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I Have a Tickle in my Brain and it Keeps Making the Corners in my Mouth Point Towards the Heavens


Great smiles can make your whole face happy. For some people, though, a smile doesn’t start out perfectly. Misaligned teeth, overbites, gaps and more can make people feel self-conscious about smiling. No one should go through life worried about smiling. A great orthodontist can help people have their best smile possible.

For children, braces can straighten and align those young teeth. Metal wires are held in place by brackets placed on the teeth. About every six weeks an orthodontist will adjust the braces, allowing the teeth to shift into the perfect position. For most teenagers, braces are a fact of life. School pictures will show a mouthful of metal. This is okay, even expected.

Adults may want to be a bit more discreet. They may want to hide the fact that they are having their teeth straightened. New dating relationships, a job position and other factors could play into the desire to be discreet. Orthodontists can help with invisalign aligners. Clear, removable aligners are worn to straighten the teeth. Nobody will notice them while someone is wearing them. However, they will notice a straighter, more ready smile. Being removable makes it very easy for a person to continue brushing and flossing, even eating their favorite foods. Every two weeks the aligner will be removed, replaced with the next one in the series. In under two years a great new smile will emerge, ready to dazzle the world.

Schedule an Orthodontic Examination in Larkspur Today

In Marin County, Calif., you can visit Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics to have an examination and treatment from these professionals:

• Dr. Jasmine Gorton
• Dr. Bill Schmohl
• Dr. Jeff Nichelini

An orthodontist will discuss orthodontic options with you to repair problems such as crowded teeth,crossbites or overbites. Depending on your malocclusions, you can wear one of these devices:

• Retainers
• Invisalign
• WildSmiles
• Braces with colors
• Traditional or Damon Clear

We also offer WowSmiles and Acceledent options to our orthodontic patients. Schedule an appointment by calling 415-459-8006 today.

Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics
900 Larkspur Landing Circle,Suite 200 Larkspur CA 94939 Tel: (415)-459-8006

I Have a Tickle in my Brain and it Keeps Making the Corners in my Mouth Point Towards the Heavens

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Words of Wisdom No.1 “Go On a White-Teeth Diet”


Are your teeth looking stained and discolored, even though you brush daily and see your orthodontist regularly? What you might not realize is that your diet could be playing a huge role in this problem. There are many foods that can contribute to stains on your pearly whites, which is why going on a “white-teeth diet” can be so beneficial. By utilizing the effective tips listed below, you may find that your teeth are much whiter in no time!

Foods to Eat:


Raw broccoli is a snack that you can feel good about eating. The texture of a floret will gently scrub the teeth as you chew, which can help reduce stains and keep teeth clean.


Most people think strawberries will stain their teeth because they’re bright red and sweet, but because they have malic acid in them, they can help remove discoloration from the surface of teeth. Just watch out for the seeds, especially if you have braces or use Invisalign.

Hard Cheeses

Hard cheeses are generally colorless, so they won’t stain your teeth like most other foods would. In addition to this, the calcium in them can help build stronger teeth.

Avoid Staining Foods and Beverages

Foods like blackberries, tea, wine, blueberries and pomegranates will stain your teeth, so try to only enjoy these on an occasional basis with a large glass of water to wash away discoloration.

Nuts or Seeds

Walnuts, cashews, almonds and peanuts are all high in protein, but their abrasive texture is what makes them great for gently wiping stains from the surface of teeth.

Enjoying Your Smile

Ready for more expert tips on dental care, or do you just need a reliable orthodontist for things like braces and Invisalign? Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics would be glad to help!  Schedule an appointment today.

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Smile and forgive; it’s the only way to live

quotes about smiles

If you want to forgive someone, then just begin to smile, and you will begin to live again. Smiling is easier when your teeth are perfectly straight and you have a firm bite to consume nutritious fresh vegetables and fruit. When your teeth are misaligned, you can visit an orthodontist to learn more about the different types of braces, headgear and retainers available to create a gorgeous smile. You might learn that the best type of orthodontia for your malocclusions is traditional wire and metal brackets or Invisalign aligners instead.

Invisalign Orthodontia

A parent should take a child to an orthodontist as they are getting their first permanent teeth, and an adult can also request an evaluation for their own teeth. A child can wear modern braces such as:

• WildSmiles
• Color wires and brackets
• Damon Clear

Alternatively, adults with mild malocclusions can wear clear Invisalign aligners that are easy to remove while they are eating meals or brushing their teeth. Imagine how much fun it is to wear aligners at the same time your children are wearing braces. You can help each other throughout the process with reminders about flossing your teeth each day to avoid cavities and bad breath.

Unique Smiles for Your Facial Structure

At Gorton and Schmohl Orthodontics in Larkspur, Calif., you can schedule an appointment with two knowledgeable orthodontists:

• Dr. Jasmine Gorton
• Dr. Bill Schmohl

Certain guidelines are used by these professionals to create a WOW smile that shows off your new straight teeth from the front of your mouth to the back. With modern three-dimensional imaging techniques rather than old-fashioned impression molds, you can receive orthodontic appliances that are perfect for your facial structure to get a gorgeous smile. With a smile like that, there is no reason not to forgive someone and begin to live again.

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Use your smile to change this world, but don’t let the world change your smile.

life quotes

There’s something about a smile that has the ability to turn someone’s entire day around. When you put a smile on your face, you can accomplish amazing changes. Not only does it turn your day around and keep your attitude bright no matter who you’re dealing with, it also makes other people more likely to go along with you. When you approach the world with kindness, you’re much more likely to receive kindness and understanding in return. Unfortunately, for many people, a world filled with judgment and unkindness has slowly started to make their smiles slip away. It’s a hard world to live in, and letting a smile shine bright is the last thing on their minds.

The Need to Fix Your Smile

For some people, it isn’t even current judgement and unkindness but the fear of what they’ll experience that has their smiles slipping away. Their teeth aren’t properly aligned, and they’re embarrassed by their smiles. The solution? A visit to an orthodontist to talk about invisalign.

The Perfect Solution for People Who Dread the Appearance of Braces

There’s no reason why braces have to be right out there in the open, where everyone can see them. Adults, in particular, often feel that they’re “too old” for braces, or that they don’t want to display how long it took them to take care of their orthodontic needs for the world to see. Invisalign realigns teeth and makes smiles shine bright once more without the inconvenience of everyone seeing a face full of metal every time they look at you. If you’re avoiding letting your smile shine because you’re ashamed of the appearance of your teeth, it’s time to make a change! If you’re in Larkspur, California, contact Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics today for an appointment. These talented orthodontist staff will give you back the smile that you’ve always dreamed of and help you use it to make a difference in the world again.

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When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life you have a thousand reasons to smile

smile quotes

Life is hard. Why make it more difficult by being ashamed to smile because of crooked teeth? Science has shown that simply the act of smiling can trigger the release of endorphins, serotonin and dopamine, the “feel good” neurotransmitters. That’s powerful. On the contrary, your negative thoughts about your own smile and appearance will depress your mood and suppress positive emotions.

Dentist vs. Orthodontist

Maybe you’ve never considered that an orthodontist could help you with your emotions. In contrast to a dentist, an orthodontist is a specialist in the realignment of teeth. The thought of braces may call to mind the embarrassing, clunky design of the past, but technology has advanced. Invisalign braces are virtually invisible since they are made of clear plastic.

Health Benefits

Other reasons to consider Invisalign are the health benefits. Crooked teeth can be difficult to floss, making them more prone to decay, not to mention that lack of flossing can affect both your oral and your heart health. As the years go by, misaligned teeth can cause other difficulties since the teeth may not meet together properly as you bite and can become damaged. Your jaw can also be adversely affected by your bite.

Confident Demeanor

Aside from the health benefits, you may simply long for a great smile. When you feel confident about your teeth, you will smile more and your mood will be lifted. Even a job interview can be affected if you’re presenting a happy, confident demeanor. Your children will gain confidence from a positive, smiling parent.

The reasons you’ve given yourself for not investing in braces just don’t apply anymore when you consider Invisalign. They are truly a revolution in the industry. Contact Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics for more information about changing your smile and your life so that you truly have a thousand reasons to smile.

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Good things happen when you smile.


Feeling good about your smile is a great incentive for smiling more often. Smiling is a simple facial expression that brightens your face at least a few times a day. You may even smile without thinking about it when you have a happy thought or pass a heart-warming scene.

Crooked or badly spaced teeth may make you feel self-conscious. Instead of hiding your smile behind tightly closed lips or a shielding hand, consider orthodontic treatment. Our orthodontist offers braces and Invisalign, both great options that can straighten your teeth beautifully and give you a smile that you are proud to share.

The Power of a Smile

When you smile, your brain lights up with activity. Your body is flooded with a number of hormones and chemicals, including:

  • Neuropeptides, which allow neurons to communicate more effectively
  • Endorphins, which are natural pain relievers
  • Serotonin and dopamine, which are feel-good chemicals that combat bad moods

Within moments of smiling, your heart rate and blood pressure can slow, and your whole body will feel more relaxed.

People also see you differently when you smile, but attractiveness is just one part of the picture. One study found that looking at smiling faces activates the reward center in your brain. Smiling people are perceived as more reliable, sincere and approachable.

The Benefits of a Healthy Smile

Fixing your smile can give you even more reasons to smile. Braces are often used to manage complex bite and alignment problems. Invisalign can be used for most minor to moderate issues, and they use clear aligners for more discreet treatment. Along with all the benefits of smiling, orthodontic treatment can allow you to enjoy other benefits as well, including:

  • Less stress on the TMJ
  • Evenly distributed bite forces
  • Less risk of decay
  • Easier to clean teeth
  • Less risk of gum disease

Contact us today to learn more about your orthodontic treatment options or to schedule an appointment with our orthodontist at Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics.

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Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened


We smile when recalling pleasant memories associated with good feelings. Birthdays, graduations, marriages, and anniversaries are just of the more popular events that bring smiles to every face. Watching a child grow up, graduate from college, get married, and celebrate wedding anniversaries are all good reasons to smile.

Celebrations and other events are the perfect occasions to share happiness with others. Getting together with family and friends, often while dressed in our finest, helps us to look and feel our best. A beautiful smile can be captured in photos and memories that will last a lifetime.

If you’re concerned that your smile could be better, contact an orthodontist for a complete evaluation of your dental structures. The teeth, gums, and other soft tissues will be examined and x-rayed to determine an effective treatment plan for improving your smile.


Invisalign treatment may be recommended. Braces are the most common treatment for aligning teeth and making the mouth healthier by preventing bacteria buildup in gum pockets or in hard-to-reach places between tilted teeth. Bacteria leads to decay, which then becomes cavities that can lead to tooth damage and loss. A qualified orthodontist can prescribe an Invisalign treatment plan using braces that will be hardly noticeable and work quickly to move your teeth into proper position.

Get Started

Make your smile even more beautiful by consulting Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics for detailed information on how they can help. After a thorough examination, a treatment plan will be discussed to give you ideas on how your dental structures can be improved for better dental health and a prettier smile. They can answer questions to help you make an informed decision about getting your most memorable smile yet.

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Touch someone’s life with a smile

smilingDid you know that a bright smile can make someone’s day? The person you passed in the hallway at work could be having a rough day. But they see your warm, invigorating smile as a sign that welcomes them to have a good day. That little boy next doormight need someone to cheer him up. Your smile could be that catalyst. All you need to do is reach out to a qualified and experienced orthodontist to make these dreams come true.


Residents of Larkspur, California and the surrounding areas can get in touch with Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics. There is a wide range of braces to choose from. You can choose unique colors to proudly show your devices off to the world around you. These devices prove that you don’t need to be ashamed to tell the world that you are straightening your teeth. The office of the orthodontist can develop the best care plan for you and your teeth with comfort and results in mind at all times.


Invisalign is another option for people concerned about the health of their teeth. Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics can help you develop a treatment plan with this fantastic, modern option. This new method comes without wires and brackets in your mouth. All you do is put a new set of form-fitted straighteners in your mouth every few weeks. The clear plastic will ensure that very few people know you’re straightening your teeth. You get all the benefits of teeth straightening without any of the drawbacks. You can’t ask for much more than that.

Contact Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics today to see how you can transform your smile to something greater than you ever thought possible. You can contact us for a visit. Take your smile into your own hands today.

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Why a Smile is More than Just a Universal Welcome


It has been said throughout the ages that the eyes are windows to the soul. If they are, then your smile is the universal greeting that transcends languages and customs — as everyone can understand what a smile is, when they see one.

That is why it is important to treat your smile with the utmost care. It affects everything, from your chances of acquiring a new job to what your friends and family think of you, but most importantly it influences how you think about yourself.

Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you should consult with your local Marin County orthodontist about beautifying your smile.

1. Your Smile Makes You Feel Better About Yourself

The process of smiling has numerous outcomes that affect how you think about yourself. The simple act of smiling releases dopamine into the brain and increases the amount of blood that flows to your brain, both of which support that fluttery feeling of feel-good happiness.

The effect of smiling goes past that. By being able and willing to smile, you’ll feel better about your own self-image. This can simply be the cure to prevent things like depression.

2. Your Smile Affects How Others See You

Smiling is considered the trait of a happy individual. People feel more open when they’re interacting with someone who smiles.

If you are in a position where you need to greet people, it gives the feeling that you are cordial and friendly to talk to. This is a great advantage for you if you are trying to do everything, from acing that job interview or to doing something like selling a used car.

3. Smiling Helps to Cheer Up Those Around You

Another popular proverb holds that smiling is contagious. While laughing is known as the best way to cheer people up, it is evident that a simple smile is the next best way to make a person happy.

This means that smiling can soothe a troubling day. A great tool to have and flaunt.

Don’t Let Your Smile Be Something You Have to Hide

Your smile is an invaluable part of both your health and your social well-being. It’s not something that you should neglect, as even orthodontic costs can be negotiated so that whatever needs your smile has, can be met.

Contact Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics today to get in touch with a local, friendly Larkspur orthodontist.

Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics 900 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite 200, Larkspur, California
94939 415-459-8006

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All the Statistics in the World Can’t Measure the Warmth of a Smile


Studies have proven time and again that how a person feels about the appearance of their teeth affects their self-esteem, interpersonal relationships and even their salary. Having a smile that showcases brilliant, perfectly straight teeth is considered a sign of good health and confidence in both private and professional realms. Luckily, children whose teeth have grown crooked or crowded can have these issues corrected before they enter adulthood and avoid a lifetime of anxiety and embarrassment.

Invisalign for a Teen

Orthodontic treatment doesn’t have to involve bright silver braces with your choice of neon rubber bands. Invisalign uses a series of clear appliances to gently move teeth into their proper alignment. Shaped to the patient’s teeth, a new appliance is worn every two weeks for 20 to 22 hours a day. The teeth are gently pushed into position.

The Benefits of Invisalign

This system has plenty of features that makes them more convenient and attractive than traditional braces, including:

  • the ability to remove the appliance for yearbook photos, prom and other short, important events;
  • no embarrassing rubber bands or chapped lips;
  • peers will likely not notice the appliance at all, relieving the chances of bullying or hurtful teasing;
  • the appliance can be removed for more thorough brushing and flossing, which minimizes the risk of tooth decay;
  • fresher breath, as both the mouth and the appliance can be properly cleaned.

If you are looking for a Larkspur orthodontist that can help you get Invisalign for a teen, Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics is here to assist with your child’s treatment. While statistics may show that a bright, healthy smile improves many facets of life, we believe the warmth of a smile from a happy, confident child is proof enough of a job well done.


Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics 900 Larkspur Landing Circle, Suite 200, Larkspur, California
94939 415-459-8006

All the Statistics in the World Can’t Measure the Warmth of a Smile