family gatherings, and this is our way of having one huge party for our patients to show them how much they mean to us.”

This will be the third year Forever Smiles has held this party, and each year a record number of people attend. Many patients tell us that they look forward to this event.

We’ve always seen a Hunger Games movie in the past, but now that the franchise is about to end, don’t fret. We’re sure we will find another awesome movie to treat you to next year.

If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, there is still time to do so by calling (847) 215-7554, or emailing Anelia@Razdolsky.com.Mocking Jay Part 2

The theatre is located at 555 Lakeview Parkway in Vernon Hills.

Happy Holidays, from Forever Smiles!

Congratulations, Olympians! Forever Smiles Gymnasts Headed to Rio de Janeiro

October 1st, 2015

We are incredibly excited to announce that rhythmic gymnasts Monica and Jenny Rokhman, former patients of Forever Smiles and relatives of Dr. Yan Razdolsky, are going to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro!

These 18-year-olds graduated from high school earlier this year and competed in September in front of more than 10,000 spectators at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. Team USA was one of 10 countries to secure a spot.

In addition to the Rokhmans, members of Team USA are: Kiana Eide, Alisa Kano, Natalie McGiffert and Kristen Shaldybin.

This is only the second time in history that an American rhythmic gymnastics team has made it into the Olympics. The last time the U.S. competed in group rhythmic gymnastics at the Olympics was at the Atlanta Games in 1996, which is the year the event debuted as an Olympic sport. There, the team earned an automatic host country spot and finished dead last. The fact that Team USA earned its spot in the 2016 games gives everyone hope they will finish better in the 2016 Games.

The team has been on a winning streak this year. It competed at the Pan American Games in Toronto in July and won Team USA’s first Pan Ams gold in group rhythmic competition, winning the six clubs/two hoops final. The group also earned silver in the all-around and five ribbons finals.

Here’s another Forever Smiles connection to the talented Team USA: Their coach, Natalia Klimour, owner of North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Centeris good friends with Anna Razdolsky. The Razdolsky family’s youngest daughter, Marjey, attended this gym for about eight years. Natalia’s son also is a member of our Buffalo Grove orthodontics family, as he is a patient.

“We send heartfelt congratulations to these two talented athletes and their teammates,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “I know they will represent their community and our country well in 2016.”

We hope you’ll join us is wishing Team USA the best of luck as they continue to train for their appearance on the world stage next year. Go USA!

Jennifer and Monika Rokhman

 

5 Ways to Ensure Orthodontic Treatment Goes Smoothly & Quickly

September 11th, 2015

It’s back to school season, and although they may love school, we know it won’t be long before students start looking forward to the day they get out for their first holiday break.

We see similar anticipation here in our office when it comes to braces. If you were to ask Dr. Yan Razdolsky the most frequently asked question when patients begin treatment, he would say it’s this: “When do I get my braces off?”

Treatment length varies according to your specific teeth alignment and bite issues. As you anticipate the day your braces come off and your improved smile is revealed in all its glory, here are five things you can do regardless of your treatment needs that will help ensure treatment goes as smoothly and wraps up as quickly as possible.

1. Floss your teeth.

Besides removing bits of food that get lodged between teeth and appliances, flossing reduces gum inflammation. Additionally, it removes bacteria that live beneath the gums and interfere with the bone reformation process.

“If those toxins are in the midst of the bony system, they disrupt the bone remodeling process,” says Buffalo Grove orthodontist Dr. Razdolsky.

Successful orthodontic movement hinges on the bone remodeling process.

2. Brush your teeth.

Brushing after meals stimulates blood flow to carry away the byproducts of developing cells and to bring in new nutrients. This promotes overall oral health.

3. Maintain orthodontic adjustments at regular intervals.

In modern orthodontics, we try to use the lightest force we possibly can because the body responds better to lighter forces. People often think the greater the force applied in treatment, the faster the move. It’s just the opposite, Dr. Razdolsky says. You can’t deliver a small enough force to ensure the fastest movement. We use light nickel titanium arch wires for long-acting, low grade force that helps the bones and the ligaments remodel better as your teeth are shifted into proper alignment.

We schedule adjustments in six- to eight-week intervals so we can have the greatest amount of force and time to exert the most positive influence. Want your braces off on time? Keep your appointments.

4. Wear your elastic bands as prescribed.

If you consider the arch wires to be a track and the braces to be a train car, the elastics add extra force so we can move teeth along the track in a way that can improve the bite. Changing elastics a few times each day means that you maintain a reasonably even, low and light force so your teeth can move the way we want.

5. Drink water.

People often become dehydrated whether they realize it or not. If your body is dehydrated, your mouth is dehydrated. This promotes the overgrowth of bad bacteria, and that takes us back to our first tip about flossing regularly.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and realize you’ll need to drink even more if you play after-school sports or participate in other extracurricular activities.

When you’re properly hydrated, the lips and cheeks are properly lubricated by your saliva so they’re not irritated by your braces.

We hope you have found these tips helpful. We raise our glass (of water) to your speedy, successful orthodontic treatment!13856880774_bf79f57ecc_z

Braces Could be the Bullying Antidote for Your Child

August 17th, 2015

dreamstime_m_7941752Kids are heading back to school soon, and that means those babies are leaving their parents’ protective nests for several hours each day.

For parents who have fears of their children being bullied, take comfort in this: orthodontic treatment might remove the target from your child’s back at school.

Teeth are the most targeted physical feature to increase a child’s chance of being bullied, according to a study published in December in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. A child’s strength and weight ranked second and third, respectively.

According to the study, the top four dental-oriented facial features targeted by bullies are:

  • Gaps between the teeth (diastema)
  • Missing teeth (this could be congenitally, or due to decay or trauma)
  • Tooth shape or color
  • Prominent upper front teeth

Almost half of the nearly 900 students who were part of the study reported being bullied. Half of the children who were targeted by bullies said they knew their teeth were the cause of the bullying. The study found no significant gender difference on this point, according to an American Association of Orthodontists press release.

“We often talk about how your smile is the first physical feature many people notice, so it stands to reason that a child’s teeth could make him or her an easy target for bullies,” says Buffalo Grove orthodontist Dr. Yan Razdolsky. “Luckily, this is a physical feature that can be improved.”

While researchers used Jordanian children for this study, a panel of orthodontists in the U.S. concurred with the findings. They believe the findings would be similar among American children, according to the AAO.

“We’ve all had young patients who have told us they get picked on because of their teeth,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “It is incredibly rewarding to treat these children and watch their confidence increase as we gradually correct the parts of their smiles that have made them self-conscious. To see a bolder personality, a child more willing to smile broadly, that is an honor.”

We recommend that children be evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7. Frequently no treatment is necessary at this time, and we will place your child in our monitoring program. We will schedule periodic check-ups to continue monitoring your child’s growth and identify when and if it is appropriate to begin treatment.

The purpose of this initial evaluation is to assess you child’s bite, and to determine if serious issues exist that would benefit from interceptive treatment. Sometimes addressing issues such as underbite and overjet early means we can correct the problem before your child reaches adolescence, which tends to be the age when bullying begins.

Please call our office to schedule a complimentary evaluation if your child hasn’t had an initial orthodontic evaluation, or is being bullied because of his or her teeth.

Prevent Summer Slide by Reading Books

July 14th, 2015

“Summer slide” may give you visions of flumes in water parks or slides at playgrounds, but it has a serious meaning, too. This is the term used to describe the loss of learning during the summer when children don’t read.3784767665_48e2a8082d_z

We’re serious about doing our part to help prevent summer slide. We started a Summer Reading Program this year, and we hope you’ll encourage your children to participate.

Doing so is easy: have them visit our bookshelf at their next appointment so they can choose a book to read. If your child loves the book, keep it. Otherwise, bring it back and select another.

We’re so interested in helping your children maintain their reading skills through the summer, we’re willing to reward them for their efforts. We will award three tokens for every book read. Our patients can collect tokens all summer long and cash them in for fun gifts, such as movie passes, dippin’ dots and other great items.

“Our hope is that by the end of the summer, we will have awarded lots of tokens and our bookshelf will be empty because all of our patients found books that they enjoyed so much, they wanted to keep,” says Buffalo Grove orthodontist Dr. Yan Razdolsky.

Why is reading through the summer so important? Here are some interesting facts from the National Summer Learning Association and Scholastic:

  • All students experience learning losses when they don’t take part in educational activities during the summer. Research shows students tend to score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer.
  • Low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement while school is out for the summer.
  • More than half of the achievement gap between low income and high income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities.
  • The more children read, the better their fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.

The best predictor of whether children experience summer slide or summer gain is whether they read during the summer, according to the Scholastic website, “and the best predictor of whether a child reads is whether or not he or she owns books.”

We look forward to seeing your children in our office this summer, and encouraging them to grab a book to keep for their own personal library.

Author Garrison Keillor once said: “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” We’re excited to get many, many of these gifts into kids’ hands this summer!

 

We Bring the Fun to Orthodontic Treatment

June 11th, 2015

What do dippin’ dots, freshly baked cookies and free books have in common? You can get them all at our office this summer!

Read on to see how we connect the dots (see what we did there?):

If you’ve been a patient of ours for a while, you’ve smelled the scent of chocolate chip cookies wafting through the office at least a time or two. We offer these ooey, gooey treats to patients at their appointments because they are a soft, braces-safe food you can eat even if your mouth feels a bit tender from having your braces bonded to your teeth or your arch wires adjusted.

Now we’ve added dippin’ dots to our offerings for the same reason. Not only are these little frozen, flavored ice cream beads a cool treat in hot weather, the coldness probably will feel soothing to your teeth if you’ve just had your braces put on. Dippin’ dots also are a great summertime reward when you complete your treatment and those braces or other appliances come off.

Speaking of summertime, it’s almost here, and we’re sure you’re excited. We’re excited too, because we recently announced our Summer Reading Program. Reading is important, and we want to make sure you continue to read this summer. We’ve filled a bookshelf in our office with books, and we want you to choose a book and read it. If you love the book, keep it. Otherwise, bring it back and select another. We will give you three tokens for every book you read. You can collect tokens all summer long and cash them in for fun gifts, such as movie passes.

Why do we incorporate these fun elements into your orthodontic visits?

“Orthodontic treatment is necessary for our patients, but it also should be fun,” says Dr. Yan Razdolsky. “We’ve seen through the years that patients who look forward to coming to our office for their recheck appointments tend to follow their orthodontic instructions, and their treatment goes faster.”

The day you first get your braces is an exciting day, but we know the next milestone you look forward to is the day those braces come off and a beautiful smile is revealed. Incorporating tasty treats and fun contests and programs you can participate in as you progress through treatment are tools designed to make you feel like you’re part of our office family, and to keep you motivated about your treatment.

“An ideal orthodontic result is what our patients seek, but our patients also remember the little things we do along the way,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “They seem to truly appreciate those little things, and we’re happy to provide them.”

If you’re looking for a Buffalo Grove orthodontics provider for yourself or your children and you want to ensure the treatment experience is fun as well as effective, please call our office for a consultation. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Orthodontic Treatment for OSA Helps You Breathe Easy

May 8th, 2015

When it comes to identifying the causes of sleep apnea, medical professionals and scientists have pointed an accusatory finger at lots of things through the years.

Many of those risk factors – smoking, excessive weight, use of alcohol and sedatives – can be controlled. But what about improper jaw growth and facial development during childhood, which has been identified as the root cause of obstructive sleep apnea?

“That can be controlled, too,” says Buffalo Grove orthodontist Dr. Yan Razdolsky. “We’re using orthodontic treatment to guide dento-skeletal development in a way that allows for proper airway function.”

The treatment of dental problems may eventually cure a child of a sleep disorder, according to the Sleep & Behavior Medicine Institute in Chicago. Treating sleep disorders at an early age may also prevent the onset of some dental problems.

Symptoms of sleep disorders that frequently are associated with dental problems include:

  • Mouth breathing while sleeping
  • Episodes where breathing stops, or the person gasps for air
  • Snoring
  • Teeth grinding
  • Multiple awakenings during the night
  • Night terrors or bad dreams
  • Sleep walking, talking or screaming
  • Bed-wetting more than once a week
  • Nocturnal asthma
  • Difficulty waking up in the morning
  • Headaches
  • Excessive daytime weariness, fatigue, sleepiness or daydreaming
  • Hyperactivity and learning problems

Children who exhibit these symptoms should be evaluated and treated before or after orthodontic treatment, according information provided by the Sleep & Behavior Medicine Institute. The institute routinely works with Dr. Razdolsky to treat sleep problems in children, adolescents and adults.

We have focused a great deal of attention 7741513770_95a3c1d9cb_kthis year on sleep apnea. In January, we wrote about how orthodontics can be used to treat sleep apnea. In April, Dr. Razdolsky spoke on this topic at his annual seminar for area dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants.

“We need to keep educating dental professionals on our ability to diagnose and treat sleep apnea,” he says. “Patients tend to see their family dentist and orthodontist more frequently than their family doctor, so we are on the front line when it comes to being positioned to identify obstructive sleep apnea. This is important because OSA can cause many other health complications.”

Those complications include childhood obesity, juvenile diabetes, and behavior disorders such as attention deficit disorder and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.

An article published in Frontiers in Neurology in 2013 concluded that pediatric OSA in children who are not obese can becaused by an oral-facial growth disorder.

Improper dento-skeletal development can be a contributing factorto improper airway function and improper overall individual development, according to a March 2015 Dental Economics article. Having a deep overbite that forces the lower jaw into a retruded position also can affect a child’s airway. A narrow upper jaw can lead to less space for the tongue and less airway space. However, widening the upper palate with a palatal expander can reduce nasal obstruction, raise tongue posture and enlarge the pharyngeal airway.

A study found that this treatment could increase the nasal passage by more than 11 percent on average, which resulted in increased nasal permeability and helped establish a predominant nasal breathing pattern, as opposed to mouth breathing, according to an article published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

An improper airway affects the way a child grows because the muscles adapt to obstructions in an effort to clear the airway. Those muscle adaptations impact dento-skeletal development.

Identifying OSA and treating it through orthodontic methods in childhood has the potential to eliminate the problem. But it’s important to diagnose and treat the growing child. By age 9, the upper jaw width is practically complete, but jaws continue to grow in females until about age 15, and in males until about age 20. It’s also important to diagnose the airways using 3D imaging, and to have a sleep study performed at a qualified medical (not dental) sleep center. A multi-disciplinary approach to care leads to the best results.

We continue to educate the public on the importance of having children evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7 because research continues to identify conditions that, if they exist at this early age, are highly treatable.

Mail-Order Braces are No Substitute for Face-to-Face Treatment

April 7th, 2015

That beautiful smile earned through years of orthodontic treatment isn’t what it used to be since you lost those retainers, but companies have emerged that offer to help inexpensively return your smile to aligned perfection.

What’s the catch? You may never see an orthodontist in person, and you’ll be expected to handle much of the diagnostic work like taking impressions of your teeth yourself.

Two major players have emerged in this mail-order orthodontic treatment model. Both say they are targeting adult patients who underwent conventional orthodontic treatment in childhood and have experienced relapse. However, one company claims to take patients as young as age 15.

Technology has advanced orthodontic treatment over the years, but has this latest advancement gone too far?

“It definitely raises concerns for me as an orthodontist,” says Dr. Yan Razdolsky, a Buffalo Grove Invisalign provider. “These mail-order systems resemble Invisalign treatment, without the same level of face-to-face interaction with your orthodontist.”

Orthodontics is not a commodity, not a product on a shelf, Dr. Razdolsky says. It is an exact science based on solid knowledge of biology of tooth movement, growth and development. Unsupervised tooth movement can lead to tooth loss

and jaw problems.

While the hype from coverage in the New York Times and Today Show has focused on the mail-order aspect of this treatment, that’s not an entirely accurate picture. Reading through the Dental Provider section of one company’s website reveals what we already know to be true: there’s no substitute for face-to-face interaction when it comes to orthodontic treatment. Some of the plans outlined involve “one or two visits” between the patient and an orthodontist, and advanced cases deemed not appropriate for this treatment method can be referred to orthodontists who are “endorsed local providers.”

That company seeks orthodontists interested in becoming endorsed local providers, but Dr. Razdolsky sees potential drawbacks for orthodontists who are involved in this type of treatment, including possible liability. Lack of ethics is even more of a concern, he says.8704200665_e2a9169e91_o

From what we’ve read in our research of this mail-order treatment model, the key diagnostic tool that appears to be missing from treatment is digital X-rays.

“We do not start a single patient in our office without 3D X-rays,” Dr. Razdolsky says.

Dr. Razdolsky has mentioned in previous blog posts how valuable our office’s i-CAT 3-D cone beam digital imaging system has been in treatment.

“I’ve even compared orthodontic treatment prior to the i-CAT to practicing blind,” he says. “The 3-D images provide such clarity and quality that I’ve identified countless long-term health risks in patients that not only weren’t visible with the naked eye, they wouldn’t have appeared in traditional X-ray images, either.”

Those health risks have included degenerative joint disease, bone cysts, and undiagnosed damage caused by periodontal disease, among other conditions. All of these conditions would have created negative consequences for orthodontic treatment if they hadn’t been diagnosed and addressed prior to treatment. The potential for these conditions going unnoticed via this mail-order braces treatment is a real concern.

One mail-order company’s founder stated in a Nashville Business Journal article that due to recent trends in “telehealth” and “teledentistry,” he thought his new company could borrow from those practices.

Is this company latching on to one element of advanced technology, while dismissing another, infinitely more important, piece of diagnostic technology by not incorporating X-rays into treatment planning? Critics of these mail-order orthodontic systems warn against trusting your orthodontic treatment to a voice over the phone and not an orthodontist who sees your teeth every four to six weeks to visibly confirm that treatment is going according to plan.

Excellent treatment methods are available for patients who want to minimize their time in braces and in an orthodontist’s treatment chair, Dr. Razdolsky says.

Systems such as Invisalign typically give you three sets of aligners at each appointment, each of which is worn for two weeks. That enables you to schedule appointments every six weeks, and total treatment time averages nine to 15 months.

SureSmile boasts treatment times that are 30 percent faster with far greater precision than traditional braces and require fewer office visits.

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment and you want to achieve ideal results, please call our office today to schedule a consultation. We believe there is no substitute for face-to-face treatment.

Suresmile® Offers High-Tech Treatment in Record Time

March 10th, 2015

Patients and orthodontists sometimes have different goals when it comes to orthodontic treatment.

While they both share the same desire of improved smiles, patients often are most concerned with how quickly those improvements will come. Dr. Yan Razdolsky and the staff here at Forever Smiles tend to be most concerned with using the best technology to achieve the most desirable results.

Luckily for both parties involved, everyone’s goals can be achieved with one product: Suresmile®.

Suresmile® is a type of technology that involves 3D imaging and robotically bent arch wires. The technology eliminates the need for taking goopy, messy impressions of your teeth. Instead, we take a digital scan of your teeth and determine an optimal treatment plan using 3D virtual simulations, says Dr. Razdolsky, a Buffalo Grove suresmile® provider. Then, rather than bending the arch wires by hand to achieve desired tooth movements – which involves a bit of guesswork – we have customized wires created just for you that are bent by a robot. This enables us to create precise tooth movement in record time.8117142757_63b72f10a8_z

Other benefits include fewer office visits and less discomfort.

“The part that patients seem to like most is when we tell them they can complete their treatment about 40 percent faster than with conventional braces,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “The part I like is that we do this without compromising treatment quality.”

Out of more than 20,000 orthodontists in the U.S. and Canada, there are only about 350 who have integrated suresmile® into their practices so far. We can use this technology with traditional brackets, or with a lingual orthodontic system. Lingual brackets are those that are placed on the tongue-side of your teeth and aren’t noticeable to others.

Other suresmile® Benefits:

Another benefit to using the suresmile® treatment system may not mean much to patients, but it makes a huge difference for orthodontists. It involves show how teeth roots move in bone.

Suresmile® is the first tool that makes it possible for Dr. Razdolsky to plan orthodontic care using information gathered about root position within your supporting bone structure.

“Having a clear picture of how the teeth roots move in the bone is at the heart of orthodontic treatment,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “This has changed the way I diagnose patients for the better.”

Buffalo Grove Orthodontist Hosts Artishock Students, Exhibit

February 24th, 2015

What makes you smile, Crocodile?

That’s the question we asked students from Art Studio “Artishock” earlier this month when they came to our office for a fieldtrip.

This was the third year the group made this educational fieldtrip to our office in Buffalo Grove. Orthodontist Dr. Yan Razdolsky explained the artistry involved in orthodontic treatment.

Students also learned about the human growth and development process as it relates to the teeth, and they were shown how orthodontic treatment affects oral hygiene, life of the teeth, and improves facial aesthetics and life quality. They also got to see our newest addition to our display of animal skulls -the Nile crocodile – which has joined our alligator skull and giant tooth-filled shark jaw. We use these visual aids to teach visitors about overbite, underbite and other types of malocclusion.

Now the students have returned to their studio to create art based on their interpretation of what makes them smile, Dr. Razdolsky says.

Next month, all of our patients and office visitors will be treated to the artists’ renderings, as we debut an exhibit of their work in our office. The art will be on display March 16 through April 30.

During that time, we will invite patients and guests to vote for their favorite work of art. You can do so by voting in person at our office, or you can vote via our Facebook page or our Instagram: foreversmilesbg. On Instagram, we will tag all photos with #ArtishockExhibit. Simply “like” your favorite.

Votes will be counted and winners will be announced in May. The artists whose work earns the most votes will win one of the following prizes:

  • First place- a scholarship to cover one semester of classes at Artishock, and art supplies
  • Second place- a scholarship for one semester of classes
  • Third place- art supplies

Good luck to our artists. We can’t wait to see what you create. Until then, see you later, Alligator!artishockcrocodile

Buffalo Grove Orthodontics Expert Discusses OSA Treatment

January 28th, 2015

How Orthodontics Can Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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We often associate severe snoring with adults, and let’s face it: men get most of the blame for being loud snorers.

But some children snore, too, and that snoring could be a sign of sleep-disordered breathing such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea – a condition in which a person’s upper airway gets blocked repeatedly while sleeping.

The diaphragm and chest muscles work harder to open the obstructed airway and pull air into the lungs during OSA episodes, and breathing typically begins again with an audible gasp, snort or body jerk. The long-term effects of these episodes can be serious because they interfere with sound sleep. They can reduce oxygen flow to vital organs and cause irregular heart rhythms.

"These health risks are one reason why sleep apnea in children is starting to get talked about more often,” says Buffalo Grove orthodontics expert Dr. Yan Razdolsky. “We need to bring more attention to this issue because some studies show that about 80 percent of sleep-disordered breathing cases aren’t reported to family doctors or pediatricians. I don’t think enough parents know that snoring is worth mentioning to their child’s dentist or orthodontist, either.”

Dr. Razdolsky says sleep-disordered breathing is another condition that could be diagnosed first by a dentist or orthodontist, since so many signs appear in the oral cavity.

Children at high risk for sleep-disordered breathing such as OSA often exhibit one or more of these characteristics:

  • reduced quality of life
  • smaller air passageways
  • narrow upper arches
  • higher palatal vaults
  • crossbite
  • underbite
  • smaller teeth
  • longer faces

Undiagnosed or untreated OSA can have a negative impact not just on your child’s smile, but on his quality of life,behavior, mental function, the cardiovascular system and lipid regulation.Children with sleep-disordered breathing are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to a study published in the December 2013 issue of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics.

Orthodontists are experts at evaluating jaw position, tooth movement and the use of functional appliances to correct a host of bite and alignment issues. That’s why more attention is focusing on taking an orthodontic approach to treat children with milder forms of this condition. One popular treatment method is rapid maxillary expansion.

Expanding the palate can help correct crossbite and create more room to reduce underbite, while also helping to open airways slightly.

Removable oral appliances also can help keep airways open while your child sleeps. More severe cases of sleep-disordered breathing may require other types of treatment.

It is important to note that in many cases, children need to have a sleep study performed and a proper diagnosis given before orthodontic treatment recommendations are made, Dr. Razdolsky says. After that, Razdolsky may work together with a qualified sleep apnea physician to map out a treatment plan.

Children and adults with more severe cases of sleep-disordered breathing may not benefit from orthodontic treatment and use of oral appliances. Some patients must be treated with a machine that provides continuous positive airway pressure – commonly referred to as CPAP. This machine includes a nose piece or mask that applies continuous air pressure to prevent the airway from collapsing when breathing during sleep.

Surgery also may be called for in severe cases.

If your child snores while sleeping, you should mention this to your dentist or orthodontist so an evaluation and be performed to determine if he would benefit from oral appliances, orthodontics or other forms of treatment.

Please call our office today if you have questions about this important topic, or wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Razdolsky.

Buffalo Grove Orthodontist Explains Orthodontic Benefits

January 21st, 2015

Should I Turn to Cosmetic Dentistry to Fix My Teeth?

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While concerns over appearance are most frequently what prompt patients or parents to call our office for an initial consultation, the benefits of orthodontic treatment go much deeper.

That’s why if you’re considering cosmetic dental treatments for instant improvements to your smile, you might want to consult an orthodontist first to make sure there are no underlying issues that should be treated in addition to the cosmetic improvements you seek.

Besides creating a smile that can leave you feeling self-conscious, an improper bite can cause premature tooth wear, headaches that can feel like migraines, and muscle fatigue in the head, neck and shoulders.

Cosmetic dental treatments can offer the promise of a nearly immediate fix to crowded, crooked teeth, but it’s important to understand that unless you treat the root issue of the problem, those aches and pains are unlikely to disappear with the addition of a porcelain crown here or a few veneers there.

Orthodontic treatment’s primary goal is to address bone development discrepancies, poor tooth alignment and unhealthy bite issues that can detract from your smile and your oral health. The beautiful smile and the self-esteem improvements we achieve in the process are an added bonus, says Buffalo Grove orthodontist Dr. Yan Razdolsky.

You might ask yourself how a bad bite could cause all the problems we identified above. It’s because like many other ailments, one seemingly minor symptom can be a sign of a larger issue, and small problems that aren’t treated can lead to more significant problems.

Let’s use headaches as an example. Headaches are the leading pain problem in the U.S., according to the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. About 40 percent of healthy Americans experience chronic headaches. Dental problems can cause tension headaches, because tension headaches are caused by muscle strain.

An improper bite such as underbite or crossbite can cause certain muscles to work harder than others, which can lead to muscle strain. Strained muscles that control your jaw movements continue to compensate for the muscles that should be used but aren’t because of the improper bite. When this goes on long enough, the muscle strain can reach other areas of the face, head and neck.

That same underbite or crossbite also can cause abnormal wear on your teeth because the bad bite forces unnatural contact among your teeth.

“You might think you can simply fix a prematurely worn tooth with a veneer or a porcelain crown, but until you correct the problem causing your teeth to wear, you’ll just be adding additional forces to your restoration, which could prevent it from lasting as long as it should,” Dr. Razdolsky says.

There are two pieces of information we hope you will take away from this article:

  1. It’s never too late to correct bite issues with orthodontic treatment. Even as an adult, orthodontic treatment can help correct bite issues that are causing you other problems.
  2. Cosmetic dentistry can drastically improve your smile, but make sure the areas you want to improve are purely cosmetic and not signs of a bigger problem.

“The standard of care is to perform all periodontal and orthodontic procedures prior to final (crown) restorations,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “There are dentists out there who will place implants and crowns and then either neglect to inform a patient about the benefits of orthodontic treatment, or expect an orthodontist to move the teeth around the final restorations. This is not ethical, and can be very expensive.”

If you would like to learn more about how orthodontic treatment might help address your oral health issues, please contact our office for an appointment.

Our Movie Outing Drew a Record Crowd!

December 24th, 2014

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There are two things we know to be certain: we love our patients, and our patients love The Hunger Games movies!

Our private showing of Mockingjay Part 1 in November drew more than 600 people who got to hear Katniss utter her epic line to President Snow: “If we burn, you burn with us!”

Lines had formed outside the movie theater well before the doors opened, and we gave hundreds of Forever Smiles hoodies to those in attendance.

Did you enjoy your time at the movies as much as we did? If so, please tell us on our Facebook page. Be sure to let us know if you want to be part of our movie date next year, too. While you’re at it, post to our Facebook page any photos you took at the movie theater last month. If you post your pictures to Instagram, please tag us: @ForeverSmilesBG.

Happy holidays from the entire Forever Smiles team!


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3D Images Reveal Tooth-Filled Tumor in Patient

December 4th, 2014

You might not think about how the cone beam technology used at your orthodontist’s office could help establish a proper diagnosis, but if you’re our patient, you should.

In the 16 months that we’ve used the iCAT FLX 3D cone beam technology in our practice, the useful information we’ve been able to pass along to you, your family dentist, and your physician has been eye-opening for everyone involved.

The iCAT system helps us evaluate our patients for malocclusions such as crossbite, overbite and underbite. But the information revealed in the images it gathers goes well beyond your orthodontic treatment.

We recently evaluated a 10-year-old patient after her family dentist referred her to us because her adult teeth weren’t erupting.

Dr. Yan Razdolsky gathered the information via the iCAT system. He found that instead of teeth in three areas, the patient had what are known as compound odontomas. A large compound odontoma was identified in the area of one upper canine tooth. Two other compound odontomas were found in her lower jaw. Inside these compound odontomas, she had between four and 10 miniature teeth. Multiple compound odontomas and osteomas have been linked to Gardner’s syndrome. This is an autosomal dominant syndrome, so it is possible that one of the patient’s parents has this. Testing to rule out this syndrome was recommended, because it is associated with high incidence of colorectal cancer.

“The iCAT enabled us to identify what the patient’s general dentist was unable to see in traditional X-ray images,” says Dr. Razdolsky, the only Buffalo Grove orthodontist with an iCAT FLX. “Once we have a diagnosis, we know what we’re dealing with. Now her general dentist, an oral surgeon, and I can work together to devise a treatment plan.”

This latest discovery is added to a growing list of Dr. Razdolsky’s findings, thanks to iCAT. He once found a stent in someone’s brain that had been placed there to treat seizures, but the patient failed to report it in a medical history. He also has identified degenerative joint disease, bone cysts, and undiagnosed damage caused by periodontal disease.

Each new finding thanks to the iCAT FLX further proves this technology is a powerful tool capable of so much more than identifying orthodontic issues and helping Dr. Razdolsky develop orthodontic treatment plans for patients. The iCAT is identifying other health issues, too. It goes to show how everything is interconnected in our bodies!

Currently iCAT FLX Cone Beam Technology is ‘State of the Art’ but eventually it will become the standard of care, Dr. Razdolsky says. “The better we are at identifying potential issues early, the more successfully we can plan treatment.”

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Injury Prevention is a Year-Round Duty

December 4th, 2014

Medical, dental and orthodontic practices all over the country observed Childhood Injury Prevention Week Sept. 1-7, but we want to remind parents and patients that injury prevention is a year-round task.

Dr. Yan Razdolsky is a Buffalo Grove orthodontist who has seen a variety of dentofacial injuries during the 27 years he has been an orthodontist.

The most common injury in the United States for children who have severe overjet or overbite is fractured upper front teeth caused by trauma or sports-related injuries. A study published in the publication Dental Traumatology in 2008 found that traumatic dental injury remains a problem today primarily due to four reasons:

  1. Trauma to the oral region happens often, and comprises five percent of all injuries for which people seek treatment in all dental clinics and hospitals.
  2. Traumatic dental injuries are common among children who are still growing. It is estimated that as much as 18 percent of all injuries in preschool-age children are traumatic dental injuries.
  3.  Treating traumatic dental injuries can be complicated and expensive, because it often necessitates the involvement of specialists from multiple disciplines.
  4. In contrast to many other traumatic injuries, traumatic dental injuries mostly are irreversible. Treatment likely must continue periodically for the rest of the patient’s life.

While this information paints a rather bleak picture, there is a ray of light. Overjet (the upper front teeth protrude outwardly and in front of the lower front teeth) and overbite (the upper front teeth come down too far over the lower front teeth), which typically are present when a child receives a traumatic dental injury, can be effectively corrected with orthodontic treatment.

Teeth that jut outward or downward farther than they are supposed to are more susceptible to blunt forces to the face and jaw. Correcting these types of malocclusions not only improves bite and alignment issues, but it reduces the likelihood of serious damage being caused if a child receives a blow to the face while playing organized sports or participating in other activities.

“It’s encouraging for many parents to learn that these two conditions, which can potentially lead to significant, permanent damage, can be successfully addressed with orthodontic treatment,” says Dr. Razdolsky.

Dr. Razdolsky corrects overjet and overbite by using a child’s growth to his benefit, along with orthopedic appliances such as a Forsus or a Herbst to help stimulate lower jaw growth.

One key to treating these types of malocclusion is identifying the best time to begin treatment. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children be evaluated by an orthodontist at age 7. Your child’s bite is established at this age, and he has a mix of baby and adult teeth. Dr. Razdolsky can conduct a thorough assessment and determine if interceptive treatment would be beneficial in your child’s case. If no treatment is recommended, your child simply will be monitored periodically to determine the optimum time to begin treatment.

 

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Another important part of life for children who participate in a variety of sports – before, during and after orthodontic treatment- is the use of a properly fitting mouth guard. Custom-made mouth guards protect the teeth and jaws from blunt forces, and can even help prevent concussions.

We are happy that there is a week devoted each year to raising awareness regarding the importance of preventing childhood injuries. As orthodontic professionals, we work all year long to protect our patients’ dental and oral health, and we know parents do, too. Please protect your children from traumatic dental injuries by having them evaluated for orthodontic treatment. This simple step can protect your children’s teeth for a lifetime.

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Are You Ready for Mockingjay?

October 21st, 2014

Our big patient appreciation event is getting closer, and you should have received your invitation by now. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 will be released Nov. 21, and we want to take you to the movies on Nov. 22 at 11:30 a.m.! It’s our way of saying thank you to our incredible patients, while also celebrating the upcoming holiday season. If you were part of the fun last year when we saw The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, you know what a great time we had.

We invite you, your family and your friends to come see Mockingjay Part 1 with us. All the action takes place at AMC Showplace Theatre, 555 Lakeview Parkway in Vernon Hills. The doors open at 10:30 a.m. Seating is limited, and you’ll want to be one of the first 500 people at the door to receive a free Forever Smiles hoodie, so come early!

Please RSVP today by phone: (847) 215-7554, or email: Anelia@Razdolsky.com. For more information, please visit us as www.Razdolsky.com/blog, or on Facebook: Facebook.com/ForeverSmilesIL. We also have a Facebook event posted for you to RSVP and see which of your friends are going!

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We’re Getting Serious about Oral Cancer Awareness

October 16th, 2014

Dr. Razdolsky, an orthodontist in Buffalo Grove, and staff members walked in a recent oral cancer awareness walk.

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Oral and pharyngeal cancer are serious illnesses that affect tens of thousands of Americans annually, and the team at Forever Smiles is working to raise awareness of this deadly disease.

Eight members of our staff participated in the Oral Cancer Foundation’s Walk/Run for Awareness in Bensenville Oct. 5, thanks to Lisa Schmidt, a hygienist who is our patient and organized it.

Oral cancer is not in the top 10 deadliest of cancers. More than 43,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer every year, and more than 8,000 people die from it, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. So why are we focusing on it? There are a couple of reasons.

 

1. Dentists and orthodontists can be the first ones to identify oral cancer.

Orthodontists and dentists often are the first medical professionals to detect signs of oral cancer, and that makes sense. You see your general dentist at least twice a year for routine cleanings and professional checkups. Those who are in orthodontic treatment tend to see their orthodontist every four to six weeks.

“Those of us in the dental and orthodontic communities are on the front lines of this battle,” says Dr. Yan Razdolsky an orthodontist in Buffalo Grove.

Approximately 60 percent of the U.S. population sees a dentist every year, but published studies report that fewer than 25 percent of those who go to the dentist say they received an oral cancer screening.

Patient compliance should be easy if more screenings were offered because they don’t involve invasive techniques, and they don’t result in discomfort or pain. It’s also inexpensive to have your mouth examined for the early signs of disease, according to the OCF.

 

2. Survival rates haven’t significantly improved over the years.

Even though oral cancer isn’t among the deadliest cancers, nearly half of all people diagnosed with it do not live beyond five years following their diagnosis. This is because by the time they usually are identified, the cancer has reached an advanced stage.

Some oral cancers respond better to treatments available today and that has resulted in a slight improvement in the survival rate over the past decade.

“This is good, but we want to see more oral cancers discovered and treated early,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “This will be a sign that we’re increasing awareness.”

The death rate for oral cancer is higher than that of cancers which many of us often hear about, including cervical cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma, laryngeal cancer, testicular cancer thyroid cancer, or skin cancer, according to the OCF website.

 

Lingual Braces Take Treatment behind the Scenes

September 9th, 2014

Let’s be honest: while braces can align teeth and improve your bite at any age, we all know there are ages in which braces tend to be more of a rite of passage.

It is common for tweens and teens to sport a mouth full of metal or ceramic brackets and arch wires. But adults aren’t always so eager to don that look, even if it means a brighter smile awaits at the end of treatment.

Scientists understand and have responded to the demand for more aesthetic orthodontic treatment options that get the job done in record time without the need for traditional braces. One such solution is lingual braces.

Lingual braces are a popular request among:

  • Adult professionals
  • People of all ages who are concerned about wearing braces that show
  • Musicians who play wind instruments
  • Adults and teens who participate in contact sports

iBraces is a brand of lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of the teeth instead of the front. No one you come in contact with will even notice you’re in orthodontic treatment. Dr. Yan Razdolsky has offered this type of treatment for years at his office in Buffalo Grove. Lingual braces by iBraces are entirely customized for each patient according to the shape of their teeth.

This system moves teeth efficiently and effectively, thanks to intelligent wires and brackets engineered to deliver the targeted results identified by Dr. Razdolsky. No matter how crowded, crooked and out of whack your teeth are, Dr. Razdolsky can guide them into their proper position using this system.

Dr. Razdolsky often takes this aesthetic form of treatment a step further by combining lingual braces and SureSmile technology to not only provide treatment that isn’t visible to others, but treatment that is completed in record time.

“By using lingual braces in combination with SureSmile, we can accomplish the most precise movements in the least amount of time,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “All of our lingual cases so far were for adults who were choosing treatment options based on either professional or aesthetic considerations. This treatment approach has given them the smile they wanted in a shorter time-frame, which has made them exceedingly happy.”

SureSmile makes it possible for Dr. Razdolsky to move each tooth to its targeted position in a more direct path than can be achieved with traditional braces.

SureSmile calculates all of the customization needed to deliver Dr. Razdolsky’s treatment plan. This customization is accomplished by using robotically-bent arch wires created to our specifications. These precise arch wires cut treatment time by 30 percent.

As with all forms of orthodontic treatment that are available, you must be evaluated to determine if this particular type of treatment is a good choice to correct your specific orthodontic issues. We invite you to contact our office today to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Razdolsky. We will take a full set of digital X-rays and photographs. Then Dr. Razdolsky will conduct a thorough assessment of your teeth. From there, we will compile this information and offer a treatment recommendation that will most effectively address your orthodontic needs.

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Welcome Our New Team Member!

September 2nd, 2014

We are excited to introduce you to Nancy, who joined our team in May 2014. Nancy graduated from the Illinois School of Health Careers Registered Dental Assisting program, because she always knew she wanted a job in the health care field. She says she’s happy to have found orthodontics. We can assure you we are happy to have her! Nancy says she loves seeing the high quality Dr. Razdolsky applies to every aspect of our practice. She enjoys learning how the techniques Dr. Razdolsky uses work and produce results. Working at Forever Smiles is great because it provides opportunities for Nancy to interact with patients, as well as help to create beautiful smiles. In her free time, she likes to read, listen to music, dance, work out and spend time with loved ones. We hope you’ll say hi to Nancy and introduce yourself the next time you’re in the office!

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Send Us Your Sweet Summer Snapshots

September 2nd, 2014

As summer draws to an end and we prepare to head back to school, let’s take a moment to reminisce on all those great vacation spots you visited and adventures you experienced this summer. We want to see your favorite summer moments in pictures.

Send us a photo and write a description that we can include with it by September 25  so we can post them to our Facebook page. We’ll create an album and invite everyone to “like” their favorite photo. We will tally the votes on October. 15, and one lucky winner will win a pair of movie tickets.

You don’t have to earn the most likes to win something, though. Everyone who submits a photo will receive five Forever Smiles tokens. Need some food for thought? Here is Dr. Razdolsky’s summer snapshot. Good luck! (send your photo to gay@razdolsky.com)

Closing the Case on Open Bite Title: Buffalo Grove Orthodontist Explains Open Bite Correction

July 23rd, 2014

Dr. Yan Razdolsky is a Buffalo Grove orthodontist who corrects all types of malocclusion. Here, he discusses how he corrects open bite.

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In the legal world, a case or problem that is “open and shut” is a case where the facts are clear and it’s easy to make a decision or find a solution.

Luckily for our patients, most orthodontic cases are open and shut for Buffalo Grove orthodontist Dr. Yan Razdolsky, including cases of open bite.

What’s that? We’re glad you asked. Open bite is the term used to describe a bite where the front upper teeth don’t overlap the lower teeth when your jaws are closed. The upper and lower teeth also are pushed outward.

Sometimes open bite has genetic causes, such as abnormal craniofacial development. Another cause is temporomandibular joint disorder, where the patient suffers from persistent jaw pain and pushes the teeth apart with the tongue to create a more comfortable position for the jaw.

Most frequently, the cause of open bite is attributed to poor oral habits, such as thumb sucking and tongue thrust. Tongue thrust occurs when your child pushes the tongue into the space between the upper and lower teeth to create a seal when swallowing food and liquids. Doing this repeatedly worsens the open bite by driving the teeth farther apart.

These habits create abnormal muscle forces that have the power over the course of time to cause enough imbalance in your child’s normal growth and create a malocclusion or even facial asymmetry. It is common for permanent correction of open bite to include not only orthodontic treatment, but speech therapy as well. That’s because when this problem is created by poor oral habits, those habits must be corrected for the orthodontic treatment to provide a permanent repair of the malocclusion.

There isn't always a cause for alarm when your child has open bite, however. Not every case of open bite will require orthodontic correction. Almost all children go through a period of open bite at some point between the ages of 7 and 12, while they are in the process of losing baby teeth and gaining permanent teeth.

But how do you know if you should let the condition ride or be concerned about your child’s open bite? By scheduling your child for an orthodontic evaluation. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that you schedule this initial evaluation when your child reaches age 7. At this stage of growth, your child has a mixture of baby and adult teeth, and the bite is established. Dr. Razdolsky can take X-rays and perform a thorough assessment of the teeth, bite and jaws to determine what treatment – if any – is necessary.

If your child’s open bite needs orthodontic correction, rest assured you both are in good hands with Dr. Razdolsky. He has been an orthodontist since 1987, and he is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthodontics. Under his care, you can rest easy knowing your child will end treatment with a beautiful smile.

Artishock Art Exhibit Winners Announced

June 24th, 2014

artishockWe recently tallied the votes and announced the winners of this year’s art exhibit presented by students from Art Studio “Artishock”. The award ceremony for Artishock was held at the Indian Trails Library in Wheeling on May 15. First place went to Faina, who took home a scholarship to cover one semester of classes at Artishock, as well as art supplies. Victoria won second place, and received a scholarship for one semester of Artishock classes, while Talia won third place and received art supplies.Congratulations to all students who participated. We look forward to having this exhibit again next year.

The Razdolskys Celebrate Awards and Graduations

June 19th, 2014

Dr. Razdolsky and Anna were proud parents when they learned their daughter Elizabeth received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows (F30) from the National Institute of Health. Elizabeth will receive more than $48,000 to study a protein called pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF), which may regulate blood vessel formation and scar formation in wounds. These studies may suggest future therapeutic options for tissue regeneration, fibrosis and cancer. Elizabeth earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, and is in her fourth year at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry. The Razdolskys’ youngest son Ricky recently graduated from University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in integrated physiology. He will start dental school at New York University in the fall. Youngest daughter Marjey also recently graduated from Stevenson High School. Dr. Razdolsky and Anna cheered on lots of graduates in addition to Marjey during the ceremony, because many of them are previous patients of Forever Smiles. Marjey will head off to college in the fall. We congratulate all of our graduates and wish them the best of luck as they enter this exciting new chapter in their lives.

 

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4 Reasons Why Summer is a Great Time to Get Braces

June 17th, 2014

You’ve gotten all of those cupcakes made for your kids’ end-of-year parties, the final exams have been taken, and the goodbyes have been said. Summer is here!

This is a great time of year to get your child evaluated for orthodontic treatment and to begin treatment if necessary.

The American Association of Orthodontists and Dr. Yan Razdolsky recommends bringing your children in for an initial evaluation at age 7. Some of the adult teeth have erupted by this age, and the bite is established. That makes it a great time for us to look at your child’s teeth, jaws and overall alignment. Frequently, no treatment is needed at this age; we simply will want to monitor the growth process periodically and wait until the time is right to begin treatment.

Now let’s say the time is right for treatment, physiologically speaking. Why would you want to begin orthodontic treatment in the summer, you ask? Here are four reasons why it’s a good idea:

  1. School is out!

In addition to school being over, there likely are fewer extracurricular activities, such as sports events and academic competitions. A more open schedule means it will be less challenging to schedule appointments. The first appointments where brackets and arch wires are placed take longer than subsequent checkups, so getting those time-consuming appointments out of the way during the summer paves the way to speedier checkups by the time school is back in session.

  1. Summer growth spurts can be helpful

You’ve heard the comments with your children before: “She’s growing so fast!” You also see the difference when it’s time to buy next year’s school clothes. Those clothing and shoe sizes seem to change in the blink of an eye. One reason why having your children evaluated for treatment while they’re young and growing fast is because Dr. Yan Razdolsky is an expert at using that growth to his greatest benefit in treatment. He can guide growing jaws and erupting teeth into position at precisely the right time to create optimum alignment and facial symmetry.

  1. Make the most of your time

Having a child in orthodontic treatment means you have an ongoing commitment to follow-up appointments until treatment is complete. Starting treatment in the summer gives you a chance to get several appointments out of the way without interfering with your child’s school schedule. We will work with you once school is back in session to try whenever possible to schedule your child’s appointments before or after school.

  1. Get the uncomfortable stage out of the way before school starts

Any discomfort related to getting braces is minimized these days, thanks to the technology and the types of appliances we use during treatment. Still, teeth may feel a bit tender when braces are applied initially. Why not get your child through that brief uncomfortable period during the summer, while she’s home from school and can easily choose softer foods to eat or take a Tylenol if necessary?

We here at Forever Smiles pride ourselves in making orthodontic treatment achievable and enjoyable for our patients and their parents. Contact us today at (847) 215-7554to schedule a complimentary orthodontic evaluation. We’re eager to get you or your child on the way toward a beautiful, healthy smile.

Student awarded prestigious NIH Fellowship

June 5th, 2014

Dr. Razdolsky has awesome new about his daughter that he would like to share with everyone! The following was published on the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry website:

F award Pic"COD student Elizabeth Razdolsky is the recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows (F30) from the National Institute of Health (NIH). Razdolsky, has a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and is currently a 4th year in the COD’s DMD/PhD Program. She will receive $48,467 a year to study a protein called pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF), which may regulate blood vessel formation and scar formation in wounds. These studies may suggest future therapeutic options for tissue regeneration, fibrosis and cancer.

The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows (F30) provides a maximum of six years support to students pursuing both DDS/DMD and PhD degrees. In addition to the annual stipend and partial tuition provided, funds are available for other training-related expenses. Applicants must be enrolled in a DDS/DMD program at an accredited U.S. dental school and accepted in a related scientific PhD (or equivalent degree) program. Students attending any accredited U.S. dental school may apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents at the time of award. More information on the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards can be found here."

Lisker Music Foundation Presents "Age of Romantics"

May 29th, 2014

"Age of Romantics" is proud to invite you to an extraordinary event where you will have the unique opportunity to see an exhibit of paintings and sculptures by some of today's finest artists, followed by a brilliant classical concert featuring 5 world renowned musicians.  We have teamed up with the Lisker Music Foundation to bring the worlds of art and music together in one breathtaking event titled "Age of Romantics".

The concert will celebrate some of the most beloved works of early romanticism including Mendelssohn's A minor String Quartet, Schumann's Piano Quintet, and a WORLD PREMIERE of Beethoven's "Moonlight" Sonata for String Quartet (arranged specifically for this concert by New York based composer, Clint Edwards).  Take advantage of this incredible opportunity to see, hear, and be inspired by some of today's most gifted artists, all under one roof in an event that is not to be missed!

If our patients love  to attend, then Dr. Razdolsky will pay $10 toward the purchase of each ticket. Please notify us on how many people will be at the concert at 847-215-7554, and Call 847-272-7003 to reserve your tickets. You can pick them up at the door, and notify them that you are part of  Dr. Razdolsky’s group. Enjoy!

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Data with More Details and Less Radiation

April 25th, 2014

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No one wants to practice dentistry in the dark. Cone beam 3D imaging sheds the necessary light on a patient’s craniofacial anatomy and offers precise details that allow me to produce diagnostic records that illustrate the images of the teeth, along with the supporting bones, jaws, jaw joints and other bony structures so that I can truly practice evidence- based orthodontics. I realized how important 3D CBCT was to me first hand, when I sold one of my offices about two years ago, and along with the office, the new owner also bought my i-CAT Next Generation. My original office in Buffalo Grove did not have CBCT imaging capabilities, but it soon became very apparent that I was not equipped with the necessary information I needed to practice orthodontics as more than just a “wire bender.” Fortunately for me, at that time, the i-CAT FLX became available. This cone beam 3D imaging system gave me the details that I needed for more exact diagnosis, but also at a significantly lower radiation dose.

An example of a case where 3D imaging greatly affected my treatment plan and outcome was when a 10-year-old boy came to me for an orthodontic evaluation. I took a scan as part of my orthodontic protocol and sent it to a maxillofacial radiologist for evaluation. The scan volume showed an aneurysmal bone cyst in the anterior mandible. While these types of cysts can sometimes be resolved on their own in children, it was better not to procrastinate and to send this child to an oral surgeon.

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Besides the aneurysmal cyst, the child also had a supernumerary tooth—mesiodens behind the central incisor, directly posterior to tooth #9. As an orthodontist, this information was extremely valuable. We can’t just start moving teeth without knowing what potential problems lie hidden within the anatomy. If I had treated the patient without sending him for treatment of the cyst, the orthodontic treatment could have been stalled, and there would be risk of a jaw fracture. The supernumerary tooth could have caused root resorption. If I had retracted the incisor, I would have been right up against the supernumerary tooth. Instead of being surprised by these complications during orthodontic treatment, the oral surgeon could remove the cyst beforehand so that the bone could calcify again. And, he can also remove the supernumerary tooth. An aneurysmal cyst needs six months to heal properly, and then the child could be evaluated for proper orthodontic treatment.

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Having 3D data for this patient allowed me to educate the patient’s parents about the details of his dental condition, and to communicate the need for treatment by the oral surgeon. Seeing the dental anatomy in three dimensions facilitated understanding and built trust. It showed I cared about the patient as a whole person.
Regarding the lower dose radiation of the i-CAT FLX, a recent study released at the end of 2013 by Drs. John Ludlow and Cameron Walker addressed concerns regarding CBCT use in orthodontics. The study noted, “The increasing use of cone-beam computed tomography in orthodontics has been coupled with heightened concern about the long-term risks of X-ray exposure in orthodontic populations. An industry response to this has been to offer low-exposure alternative scanning options in newer cone-beam computed tomography models.” The industry response from Imaging Sciences International resulted in the development of the i-CAT FLX. Ludlow’s study found that “QuickScan+ effective doses are comparable with conventional panoramic examinations.” It continued, “We have shown that the QuickScan+ protocol provided a substantial 87 percent reduction in dose compared with the standard exposure protocols in both child and adult phantoms. Thus, when QuickScan+ protocols can be used, they will provide a clinically meaningful reduction in dose.” i-CAT FLX has many exposure protocols, and with a slightly greater exposure setting the resolution of 3D image can be increased substantially. Various areas of the cranio-facial region can be selected, further reducing the radiation exposure.

With less radiation exposure I can obtain much more clinical information to light my way to a successful outcome of my treatment plan. Informed patients are more compliant patients, and an informed orthodontist has the data needed to move teeth responsibly and efficiently. This capability for more precise diagnosis and treatment planning enables me to produce the healthiest relationship between the jaw joints and the teeth, while producing the most harmonious smile at the same time.

 

Author's Bio:

Dr. Yan Razdolsky is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. His professional affiliations include the American Association of Orthodontists, World Federation of Orthodontists, the Midwestern and Illinois State Societies of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the Illinois and Chicago Dental Societies, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity.

See more at: http://www.orthotown.com/orthotown/Article.aspx?i=356&aid=4853#sthash.usX4QnGm.dpuf

"Artishock" Art Studio Drawing Contest!

April 15th, 2014

C2-5Prepare to be shocked and amazed when you visit our office or our Facebook page throughout the next few weeks.

Our office is hosting an art exhibit with the Tooth Fairy as the central theme, and whether you are a patient, parent or visitor, you are invited to cast your vote on your favorite work of art through May 9.

This is our second year hosting this exhibit created with students from Art Studio “Artishock.” Students from the studio visited our office in March to gather information and inspiration for their artwork. They learned about the human growth and development process as it relates to the teeth. They also gained insight regarding how orthodontic care affects oral hygiene, life of the teeth, and improves your looks and life quality. Then they went back to the studio and created art based on what they learned, and incorporated their interpretation of the Tooth Fairy into their work.

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Art instructor and “Artishock” founder Talia Prilutsky says the end result is a collection of artwork that will surprise the audience.

Your votes are important, because they’ll determine which art students win some incredible prizes. Winners will be announced May 18 and will receive a scholarship to cover one semester of classes at Artishock, as well as art supplies. The award for second place is a scholarship for one semester of classes, while the third place winner will receive art supplies.

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You can vote two ways: by visiting our office, or by “liking” your favorite art on our Facebook page, where we have posted photos. Happy voting!

St. Alphonsus Catholic School and Tiger Scouts Pack 119 Field Trip

April 2nd, 2014

DSC_4512Children from the St. Alphonsus Catholic School and Tiger Scouts Pack 119 recently had the opportunity to experience an educational fieldtrip at Forever Smiles, the Buffalo Grove orthodontic practice of Dr. Yan Razdolsky.

Our young scholars were introduced to the dental and orthodontic

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professions, and learned about tooth straightening techniques, the importance of oral hygiene, and how their education and modern technology are integrated into the dental and medical fields.

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The students were particularly impressed with Forever Smiles’ newest piece of equipment: the i-CAT FLX. Dr. Yan Razdolsky explained how this 3-D dental imaging device has helped identify undiagnosed decay, disease and even a brain stent in his patients. He then gave the students a sneak peek into the world of a dentist by showing them 3-D images of teeth, gums and facial bones, similar to those he sees every day. It was almost like having a front row seat to a 3-D movie.

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After all of the excitement, students received snacks, as well as gift bags filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and toys. Forever Smiles also kindly made a contribution to the Cub Scout Troops to assist continued efforts to provide the best possible education for children.

A note from Dr. Yan Razdolsky and his staff: “We are grateful to teachers and parents for allowing their students to experience learning outside the classroom and acquire more knowledge about the field of orthodontics.”

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Beauty is Skin Deep. Good Health Permeates the Whole Body

March 7th, 2014

Remember the saying, “The eyes are the window to the soul?” We’re hijacking that old phrase and giving it a new spin: Your oral health is the window to your overall health.

We know that may sound strange, but stick with us while we explain.

A growing body of evidence continues to prove a connection exists between your oral health and your systemic health. That means what’s going on in your mouth can be an indicator of problems elsewhere in your body.

Let’s say you have a bad bite, such as deep bite or cross bite, and that causes some of your teeth to routinely rub against your gum line. Over time, your teeth will cause your gums in that area to recede if you don’t have the problem corrected. This paves the way to periodontal - or gum – disease. Periodontal disease attacks the gums and bone that surround your teeth.

Untreated periodontal disease can lead to a whole host of systemic problems. Numerous studies have shown a connection exists between periodontal disease and heart disease, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. It also can worsen existing heart conditions. Other studies draw a connection between periodontal disease and stroke.

What happens in the mouth also affects diabetics. Research has suggested a connection exists between diabetes and periodontal disease, and that the connection goes both ways. Diabetics who also have gum disease may have more difficulty controlling blood sugar.

So what does all of this have to do with orthodontics? A lot, says Buffalo Grove orthodontist Dr. Yan Razdolsky. Teeth that are crowded and crooked pose a greater challenge when it comes to keeping them clean. They provide more crevices in which food particles can hide and plaque can develop. Plaque can lead to periodontal disease. And as we’ve just outlined above, periodontal disease can lead to heart disease, stroke and other systemic illnesses.

Let’s say you practice excellent oral hygiene, but you have a deep bite or a cross bite and it has caused gum recession. You might blame yourself and erroneously believe you weren’t taking good enough care of your teeth, when the truth is you have a condition that no amount of brushing and flossing would have prevented. Instead, orthodontic treatment is needed to correct the problem.

It’s easy to look at orthodontics as being a cosmetic procedure. Many of us tend to fixate on the cosmetic improvements, and how a pretty smile can boost self-confidence and self-esteem.

But beneath the beauty of an improved smile lies myriad health reasons for orthodontic treatment. Let’s not forget those. Having a beautiful smile is good. Having a beautiful smile that also happens to keep you healthier is better.

3-D Imaging Sheds Fresh Light on Undiagnosed Oral Problems

February 17th, 2014

When Dr. Yan Razdolsky looks back on his career as an orthodontist, he feels in some respects as though a whole new world was opened to him last summer.

3d-imagingJuly 2013 is when we added the i-CAT FLX, a cone beam 3D dental imaging device, to our practice. Since then, Dr. Razdolsky has identified a wide variety of undiagnosed oral health issues in some of our patients.

The i-CAT FLX provides highly detailed images of teeth, gums and facial bones, and provides increased flexibility in scanning, planning and treatment, as well as a range of innovative features that deliver increased clarity, ease of use and control. It gives Dr. Razdolsky a crystal-clear picture of what he is dealing with as he formulates your child’s treatment plan.

You might ask yourself, “Just what is an i-CAT FLX, anyway?” Think of an X-ray machine on steroids. Just take a look at the details in this image. You can’t get that level of quality and detail from a traditional X-ray.

In addition to helping us create more thorough treatment plans, Dr. Razdolsky is amazed by the things he has found in some of these images. On one occasion, he found a stent in someone’s brain. Yes, you read that correctly. The patient suffered from seizures, and a surgeon placed the intracranial surgical stent some years earlier. The patient neglected to inform us of this, so imagine Dr. Razdolsky’s surprise after capturing these images for orthodontic treatment!

This may be our most shocking discovery to date, but there have been many other discoveries that we’re so thankful for finding because they posed long-term health risks to our patients. Dr. Razdolsky has identified degenerative joint disease, bone cysts, and undiagnosed damage caused by periodontal disease, just to name a few examples.

Besides being a superior detection device, the i-CAT FLX is safe, in terms of offering the lowest dose of radiation available. Look at these levels of radiation you’re exposed to in the following situations:

  • 2,920 uSv – the normal annual background radiation from living on Earth
  • 10,000-15,000 uSv – the normal annual background radiation if you live in Colorado
  • 4.7-14.9 uSv – digital panoramic X-ray
  • 150 uSv – Full mouth series
  • 1,200-3,300 uSv – Medical CT scan

Our i-CAT FLX emits between 8-20 uSv. The actual exposure time is about 2.4 seconds for an 8.9-second scan.

We hope this information makes you feel even more confident about selecting Forever Smiles to oversee your child’s orthodontic treatment. You can rest assured that we are always on the lookout for new ways to provide the most advanced, effective treatment options available today. Your child’s orthodontic improvements give us a reason to smile every day.

We Show Students the Art Behind the Science of Orthodontics

January 21st, 2014

The Tooth Fairy is a rite of passage for children throughout the world and in a sense, it’s a rite of passage into orthodontic treatment.

Think about it: you have to lose your baby teeth before you get braces in most cases. And when you lose those baby teeth, you usually earn yourself a visit from the Tooth Fairy.

The Tooth Fairy will be the central theme on March 16, 2014 when students from Art Studio “Artishock” visit Dr. Yan Razdolsky’s office for an educational fieldtrip. They will learn about the human growth and development process as it relates to the teeth. They’ll also gain insight regarding how orthodontic care affects oral hygiene, life of the teeth, and improves your looks and life quality. Then they’ll return to their studio and create art based on what they’ve learned and their interpretation of the Tooth Fairy.

Art instructor and “Artishock” founder Talia Prilutsky has instructed her students to create art based on their belief on whether or not the Tooth Fairy exists. She believes the end result will be a collection of artwork that will perhaps surprise the audience and maybe the artists, as well.

Everyone who visits our office will benefit from this art project, because all of the artwork will be on exhibit beginning April 5, 2014.

This is our second year of hosting an “Artishock” exhibit, and we’ll hold a contest once again this year, where patients, parents and visitors will be invited to cast their votes on their favorite work of art through May 9, 2014.

“Last year was a tremendous success,” says Anna Razdolsky, our operations manager. “Our office looked so beautiful with all of this incredible art on the walls, and everyone who visited our office was eager to point out their favorite.”

We want more of the same this year. Your votes are important, because they’ll determine which art students win some incredible prizes. The artist behind the winning artwork will be announced May 18 and will receive a scholarship to cover one semester of classes at Artishock, as well as art supplies. The award for second place is a scholarship for one semester of classes, while the third place winner will receive art supplies.

You can vote two ways: by visiting our office, or by “liking” your favorite art on our Facebook page, where we have posted photos. Happy voting!

New Software Eliminates the Need for Messy Impressions

December 17th, 2013

BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS – It’s no secret that Dr. Yan Razdolsky loves technology, so it shouldn’t be a big surprise to learn that our practice is one of only two in the state that has Anatomage Invivo5 anatomy imaging software.

We realize the mere name of the software may not be impressive to you, but here’s something most of our patients enjoy immensely: this software means gone are the days of our assistants having to take messy, goopy impressions of your teeth.

“This has completely transformed the way we collect information about our patients’ teeth alignment and bite,” Buffalo Grove orthodontist Dr. Razdolsky says.

Instead of the traditional method of taking impressions, Dr. Razdolsky collects digital 3-D data using this advanced, intuitive software. To fully appreciate this new software’s dynamic capabilities, you should know how orthodontists used to approach treatment.

Prior to 3-D capabilities, your orthodontist would take conventional 2-D X-rays of your teeth, along with those goopy impressions. This information, while useful, is limited in comparison to the information available with this new anatomy imaging software. Anatomage scans contain more than just the images of the crowns orthodontists collected by taking impressions. They also capture the roots, developing teeth, impacted teeth and alveolar bone.

You can view your own images and impressions as we display them on a computer screen. With the simple click of a button, we can show you images of your hard tissue, bone profile, airway and skin profile. You’ll probably never see such detailed renderings of your dental, skeletal, soft tissue, airway and sinus anatomy anywhere else! And perhaps you may not want to. But understand this: the information this software enables us to capture means that we are better equipped than ever to provide each and every patient with the absolute best orthodontic treatment possible. Now THAT should mean something to you.

Our iCAT FLX X-ray machine also is healthier for patients in terms of radiation exposure. One iCAT FLX 3-D volume/image is equal to one to two digital panoramic X-rays, or one to two days of background radiation simply from just being outside in Chicago.

This software is beneficial from an environmental standpoint, too. Being able to collect images digitally means we no longer have to develop X-ray film that requires the use of chemicals, which must be disposed of properly to prevent environmental hazards.

“No matter how you look at it, using this type of technology is just simply the best way to go,” Dr. Razdolsky says.

We added this software to our office in July after Dr. Razdolsky attended a seminar in Boston to learn how to use it to the fullest extent. So far, we’ve been happy with the information it has provided, and our patients are happy because we’re providing excellent treatment as a result.

This software also is healthier for patients in terms of radiation exposure. Exposure from one digital panoramic X-ray is less than the natural radiation exposure of simply being alive for one day...

The above paragraph refers to iCAT FLX x-ray machine itself not the software. One iCAT FLX 3D volume/image is equal to 1-2 digital panoramic x-rays or 1-2 days of background radiation of just being outside in Chicago.

Forever Smiles Invites Patients To Free Showing Of “Catching Fire”

November 15th, 2013

hunger-games-buffalo-grove-ilForever Smiles considers it a pleasure to create beautiful smiles for our incredible patients. In fact, we believe the odds of patients completing treatment with a smile they are proud to show off are ever in our favor.

As a show of our appreciation, and to celebrate the holiday season a bit early, Dr. Yan Razdolsky and our entire team here at Forever Smiles invites patients and their guests to join us at the movies for a private screening of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Nov. 23 at AMC Showplace Theatre. The doors open at 10:30 a.m. and the show starts at 11:30 a.m.

The first 500 attendees will receive a free Forever Smiles hoodie.

The second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy, which features Katniss participating in an “all-star” version of the Hunger Games, promises to leave audiences satisfied.

Renting out an auditorium at AMC is something we are excited to do for our loyal patients. Soon you will receive a holiday card/invitation in the mail, which will serve as your ticket to the movies.

“We love the patient interaction we have here at our office on a daily basis,” says Buffalo Grove orthodontist Dr. Razdolsky. “Having the opportunity for our staff to spend time with patients and their friends outside the office and get to know them better is something we’re looking forward to.”

We also look forward to watching Katniss compete in another Hunger Games. We are excited to step out of the office and into “District 12” with our awesome patients.

The AMC is located at 555 Lakeview Parkway in Vernon Hills. Please RSVP by Nov. 5 to let us know if you can attend, and if you’re bringing a guest. There are several ways in which to RSVP: you can do it via the evite we will email to everyone; you can email your RSVP to Anelia@razdolsky.com, or you can call our office: (847) 215-7554.

We thank you for entrusting Forever Smiles with your orthodontic health, and for referring your friends and family members to our practice. We appreciate you!

Forever Smiles is on The U

We recently shared information about a new monthly series that began airing on WCIU Oct. 21. Now we invite you to watch the segment, and please share this with your friends. Also, stayed tuned to WCIU, as our November segment will air soon.

Dr. Razdolsky Offers Candy Buy Back Program For Scary Halloween Treats

October 30th, 2013

BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS-  It’s a scary time to have braces. Frighteningly sticky, crunchy and ooey-gooey Halloween candies are soon to invade the trick-or-treat bags of children (and a few adults) across America.

In response to the impending attack of ghastly sweets, Buffalo Grove orthodontics provider Dr. Yan Razdolsky is offering to buy back candies that pose a threat to the stability of orthodontic appliances.

“A small piece of sticky candy may not seem like a huge risk to braces, but such treats can cause serious damage to brackets and wires,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “We want to reward patients who are mindful of their orthodontic health.”

Troublesome treats that are eligible for the candy buy back program include taffies, sugary gums and chocolates with chewy fillings, such as caramel. Candy corn, jellybeans, gummies and small, hard candies like Nerds should also be avoided. These sweets can easily become entangled in brackets and wires, often causing them to break or bend.

“If it’s sticky, crunchy or takes more than a few seconds to chew and swallow, it’s just not safe for braces,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “Instead of taking a chance, donate it to us.”

One pound of nightmarish candy will be exchanged for five tokens. These tokens can be redeemed for awesome prizes from our braces-friendly treasure chest.

Perhaps you’re thinking we are going to bury these dangerous goodies in a candy coffin. Instead of letting pounds of delicious sweets go to waste, we will ship these treats to our members of the armed forces serving overseas. If you know a member of the military who is stationed abroad, please let us know. We will try to send a special care package to your loved one.

Despite our warning against dangerous candies, we don’t aim for our patients to live on a depressing diet of applesauce and soup. We want you to enjoy the festivities of the season, including trick-or-treating. Soft chocolates without chewy fillings are perfectly safe to enjoy. Freshly baked cookies and ice cream treats are also great alternatives to frighteningly sticky candies.

Please send us your scary treats prior to our candy buy back deadline of Nov. 15. If you have any questions, please call our office.

Forever Smiles is on The U

We told you recently about our monthly series that began airing on WCIU Oct. 21. Now we invite you to watch the segment, and please share this with your friends!

Dr. Razdolsky and Forever Smiles Spotlighted On “The U”

October 15th, 2013

Our typical visitors are braces-clad children and their parents, but we recently welcomed guests of a different sort. Camera crews from WCIU “The U” stopped by our office recently to spotlight Dr. Yan Razdolsky’s incredible smile services and kid-friendly approach to treatment.

Word of our cutting edge technologies and commitment to community reached the ears of WCIU. They are set to feature Dr. Razdolsky and the exciting happenings at Forever Smiles in a monthly series for the next year on “You & Me This Morning.”  This upbeat show kicks off mornings by highlighting intriguing and positive topics in the community.

"We are thrilled to have this incredible platform to offer insight on the orthodontics industry,” says Buffalo Grove orthodontics provider Dr. Razdolsky. “The benefits of orthodontics are life changing, and we hope to communicate that.”

The first feature will focus on the daily operations at Forever Smiles and Dr. Razdolsky’s impressive background in orthodontics. Dr. Razdolsky has steadily left his mark in the field since the late 1980s by identifying innovative treatments, establishing a series of patents and giving hundreds of instructional lectures to fellow orthodontists from around the world.

The Forever Smiles team is excited to share what makes our practice unique with viewers across the Chicago area. We cater to the needs of young patients who may feel uneasy about braces by breaking down the treatment process into terms they can understand. Our use of advanced technologies reduces discomfort and helps to accelerate treatment.

“We hope these features can be a catalyst for pediatric orthodontic treatment in the area,” says Dr. Razdolsky. “A properly aligned smile can bring about so much confidence, and it provides dental health benefits.”

Our ability to create scenarios for ideal oral health is heightened when parents follow the American Association of Orthodontists’ recommendation of having their children evaluated by age 7. This is another piece of important information we hope to convey during our partnership with WCIU.

Dr. Razdolsky’s feature debuts Oct. 21.  “You & Me This Morning” airs Monday through Friday, 6-8 a.m. Central time.

NOHM is Perfect Time to Schedule Forever Smiles Field Trips

September 12th, 2013

October is National Orthodontic Health Month, and that is a great time for schools and organizations to tour our office, or to at least get a tour scheduled.

At Forever Smiles, we have fun using science and technology to treat our patients and create gorgeous smiles. Now we want to share our enjoyment with the community.

Forever Smiles loves benefiting outstanding groups in the area through our Sponsorship Program, so we’re returning the favor by offering fun and educational field trips to our Buffalo Grove office. Help us celebrate National Orthodontic Health Month by registering your Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, public and private schools, clubs and organizations to experience a “behind the scenes” look at orthodontic treatment and dental health. These trips are ideal for children ages 7 to 13.

Field trip participants will meet our friendly dental and orthodontic professionals and discover how we align teeth through modern technology. We’ll discuss our techniques and explain the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene. At the conclusion of the tour, delicious and smile-friendly snacks will be served, and goodie bags filled with toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss and age-appropriate toys will be distributed. To further show our support, we will present a check to the organization’s leader.

We don’t stop there. Forever Smiles will donate additional funds to the organization if a member or a member’s immediate family schedules an orthodontic evaluation and begins treatment with Dr. Yan Razdolsky.

We consider it an honor to educate the community about orthodontics while simultaneously helping local schools, clubs and organizations flourish. At Forever Smiles, we aim to provide more than great orthodontics in Buffalo Grove. We seek to make a positive impact through community involvement, financial support and education.

If you would like to apply for an advertisement or donation through our Sponsorship Program, please inform us at least six weeks before your deadline and schedule your group for a Forever Smiles office tour. Requests can be sent to anna@razdolsky.com.

Dr. Razdolsky Attends American Board of Orthodontics Meeting In Bermuda

August 20th, 2013

FairmontSouthamptonBuffalo Grove orthodontist Dr. Yan Razdolsky recently traveled to sunny Bermuda, but the purpose of the trip was not to work on his tan. Instead, he joined fellow Diplomats in attending the American Board of Orthodontics’ 35th annual summer meeting.

This year’s ABO meeting was held July 21-25 in Bermuda. Board certified attendants from across the country examined how best to integrate industry technology into daily operations at their practices. Thought-provoking speeches addressing topics such as 3-D airway measurements, biology’s role in orthodontia, and the impact of technology in soft tissue treatment were given by select Diplomats.

The ABO grants Diplomat status exclusively to outstanding practitioners who excel in orthodontic treatment. As the oldest specialty board in dentistry, they encourage excellence in clinical practice and a proficiency in advanced orthodontics. Certification with the ABO is highly sought after. Years of administering exceptional orthodontic treatment and the completion of a stringent written examination are required to receive ABO certification.

All orthodontists undergo years of rigorous education and training. However, roughly one half of American orthodontists are board certified. Dr. Razdolsky is among these exceptional professionals dedicated to advancing the practice of orthodontics through advanced treatments and a passion for creating beautiful, healthy smiles.

Dr. Razdolsky’s prestigious status as an ABO Diplomat is not the only reason patients can trust Forever Smiles with their orthodontic health. He is also affiliated with the American and European Associations of Orthodontists, the American Dental Society, the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity and the World Federation of Orthodontists, among others.

Are you looking for a reliable and accomplished orthodontic professional in the Buffalo Grove area? Patients can be assured they’ll receive unsurpassed care in a caring and friendly environment with Dr. Razdolsky and the Forever Smiles team. Contact Forever Smiles today to schedule a consultation and move one step closer to achieving the beautiful smile you deserve.

Ortho Prep And Precautions For Teens Away at College

July 15th, 2013

Buffalo Grove OrthodontistHopefully while you and your college student took time this summer to prepare for a successful college experience, you didn’t forget that preparations must also be made to ensure their teeth remain as healthy as their grades.

As a scholar, Buffalo Grove orthodontist Dr. Yan Razdolsky knows firsthand how time flies during summer and quickly becomes a scarce resource once college classes commence.

“A wise man by the name of Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail,’” says Dr. Razdolsky. “It’s in the best interest of parents and students to take advantage of their free time by preparing for oral and collegiate success this summer.”

With that said, we would like to share the following pointers to help you prepare for and avoid circumstances that could jeopardize your oral health or orthodontic treatment.

Make the most of each summer with checkups

To make the most of your orthodontic checkups, schedule them during the summer, and try to squeeze in a last one right before you leave for the fall semester. This will help tide you over while you’re away at college.

Be proactive

Even if you have strategically scheduled your six-month dental checkups, it is a good idea to have any appliances or dental work such as fixed retainers, caps or sealants checked before heading off to school.

“Just as you would take your car to a mechanic for a checkup to prevent complications during a cross-country trip, you should allow your dentist and orthodontist to check the soundness of your dental work or appliances,” says Dr. Razdolsky. “Sealants especially can cause damage if they are old, and only a dentist would be able to detect whether they need to be reapplied.”

Book ahead for appointments during breaks

Don’t wait until you come home for a holiday or break to schedule a checkup, as we may be unable to squeeze you in with short notice. Instead, take advantage of your school’s calendar and book an appointment that conveniently coincides with your trips home.

Maintain a healthy/safe college diet

College students are notorious for developing poor eating habits. After all, the “freshman 15” isn’t exactly a goal one sets out to achieve. Make sure you still care properly for your teeth with regular brushing and flossing, and avoid hard and crunchy foods if you’re still under orthodontic treatment – you’d be surprised how fast a cavity can develop or how easily an arch wire or bracket can get damaged.

Call us today to map out an oral curriculum that will keep you on track to a healthy smile. We hope you continue to enjoy the summer and wish you the best in your studies.

Athletes Can Receive Free Mouthguards for Summer Sports

June 19th, 2013

mouthguards-buffalo-grove-ilThis summer, Buffalo Grove orthodontist Dr. Razdolsky is providing free, custom mouthguards for athletes ages 7-13 to ensure their smiles remain protected while frolicking on the field.

Dr. Razdolsky’s concern doesn’t lie simply in dislodged brackets and busted hardware.

“Serious lacerations and tooth damage can be caused by a blow to the face – even when the child isn’t wearing orthodontic appliances,” says Dr. Razdolsky. “We are offering these mouthguards to help prevent such damage.”

Damage prevented by mouthguards doesn’t stop with lacerations, chipped teeth and dislodged brackets. Wearing a properly fitted mouthguard also thwarts jaw fractures and possibly concussions.

Councils for the American Dental Association recommend that people of all ages wear properly fitted mouthguards during any sporting or recreational activity that has risk for injury.

Even sports that aren’t considered “contact sports” have risk for injury. Take the following circumstances for instance:

  • Wild pitch in the batter’s box
  • An aggressive spike at the volleyball net
  • A cleat to the face during a soccer goal attempt
  • An elbow to the jaw while blocking a lay-up

And while there are several types of mouthguards, including boil and bite and ready to wear stock types, custom-fitted mouthguards remain the gold standard when it comes to protection.

“We prefer custom mouthguards because of their excellent coverage and snug fit,” says Dr. Razdolsky. “With that said, any mouthguard is better than no mouthguard. We are happy to inspect your current guard with a ‘fit-check’ to ensure it is providing adequate protection and your child hasn’t outgrown it, which is another common issue.”

Mouthguards don’t last forever. Because children are constantly growing and the teeth of those with braces constantly moving, it’s important to make sure their guards continue to fit properly.

“A guard is like a seatbelt,” says Dr. Razdolsky. “It only protects when it fits and is worn properly.”

If you’re a parent who is interested in a free mouthguard or “fit-check” of your child’s current guard, call us to schedule an appointment.

Have a fun summer; play hard, but safe!

Forever Smiles Staff Talk Teeth at Local Daycare

May 15th, 2013

montessoriMembers of our staff visited the Montessori & Music daycare center last month to spread the word about the importance of taking care of your teeth so you can keep them for a lifetime.

We had a great time sharing information with approximately 75 children who were between 2 and 6 years of age.

We have lots of fun visual aids that kids these ages enjoy, including books about going to the dentist, coloring sheets, and a big stuffed alligator with braces and a giant toothbrush. Children can use the toothbrush to demonstrate their brushing skills on the alligator.

Group learning experiences such as these are a great way to get children accustomed to what can be expected when they visit their dentist’s or orthodontist’s office for the first time. They help alleviate fears children often have with going to the doctor.

“Sometimes when we get young patients in the office, they act scared because they don’t know what to expect,” says Dr. Yan Razdolsky, a Buffalo Grove orthodontist. “Reaching out to children when they’re young is something we like to do so they understand what they can do to keep their teeth healthy and their visits to the dentist or orthodontist positive experiences.”

You might be wondering why young children would need to be seen by an orthodontist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children receive an orthodontic evaluation by their 7th birthday – and even earlier, if a parent notices something is wrong with the child’s teeth or bite.

By age 7, a child’s bite is established and we can determine whether any problems exist that should be treated early, such as underbite or crossbite. When we provide underbite treatment for children, we like to start as early as possible because we can use the child’s growth to our benefit and guide jaw growth to help correct the problem. Waiting until the child is older and jaw growth is complete often leaves no other treatment alternative than orthognathic surgery.

If the child has unhealthy oral habits such as sucking thumbs or fingers, there are appliances we can install that take away the pleasant sensation derived from thumb- and finger-sucking.

Several children’s parents were in attendance during our recent visit to Montessori & Music, so this created a great opportunity for us to educate them on these topics.

We’re always eager to visit schools and community groups, or to host fieldtrips to our office to share information about orthodontics and dental health. If your school or group is interested in learning more about our educational presentations and fieldtrips, please call Anna Razdolsky for more information: anna@razdolsky.com.

Dr. Razdolsky Offers Free Training to Navy Dental Hygienists

April 10th, 2013

Several dental hygienists from Naval Station Great Lakes will attend Dr. Yan Razdolsky’s annual seminar at Maggiano’s in Little Italy April 17.

logo_mainThis educational seminar is for dental professionals, and it gives attendees an opportunity to earn six continuing education credits.

“We like to invite the dental professionals at the Naval Station because we view it as a way of giving back to our military service members who dedicate themselves to service to our country,” says Buffalo Grove orthodontist Dr. Razdolsky.

Landy Chase - the Sales Revolutionist™ who is a nationally active author, selling expert and thought leader - will speak at this year’s seminar. He will share information on the business aspects of the dentistry field, such as how and why some dental practices grow much more rapidly and successfully than others.

Afterward, Dr. Razdolsky will share his annual orthodontic update.

“I feel strongly about sharing the latest findings in orthodontics because so many dentists offer Invisalign these days, or refer patients to orthodontists for treatment,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “Orthodontic technological developments get published in orthodontic journals, which general dentists and hygienists typically don’t have access to. This seminar is a great way to get that information into their hands.”

The seminar is designed to expose dentists and dental hygienists to the new technology and treatment methods that are available. His goal is to provide a learning opportunity that better prepares the dentists who offer orthodontic treatment such as Invisalign in their offices to understand when their patients need more than a few aligners and should be referred to a specialist, he says.

This educational experience has gained considerable popularity through the years, with more than 200 dentists and hygienists attending the meeting. Dental professionals must complete 32 hours of continuing education every two years, and this helps satisfy part of that requirement.

Patient Survey: Exceeded My Expectations

March 26th, 2013

Thank You_five-star-front1. Overall, how would you rate your experience at our office?
Exceeded my expectations

2. Overall, how would you rate your experience at our office?
Comments: Appointments are always on time and the staff is friendly and courteous.

3. Based on your experience, would you recommend us to a family member or friend?
Definitely yes

4. Based on your experience, would you recommend us to a family member or friend?
Comments: I already have!

5. How would you rate how you were treated on the phone?
Exceeded my expectations

6. How would you rate how you were treated on the phone?
Comments: I had to reschedule an appointment, and the receiving end was nothing but patient and understanding. Great customer service!

7. How would you rate how you were treated when you arrived/checked in?
Exceeded my expectations

8. How would you rate how you were treated when you arrived/checked in?
Comments: Every time I went in, the staff greeted me and asked about wedding. They are all very friendly.

9. Did we see you within a reasonable proximity of your appointment time?
Yes

10. Please rate how well we explained your current condition and any recommended treatment.
Exceeded my expectations

11. Did we answer your questions satisfactorily?
Yes

12. Please rate how well we explained proposed treatment costs and financial options.
Exceeded my expectations

13. If treatment was recommended, do you plan on scheduling it with us in the next 30 days?
N/A

14. Have you scheduled your next appointment?
Yes

15. If not, may we call you to schedule?
No

16. Is there anyone you would like to recognize for outstanding or less-than-outstanding service?
I would like to thank Brenda W. for helping me come up with a reasonable payment plan. I am a student with limited income, but we were able to work something out so that I could have the perfect smile for my wedding day. Also, other Brenda is great!

17. Do you have suggestions to help us improve our service?
The only thing that was a bit hard was to schedule appointments that were not during working hours, but I understand that many people book those up because they can only do evenings.

Anna Razdolsky Interviewed by New Life Radio 1330 AM Chicago

March 20th, 2013

Anna Razdolsky from Forever Smiles Dr. Yan Razdolsky D.D.S, L.T.D was interviewed twice by New Life Radio 1330AM Chicago! Listen and share this video with your friends! Topics include:

December 2012: What is an orthodontist? When is the best time to see him?

January 2013: Who is the best orthodontist for your family?

Patients To Choose The Winner of Art Contest

March 13th, 2013

BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS- Forever Smiles has the most colorful office around these days, and we couldn’t be happier.

We invited some local art students here for a field trip last month and they went back to their drawing boards to create dental-inspired artwork for our Buffalo Grove orthodontics office. The talented bunch from Art Studio “Artishock” has created an exhibit their instructor, Artishock founder Mrs. Talia Prilutsky, has named “What Makes You Smile.”

As a result, our lobby is adorned with beautiful works of art fashioned with orthodontics as their muse.

Now it’s time to vote! We’re asking our patients and guests to tell us their favorite painting. You can do so by visiting our office, and checking out the photos on Facebook and “liking” your favorites. The winner will be announced May 6, and will receive a scholarship to cover one semester of classes at Artishock, as well as art supplies. The award for second place is a scholarship for one semester of classes. The third place winner will receive art supplies.

The What Makes You Smile exhibit was sparked when Dr. Yan Razdolsky decided to connect with his inner Picasso. Last month, he invited students from Artishock to our office to observe how crafting a beautifully balanced smile for patients incorporates a unique sense of artistry and understanding of science.

“I’ve always enjoyed dissecting subjects, such as orthodontics, down to their most primitive form, and seeing how art and science helps mold and define what I practice,” says Dr. Razdolsky, who treats children and also offers Invisalign for adults. “It’s important for me to give students that insight.”

Prilutsky has christened our office as an ideal place to display her students’ work. It’s large, child-friendly and several Artishock students are even patients of Dr. Razdolsky.

Between now and the end of April, we invite you to get involved at our office and on Facebook by showing these talented young artists how much you enjoy their creations. Cast your vote and help one lucky artist become the proud recipient of an Apple Store gift card, and another claim that awesome gift basket.

We’re Sharing the Art & Science Connection With Artistic Youth

February 8th, 2013

BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS- February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and some students from a local art studio will celebrate it in style Feb. 17 when they come to our office for a field trip.

Students from Art Studio “Artishock” are coming to our Buffalo Grove orthodontics office to learn how Dr. Yan Razdolsky combines art and science during orthodontic treatment to create beautifully balanced smiles for his patients.

“I’ve always enjoyed the pairing of art and science to correct bite, jaw and alignment discrepancies, and it will be rewarding to show art students how art transcends oil and canvas,” says Dr. Razdolsky, who also is an Invisalign Teen provider.

Mrs. Talia Prilutsky, founder of Art Studio “Artishock” and an art teacher, learned of our fieldtrip opportunities while bringing her daughter here for orthodontic treatment. The studio teaches about 60 students who range in age from 4 to 15.

“Teaching art is not just about studio work,” Mrs. Prilutsky says. “There needs to be a combination of many experiences so the students have broader experiences to pull from when I give them a project. Fieldtrips are really helpful with that.”

Mrs. Prilutsky is excited that the students will learn about the features of the skull and the jaws, as well as the tools Dr. Razdolsky and his staff work with each day.

In addition to learning helpful information that will enable the students to draw the human form, the fieldtrip is a good experience that provides exposure to the medical field.

Following the field trip, Mrs. Prilutsky intends to assign the project “Smiley Faces,” which is related to what the students learn from Dr. Razdolsky. Our office will display the students’ artwork upon completion.

Mrs. Prilutsky says our office is a great exhibition space because it’s very kid-friendly. Also, several of the students at the studio are patients of Dr. Razdolsky.

“Having a public place and the opportunity to exhibit their work is very important for the students,” she says. “It builds self-esteem, develops confidence in self-expression, and creates a sense of pride and achievement.”

Art contests can also show children that taking part in competitions is an enjoyable and unforgettable experience, Mrs. Prilutsky says. Also, students get to see how their work impacts those who see it.

As for us, we can’t wait to see the artwork the students create based on inspiration they gain from the fieldtrip. Stay tuned, because we’ll host a contest in the coming weeks, where we’ll ask patients to cast their votes on their favorite piece of art. We will award a prize to the winning artist.

It’s Not the Braces, It’s the Orthodontist

January 21st, 2013

When it comes to orthodontic treatment, all providers are not created equal.

The fact is- just like in any field- some orthodontists are better than others. Fortunately, there are some questions you can ask a potential provider to help you make an informed decision about who is the best orthodontist to provide your treatment.

Remember when you get ready to choose a provider that experience, training, technique and creativity are factors that differentiate some orthodontists from others.

Take Dr. Yan Razdolsky, for example. He has worked for years to create innovative treatments for patients of all ages. He has given lectures to orthodontists from throughout the world since he became an orthodontist in the late 1980s. Each year, he hosts a sold out seminar for dentists and dental professionals to share information on the latest orthodontic techniques and trends. In the 1990s, he held five patents on orthodontic techniques.

Today, he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and he belongs to a variety of local and international professional dental and orthodontic organizations.

As a patient of Dr. Razdolsky, you are in good hands. But you should never feel bashful about asking him- or any orthodontist you see- about his credentials. This is part of how you make an informed decision regarding your treatment, because it helps instill confidence that you’ve selected the best provider to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

“Our website is a good marketing tool for us, and I share information about my education and training on the site because I know it’s helpful to parents when they’re seeking an orthodontist to treat their children,” says Dr. Razdolsky, a Buffalo Grove SureSmile specialist. “We also include information about our team, because these are people with whom you’ll have a relationship over the next couple of years as your treatment plan is implemented.”

We’re often asked by people in the community how to choose an orthodontist. Following are a few suggestions:

  • Ask about their credentials, training, whether they are board certified, etc. All of these factors speak to the orthodontist’s expertise.
  • Ask to see before and after photos of patients with malocclusions similar to what you’ve been diagnosed with so you can see the orthodontist’s results.
  • Ask yourself if you like the orthodontist and his/her staff. This might seem silly or shallow, but it’s not, Dr. Razdolsky says. Your treatment will last a couple of years, on average. You’re going to be seeing a lot of these people, so you need to feel as though you have a good rapport with them.
  • Don’t be married to one form of treatment. Just because you hear a lot about Invisalign, for example, doesn’t mean that’s the best treatment option for your particular needs. When you’re at a consultation and the orthodontist recommends a specific treatment path, ask for the reasoning behind that choice.

At the end of the day, it’s important to remember when it comes to quality orthodontic treatment, it’s not the braces; it’s the orthodontist.

The appliances will only get you so far, says Dr. Razdolsky, who offers orthodontic treatment for adults and children. You must have a qualified, creative professional using those appliances properly to achieve the ideal tooth movements necessary to create a proper alignment and bite relationship.

“That is how you will get the smile you can be proud of,” he says.

Do germs really live on my toothbrush?

January 11th, 2013

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!

We hope these tips help! Feel free to give us a call or ask us on Facebook if you have any questions!

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!

What are your 2013 goals? 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 a lifetime of straight, dazzling and confident smiles. 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!

Buffalo Grove Orthodontist Recommends Braces For Adults

December 8th, 2012

BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS ­­– Many adults are insecure about braces and often try to avoid orthodontic treatment, but country singer Faith Hill recently showed that there’s no reason to be embarrassed.

Adult BracesHill wore clear braces along with a black dress at the Country Music Association Awards in November. The country singer revealed she had to get braces because she didn’t wear her retainer regularly after completing orthodontic treatment as a teenager, and she is now a good role model for two of her daughters who have braces.

Hill isn’t the first celebrity to show her braces out in public. Tom Cruise wore braces at the age of 39, and Katherine Heigl wore Invisalign retainers at 28.

Since braces are associated with teens, adults often reject the idea of metal braces. But what they may not know is that straight teeth don’t just look better, they can actually improve overall oral health.

Braces are used to treat bad bites. Even if the teeth are straight, the upper or lower jaws may not be aligned properly. Orthodontic treatment can correct the bite and prevent future problems including tooth decay and jaw problems.

“It’s never too late for orthodontic treatment,” said Dr. Yan Razdolsky, a Buffalo Grove orthodontist. “Some people may have orthodontic problems that were not treated during their childhood, while others may need further treatment. It’s refreshing to see a high-profile celebrity such as Faith Hill sporting braces, because perhaps this helps eliminate the stigma many adults associate with adult orthodontic treatment.”

Adults need to know that there are many options for more comfortable braces that aren’t as noticeable as they used to be, Dr. Razdolsky added.

Today, patients can choose from a variety of braces that provide different levels of comfort and visibility. Traditional metal braces are the most common type, and they are now more comfortable than ever. Lingual braces are hidden behind the teeth. Ceramic braces are made of clear materials, but require extra care. Another option is Invisalign, which are clear aligners that can be removed to eat and practice oral hygiene.

If you’re an adult seeking orthodontic treatment, don’t let your self-consciousness about braces prevent you from getting a beautiful smile. Dr. Razdolsky has treated a considerable number of adults along with kids for braces. Contact our clinic today for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Katy Perry is Cool- Headgear is Not

November 13th, 2012

BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS— If you’re a teenager or the parent of one, you’ve most likely seen Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” music video, where she portrays a nerdy girl turned party animal.

But as knock-out hot as she looks after a quick makeover by Rebecca Black, it’s difficult to erase the image of that god awful headgear she’s wearing before her transformation.

Luckily for patients of Dr. Yan Razdolsky, they won’t ever have to experience the humiliation of wearing such a device in public because Dr. Razdolsky is the leading Forsus Fatigue Resistance Device provider in Illinois.

What is Forsus, you ask? 

Forsus, a product of Unitek 3M, is a revolutionary device that corrects Class II malocclusions – or overbites- that occur when the upper jaw and teeth protrude past the bottom jaw and teeth.

In the past, fixed intraoral devices used to correct such discrepancies came with breakage concerns, extended treatment times and the unsightly appearance and inconvenience of wearing headgear.

“Young patients are particularly excited to learn that overbite treatment using the Forsus doesn’t require them to wear headgear,” says Dr. Razdolsky. “Headgear makes them look and feel different and even though the patient wears headgear at home only, it’s still a hassle if they have a sleepover. It has the potential to lead to teasing and insecurity.”

How does it work?

The Forsus device uses a unique coaxial spring design, which is attached to the patient’s upper and lower orthodontic appliance. The consistent resistance urges the upper jaw and teeth to shift backward while pulling the lower jaw and teeth forward.

Why is Forsus better? Its coaxial spring technology avoids stress-related fractures that are common in spring-powered devices.

The constituent parts of Herbst and many other interarch appliances used to correct Class II malocclusions are prone to breakage, according to a case report published by the People’s Journal of Scientific Research.

“The Forsus is an effective and comfortable fixed functional appliance which is very effective in repositioning the mandible in a forward position for the treatment of skeletal mandibular retrognathism,” the report states.

The consistent force applied by the Forsus also leads to shorter treatment times.

“Headgear doesn’t work when the patient doesn’t wear it,” says Dr. Razdolsky, who also uses SureSmile and Invisalign technology to straighten smiles. “Forsus doesn’t rely on patient compliance because it’s a device we install in their mouths. It does its job 24 hours per day.

Forsus is nearly invisible due to its placement, which means no one has to know your child is wearing it.

Forsus allows parents to give their children the gift of a beautiful smile.

There's Still Time for Our Candy Buy Back Program!

October 26th, 2012

We’re not saying that you can’t enjoy the fruits of your trick or treating labor. Eat those milk chocolates or fresh-baked cookies and brownies you may be enchanted by at Halloween parties. Just remember to brush afterward to help prevent cavities. But leave the off-limits candies with us to rest in peace. All of your dreadful donations will be shipped- along with toothbrushes and toothpaste that we will donate- to U.S. troops serving overseas.

If you have a loved one serving overseas, please let us know. Perhaps we can ship these care packages to them!

It’s important to remember that every bent or broken wire or other orthodontic appliance can mean an extra trip to the orthodontist, and it can lengthen your treatment duration, says Dr. Razdolsky. Staying away from the foods that can damage your braces helps ensure you complete your treatment on time. Think about how proud your mummy and daddy will be if you finish your treatment on schedule!

“This is a great way to remove the temptation of candies that are on our hit list while supporting a great cause and earning some valuable tokens,” says Dr. Razdolsky.

If you’re an Invisalign patient, you’re well aware that no food is off limits to you, since you can remove your aligners to eat. While you may be the envy of patients who are in SureSmile and other treatment that involves braces, remember that Invisalign doesn’t create a force field against cavities. So remember to brush after eating candy.

We’re excited about this contest, and hope that you are, too. Please bring your candy donations to our office between now and Nov. 15. We will share the total donated amount in an upcoming blog post. For more information, call our office.

Dr. Razdolsky Offers Candy Buy Back Program

October 22nd, 2012

BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS – A broken orthodontic appliance can be quite a fright.

This year, we’re making it easy for all of you guys and ghouls to avoid the temptation of eating candies that may damage your braces. Take part in our candy buy back program- it promises to be a scream!

“We’re approaching the time of year when we see more patients with broken appliances or bent wires caused by eating candies that aren’t compatible with braces,” says Buffalo Grove orthodontist Dr. Yan Razdolsky. “We hope our candy buy back program will help some patients avoid the temptation by donating the candies that are unsafe for braces.”

Bring us your creepy caramels, terrifying taffies, and other chilling chewy candies. We’re also lurking for bubblegum, jellybeans, candy corn and licorice. All of these can be a nightmare for your braces. For every pound of these ghostly goodies you bring us, we’ll give you five tokens. Those tokens can be redeemed for great prizes that await you in our coffin…err…treasure chest.

Enter the Great Pumpkin Contest at Forever Smiles!

October 2nd, 2012

We are excited to share with our patients that our Great Pumpkin Contest to guess the weight of a giant pumpkin which begins on October 1 until November 21, and we hope you’ll join us in the fun. Each year, we bring a giant pumpkin in and ask our patients and other office visitors to guess how much it weighs. This year, the person whose guess is closest to the actual weight will win a $50 gift card to the Apple Store.

You can cast your vote via a paper ballot at our office, or you can vote online via our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ForeverSmilesIL

Are you curious about just how big we’re talking when we say “giant pumpkin?” Last year’s pumpkin weighed in at a whopping 217 pounds!

Dr. Razdolsky Offers Candy Buy Back Program

September 30th, 2012

BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS – A broken orthodontic appliance can be quite a fright.

This year, we’re making it easy for all of you guys and ghouls to avoid the temptation of eating candies that may damage your braces. Take part in our candy buy back program- it promises to be a scream!

“We’re approaching the time of year when we see more patients with broken appliances or bent wires caused by eating candies that aren’t compatible with braces,” says Buffalo Grove orthodontist Dr. Yan Razdolsky. “We hope our candy buy back program will help some patients avoid the temptation by donating the candies that are unsafe for braces.”

Bring us your creepy caramels, terrifying taffies, and other chilling chewy candies. We’re also lurking for bubblegum, jellybeans, candy corn and licorice. All of these can be a nightmare for your braces. For every pound of these ghostly goodies you bring us, we’ll give you five tokens. Those tokens can be redeemed for great prizes that await you in our coffin…err…treasure chest.

We’re not saying that you can’t enjoy the fruits of your trick or treating labor. Eat those milk chocolates or fresh-baked cookies and brownies you may be enchanted by at Halloween parties. Just remember to brush afterward to help prevent cavities. But leave the off-limits candies with us to rest in peace. All of your dreadful donations will be shipped- along with toothbrushes and toothpaste that we will donate- to U.S. troops serving overseas.

If you have a loved one serving overseas, please let us know. Perhaps we can ship these care packages to them!

It’s important to remember that every bent or broken wire or other orthodontic appliance can mean an extra trip to the orthodontist, and it can lengthen your treatment duration, says Dr. Razdolsky. Staying away from the foods that can damage your braces helps ensure you complete your treatment on time. Think about how proud your mummy and daddy will be if you finish your treatment on schedule!

“This is a great way to remove the temptation of candies that are on our hit list while supporting a great cause and earning some valuable tokens,” says Dr. Razdolsky.

If you’re an Invisalign patient, you’re well aware that no food is off limits to you, since you can remove your aligners to eat. While you may be the envy of patients who are in SureSmile and other treatment that involves braces, remember that Invisalign doesn’t create a force field against cavities. So remember to brush after eating candy.

We’re excited about this contest, and hope that you are, too. Please bring your candy donations to our office between now and Nov. 15. We will share the total donated amount in an upcoming blog post. For more information, call our office.

Foods That are Safe for Braces

September 28th, 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.

You're Never Too Old to Treat Yourself to a New Smile!

September 20th, 2012

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.

Invisalign or Veneers- Which is Best?

September 14th, 2012

BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS-- People can be impatient when it comes to seeking cosmetic improvements. Sometimes adult patients ask whether getting porcelain veneers is a better option than undergoing orthodontic treatment because it generates quicker results.

After all, a patient can get porcelain veneers in just two dental appointments, while orthodontic treatment can take 18 months or more. An important point to remember is that faster is not always better, says Dr. Yan Razdolsky, a Buffalo Grove orthodontist.

“We’ve had patients in their early twenties say they would rather just get veneers instead of going through orthodontic treatment,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “But why would you want to remove healthy tooth structure to get veneers, if you could undergo orthodontic treatment and have the smile you want in a year or so?”

Veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that can be bonded to the fronts of teeth to correct a variety of imperfections, including minor crowding, discoloration, chips and cracks in teeth. The process requires a dentist to reduce the size of your teeth by removing part of the healthy tooth structure to make room for the veneers. Doing so keeps the veneers from creating a bulky look to your teeth. Once this is done, your veneers are created in a dental lab and a second appointment is necessary to bond them to your teeth.

When determining whether to get veneers or undergo orthodontic treatment, patients interested in fast cosmetic improvements tend to narrow down their options to veneers or Invisalign. The makers of Invisalign have done a remarkable job of marketing their product, so many patients ask for this treatment- which involves a series of clear aligners that gradually shift teeth into alignment- by name.

Because of the growing number of cosmetic and general dentists who offer Invisalign treatment, there are dentistry practices today that can offer either option in-house.

The practice of San Francisco cosmetic dentist Dr. Greg Larson is one that offers veneers and Invisalign.

“Our desire always is to provide the most effective, least invasive treatment possible,” Dr. Larson says. “We present our patients with their options and let them choose the treatment that best meets their needs. At the end of the day, it’s their decision to make.”

Dr. Razdolsky, who also offers Invisalign treatment, recommends patients choose treatment that doesn’t interfere with healthy tooth structure, as long as alignment is the only issue that must be addressed.

“If we’re talking about an adult patient who also has severely stained, chipped or cracked teeth, it will take more than orthodontic treatment to perfect that smile,” he says. “In those cases, veneers might actually be a better option, or even a combination of orthodontic treatment and veneers.”

But in the overwhelming majority of restorative cases, braces are still the king. Although this may sound surprising coming from an orthodontist who offers the treatment, Dr. Razdolsky says it is worth mentioning that Invisalign isn’t always an ideal option for aligning teeth. In fact, a study has found that the mean accuracy of tooth movement via Invisalign was 41 percent.

“The best advice we can offer if you’re truly on the fence about whether to get veneers or undergo treatment is to consult with an orthodontist and a cosmetic dentist,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “This way, you can gather all of the facts and make an informed decision based on the information these specialists have shared with you.”

A Forever Smiles Patient Wins Big at Performing Arts Competition

September 11th, 2012

It is with great excitement that we share the news that one of our patients, 13-year-old Elina Nikerina, has won gold at the World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles.

She credits her beautiful smile achieved through orthodontic treatment with helping to give her the confidence she needed to perform her best during the competition July 6-15.

Elina won three gold medals and one silver medal in several dance categories.

As a result of her accomplishments at the competition, Elina has signed two contracts with agencies that will represent her interests in Hollywood.

The World Championship of Performing Arts is the only Olympics for performing arts for talented youth. Many famous directors and producers attend this competition annually to look for creative, young talent.

We invite you to join us in congratulating Elina, her family, her coaches, and everyone else who contributed to helping her succeed. We know that many of you are very talented. Please share your accomplishments with us so we can congratulate you in the future via our blog, newsletters or on our Facebook page.

How long does orthodontic treatment take?

August 27th, 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.

 

 

Preventing Decay While Wearing Braces

August 24th, 2012


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, 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 also 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.

When Should I Schedule an Orthodontic Evaluation for My Child?

August 15th, 2012


Most parents know that routine dental care should begin during the toddler years. But many are unaware of when orthodontic treatment should begin. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, the ideal age for an orthodontic evaluation is age seven or before, when children usually have a mixture of adult and baby teeth. Although treatment usually will not begin until one to five years after the initial evaluation, the evaluation is helpful in determining whether your child has any problems with emerging teeth -- regardless of how subtle.

Children have more formidable bone structures than teenagers and adults, and as they grow, orthodontic appliances can help guide jaw growth, which may prevent the development of an overbite or under-bite, as well as tooth crowding due to space limitations. Orthodontic treatment is also helpful for guiding newly emerging adult teeth into a proper alignment, which is not only aesthetically advantageous, but also helpful in preventing tooth decay.

Why Early Evaluation?
Taking your child to the orthodontist for an evaluation means that you may be able to identify problems with the jaw and teeth early when they are still easy to treat. Early treatment often equals a more simplified treatment plan, which is beneficial to both children and their parents. Often, earlier treatment can cost less to correct a problem than delayed treatment.
If a problem is detected, our team will discuss corrective options and provide a recommended treatment schedule. Depending on your child's orthodontic needs, he or she may benefit from:

• Palatial Spacers - Helpful for correcting a crossbite by expanding the width of the upper jaw.
• Fixed Functional Appliance - Helpful for correcting severe upper tooth protrusion.
• Headgear - Helpful for guiding healthy growth of new teeth and the jaw. Headgear is removable, but usually must be worn at least 10 hours per day.

If your child is approaching the age of seven, or has already surpassed his or her seventh birthday, it is time to schedule an appointment for an initial examination.

How Getting Braces Early Can Save Time, Money Later

August 14th, 2012

BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS—In the past, getting braces was a rite of passage reserved for teenagers, but it is not uncommon these days to see kids in elementary school sporting the wires and brackets.

When braces are done this early, it is usually part of a two-phase treatment plan for children being treated by an orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics specialist, who is a dentist with two to three years of additional study on tooth movement and facial growth and development.

“The reason orthodontics are being used on younger children is because there are certain orthodontic issues that are much easier to address while the bones in the face and jaw are still developing,” says Dr. Yan Razdolsky, a Buffalo Grove orthodontist .

Some malocclusions are just crooked or crowded teeth that can be fixed with orthodontia at any point in life without much problem, but other malocclusions are much easier and faster to treat when the patient is young. The two most common malocclusions that can be helped by this two-phase treatment plan are an underbite and a crossbite.

Left untreated, these malocclusions can cause uneven jaw growth, speech development problems, headaches, chewing problems, altered facial structure or misaligned teeth. Extremely crowded teeth can cause the bone and gums over the roots to thin and recede, which can have an impact on permanent teeth. This is why the American Association of Orthodontists recommends parents and guardians have their children screened no later than age 7, which is when permanent teeth typically start to erupt and orthodontic problems become more obvious.

“After the permanent teeth have come in and facial development is complete, it can be much more challenging to correct these types of orthodontic issues,” says Dr. Pedro Alquizar, a Miami orthodontist who specializes in two-phase treatment.

The first phase of treatment is focused on guiding the developing bone structure to line up the upper and lower jaws and allow permanent teeth to erupt properly. This can be done using a variety of specialized appliances and techniques to align the jaw and correct facial abnormalities. The second phase of treatment usually happens when the patient is a teenager, and it is designed to bring teeth into alignment. The latter phase of treatment is typically much faster, easier and more successful than it would have been otherwise. Early correction can also prevent the need for extractions of permanent teeth or jaw surgery.

“Children can benefit enormously from early correction and two phases of orthodontic treatment, but the only way to know if they need it is to have them evaluated by an orthodontics expert,” says Dr. Razdolsky.

What are the Early Signs of Orthodontic Problems?

August 10th, 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!

Braces without Embarrassment

August 1st, 2012

Adults who need orthodontic care often share the misconception that they are too old for braces and would rather not deal with the embarrassment. You are probably familiar with horror stories about rubber bands snapping, mishaps with kissing, and unsightly food sticking in metal braces. Many adults believe that braces are just for children, but they are neglecting all the benefits of correcting misaligned teeth. Braces may cause you to feel self-conscious, but they are temporary. Along with straightening your teeth, braces also provide the following benefits:

  • Better oral hygiene
  • Easier to clean aligned teeth
  • Less complicated dental procedures
  • Eliminate the embarrassment of crooked teeth

One common reason for not correcting misaligned teeth is the appearance of metal braces. Adults do not want to face co-workers and friends with colored rubber bands and metal laced throughout their mouths. The expert healthcare professionals at SingHealth suggest several alternatives that are just as effective as metal braces. You have three options for correcting your misaligned teeth without the embarrassment, and they include:

  • Ceramic braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Invisalign®

Ceramic braces are like metal ones except that they match the natural color of your teeth. This option is less noticeable and will usually not show up in photographs. Lingual braces are attached to your back teeth only, so no one will know that you have a corrective device. Invisalign consists of clear plastic coverings that you can remove for eating and teeth brushing. All of these options lead to a more attractive smile that you do not have to feel embarrassed about.

If you do choose metal braces to correct your teeth, you should consider the following suggestions for limiting embarrassing moments. The rubber bands holding the brackets in place come in silver, which will draw less attention to your mouth. Changing the removable rubber bands on a regular basis will help prevent the material from wearing down and snapping. If you chew with your back molars and cut your food into manageable bites, you are less likely to get particles stuck in your braces. Following our treatment advice and instructions will limit the time you have to wear corrective devices. Focus on the end result of straighter teeth whenever you feel particularly self-conscious about your braces.

Elements of Braces

July 26th, 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.

Don’t Ruin Your Orthodontic Achievements By Getting Facial Piercings

July 25th, 2012

There’s a popular, humorous definition for insanity: doing the same thing and expecting different results.

Here at Forever Smiles, we’ve created a new tongue-in-cheek definition for the word: spending hard-earned money on orthodontic treatment and then getting an oral piercing.

Everywhere we go, we see more young people piercing their lips, cheeks or tongue.

“While it may be trendy, it's such a bad idea,” says Dr. Yan Razdolsky, a Buffalo Grove SureSmile and Invisalign provider. “It’s particularly unwise if you've had braces. Why would you spend all that money to get your teeth properly aligned, and then do something that can cause permanent damage to your new, beautiful smile?”

There’s something you need to know about oral piercings. No matter what kind of cute, trendy name they call the type of piercing- Monroe, Madonna or Medusa- they all can spell disaster for your teeth and gums.

It is common for people who place rings in their lips to wear a groove in the neighboring tooth or teeth. Studs have been known to push teeth out of alignment, due to the constant pressure they can apply to the teeth. Tongue piercings can chip your teeth while you’re eating or if you play with the piercing by running it along your teeth. Piercings also can wear away your gum tissue and usher in periodontal disease.

Other piercing-related problems include:

  • Damage to fillings
  • Nerve damage
  • Scar tissue buildup
  • Increased saliva flow, and even drooling
  • Increase in metal sensitivity
  • Allergic reactions

And here’s some really sobering news: the mouth’s moist environment breeds massive levels of bacteria, which can open the door to infection, according to the American Dental Association.

“This can be incredibly dangerous, because an oral infection can become deadly if not treated soon enough,” says Dr. Razdolsky, who specializes in braces for children and adults. “If bacteria enters the bloodstream through the piercing site in the mouth it could potentially travel to the heart can even colonize on heart abnormalities.”

This is a risk people with heart conditions face.

So before you get serious about getting a piercing, consider these potential pitfalls and consult your dentist or orthodontist. Talk to us if you would like more information.

Learn More

For more information about Forever Smiles or to schedule a consultation, call (847) 215-7554.

About Dr. Yan Razdolsky

Dr. Yan Razdolsky has steadily left his mark on the orthodontics field through innovative treatment, a series of patents and hundreds of instructional lectures to fellow orthodontists from around the world since he began his career in 1987.

He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 1985 and earned a graduate degree in orthodontics. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

What's a palatal expander and why would I need one?

July 19th, 2012

A palatal expander "expands" (or widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars and is used to make the bottom and upper teeth fit together better. It also makes more room for teeth and helps to promote a broader, more aesthetic smile.

Palatal expansion is usually not painful, but you may feel some minor discomfort. It’ll take a little time for you to get used to your appliance, so you may experience difficulty speaking and swallowing for the first day or two.

Adjusting your appliance as directed will ensure you keep on schedule with the rest of your orthodontic treatment plan. It takes about a few weeks to achieve the desired amount of expansion, after which you’ll keep wearing your expander for about six months, giving time for the new bone to form and stabilize. Our team at will give you detailed instructions about how to adjust your appliance and can answer any questions you may have about your palatal expander.

Top ten tips for keeping your BRACES sparklin’ clean!

July 13th, 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 4th, 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 29th, 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, 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!

Orthodontic Emergency? We can help!

June 21st, 2012

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.

Making Your Life Better with Orthodontics

June 14th, 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!

Dr. Razdolsky Helps Chicago Sisters Get Smiles of Their Dreams

June 8th, 2012

BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS – In these tough economic times, access to orthodontic care can be a challenge. But Buffalo Grove orthodontist Dr. Yan Razdolsky is working to remove that obstacle for some families.

Through his participation in the American Association of Orthodontists Donated Orthodontic Services program, Dr. Razdolsky is changing the lives of two young sisters from Chicago.

The AAO Donated Orthodontic Services program enables orthodontists to reach out to patients who desperately need orthodontic care that they cannot afford. The program began in 2009 to serve children without coverage, or those who don’t qualify for other forms of assistance. Five states are participating in a pilot program: Illinois, Kansas, Indiana, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

Dr. Razdolsky, a member of the Illinois DOS program, is happy to announce that he will be taking on not one, but two children in need.

Allison, 14 and Molly, 12, are sisters from Chicago whose family has been through a lot these past few years. The girls’ mom is unemployed and going to school to become a nurse. Due to their current economic situation, the family lives in the basement of their grandparents’ house.

Allison is a very active girl who enjoys playing soccer, painting and spending time with her family. She is a straight A student who wants to study law when she grows up. Her motivation for wanting braces is simple: she wants to fix her teeth. Though she is young, she understands that with braces comes responsibility, which she is 100 percent committed to. She has even said that she would take care of her braces and make sure they were cleaned every day.

Allison’s sister Molly enjoys horseback riding and has a big dream --to one day become a pediatrician. As the youngest in her family, she feels picked on because of her teeth and has even said her self-esteem is very low as a result. While a happy young girl, Molly doesn’t like to smile. Like her sister, Molly understands that braces require a personal commitment, but when she makes a promise, she is very dedicated to keeping it, Molly has said.

“When you look at these sisters, you can see a bright future ahead of them because they are so motivated, especially in school,” said Dr. Razdolsky, a traditional braces and Invisalign provider. “But when I read their submission letters, you could tell their smiles were holding them back from truly being happy.

“I believe orthodontic treatment should be available to everyone, which is why I became a volunteer orthodontist for the program,” the orthodontist said. “I know these girls would not have gotten this chance if it weren’t for the program and it’s such a wonderful feeling to give them a new outlook on life.”

Each state sets its own criteria for acceptance. The Illinois DOS program requires the following:

  • Patients must be a resident of Illinois.
  • Patients must be between the ages of 8 and 18; adults will be considered under special circumstances only.
  • Patients cannot already be in braces or in between phases of orthodontic treatment.
  • A parent or guardian must submit their most recent federal (and state, if applicable) tax returns with their application.
  • Patients must be ineligible for orthodontic treatment through insurance or public aid.

The Illinois DOS program provides care at a nominal fee of $200 to children whose family cannot afford treatment. This fee covers processing applications and coordinating of care. It does not go to the orthodontists, as they are volunteers. The Illinois DOS has 99 volunteer orthodontists.

For more information about the Illinois Donated Orthodontic Services program, please visit their website at www.isortho.org.

Getting social with Dr. Yan Razdolsky

June 1st, 2012

At our practice, we embrace technology, whether it’s through the innovative treatments we offer, our high-tech web site or our Facebook fan page.

As you can probably tell, we love connecting with our patients online, whether it’s by sharing news on our blog or communicating ideas on our fan page. For social media to work, we understand that conversation is vital, and that’s why we invite you to join in and tell us what’s on your mind. Although social networks are hugely popular these days, we know they’re unpredictable and ever-changing.

While our team takes the time to research how to best use social media, we thought we’d ask you, our loyal patients: How would you like us to use our social networks? What would you like us to share on our blog? Please post your thoughts or give us a call!

Closing the Gap- Something to Smile About

May 23rd, 2012

BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS-- We’re noticing the gap-toothed smile gaining steam on runways and in Hollywood these days.

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From models of yesteryear such as Lauren Hutton to more popular faces of today including Ruth Crilly, Lara Stone and Georgia May Jagger, trend-makers seem to be trying to make midline diastema- as it’s known in the orthodontic field- a desirable physical characteristic.

When we saw Vanessa Paradis on the cover of a Chanel catalog recently, we decided enough is enough- it’s time to talk about this type of malocclusion and make sure that our patients understand it can be corrected if desired.

Let’s make one thing very clear: if you are a confident man or woman who has a midline diastema and you love your smile, you shouldn’t do a thing to change it. But if a midline diastema has you feeling self-conscious and prevents you from wanting to show your teeth when smiling, there is a remedy for that.

Causes of Teeth Spacing

Although the models and actresses we mentioned above all have midline diastema, spaces can occur between any of the teeth. They also have a variety of causes:

  • Disparity between jaw bone size and teeth size
  • Missing teeth, either congenitally or due to decay or trauma
  • An enlarged labial frenum (that piece of tissue extending from inside the upper lip to the gum, just above the front teeth)
  • Poor oral habits such as thumb sucking
  • Incorrect swallowing patterns in which the tongue thrusts against the front teeth when swallowing
  • Periodontal disease

Treatment Options

We have treated hundreds of patients with diastema through the years at our Buffalo Grove orthodontics practice, and braces are an effective, noninvasive method of correcting the malocclusion.

Braces apply proper force to move the teeth together. For patients with congenitally missing teeth or teeth that are missing because of trauma or decay, a dental implant may be needed to fill the space. When this treatment path is chosen for children, the implant cannot be placed until the child has stopped growing. However, we can work closely with your dentist, who can fit you with an appliance called a Maryland Bridge, which will hold the space until it is time for the implant.

In some cases, a surgical procedure is necessary prior to orthodontic treatment. Gaps caused by a larger-than-normal labial frenum require the frenum to be reduced. When this procedure- called a frenectomy- is performed on a child, midline diastema sometimes will close on its own afterward. Braces may be needed following the procedure in older children and adults.

Other methods of correcting a space between teeth fall into the cosmetic dentistry realm and include the use of porcelain crowns or veneers to widen the teeth and fill the space. We don’t recommend this for children.

If you’re an adult and you can be patient, orthodontic methods will correct the problem without altering the structure of your teeth. We don’t like to see patients voluntarily reduce healthy tooth structure just for the sake of a cosmetic improvement when other, noninvasive methods are available.

Some adults ask about veneers when they fear they will have to wear conventional metal “train track” braces, but we have lots of aesthetic orthodontic options available including ceramic brackets and Invisalign.

Call us today if you want to learn available options for improving your smile with orthodontic treatment.

“Am I Too Old for Braces?”

May 17th, 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 Dr. Razdolsky: What should I expect during my initial consultation

May 10th, 2012

Great question! When you first come in for your initial consultation, the 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 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 orthodontic treatment 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!

Kidzpace Gaming Systems Added to Buffalo Grove Orthodontist Practice

April 30th, 2012

BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS – At Forever Smiles, the practice of Buffalo Grove Orthodontist Dr. Yan Razdolsky, we strive to offer our patients a comfortable experience in a friendly, informative and amusing environment.

Aside from offering state-of-the-art technology for treatments, we also present the very best in entertainment for kids, as well as the young at heart in our reception area.

We recently added two new Kidzpace interactive gaming systems to our game area, which means there are now five systems available for play. In addition to our PS2, Xbox and old touch screen gaming systems, the area now has two new designer touch2play systems, each pre-loaded with more than 70 games. All of these games are complimentary for our patients and those who accompany them to their appointments.

Kids of all ages can stay entertained with games that range from strategy and puzzle challenges, to quiz and word games and much more. Players simply select the type of activity they are interested in and a variety of parent-approved games are available at their fingertips.

“We take great pride in the relationships we build with our patients and their families,” said Dr. Razdolsky, who also is an Invisalign provider. “We have found the game room to be a welcome respite for parents with multiple kids, so we added the supplementary systems to make it possible for more kids to play at one time.

This means that if you’re a parent with more than one child, you can rest assured that you will be able to focus on your children in treatment without worrying about what your other children are doing. They will be happily occupied in our gaming area.

The games offer more than just a fun activity for our patients. They actually enable us to stay on time with our patient appointments, especially since one sibling’s interference could offset our entire schedule, Dr. Razdolsky said. Reception areas can be a challenge to even the best natured child, and these computer games give them something positive to keep their minds busy before they are seen by their orthodontist.

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!

Importance of Second Opinions for Orthodontic Treatment

April 23rd, 2012

BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS – We often don’t think twice about seeking estimates from multiple contractors when doing a home renovation, or from several printers when having a brochure printed.

We encourage patients to view orthodontic treatment recommendations with the same scrutinizing eye, particularly when those recommendations have not come from an orthodontist.

Why? Because while all orthodontists are dentists, not all dentists are orthodontists. An orthodontist completes an additional two to three years of education after graduating from dental school, according to the American Association of Orthodontists. This training is geared specifically toward addressing the growth and development of the maxillofacial complex, alignment, and bite issues. It is done through an accredited orthodontic residency program.

“You trust your heart to a cardiologist and your skin to a dermatologist,” the AAO site states. “Like these specialists who study their specialties after their general medical education, orthodontists devote additional years to orthodontic study. Like their medical counterparts, orthodontists limit their practices to their area or specialty. Orthodontists have extensive experience in orthodontic care. They use their knowledge and skills to help you get the best results possible.”

Dr. Yan Razdolsky, a Buffalo Grove Invisalign and SureSmile provider, offers continuing education courses about orthodontics to area dentists and staff at dentistry practices from throughout Illinois.

“Many dentists are quite good at offering Invisalign treatment to patients with minor alignment issues,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “But for more serious issues, it typically makes sense to consult with a specialist.”

Our office occasionally gets calls from new patients who have been told by their dentist or another orthodontist that they will need multiple tooth extractions or jaw surgery for their orthodontic treatment.

“People don’t like to hear about having healthy teeth removed or undergoing extensive surgery that will result in time away from work and extensive hospital bills, so it makes sense that they would seek a second opinion,” Dr. Razdolsky says.

A patient recently came to us for a second opinion after her dentist recommended veneers instead of orthodontics.

“While orthodontics will take longer than veneers to achieve the desired results, it is a much more conservative approach,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “With some patience, you can have beautifully aligned teeth naturally through orthodontic treatment without removing portions of healthy tooth surfaces to make room for porcelain veneers.”

We offer free orthodontic evaluations at our office that include a complete work-up, X-rays and a treatment plan recommendation for you or your child based on medical necessity and what is best in terms of treatment

“You’re never wrong in seeking a second opinion,” he says, adding, “Parents should never feel pressured to begin treatment if they have reservations.”

We are happy to answer questions or concerns, and if one provider recommended something that we did not find necessary, we will take the time to explain our reasoning. We want patients to be happy and confident, whether it’s their second or fourth opinion.

There is no hard and fast rule about which treatment plans or procedures shouldn’t be done without a second opinion. But these are some guidelines that might help you:

When to get a second opinion

  • It has been recommended that you have multiple teeth extracted before beginning orthodontic treatment
  • You have been told a smile makeover that includes veneers or dental implants would treat your condition better than orthodontics
  • You are unsure if the treatment recommended is necessary
  • You are concerned about cost
  • You feel your dentist or orthodontist is not qualified to treat your problem
  • It has been recommended that you have jaw surgery

When you go in for a second opinion, speak with the orthodontist about your concerns and find out if he or she sees the same problems the first dental professional saw. Have the doctor outline the treatment plan as well as the cost and go from there.

“Weighing your options can help ensure you make an educated decision,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “It’s important to remember this is about your dental health, and that’s not something to take lightly.”

Case study:

Patient came in to our office with a chief concern of upper and lower protrusion of the front teeth and mobile lower incisors. Her family dentist, instead of recommending orthodontic consultation prior to dental work have performed root canal therapy and a crown on upper right second bicuspid. Now the tooth with a root canal and a crown needs to be extracted for orthodontic reasons since we need the space to retract the front teeth and to reduce their protrusion.

Making Your Life Better with Orthodontics

April 19th, 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 you 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.

SureSmile Uses CBCT to Reduce Exposure to Radiation and Improve Treatment

April 9th, 2012

BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS— Technology continues to improve the way in which we provide orthodontic treatment, and one area where that is particularly true is X-rays.

As an orthodontic patient, the i-CAT cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) system exposes you to less radiation than a medical CT scan, while providing more detailed information to assist us in creating the ideal treatment plan for you.

“CBCT scans can identify many types of risks and problems,” says Buffalo Grove orthodontist Dr. Yan Razdolsky.

Using the CBCT scanner’s high resolution images, dentists and orthodontists obtain highly accurate and detailed 3-D views of all anatomies such as bone, teeth, tooth orientation, tooth and nerve relation, airways and sinuses, according to www.conebeam.com. CBCT scans also produce faster and more cost-efficient results.

SureSmile and CBCT
CBCT has gone beyond just serving as a tool for diagnosis and treatment, and has become an active element of many of our patients’ treatment, thanks to SureSmile.

SureSmile, one of the treatment options our Buffalo Grove Orthodontics office offers, uses CBCT to enable us to visually define the desired position of your teeth. It also calculates all of the customization needed to deliver Dr. Razdolsky’s plan.

This customization is then precisely translated to your archwires by SureSmile robots, which cuts treatment time by about one-third while also improving the quality of treatment results, according to the SureSmile website.

Here’s how the process works: first, the brackets are bonded to your teeth. Then the teeth and brackets are scanned with SureSmile’s proprietary software, which makes it possible for Dr. Razdolsky to reset your teeth to create ideal alignment. The SureSmile system then robotically bends your archwire to help guide your teeth into alignment.

“What the robot does for us is far more accurate and precise than what I am able to do by hand,” Dr. Razdolsky says. “Thanks to this precision and accuracy, the patient’s teeth are moved into proper alignment more quickly, which reduces overall treatment time.”

The combination of clear, 3-D X-rays that paint the most accurate of pictures and the precision of SureSmile’s robot enable us to better identify, diagnose and treat myriad orthodontic problems.

Patient of the Month: Team USA Competitor Natalie

April 9th, 2012

We're pleased to share that Natalie will be competing for Team USA this weekend! Please join us in wishing her the best of luck!

Natalie is currently representing the United States in an international competition in Slovenia. She is 11 years-old and trains 20 hours a week (she is in level 9 at North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center). This year, she placed 1st in Chicagoland Competition with girls competing around the Midwest. She also recently competed in Colorado Invitational with girls from all over the U.S. and won 4th place - the youngest competitor in her group. During the past 4 years, Natalie has been a member of the Future Stars National Team and the Pre-Youth Elite Squad training camps held in the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York. She was also invited to participate in the Bolshoi Ballet Summer Intensive Camp in Connecticut last summer.

All of us at Forever Smiles are extremely proud of Natalie! We wish her many more successful competitions, and a very happy birthday!

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!

Forever Smiles Begins Sponsorship Program - Buffalo Grove Orthodontist Gives Back to the Community

March 27th, 2012

BUFFALO GROVE, ILLINOIS – The Forever Smiles team and Dr. Yan Razdolsky, a Buffalo Grove orthodontist and SureSmile provider, have created a sponsorship program to offer financial support to a number of charitable organizations each year.

The Sponsorship Program will serve as an opportunity for our Buffalo Grove Orthodontics office to learn more about local civic organizations, such as Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, public and private schools, religious groups and other community groups, while sharing our educational program to better children’s smiles.

“Community involvement is an important part of my practice,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “The sponsorship program is a means of giving to organizations that are investing in the lives of citizens on a daily basis.”

To apply for a donation or advertisement, please inform us of your event/cause in writing at least six weeks prior to your deadline. All requests should be sent to Anna Razdolsky at anna@razdolsky.com.

Along with your request, please schedule a date to bring your group for an office tour. We know that many community groups provide field trips for their members, and Dr. Razdolsky and his staff are happy to serve as an educational adventure for children and young teens.

Our staff will teach your group about oral hygiene, tooth straightening techniques, and dental and orthodontic technology. At the end of the tour, participants will receive healthy snacks and gift bags filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and age-appropriate toys. At that time, a check will be presented to your organization’s leader.

Forever Smiles will donate additional funds when any member of your group or their immediate family member schedules an evaluation and begins orthodontic treatment with Dr. Razdolsky.

What do rubber bands do?

March 22nd, 2012


Rubber bands, or elastics, can be an integral aspect of orthodontic care, so if Dr. Razdolsky 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.

Congratulations to our iPad 2 winner Sam!

March 13th, 2012


Congratulations to Sam N. who was the winner of our iPad 2 Google Review Contest! Keep those reviews coming and watch out for more exciting contests and events at Forever Smiles!

If you have any questions about our practice or your orthodontic treatment, give us a call or ask us on Facebook!

Which questions should I ask during my orthodontic consultation?

March 9th, 2012

When you visit Forever Smiles 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 Forever Smiles 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

March 2nd, 2012

Invisalign clear aligners can be a great option for improving the look of your smile. Dr. Yan Razdolsky has 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.

Give us a call to schedule your consultation!

Dr. Razdolsky attends the AAO-AAPD Conference

February 22nd, 2012


On January 27th - 29th, Dr. Yan Razdolsky joined hundreds of colleagues in Marco Island, FL at the Mid-Winter Meeting of the American Association of Orthodontists and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. The topic of discussion for the conference was "Age-Appropriate Treatment of the Developing Occlusion: Common Problems-Consensus Solutions." Dr. Razdolsky had a great time, and learned a lot too!

The doctor brought back lectures for the entire staff to hear, as part of our ongoing effort to stay up-to-date on the latest in orthodontics. We strive to provide only the best in orthodontic care for our patients, and these continuing education efforts allow for us to learn and grow.

If you have any questions about the AAO-AAPD Conference, or about your orthodontic care, don't hesitate to ask us at the office or on Facebook!

Patient Question: 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 Forever Smiles, 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 the orthodontist 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 Forever Smiles 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 Forever Smiles

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. Our team at Forever Smiles 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 Forever Smiles: 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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Patient question: "How do I prevent tooth decay during my treatment?”

January 25th, 2012

Great question!

If you are brushing and flossing daily during your orthodontic treatment, we think that’s great! But, don’t forget that it’s also important for you to visit your general dentist every 3-to-6 months in addition to brushing your teeth and flossing (and visiting Forever Smiles, of course). Regular dental checkups are important for maintaining good oral health, especially during orthodontic treatment.

Tooth decay, which is caused by sugars left in your mouth, can turn into an acid, which in turn can break down your teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay because adolescents tend to be lax in their oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines, combined with regular dental visits, help keep tooth decay away.

If you have any questions, please be sure to keep ask our team during your next adjustment appointment, or ask us on Facebook!

Thanks to Invisalign, you can have a perfect smile without metal wires or brackets!

January 17th, 2012

At Forever Smiles, 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 Forever Smiles 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 our office.

Dr. Y. Razdolsky Sells Grayslake Practice to Dr. M. Stosich

January 9th, 2012

Buffalo Grove orthodontist Dr. Yan Razdolsky sold his Grayslake practice in November to Dr. Michael Stosich. He will continue to work from his Buffalo Grove office.

The sale to Dr. Michael Stosich was finalized Nov. 30, Razdolsky says, but he will continue to work in Grayslake Thursdays only through Feb. 29, 2012 as the transition is completed.

“The sale of this practice creates a win-win for everyone involved,” says Razdolsky, who has been an orthodontist since 1987.

In Buffalo Grove, patients will enjoy added appointment scheduling flexibility, as Razdolsky’s office will offer early and late office hours Monday through Friday throughout the month now that he no longer must divide his time among two practices.

About Dr. Yan Razdolsky
Dr. Yan Razdolsky has steadily left his mark on the orthodontics field through innovative treatment, a series of patents and hundreds of instructional lectures to fellow orthodontists from around the world since he began his career in 1987.

Born in Moscow, Russia, Dr. Razdolsky immigrated to the United States as a teenager with his family. They moved to Chicago to be near family who also had emigrated from Russia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry in 1985 and earned a graduate degree in orthodontics in 1987.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Make 2012 the year to improve your oral health

January 5th, 2012

Many folks 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 2012? Drs. Yan Razdolsky and Kapil Vij 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—we want to hear from you! After all, we know your oral health is about more than just a beautiful smile.

Happy New Year!

—Your friends at Forever Smiles

Holiday Hours

December 28th, 2011


All of us at Forever Smiles hope that you are enjoying the holidays! Dr. Yan Razdolsky and team wanted to inform you that our office will be closed from December 21, 2011 until January 2, 2012 to allow every staff member to have time with their family and friends for the holidays. If you have an emergency, you can contact Dr. Stosich at 609-206-4640.

Have a safe and happy New Year, and we will see you in 2012!

Season's Greetings from Forever Smiles!

December 21st, 2011


In this season given to tidings of comfort and joy, and as our team at Forever Smiles 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!

--The team at Forever Smiles

Emergency care with Forever Smiles

December 15th, 2011

At Forever Smiles, we know orthodontic emergencies are never convenient nor timely. If you are a patient of record, Dr. Yan Razdolsky 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. Yan Razdolsky 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.

Do we have your current contact info?

December 7th, 2011

Happy holidays from all of us at Forever Smiles! As you probably know, you can always connect with Dr. Yan Razdolsky 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 Forever Smiles

Forever Smiles is proud to be a sponsor of Project Extreme!

December 1st, 2011

In honor of our patient David Tessler, Dr. Yan Razdolsky and the Forever Smiles Team recently participated in a charity David was running for called "Project Extreme".

Project Extreme is a part of Crowdrise organization. Crowdrise is an innovative, crowd-sourced community of volunteers and online fundraisers that are coming together to answer the call to service, create online fundraising projects for charity, and have the most fun in the world while doing it.

Events and Charities use Crowdrise to raise money in new ways, turning their participants and supporters into effective, impactful online fundraisers. If you'd like to support Project Extreme, contact us or find us on Facebook!

The superfood, cranberries, are not just for Thanksgiving!

November 22nd, 2011

Here at Forever Smiles, we know that cranberries complete the Thanksgiving table nationwide. For many years researchers have associated cranberries with a variety health benefits. Among those benefits are:

1. Protection against Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
2. Immune system support, which may lower the frequency of cold and flu. It is important to note that research is still very limited in this area.
3. Cardiovascular health is perhaps the best-researched area amongst the cranberry's benefits. The combined anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits offer a natural defense against atherosclerosis, and the accumulation of low density lipoprotein (LDL), or "bad cholesterol".
4. Anti-cancer benefits has been more intriguing in the past 10 years since the majority of studies in this area have involved lab studies on human cancer cells or animal experiments.
5. The cranberry's anti-inflammatory properties are said to be beneficial not only to the stomach and digestive tract, but can also help lower the risk of periodontal disease. Chronic, excessive levels of inflammation around our gums can damage the tissues that support our teeth. The phytonutrients in the cranberrry help reduce this unwanted inflmmatory response.
Journal of Clinical Periodontology (Oct. 18, 20110)
6. Anti-aging agents suggest that diest containing fruit and vegetables with high-ORAC values ( a measure of antioxidanrt levels ) may provide protection against chronic symptoms of aging, like loss of coordination and memory. CDS Review (Sept/Oct. 2011)

We hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving meals (don't forget the cranberries!). From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

Ask Dr. Razdolsky: Now that I have braces, what can I eat?

November 18th, 2011

You just got braces at Forever Smiles and Dr. Razdolsky has informed you that during your orthodontic treatment you will want to avoid eating anything sticky, hard, crunchy, or chewy. What does this leave for you to eat? Lettuce? Nothing?

Luckily, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO, created a variety of “braces-friendly” recipes that will allow you to enjoy your favorite treats without interfering with your orthodontic care!

Recipes include main dishes, side dishes and even yummy desserts! After all, a healthy diet provides essential nutrients and helps the patient achieve the best possible results from orthodontic treatment.

If you have any questions about the recipes listed or about the foods you should be avoiding during your orthodontic treatment, please give us a call or ask us on Facebook!

Enjoy!

The advantage of SureSmile

November 7th, 2011

Does the thought of having braces bring you down? The team at Forever Smiles understands that one of the biggest concerns for orthodontic patients with braces is the length of their treatment.

But you’re in luck, because Dr. Razdolsky specializes in SureSmile, high-tech braces that are revolutionizing the orthodontic industry. SureSmile, which combines digital 3-D imaging, has computer-aided treatment planning and customized archwires to straighten teeth about 40 percent faster than traditional braces. The SureSmile program calculates the exact shape and pattern of the teeth and bends and cuts the braces wires, with more precision than traditional braces.

There are three steps. First, Dr. Razdolsky identifies the initial tooth position with the patented OraScanner, a wand with a tiny camera attached. The OraScanner creates a precise 3-D digital model of your mouth, which is then uploaded into software that lets Dr. Razdolsky view your mouth and teeth from any angle. Next, the SureSmile system allows us to create your entire treatment plan prior to treatment, using special computer software to analyze the 3-D model of your mouth and develop a custom archwire treatment. Finally, SureSmile’s robotic technology bends Shape Memory Alloy archwires, which can “remember” your prescription.

Results

With SureSmile’s specially programmed archwires, your teeth move more directly into their intended positions. The result for our patients is shortened treatment time and a more comfortable experience in braces.

Once the braces are on it’s only a matter of time before they are taken off revealing beautiful, straight, healthy teeth. With traditional braces a patient is expected to schedule 18 to 20 office visits over two years. With SureSmile, patients average seven to 10 visits and can have their braces off within half the time!

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, please contact Forever Smiles today!

5 ways you can avoid plaque

November 4th, 2011

At Forever Smiles, 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 Drs. Yan Razdolsky and Kapil Vij. If you have any questions, give us a call or ask us on Facebook!

Halloween TIPS from the American Association of Orthodontists

October 28th, 2011

It’s almost that spooky time of year again and Dr. Yan Razdolsky 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. Razdolsky 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 all of us!

October is National Orthodontic Health Month!

October 20th, 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.

Drs. Yan Razdolsky and Kapil Vij 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 Drs. Razdolsky and Vij and other dental professionals in Buffalo Grove and Grayslake, IL.

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 Forever Smiles during your visit this month! Additionally, our office has composed a fun and entertaining program for kids. We invite your classes to our office for this educational field trip. However, if leaving your school is inconvenient, we can bring our technology into your classroom setting. If you are interested, contact our office for more information!

Guess the Great Pumpkin Contest

October 14th, 2011

Our Forever Smiles annual Guess the Great Pumpkin Weight Contest has arrived at our Buffalo Grove and Grayslake, IL offices. Stop by our office to guess the weight of the pumpkin and get entered into our raffle for a surprise gift!

We can't wait to see all of your guesses. Keep your eye on our blog for more details. Good luck!
Grayslake office pumpkin:

Buffalo Grove office pumpkin:

Ask Dr. Razdolsky: who benefits from braces?

October 7th, 2011

Braces aren’t just for pre-adolescents and teenagers anymore! Dr. Razdolsky will tell you that anyone, at any age, can benefit from orthodontic treatment, whether it’s correcting a problem not treated in your younger years, or catching a problem early.
To ensure the best overall treatment, the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO, recommends that children receive an orthodontic consultation as early as age seven. If a problem is evident, taking action early can spare a lot of treatment and expense down the road.
If you never received orthodontic treatment when you were young, don’t worry! You’re never too old for a beautiful smile. Set up an appointment for a consultation and find out how orthodontics will transform your smile, as well as your life!

Continuing Education with Dr. Razdolsky

September 30th, 2011

At Forever Smiles, we pursue continuing education opportunities as part of our ongoing effort to provide the best orthodontic treatment for our patients. On August 30th, our entire staff underwent a 4 hour extensive CPR / AED training course which provided each individual the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize emergencies in the office. We were fortunate to have Dr. Steven Oltean, certified American Red Cross instructor, teach this course.

Bowl-A-Thon Fundraiser

September 20th, 2011

On Monday, Aug. 29 after work, Amie and Nancy participated in a fundraiser held at the Brunswick Zone in Glendale Heights for the Mateo's Kids non-profit organization. Dr. Razdolsky made a generous financial donation to the cause. Nathan and Christian are the recipients of the proceeds raised at this year's bowling fundraiser. Nathan is 3 years old and has a medical condition called Prune Belly Syndrome. Christian has Chronic Lung Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Gerd, Central Hypoventilation Syndrome, Nervous System Disorders and suffer from seizures. It's never too late to donate, and no donation is too small! Please visit the the Mateo's Kids website for further information.

Don't forget those regular checkups!

September 13th, 2011

Are you brushing and flossing daily during your orthodontic treatment? If yes, that’s great! But, don’t forget that it’s also important for you to visit your general dentist every 3-to-6 months in addition to brushing your teeth and flossing (and visiting our office, of course). Regular dental checkups are important for maintaining good oral health, especially during orthodontic treatment.

Your general dentist can check for problems that might not be seen or felt, detect cavities and early signs of decay, treat oral health problems early and show you how to properly brush and floss your teeth.

During an oral exam your dentist can check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue. Checkups will also include a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing. If you have not been to the dentist in the last six months, let us know during your next visit and we will provide a few great references in the greater Buffalo Grove and Grayslake areas!

Our patients have talent!

September 9th, 2011

Dr. Razdolsky's current patient Dylan T. recently participated in the State Gymnastics Competition held at the Illinois State University. Dylan was awarded several medals from the following: Floor Exercise, Parallel Bars, High Bar, Pommel Horse, Rings, Vault and All Around.

Congratulations Dylan, all of us at Forever Smiles are very proud of you!

Radiation - Is it Safe?

August 30th, 2011

Lately, Dr. Razdolsky and Dr. Vij have noticed that there has been a lot of debate in the health community about dental x-rays and radiation. Here at Forever Smiles, we try to provide you with the most up to date information on topics relating to the health of our patients and their loved ones. That is why we want to share with you a few scientific facts about radiation that were recently published by the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology. This research was conducted by Dr. Sharon Brooks at University of Michigan's Department of Radiology and Dr. Stuart White at UCLA's Department of Radiology.

    • Did you know that the exposure from one digital panoramic x-ray is less than the exposure of just being alive for one day?
    • Radiation that strikes only part of the body, such as medical x-rays, is not as hazardous as the same amount of radiation to the whole body.
    • The average exposure from a panoramic scan is 10-15 uSv, whereas your natural radiation exposure (just being alive) is about 3,000 uSv per year.
    • The typical BERT (Background Equivalent Radiation Time) of ionizing radiation for dental bitewing is about one week.

For more information about quantities and units, we encourage everyone to download the below document from the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology. As always, please don't hesitate to contact our team if you have any questions.

Breaking bad habits

August 25th, 2011

At Forever Smiles, 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. Razdolsky and Dr. Vij.

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. Razdolsky and Dr. Vij 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 Forever Smiles or ask your general dentist during your next scheduled visit! Or, ask us on Facebook!

Check Out Dr. Razdolsky's YouTube Channel

August 16th, 2011

Dr. Razdolsky has added new videos to our YouTube Channel! We invite patients to check out our latest videos, which include everything from instructions on how to handle orthodontic emergencies to information about forsus appliances.

Would you like to be on our YouTube channel? If so, please let us know during your next appointment. We would love to share your experience at Forever Smiles with the world! Our team is always willing to record patients who would like to discuss their experience with braces and with Dr. Razdolsky on the silver screen.

Friday fun facts, from Forever Smiles

August 12th, 2011

Everyone loves fun facts. Fun, fun, fun! The American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO, has come up with some fun facts about orthodontics that our team at Forever Smiles thought you might enjoy.

• There are nearly 4 million people in orthodontic treatment throughout the United States. Three out of four are younger than 18.

• The first mechanical treatment for correcting irregular teeth was suggested by Gaius Plinius Secundus (A.D 23-79).

• The American Association of Orthodontists is comprised of more than 12,000 members in the United States, Canada and abroad.

• The time required to complete orthodontic treatment ranges from 12 to 36 months depending on the nature and severity of the problem.

• Of the 160,000 dentists in the United States and Canada, 8,000 are practicing orthodontists.

• The cement that attaches the braces to the teeth is now made with a special fluoride-releasing substance.

• Wires activated by body heat used in today's braces originally were developed by NASA for use in the space program.

• In addition to alleviating or preventing physical health problems, orthodontics can boost self-esteem as treatment aligns teeth, jaws and lips.

• Famous orthodontic patients include: Dr. Joyce Brothers, Hale Irwin, Cher, Diana Ross, Phyllis Diller, Chelsea Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Daisy Fuentes and Brandi.

Cool kids get braces with Dr. Razdolsky and Dr. Vij!

August 5th, 2011

Braces today are “cool” and—many would say—even “fun.” These were among the findings of a 2010 nationwide survey of moms whose children are going through or have had orthodontic treatment. New technologies such as SureSmile and the Damon System, advanced computer software, color options, and even popular celebrities—Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Danny Glover, Serena Williams—sporting stylish braces are making orthodontic treatment more comfortable, fashionable and cool for today’s teens.

The study, conducted on behalf of our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists for February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, found 86 percent of moms reporting that braces are cooler today than when they were children. Sixty-nine percent of moms also said wearing braces makes their children feel cool, and 81 percent reported their children’s experience with orthodontic treatment as either positive or extremely positive.
Different color options and the ability to change colors, for example, provide exciting ways for young patients to customize appearances. That enthusiasm helps them to feel good about their orthodontic treatment with Dr. Razdolsky and Dr. Vij, and may contribute to the success of treatment.

Has your child or teen visited Dr. Razdolsky and Dr. Vij for a consultation? If not, please give us a call and let us help your child begin the journey to a gorgeous smile!

Why do you choose Dr. Razdolsky and Dr. Vij?

July 25th, 2011

Dr. Razdolsky and Dr. Vij, serving Buffalo Grove, Grayslake and surrounding areas, strive to provide exceptional treatment in an informative and friendly environment. Have you had a great experience at our office?

Share your story with the world!

Buffalo Grove:
Grayslake:
Just select one of the "Review us on Google Places" buttons above to write a review on our Google Place Page. We look forward to receiving your feedback!

Thank you,
The team at Forever Smiles

Orthodontic Emergency Care with Forever Smiles

July 22nd, 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 Drs. Razdolsky and Vij.

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you schedule an appointment with Forever Smiles.

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.

Visualize your new smile with the Brace Painter!

July 8th, 2011

Braces at Forever Smiles are more fun than ever! With the Brace Painter, parents and children are able to “paint their braces,” and visualize how teeth will look with different colors of bands.

The Brace 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 our team know if you have any questions about the Brace Painter, or your orthodontic treatment at Forever Smiles. Have a great week!

Dr. Razdolsky & Dr. Vij Ask: 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. Razdolsky & Dr. Vij 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, Forever Smiles 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.

Stay Cool with a Braces-Friendly Summer Treat!

June 24th, 2011


Summer is here! Kids and adults alike will now be spending more time outside being active and enjoying the hotter temperatures. And 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. Razdolsky, Dr. Vij and team

Smile! 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 Forever Smiles 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 Drs. Razdolsky & Vij.
* 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.

Forsus Emergency Care

June 10th, 2011

We've recently created a set of videos for emergency care of your Forsus appliance. Watch all three videos above, and please call our office if you have any questions!

Thank You,

Drs. Yan Razdolsky & Kapil Vij and the Forever Smiles Team

What’s on your summer reading list?

June 4th, 2011


With summer in full swing, some of us at Forever Smiles wanted to remind all our patients about the importance of reading. Sure it’s easy to keep putting off reading this time of year, but reading during the summer is a vital step in brain development and warding off the dreaded “summer slide.” Plus, it's fun!

Today, we thought we’d ask: What's on YOUR summer reading list? What are some of your all-time favorites? Out of ideas for great summer reads? Ask us for suggestions, and our staff (and Drs. Razdolsky & Vij) would be happy to provide a few suggestions. You may also ask a local librarian for some ideas or check out these summer reading ideas that we came across today, courtesy of Barnes & Noble.

Happy reading! Be sure to share with us your summer picks or your all-time favorites on our Facebook page!

Foods to Avoid During Your Orthodontic Treatment

May 20th, 2011


There are a variety of foods the Forever Smiles team wants you to avoid while you're wearing braces. Some foods can occasionally damage braces, but certain foods can bend the wires or even break the brackets on your braces. If you’re wearing braces, you should avoid starch, sugar and gummy foods, as these foods can be difficult to remove during brushing. Foods that are high in sugar and starch tend to cause plaque, cavities and even tooth decay.

Avoid tough meats, hard breads and raw vegetables such as carrots and celery. Before long, you'll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you'll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you're wearing braces.

Foods you should avoid include:

• Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
• Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
• Sticky foods: caramels, gum
• Hard foods: nuts, candy
• Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots

Also, chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.

If you have any questions on which foods you should be avoiding and why, we invite you to give our Buffalo Grove or Grayslake offices a call or ask our staff during your next visit.

Forever Smiles at the 2011 AAO Annual Session

May 12th, 2011


At Forever Smiles, we are very proud to serve so many families in Grayslake and Buffalo Grove, IL. Our greatest goal is to help you achieve a healthier, happier, more confident smile. Dr. Razdolsky and Dr. Vij are both lifelong learners and spend countless hours every year to acquire and share the knowledge, skills, and expertise that directly benefits you, a member of our patient family.

One of the ways we provide a “complete” orthodontic treatment experience for our patients is by attending important seminars and conferences. One of these gatherings – the American Association of Orthodontists’ Annual Session in Chicago this weekend- is an educational event that is one of the largest orthodontic conventions in the world – and one that allows us to stay up-to-date on all the latest technologies and orthodontic treatment options available. This, in turn, allows us to give you, our wonderful patients, the best treatment experience possible. Our team will be attending the event this year, which runs from May 13th- 17th. We are excited to attend, and look forward to sharing news and photos from the event once we return!

What’s on your reading list?

May 8th, 2011

With the school year close to winding down for a lot of our patients at Forever Smiles, we wanted to remind all our patients about the importance of reading. Sure it’s easy to keep putting off reading this time of year, but reading is a vital step in brain development and literacy. And if you needed any more reason to read, May marks “Get Caught Reading Month.”

Today, we thought we’d ask: What's on YOUR reading list? What are some of your all-time favorites? Out of ideas for great reads? Ask us for suggestions, and Dr. Razdolsky, Dr. Vij and our team would be happy to provide a few. You may also ask a local librarian for some ideas on what to read next!

Happy reading! Be sure to share with us your book picks or your all-time favorite novels or literature on our Facebook page!

At Forever Smiles, what puts you at ease?

April 28th, 2011


Dr. Razdolsky, Dr. Vij and team understand not everyone enjoys visiting their orthodontist. But we strive to bring you the best and most comforting experience at each visit. We’d like to know: What is it about our Buffalo Grove & Grayslake offices that makes you comfortable or puts you at ease? Is it something about our pleasant office environment? Our friendly staff or doctors?

Let us know by posting here or by giving us a call!

Taking steps to reduce our environmental impact

April 22nd, 2011


We are living in an age with a renewed commitment to conservation, and are frequently reminded to recycle, reduce and reuse. Earth Day is this Friday, April 22nd, and we thought this would a great time to discuss the things that Dr. Razdolsky, Dr. Vij & team do to conserve our natural resources and the environment.

Did you know that we offer patients account access 24 hours a day, seven days a week? Our office has convenient and secure online services with our secure patient login system. You can view all of your account information, and even receive appointment reminders through email or text messages. Since this information is submitted electronically, we eliminate the use of large amounts of paper and printing materials.

Our team would love to hear how you minimize your impact on the environment. Leave us a comment below or you can also visit our Facebook page and post something on our wall.

Happy Earth Day!

Flossing with Braces 101

April 16th, 2011

Our team 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 Forever Smiles a call if you have more questions about flossing. Enjoy!

April is National Facial Protection Month

April 8th, 2011


With spring here, many children, teens and adults in Buffalo Grove and Grayslake, IL 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. Razdolsky, Dr. Vij 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 us at . Stay safe and have fun!

Now that I have braces, what can I eat?

April 1st, 2011


You just got braces at Forever Smiles and we have informed you that over the next several months you will want to avoid eating anything sticky, hard, crunchy, or chewy. What does this leave for you to eat? Lettuce? Nothing?

Luckily, there was someone else wondering the same thing when she first got braces! Brenda Waterman, 13, decided she was going to find a way to have her cake and eat it too, so she created a variety of “braces-friendly” recipes that allow you to enjoy your favorite treats without interfering with your orthodontic care! Her cookbook, “The Braces Cookbook: Recipes you (and your Orthodontist) will Love,” gives patients a variety of delicious recipes, safe to eat with braces; plus additional tips and advice for packing lunches, what to eat at parties, and braces-friendly restaurant dishes! There’s even a section with tips for dealing with the soreness that can occur when your braces or appliance are adjusted. Enjoy the foods you love – even with braces!

Here is a delicious, sneak peek recipe from “The Braces Cookbook:”

Wonderful Waffles

Forget the recipe that came with your waffle iron – this recipe will redefine fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth goodness. The secret to delicious waffles is letting the batter "sit" for five minutes before pouring into the waffle iron. Top cooked waffles with syrup, jam, fresh fruit or even whip cream. Makes about 5 servings!

Preheat your waffle iron according to the directions. You may want to lightly spray it with vegetable oil before heating.

• 3 cups flour
• 2 Tbl + 2 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp salt
• 2 Tbl sugar
• 4 cups milk
• 4 eggs
• 1/2 cup vegetable oil

In a large bowl, whisk (or use electric mixer on low) together all ingredients. Let batter sit for about five minutes to activate the baking powder.

When waffle iron is ready, pour about 1/3 cup of batter onto each of the four squares (experiment with your iron – you don't want the batter overflowing). Gently close the cover and set your timer as the manufacturer suggests. Do not lift the cover while they bake. When done, carefully lift one edge with a flat spatula and pull the waffle away from the iron. Keep waffles warm on a plate under a clean dishtowel while the others bake.

Enjoy!

-Your friends at Forever Smiles

All the cool kids do it!

March 26th, 2011

Braces today are “cool” and—many would say—even “fun.” These were among the findings of a 2010 nationwide survey of moms whose children are going through or have had orthodontic treatment. New technologies, advanced computer software, color options, and even popular celebrities—Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Danny Glover, Serena Williams—sporting stylish braces are making orthodontic treatment more comfortable, fashionable and cool for today’s teens.

The study, conducted on behalf of our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists for February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, found 86 percent of moms reporting that braces are cooler today than when they were children. Sixty-nine percent of moms also said wearing braces makes their children feel cool, and 81 percent reported their children’s experience with orthodontic treatment as either positive or extremely positive.

Different color options and the ability to change colors, for example, provide exciting ways for young patients to customize appearances. That enthusiasm helps them to feel good about their orthodontic treatment with us, and may contribute to the success of treatment.

Has your child or teen visited for a consultation? If not, please give us a call and let us help your child begin the journey to a gorgeous smile!

Why is it so important to have straight teeth?

March 16th, 2011

Some people wonder why Buffalo Grove and Grayslake Orthodontists Drs. Razdolsky & Vij and our 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 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. Drs. Razdolsky & Vij can help you decide whether or not you will benefit from orthodontic treatment.

What Will YOUR Smile Look Like After Orthodontic Treatment?

March 11th, 2011


It is sometimes hard to believe the transformation your smile undergoes during orthodontic treatment. We at Forever Smiles love to see our patients’ smiles light up when they see their new smile in the mirror for the first time. For those of you who haven’t yet started or finished your orthodontic treatment, have you ever wondered what your new smile might look like after treatment?

The American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO for short, has recently launched a new tool called “Virtual Smiles”, which shows what your smile might look like after orthodontic treatment. Using the tool will also earn you a free orthodontic consultation coupon, which can be redeemed at West Chester Orthodontics by yourself, a family member or friend.

Check out the Virtual Smiles tool, and call us to get started on improving your smile today!

Celebrities get braces, too!

March 4th, 2011

Did you know that back in 2002, Tom Cruise had braces? During this time, he was 40 years old and filmed Minority Report, Austin Powers in Goldmember and the Last Samurai. Check out his smile in Jerry Maguire, Rain Man or The Firm and compare to the post-braces Tom Cruise in Valkyrie or Tropic Thunder. The fact is, movie stars need to look their best for the silver screen, and it wouldn't be possible without orthodontists like Drs. Razdolsky & Vij.

In fact, lots of Hollywood stars have had orthodontic treatment. Check out this slideshow of famous faces with braces. If you’ve thought about getting the perfect smile you’ve always wanted, please give us a call!

Connect with the Braces Brigade!

February 25th, 2011


At Forever Smiles in Grayslake and Buffalo Grove, IL, 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 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 Drs. Razdolsky & Vij!

Don't Forget- Have Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned by a Dentist

February 18th, 2011

Floss Daily for Good Oral Hygiene

There is a special way that you can floss while you have braces for good oral hygiene. Many times, people are tempted to skip the flossing during braces because it can be a little intimidating and difficult.

Flossing while you have braces is very important. It can prevent your gums from swelling over the braces themselves. If you have forgotten the flossing technique please visit our website for more information.


Don't Forget- Have Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned by a Dentist
Dental cleaning is important for good oral hygiene when in braces. It prevents cavities from forming under the braces. With poor oral hygiene you can end up with yellow spots or even cavities after braces are removed. It is imperative that you visit your dentist every six month for dental cleanings while you are in braces. Call us if you have any questions!

Brush Teeth More Often with Braces for Good Oral Hygiene

Food is more likely to get lodged in brackets and other ortho appliances. Please brush your teeth more often during orthodontic treatment.

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

February 4th, 2011

One in four parents says their child has had an injury during an organized sport resulting in a trip to the emergency room, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO. That why the Forever Smiles team thought February—also known as National Children’s Dental Health Month—would be a great time to remind our patients to be mindful of their braces and teeth while playing sports. Here are a few tips to stay safe on the field this spring, courtesy of the AAO:

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 our Grayslake or Buffalo Grove offices. Stay safe and have fun!

Congratulations to our On Time Contest Winners

January 27th, 2011


Congratulations to December's On Time Contest Winners, Megan H. from our Buffalo Grove office and Adina C. for our Grayslake office. We invite you both to please choose your Prize from our gift display! Stay tuned for next month when we pick the next round of winners!

January Community Service in Grayslake & Buffalo Grove IL

January 20th, 2011


We are proud sponsors of local sports teams in Grayslake, Buffalo Grove and surrounding communities. Some of the teams we sponsor include:

-Warren Wave Girls Travel Softball team

-Mundelein Mustang Swim Club

-Vernon Hills High School Basketball

-The Blue Devil Travelers 12U Blue Team

Congratulation to them all!

Never Too Old to Treat Yourself to a New Smile - Is This Your Year?

January 14th, 2011

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 is 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, get in touch with us so we may set up a consultation to determine what type of treatment best meets your needs.

General Dentist vs Orthodontist: What's the difference?

January 7th, 2011

We would like to start off by saying we have the highest respect for our fellow general dentist. We are often asked this question by our patients what's the difference between an orthodontist and a general dentist when it comes to performing orthodontic services. An orthodontist is a dentist, who after graduating from dental school, completes an additional 2-3 years full-time university based education in an accredited orthodontic residency program. By learning about the biology of tooth movement (orthodontics) and facial development (dentofacial orthopedics), orthodontists are specifically educated experts in dentistry to straighten teeth and to properly align jaws.

Orthodontists limit their practices to orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. This means that orthodontic treatment is what they do, and all they do. Many family dentists can legally do Invisalign or braces after taking a weekend or night courses. They do not have the breadth of knowledge to understand all the possible complications of treatment and offer all the best treatment options.

Crossword Puzzle Answers and On-Time Winners!

December 29th, 2010

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday celebration. In addition to well wishes for the New Year, we wanted to share the answers to our December Newsletter Crossword Puzzle, along with the On-Time winners for November.

Crossword Puzzle Answers

Across:

4- Brackets
6 - Invisalign
7- Expander
8- Buffalo Grove

Down:

1- Suresmile
2- Woodentokens
3- Retainer
5- Razdolsky

On-Time Winners for November
Congratulations to Alex K. for our Buffalo Grove Office and Nolan J. for our Grayslake Office. Please choose your Prize from our gift display!

Happy New Year from all of us at Forever Smiles!

Season's Greetings from Forever Smiles

December 21st, 2010

May you all have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season, From Dr. Razdolsky and Staff.

The office will be closed from December 23 through January 2nd, 2011. Please visit our website for any questions regarding handling orthodontic emergencies over the holiday season. Otherwise, Dr. Vij will be in on December 30th from 10-2pm for Emergencies only!

Community Service this Holiday Season

December 17th, 2010

At Forever Smiles our mission during the winter holiday season is to bring a smile to the face of an innocent child. In lieu of holiday gifts amongst the staff, we give to the children of Arden Shore. If you would like to be a part of this amazing experience please do so. We guarantee each child will greatly appreciate it.

Click here to learn more about Arden Shore

Seasons Greetings, from your friends at Forever Smiles!

Congratulation to the Pumpkin Winners!

December 11th, 2010

We would like to thank all of you for participating in Guessing the weight of the Pumpkin contest.

The Winner of the Gigantic pumpkin contest is Kamaren S. he guessed the true weight of (956 pounds)--Please come to our office to accept your $25 gift card to the Country Bumpkin Garden Center and a $25 gift card from Dr. Razdolsky.

The winner of the Buffalo Grove pumpkin contest is Sean T. he guessed the true weight of (204 pounds) Please come to our Buffalo Grove Office to accept your Electric Tooth Brush.

The Winner of the Grayslake pumpkin contest is Natalie L. she guessed the true weight of (142 pounds) Please come to our Grayslake Office to accept your Electric Tooth Brush.

Congratulations to you all and thanks again to each and everyone who participated in this contest!

Happy Thanksgiving, from Forever Smiles

November 25th, 2010

Drs. Razdolsky and Vij would like to wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy a day filled of friends, family, and great Thanksgiving food.

We are very thankful for all of our patients and their families. We'd like to know, what are you most thankful for this year? Leave us a comment, or if you have any stories or pictures to share with us, we encourage you to share them on our Facebook page!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Distinguishing the myths and facts about orthodontics, from Forever Smiles

November 20th, 2010

Trust us when we say Drs. Razdolsky and Vij 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! Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists set the record straight (no pun intended) and have provided some information that sheds some light on the myths and facts of orthodontics. We encourage you to check them out today!

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

Relax! You're at Forever Smiles Orthodontics!

November 13th, 2010

What do you like to do to relax and unwind? Do you enjoy watching television or listening to your iPod? How about playing PlayStation and other video games? What about eating a yummy fresh baked cookie? Well at Forever Smiles, Dr. Razdolsky makes sure that while you are here in the office, you can enjoy all of these fun things and more!

We have televisions over each treatment station for you to just sit back, relax and watch a movie. Some of our patients enjoy listening to their iPods while at the appointment, and some have even won their iPods from us! If you are early to your appointment, or are waiting for someone to finish, you can enjoy our state-of-the-art game room. We always have cool contests for our patients, friends and family members to participate in, and our prizes are always the best! Did you know that right now in our Grayslake office we have the largest pumpkin in Illinois? Anyone can come in and make a guess to win an awesome prize! Don’t forget to grab one of our fresh baked cookies after each appointment. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone!

Dr. Razdolsky and his entire team at Forever Smiles want to do everything they can to make sure you have fun and are relaxed at each and every appointment. What a cool place to hang out!

The Largest Pumpkin in Illinois

November 5th, 2010

Check out a few of the videos we took of the delivery of the giant pumpkin to our Grayslake office!

Can YOU Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin?

October 29th, 2010


Check out a few more newspaper photos of the great Halloween pumpkin. the top is of Lucy and Gay setting up the sign outside our Grayslake office. The bottom photo is of Anna and Dr. Razdolsky. Don't forget to guess the weight for a chance to win a gift certificate! Here's a hint- the weight is between 500 and 1,500 pounds!

Guess the Weight of the Biggest Pumpkin in Illinois

October 20th, 2010


Dr. Yan Razdolsky and his Forever Smiles Team welcome the arrival of The Great Halloween Pumpkin.

It has found home at 1275 East Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, Illinois.

Everyone is invited to celebrate this with us by guessing the Weight of the Pumpkin.

The winner will get a $25 Gift Certificate to the Country Pumpkin Garden Center and a $25 Gift Card of your choice from Dr. Yan Razdolsky.

Entry must be submitted by November 15, 2010. Please drop it off to any of our location or email to pumpkin@razdolsky.com

The Great Halloween Pumpkin has Arrived!

October 13th, 2010

Forever Smiles, the orthodontic practice of Dr. Yan Razdolsky welcomes the arrival of
the great Halloween pumpkin on Thursday, October 14th at 1:00 p.m. Forever Smiles is located at 1275 E. Belvidere Rd. in Grayslake (just east of S. Atkinson and Belvidere Rd.)

The Great Halloween Pumpkin was grown by Russell Stokes of Bohners Lake, Wisconsin and will be delivered by the Country Bumpkin Garden Center, Mundelein. The Country Bumpkin has been a local purveyor of giant pumpkins for 25 years at it's annual PumpkinFest, which often top the scales at over 500 pounds. The event continues through October and includes guessing the weight of the pumpkin and a prize package containing gift certificates from local businesses. For more information, contact Forever Smiles at 847-548-4200.

Candy Buyback Program and the National Orthodontic Health Month

October 11th, 2010

October symbolizes the transition into the Fall season and of course, Halloween! For our team at Forever Smiles, the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), and orthodontic patients around the country, October also marks the National Orthodontic Health Month. This month is a great time to remind patients of the importance of strong oral hygiene and a braces-friendly diet, especially since many of the sticky and sweet Halloween treats can be harmful to braces and other orthodontic appliances.Get the facts about Halloween candy and orthodontics by asking us! You can also learn more on the AAO’s National Orthodontic Health Month website.

In addition, our famous candy buy back event is once again rolling. Every year Dr. Razdolsky buys back all the candies you gathered during the Halloween day and trade them with dollar equivalency. For every pound of candy that you donate to our office from trick or treating , we will exchange it for a Dollar! This event will take effect right after the Halloween and ends on the last day of November 30th. Let us help you fight back cavities by bringing in your Halloween candies for cash!

"Kohl's Kids Who Care" Volunteer Regional Winner

October 8th, 2010

Every year, Kohl's recognizes and rewards young volunteers (ages 6-18) across the country for their amazing contributions to their communities. Winners were selected based on initiative, leadership, creativity and generosity.Last year Colin was recognized by his school for contributing school supplies to different school children in need. Colin founded "Colin’s Dream, Tools for Learning" to collect and buy school supplies with his own money for those in his school district who cannot afford them. Colin was awarded as the regional winner for his contribution to the community. Congratulations Colin and keep up the good work! If you would like to contribute to Colin's Dream school supplies collection please email mischelle_campbell@hotmail.com

Four New Orthodontic Videos Now On YouTube!

September 28th, 2010

To help inform our patients about the orthodontic appliances we use and how they work to improve your smile, we have included many educational videos on our YouTube Channel. You can always find them under the "Dolphin Aquarium" section of the Forever Smiles YouTube channel. Just today, we've added four new videos for your convenience. Check them out here on our blog, or head to our YouTube channel to watch them all!

Hope these help!

Regular checkups are essential in maintaining good oral health

September 24th, 2010

Are you brushing and flossing daily properly during your orthodontic treatment? If yes, that’s great! But, don’t forget that it’s also important for you to visit your general dentist every 3-to-6 months in addition to brushing your teeth and flossing (and visiting our office, of course). Regular dental checkups are important for maintaining good oral health, especially during orthodontic treatment.

Your general dentist can check for problems that might not be seen or felt, detect cavities and early signs of decay, treat oral health problems early and show you how to properly brush and floss your teeth.

During an oral exam your dentist can check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks and tongue. Checkups will also include a thorough teeth cleaning and polishing. If you have not been to the dentist in the last six months, let us know during your next visit and we will provide a few great references in the greater Buffalo Grove and Grayslake areas!

The importance of retainers

September 17th, 2010

If you recently completed treatment at Forever Smiles of Buffalo Grove and Grayslake, IL, we’d like to congratulate you! Now that your braces have been removed, we will provide—or have provided you—with retainers. After braces are removed, teeth can shift out of position if they are not stabilized. Retainers 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 is the best insurance that the treatment improvements last for a lifetime. Here are some things to remember when you receive your retainers:

* Wear your retainers full time, until the doctor instructs otherwise. Wearing your retainers at night ensures that your pearly whites won’t relapse.
* Take your retainers out when eating...and always put retainers in their case! (Most appliances are lost in school lunch rooms or restaurants.)
* Clean retainers thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and only a small amount of toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water.
* When retainers are not in your mouth they should ALWAYS be in a retainer case.
* Retainers are breakable, so treat them with care. If retainers are lost or broken, give us a call immediately.
* Remove retainers when swimming or during any sporting activity in which the retainers could fall out and get broken or lost (cheerleading, basketball, etc.) or when you should be wearing a mouth guard (football, soccer, etc.).

We hope this helps! You can always contact our team if you have any questions!

What about Orthodontic Insurance?

September 10th, 2010

Insurance questions are some of the most common we receive. While your coverage depends on your plan, Forever Smiles Orthodontics will take care of all of the necessary insurance filings. Some dental insurance plans provide orthodontic benefits, others do not, but if you are eligible for orthodontic benefits, you should provide us with a claim form from your insurance company. Questions about it? Ask us, we will gladly assist you in completing it. We accept most insurance assignments.

Utilizing all of your resources when choosing to undergo orthodontic treatment is very important. Whether it be the practices website, calling and speaking with anyone on staff, or speaking to the doctors themselves. These are the best ways to answer all of your questions, and decide the best course of action. At Forever Smiles, Dr. Razdolsky and Dr. Vij are not only interested in making sure you get that “perfect smile”, but also in making sure you understand exactly why it is important, too!

Orthodontics FAQ: Will braces hurt?

August 31st, 2010

Most prospective orthodontic patients are scared of the pain they have heard this treatment might cause. There are patients who are more sensitive and need some medication, at least in those first days, while others never have any pain through the treatment. Every patient and every treatment is different. The brackets are bonded right onto the tooth with special enamel glue. There is virtually no pain while the braces are being put on. We also encourage patients to go to our website at www.razdolsky.com and view other patient’s testimonials, watch videos and just familiarize themselves a little bit more with the whole process.

The bottom line: don't let fear of braces get in the way of a beautiful new smile! Schedule a consultation with us to learn all your options, and to get to know our doctors and staff!

How will keeping my smile healthy keep me healthy as a whole?

August 27th, 2010

At Forever Smiles, we understand that as a new patient or possible new patient, you have many general questions which need answered before you come to your first appointment. Being well informed makes you feel more comfortable coming to the office for the first time. We often get asked questions about how your teeth affect your overall health.

Sometimes, your teeth and your oral health get put on the back burner when we have a lot going on in our lives. People often tell themselves that because they brush everyday and there is no pain in their mouths, their teeth are fine. Many people are unaware of the fact that keeping your teeth healthy keeps you healthy! Oral health has an effect on many systems of the human body. If your mouth is not in a healthy state, chewing, digestion and all processes that follow can be negatively affected. Not taking care of your gums by brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist on a regular basis for cleanings, can lead to gum disease such as gingivitis. Bacteria can spread to the heart through blood stream.

The lesson? Brush and floss often, and visit your general dentist on a regular basis for a lifetime of healthy smiles!

Arden Shore Child and Family Services Fund Raiser

August 20th, 2010


We love to give back to the community. Just recently our entire staff participated in a fund raiser for Arden Shore Child and Family Services. We are honored to share letters and pictures with all of you. Check them out on our Facebook page!

Meet the Forever Smiles Orthodontics Team!

August 10th, 2010

Our entire team wants to make your experience at Forever Smiles Orthodontics a pleasant and enjoyable one. If you haven't had a chance to meet each member of our team, now is your chance! Check out the latest video we've made highlighting the folks who make it all happen at Forever Smiles Orthodontics of Grayslake & Buffalo Grove, IL!

Flossing Tips From Forever Smiles Orthodontics

August 6th, 2010

We all know the importance of brushing our teeth on a daily basis. Just as important, but sometimes forgotten, is flossing. Flossing on a daily basis is important for so many reasons; fighting gum disease, to prevent tooth decay, prevent halitosis (bad breath), to prevent tartar build-up, and also to reduce the risk of heart disease. We understand that the thought of flossing with braces or retainers in your mouth seems like a daunting task. That’s why, at Forever Smiles, Dr. Razdolsky, Dr. Vij and the clinical staff always take the extra time to go over flossing techniques with patients and parents. In addition to the verbal instruction, a video on flossing techniques is shown and available for viewing anytime on our website.

Dr. Razdolsky and Dr. Vij recommend a couple different devises to make flossing easier on your part. A floss threader guides the floss underneath wires and into difficult areas. A newer devise used for flossing with braces is called a Floss Fish. The Floss Fish uses regular dental floss and goes under the wire and between brackets so you can floss normally with braces on. We also recommend a Water Pik. Water Piks are useful along with brushing and flossing to effectively remove plaque and improve gum health.

Just remember, as challenging as it seems to floss with braces or retainers, it is extremely important to your overall health, and just one more thing you can do to make sure you stay smiling for years to come!

Ask the Patients: Why Did You Choose Dr. Razdolsky & Forever Smiles?

July 29th, 2010

Listen as several parents of patients describe their experience at Forever Smiles Orthodontics, a Buffalo Grove and Grayslake, IL based orthodontic practice. Learn more about Dr. Razdolsky, Dr. Vij, and our team on our web site at razdolsky.com.

Buffalo Grove, Orthodontist Wraps Up Successful Continuing Education Seminar

July 22nd, 2010


Buffalo Grove Orthodontist Dr. Yan Razdolsky recently held his eighth Annual Orthodontic Update Seminar at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Chicago.

About 130 dentists and dental hygienists attended the April 28 seminar accredited for continuing education credit through the American Academy of General Dentistry.

This year’s topics included information on efficient versus effective treatment, the fourth dimension in orthodontics, ICAT and SureSmile, temporary anchorage devices and lasers, interceptive techniques, interdisciplinary cases, distraction and Wilkodontics, and the lingual SureSmile technique.

The six-hour seminar helps dental professionals meet the 32 hours of continuing education credits they must obtain every two years, Razdolsky said.

Razdolsky offers the seminar as a means of educating general dentists on orthodontic issues. When Invisalign began marketing its product to general dentists, he knew the seminars could prove beneficial, said the Buffalo Grove braces expert.

In January 2009, the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics published a University of Illinois study on the effectiveness of Invisalign. That study determined the mean accuracy of tooth movement using Invisalign was 41 percent, according to the article.

“Since this information came out in an orthodontic journal, dentists don’t see it,” said Razdolsky, who also is a Buffalo Grove Invisalign provider. “I feel like it’s my obligation to enlighten dentists and to stress the importance of at least establishing a diagnosis.

The seminar is designed to expose dentists to the new technology and treatment modalities that are available. The goal is to better prepare the dentists who offer orthodontic treatment in their office to know when the patient needs more than a few aligners and should be referred to a specialist, Razdolsky said.

Learn More
If you would like to learn more about Dr. Yan Razdolsky Buffalo Grove orthodontics practice, or next year’s Annual Orthodontic Update Seminar, please visit his website: http://www.razdolsky.com/. Dr. Razdolsky has two office locations: 600 W. Lake Cook Rd., Ste. 150, in Buffalo Grove; and 1275 E. Belvidere Rd., Ste. 100, in Grayslake. To schedule a complimentary consultation, call (224) 588-5019 in Buffalo Grove or (224) 757-0811 in Grayslake.

About Dr. Yan Razdolsky
Dr. Yan Razdolsky loves being an orthodontist because it provides an opportunity to set the standard of orthodontic care. He is quick to master the newest procedures, and his love for the work and his patients drives him to deliver results quickly and efficiently. His goal is to exceed expectations by stressing treatment over finances, educating patients and making everyone feel comfortable.

Dr. Razdolsky received his dental education at the University of Illinois Medical Center and earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1985. From there, he completed two additional years of residency and extensive training in orthodontics and orthodontic research at the University of Illinois Medical Center. Dr. Razdolsky is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

He lectures throughout the United States and internationally and has served on numerous committees in dentistry and orthodontics to further dental science. He and his staff regularly participate in orthodontic, practice management and communication seminars to improve their skills and expand their services.

Dr. Razdolsky’s professional affiliations include the American and European Associations of Orthodontists, World Federation of Orthodontists, the Midwestern and Illinois State Societies of Orthodontists, the American Dental Society, the Illinois and Chicago Dental Societies, Academy of General Dentistry, and the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity.

He and his wife Anna have four children.

Drop Everything You are Doing and Smile!

July 14th, 2010

Do you have a big, toothy grin? If so, you probably aren't too unhappy with your smile. Studies show, that smiling makes you happier, and being happier about your teeth helps you smile more. Together, we make peoples lives better by giving them a better smile and a functional bite.

If you aren't comfortable smiling big, and certain types of braces have caused you problems in the past, you are in luck, because today's orthodontic techniques can turn your life around! For example, we have lingual braces, that are placed behind the teeth, so you can smile confidently even before your braces come off.

We are also pleased to offer the next generation of x-ray technology at Forever Smiles Orthodontics, the Cone Beam 3 dimensional x-ray. Being able to see your teeth, mouth and jaw from every angle allows us to improve diagnosis, resulting in better, more efficient treatment.

Want to learn more? Give either of our Grayslake or Buffalo Grove offices a call, or visit our web site!

Patient Testimonials at Forever Smiles

July 7th, 2010

Listen as several parents of patients describe their experience at Forever Smiles, a Buffalo Grove and Grayslake, IL based orthodontic practice. Learn more about Dr. Razdolsky, Dr. Vij, and our team on our web site at razdolsky.com

Dr. Razdolsky wants to appear on Oprah’s show and needs your vote!

June 28th, 2010

Why do we need your vote?

The American Smile is revered around the world but the public knows very little about limitless possibilities of the science of Orthodontia and its technological breakthroughs that are creating these beautiful smiles in a fraction of the time. What were not possible 5-10 years ago is now a reality, not just for kids, but for adults of all ages.

It is our desire to create a public awareness television program dealing with the evidence based orthodontics of today. Parents and potential adult patients will want to know what are the possibilities for a better looking smile and a more functional bite which can be achieved with much less discomfort and shorter time.

Please view Dr. Razdolsky's video by clicking here, and vote for our video on Oprah’s site.

Thank you!!!!

National Smile Month at Forever Smiles

June 25th, 2010

What is the first thing you notice about someone? Is it their smile, eyes, maybe their body? Actually, according to the American Dental Association, a person’s smile outranked all of that as the most important physical feature. At Forever Smiles, Dr. Razdolsky and Dr. Vij are committed to making your smile the first thing everyone notices! Now that we’re in June, we would like to remind all of our patients to smile wide! After all, June is National Smile Month, and a great time to promote good dental habits such as brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist, in addition to taking care of your braces. During the hot summer month drink plenty of water and take it easy on carbonated drinks.

Studies related to poor oral hygiene as a risk factor for infective endocarditis - related bacteremias were conducted by Peter Lockhart et al. showing that oral hygiene and gingival disease indexes were associated significantly with Infective Endocarditis(IE)-related bacteremia after toothbrushing. It is concluded that bacteremia after toothbrushing is associated with poor oral hygiene and gingival bleeding after toothbrushing. So, in plain english, improvements in oral hygiene may reduce the risk of developing IE. Questions? Give us a call, or check out our web site.

Happy National Smile Month!

Forever Smiles Wishing You A Happy National Smile Month

June 16th, 2010


It's June already! Where does the time go?

Dr. Razdolsky, Dr. Vij, and team are excited to tell you June marks National Smile Month, a great time to remind our patients to brush, floss, practice good nutrition at home (and over the summer) to avoid cavities and gum disease, among other dental health issues.

After all, there's more and more evidence that suggests folks with gum disease are more at risk for serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and strokes.

Here are a few easy steps you can improve your oral health at home:

* Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
* Floss everyday to clean between your teeth and braces
* Reduce your intake of sugary foods and drinks during orthodontic treatment.
* Visit your general dentist regularly (usually every six months apart).

If you have questions about any of the tips here, we encourage you to give us a call!

--Forever Smiles, Orthodontics in Grayslake and Buffalo Grove, IL

What Makes Forever Smiles Different?

June 11th, 2010

Dr. Razdolsky and Dr. Vij’s mission at Forever Smiles is to provide the most efficient and effective orthodontic care in a fun environment and to treat patients with Dignity and Respect. Dr. Razdolsky, Dr. Vij, and our Forever Smiles Staff are always in direct communication with all of our patient’s dental professionals to make sure that everyone receives superior treatment. Communication is also important between the patients, parents, Dr. Razdolsky and Dr. Vij. From the highly trained and educated assistants, treatment coordinators and our administrative staff, everyone is here to help and to guide you along your way through your treatment.

Patients, parents and family members should never hesitate to ask questions and make sure they understand each step along the way. Each appointment is an important step, and we want to make sure that it is always a fun and enjoyable experience. At Forever Smiles, whether you are a patient, or if you are waiting for a patient to finish his(her) appointment, there is always something for you to do. From the arcade to our Internet Café, you will never be bored in our office. If you get hungry while you are here, you can always grab one of our freshly baked cookies or even take one for later! You can even brush your teeth when you are finished at our convenient tooth brushing station where we always have extra tooth brushes, toothpaste, floss and mouth wash for your convenience.

We offer fun and exciting contests for each and every patient in our office. Every time a patient comes to an appointment, there are ways to win prizes! Patients and family members can also keep up with our contests and winners on our website and Facebook pages. We have videos of different appliances and procedures that we use in our offices, available on our website, our Facebook and our YouTube pages. This is a great way for patients and parents to educate themselves and to use as a forum to chat with other patients on different treatment.

Remember, each appointment during your treatment is important. It is our job to make sure that our mission, to provide the most efficient and effective orthodontic care in a fun environment and to treat patients with Dignity and Respect, is met each time you come to our office. Keeping you happy and of course, always smiling, along the way!

Going Green at Forever Smiles

June 4th, 2010

Dr. Razdolsky’s Orthodontic Practice, Forever Smiles, has been taking the steps needed in making both offices more environmentally-friendly. Dr. Razdolsky decided to go Digital and Chartless over 8 years ago. All of the x-ray machines are digital, resulting in the lowest radiation possible, going out in the sun for a day would expose you to more radiation then our digital x-ray machines. We have also incorporated an ICat 3D Cone Beam technology into our practice 2 years ago. The ICat takes a digital 3D x-ray of your entire skull thus tremendously improving the diagnosis. A study was done by the Radiation Department at the University of Michigan which found that a regular Medical CT scan gives off 1200-3300 uSv, but a 10 second ICat Scan only gives off 34 uSv.

Both of our offices use a scanning system and a dedicated server to save all documents directly into the database which is available for viewing by patients or their family dentists on-line. We also use a paper shredding service that is 100% recycled.

Our website is a wonderful resource which provides useful information resulting in less printed educational pamphlets. Patients coming to the office for their initial orthodontic consultation can also complete the forms needed for their first visit on-line. There are many educational videos on the website and information about the upcoming events to keep our patients 100% informed.

Dr. Razdolsky and Dr. Vij are making a commitment everyday with their entire staff, to conservation. They will continue to find ways to recycle, reduce and reuse everyday to preserve our planet and its resources, so you can keep on smiling for years to come!

Summer Orthodontic Safety Tips, from Forever Smiles

May 26th, 2010

Summertime is almost here! It’s time for camp, sports and lots of fun activities outside. Just remember some of these important tips for you and your braces!

1. If you need to wear a mouth guard for sports while in braces, just make sure that it’s not a custom fit mouth guard, you do not want to restrict the tooth movement. We can provide you a “one-size-fits-all” guard.

2. If you wear Invisalign aligners, you should still wear a mouth guard for sports. The Invisalign aligners will not work as well as a mouth guard to protect your teeth during sports.

3. Along with sports and activities in summer there is also the food. Who could imagine having a BBQ without corn on the cob, right?!?! You can still enjoy your corn, just cut the corn off of the cob first and then enjoy! Apples are another one that you will want to be careful with. Avoid biting into the apple, whole. Try cutting it into little pieces and enjoying it that way. Another item you will want to avoid will be ice. Cubes of ice are SO tempting when it’s hot and humid out, but biting into that cube could break a bracket right off.

4. If you are hit in the mouth, and a tooth gets knocked out, place the tooth in the vestibule of your mouth and call us right away. Either Dr. Vij or Dr. Razdolsky will see you even if it is on a weekend when the office is closed. You should also contact your dentist ASAP for him(her) to rule out tooth fracture. If your teeth are chipped or broken your dentist will discuss bonding procedure or a veneer.

5. Sports drinks are bad for your teeth and contribute to decalcification(softening of the enamel). Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep your teeth healthy.

Just remember, caring for your braces is only temporary, but your new, beautiful smile will last a lifetime!

-From Drs. Razdolsky, Vij, and the Forever Smiles Team of Grayslake and Buffalo Grove, IL

Wii Have A Winner!

May 21st, 2010

At Forever Smiles, Dr. Razdolsky, Dr. Vij and the team consider referrals to be the highest compliment we could receive from our patients. So every few months, we hold a referral drawing contest for patients to win a Nintendo Wii! A winner has been drawn for the latest referral contest, congratulations Emily!

Do you want to be like Emily? Simply refer a friend to Dr.Razdolsky’s Orthodontic Office in Buffalo Grove or Grayslake and you can be entered in our next drawing which will take place in November.

The Forever Smiles On-Time Contest Winners

May 14th, 2010

Congratulations to our March winners, Kayla of the Buffalo Grove office, and Nicole of the Grayslake office. They each have received a $10.00 gift card just for being on time!

To participate, just save your appointment slip and have a front desk coordinator initial that you were on-time and enter it in the drawing box slot. When you're on time for your appointment, we will do our very best to be on-time for you!

Spring Cleaning: Time to Turn In Your Nickels!

May 7th, 2010

Spring is here, are we ready for the cleaning? Well, as you go through the cleaning many of you may come across some wooden nickels floating around the corner of the house. This is the greatest time to turn in your wooden nickels and claim your prizes in the office. Many items are only 20 wooden nickels each, including Stone Washed T-Shirts, Sugar Lips Tank Tops, Water Bottles, Mugs, 5-Prong Highlighter, and others. You can enjoy them by redeeming your tokens or points. These items are exhibited in our show cases in both offices. Please talk to any of our administrative staff if you need any help.

-Forever Smiles of Grayslake and Buffalo Grove, IL

Ask Forever Smiles: Am I too old for braces?

April 30th, 2010

Who’s afraid of “metal mouth” and the appearance of braces? Not adults, apparently. Recently, our staff at Forever Smiles read a fascinating statistic: the number of adults getting braces has actually climbed 24 percent since 1996! Yes, braces help make your pearly whites strong, healthy and perfectly-aligned, but perhaps another reason for the spike in adult braces is this: people want to look and feel great. In an age—and society—where looks matter as much as anything, and at a time when evenly-aligned teeth might be the difference between getting a job or a promotion, adults are choosing—wisely, we might add—to invest in orthodontics. Orthodontic treatment with Forever Smiles of Grayslake and Buffalo Grove, IL can be successful at any age, and adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful smile.

If you’ve been thinking about getting that perfect smile, we would love to have you visit for a consultation. Please give us a call to set one up!

This Earth Day, what are you up to?

April 22nd, 2010

Earth Day, designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth's environment, marks its 40th anniversary today. Earth Day was founded by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson on April 22, 1970 and is observed every April 22nd on virtually every country on Earth.

Whether lending a helping hand to plant trees or getting out to volunteer in the Grayslake and Buffalo Grove communities, today is your opportunity to get started in making your impact year-round. Tell us, what are you up to? Are you making a difference today? How long have you participated in helping our planet? You may reply here or on our Facebook fan page!

Happy Earth Day, from Forever Smiles!

Drs. Razdolsky & Vij, Helping Kids Want to Smile

April 16th, 2010


Ask any child with less-than-perfect teeth about teasing and nicknames and you'll no doubt hear a sad story. We hear them every day – Goofy, Bugs Bunny, Fang. Some fun. There is real substance to such a child's social pain.

One study on childhood harassment found that misaligned or protruding teeth were the single most common target of name-calling among children. Further, children with orthodontic problems are more subject to bullying than their luckier peers.

We've all experienced the hostility of childhood epithets – it's part of growing up. But for some of us, the bad memories don't "go away." Early and persistent humiliation can become an adult's psychological baggage.

Part of our task as orthodontists is a social one. We know how a child with a problem bite feels. And we know that it's a preventable situation. We have the means to correct every "bad bite" out there – and with it, the social brutality so devastating to young self-esteem.

We want every child in our community to have the advantages of a normal, healthy countenance. Orthodontic evaluation is the first step. Call us for a consultation. The payback for your child lasts a lifetime.

--Forever Smiles, Drs. Razdolsky and Vij of Buffalo Grove & Grayslake, IL

Presentation to the Polish American Dental Society

April 8th, 2010


This February, Dr. Razdolsky gave a presentation at the Polish American Dental Society Meeting. The speech was very well received by the study group, and as Dr. Dorothy Anasinski, a fellow member of the group put it, “Everyone was captivated with the high tech orthodontics Dr. Razdolsky presented!” Enjoy the photos we have shared here and on Facebook, and be sure to leave us a comment!

A Head Start for Healthy Smiles

April 2nd, 2010

After evaluating your child, Dr. Razdolsky may simply want to check your child periodically while the permanent teeth are erupting and the jaws and face continue to grow. However, if your child has a problem that requires attention, Dr. Razdolsky may recommend interceptive treatment. An early intervention takes advantage of facial growth and tooth eruption that can lessen the severity of a problem and frequently makes the completion of treatment at a later age less time-consuming and without extractions.

An interceptive treatment may be beneficial in:
* Avoiding fracture or loss of protruding teeth
* Assuring that the jaws and teeth meet properly during chewing and swallowing
* Eliminating adverse habits such as thumb-finger sucking, tongue thrusting and lip habits
* Correcting early alignment of teeth
* Enhancing proper speech development
* Evaluating breathing problems that may adversely affect normal growth and jaw shape
* Correcting crossbite, tooth grinding, tooth interference and lower jaw displacement
* Coordinating the extraction of primary (baby) teeth with the family dentist and allowing for proper eruption of permanent teeth
* Improving self-image

Orthodontic problems left unattended can adversely affect a child's speech, general health and self-esteem. A child's self confidence almost always increases when his or her smile is improved. An impact which should not be underestimated!

Dr. Razdolsky at the World Federation of Orthodontists Meeting

March 16th, 2010

In February, Dr. Razdolsky attended the World Federation of Orthodontists Meeting in Sydney, Australia to continue his passion of ever continuing his high standard in bringing beautiful smiles to his patients. It is no doubt that Dr. Razdolsky keeps his staff on their toes with many new technologies and exciting educational updates to achieve the highest quality of standards to his patients. Dr. Razdolsky and staff are committed to deliver their mission statement to provide "The most Efficient and Effective orthodontic care in a fun environment".

Call either of our convenient offices located in Grayslake and Buffalo Grove, Illinois to learn more, or visit our web site!

A Patient Testimonial for Dr. Razdolsky

March 13th, 2010

Dear Dr Razdolsky,

I want to thank you for everything you have done for me. My teeth look great and I get compliments on them all the time. I appreciate all the EXTRA efforts you and your wonderful staff have done for me. I am sending you some pictures of my friends and I after I got the braces off and the implant and crown placed. I am smiling so much more now. I will continue to highly recommend you as an orthodontist to many people. I wish you much health, wealth, happiness, and continued success. You are truly an amazing orthodontist and I just wanted to remind you of that. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Sidrah A.

What’s so special about an Orthodontist?

March 5th, 2010

"Dentists, Orthodontists, they're all the same right?" We hear our patients asking this question as they wonder about the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist. Before becoming an orthodontist Drs. Razdolsky and Vij started out in dental school and earned a DDS (dental degree), just like your dentist. After dental school however, both doctors decided they wanted to learn more about orthodontics, which is one of nine specialties within the dental field. So each stayed in school for a few more years and became an expert in orthodontics; which focuses on tooth and jaw alignment and bite problems like overbites and under bites.

Other dental specialties you may have heard of include endodontic (focusing on the soft tissue inside your teeth), periodontic (focusing on the gums and other tissues surrounding your teeth) and prosthodontic (focusing on restoring and replacing damaged teeth).

Isn't it nice to know there's a dental expert here to help you through any type of treatment your teeth, jaw and gums might need?

Go Incognito!

February 27th, 2010

We understand many orthodontic patients have an aversion to the idea of “metal mouth” during treatment. A lot of patients have found alternatives to the classic bracing system, instead choosing to strengthen their pearly whites with iBraces/Incognito, lingual orthodontic braces that are made for teens and adults, and are custom-made for each person. Because they are placed behind your teeth, they are hidden, and no one will ever know you are wearing braces unless you tell them.

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, or would like to know more about Incognito, please visit our web site or contact Forever Smiles today!

-- Dr. Razdolsky, Dr. Vij

What are patients saying about Forever Smiles?

February 20th, 2010

Drs. Razdolsky and Vij, as well as our entire team, love getting patient reviews. And lately, Forever Smiles, serving Grayslake, Buffalo Grove and surrounding communities, has been getting some pretty great patient testimonials! We thought we'd share some with you today! Please feel free to contribute your own thoughts about our office and enjoy your weekend!

"Dr. Razdolsky is very personable. I love the appearance of the office and the added features such as the television and the internet access. The office is run quickly and efficiently. Everyone is very friendly." ~ Anthony L.

"Dr. Razdolsky is friendly and so patient with both me and my son. He understands how Kyle feels about his teeth and shows compassion and empathy.I feel very lucky and fortunate to be working with him." ~ Kyle's mother

"Very nice to deal with, they really do care about your teeth and were very helpful in trying to find a payment plan that worked for me. Procedure was actually painless, loved it! plan on bringing my children to Dr. Razdolsky for sure." ~ Gina D.

"Dr. Razdolsky is understanding and genuinely cares about his patients. I have a special case with a missing tooth. He is kindhearted and wants to improve my smile. After my treatment with him, I know my implant will look great. He always has a smile on his face and greets all his patients well. I am so fortunate to have him as orthodontist. I appreciate all the time and effort he has put into my difficult situation. He is knowledgeable and is not in the profession for the money. He truly cares. Thank you Dr. Razdolsky for all you patience and help." ~ Sidrah A.

Ask Drs. Razdolsky and Vij: Why is it important to have straight teeth?

February 12th, 2010

People have been wondering why Drs. Razdolsky and Vij 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 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! We recognize, however, that the decision to receive orthodontic treatment is personal; and at Forever Smiles, we promise to respect your decision by providing the most efficient, effective, and personal orthodontic care possible.

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. Drs. Razdolsky or Vij can help you decide whether or not you will benefit from orthodontic treatment at Forever Smiles.

Meet Our Orthodontists

February 5th, 2010

Dr. Yan Razdolsky lectures in the US and internationally and has numerous publications. He had served on many committees in dentistry and orthodontics to further dental science. Ever the continuing student, Dr. Razdolsky and his staff regularly participate in orthodontic, practice management, and communication seminars to improve their skills and expand their services.

Dr. Razdolsky’s inventions include five Razdolsky Distraction Osteogenesis Devices (ROD Appliance), which are used for horizontal and vertical bone growth in the jaw. He has received many accolades for his work all over the world.

When Dr. Razdolsky is not at the office, you could probably find him at one of his children’s hockey games, meets, or rooting for the Blackhawks if it’s hockey season! He and his wife, Anna, have 4 children that keep them very busy and very happy: 2 boys and 2 girls. His other interests are skiing and traveling.

Dr. Kapil Vij is originally from India and immigrated to the US at the age of 16. He attended Glenbrook South in Glenview where he graduated cum laude and was awarded first place overall and second place state science olympiad. Dr. Vij was awarded the Roger Adams Scholarship in Chemistry, Distinction in Research and a Deans List during his bachelor of science in Biology.

After receiving his BS in Biology with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Vij continued into dental education at the University of Illinois (UIC), College of Dentistry. After earning the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) in 1999, he pursued a two-year residency and training in pediatric dentistry at UIC (2001). Dr. Vij completed his specialty training of Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics in 2007 at Jacksonville University. He is currently on staff with UIC as Clinical Assistant Professor. Dr. Vij consistently demonstrates thoroughness and keen diagnostic acumen throughout all aspects of dental patient care. He continues his education by teaching residents at the University of Illinois, which keeps him challenged, which he particularly likes.

During dental school, Dr. Vij was the recipient of numerous academic awards. These awards include the prestigious status of distinctive awards such as the Oral Maxillofacial Radiology Award, American Society of Dentistry for Children Award, and the American Dental Association - Caulk/Dentsply Research Award.

When he is not working, Dr. Vij works out at the gym and plays soccer and tennis.

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