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Jennifer L. Martin, DDS Specializes in Orthodontics for Your Child

June 27th, 2020

Orthodontic treatment is a very important part of your child’s oral health care. When jaws and teeth line up correctly, they are able to function as nature intended. This promotes oral health and general physical health. That orthodontic treatment also helps create an aesthetically beautiful smile for life. A solid resource for parents common questions is the AAO Parents Guide to Orthodontics for Children We also have a helpful resource on our website to help prepare everyone for Your Childs First Orthodontic Appointment

How Does Orthodontic Treatment Help Children?

Orthodontic treatment will help your child bite and chew and contribute to clear speech. When their teeth function properly the achieve a strong, balanced appearance. An attractive smile is a result of orthodontic treatment, and can do wonders for confidence. Self-confidence and self-esteem may improve as orthodontic treatment brings teeth, lips and face into proportion. Straight teeth are less prone to decay, gum disease and injury.

Most orthodontic problems are inherited. Some are “acquired,” developing over time by sucking the thumb or fingers, mouth breathing, dental disease, abnormal swallowing, poor dental hygiene, or early or late loss of baby teeth, accidents and poor nutrition. Sometimes an inherited orthodontic problem is complicated by an acquired problem. Whatever the cause, orthodontists are usually able to treat most conditions successfully.

All Kids Should Get A Checkup with an Orthodontist No Later than Age Seven
To have a healthy smile that's good for life®, your child needs teeth and jaws that are properly aligned. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that your child get a checkup with an orthodontist at the first recognition of the existence of an orthodontic problem, but no later than age seven. By then, your child has enough permanent teeth for an orthodontist to determine whether an orthodontic problem exists or is developing. Putting off a checkup with an orthodontist until a child has lost all baby teeth could be a disservice. Some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they're found early. A checkup no later than age seven gives your orthodontist the opportunity to recommend the appropriate treatment at the appropriate time. If early treatment is in order, the orthodontist may be able to achieve results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have finished growing.

If you have any questions or concerns throughout your treatment or in the future, please consult your orthodontist or visit mylifemysmile.org.

 

Did Your Children Miss Appointments?

If your child 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 are incredibly happy to be open to serve the oral care & orthodontic needs of our patients from the greater East Bay Area. Our updated safety protocols, disinfecting procedures & personal protective equipment ensure visits to our office are safe.  We are following the ADA.org Guidance, CDC.gov & CDA.org COVID-19 Updates. When you & your children return to our office you will see our enhanced safety features & personal protective equipment is action.

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. We appreciate parents who understand the importance of getting their children a proper start towards a lifetime or oral & orthodontic health.

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!

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

 

We Are Safely Re-Opened for Your Orthodontic Care

June 11th, 2020

 

We are incredibly happy to be open to serve the oral care & orthodontic needs of our patients from the greater East Bay Area. Our updated safety protocols, disinfecting procedures & personal protective equipment ensure visits to our office are safe.  We are following the ADA.org Guidance, CDC.gov & CDA.org COVID-19 Updates. When you return to our office you will see our enhanced safety features & personal protective equipment is action.  

Updated CDC and ADA Recommendations

We adhere to the CDC & ADA recommendations for oral healthcare.  A few of the guidelines are:

  • Call patients prior to the scheduled appointment to ask questions about their current health status.
  • Advise patients to wear a face covering when entering the dental practice.
  • Limit the number of people who accompany a patient to the appointment. If possible, the patient should make the visit alone.
  • Assess all patients upon arrival; temperature checks may be completed.
  • Remove items in office waiting rooms such as toys or reading material to limit potential transmission through high touch surfaces.
  • Encourage social distancing practices by minimizing the number of patients in the waiting room by spacing appointments thoughtfully and perhaps by asking patients to wait in their car until the dental staff is ready to treat the patient.
  • Advise dental staff members to wear additional personal protective equipment (PPE) as appropriate, such as surgical masks or N95 masks, full face shields or goggles with side shields to ensure an environment that is as safe and healthy as possible for patients and the dental team.
  • Place hand sanitizer generously around the office for use, and ensure surfaces are cleaned regularly. ADA CDC GUIDELINES FOR DENTAL OFFICES

Did You Miss Appointments?

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.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

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.

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

Maintain Good Orthodontic & Dental Habits

May 5th, 2020

 

We miss our patients & hope everyone is staying healthy. It is very important during this time in-between appointments to pay close attention to your orthodontics & oral health. Your braces, retainers & Invisalign.com aligners should still be working for you while we all stay home. Please maintain your best practices when it comes to wearing, cleaning & maintaining your oral appliances. You can contact us anytime for a refill on rubber bands or with questions on your orthodontic devices. Remember to rinse your aligners every night and brush them gently with your toothbrush to keep them fresh and clean.

The American Dental Association provides excellent health habit tips for your dental care at home mouthhealthy.org/healthy habits & 5 Things Every Family Should Know About Oral Health

We are all looking forward to opening soon for your oral health & orthodontic care. During the COVID-19 sheltering we have been adhering to guidelines by temporarily closing for general visits, but we are available for essential care & your questions. Please reach out to us with your questions, concerns and urgent needs. You can reach us via our Contact Us page via email or phone calls here: drjennifermartin.com/contact us

Monitoring Guidelines for Reopening

County health orders being issued around California cannot direct dentists to immediately go back to routine practice because state public health orders are still in place. Instead they are letting the public know that they may begin to access other types essential health services, consistent with guidance released this week by the California Department of Public HealthCDPH.gov. Dentists & orthodontists are awaiting specific guidance from CDPH, which is expected to be released shortly. CDPH guidance overrides any less restrictive directions from the county. In the meantime, dentists should continue to be available for dental care that is "urgent and emergent”.

We are following the ADA.org Guidance, CDC.gov & CDA.org COVID-19 Updates. When you return to our office you will see our enhanced safety features & personal protective equipment is action.  We monitor the updates closely on re-opening and look forward to soon being able to open our doors for all patient visits.

Re-Scheduling Missed Appointments 

We will reach out to our patients who we have missed seeing over the past couple months. Please expect calls & messages from us just as soon as we can return to normal operations. Everyone will work together to schedule at your convenience ASAP. Please contact us today at http://drjennifermartin.com/contact us & call (925) 676-8485.

We look forward to seeing you again, soon!

 

Jennifer L. Martin, DDS | 401 Gregory Lane, Suite 126 Pleasant Hill, CA

 

 

COVID-19 Patient Updates

April 30th, 2020

COVID-19 Patient Updates

We Are Available for our Patients

We are all looking forward to opening soon for your oral health & orthodontic care. During the COVID-19 sheltering we have been adhering to guidelines by temporarily closing for general visits, but we are available for essential care & your questions. Please reach out to us with your questions, concerns and urgent needs. You can reach us via our Contact Us page via email or phone calls here: drjennifermartin.com/contact us

Preparing for Reopening

While we prepare for reopening this time has allowed us to advance our continuing education, enhance new safety measures & develop tighter safety protocols. The COVID-19 pandemic and our knowledge of the disease is constantly changing, but we now have incredible tools that are preparing us for non-emergency visits.   We are following the ADA.org Guidance, CDC.gov & CDA.org COVID-19 Updates. When you return to our office you will see our enhanced safety features & personal protective equipment is action.

Patient & Team Safety

Your safety is our top priority.  We are taking steps now to ensure our re-opening provides everyone a safe environment for your visits.  We follow the ADA Toolkit for dentists which provides us enhanced safety guidelines, procedures & personal protective equipment.  The #ADA Advisory Task Force for Dental Practice Recovery has developed a toolkit with interim guidance with measures to take to help protect patients, staff and dentists from COVID-19 as dental practices re-engage in providing the full range of oral health care. The toolkit includes:

  • Guidance on pre-appointment screening
  • In-office patient registration procedures
  • Reception area preparation strategies
  • Chairside checklist
  • Staff protection strategies
  • Personal Protective Supplies Checklist

We Welcome Your Referrals

Please remember that we are available for emergency dental care needs.  Also, if any of your family and friends are in need of our services, even if it has been an extended time since you have been to our office, we are here to help. We also have found excellent resources to care for ourselves with the CDA Wellness Resources which includes tips for physical, social & emotional wellness.

Please contact us today at drjennifermartin.com/contact us. We all look forward to seeing you again, soon!

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Creating generations of smiles through a legacy of personal care and heartfelt service!