November Anniversaries at Zachary Orthodontics

JulieMariaIn the month of November, Zachary Orthodontics has been pleased to celebrate the anniversaries of two of our team members. We are thrilled to recognize Julie and Maria for their outstanding service to our patients!

Julie joined our office in 1986, and worked with us until 1995, at which time she chose to concentrate on teaching. Julie taught at a local school for awhile, then in 2005, she returned to our office. Julie has a very strong work ethic and continues to provide excellent chair-side assisting. She has a beautiful family including three daughters, a grandson, and Julie is the proud mom of an ASU athlete!

Maria has worked with our office since 1988. She has worked in the front office as well as the back office throughout the years. Maria did step away from her daily office responsibilities for a short time, while her two daughters and son were growing up. We awaited the opportunity to lasso her back in the office as soon as we could! Maria has an incredible calmness about her and the ability to connect well with our patients of all ages. Her detailed, chair-side work is impeccable.

Julie and Maria continue to represent the excellence that we continue to strive for at Zachary Orthodontics. Help us wish them very happy anniversaries!

Happy Thanksgiving from Zachary Orthodontics!

Thanksgiving is finally upon us! What we enjoy most about this holiday is the chance to get together with family and friends, and doing what we all love…eating…and giving thanks. Thanksgiving was established as an official annual tradition in 1863 by President Lincoln; the first Thanksgiving lasted 3 days during which the Pilgrims feasted with their Indian friends, and gave thanks for all their blessings.

We feel very fortunate to be a thriving business in Orange County, and we feel blessed to a part of your lives, doing what we love to do…making beautiful and healthy smiles! Happy Thanksgiving!

Zachary Orthodontics

The First Thanksgiving 1621, oil on canvas by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris

The Latest in Orthodontics – Not Your Mama’s Braces!

From space age materials to computer analysis, these aren’t your mother’s braces – and maybe not even your big brother’s. Today, Dr. Zachary can offer options that make the process of correcting your teeth efficient and comfortable, making a healthy smile easier than ever to achieve. Here are some of the ways orthodontic treatment has changed.

Latest Technology in Braces and Orthodontics

“Treatment today is certainly more efficient and predictable,” says Robert James Bray, DDS, MS, an orthodontist and president of the American Association of Orthodontists. “Thanks to modern materials and improved techniques, patients usually don’t need to come to the office as frequently as was previously necessary, so there’s less time away from school for young patients and less time away from work for their parents.”

1. New Metal Technology

Borrowing from the innovative technologies of NASA, many orthodontists today use heat-activated nickel-titanium alloy wires that apply a constant, gradual force to teeth when the wires are at mouth temperature. As compared to wires of a generation ago, which required frequent tightening as they stretched, nickel-titanium wires deliver gentle pressure. Patients appreciate the comfort. Today’s wires also last longer, the reason fewer visits to the orthodontist are necessary.

2. Better Planning

Advanced photography, x-ray and computer technology has enhanced orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning. More complete information helps the orthodontist plan every facet of treatment.

3. New Options for the Style-Conscious

Research, technology and patient demand have brought today’s orthodontic patients an array of choices: silver braces, gold-colored braces, tooth-colored braces, braces that go behind the teeth, brackets in fun shapes, brackets that do not require rubber bands to hold them to the wires, tiny brackets or no brackets at all. Patients can shout out their orthodontic treatment or be as discreet about it as they please.

For those who choose to have fun with braces, they can select a variety of colors for the rubber bands that hold their wires to their brackets. Even the adhesive that holds the brackets to teeth releases fluoride, which helps keep teeth healthy.

If your smile needs a makeover, start looking into your options by consulting an orthodontist, a dental specialist with two-to-three years of specialized education beyond dental school. Choices abound nowadays for those seeking a healthy, beautiful smile, and there truly is an option for everyone. An orthodontist can help you achieve a smile that’s good for life.

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

Credit: Nov. 09, 2009, Katherine McInerney,