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Decades of Forever Smiles

March 7th, 2019

Dr. Razdolsky and the Forever Smiles team are honored and proud to be celebrating their 30th anniversary at the Buffalo Grove location. That’s 360 months and more than ten thousand days creating beautiful Forever Smiles for patients both past and present.

“Working with patients of all ages over the past 30 years has been an amazing experience,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “Through the years, we have not only gotten to know our patients, they have become a part of our own family. We’ve been able to help hundreds of children achieve beautiful Forever smiles, and then subsequently their own children come to us as well,” he continued.

Plenty has changed at Forever Smiles over the past thirty years, including hairstyles, clothing fads, interior finishes, furnishings, and even the technology. But what the team at Forever Smiles is most proud of is their on-going commitment to stay up to date with the latest in Orthodontic advancements. Indeed, there have been big changes in technology which has vastly improved the field of orthodontics. Dr. Razdolsky regularly shares with us how orthodontics is continually evolving, and how he propels his practice to keep pace.

“We now use 3D digital x-rays and photography to reduce radiation, as well as digital impressions and virtual planning tools in developing treatment options for better patient care,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “Even more exciting is how orthodontics has increased use of peer-reviewed, evidence-based techniques to help improve planning decisions. Technology has really helped the professional orthodontic community to come together in making these ever-important connections.”

For instance, Forever Smiles recently joined the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. This is a great organization which Dr. Razdolsky thinks will be pivotal to research and new opportunities for treatment in the field. It also provides Forever Smiles a tremendous platform to share ideas with other talented dental professionals which in-turn benefits patients with better diagnosis and treatment outcomes.

Yes, the office has experienced cosmetic and technological changes over the past 30 years, but what has not changed? The Forever Smiles commitment to providing patients the best level of care in a professional and inviting environment.

During their years at the Buffalo Grove location, Dr. and Anna Razdolsky have raised their four wonderful children and recently celebrated the birth of their second grandchild.

“While the Forever Smiles family has grown over that time, so has our own,” says Anna. “We are so lucky to have our Forever Smiles family and team to share our lives with. It makes the journey so much more fun and fulfilling.”

And while reminiscing about the past is great, what the future holds is very exciting. The Forever Smiles team looks forward to building strong relationships with our current and future patients while creating Forever Smiles that will last a lifetime!

AAO Winter Conference

February 21st, 2019

Sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, have become a significant health issue in the United States with an estimated 22 million Americans suffering from sleep apnea. Nearly 80 percent of those cases are diagnosed with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) caused by a blockage of the airway. It is found that orthodontists are uniquely suited to treat sleep apnea, as the same examination for orthodontic therapy can be used to screen for potential sleep apnea patients. Moreover, the oral devices for managing OSA are often repurposed orthodontic appliances. Therefore, further study of how orthodontic therapy for children and adolescents can, for many patients, help cure sleep apnea is of pressing importance.

This years’ American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) 2019 Winter Conference was a leadership forum for this increasingly important topic. Titled, Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics: Consensus and Guidance, the conference held January 25-27, in Marco Island, Florida included more than 20 lectures covering a wide range of perspectives. Discussion and lectures offered an intensive examination of obstructive sleep apnea presented by dental and noted medical specialists and experts in the field.

In fact, the relevant ties of sleep apnea to the field of orthodontics is so significant the AAO has established a task force for consensus review. Attendees at the conference were the first to get an early look at the committee’s report and were able to engage in in-depth discussions to further share first-hand experiences with other professional peers.

“This conference is significant as sleep apnea is a major contributor to health-related problems and safety issues that have great social and economic consequences,” said Dr. Yan Razdolsky. “As orthodontists, we see younger patients and are in a better position to diagnose and treat early OSA in a less-invasive manner and for better long-term results.”

Dr. Razdolsky went on to say, “We have seen a significant number of patients who exhibit early indicators that can point to OSA later in life. As studies and research on the issue become more prevalent, we can learn to not only help reduce the number of those afflicted, we can also use orthodontics to address issues in adults using the same techniques. Just another added benefit to more adults having braces,” he added.

Thankfully the conference wasn’t all lectures halls. Dr. Razdolsky did make time to enjoy some of the activities available around Marco Island.


The Mighty Little TADs

January 28th, 2019


The science behind successful orthodontic treatment requires a thorough understanding of biology and physics. For example, Newton’s Third Law. “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction,” describes the literal force necessary for tooth movement, realignment and bite correction. Therefore, Orthodontics uses physics, including the understanding of torque, pressure, pulling, pushing and the appropriate counteraction to straighten teeth.

According to Newton, forces always come in pairs -- equal and opposite. But what about those unusual cases where a simple back or forth isn’t going to correct an orthodontic problem? Sometimes equal and opposite means that in order to move a tooth the desired way, you must work up, down, in and even outside the mouth. For some patients, this means successful treatment may require headgear be worn for up to 12 hours or more per day. Ugh!

But for others, there can be great news in the form of a little titanium screw called a temporary anchorage device or TADs. These mini biocompatible screws are implanted into the jawbone to serve as anchors to aid in realignment. As the name implies, these mini implants are used temporarily then later removed after treatment. In some cases, Dr. Razdolsky can employ TADs as an alternative to headgear allowing for greater results in a less invasive way. TADs devices deliver more predictable results, can reduce treatment time, help avoid the removal of teeth, circumvent surgery and can even help patients avoid headgear altogether.

Take for example the case of a gummy smile. Truly there is not a set definition of what makes a smile gummy, but you’ll likely know one when you see it. Often patients who are considered gummy have an excessive gingival display of about 3mm or more. It is interesting that the condition is more common in women than men. Additionally, there can be a number of causes, and therefore treatments available – including in some instances TADs.

Take, for instance, the patient in example one (left) has extended maxillary central incisors. Through the use of TADs, Dr. Razdolsky and the team were able to apply the proper force to vertically align the patient’s teeth for a straighter smile. Similarly, the patient in example two (right) had both bicuspids lifted into alignment for a nice even aesthetic.

But what makes TADs even more impressive is when they are employed in more complex cases. Just take a look at the study diagrams below and see how Dr. Razdolsky uses TADs along with a lingual arch to shift the second maxillary molars and completely realign this patient’s anterior open bite. Pretty cool when you think about it. All this from a tiny, but very mighty little screw. The force is strong with this one.

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!

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