Poking Wire? Here are Some Pointers

We know that having metal in your mouth doesn’t always feel like the most natural thing. Fortunately, after you get your braces on and have your initial adjustment, most people don’t even notice their braces are there. However, sometimes a pesky wire will escape and remind you that your braces are there. Have no fear Read More

5 Fun Activities to do with Your Kids at Home

With many of us transitioning to the “new normal” of homeschooling our children, the change can be tough. Balancing work and home life can be challenging for any parent. But how can you make learning fun and engaging while social distancing? Don’t fret! Dr. Dennis Flanagan DDS MS has 5 activities you can do at home Read More

4 Benefits of Virtual Orthodontic Appointments

Virtual orthodontic appointments are nothing new, yet have become more common practice since the spread of COVID-19. As an alternative to meeting in-person, virtual orthodontic consultations are a great way to stay healthy while social distancing. If you or someone you know is considering braces or clear aligners, Dr. Dennis Flanagan DDS MS shares 4 benefits Read More

Step Up Your Selfie Game with Orthodontics

Every patient has their own reasons for deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment. For teens, image has always been a key factor in social integration, and in today’s beauty-conscious society, a beautiful smile is high on their list of priorities. The ever-popular selfie gives teens a confidence boost and social media is the ideal platform to Read More

Foods to Avoid with Braces During COVID-19 Pandemic

You’ve already been told a hundred times, but we’re telling you again: be very mindful of what you eat while wearing braces. Dr. Dennis J. Flanagan in Rockford and Winnebago, IL is a firm believer that taking care of your braces is crucial to getting a great orthodontic result! During the coronavirus quarantine, it is harder Read More

What About My Braces During COVID-19?

With the rapid spread of COVID-19 forcing many orthodontic and dental offices to temporarily close, it is more important now than ever to practice good oral hygiene. Although we may not be sure exactly when our practice will be able to open its doors again, your smile is still our priority. For those currently undergoing Read More

Why I Do Need To Wear Elastics?

Elastics, also known as rubber bands, are a very normal part of orthodontic treatment. However, we know that people sometimes find them to be a nuisance or difficult to adjust to wearing. It is important to know that the orthodontic practice of Dr. Dennis Flanagan DDS MS has you wearing elastics because they are essential Read More

5 Tips for Teaching Kids How to Brush

Good oral hygiene is a crucial part of a person’s health. Thus, it is imperative that parents help teach their kids not only to brush their teeth twice a day but also how to do so effectively. Rather than making it a chore, try to make cleaning their teeth a fun and enjoyable experience. To Read More

Common Speech Problems Orthodontics Can Help

Did you know that the alignment of your teeth can affect your speech? If you struggle to pronounce certain words, your teeth could be the reason why. Thankfully, orthodontics can help. The orthodontic office of Dr. Dennis Flanagan DDS MS can provide orthodontic treatment to resolve common oral problems such as: Lisp or Whistling Lisps or Read More

5 Reasons to Smile in the Year 2020

There are a lot of reasons you should be flashing those pearly whites more often – smiling is good for your health! According to Psychology Today, when you smile you activate neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness. As we close out the year, it is important to find reasons to smile and be Read More

Should My Mouthguard Be Custom or Store Bought?

Anyone participating in a sport should wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth. This is especially important for anyone undergoing orthodontic treatment. Braces and wires can damage the mouth if you receive a ball to the face. Many people ask whether it is necessary to invest in a custom-fit mouthguard or will an over-the-counter one Read More