Good news! Our office is open and ready to welcome you back:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routine. While things have changed, one thing at Horton & Vranas, DDS has remained the same: Our Constant Commitment to Your Safety and the Safety of Our Team.

As you have surely seen during your visits to our office, infection control has always been a top priority for our office. Our strict processes have consistently made the care you receive at Horton & Vranas, DDS both safe and comfortable.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We continue to closely monitor the recommendations of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

When it is time for your next appointment, you will see some changes to help protect our patients and our team. For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you prior to or when making your appointment to ask some screening questions. You will be asked these same questions when you are in the office.
  • A screening form will be sent via email, in most cases for completion and returned to our office no more than 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • We will ask you remain in your car and you will be called or texted when we are ready to bring you directly to the treatment room.
  • Prior to entering our office, you will be asked to wear a mask. If you do not have one, please inform us and one will be provided.
  • Your temperature will be taken.
  • You will be asked to wash your hands and complete a pre-procedural rinse once in the treatment room.
  • You are encouraged to bring your own iPad, Earbuds and reading materials.
  • We will do our best to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the office at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 630-377-1010 or visit our website at

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends in the safest way possible.


Michele Shely Horton, DDS., FAGD
Ellena Kontos Vranas, DDS., FAGD
and Team

Your Dentists in St. Charles, IL!

Dentist St. Charles, IL

We believe the very best dental care begins with caring about people, and that is why for over 30 years, Dr. Michele Shely Horton and Dr. Ellena Kontos Vranas have been providing families of St. Charles, Campton Hills, Geneva, South Elgin, Batavia, and the entire Fox Valley area with the best that dentistry has to offer.

As St. Charles’ premier family dental practice we combine the latest technologies and techniques in order to provide comprehensive care in a modern, state-of-the-art, comfortable environment with a passion for taking care of you, not just your teeth. We have individuals in our office that can speak Greek & Lithuanian.

Brushing Fun with Gramma Dr. Horton

It’s never to early to start practicing good oral hygiene. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends every child to be seen by a dentist by age 3.

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Bonding Can Restore A Beautiful Smile

If you are embarrassed by the appearance of your teeth, bonding may be the answer to the smile you miss or have always wanted.

One of the most common and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures, bonding is an alternative to veneers and can be used as a restorative procedure.

Bonding is an ideal solution to a number of dental issues, including repairing decayed teeth using composite resins to fill cavities.  Bonding can repair chipped or cracked teeth, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, close spaces between teeth, making teeth appear longer, changing their shape, and as a more attractive replacement to amalgam fillings.

The bonding process involves lightly etching the tooth surface for better adhesion and applying a bonding agent.  Anesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. Once the liquid sets, your dentist will use a shade guide to select a composite resin color that will closely match the color of your tooth.  The resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. A high intensity curing light is applied, and when the resin is set, it is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.

The bonding procedure takes only about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth, and can often be completed in a single office visit. Bonding does not require any special care. You can brush and floss your teeth as usual.

Bonding typically lasts three to five years before needing repair.


We can make a significant difference to having a healthy mouth and keeping your teeth for life. Your Smile Will Thank You. We encourage you to contact us to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment. St. Charles Office Phone Number 630-377-1010