4 Tips for a Perfect Summer Smile

Summer is here! Together with pool parties and vacations, summer brings delectable treats and fun activities. It’s important that you enjoy your summer while still taking care of your braces and teeth.

Tip 1: Playing Sports with Braces Summer means warmer temperatures which also means you may be spending more time outside. Always remember to wear your mouth guard during outdoor activities including baseball, frisbee, or volleyball. A mouth guard can protect your teeth and braces from potential harm and mouth injuries.

Tip 2: Eating with Braces While the occasional sweet treat is OK…be mindful that braces are sensitive to damage, so you’ll need to avoid certain foods for as long as you have braces. These include sticky and hard foods that can damage the wires or bands, or cause a bracket to separate from a tooth. Also, limit consumption of sugary foods and drinks this summer. When sugar mixes with saliva, it creates a sticky film (plaque) that coats the teeth.
Tip 3: Traveling with Braces Wh…

Welcome Back!

We have really missed all of our patients and their families over the last couple of we are thrilled to let you know that Dr. Mario Chorak has now reopened! 
Here are some things to know: On March 18th, Governor Inslee mandated that all dental offices stop seeing patients, unless in emergency or urgent care situations, until May 18th. It was confirmed through the Governor’s office that this mandate overrode the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Orders, thus allowing Dentists and Orthodontists to return to seeing ALL patients on May 18th.
Governor Inslee’s original mandate was due to the anticipated shortage in PPE, NOT due to fear of spreading the virus in dental offices. Dentists and Orthodontists use some of the most stringent and thorough protocols for virus protection and all use “Universal Precautions.” 
Universal Precautions is an approach to infection control to treat all human blood and certain human body fluids as if they were known to be infectious for HIV, HBV and other path…

April is National Facial Protection Month

The goal of National Facial Protection Month is to raise public awareness and remind parents, coaches, and athletes to play it safe while playing sports.

Dr. Mario Chorak and his team would like to take the time this month to remind our athletes to wear a mouth guard during recreational and organized sports.

A mouth guard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age. Mouth guards prevent injuries to the bone and tissues around the teeth. They also help prevent injuries to the lower jaw. A mouth guard also provides a barrier between the braces and your cheek or lips, which will help you avoid injuries to your gums and cheeks. A properly fitted mouth guard may be especially important for people who wear braces. A blow to the face could damage the brackets or other fixed orthodontic appliances.

Mouth guards are coverings worn over teeth, and often used to protect teeth from injury during sports. An effective mouth guard should be co…

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update for our office:

It is with heavy heart that I report that we are temporarily closed, as directed by heath and state officials. IF you have an appointment scheduled in the near future, we have attempted to contact you to reschedule. As of now we have not called to reschedule anyone from April 1st and on. We will be keeping our patients updated as we get a clearer picture of what this mandate looks like.

We will have team members check voicemail and email messages on a limited hour basis during the business week.

During this temporary shut-down, we will be available for emergency care only. We will be able to see patients who are in pain or discomfort, such as those with poking wires. Loose and broken brackets, appliances, and retainers are NOT considered emergencies during this time. However, if it prohibits you from eating normally or is causing severe discomfort, we will be able to take the bracket of appliance off but will need to reschedule a time for a repair.


Dentist vs. Orthodontist

Do you know the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist? Choosing the right orthodontist is an important part of the decision. Because treatment typically lasts one to three years, it is essential to choose a practice that you trust, are comfortable in, and that will offer the highest quality service on all aspects.

Our locations in Fairwood and Mercer Island, allow us to serve our communities with the highest level of Orthodontic care. From braces to Invisalign, our goal is to ensure your smile is an excellent, healthy smile.

So what is the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist? Orthodontists are specialists in moving teeth and aligning jaws. A question people often ask is, “can my dentist give me braces?” The answer is NO! While all orthodontist are dentist, only a small percentage of dentists are orthodontists. Both provide professional care that helps patients have good oral health, and both are dental school graduates.

Dentists, treat decayed teeth and remove fai…

4 Things You Didn't Know about Teeth

We use our teeth every single day, from biting, eating to speaking. We often take our teeth for granted. We often don't realize how strong and vital they are to our health, appearance and overall impact teeth have on our bodies. Here are 4 surprising facts you may not know about your teeth.

Cavities: Did you know a cavity is one of the few things the body cannot heal. It just gets larger with time, unless a dentist removes the decay and places a filling.“Diet soda and sports drinks can be just as tough on teeth as regular soda. Both contain acid. Acid attacks the enamel surface of your teeth and can lead to cavities. Some bottled waters and flavored bubbly waters can be acidic enough to cause cavities too!”Did you know a tooth can grow in upside down, sideways or backwards? This can all contribute to problems we can solve at Chorak Orthodontics. From overbites, to underbites, our teams in Fairwood and Mercer Island, are pleased to have the opportunity to provide families with the h…

Chorak Orthodontics: Avoid these Holiday Treats

As an orthodontist in Fairwood and Mercer Island, we are pleased to have the opportunity to provide families with the highest quality orthodontic care using the latest technology. Open communication with parents and patients is a vital element to effective orthodontic care, which is why it is important to educate our patients on avoiding certain holiday foods that can damage braces and cause wires to come loose.

The holidays are here and whether you are cozying up with hot chocolate or baking cookies, you may be wondering if there are any types of treats you should steer clear from, especially if you have braces. The answer is yes! Here are a few holiday treats that are not braces friendly.

Candy CanesFudgePopcornPeanut BrittleAnything with nuts or crunchy crustsCaramel - avoid this sticky treat that can easily get caught up in your braces