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Invisalign for early expansion

Marin Ortho orthodontic patients (including Dr. Gorton’s son Kai) 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).

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.

Click the link below to see the full published article:

Phase 1 Invisalign Expansion

Should My Teenager Bring Their Retainer to Camp? 2

Should My Teenager Bring Their Retainer to Camp?

As we get further into summer, many patients have questions about traveling with their retainer. The most important thing is to always bring your retainer with you. 

A retainer ensures that your teeth stay in the position that your orthodontist left them. As time goes on, your teeth will try to move back into their original pre-treatment position. The longer you don’t wear the retainer, the more your teeth will move. It can take as little as two weeks without wearing your retainer for your teeth to shift enough to the point where they will no longer fit!

Life happens and a retainer can break or get lost. This is why we now provide patients with two sets of retainers (two upper arch & two lower arch). If anything happens to one retainer you can easily switch to your back up. If both sets of retainers get lost/destroyed ect. patients are always welcome to come back and get a new replacement retainer. A replacement retainer costs $410 per arch ($820 for a SET of upper and lower)

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Dr Jasmine Gorton joined Dr Drew Ferris in sharing Invisalign cases

Dr Jasmine Gorton was asked to join Dr Drew Ferris in sharing Invisalign cases with the west coast Schulman Group members. Her slides showed our treatment plans + results for young children with sleep apnea symptoms (age 7) with a combination of a Palatal Expander and Invisalign and young children (age 7) without apnea treated with Invisalign Only Expansion. She also presented a unique approach to non-invasive Invisalign treatment of adults with strong lower jaws who would traditionally be treated with jaw surgery and braces.

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It’s Women’s History Month!

Happy Women’s History Month from Marin Ortho!

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Future Women: What do you want to be when you grow up? Doctor? Business owner? Swimmer? Runner? Mom? All of those? None of the above? You do you 😊

Marin Ortho is a woman-owned and run business! Both Dr. Jasmine Gorton and Dr. Sona Bekmezian are UCSF-trained orthodontists and share the same philosophies in achieving your gorgeous, healthy smile.

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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!

Keeping Clean While Staying Green! 8

Keeping Clean While Staying Green!

Keeping Clean While Staying Green! 9Patients 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.

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.

Fluoridated Water & Your Child's Teeth in 2020 | QUICK FACTS 10

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


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


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.


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!