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Orthodontic fun facts, from North County Orthodontics

Our team at North County Orthodontics in Oceanside, CA knows that everyone loves fun facts! They’re just so fun! The American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO, has come up with some fun facts about orthodontics that we thought you might enjoy.

• There are nearly 4 million people in orthodontic treatment throughout the United States. Three out of four are younger than 18.

• The first mechanical treatment for correcting irregular teeth was suggested by Gaius Plinius Secundus (A.D 23-79).The American Association of Orthodontists is comprised of more than 12,000 members in the United States, Canada and abroad.

• The time required to complete orthodontic treatment ranges from 12 to 36 months depending on the nature and severity of the problem.

• Of the 160,000 dentists in the United States and Canada, 8,000 are practicing orthodontists.

• The cement that attaches the braces to the teeth is now made with a special fluoride-releasing substance.

• Wires activated by body heat used in today’s braces originally were developed by NASA for use in the space program.

• In addition to alleviating or preventing physical health problems, orthodontics can boost self-esteem as treatment aligns teeth, jaws and lips.

• Famous orthodontic patients include: Dr. Joyce Brothers, Hale Irwin, Cher, Diana Ross, Phyllis Diller, Chelsea Clinton, Whoopi Goldberg, Daisy Fuentes and Brandi.

Dr. Allen asks: What are you reading this summer?

Now that summer is here in Oceanside and Fallbrook, CA, some of us at North County Orthodontics want to remind our patients about the importance of reading. Summer reading is a vital step in brain development—and it’s fun!

What’s on YOUR summer reading list? What are some of your all-time favorite reads? Are you looking for a great book to take to the beach? Ask us for suggestions, and Dr. Allen and our staff would be happy to provide a few suggestions. You may also ask a local librarian for some ideas or check out these summer reading ideas that we came across today, courtesy of Barnes & Noble.

Happy reading! Be sure to share with us your summer picks or your all-time favorites on our Facebook page!

SureSmile® and North County Orthodontics

Our team at North County Orthodontics recently came across a very interesting New York Times article, which discusses the benefits of 3-D imaging technology. Dr. Allen and our office uses 3-D imaging technology through the SureSmile® treatment. SureSmile technology is revolutionizing the orthodontic industry because it orchestrates clearer patient diagnosis, allows doctors to specifically tailor appliances to a patient’s individual needs, and it gives the patient the ability to see exactly what their mouth will look like post-treatment. The treatment is estimated to be almost 40% faster than conventional braces. This allows for overall fewer office visits, less discomfort, and higher quality results.

For more information on SureSmile technology, check out our website or give our office a call! Dr. Allen is a certified SureSmile provider and would be happy to meet with you to discuss treatment options.

Summer Fun with North County Orthodontics

It’s summer here at North County Orthodontics, a season full of vacations, adventures and great memories. Whether you are headed to a barbecue, a camping trip, hitting America’s open roads or just having fun in the backyard, Dr. Allen and our team want to hear all about it! Leave a comment on our blog or Facebook fan page and tell us about your summer! We also wanted to remind everyone that July marks the National Ice Cream Month- Let us know your favorite flavor of Ice Cream at your next appointment and you’ll be entered into a drawing for an “Ice Cream” gift basket!

-From North County Orthodontics of Fallbrook and Oceanside, CA

Happy Independence Day from North County Orthodontics

This upcoming Sunday – which happens to be Independence Day, of course – Dr. Allen and our staff will celebrate our nation’s 234th birthday. For most folks, the Fourth of July is a chance to celebrate and commemorate America’s Declaration of Independence. It’s also a time for every American to pay homage to all our soldiers, past, present and future – who lost their lives in battle – and the brave servicemen- and women who place themselves in harm’s way every day so that we may continue enjoy our freedoms.

Today, we thought we’d ask: what are your Fourth of July weekend plans? Are you heading to a barbecue? A picnic? Hitting the open road with family? Having fun in the sun?

Whatever you might be doing over Independence Day weekend, our entire staff hope you have a great week and a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend! Feel free to post your Independence Day photos on our Facebook page!

Invisalign® tips, from North County Orthodontics

Many people know that Invisalign is a great solution to braces if you don’t want to experience the look and feel of traditional metal braces. What few people know, though, is that just like traditional braces, Invisalign requires proper care to work effectively. Good oral hygiene is highly important, even when you are wearing something in your mouth that you can take out to eat with. It’s still likely that your aligners can build up plaque if not treated properly. When wearing your Invisalign aligners, Dr. Allen & Team want you to ask yourself the following questions:

1. Am I eating with my aligners on? – These aligners are removable and should be taken out when you eat.

2. Am I drinking anything other than water with my aligners on? – Though it’s not necessary for you to take out your aligners while you drink, think about how sticky soda is. If you take out your aligners when drinking a soda, you have a better chance of keeping your aligners clean.

3. Am I brushing before putting the trays on? – The aligners have both an inside and outside. Keeping the outside clean is easy. Keeping the inside clean is also simple: just make sure you’ve brushed your teeth before putting the trays on.

These are all very simple steps, and ultimately, they help to keep you building good oral habits. If you have any questions about Invisalign or your treatment here at North County Orthodontics, give us a call!

It’s June already! Where does the time go?

Dr. Allen and team are excited to tell you June marks National Smile Month, a great time to remind our patients to brush, floss, practice good nutrition at home (and over the summer) to avoid cavities and gum disease, among other dental health issues.

After all, there’s more and more evidence that suggests folks with gum disease are more at risk for serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and strokes.

Here are a few easy steps you can improve your oral health at home:

* Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
* Floss everyday to clean between your teeth and braces
* Reduce your intake of sugary foods and drinks during orthodontic treatment.
* Visit your general dentist regularly (usually every six months apart).

If you have questions about any of the tips here, we encourage you to give us a call!

What Do You Love about North County Orthodontics?

From your very first visit to North County Orthodontics , We strive to provide superior treatment in a pleasant, friendly atmosphere. We thought we’d ask you, our wonderful patients: What did you think about your experience? Did our team go out of their way to make your day? Are you in love with your new smile?

Whether you’ve just come in for a consultation or your family has been visiting our office for years, we’d love to hear your feedback. Or, you can tell us by posting on our Facebook page or by giving us a call!

Thank you,
The team at North County Orthodontics

SureSmile makes the rounds on ABC’s “The Doctors”

On a recent episode of ABC’s “The Doctors,” Dr. Thomas Lee of Oxnard, California, was interviewed in front of a live audience and demonstrated SureSmile technology and discussed treatment benefits for orthodontists and their patients. Dr. Lee’s 14-year-old patient, Nina, who had just completed SureSmile treatment, was part of the segment as well, and spoke positively about her SureSmile treatment experience.

SureSmile is a software program that facilitates the precise positioning of a patient’s teeth placement for orthodontic braces. Did you know Dr. Allen is a certified SureSmile provider? Give us a call and ask for more information!