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From Tooth Fairy to Forever Smiles

March 16th, 2021

As folklore would have it, the Tooth Fairy is a magical being with the important job of helping children cope with the confusion and shock of losing their baby teeth. For some, the idea of the Tooth Fairy conjures up images of a Tinker Bell like character, while for others something more like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Either way you envision the magical being, both sport wings and a wand and sneak into your child’s room to capture a tooth and leave behind a coin as payment. Awesome, right?!?

As your child matures however, they will eventually come to the realization that the Tooth Fairy cannot possibly exist. Try as you might, if they come to this conclusion on their own do not persist for the sake of their innocence, simply take this important opportunity to talk with them about traditions and the significance of folklore in pop culture. You can also take this opportunity to first introduce your child to Dr. Razdolsky and the Forever Smiles team.

Now if your child is still young, learning there is no Tooth Fairy can be quite traumatic. Take your cues from them as to whether they still want to believe. If you child is age 7 though, this is the perfect time to schedule their first appointment with the Forever Smiles team.

“I recommend parents bring their child in as early as age 7 so that we can evaluate their jaw growth and see how their adult teeth are developing under the surface,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “This stage in their development is ideal as we can assess their mixed dentition and diagnose any orthodontic problems in the earliest stages.”

A motto of Forever Smiles is “Prevention is better than cure.” That said, if you suspect something is off and your child is younger than age 7, you should not wait to get a recommendation from your dentist to get an orthodontic screening. Just the same, even if your child is over 8 it does not mean it’s too late.

“An early orthodontic evaluation will help us determine if, and when it is best for your child to begin treatment. Because every child is different and can have differing issues, growth and development often plays a key role in treatment as we can use predictable stages of natural growth to our treatment advantage,” said Dr. Razdolsky. “For some children, early intervention can often ward off problems, reducing treatment time and overall expense.”

So whether the Tooth Fairy has come calling or hung up her wand, we look forward to seeing your child in our office. It’s never too early (or too late) to get them on the path to their beautiful forever smile!

How to Care for Your Invisalign® Aligners

March 10th, 2021

Is it possible to straighten the teeth without braces? Yes, it is. Welcome to the world of Invisalign aligners. Invisalign aligners are made from a clear, thermoplastic material that is custom made to fit your teeth. Unlike conventional braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. More importantly, the clear thermoplastic material makes the aligners invisible, which is ideal if the thought of metal braces and elastics make you self-conscious. For the best results, proper handling and care of your Invisalign aligners is important. Follow these steps to take care of your aligners:

1. Do not eat or drink hot beverages while wearing aligners. It's a good idea to get in the practice of removing the aligners before eating and drinking. Because the aligners are made of plastic resin, heat can distort and damage them. Also, eating while wearing the aligners will cause sugar and other food particles to stay on your teeth, which contributes to plaque and tooth decay.

2. Clean the aligner trays regularly. Invisalign aligners are exposed to the same bacteria and plaque that your mouth is, so you need to clean them as regularly as you clean your teeth. However, avoid cleaning the aligners with harsh chemicals. We recommend using a cleaning kit or some other type of specific solution. When it comes to cleaning Invisalign aligners, carefully follow the instructions given by Dr. Yan Razdolsky.

3. Store aligners in a cool, dry, safe place. When you’re not wearing the aligners, store them in the case provided by our office. If you don’t use the case, they can easily be lost. Keeping them out of reach of small children and pets is also a good idea. The last thing you want is for Fido to think your Invisalign aligners are chew toys.

4. Don’t chew gum while wearing aligners. There’s one thing that conventional braces and Invisalign aligners have in common: chewing gum damages both of them.

5. Don’t soak aligners in mouthwash. Many popular mouthwashes contain a color pigment. It’s possible that soaking Invisalign aligners in mouthwash will tint or stain them.

For more tips and tricks for a successful Invisalign experience, contact our Buffalo Grove office!

The Slop-Py Side Of Orthodontics

March 4th, 2021

Dr. and Anna Razdolsky are happy to share that their daughter, Dr. Elizabeth recently co-authored a continuing education article on a novel way to calculate the necessary force required for different archwires during orthodontic treatment. Published in Orthotown, the written course titled, “Slop-py Work – Calculating theoretical torque loss utilizing rectangular and square-shaped archwires” shares the team’s research and formula.

“Overall, because appliances such as braces have rectangular slots, they can utilize rectangular archwires to control torque expression. However, a higher degree of dimensional precision of brackets and archwires is required to take both torque expression and the wire/slot play into account,” the authors write. “Torque must be adjusted in a controlled manner, so the resulting force does not prevent any biological tooth movements; therefore, for desirable physiologic forces to be applied, it’s necessary to take into account a certain degree of slop between the wire and bracket interface. However, few effective formulas exist that provide information to assist with clinical decisions,” they continue.

Fixed orthodontic appliances are designed to apply force to teeth in three planes of space. The first order is lingual and rotational movements; second order is gingival and root tip; and third is the rotation along a mesial–distal axis, or torque. It is in this third order where fixed orthodontic appliances accommodate a rectangular archwire that controls third-order movements.

If rectangular wires are too snug to brackets the force may hinder biological tooth movement, therefore some play or “slop” between the wire/bracket interface is necessary allowing a reduced expression of torque to create a more physiological application of force during tooth movement.

“To select the ideal archwire for a given bracket system, it is beneficial to understand the relative degrees of slop between different archwire dimensions within a given bracket system. Although this can be calculated mathematically, it is important to note that calculated theoretical slop does not take into account archwire stiffness due to its material and geometrical properties and variation within the manufacturing process,” the authors write.

It is because this slop between varying archwire options is of critical clinical significance, the authors developed the continuing education study to inform readers of the simple formula to mathematically calculate it.

To read more on Elizabeth and her team’s continuing education course read Orthotown’s December 2020 issue at

No Wooden Teeth, Please! Why Oral Health is So Important

February 24th, 2021

Your teeth are precious. Once your permanent teeth come in, they need to last you a lifetime. Extensive tooth decay can lead to dental caries and the need for fillings, crowns, bridges, and dentures.

While these fixes can go a long way toward maintaining your quality of life, they cannot compare to your natural teeth. Getting braces is no excuse to let up on your thorough oral health routine: You need to take good care of your teeth before, during, and after braces to benefit completely from the gains you get from newly straightened teeth.

Why You Should Maintain Good Oral Health for Life

Begin a complete oral health regimen as early as possible in life, and maintain this routine throughout your life. Keeping your (or your child’s baby) teeth clean establishes a routine. It preserves healthy baby teeth whose function is to save space for the permanent teeth when they are ready to come in. Care of your permanent teeth helps preserve the enamel and prevent decay.

Take Special Care with Braces

It is important to pay attention to oral health when you have braces. If you do not take special care of your teeth during the months or years that you have braces, you risk irreversible damage to your teeth. Care is more difficult with braces because food can easily get stuck. In addition to brushing twice daily and flossing each day, Dr. Yan Razdolsky and our staff suggest avoiding sticky foods.