Another Milestone at Zachary Orthodontics!

CarolynOn October 9th, our office celebrated a very special office anniversary. Carolyn has been a member of our office team for a decade! Carolyn has served as our New Patient Coordinator since she began working with us, and we have been thrilled ever since. Carolyn is professional, courteous, articulate, and has a rich background in dentistry and orthodontics.

It is with great enthusiasm that we offer Carolyn congratulations and look forward to another 10 years!

Why Your Child Should Visit an Orthodontist by Age 8

Impacted TeethPanoramic radiographs and a visit to one of Orange County’s leading orthodontists, Dr. Chris Zachary, are a powerful combination for preventing larger problems later in your child’s life.

Recently, the California Dental Association cited an article published in the July 2012 issue of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. In a retrospective study of 384 cases, the take-home message was that a clinical exam, coupled with a panoramic radiograph, is a predictable and reliable way of detecting impacted canine teeth. If detected early, orthodontic treatment can improve and/or correct the impactions.

Treatment of impacted canine teeth can “frequently require surgical intervention, which can involve substantial complications” if not detected until the patient becomes a young adult or beyond. This study further strengthens the importance of seeing an orthodontist early. We recommend doing so by age 8. No special referral is required.

Call our office at (949) 831-5500 or contact us via email to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zachary.

One of Dr. Zachary’s Family Members Gets Press!

Marley, The Zachary Family Dog


Congratulations to Marley, Dr. Zachary’s family dog, chosen from over 950 entries for the Judge’s Pick!

Please note: No lizard was hurt during this photo shoot:)

Marley, a 5-year-old King Charles cavalier spaniel from Laguna Niguel, caught the Register judges’ eye with his proud expression as he carried a squirmy lizard.

Apparently Marley is quite the hunter and routinely catches birds, butterflies and even rats. “He has a lot of allergies and gets sick if he eats food he shouldn’t, so he’s on a special diet,” says owner Tricia Zachary. “I think he catches these things to get better tasting food than he gets at home.”

Read the whole story in the Orange County Register.

Dental Health Linked to Dementia Risk

We found this interesting article online with an interesting take on dental health. If true, it’s yet another argument for taking care of our teeth, through daily care, periodic checkups at the dentist, and proper orthodontics.

Aug 21 (Reuters) – People who keep their teeth and gums healthy with regular brushing may have a lower risk of developing dementia later in life, according to a U.S. study.

Researchers at the University of California who followed nearly 5,500 elderly people over an 18-year-period found that those who reported brushing their teeth less than once a day were up to 65 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who brushed daily.

“Not only does the state of your mind predict what kind of oral health habits you practice, it may be that your oral health habits influence whether or not you get dementia,” said Annlia Paganini-Hill, who led the study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Inflammation stoked by gum disease-related bacteria is implicated in a host of conditions including heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Some studies have also found that people with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, have more gum disease-related bacteria in their brains than a person without Alzheimer’s, Paganini-Hill said.

It’s thought that gum disease bacteria might get into the brain, causing inflammation and brain damage, she said.

The rest of the article can be read on

For information regarding an orthodontic consultation, please contact Dr. Zachary via email or by phone at (949) 831-5500.