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Chorak Orthodontics Parent Smile Program

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Your teeth are probably the only thing on your face that won’t get wrinkles…but your teeth certainly do show signs of aging. If you want to look younger and healthier, your teeth are a great place to start! “Just as white, straight teeth convey youth, a smile with crooked, discolored, worn, or missing teeth is associated with an aged look,” says Edmond Hewlett, DDS, professor of restorative dentistry at UCLA's School of Dentistry. Even if you started out with perfectly straight teeth, something called mesial drift will cause them to shift over time. Crowded teeth are an instant giveaway of age and straightening your teeth can often take 10 to 15 years off your appearance. Crowded teeth also increase the risk of tooth decay, premature tooth loss, and gum recession. Beautifully straight teeth cannot only make you look younger, but they can dramatically improve your confidence. While most people tend to associate orthodontics with children, adults are prime candidates for treatment. Age…

Keep Kids’ Mouths Healthy

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Seeking orthodontic treatment is a great way to make sure your oral health is in good shape. However, there are other factors that affect the status of healthy teeth. Brushing, flossing and eating habits are just as important. When it comes to orthodontic treatment, Dr. Mario Chorak and the Chorak Orthodontics team want to be sure they are working with healthy teeth...and developing healthy habits starts at a young age. Did you know that the baby teeth that appear in the first 3 years of a child's life have been there since birth, in the baby’s jawbones? Those baby teeth are key for chewing, speaking and appearance. They also hold space in the jaws for upcoming adult teeth. Even though they fall out, baby teeth are very important and you need to take good care of them. In an effort to help Keep Kids' Mouth's Healthy, The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives has started the 2min2x Children's Oral Health Campaign. For healthier teeth, good breath and fewer caviti…

Adult Braces

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Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Just as straight, white teeth convey youth, a smile with crooked, discolored or worn, teeth is associated with an age. Beautifully straight, symmetrical glowing white teeth cannot only make you look younger, but they can dramatically improve your confidence. Straightening your teeth can often take 5 to 10 years off your appearance. Even if you start out with perfectly straight teeth, something called mesial drift will cause them to shift over time. Crowded teeth are an instant giveaway of age and they can increase the risk of tooth decay, premature tooth loss, and gum recession. Crowded or overlapping teeth can be difficult to clean, making gum disease more likely. Teeth that don't come together properly when you close your jaws can make it difficult to pronounce cer…

4 Tips for a Perfect Summer Smile

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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!

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We have really missed all of our patients and their families over the last couple of months...so 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

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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…