“Make It About Mom” – A Wonderful Day at Zachary Orthodontics!

Congratulations to all our Moms at Dr. Zachary’s “Make It About Mom Day!” The turnout exceeded our expectations – it was great to see everyone! Excellent food, in-chair massages, and meeting new people were great ways to kick off the Mother’s Day weekend.

A special congratulations to our 9 winners! Nine lucky Moms took home a balloon bouquet, a set of jewelry, a Nordstrom gift card, and a Mini iPad! Finally, Dr. Zachary would like to thank his fantastic team who helped organize and run the event…ladies, you are the best!


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Happy Birthday, Bonnie!

South Orange County Orthodontics SpecialistBonnie is our Financial and Insurance Coordinator and has been with Zachary Orthodontics for 8 over years. She has extensive knowledge in the financial department and does an amazing job for our patients. Bonnie and her family are planning a trip to Catalina for her special day. Happy birthday Bonnie! We love having you as part of our team.

Orthodontics and Dental Health – Fun Facts!

Here are some interesting and fun facts about swallowing!

How many times do you swallow every hour?

There was a study done at the University of Minnesota. One hundred twenty-eight (128) dental students participated in the study to determine the relationship between saliva flow and the frequency of swallowing. The students were asked to sit quietly and read for 30 minutes, pushing a button every time they noticed themselves swallowing. The average number of swallows per hour was 122, with a range of swallows per hour from 18 to 400, a huge variation. Saliva flow was greater in men compared to women.

Clinical Implications: the number of times a person swallows each day depends on saliva flow and volume.

If you know any family or friends who are looking for excellent orthodontics in a warm and comfortable environment, please pass Dr. Zachary’s name along. We look forward to providing the best orthodontic care possible.

Make It About Mom!

Please join us for a Mother’s Day Celebration, here at Zachary Orthodontics. This special day will take place on Friday May 9th, from 10am – 12 noon.

There will be lots of food and fun, along with 10-minute massages, prizes, and lots of girl talk. We will be raffling off jewelry, a Nordstrom gift card and an Apple iPad Mini. Please bring a friend with you and enjoy some “Mom time” on us!

mom-event-2014Just give us a call, or let us know at appointment time if you plan to join us, as we are looking forward to celebrating with you! Please follow us on Facebook, e-mail or our monthly newsletter for more details. Or call us at our office at 949-831-5500.

Retainers – Do Yours Need Adjustment?

As human beings, our bodies will continue to change throughout our lives. Some of these changes will occur rapidly, and some are almost imperceptible. Changes occur in our eyes, our skin, our hair, our bones, our muscles, and our teeth. Notice that our teeth are not exempt from this natural process, and whether one has worn braces or not, one thing is certain – our teeth will change with time.

To maintain your beautiful smile, it is important to wear removable retainers at night as frequently as it takes to keep them from feeling very tight when they are inserted.

Please contact us if your retainers become loose, lost, broken, or if they need adjustment. We sincerely hope that you enjoy your smile for years to come.

(Orthodontics) Brackets Just for You!

Safe, quality orthodontics is practiced at Zachary Orthodontics! Let’s talk about “brackets,” just in time for March Madness and your other brackets!

For your knowledge and comfort, we at Zachary Orthodontics want you to know that all of our brackets, used in our office, come directly from the manufacturer, in tamper-evident, single-use packaging. This way you can be sure that the braces are always new, and will only be used for you. For the protection of your teeth, we also use a sealant, which is placed directly underneath a bracket to ensure that the tooth surface underneath is totally protected. You’re in good hands!

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Zachary Orthodontics Visits with the Students of Aliso Viejo

Happy students make happy smiles!

A great big “thank you” to all first and second grade students of St. Mary’s School in Aliso Viejo. The students had a great time with Dr. Zachary as he shared with them some fun stories and interesting facts about their teeth.

Thank you also to Ms. Finch, Ms. Hoffnagle, and their team of teachers for allowing us to entertain their students during Dental Health Month. Ms. Finch and Ms. Gilhooley, now on staff at St. Mary’s, were former patients of Zachary Orthodontics.


Another Anniversary at Zachary Orthodontics!

GailPlease help us celebrate with Gail the twelve (12) wonderful years here at Zachary Orthodontics. She started with us in March of 2002! Gail’s dedication and hard work is evident in helping to make beautiful smiles for our families.

Thank you Gail and congratulations! We love you!

Celebrating a New Birth in the Family!

baby-photo-cristie-grandsonThere will soon be baby teeth to straighten in the extended Zachary Orthodontics office family…..which includes staff, of course! Help us celebrate with Cristie the birth of her first grandchild, Benjamin Neil.

Ben was born on February 9th 2014, weighing in at 7 lbs, 13oz, and measuring 21 inches in height. Proud mom and dad and baby Benjamin are all healthy and doing well.

Congratulations Cristie!

Factors Affecting Tooth Decay and Dental Health

http://www.freedigitalphotos.netBrushing and flossing, filling cavities, preventing tooth decay, orthodontic care, extractions and root canals. For all but a lucky few, our teeth will require constant maintenance for life, and not all teeth are created equal. So let’s talk a little bit about the “root” of the problem!

In a typical family with three children, two of them may have perfect teeth, yet the third one is prone to dental problems. According to Dr. Lawrence Kotlow, a board-certified dentist, says that only about 2% of our population are born with a “get-out-of-cavities-free card.”

There is something in our saliva that protects our teeth from decay. There are many factors that can cause decay or cavities in teeth. Not just lack of brushing or eating to many sweets, but the anatomy of the tooth, deep fissures and pitted teeth can also weaken the enamel. Teeth that are crowded, mouth breathing and asthmatic behavior can contribute to cavities as well.

There are no hard and fast rules, and no firm truths that apply to every patient. The best advice for the other 98% of us, who face the risk of cavities? Be aware of the sugars in the foods you eat, from candy bars to milk, and to be sure to brush, or at least rinse with water, after every meal. A good foundation, the result of orthodontics, is also important to keep the teeth healthy. And, be sure to schedule your regular dental visit.

Dr. Zachary