Notice to Our Dear Patients and Families:
We are happy to announce that we are going to resume our regular and routine appointments in the office with safety measures and protocols in place. In order to make sure we are able to attend to all our patients in a timely manner, we will have to begin with patients who had an appointment on March 16th and work our way forward. There will be some delay in the regular interval of appointments affecting all our patients equally.
We will do our best to do all the work necessary at each appointment to make up for this delay and make sure this time gap does not lead to extended treatment time for our patients.
Please be patient as we are doing our best to accommodate everyone while observing safety precautions.
We want to share some information regarding the safety precautions and measures that we are taking to ensure the highest level of safety for our patients, our team and the community.
Safety and Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice. We follow the infection control guidelines issued by the CDC and American Dental Association (ADA) and have made the following changes in our daily processes to help protect our patients and staff:
- Our entire team has been educated and trained on the new protocols for safety and infection control and proper use of PPE (personal protection equipment). We will be screening our team members as well as patients and asking some screening questions prior to the appointment. (Please advise our office to reschedule your appointment if you or someone in your family has fever or cough, has been diagnosed with a contagious respiratory disease or condition).
- To maintain safe distancing we will be reducing the number of patients scheduled for each hour by more than 50 percent and by limiting the number of people accompanying each patient. We ask that family members and siblings wait outside while the patient is in our office. They can wait outside the building (away from entrance) or in the car.
- Patients under the age of 18 and special needs individuals may be accompanied by one parent or guardian. We ask that all individuals, patients and parents wear a facemask before entering and throughout their time in our office.
- We request that patients brush their teeth at home and before their appointment, our toothbrushing station will be closed as a safety measure til further notice.
- Patients are asked to use hand sanitizer upon entering our office and use a facemask to cover their nose and mouth except while having their teeth checked.
- We will be utilizing half of our regular treatment chairs for social distancing and will be using specific infection control protocols in accordance with the current requirements.
- Our clinical team will be using the updated personal protection gear including N95 and KN95 respirator masks, face shields and disposable gowns in addition to the standard gear we have been using before. This is to protect our patients and team members both.
- We have installed physical barriers to limit the spread of airborne pathogens and have a system in place for disinfecting all the surfaces regularly before and after each patient.
- Our air conditioning unit is updated to maintain clean air circulation and eliminate any pathogens in the office air as much as possible.
Our goal is to limit the number of people in our office at any given time, minimize each individual’s time in the office and contact with other people and maintain safe physical distance between people at all times.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we incorporate these changes and while doing our best to keep everyone safe and maintain steady progress in the course of orthodontic treatment for our patients.
WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER AND WE WILL WIN THIS TOGETHER!
Forms to fill out before your next appointment, please print, fill out and bring to your next appointment.
Many of our patients love the idea of having clear removable aligners (Invisalign), but worry that invisible aligners aren’t as effective as traditional metal braces. If this describes you, you’ll be happy to learn that there are ways to make Invisalign deliver the same results in comparable timeframe.When it comes to Invisalign, the expertise and experience of your dental specialist (Orthodontist) is the most important part of how successful it will be. Invisalign is a tool and works best when designed and executed properly. Here’s what you need to know.
Continue reading “Invisalign or Braces? Which Is Better & Works Faster?”
When it comes to orthodontic problems, early intervention is very important. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that children have their first check-up with an orthodontist as soon as an orthodontic problem is detected and no later than age 7 even if there does not seem to be any problems.
At age 6 to 7 years, children have a mix of baby (primary) and permanent teeth. There are some specific orthodontic problems that require early intervention and correction regardless of a child’s age and whether or not he or she still has baby teeth. An orthodontic evaluation includes assessment of the growth and harmony of the jaws and facial bones as well as proper position and eruption of the teeth as baby teeth are being lost and permanent teeth appear in the mouth.
If a problem exists or could be developing, our orthodontist (Dr. Majd) will advise you if and when orthodontic therapy is recommended, the procedures and time extent of the required treatment.
What to expect from initial orthodontic consultation?
In general, the examination includes thorough evaluation and assessment of the size and position of the jaw bones, facial proportions and proper development and position of the teeth. Our systematic approach includes taking specific orthodontic photographs to record and measure jaws and teeth positioning, complete exam of the teeth, mouth and facial structures and any necessary radiographs (x-rays) to evaluate the development of the teeth and jaw bones.
If there is an orthodontic problem, or one could be developing, appropriate intervention is recommended. In most cases where no problems are present or no immediate intervention is required, the proper timing for the next orthodontic check can be determined.
Is there a fee for the initial orthodontic visit?
We offer initial examinations at no cost and no obligation to the patients and families. This initial complimentary visit can save you a significant amount of money and reduce the time and complexity of the orthodontic treatment required at a later time.
In the event that a problem is detected, sometimes our orthodontist will recommend a “wait-and-see” approach, monitoring your child’s growth and development periodically.
Does early treatment mean getting braces?
Early orthodontic treatment does not necessarily include braces. The treatment modality varies based on the nature and extent of the problem that requires correction. The goal of early treatment is to establish a balanced jaw relation and proper environment for the eruption of the permanent teeth.
In some cases, early intervention consists of removal of a stubborn baby tooth, so that the succeeding permanent tooth can arrive in its proper place.
Sometimes it includes training and correction of tongue position during swallowing, while others may need intervention to stop a thumb- or finger-sucking habit with special techniques or appliances.
If a child’s upper jaw is too narrow causing airway and breathing problems, lack of space for the permanent teeth or affecting the growth of lower jaw, treatment could consist of a palate expander to widen the jaw.
Braces are sometimes recommended to optimize tooth and jaw alignment . Our orthodontist, Dr. Majd will recommend the type of treatment she believes is best suited to your child and correcting his/her orthodontic problems.
Will the treatment have to be extended until all the permanent teeth have erupted?
Not necessarily, when the objectives of early treatment are accomplished, your child will need to be monitored as part of our “observation” program to ensure the corrections made are stable and as further jaw growth and eruption of new teeth takes place, the proper balance and harmony of the jaws and teeth is maintained.
Sometimes preventive or interceptive orthodontic treatment is all that your child needs. In other cases a second phase of orthodontic treatment is required to establish proper jaw and bite relation after adolescent growth and/or to align the remaining permanent teeth that erupt later. The second phase is usually shorter and less complicated and extraction of permanent teeth can be avoided as a result of early treatment.
Getting a cavity remains one of the most inconvenient dental problems for children. If left unchecked, cavities can become serious infections. Most activities happen on the surface of the teeth, though it is essential to know that cavities can also occur between the teeth.
Most parents make the mistake of waiting to see their dentist until their children get a toothache or experience sensitivity on the surface of their teeth. As a result of a surface cavity, the sensitivity happens regularly which is an indication that a professional opinion is warranted. However, there are interproximal cavities that do not often exhibit the same kind of sensitivity. As such, you typically don’t experience pain from having a cavity in such areas. Missed dental check ups could lead to cavities going undiagnosed and thus lead to significant problems.
Cavities remains a leading cause of tooth loss which can increase the probability of an individual getting bacterial infections.
Cavities also statistically increase the risk for heart disease. Research has confirmed that cavity buildup increases the risk of heart disease and stroke contraction. The bacteria that cause the cavities release a toxin which travels through the bloodstream. This forms fatty plaques in the arteries.
If you suspect your child may have a cavity, feel free to call our pediatric dental office located in Fullerton, CA for an appointment. Our specialist will provide a thorough diagnosis through the use of x-rays and a visual examination. After noting the presence of the cavity, we’ll be able determine if any and how much decay has occurred.
Brushing and flossing at least 2 times per day for a minimum of 2 minutes will help make sure all parts of your child’s teeth are well cleaned and aid in the prevention of cavities.
Feel free to contact our office at 714-871-8445 if you have any questions and one of our team members will be happy to assist you!
Invisalign is a good option for adult or teenage patients with mild teeth and bite problems. Here are some facts you need to know;
– Invisalign is a newer treatment technique and although most dentists now offer this service, you should see an Invisalign certified Orthodontist
– Orthodontists have 2-3 years of additional training and specialize in the treatment of teeth and jaw alignment, therefore the most qualified for this treatment choice
– General dentists can offer Invisalign after taking few hours of training by Invisalign
– If Invisalign has or has not worked for your friend, it may not be the same for you
– Every case and patient is different and has to be evaluated thoroughly with proper x-rays and measurements to be evaluated as a candidate for Invisalign
– It is best to have your teeth straightened and aligned before doing veneers, crowns, implants or bridge in your mouth
– Invisalign only works if you have your clear aligners in your mouth 20-22 hours a day
– You will need to remove your aligners to eat, drink any liquid but water and to smoke
To learn more about Invisalign, schedule a complimentary consultation today!
You can probably see how teeth straightening can make your smile more attractive, but you might be wary of how Invisalign Teen treatment works. If you’re like most teens at our Fullerton, CA office, you love hanging out with your friends, and you don’t want to be different, watch what you eat, or worry about how you look. Invisalign Teen has several benefits over traditional metal braces that can make your treatment easier.
People won’t know you’re wearing them.
Invisalign Teen consists of clear trays that are virtual impossible for others to see. Chances are, the only people who know that you are getting your teeth straightened will be your family and any of your friends whom you choose to tell. You won’t need to answer to “Tinsel Teeth” and “Metal Mouth” as some of your classmates with metal braces do.
You can eat what your friends eat.
You take your Invisalign Teen aligners out of your mouth for meals and snacks, so you can eat just like you normally would. You don’t need to worry about food getting stuck in your braces or leading to a bracket popping off. Unlike with braces, you can enjoy the following foods with your friends during Invisalign Teen straightening treatment:
- Popcorn at the movies
- Trail mix with dried fruit when you’re hanging out together
- Ribs and chicken wings at a party
- Eating a peanut butter sandwich, apple, and carrot sticks for lunch
You can take care of your teeth more easily.
It would be a shame if you took the trouble to straighten your teeth and then found out that you had developed tooth decay while wearing braces. This is less of a problem with Invisalign Teen aligners because they are removable. You can brush and floss your teeth as normal just by taking the trays out of your mouth.
Getting straighter teeth can be a serious confidence-booster in the long run, and with Invisalign Teen, the treatment isn’t that bad. You can wear these clear aligners without letting people know that you’re straightening your teeth, and they won’t interfere with your diet or dental hygiene.
Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation!
Brace-ism: believe it or not, it’s a concept. The Urban Dictionary defines brace-ism as “acting mean to people who have braces on their teeth.” Phrases like metal mouth, brace face, and train tracks are common jokes uttered by gap-toothed fools who like to make fun of people with braces.
While ignoring these comments and taking the high road is the best thing to do, there’s nothing wrong with having a few clever retorts and quick-witted comebacks up your sleeve.
- The next time someone calls you train tracks, break into an obnoxious train imitation, with lots of toot-toot and chuga-chuga-chuga. Finish off your crazy locomotive impersonation with some sort of deafening train horn. That’ll keep the bullies at bay.
- “It’s better to be a brace face than a space case.”
- Counter with a ridiculously childish joke that makes the schoolyard tormentor feel even smaller than he already is. “Oh. Yeah. Why did the deer need braces? Because he had buck teeth. Hahaha.” Top it off with an exaggerated eye roll.
- “Yeah, my brother tells that joke. He’s six. You guys should hang out.” That’ll stop the haters dead in their tracks. Or would that be train tracks?
- Here’s one from the sarcasm grab bag. “Well, I’m just glad there’s a way to fix what’s wrong with my face.”
- “I can’t wait to discuss this formative moment at our ten-year class reunion, when my teeth are razor-straight and you’re wearing adult braces.”
Adult patients who seek orthodontic treatment usually fall into one of two camps: those who did not undergo orthodontic treatment as a child or those who had braces at one point but stopped wearing retainers for one reason or another.
At Fullerton Family Orthodontics, we are happy to offer a variety of treatment options to straighten our patients’ teeth. Dr. Nooshin Majd and our team believe you’re never too old to straighten your teeth. And we have many adult patients who are currently undergoing treatment. In fact, did you know that roughly 30 percent of all orthodontic patients these days are adults?
Invisalign® is a great treatment option for adults. The Invisalign aligners are easy to wear and are not visible to most people. Plus, Invisalign’s clear aligners are removable, so there are no restrictions on what you can eat during treatment. When considering Invisalign, we tell adults to determine if they can be diligent about wearing the aligners at all times and make them part of their lifestyle for the duration of treatment.
If you have been thinking about obtaining a beautiful smile, please give us a call at our convenient Fullerton, CA office for an initial consultation. Dr. Nooshin Majd and our team welcome children, teens, and adults alike. Call us today for an appointment!
Damon Smile braces are a unique type of self-ligating braces that allow you to eliminate the rubber bands that cause so much trouble for traditional braces wearers. These braces use a steady pattern of pressure to correct your teeth, and they can shift your teeth more rapidly than traditional braces can.
The unique design of Damon Smile braces helps to reduce the buildup of food particles and debris that can tend to get lodged in the brackets of traditional metal braces. Thus, eating with Damon Smile can actually be easier because your cleaning job is simpler.
There are several different foods that you might want to focus on during your early days with Damon Smile braces. The most important thing to remember is that you need to focus on soft foods and non-chewy foods immediately after you get your Damon Smile braces. Remember to chew carefully and evenly as you start to adjust to your new braces.
As you become comfortable with the braces, consider gradually re-introducing the crunchier and harder foods that you usually enjoy. Most Damon Smile braces patients are able to eat virtually anything that they usually can, as long as caution is used. However, particularly chewy foods, for example taffy, are something that you might want to avoid in general.
Some Damon Smile braces patients tell us that they are successful in eating all the same foods they did prior to braces! Overall, you can expect a very smooth transition into wearing Damon Smile braces, and you will be able to enjoy remarkably fast smile correction at the same time.
If you are curious about Damon Smile braces or if you have specific questions about how they can help you, please feel free to contact our Fullerton, CA office anytime!
People have been ushering in the New Year for centuries but it became an official holiday in 1582 when Pope George XIII declared January 1st to be the day on which everyone would celebrate the New Year. At midnight people would yell, holler, and blow horns to scare away the evil spirits of the previous year so the New Year would be joyous and filled with opportunity. Nearly 500 years later, we still greet the New Year by whooping and hollering, but in a celebratory manner instead. Whether you intend to ring in the New Year quietly at home in the Fullerton, CA area or have plans to join the countdown at a gala extravaganza, these tips can help you ring out the old and usher in the new with a smile.
Tips for a Happy New Year’s Eve Celebration from Fullerton Family Orthodontics
- Be Safe. There’s no way to predict the behavior of others on New Year’s Eve, but you can be responsible for your own behavior to keep yourself safe. If adult beverages will be part of your celebration, plan on spending the night wherever you are or line up a designated driver to bring you home after the party is over.
- Enjoy Family and Friends. Spending time with the important people in your life is what makes the holidays enjoyable. Coordinate your schedules and choose New Year’s Eve activities that everyone in the group will enjoy. You don’t have to go to a party to ring in the New Year; some people like to go bowling, see a movie, or have a great meal at home.
- Accessorize with a Smile. Whether you dress up or have a quiet dinner with family and friends, one of the best accessories you can add to your attire is a beautiful smile.
New Year’s Eve is a time to gather with friends and family, reflect on the year that’s coming to an end, and look forward to the new one with anticipation. Enjoy this transitional holiday in a way that’s safe, healthy, and fun. After all, counting down until the clock strikes 12 marks the beginning of a full year of opportunity ahead of you. From Dr. Nooshin Majd, have a great new year!.