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A Smile is a Powerful Weapon; You can Break Ice with it! 1

A Smile is a Powerful Weapon; You can Break Ice with it!

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A Smile is a Powerful Weapon; You can Break Ice with it!

Have you ever seen one of those magicians that can tell if you are lying or not? They line up a bunch of people on stage and one of them is randomly selected to tell a lie. The magician then goes down the line asking very simple questions and he picks out the liar 100% of the time.

The magician can do this because he is trained in spotting “tells”. Everybody has tells and they can be so powerful that the FBI and border security agents are trained to spot them. But there is one social tell that is incredibly important, especially to a teenager’s confidence. And that tell is a genuine smile.

Everyone Can Tell The Difference Between A Real Smile And A Fake One

A long time ago, a French physician by the name of Guillaume Duchenne studied the smile. He found that a fake smile had a tell — the person did not smile with their eyes. A genuine smile is marked by the outside corners of the eyes raising along with the outside corners of the lips. And genuine smiles are only smiled by confident teenagers.

Genuine Smiles Make All The Difference

It’s no secret that a genuine smile is much more attractive than a fake one. In fact, a genuine smile can have an attractive power and even serve to as an icebreaker in making friends. But if a teenager is ashamed of his or her teeth, it’s going to be difficult to let out a real smile. And everyone can intrinsically spot a fake smile from across the room. This can have deleterious effects on a teenager’s social life.

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

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 appointmentby calling 415-459-8006 today.

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

A smile is a light in the window of your face that lets people know you’re at home.

A smile can brighten the darkest day! 2

A smile can brighten the darkest day!

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A smile can brighten the darkest day!

A smile can be just what some people need to see to bring some happiness to their day. When people in helping professions such as medicine and teaching greet their patients and students with smiles, those people instantly feel more at ease. But studies also show that a good smile can lead to more success in life.

Smile Research

A 2012 study found that when more than 1,000 Americans were shown photos of people with straight and crooked teeth, the study participants perceived the people with straighter teeth to be wealthier and more successful. They also said they were more likely to go on a date with them. Almost 75 percent of the participants said that a good smile made them trust a person more than if that person were well-dressed or had a nice car.

Smiling is Contagious

A smile can make both the smile”r” and the people they are smiling at happier. Unfortunately, crooked teeth might make a person feel self-conscious about their smile. They might try to smile without showing their teeth or avoid smiling altogether.

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

A smile can brighten the darkest day!

A Kind Heart is a Foundation of Gladness, Making Everything in it's Vicinity Freshen Into Smiles 3

A Kind Heart is a Foundation of Gladness, Making Everything in it’s Vicinity Freshen Into Smiles

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A Kind Heart is a Foundation of Gladness, Making Everything in it’s Vicinity Freshen Into Smiles

Smiling is a common gesture that lets other people know that you’re in a good mood, but what happens if you’re too self-conscious to do so? Being able to smile can help you feel happier overall. When you don’t smile, it can affect your mood and give other people the wrong impression about you.

Why Do You Avoid Smiling?

People who are shy might not smile due to embarrassment. They might not want to draw attention to themselves or have other people approach them. You don’t necessarily have to be shy to avoid smiling. Some people do so because they don’t want others to see that they have crooked teeth. These people might only smile slightly without showing teeth. They might avoid smiling altogether, which can make them feel unhappy. If you refuse to smile due to crooked teeth, our orthodontist can fix that with braces of Invisalign.

How Can You Smile Comfortably?

When crooked teeth are the reason for not smiling, having them straightened can ease your self-consciousness and boost your mood. You’ll be able to smile more and do so with confidence. Wearing Invisalign or braces helps make your teeth straighter, which allows you to flash a big smile to others. If you’re worried about how you’ll look while having your teeth straightened, keep in mind that modern orthodontic treatments are designed to look as natural as possible. This means that other people won’t be staring at your teeth while you’re wearing an orthodontic device. Once your teeth are fixed, you’ll have the added benefits of having an easier time cleaning them regularly and not having problems biting down. These treatments help improve your quality of life overall.

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

A Kind Heart is a Foundation of Gladness, Making Everything in it’s Vicinity Freshen Into Smiles

Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened 4

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

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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

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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Beyond Differences

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An Orthodontist Who Cares about Preventing Social Isolation

Social isolation often begins in middle school and continues in high school because adolescents are prone to developing cliques that exclude others. While teachers may combat this behavior in classrooms with group activities that require cooperative teamwork, students still exclude others in locations such as the school cafeteria or activities after school. Beyond Differences located in San Francisco is a nonprofit organization that is devoted to educating the public about the detrimental effects of social isolation and offer ways to stop the behavior during the sensitive adolescent years. Anyone can donate to Beyond Differences, and the organization already has an important sponsor located in Larkspur, Calif. Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics has two orthodontists who want to promote including others in all activities to create a feeling of camaraderie.

Beyond Differences Focuses on Stopping Social Isolation

Beyond Differences has three ways to prevent social isolation in middle and high school environments, including:

• No One Eats Alone – designed to encourage socializing during lunch
• Be Kind Online – discouraging unkind behavior online
• Be the One – a pledge and commitment to not exclude others

Beyond Difference dispenses its important message with an online website, videos and publications that are suitable for teachers, students and parents who want to implement and follow the suggestions made by the organization. Anyone interested in preventing social isolation in schools can request curriculum designed for teaching lessons or newsletters for parents and the general public. All lessons begin by helping people understand what social isolation is and how it affects anyone who is perceived as different from others. Some of the issues covered concern including classmates who have mental or physical challenges.

The orthodontists working at Gorton & Schmohl Orthodontics are happy to sponsor Beyond Differences because many of their patients are teenagers struggling with social isolation. The adolescent patients visiting this orthodontic facility frequently need to wear headgear, retainers or braces to correct abnormalities of their facial or mouth’s structure. Conditions such as cleft lip or palate can cause deformities of the mouth that require many years of orthodontic treatment in order to repair the positions of teeth so that an individual can speak properly, chew food and have a beautiful smile. In many cases, an individual undergoing orthodontic treatment is ostracized by their peers because they look different.

 

When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life you have a thousand reasons to smile 5

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

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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.