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22 Nov
Oral B

Stockings just may be the best part of Christmas morning! So why not stuff it full of presents your teens will love? We have some last minute stocking stuffer ideas that are sure to please your teen and their oral health! Oral-B Electric toothbrush kits– Our office is currently offering these amazing packages for only …


10 Oct
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Autumn is our favorite season here in the foothills: crisp air, colorful leaves, occasional dusts of snow – and tons of apples. Fifty-plus years ago, 16 apple ranchers in the Camino area formed the Apple Hill Growers Association to promote and share their bounty. The organization now has 55 ranchers – and every fall they …


24 Aug
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If you’re an adult who’s unhappy with your smile, here’s good news. Braces are just as effective for older people as they are for the young. In generations past, adults were discouraged from having their teeth straightened. Back then, it was assumed braces worked best for children whose mouths were still growing. Today, we know …


16 Jun
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Early on, orthodontists can see problems that may be occurring with teeth and jaw growth through the use of different diagnostic tools as well as a thorough clinical evaluation. Orthodontic specialists are specifically trained to evaluate potential orthodontic and growth problems as early as age 7 or even younger. If these problems are detected, the …


14 Apr
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Your health is certainly improved when you focus on you and a healthy smile. Taking care of your bite and orthodontics is a great way to begin. Your oral hygiene contributes to your overall health, and most of us try to exercise and eat well to keep our bodies strong. However, more and more people …


8 Jan
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A recent report from The Huffington Post examines the results of a survey on the sleep habits of adults. Are you a sleep worker? No, not a sleepwalker, but a person who goes to work and attempts to function on too little sleep. It turns out, one-third of American workers are sleep working — not …


24 Nov
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Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. -Thich Nhat Hanh Vietnamese Buddhist Monk, Scholar, and Lecturer When you smile, the world smiles back. Both scientists and spiritual teachers agree that a great smile can transform you and your life. Not only are …


29 Oct
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Halloween is spook-tacular, but it can often be a source of anxiety for anyone with braces. However, returning home after trick-or-treating with a bucket full of candy shouldn’t cause unnecessary stress. While good eating habits are very important, it’s also nice to experience the Halloween tradition and for many, that means eating tons of candy! It’s …


22 Oct
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When October rolls around most people think about pumpkins, Halloween, and trick or treating. Did you know that it is also National Orthodontic Health Month? The purpose of this month is to create awareness about orthodontics and how it is an essential part of your overall dental and physical health. Most people think of braces …


21 Sep
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Today, an increasing number of adults are seeking orthodontic treatment to enhance the social, psychological and functional status of their lives. However, an adult patient’s number one concern before starting orthodontic treatment is how long will it take. Thanks to the new, state-of-the-art PROPEL® System patients can now confidently achieve their orthodontic goals including a …


26 Jul
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Snoring is an important warning sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, also known as OSA. OSA occurs when the airway partially or completely collapses and blocks air from reaching your lungs. People who suffer from sleep apnea can stop breathing from five to over one hundred times per hour! It is estimated that over 85% of …


5 Jun
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While most orthodontic problems are not life threatening, there are some early warning signs that indicate your child might need to see an orthodontist even if they still have the majority of their baby teeth. These are the top 5 that warrant a visit before the problem becomes worse: 1. A persistent thumb, finger or …


26 Mar
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We want to help ensure that you have your new smile in time for special life events. Whether it is a wedding, graduation, prom, job promotion, career advancement or even a long-awaited vacation, Cater Galante Orthodontics can help you smile faster with a new, simple-to-use device that can cut your orthodontic treatment by up to …


12 Mar
aging-dentition

You may have noticed that your teeth have slowly been shifting and moving. Many patients will comment how they had lower front teeth that were perfectly straight, but over the years they noticed they had changed. With the shifting of the teeth comes problems with oral hygiene and eventually changes in your smile. Patients come …


26 Feb
braces-vs-invisalign

Most patients who enter an orthodontic office typically know they need some type of orthodontic treatment, but for the most part are unsure of whether they should have traditional metal braces or the removable, clear alternative – Invisalign. The answer to this question will depend on several factors, which I will attempt to outline here. …


10 Feb
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It is a universal truth that a gorgeous, healthy smile is truly the way to better health, bigger opportunities and lifelong confidence. However, for many people the prospect of undergoing orthodontic treatment for 12 to 36 months can be daunting and downright discouraging. Fortunately there are new technologies that allow patients to reduce their treatment …


Our Holiday Hours

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18 Dec
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Our offices will have a slight change in our normal business hours during this holiday season, but we want our patients to know that we will have staff covering our phone system, should you require assistance during the break! Here is the breakdown of our holiday hours. December 18th – 28th – CLOSED – Phone …


15 Dec

Flexible spending accounts can be a bit confusing, so we want to make sure you’re getting the most out of yours each year! It pretty much boils down to, use it or lose it, but let’s get a few more details hammered out, shall we? What is a Flexible Spending Account? An FSA is an …


12 Dec
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Will you be on the nice list or the naughty list?!  Come find out! Santa will be visiting our Rocklin and Grass Valley Cater Galante office locations for yourchance to come take pictures and tell Santa all the things you’d like for Christmas! Best of all? You won’t have to wait in that excruciatingly long …


4 Dec

Here at Cater Galante Orthodontics, we are seeing a lot of injuries lately from children not using mouthguards as they are participating in sport activities. Mouthguards are the single most important piece of equipment your athlete can wear to protect their teeth! Santa Doesn’t Want To Bring You Teeth for Christmas! Dentistry Today states that …


26 Nov
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“Treat” season is in full swing beginning with Halloween and on through Christmas; but what does that mean for your child’s oral health? It could mean cavities and loose brackets. When kids consume sugary drinks and foods, the naturally occurring bacteria in our mouths begin to feed on it and create acids within our oral …


18 Nov

So what exactly is TMJ?  Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also referred to as TMJ or TMD is a set of conditions that cause pain in an area of the jaw and may cause problems within the jaw that can affect one’s ability to eat, chew, and even speak. According to reports put out by the National …


14 Nov
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There is a goal in orthodontic treatments from Cater Galante  – a beautiful smile with a great bite. Your dental health is as important at age 18 as it is at 80. So taking the steps to ensure you will have your natural teeth for the entire duration of your life-span is important! Yes! It …


5 Nov
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Traditional braces are a thing of the past! With Invisalign Teen® you don’t have to use metal braces in order to get that smile you’ve always wanted! Gone are the days of worrying about the discomfort of wires and brackets getting in the way of playing sports or an instrument! With Invisalign Teen®, a series …


30 Oct

It’s estimated that over 60 million Americans grind their teeth each night. Bruxism is a condition categorized by grinding, gnashing or clenching your teeth. You are more susceptible to engage in grinding or clenching your teeth at night while you sleep and are completely unaware you’re even doing it. This is known as sleep bruxism. …


22 Oct
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Childhood Sleep Apnea is usually described as a restriction of air movement and volume while a child is breathing. Rapid Maxillary Expansion appliances were first described in the 1880’s and consisted of a simple non-removable orthodontic appliance that young children would wear and could be adjusted by their parents. The orthodontic expansion appliances are used …


14 Oct

The weather may be cooling off, but the produce choices are just heating up! These amazing seasonal foods are a great excuse to hit up your local farmers market! ALT TXT: Cater Galante Farmers Market The Possibilities Are Endless! Below you will find a list of foods that pack a solid source of goodness, and …


Perk Alert!

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8 Oct
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The research team at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine wanted to know: Since coffee contains antioxidants, and antioxidants fight periodontal disease, does coffee help fight periodontal disease? Daily Cup of Joe The Journal of Periodontology published the results: “We found that coffee consumption did not have an adverse effect on …


29 Sep
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Across America, people are dropping their dental insurance, thus paying out of pocket for procedures and skipping routine exams altogether. We are all well aware that dental coverage is extremely important. It would be great if preventative care were covered 100 percent across the board, but sadly it’s not. Dental insurance is designed to aid …


18 Sep

While browsing some dental articles recently, I came across an article which reported that testing done on bone chemistry revealed more information about the royal lifestyle of King Richard III! Our Teeth: A Unique Footprint of Our Lives The article states that a recent study conducted by the British Geological Survey, in association with researchers …


12 Sep

Do you suspect an overbite problem in your child? Don’t wait until he or she is older to have it corrected! When a patient has an overbite, it is usually because the upper jaw is deficient. This causes the upper teeth to overlap the lower teeth, beyond what’s normal. It is important for treatment to …


3 Sep

In last week’s post we introduced the innovative technology of AcceleDent® Aura! This exclusive routine speeds up the movement of your teeth in less time than braces or other traditional orthodontic treatments. Patients have also reported reduced pain and discomfort. The small, lightweight activator provides gentle micropulses that speed up the bone remodeling process. It …


28 Aug

What is AcceleDent® Aura, and how can I benefit from it? Introduced in 2009, “AcceleDent® Aura is a simple-to-use, hands-free device designed for faster orthodontic treatment with only twenty minutes daily use. It is an FDA-cleared, Class II medical device. “Through the use of gentle micropulses, called SoftPulse Technology® , bone remodeling is accelerated, allowing …


14 Aug

Invisalign Isn’t for Everyone…MYTH! Here at Cater Galante, many of our patients have reported that they were told they were not candidates for Invisalign. We feel success with Invisalign really boils down to choosing an experienced provider. In our experience, there isn’t anything Invisalign can’t repair—even most “bite” problems. Just like with fixed appliances or …


7 Aug
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Hot temps and summer weather are the perfect elements for an Ice Cream Social! When:  August 12 –  At our Grass Valley location August 14 –  At our Rocklin location Time: From 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. No appointment necessary! Bring your friends, and enjoy ice cream with all your favorite toppings! For a beautiful smile! …


5 Aug

If you’re like the many adults who sport braces later in life, it’s most likely due to the fact that your parents weren’t able to provide them when you were a child. Technology today has evolved alternative options to traditional braces, like Invisalign. Still, some adults forgo them with the mindset that they’re “too old” …


5 Aug
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Core Esthetics is teaming up with Cater-Galante Orthodontics, forming a unique and exciting business relationship. I’m Danielle Kent, a licensed clinical esthetician, who will be working in the El Dorado Hills location to provide clients with advanced, rejuvenating skin care treatments and facials. A little background on what led me to become passionate about skin …


30 Jul

There are several reasons why a smile is important to you and your family, but there are two major reasons, which we have outlined for you below. The number one reason a smile is so important is health. Improper bites or crooked teeth can lead to major health problems if not addressed properly. If teeth …


Who’s My Owner?

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22 Jul

Beginning in July and running through the end of September, Cater Galante will be hosting a“Guess My Owner” contest. All clients and their parents are eligible to enter! How It Works! Pictures of our staff and their adorable pets will be posted in our office for you to guess who belongs to whom! The winner …


10 Jul

Summers in California are truly wonderful, with pleasant sunshine, gas grills, and family gatherings. Of course, no one appreciates summer more than the kids who are finally done with school, after working hard to finish up their final exams and big projects! Unfortunately, as kids get some time away from school and start relaxing, they …


26 Jun

It’s finally summer, which means a summer vacation is hopefully on the horizon for you! It’s hard for us as orthodontists to take a break in summer because we’re so busy with patients who have time off from school, but we hope all of you get the chance to travel. Just as a friendly reminder, …


17 Jun

We have an announcement! You’re invited to participate in a new T-shirt contest helping us design a new T-shirt for our wonderful orthodontic staff as well as our fantastic patients! It began on May 15, but there’s still plenty of time to get your design in before the June 30 deadline! Okay, now you’re probably …


13 Jun

My last blog post, about Six Month Smiles as a poor alternative to fast orthodontia, may have left some of my California patients feeling hopeless about lengthy treatment plans. Fortunately, I have my own methods for providing fast orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth and fix your bite in a safe, healthy, and ethical way. The …


4 Jun

As an orthodontist in California, I’m seeing a disturbing trend among dentists offering “Six Month Smiles” to their patients. I am concerned for my patients and my community because of the flaws and dangers I see in their treatment plan and product. In Opposition of this Quick-Smile Scheme I admit that Six Month Smiles has …


29 May

School is almost out and the summer is almost here! As an orthodontist, I’m thinking a little less about that California sunshine and a little more about how important it is to schedule your orthodontic treatment early! Many of my patients’ parents call in a panic around mid-August, hoping to schedule an appointment for braces …


20 May

Based on the conversations I’ve had in my practices, I’m convinced that California is home to the country’s most savvy orthodontics patients. In the past few months, several of them have asked me about the differences between having orthodontic procedures done at their dentist’s office or with me, an orthodontic specialist. It’s a good question …


9 May

Sleep Apnea and ADHD are being increasingly diagnosed in U.S. children. You might think that’s all they have in common, but recent research suggests they may be inextricably linked! And both of these disorders can sometimes be solved through orthodontic work. What is Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by a sufferer experiencing …


1 May

As promised, this post is all about another new technology that we have in our office: the Lythos Scanner by Ormco. This scanning option is not for Invisalign. It is actually for something even more unique – custom-made braces! Wait, Custom-Made Braces? Yes! The braces that we create from the Lythos Scanner are completely custom …


The Daily Tooth Grind

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24 Apr

Many people think that tooth grinding, or bruxism, is mainly caused by stress or anxiety. Actually, it is more commonly an issue with bite and the alignment of your teeth. As an orthodontist, tooth alignment is my expertise! Consequences of Teeth Grinding Grinding your teeth can lead to many issues. It can cause teeth to …


18 Apr

If you’re like most of our Invisalign patients, you really don’t enjoy getting impressions taken of your teeth. Up until recently, that messy, goopy molding process was the only way to construct a model of your teeth. The good news is that here at Cater Galante Orthodontics, we now have a much simpler (and cleaner) …


10 Apr

We get a lot of patients who come into our orthodontic office with jaw pain and are hoping we can help. The good news is that often, we can! Typically the patients we get who have these problems are adults and the cause is most often bite problems. Why now? One of the common questions …


2 Apr

As an orthodontist, it’s easy for me to tell when a patient has been grinding his or her teeth. Sometimes they are surprised that I can tell without having to ask and want to know what the giveaway is. I tell them that their teeth are completely worn down!! I show them pictures of their …


24 Mar

A while back, I wrote a blog on when children should start seeing an orthodontist. Today, I want to talk about WHY it’s important to start bringing children in at a young age. As I discussed in my previous blog, according to the American Association of Orthodontics, your child should see an orthodontist at the …


24 Mar

While we at Cater Galante Orthodontics are passionate about straight teeth, we know the path to a beautiful smile can be quite a challenge at times. Which I think is why I occasionally get questions about the prospect of having to wear braces twice. But don’t be afraid! Today, I’m here to answer that question …


18 Mar

Whew–You’ve finally made it! After months of dedication you’ve taken care of your teeth and your braces are coming off. Congratulations! Unfortunately, you haven’t quite reached the end of the road just yet. Once your braces come off, it’s time to make some decisions about retainers. Retainers hold your teeth in place so they don’t …


13 Mar

Cater Galante is proud to have orthodontic offices open in 3 beautiful locations in California. We were very deliberate with the locations we selected, being sure to make them convenient for lots of surrounding communities! El Dorado Hills Population: 42,108 El Dorado Hills, our newest location, is a versatile place that boasts recreation of all …


4 Mar

If eyes are windows to the soul, does that make teeth the front door? Whatever you want to call them, studies have shown that teeth are one of the most important features when it comes to first impressions and public perception. Here are three major reasons to invest in your teeth to get that red …


28 Feb

A time-traveler from 1960 would find today’s prices staggering: Houses 72 times more expensive, education 146 times more and your telephone – admittedly with far more services – 178 times higher than what families paid 50 years ago (talkfinance.net). Another way to look at the numbers: The Consumer Price Index, which measures the average change …


25 Feb

You orthodontic treatment doesn’t end when your braces are removed. No matter what type of braces you have – Invisalign or metal wires – you will need a retainer to keep your new smile beautiful. The reason has to do with the anatomy of your jaw. To move your teeth, braces stretch and contract the …


21 Feb

If you’re single and would rather not be, here’s an eye-opening statistic:  Two in five Americans would not go on a second date with someone who has crooked teeth. That information and much more was revealed in two online surveys conducted in 2012 and 2013 for Invisalign, the maker of invisible braces. The more recent …


17 Feb

If you’ve ever considered Invisalign but were discouraged by the severity of your teeth issues, it could be time to reconsider! Did you know that Invisalign can be used to correct advanced problems such as overbites, underbites, malocclusion, crowding, and gaps in teeth? Invisalign is a popular alternative to braces because it can tackle these …


23 Jan
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If your young child has protruding or misaligned teeth, or other jaw problems, you may not be thinking about braces. That’s still several years away … isn’t It? Not necessarily. While the most common age for braces is the teen years, our office agrees with the American Association of Orthodontists’ recommendation that you have your …


7 Jan

When you hear the term “New Years Resolutions” Running more, getting more sleep, eating healthier, drinking more water, probably come to mind; and these are all really great ideas, but your oral health is also very important and should be considered as one of your resolutions for 2015! Take Care of Your Teeth and They’ll …


4 Nov

Many – perhaps most – people who want braces are motivated first by the desire for a better appearance. Nothing is more attractive than a smile with perfectly aligned, sparkling teeth. Correcting extreme misalignment can even enhance facial contours. Improving your appearance can boost your self-esteem, and that is certainly a valid reason for wanting …


12 Sep

Like most orthodontists, our office is seeing more and more adults who want their teeth straightened. Contrary to the thinking of a generation or two ago, putting braces on adults’ teeth usually produces great results. For our adult patients, we always recommend Invisalign, or clear or invisible braces, over the other types of braces we …


18 Jul

Just a generation or two ago, it was rare to see adults wearing braces. The myth was that adults’ teeth couldn’t be properly moved. With today’s orthodontic options, we know that isn’t so. More than 1 million adults over the age of 18 (and even in their 80s) are improving their smiles with braces. Some …


8 Jul

An orthodontist is a dentist, but a general dentist is rarely an orthodontist. Both orthodontists and general dentists complete four years of dental school, after their bachelor’s degrees, and both are doctors of dentistry (with a DDS or its equivalent DMD degree). All dentists with this degree can be licensed to practice general dentistry. However, …


14 Jun

Parents ask us all the time whether they should have their child evaluated for orthodontic treatment even though they still have baby teeth. Our answer is always YES!  Why do we want to see children even as young as age six? There are several reasons and here they are: 1.  They have a persistent thumb, …


2 May

Just like technology has advanced our lives in so many ways, technology too has improved tremendously the design, shape and function of today’s modern braces. The braces today that most Orthodontists use worldwide are individually designed to move each and every tooth in your mouth in a specific manner. This means that every brace or …


29 Mar

Are you afraid to smile because of crooked teeth, missing teeth or yellowed and discolored teeth? The shocking truth is that over 1/3 of American adults are unhappy with their smile. This study, which was commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists, also discovered that 36% of American adults believe they would have a better …


My Child Has An Overbite

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25 Jan

The term “overbite” is used in Orthodontics to describe  a bite problem where the upper teeth protrude out over the lower  teeth.  The lower teeth can be totally hidden by the upper teeth, or the lower teeth may be significantly behind.  Generally upper teeth should be over the lower teeth about  1-2 mm and the …


27 Dec

Most patients who enter into a orthodontic treatment whether with braces or Invisalign™  will most likely be in treatment 18-30 months, with the national average being 26 months.  For most patients that are in middle school or even high school, it is an expected right of passage to wear braces for that length of time.  …


12 Dec

Invisalign™ is a proprietary appliance that allows patients to have their teeth straightened and bad bites corrected using a series of removable, clear aligners.  These clear (plastic) aligners are changed about every 2 weeks and gradually move teeth into a position that has been treatment planned by an Orthodontist trained in using Invisalign. The advantages …


21 Nov

Research indicates that just by simply smiling you will bring significant changes to your physical and emotional health as well as your bank account. The first thing that smiling does is improve our attitude.  It is hard to be angry or depressed with a smile on your face.  Try it yourself when you are feeling …


23 Oct

Choosing an Orthodontist for you and your family is one of life’s biggest decisions.  Your smile and overall dental health will be improved forever if you take the time to research and learn more about orthodontics and its lifetime benefits for you and your family. Our purpose in creating this guide is to help educate …


21 Sep

For more than 75 years, doctors have debated the issue of extracting permanent teeth in orthodontic treatment.  Today, the profession is still somewhat divided.  There are those who believe teeth should never be removed and those who extract in a majority of cases.  Most orthodontists, however, fall somewhere in between these two extremes. In our …


15 Aug

I know you are thinking, what does orthodontics have to do with sleep? We hope to educate our parents and patients about overall health and how it relates to growth and development of your teeth and jaws. There is mounting evidence that indicates that sleep has beneficial effects on learning, memory, attention, emotional regulation and …


23 Jun

As a practicing Orthodontist for over 26 years, there have been many changes in the types of braces available to help patient achieve their goals of healthy and beautiful smiles. When I graduated from my Orthodontic Specialty residency, the only braces that were available for patient were metal ones that used silver ties to hold …


25 May

This is a question we get asked often, so we thought it would be good to educate everyone on why retainers are so important. Whether you had metal braces, clear braces or removable Invisalign aligners, you will need to wear retainers. At first you may be required to wear them 12-22 hours per day. This …


A New Location!?

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10 Apr

After 14 years in Penn Valley, we decided it was time to move to a newer facility and be more available to our patients in Grass Valley, Nevada City, Colfax, Chicago Park and Auburn. Our new orthodontics office is located at 1364 Whispering Pines Lane, Suite 1 in Grass Valley.  We are right across the …


17 Feb

In our quest to always be at the forefront of  Modern Orthodontics, we now have a new technology in our Rocklin office that will allow us to take a series of photos of your teeth using a specialized intraoral camera.  The system is called the “iTero” and has been used in General Dentistry for quite …


Grandmom Has Braces!

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24 Dec

Yes it is true, more and more adults are having their teeth aligned with braces as well as clear aligners. There are several reasons why braces for adults are becoming more popular. Many of these adults had braces as teenagers and either stopped wearing or lost their retainers that were given to them at the …


31 Oct

Most teenagers realize that their smile can be improved greatly through Orthodontics and up until the past 4-5 years have had only one choice….fixed braces and wires. Now with Invisalign Teen, teenagers do not need to have fixed braces placed on their teeth during their most self-conscious years and can still achieve a beautiful, healthy …


30 Sep

Orthodontic treatment has been mostly associated with children and teenagers, but thanks to new technologies and innovations, a healthily, beautiful smile is attainable at any age. In our practices, we currently have patients in Orthodontic treatment as young as 6 years of age and the oldest patient is 81.  I know if you are reading …


12 Aug

Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) is a common and growing problem affecting the health of children.  Studies show close to 20% of all children snore and grind their teeth at night.  Of the group that do snore, about 20 % of those children will have more severe forms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea ( OSA) . Clinical …


7 Jul

You are not fully dressed until you wear a smile.”  ~ Evan Esar Technology has come such a long way in the last few decades.  Most people today know that we now have cars that start at the push of a button, computers that require a fingerprint scan, and cell phones that allow you to …


28 May

Phlebotomist, Agronomist, Chemist, Orthodontist – there so many words that end in “-ist!” and yet only one defines a person whose chief duty is to give you a straighter, more beautiful smile, which you can exhibit as much as you please. As there are many specialists in the medical field (cardiologists, dermatologists, gastroenterologists, ophthalmologists and …


21 Apr

As a board certified Orthodontist in practice for 25 years, I have seen tremendous changes in the design, shape, size and color of traditional braces. The braces of today are very different from the mid 1980’s when I was in my Orthodontic Residency Program. Fortunately for patients today, braces are smaller, more esthetic (especially in …


15 Mar

Did you know Botox® can improve more than just your looks? You probably know Botox® for its cosmetic use to temporarily fade wrinkles and make your face look younger.  What you may not be aware of its use in the treatment of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) and other facial pain. Used therapeutically, Botox® can provide relief …


9 Feb

Beautiful, healthy smiles can make a big impact on your life. A nice smile with straight teeth will improve how others perceive your personality and your attractiveness. People with bright, straight healthy teeth demonstrate high self-esteem and radiate confidence. Millions of adults, teens and children have improved their lives and their health by getting their …


27 Oct

Teen Idol, Justin Bieber is improving his smile and most of his fans have no idea!  That is because Justin is using clear removable aligners called “Invisalign” to move his teeth. These clear removable aligners have been available for over 10 years now, but recently have become the biggest news for Teens looking for an …


3 Sep

This is a common question we hear daily in our practices.  There is a general recommendation by the Association of Orthodontists to have your child seen by an Orthodontist by age 7. While the majority of children at this age do not need any Orthodontic treatment, there are a significant percentage that do need “early …


21 Feb

6 Feb

In our celebrity obsessed world, you need not look to long and hard to see the smiles that grace the covers of most fashion magazines. In a recent article in InStyle Magazine, Carrie Underwood is interviewed and asked by the reporter what is her favorite “body” part. Interesting question, but an even more interesting answer…Carrie …


18 Jan

One of the areas of medicine that works closely in conjunction with dentistry is the field of Sleep Medicine. In recent years, this area of Medicine has grown due to the expanding population of people over 40 years of age.  It is well documented that over 90 million people in the United States snore.  Of …


18 Jan

According to the National Sleep Foundation, some form of snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs in over 90 million Americans. Here are some more startling facts: Approximately 40% of patients over the age of 40 snore, and half of them snore EVERY night Among those that snore on a regular basis, OSA is prevalent …


17 Jan

The question always comes up…Doctor how long do I need to wear my retainers?  The correct answer is forever. Really Doctor?  Yes it is true!  A very large research study was done by the University of Washington in the early 90’s.  They looked at all the treated Orthodontic cases in the clinic, thousands of patients. …


What is Sleep Apnea?

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9 Jan

The word “apnea” literally means “without breath.” There are three types of apnea. In all three, people with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. 1. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common is usually caused when the soft …


Teen Invisalign

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9 Jan

Many adults have enjoyed the benefits of Invisible Braces, also known as Invisalign.  Invisalign Treatment, for those of you who are not familiar with them, are clear, removable braces that move your teeth without the use of fixed metal or ceramic braces and wires on your teeth.   They are worn 22 hours per day …


11 Dec

Surveys were conducted throughout the world to determine what people find attractive.  In the United States, 92% of them considered a stunning smile as one of the most important features.  A similar survey in Australia revealed 9 out of 10 people believe an attractive smile serves as a critical asset and about 90% of both …


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