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How to Keep Teeth Grinding From Turning Into TMJ Sep 1st, 2019

Almost everyone has clenched their teeth at some time in their lives. But, when teeth grinding is a nightly occurrence it can lead to complications in your oral health, including the development of TMJ. At Smashing Smiles Orthodontics in Washington, D.C., Allena Willis Kennerly, DMD, not only helps patients get...

Did You Know Your Orthodontist Can Treat Your Sleep Apnea? Aug 1st, 2019

At Smashing Smiles Orthodontics in Washington, D.C., patients are getting straight teeth and better sleep thanks to Allena Willis Kennerly, DMD. While she treats all dental issues, she treats sleep apnea as well.  If you have sleep apnea, you may not know it, but your partner will. They may tell...

Tips for Taking Care of Your Invisalign® Trays Jul 10th, 2019

Congratulations! Dr. Allena Willis Kennerly and Invisalign® are transforming your smile into a stunner. But now that you have the trays, it’s important to take care of them. Here are some tips on how to keep your aligners in tip-top condition. What is Invisalign? Invisalign is a clear alignment system...

How Straight Teeth Benefit Oral Health As Well As Your Teen's Smile Jul 1st, 2019

Orthodontics is the practice of fixing misaligned teeth. There are several reasons why teenagers might want orthodontic treatment. Overbite, underbite, crossbite, gapped teeth, and crooked teeth are the most common ones. And while it’s no secret straight teeth can drastically improve a smile. Did you know straightening teeth can improve...

5 Super-Cool Facts About Invisalign Teen You Didn't Know Jun 18th, 2019

Clear aligners, which make straightening your teeth easier and prettier than traditional braces, aren’t new. They’ve been around for about 20 years and have straightened the teeth of millions of adults. But the take-in/take-out aligners weren’t always the best choice for teens, who aren’t known for their cooperation and compliance...

Teen Invisalign®: Because Straight Teeth are Important to Your Oral Health May 8th, 2019

Your teen has enough to worry about with academics, social pressures, and family and personal obligations. Having crooked or crowded teeth can have a negative impact on all the different aspects of their well-being, including their oral health. Crooked teeth aren’t just a cosmetic concern, they make it much harder...

Why Invisalign Teen is Superior to Those DIY Orthodontic Aligners Systems Apr 8th, 2019

When successful, there’s enormous satisfaction in going DIY (do-it-yourself) on a project — the money you save and your sense of accomplishment will have you smiling for days. But the other side of the equation — DIY projects gone bad — are the stuff of legend, costing far more in...

What’s the Best Age to Start Invisalign Teen® Mar 19th, 2019

Parents often ask me: What’s the best age to get my child started with Invisalign Teen? The answer is once he or she has lost all their baby teeth and their permanent teeth have arrived. By the age of 13, your child will have most of his permanent teeth; with...

Even More Reasons to Love Invisalign Teen Feb 14th, 2019

Abnormal bite alignment, crooked permanent teeth, and spacing issues often emerge when children are still in elementary school, well before they become teenagers. Although some grade-schoolers can benefit greatly from early intervention orthodontic care, most kids don’t get braces until they’re a bit older.   That’s because teens are ideally...

The Health Benefits of Straight Teeth Dec 7th, 2018

Straight and even teeth are a wonderful asset. Not only is your smile much more becoming, but you have a self-confident way about you when your teeth are near perfect. Aside from aesthetics, having straight teeth also provides health benefits you probably never knew about. Most of us aren’t born...

Braces & Sports: Why Mouthguards are Important Nov 20th, 2018

Lots of teenagers — and even adults — have braces fitted to straighten out teeth and address jaw problems. It can be a pretty tough time for anyone with braces, as they adjust to life with a mouth that’s full of metal or plastic. Despite this, braces are very effective...

5 Reasons to Consider Dental Implants Oct 17th, 2018

Today you can see ads for dental implants in every magazine and all over TV and the internet. They are a newer choice for people with missing teeth. At Smashing Smiles Orthodontics, Allena Willis Kennerly, DMD, can offer you strong, permanent implants to replace your missing or failing teeth. An...

5 Smile Flaws You Didn't Know Invisalign® Could Correct Sep 26th, 2018

Here’s an interesting historical fact: Archaeologists have found ancient mummies with wire or catgut wrapped around individual teeth to keep them straight or move them into different positions. It’s pretty amazing that even thousands of years ago, our ancient forebears were practicing their own kind of orthodontics and smile enhancement!Your...

Why Adults With Crooked Teeth Should Consider Orthodontics Aug 15th, 2018

Straight, beautiful teeth and an attractive smile are something everyone aspires to, but few people are born with them. The excitement of that first one or two teeth sure gets the attention of the parents and grandparents, but then comes the permanent teeth phase when crooked teeth and other alignment...