Still Too Few Athletes Wearing Mouthguards

Despite vociferous and repeated recommendations by dental professionals that sports-playing youths wear mouthguards, a large number of children are still ignoring the warnings. Mouthguards not only protect a player’s teeth, but also help prevent concussions, with the mouthguard acting as a shock absorber.

According to recent studies, 68% of parents reported their child chooses against using a mouthguard when playing baseball, basketball, softball, and soccer. Studies have shown that basketball players are 15 times more at risk sustaining orofacial or concussion-type injury compared to football players.

Because we feel it is so important to protect these athletes, as well as all of our kids at Zachary Orthodontics, we offer complementary mouthguards for all our patients undergoing orthodontic treatment.

A Note from the Staff About Dr. Zachary…

We should be calling this little article, “All in the Family.”

As so many of you have now experienced, Dr. Zachary continuously honors each of us, his staff members, as we celebrate our years spent in his practice. He generously describes our qualities and contributions as if we were part of his immediate family. He does so at our office, and even here on the website! We would now like to take the opportunity to shine that spotlight back on him…

Dr. Zachary grew up in the San Fernando Valley with mom Dina, dad Tony and sister Joanna. Like so many of your children, he played Little League, more specifically, first base. And, at age 10, there was that one game, that one incredible game! The picture below highlights that time in Dr. Zachary’s life, his uniform, all that hair (!), and the the loving tribute written by his father to his young son, forever saving that moment as a special memory for them both. We hope it touches you the way it has touched us!

As we approach Thanksgiving, we give thanks for Dr. Zachary and for you, the families who have made it possible for us to take part in your life while doing what we love to do!

– The Orthodontic Staff at Zachary Orthodontics

Dr. Zachary and the Triple Play

Dr. Zachary and UC Irvine Biology Department Mentorship

When Dr. Zachary graduated from UC Irvine years ago with his double degree in Biology and Applied Psychology, he knew that as his practice grew, he would be sure to give back to the university that was the springboard for his orthodontic career.

This year, Dr. Zachary was one of the few UC Irvine Biology Department Mentors asked to mentor two current UC Irvine students, instead of just the usual one. Dr. Zachary is thrilled to continue his involvement in the UC Irvine Biology Department Mentorship program, and looks forward to presenting orthodontics as a career to its students. Stay tuned for future blog posts on Dr. Zachary’s mentorship progress.

UC Irvine Sciences Building

UC Irvine School of Biological Sciences

Happy Anniversary, Carolyn!

CarolynThis October we celebrated Carolyn’s 9th year anniversary with our office as our New Patient Coordinator! We feel so lucky to have Carolyn, a veteran in the orthodontic field for over 21 years.

Carolyn has excelled at creating a professional environment for our new patients who walk through our door. She makes sure their experience is the best possible, anticipating what Dr. Zachary needs at the ready for the full diagnosis and treatment planning appointment for each patient. She coordinates the appointments necessary to start orthodontic treatment…always referring to the patient’s school, sports, family, or work schedules. Being a mom of three children, Carolyn is aware of the pulls and tugs on a family’s schedule and makes it her responsibility to accommodate even the most busy and challenging schedules.

We are pleased to congratulate Carolyn on her 9 years of service at Zachary Orthodontics, and look forward to at least another 9 years!