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Spring Break for Orthodontics | Children, Teen & College Students

February 23rd, 2021

Schedule Now for Times that Fit Your Family 

Do you have kids, teens or college-age children with time off school this Spring?  Spring Break is a great time to see the orthodontist and start Invisalign treatment. Scheduling & getting started is easy with Jennifer L. Martin, DDS.  We want to work with your schedule to get your children seen when they have the time. Over the Summer we can then have regular appointments and they will be on their way to a straight & healthy smile. Schedule your appointments ASAP to ensure you have the best time for you & your family.

Focus on Your Family's Oral Health 

We invite you to make 2021 a great year by focusing on your family’s health & smile. Pleasant Hill’s Dr. Jennifer L. Martin and team love transforming lives, one smile at a time. We work one-to-one with each patient to determine their clinical needs and care goals, and then develop individual treatment paths to create their healthy new smile.

Children Benefit from Orthodontics

Parents don’t need to wait for the teen years before seeing the orthodontist.  Many bite & alignment issues can be addressed in children as young as 7 years old.  Invisalign First is a new treatment that can improve children’s smiles as they grow.  Invisalign First is treatment designed specifically for little smiles.  Invisalign First aligners are:

  • Designed to treat a broad range of teeth straightening issues in growing children, from simple to complex, including crowding, spacing, and narrow dental arches.
  • Removable for easy hygiene, making it easier for growing children to brush and floss.
  • Designed for comfort – which means no discomfort from rubbing brackets or poking wires.

Straight Teeth Matter for Children, Teens & Adults

Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics the dental specialty concerned with the diagnosis, prevention, interception, guidance and correction of bad bites. The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to create a healthy bite—straight teeth that properly meet opposing teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak.

If your teeth are crowded, protrusive, spaced too far apart, meet in an abnormal way, or do not meet at all, correction may be recommended. Braces and aligners are the “appliances” orthodontists most commonly use to guide your teeth into their proper positions. Retainers preserve and stabilize the results of your orthodontic treatment.

In the past, orthodontic treatment was associated with children and teens, but today many adults seek orthodontic treatment to correct long-standing problems, or problems that stem from maturational changes. Orthodontists can help people of any age achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.

Invisalign treatment with invisible and removal trays gradually reposition misaligned teeth without the inconvenience and discomfort of traditional wire braces. As you progress through the Invisalign trays and improve your bite alignment, other significant health advantages are taking affect.

From reducing your risk of gum disease to improving bite functions and overall dental health, there are many clear benefits when you choose to undergo Invisalign treatment.

Invisalign addresses jaw-related issues by improving alignment. Untreated bite problems can lead to more serious oral complications, including cavities, tooth loss, gum infection, enamel erosion and even difficulties with speech or eating.

Like traditional braces, Invisalign also corrects a range of tooth misplacement. Crooked, gapped and crowded teeth are no match for this treatment, which uses a series of progressive disposable aligners to gradually align teeth.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

We offer complimentary consultations at our Pleasant Hill, CA orthodontic office, serving Martinez, Concord, Walnut Creek and Lafayette

Dr. Martin and everyone at Jennifer L. Martin, DDS, look forward to welcoming you to our practice. We would love to develop a long-term relationship with you, while making the beautiful smile of your dreams a reality.  Please call to learn more and schedule your consultation today!

Jennifer L. Martin, D.D.S.
401 Gregory Lane, Suite 126
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Phone: (925) 676-8485

Email: martinorthodontics@att.net

Straight Teeth Matter for Oral Health

February 2nd, 2021

Orthodontics for Oral Health

Oral health is often taken for granted. Your mouth is a window into the health of your body that shows signs of nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Systemic diseases may first become apparent because of mouth lesions or other oral problems.

Some 100 million Americans fail to seea dentist each year, even though regular dental examinations and good oral hygiene can prevent most dental disease. Many people believe that they need to see a dentist only if they are in pain or think something is wrong, but regular dental visits can contribute to a lifetime of good oral health.

You can practice good oral hygiene by always brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, cleaning between your teeth once a day with floss or another interdental cleaner, replacing your toothbrush every three or four months and by eating a balanced diet and limiting between-meal snacks. Don't forget to schedule regular dental check-ups to keep your smile, and yourself, healthy.

Straight Teeth Matter

Orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics the dental specialty concerned with the diagnosis, prevention, interception, guidance and correction of bad bites. The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to create a healthy bite—straight teeth that properly meet opposing teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak.
If your teeth are crowded, protrusive, spaced too far apart, meet in an abnormal way, or do not meet at all, correction may be recommended. Braces and aligners are the “appliances” orthodontists most commonly use to guide your teeth into their proper positions. Retainers preserve and stabilize the results of your orthodontic treatment.

In the past, orthodontic treatment was associated with children and teens, but today many adults seek orthodontic treatment to correct long-standing problems, or problems that stem from maturational changes. Orthodontists can help people of any age achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.

Invisalign treatment with invisible and removal trays gradually reposition misaligned teeth without the inconvenience and discomfort of traditional wire braces. As you progress through the Invisalign trays and improve your bite alignment, other significant health advantages are taking affect.

From reducing your risk of gum disease to improving bite functions and overall dental health, there are many clear benefits when you choose to undergo Invisalign treatment.

Invisalign addresses jaw-related issues by improving alignment. Untreated bite problems can lead to more serious oral complications, including cavities, tooth loss, gum infection, enamel erosion and even difficulties with speech or eating.

Like traditional braces, Invisalign also corrects a range of tooth misplacement. Crooked, gapped and crowded teeth are no match for this treatment, which uses a series of progressive disposable aligners to gradually align teeth.

Make 2021 the Year of Oral Health

We invite you to make 2021 a great year by focusing on your health & smile. Pleasant Hill’s Dr. Jennifer L. Martin and team love transforming lives, one smile at a time. We work one-to-one with each patient to determine their clinical needs and care goals, and then develop individual treatment paths to create their healthy new smile.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

We are here for you & want to get your caught up. We are contacting patients about re-scheduling. You can also take the proactive step to contact us to schedule at your convenience. We make every effort to move your appointment in a timely manner, but you should expect a slightly longer appointment than before due to safety protocols.

We offer complimentary consultations at our Pleasant Hill, CA orthodontic office, serving Martinez, Concord, Walnut Creek and Lafayette. Please call to learn more and schedule your consultation, today.

Dr. Martin and everyone at Jennifer L. Martin, DDS, look forward to welcoming you to our practice. We would love to develop a long-term relationship with you, while making the beautiful smile of your dreams a reality!

Jennifer L. Martin, D.D.S.
401 Gregory Lane, Suite 126
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Phone: (925) 676-8485

Email: martinorthodontics@att.net

 

New Year New Smile with Invisalign® treatment at Martin Family Orthodontics

January 7th, 2021

Get 2021 Started Right with A Beautiful Smile

Did you delay seeing an orthodontist in 2020 for Invisalign® treatment or orthodontic care?   You are not alone!  Many people fell behind on their orthodontic care & now’s the time to get caught up.  2021 is a catch-up year for many of our appointments and we suggest you put your orthodontist on the top of the list to maintain good oral health.

We invite you to make 2021 a great year by focusing on your health & smile. Pleasant Hill’s Dr. Jennifer L. Martin and team love transforming lives, one smile at a time. We work one-to-one with each patient to determine their clinical needs and care goals, and then develop individual treatment paths to create their healthy new smile.

Safety Is Our Highest Priority for You and Your Children

We have heard from many parents who have children at home from school.  We understand the challenges of working, studying & all living under the same roof.  One of the benefits of our situation is we have everyone from grade-school to college aged students available to see their dentist & orthodontist.  Jennifer L. Martin, DDS is safely re-opened and following strict CDC, OSHA & ADA safety requirements.  As a parent you can confidently schedule your children with us to get caught up on their orthodontic care.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first check-up with an orthodontist no later than age 7. By that age, a child will have a mix of baby and permanent teeth, and the orthodontist will be able to recognize orthodontic problems (“malocclusions”) even in their earliest stages.

If your child is younger than 7, and you notice something that appears “off,” it’s not necessary to wait until your child turns 7 or get a recommendation from your dentist to get a first check-up. If your child is 8 or older, it is not too late for a check-up with an orthodontist. AAO Children Recommendation

Teens, College Students & Young Adults

Nobody knows when school may resume with full classroom operations.  College students likely will study remotely through the remainder of 2020. The college years are a time that appointment are tough to make with your hometown orthodontist. We encourage all college students to use this time to check-in with us so we can evaluate your smile & get you back on track if needed.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

If you missed appointments during the past couple of months, we are here for you & want to get your caught up. We are contacting patients about re-scheduling. You can also take the proactive step to contact us to schedule at your convenience. We make every effort to move your appointment in a timely manner, but you should expect a slightly longer appointment than before due to safety protocols.

We offer complimentary consultations at our Pleasant Hill, CA orthodontic office, serving Martinez, Concord, Walnut Creek and Lafayette. Please call to learn more and schedule your consultation, today.

Dr. Martin and everyone at Jennifer L. Martin, DDS, look forward to welcoming you to our practice. We would love to develop a long-term relationship with you, while making the beautiful smile of your dreams a reality!

Jennifer L. Martin, D.D.S.
401 Gregory Lane, Suite 126
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Phone: (925) 676-8485

Email: martinorthodontics@att.net

 

Good News! COVID-19 Rate Among Dentists Less Than 1 percent

December 3rd, 2020

COVID-19 rate among dentists less than 1 percent, UAB co-written report finds

by Savannah Koplon | UAB.EDU | October 19, 2020

 

Data published in the Journal of the American Dental Association showed that less than 1 percent of dentists in the United States were found to be COVID-19-positive. The data was collected in June 2020 during the height of COVID-19 infection spread in the United States. The study also found that 99.7 percent of dentists were utilizing enhanced infection control and prevention measures.

During the initial pandemic period, dentists were thought to be among one of the highest-risk professionals due to proximity with patients and aerosol-generating dental procedures. The reported data may indicate that dentists’ baseline infection control, prevention measures and personal protective equipment — as well as the enhanced measures — may have minimized risk and created safe treatment environments for dentists, dental staff and patients alike.

“The extremely low infection rate supports the effectiveness of the recommendations from the American Dental Association, CDC and other agencies in helping to keep the dental team and their patients as safe as possible,” said Mia Geisinger, DDS, M.S., professor of periodontology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry and a co-author of the report. “The bottom line is that the dental profession has taken this issue extremely seriously, and it shows. This means that what dentists are doing — heightened infection control and increased attention to patient and dental team safety — is working.”

Read more here… UAB Covid-19 Rate Among Dentists Less than 1%

Thank you to all dentists, orthodontists, specialists & dental professionals for keeping us safe!

 Why You Should Get Orthodontic Treatment

 Oral health is a window into your overall health. Orthodontic treatment helps ensure proper function of teeth and create healthy smiles. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak. Teeth that are misaligned are harder to clean and can cause abnormal wearing of tooth enamel which can lead to extensive and expensive dental procedures.

Orthodontic treatment is not a quick fix. It is a complex biological process. It involves changes in jaw bones, facial bones and soft tissue as teeth are moved into their new positions. Your care often starts with a thorough examination of the teeth and mouth, and study of dental records such as x-rays, photos and models of the teeth. From this, your orthodontist can develop a custom treatment plan.

Working together with your orthodontist, orthodontic treatment can yield life-enhancing results: better function (biting, chewing, speaking). Our advice: keep your scheduled appointments, advise your orthodontist of problems that may popup between appointments, watch what you eat and drink, avoid sugary drinks and brush and floss as instructed by your orthodontist. It’s worth the effort to reach the goal you and your orthodontist share – giving you a healthy smile that will last a lifetime.

AAO INFO WHY YOU SHOULD GET ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT

Time Is Running Out to Use Your FSA Flex Spending for Orthodontics

During the final portion of the year many patients choose orthodontic treatment with their FSA, HSA or Health Savings Accounts. It is important to know that orthodontia is eligible for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) or a limited care flexible spending account (LCFSA). Orthodontia is not eligible for reimbursement with a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA).

Do you have a question on treatment? Contact our office to discuss your treatment needs and eligibility for health savings account eligibility.  The internet has great resources to describe further at Investopedia FSA Dental Expenses

Invisalign Orthodontics: Are Eligible with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Invisalign orthodontics reimbursement is eligible with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA), health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) or a limited care flexible spending account (LCFSA). Invisalign orthodontics reimbursement is not eligible with a dependent care flexible spending account (DCFSA).

Creating Generations of Smiles Through A Legacy of Personal Care and Heartfelt Service!

 Dr. Jennifer L. Martin and our team love transforming lives, one smile at a time. We work one-to-one with each patient to determine their clinical needs and care goals, and then develop individual treatment paths to create their healthy new smile.  Please reach out to schedule a consultation so you maximize your health savings account features.  Now is the time to start treatment if you want to use funds for a 2020 ‘use it or lose it’ budget.

We offer complimentary consultations for you and your family at our Pleasant Hill, CA orthodontic office, serving Martinez, Concord, Walnut Creek and Lafayette. Please call to learn more and schedule your consultation, today.

Dr. Martin and everyone at Jennifer L. Martin, DDS, look forward to welcoming you to our practice. We would love to develop a long-term relationship with you, while making the beautiful smile of your dreams a reality!

Best wishes,

Jennifer L. Martin, D.D.S.
401 Gregory Lane, Suite 126
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Phone: (925) 676-8485

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