Welcome Back!

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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

We look forward to seeing you 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 request an appointment here.

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

St. Charles Dentists

Your Local Dentists in St. Charles, IL Serving the Fox Valley Area

For over 30 years, Dr. Michele Shely Horton and Dr. Ellena Kontos Vranas have been providing families of St. Charles 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 & your family.

Our practice has grown steadily over the years as a result of our team’s dedication and the many new patients sent to us by our existing patients. They know that we provide outstanding care for the entire family and we are with our patients for the long term. We are proud to say that we now provide dental care to generations of the same St. Charles' family and we are proud of the longevity and continuity of our practice.

We believe that a doctor and a patient become a team for treating an individual’s dental needs. Our dentists take the time necessary to understand your concerns and then work to develop the best treatment options for you. With the help of our professional team, we follow up to make sure that your dental problems resolve and your health improves. We feel it is important to listen to those whom we are privileged to serve. Our team is a group of dental professionals who treat you as we would ourselves wish to be treated. We work with our patients so they can achieve and maintain a beautiful smile & healthier teeth. Our knowledgeable, friendly team is available to answer your questions!

Our St. Charles office is a modern state-of-the-art facility designed specifically to offer comfort and convenience while providing superior service and quality. At Horton & Vranas DDS, we use state-of-the-art technology to assure an exceptional patient experience. New advanced dental technology allows for a more comfortable appointment and precise treatment. It’s part of how we always put our patients first!

We are committed to helping our patients by educating everyone on oral health conditions, dental procedures, and proper oral hygiene techniques. Our goal is to help you achieve dental health success. It is important to us that our patients understand our dental values. We also want our patients to value our philosophy; we understand each patient is individual and may require unique treatment plans as well as customized dental care.

The Best Dental Hygienists

Our hygienists are committed to educating patients in regards to their oral health and hygiene. They take great pride in providing the best possible care along with delivering their service with precision and gentleness. We are committed to continuing education and our hygienists will provide you with counseling on your dental health and how your dental health plays a significant role in your overall general health and well-being. We look forward to working with you to eliminate any fear, anxiety & help you understand all aspects of your dental health and play a significant role in creating a healthy, beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.

The Best Dental Assistants

The #1 one goal of our dental team is to provide you with the best personal attention during your dental treatment. Patient comfort is the #1 priority for our assistants is to work with our doctors in creating healthy, beautiful smiles for our patients. Excellent technical & communication skills bring warmth and a welcoming environment to our patients. Our assistants' experience along with advanced training and continuing education courses keep them current in modern technology. 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