1 – TREATMENT PHILOSOPHY
The most natural way of treatment is often the best way. We strongly believe that keeping all the permanent teeth is important to achieve a healthy and balanced smile and facial structure in the long term. This is why our approach to orthodontics is to minimize the extraction of teeth. When indicated, we work to modify a child’s growth pattern while they are still young to minimize the need for surgery or more invasive treatment later.
2 – BOARD CERTIFICATION
Dr. Jasmine Gorton, Dr. Bill Schmohl and Dr. Sona Bekmezian are all Board Certified by the American Board of Orthodontics. The purpose of The American Board of Orthodontics is to establish and maintain the highest standards of clinical excellence in orthodontics. Although many orthodontists initiate the process to achieve temporary certification, only about 35% of all U.S. Orthodontists present their cases to complete the voluntary board certification process, with a slightly lower certification rate in Marin County.
3 – TREATMENT TECHNIQUES
We are unique in our extensive experience with progressive treatment options that can minimize surgery, reduce exposure to allergens/radiation and achieve excellent results in a shorter time.
- 3 -D printers allow retainer replacement without office visit (2016)
- Bone Biology Acceleration for faster treatment times (since 2012)
- 3-D Scanners to replace impressions for patient comfort and improved accuracy (since 2011)
- Temporary Anchors to optimize facial balance and replace surgery (since 2007)
- 3-D CBCT Digital X-rays for comprehensive diagnosis with low x-ray exposure (since 2005)
- Latex Free Gloves used on every patient (since 2006)
- Diode Laser to improve soft tissue treatment results (since 2005)
- Hypoallergenic Braces and nickel-free wires (since 2004)
- Invisalign invisible removable trays for tooth movement (since 1999)
- Damon Braces for lighter forces (since 1995)
- Herbst appliance to replace headgear, surgery and removal of permanent teeth (since 1988)
4 – DOCTOR INVOLVEMENT
Dr. Jasmine Gorton, Dr. Bill Schmohl and Dr. Sona Bekmezian work interchangeably on all patients. Our patients receive an exceptionally high level of doctor attention during treatment. Our doctor-to-patient ratio is almost unheard of in modern orthodontics!
5 – CONTINUING EDUCATION
Drs. Gorton and Schmohl attend several weeks per year of continuing education courses and actively participate in national study clubs and international forums. Our patients can then benefit from the improved aesthetics, efficiency and comfort of modern orthodontics. The innovations listed above are all safe, effective and have completely changed the way orthodontics is practiced. These progressive techniques have made the orthodontic experience more comfortable, efficient and predictable for our patients.
6 – OUR TEAM
The majority of our team members have worked together for over 10 years, which creates a harmonious environment. This allows us to focus our attention on the patients and use everyone’s skill set to maximize patient benefit. We are unique in that every one of our team members, including those who work at the front desk, are licensed dental assistants. Additionally, all of our assistants have completed the training and passed the Orthodontic Assistant Permit exam through the Dental Board of California.
7 – FAMILY FOCUSED ATMOSPHERE
Family and friends are always welcome to join patients in the treatment area by the living wall or relax in the reception area. There is also a spacious outdoor courtyard available.
8 – EXPERIENCE
Both doctors have extensive experience in Invisalign, Damon Clear Braces and Braces with Colors to provide every patient with a customized plan. We emphasize a thorough diagnosis to optimize treatment results and treatment timing. Our doctors and staff members have worked together for many years which optimizes patient care.
9 – AVAILABILITY
We are available Monday through Friday 8/8:30 am – 5/5:30 pm with extended hours on Tuesdays. Our doctors also return calls and emails outside of patient hours and there is always someone on call after hours.
We are a certified green business who believes a successful business is dependent on a healthy environment. We demonstrate our environmental responsibility by committing to the following objectives:
- Comply with all applicable environmental regulations
- Conserve natural resources
- Practice pollution prevention
- Be environmentally responsible
Even our website is powered by wind energy from Texas. Our hosts purchase certified Wind Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) for 130% of the electricity used to both power and cool its servers.
11 – COMMUNITY SUPPORT
We believe in contributing to organizations that have a positive impact on our patients. We provide financial support and dental education to local schools, sponsor athletic teams and donate to enrichment programs. We provide free orthodontic treatment to teens who have been selected by the Marin County Dental Care Foundation and Dr. Gorton has held volunteer positions at the Marin Community Clinics providing early intervention for younger children and general dentistry for pregnant women.
What Sets Us Apart