Adjusting to Your New Braces

Chorak Orthodontics   As with any change, adjusting to something new can be a little confusing and overwhelming at times, so our team has decided to help you out with a few tips on adjusting to your braces. The first tip is to give yourself some time. Your braces may not be what you expected or wanted, but after a while when your teeth start shifting you will notice how incredible your smile alignment looks. Another thing to remember is to be confident. Don't worry about how your braces look and don't be afraid or embarrassed to smile with your braces. Lastly, be sure you know what to do if you're experiencing pain or problems with your braces. Before you leave our office, feel for any wires poking out so you can have us correct the agitation. If a problem arises after your appointment, don't be afraid to call us; chances are it's a simple fix. Initially your braces may feel like they stick out. This is normal. As you become accustomed to your braces and

Let's Be Clear

Chorak Orthodontics Contrary to popular belief, traditional metal braces are only one of multiple choices when it comes to orthodontic treatment. At Chorak Orthodontics , we want you to know there are other options out there…and clearly, we are excited about it! Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. They are made of high-grade stainless steel, and straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. However, as orthodontics has progressed we now have less visible options. Our Damon Clear Braces are a revolutionary leap forward in orthodontic care. The natural look of these smooth, sculpted and completely clear ceramic braces are strong and will not stain or discolor. These ceramic brackets offer our patients the look they want, with all of the functionality of traditional metal brackets. Their comfortable, sculptured design and attractive translucent appearance help provide the self-confidence that comes fr

Chorak Orthodontics Parent Smile Program

Chorak Orthodontics   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

Keep Kids’ Mouths Healthy

Choark Orthodontics   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 heal

Adult Braces

Chorak Orthodontics 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

4 Tips for a Perfect Summer Smile

Chorak Orthodontics 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) tha

Welcome Back!

Image 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