Tech Tips from Dr. Jasmine Gorton 1

Tech Tips from Dr. Jasmine Gorton

Learn more about Dr. Jasmine Gorton and the changes we have made to the way orthodontics is practiced (especially with COVID-19). Some technologies are applicable to other areas of dentistry as well!

Keeping Clean While Staying Green! 2

Keeping Clean While Staying Green!

Keeping Clean While Staying Green! 3Patients who are new to our office are sometimes curious about what our approach is for ensuring a safe environment, especially for young children for whom chemicals can have a stronger effect.

We are very fortunate that in addition to guidance from national and local medical and dental organizations, we are also able to work directly with the coordinator of the Marin County Green Business, a government-run program.

Thanks to their expertise, we are able to continue to provide our patients and team members with an environment that is not only safe with regard to biological contaminants but also from chemicals that have been linked to respiratory issues, cancer, etc.

Looking for guidance for your own home?  You don’t need to be a business owner to benefit from the tips on their website:


Dr. Jasmine Gorton, DMD, MS is a Board Certified Orthodontic Specialist in braces/Invisalign and small business owner of Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics / MarinOrtho. The practice has maintained Marin County Green Business Certification for several years as part of their commitment to provide the best care possible for patients of all ages.

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NEW! Invisalign Stickables

New Invisalign Stickables!

Hi Marin Ortho Friends, Family, and New Patients! We are now offering Invisalign’s new product for Phase 1 and Teen patients called Invisalign Stickables. The stickers are a fun new way to accessorize your clear aligners and are easy to use. They are offered in a wide variety of shapes, colors, patterns, emojis, and more! Even better, they are made of a durable waterproof material so they adhere to the aligners.

How it Works

With your dry, clear aligner simply place the stickers where desired and peel off the clear film. The next step is to smile big! That’s it!

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Ask a doctor or an assistant for Invisalign stickables at your next appointment!

Corona FAQ

COVID-19 FAQs Specific to Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics

When will Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics start seeing patients?

As soon as it is safe to do so! We have been working hard with our administrative team managing rescheduling, mailing rubber bands, mailing aligners, answering questions, etc. All of our team, including our clinical assistants, are using this time for training such as technique courses for the orthodontic assistant permit certification. We don’t yet know when our building will be re-opened, but when it is, we plan to be available to you immediately and better than ever!

What additional safety precautions are in place for when the office reopens?

We want to make sure that you feel comfortable and safe in our office environment. We have been keeping up on the medical literature surrounding COVID-19 and will be implementing some additional precautions, at least for the short term:

  • Check in procedure: We have placed hand sanitizer by the self check in screen and will also be checking patients in vis verbal communication with our front desk. If you arrive early and/or we are not able to seat you immediately upon your arrival, you may wait in the outdoor courtyard downstairs or in your car and we can text you when ready.
  • Hospitality: Our hospitality stand with coffee, tea, etc as well as magazines, fidget spinners, video game joysticks and patient prize basket will be removed (sorry!)
  • Patient seating: We will modify our schedule to allow seating of patients with the 6 ft recommended “social distancing”.
  • We will maintain masks / gloves refreshed and in place, even outside of direct patient care

Keeping safe from Covid-19

What can Invisalign patients do while they are waiting for an appointment?

Keep moving forward in your aligners at your usual pace, trying to never have them out for more than 30 min at a time for meals. Our office is mailing aligners (and rubber bands when indicated). If you have not received your aligners within the time frame of your original appointment, this is because they needed to be re-designed to remove and / or delay the placement of attachments and/ or tooth reshaping in order to continue to move ahead with treatment with mailed aligners. Remote monitoring using cheek “retractors” is available via Dental Monitoring and/or Invisalign Virtual Care so that our doctors can continue to monitor your treatment closely.

What can Braces/ Expander patients do while waiting for an appointment?

Please avoid any hard or sticky foods! Hard foods can bend a wire causing discomfort and/or unintended tooth movement and can knock off 1 or more braces, which extends treatment. Sticky foods have a pulling action and can cause a wire to pull out and feel pokey and/or can pull braces off.  Preventing breakage is a key component to finishing treatment on time.  Please let us know if you need more rubber bands and we can mail them to you. If you have a question about your treatment, please use a spoon to move your cheek out of the way to send us a photo for our doctors to review ([email protected])

Has anyone working at the office tested positive for COVID-19?

Due to our strict pre-existing infection control procedures, prompt office closure and social distancing at the onset of the outbreak, it does not appear that any team member has contracted COVID-19. As always, any team member with symptoms of any illness is requested to stay home and the same is true for our patients.

Will there be Saturday/ Sunday appointments to “catch up” on delayed appointments?

Currently, our professional buildings are locked and without HVAC (heating and air conditioning circulating) on both Saturdays and Sundays. We do not feel that this is an optimally safe environment for patient care. We will see patients M-F during business hours as soon as we have access to the office, utilizing additional safety precautions mentioned above.

COVID-19 FAQs Specific to Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics

Gorton & Schmohl orthodontic patients were among the first worldwide to be treated with Invisalign for early expansion

Gorton & Schmohl orthodontic patients (including my son Kai) who were among the first worldwide to be treated with Invisalign for early expansion. We have found this technique to be effective, also more patient-friendly and hygienic than traditional expanders.

The demand for esthetic, comfortable orthodontic treatment appears to be on the rise across all age groups. Not surprisingly, parents’ perceptions of the types of appliances that are acceptable for their children
closely mirror their standards of esthetics for themselves. According to a survey by Rosvall and colleagues, clear aligners and lingual appliances are generally preferred, followed in order by ceramic appliances, ceramic selfligating appliances, and self-ligating stainless steel (including hybrid).

1 The same study found that esthetic appliances were acceptable to more than 90% of adults, while traditional stainless steel and metal self-ligating brackets were acceptable to only 55% and 58%, respectively.

 

Corona FAQ

Keeping Invisalign Clear Aligners Clean While Sheltering-in-Place

Dr. Jasmine Gorton and her son demonstrate the easiest way of keeping Invisalign clear aligners clean at home.

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Fluoridated Water & Your Child’s Teeth in 2020 | QUICK FACTS

Fluoridated water. When it comes to the health and safety of your child, many parents wonder if it is safe for their kids to be consuming fluoridated water. And what type of toothpaste can and should be used so that their smile can be bright and beautiful. If you’re drinking town or city water, chances are pretty good that you are going to have fluoridated water. Fluoride is added to the water supply in an attempt to help the oral health of residents. In this post, we’ll show you the lowdown on fluoridated water and your child’s teeth. Let’s get going.

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Words of Wisdom No.3 – Clean your tongue

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When you use Invisalign, it is important to keep your tongue as clean as possible. You can easily remove Invisalign when you need to so that you are able to care for your teeth and tongue properly. If you want to have good oral health, you can ask your orthodontist to help you figure out a cleaning regiment that will be right for you.

An Unclean Tongue Can Lead To:

  • Bacteria
  • Plaque in Your Mouth
  • Bad Breath
  • Gum Disease

Bacteria

When you forget to brush your tongue, bacteria can start to form in your mouth. This bacteria can cause all sorts of problems. Whether you have braces or not, it is going to be necessary to keep your entire mouth clean. If you leave bacteria on your tongue, you could end up having to deal with more plaque in your mouth. This plaque can dull your beautiful smile, so you should be sure to brush your teeth up to the 3 times a day and make sure that your tongue is properly cleaned. You can enjoy the results of having a tongue and mouth that is well taken care of.

Bad Breath

If your tongue is not properly cleaned, you could develop a case of bad breath. By making sure that your tongue is cleaned correctly, your breath will be as fresh as possible. You can also avoid tooth decay if your tongue is cleaned on a regular basis and stop gum disease from starting too.

When you visit your orthodontist, be sure to ask him for tips on keeping your tongue clean. If you have braces, you should be sure to talk to a dental expert about the importance of properly caring for your teeth, tongue, and gums. You want to make sure that you have great overall dental health. Contact Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics for reliable orthodontic services.

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Orthodontic Fact #6 The first braces were of a piece of flat metal in 1720.

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Align and straighten. That’s exactly what dental braces have been designed to do. In fact, the first pair were invented in the early 1700s, consisting only a piece of flat metal connected to the patient’s teeth by using several pieces of thread. Talk about a rustic look. Orthodontics has advanced significantly during that time, and today, achieving a healthy, Hollywood smile is within reach for people of all ages.

Causes of Imperfect Smiles

Malocclusion is the fancy medical term used by the orthodontist to describe teeth that are crooked or out of position. It’s not usually anyone’s fault. Often times, genetics play a role. Maybe your small jaw produced large, crowded teeth, or just the opposite with small teeth that drift inside a larger jaw. As a toddler, you may have sucked your thumb or had a pacifier in your mouth for too long, pushing teeth out of their proper position.

Whatever the case, your orthodontist is a highly trained professional whose mission is to align and straighten each patient’s teeth. What’s most encouraging are the wonderful advances in orthodontic materials and technology for braces.

Traditional Metal VS Modern Clear

Traditional metal wires with metal brackets are still useful in straightening teeth with more complicated orthodontic issues. Clear plastic aligners by Invisalign, however, have revolutionized the way in which we wear braces. They are removable, and almost invisible while wearing them, more comfortable and able to straighten teeth quicker than their old-fashioned silver cousins.

Invisible Aligners Go Ivy League

Invisalign has made such an impact to the profession of the modern orthodontist, that prestigious Harvard University began requiring its orthodontic grad students complete Invisalign certification before they received their diploma.

The highly skilled experts at Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics can put everything into proper perspective, especially your smile. Make an appointment today!

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Pediatric Orthodontist Training (Fact Sheet)

Pediatric Orthodontist training requires a great deal of dedication along with many years of training and practice. These specialists work hard to understand all areas of orthodontics and how to apply them to the special psychology and anatomy of children. Working with the young in any area can be exciting and challenging. A successful Pediatric Orthodontist should have a natural love for children as well as an interest in oral health and orthodontic procedures.

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