Antioch

Is Chilly Weather Hurting Your Teeth?

January 11th, 2019

WE MAY FEEL the dropping temperature in our toes, but we shouldn’t be feeling it in our teeth! Some of us experience a shock of pain as we breathe in the crisp air or sip some hot chocolate. Tooth sensitivity tends to manifest in temperature extremes, so we notice it more during the winter season.

Sensitivity Is A Cry For Help

Tooth sensitivity is fairly common, but that’s no reason to ignore it! Tooth sensitivity could be your mouth’s signal that something is wrong — you may need to see a periodontist or an endodontist. For the most part, solutions are simple. And, as with most dental problems, sensitivity is best dealt with early on. In some cases, tooth sensitivity can be reduced by using a special toothpaste for sensitive teeth such as Sensodyne. This is available in your local grocery store or drug store.

Some Causes of Sensitivity Can Lead To More Severe Problems

Healthy teeth are guarded from extreme temperatures by the tooth’s enamel layer and by the gums. Sensitive teeth may signal receding gums as a result of gum disease or over-brushing. Sensitivity could also be caused by damaged enamel from a cracked tooth, acid erosion, decay, or demineralization due to improper oral health care while wearing braces.

We Can Help You Find A Solution

Whatever the cause of your sensitive teeth this season, it’s important to get it checked out by an orthodontic professional. We can help you determine the cause, and find a solution. It may be a simple change in your dental care regime. Other times, a dental procedure can relieve your discomfort.

No One Should Suffer From Tooth Pain

We believe that no one should suffer from dental problems without hope of a solution. Please talk to us if you ever have questions about your dental and orthodontic health. We consider it an honor to be your trusted health partner, and to keep your teeth healthy for life.

If you have questions about sensitive teeth, please visit us at www.clubbraces.com. Find us at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California. Call us for a complimentary orthodontic exam.

Let us help you with your teeth in any weather. Your smile is our inspiration.

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Holiday Braces For Good Girls And Boys

December 19th, 2018

GIVE YOUR CHILD the gift of straight teeth and a beautiful smile this holiday season.

Visit Our Office During The Holiday Break!

Our Christmas RDA elves and gnomes and Merry Dr. Gorczyca will be giving beautiful smiles to good little and big girls and boys during this holiday season. Gorczyca Orthodontics’ last day to get braces in 2017 will be Thursday, December 20th. We will return back to the office and be putting on braces and delivering Invisalign and retainers on January 3rd, 2019.

We serve the Contra Costa County communities of Antioch, Oakley, Brentwood, Pittsburg, Concord, Rio Vista, Byron, and Discovery Bay. Gorczyca Orthodontics is centrally located at one convenient location at 5201 Deer Valley Road, Suite 1A, in Antioch, California.

Find us at www.clubbraces.com or visit us at the Deer Valley Dental Professionals Building next door to Deer Valley High School. Plan ahead and call now to reserve your Holiday hours appointment time. Reach us at (925) 757-9000.

From Highway 4, take the Hillcrest exit past Lone Tree. Turn left at Miranda when you see our three story glass building. We offer convenient parking and fresh coffee and refreshments. Initial orthodontic examinations are a free gift from Santa.

Give the gift of a beautiful smile this holiday season. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon at Gorczyca Orthodontics.

You Better Not Pout; The Orthodontist Is Coming To Town

November 30th, 2018

POUTING, OR “thrusting out the lip, as in sadness” appears as an expression of displeasure. The lower lip sticks out farther than the upper lip. The chin often has a “golf ball” appearance and the lips strain to close over the teeth.

Jaw And Tooth Structure May Be Causing A Pouting Appearance

Bimaxillary dentoalveolar protrusion produces the appearance of pouting. The jaws and teeth cause the lips to be more prominent than ideal. The lips may be separated at rest, producing a lip opening. In some cases, the appearance of the teeth may not be a problem, but moving the teeth back has a dramatic and desirable effect on the facial profile.

Our Lineage Affects Our Appearance

Lips are influenced by ethnic norms. Northern Europeans have thin lips. Asians and Africans have thicker lips and more tooth prominence. The patient’s desires, nose and chin size, and culture will all influence the orthodontic decision to move teeth back to improved facial appearance.

Have Questions? We Have Answers!

If you have questions about your facial profile, call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California (925) 757-9000. Find us at www.clubbraces.com. To find an orthodontist near you, visit www.mylifemysmile.org.

If you pout, it may be an indication that your teeth stick out too far. An orthodontist can fix this. So, there’s no need to pout. You’re better off not to pout at any time of the year, and especially when Santa Claus is coming to town.

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

November 26th, 2018

SOMETIMES UPPER FRONT TEETH don’t come in on time. If more than one year passes since the expected time of arrival of an upper front tooth, usually at age 7, and the front tooth is still delayed, it’s time to take action and visit an orthodontist.

There Are Many Possible Causes...

There are many possible causes of delayed permanent front teeth.

1. A baby tooth may be lost too early due to a cavity or an accident. When this happens, bone and tissue fills the tooth path and the permanent tooth may not be able to push its way out.

2. A baby tooth can be maintained too long. A baby not loose and firmly in place too long may not allow a permanent tooth to come in or may cause the permanent tooth to come in out of place.

3. An extra front tooth in the middle of both front teeth can prevent these front teeth from coming in. This extra middle tooth is called a mesiodens. Sometimes this tooth comes into the roof of the mouth or it may stay stuck in the bone.

4. Front teeth may be deformed, turned sideways, or even upside down. This situation will require a surgical procedure and attachment of a metal chain to pull the tooth into position with braces.

Get An Orthodontic Evaluation By Age 7!

In all of these situations, orthodontic space preparation is important. In some cases, a surgical incision may be all that is necessary to release a front tooth and allow it to come into position.

The esthetic and social consequences of a missing front tooth for a child are significant. This is why the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic evaluation by age 7.

So please bring your child to Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California for a complimentary consultation if you hear them say All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.”

Shift Your Bite Into High Gear

November 2nd, 2018

WHEN UPPER AND LOWER DENTAL MIDLINES do not line up and the lower jaw moves to the side on closing, these are signs of a bite functional shift.

When The Upper Arch Is Too Small For The Lower...

When the upper arch is too narrow or too small for the lower jaw, the lower jaw is forced to move to the side when closing. The unwanted movement, called a functional shift, temporarily relieves discomfort by creating a maximum tooth biting surface for chewing. The unnecessary jaw movement can be eliminated by upper arch expansion and comprehensive orthodontic treatment.

The Imbalance Can Be Fixed

The upper jaw may also be too small for the face and the lower jaw. This is called maxillary deficiency. The backward position of the upper jaw can be corrected with Class III rubber bands, reverse pull headgear, or an upper jaw surgical advancement procedure.

This case was treated by board certified orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca of Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California.

If you have questions about midlines that don’t line up or a jaw functional shift, call us at 925-757-9000. Visit us at www.clubbraces.com.

Straight dental midlines are important. Eliminate your bite functional shift to get your smile into high gear.

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Like Gorczyca Orthodontics On Facebook

October 24th, 2018


DENTAL PRACTICE SOCIAL MEDIA is here to stay, and for us at Gorczyca Orthodontics, it all started with Facebook. Since our Gorczyca Orthodontics Business Facebook started over ten years ago, it has been all about YOU, our valued patient!

Our Facebook Page

Find your favorite Gorczyca Orthodontics photo of you, your family, friends, or members of the greater Antioch, California community on our Gorczyca Orthodontics Facebook page.

Other things you will find on our Gorczyca Orthodontics Business Facebook include:

1. Our Gorczyca Orthodontics Blog

Our Gorczyca Orthodontics Blog provides concise bits of information about our practice, team members, dental health, and facts and tips that will help you on your orthodontic journey. We hope that you find this content interesting.

2. Offers and Invitations

Our Gorczyca Orthodontics Facebook page will list special practice days and offers and include contest, events, and offers related to braces, Invisalign, retainers, and teeth whitening. Patient appreciation events will also be listed.

3. Our Practice Culture

The coolest thing about connecting with us on our Gorczyca Orthodontics Facebook page is that through its honest, transparent, and spontaneous communication, you will get to know us better!

4. A Reliable Form of Communication

You can always contact Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca here or on her personal Facebook page, and you will receive almost an immediate reply. Social media is a great way to get in touch with your doctor! Social media and the iPhone have replaced the pager!

Add Us On Facebook Today!

So, take a moment to be our Gorczyca Orthodontics business Facebook friend. Thank you also for your 5 star reviews. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon, in person, at Gorczyca Orthodontics at 5201 Deer Valley Road in Antioch, California. Call us at 925-757-9000.

Thank you for being our Facebook friend.

Your smile is our inspiration!

Choosing Your Halloween Color Ties

October 10th, 2018

IT’S THAT TIME OF year again. October is the season of decorations and surprises as children pick out their costumes and look forward to trick or treating on Halloween.

Are Halloween Color Ties A Good Idea?

It’s also the season of orange and black braces color ties in orthodontic offices worldwide. You can be sure that orthodontists everywhere are restocking their supply of these two colors for the Halloween season and the increased demand for orange and black elastics. But could you regret choosing these festive colors for your teeth and braces after the Halloween season?

Choose Your Braces Tie Colors With Care

Remember, you may be wearing your Halloween color ties for up to eight weeks. So, if you have a school dance in November and you’re planning to wear blue, you may want to rethink your braces color tie selection for the future and plan ahead.

Orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca of Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California states that if you want a braces color tie that will always look great, choose the color pearl. “Pearl is a shimmering white braces color tie that blends in well with tooth color and rarely stains. It always looks good, no matter what you wear.”

We Look Forward To Seeing You Again!

At Gorczyca Orthodontics, no matter who you are or what your fashion situation is on Halloween or afterwards, we are available Monday through Friday to change your braces color ties in case of need or emergency.

We want all of our patients to be happy. And we certainly don’t want your Halloween color tie selection to be your biggest life regret! THAT’S SCARY!

Happy Halloween from all of us at Gorczyca Orthodontics.

Gorczyca Orthodontics, 5201 Deer Valley Road, Suite 1A, Antioch, CA 925-757-9000.

Back To School, Back To The Orthodontist

September 19th, 2018

IT’S PART OF GROWING UP: back to school, losing baby teeth, back to the orthodontist. From age 7 to age 18, your orthodontist will be an important part of your childhood.

What To Expect At Your Back-To-School Visit

Here are things you can expect at your back-to-school orthodontic visit:

  1. The question “What could we do to get you to love your teeth?”
  2. Review of dental and medical history and oral habits
  3. Evaluation of baby teeth and eruption of permanent teeth
  4. A panoramic X-ray
  5. Evaluation of oral health habits including brushing, plaque, and gingivitis
  6. Examination of jaw function
  7. Discussion of facial appearance
  8. An in-depth functional look at your bite
  9. Discussion about dental crowding, spacing, and rotations
  10. Careful evaluation of your gums and smile
  11. Evaluation of tooth shape
  12. Referral to an excellent general or pediatric dentist if you need one
  13. Proposed diagnosis and orthodontic treatment plan
  14. Customized payment plan
  15. Scheduling of your orthodontic records appointment

What’s The Next Step?

Your orthodontist will either see you periodically to evaluate your growth or start orthodontic treatment with orthodontic records. These include:

  1. Orthodontic study models
  2. Lateral cephalometric X-ray and panoramic X-ray
  3. Orthodontic photos

After orthodontic records, your orthodontic treatment will be started. The sooner you start, the sooner you finish!

Keep Your Beautiful Smile For A Lifetime!

This case was treated by Board Certified Orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca of Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California. Call us at (925) 757-9000 or visit us at www.clubbraces.com. To find an orthodontist in your area, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.com.

Start the school year right! Here’s to your beautiful smile.

Bad Breath? Are You Keeping Your Retainer Clean?

August 24th, 2018

DOES YOUR BREATH STINK? Do you know if your breath stinks? What causes it? What can be done about it? Here at our practice, we often get questions about bad breath. Sometimes the questions come from a long-suffering friend or family member of somebody else with bad breath.

Besides A Dirty Retainer, There Are Lots Of Bad Breath Causes 

Halitosis (chronic bad breath) can be caused by a number of things — some more serious than others. Here are the most common causes:

1. Things You Eat, Like Garlic And Onions

Foods like garlic and onions contain oils that transfer through your bloodstream into your lungs, causing odor to be emitted each time you exhale.

2. Things You Don’t Eat, And A Dry Mouth

Dieting can trigger different chemical processes that can make you more susceptible to bad breath. Also, not eating slows down saliva production, decreasing your mouth’s ability to clean away bacterial build-up. That’s why “morning breath” is unpleasant. Also, certain prescription medications can cause dry mouth.

3. The Way You Feel

Sometimes a cold or sore throat can be the culprit with odors coming directly from the bacteria or mucus trapped in your mouth or sinus area. Typically, these problems won’t go away until the symptoms causing them are gone.

4. Things That May Be More Serious

More serious causes include things like gum disease, kidney problems, diabetes, oral cancer, anorexia/bulimia, and others. That’s why it’s so important to contact us or your general dentist about chronic bad breath problems that you just can’t seem to solve.

Things You Can Do That Help

Remember, chronic or extreme bad breath is not normal. If you have any questions about causes, symptoms, or remedies, talk with our team.

  1. If you wear a retainer, or any other orthodontic appliance, clean it thoroughly.
  2. WE KNOW it’s hard with braces, but practice good oral hygiene! You know — brush and floss!
  3. Gently brush your tongue.
  4. Use an antibacterial mouthwash regularly.
  5. Eat healthy, drink enough water, and don’t smoke.
  6. Occasionally suck on a sugarless mint.
  7. Don’t miss or postpone your appointments with us, or your checkups with your dentist.

A Little Fun With “...a new sense of daintiness...”

Contrary to the popular legend that Listerine coined the term “halitosis,” it actually dates back to the 1870s. However, Listerine made the term commonplace by using it in many of their ad campaigns. Halitosis combines the Latin “halitus” (meaning “breath”) with the Greek suffix “osis” (used to describe a medical condition).

Thanks, As Always, For Being Our Valued Patient

We sincerely appreciate the trust you place in our orthodontic practice! And thanks for your kind referrals of friends, family members, and coworkers. Leave us a comment below or send us a direct message on our Facebook page!

See you soon at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California. Find us at www.clubbraces.com or call us at 925-757-9000 for a free orthodontic exam.

Your smile is our inspiration.

Custom Mouthguards Keep Your Teeth Protected

August 1st, 2018

NO MATTER WHAT sport you play, custom mouthguards keep your teeth protected.

Custom Mouthguards Are Made Just For You

Custom mouthguards are made just for you and precisely fit to your teeth, arch, and bite. This mouthguard will feel comfortable and not fall out during sports play or at the time of a sports injury.

Custom Mouthguards Reduce Risk of Concussion

Studies say that custom-made mouthguards can also reduce an athlete’s risk of concussion. Multiple layers of absorbent material lessen the traumatic blow to teeth so that there is minimal chance of tooth fracture or a tooth being knocked-out during injury.

Sports which recommend a sports guard or mouthguard include: football, baseball, basketball, boxing, hockey, karate, lacrosse, martial arts, motocross, soccer, rugby, softball, tae kwon do, and wrestling.

Custom fit mouthguards are thicker and more form fitting than boil-n-bite mouthguards. Your sports mouthguard can be designed with your school logo or your team logo, team colors, or cool graphic. Your name or helmet strap can be added.

We Offer Custom Mouthguards at Gorczyca Orthodontics

Recently, Patti and Gwen from Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California visited the dental office of the Oakland Raider's Football team to learn how to make professional grade sports mouth guards. They are available at our office. Find us at www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925) 757-7000.

Protect your teeth or your child’s teeth with a custom fit mouthguard today. No matter what sport you play, your custom mouthguard will fit your need, and your parents need, to protect your teeth.

Gorczyca Orthodontics In Antioch, California

July 11th, 2018


GORCZYCA ORTHODONTICS IS located in the Deer Valley Dental Professionals Building, at 5201 Deer Valley Road, in Antioch, California, right next to Deer Valley High School.

Where To Find Us

From Highway 4, take the Hillcrest Exit and continue right until you cross Lone Tree Way. After crossing Lone Tree Way, take the second entrance on the left at the Miranda stop light. Turn left and proceed right to the square, three-story building nextdoor to the Antioch Veterinary Hospital. Gorczyca Orthodontics is located on the first floor, right at the main entrance.

Our centralized location and easy Highway 4 access makes us easily accessible to serving all of East Contra Costa County including Antioch, Oakley, Brentwood, Pittsburg, Discovery Bay, Concord, and Rio Vista. We are a one-doctor, one-location orthodontic practice, so you will always find us here, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

About Gorczcya Orthodontics

We offer all orthodontic services, including all types of braces, Phase I, Phase II, Comprehensive, and Invisalgin treatment, clear aligners, Inman retainers, short term braces, retainers, splints, night guards, mouth guards, as well as orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery) and TMD (TMJ) and sleep apnea treatment.

We have patients throughout the Bay area. Because we offer exceptional specialty services in the area of orthognathic surgery, many patients drive several hours to receive treatment in our office. We also work very closely with other dental specialists in providing Interdisciplinary Adult Orthodontic Treatment, which may need implants, periodontal therapy, or crowns, veneers, or bridges. We provide diagnostic wax-ups of comprehensive cases and help coordinate your overall treatment with other dental providers.

Dr. Gorczyca

Our orthodontist, Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, is a board certified orthodontist with 30 years of experience. She has personally treated over 10,000 successful cases. She is a frequent orthodontic lecturer at both the University of the Pacific Dental School, UCSF and the American Association of Orthodontists Annual Sessions, and is a member of the Angle Society, Delta Study Club (Seattle Study Club), and Contra Costa Dental Society.

Come See Us For Your Free Consultation!

We welcome you to visit our office for a free orthodontic consultation. Call us at 925-757-9000. It would be our pleasure to serve you. Learn more about us at www.clubbraces.com.

Thank you for choosing Gorczyca Orthodontics. Your smile is our inspiration.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Whiten Your Teeth For A Presentation

June 27th, 2018

THE TEAM AT GORCZYCA ORTHODONTICS has been preparing for its Annual Advance, a one-day team day devoted to self-improvement and brainstorming about the wonderful year that lies ahead.

Knowing that each of us would be presenting our thoughts before the group, we needed to get prepared, and that included whitening our teeth with Opalescence GO Supreme by Ultradent.

Opalescence GO Can Help Your Smile Shine

Many small businesses, large corporations, and government agencies will be holding similar meetings at the start of the new year. Whether you will be presenting to a group or presenting to patients, when you present, you need to feel your best, look your best, and be your best. This can be accomplished by having straight white teeth.

Brightening Your Smile Can Take As Little As 20 Minutes

On the morning of your presentation, simply take 20 minutes to put in a whitening tray. This can be done in the shower, as you get dressed, or even as you drive in your car to the presentation.

Public speaking isn’t easy. It will take time, thought, and preparation. Whitening your teeth can be part of this preparation and is well worth the confidence and the smile it will give you. It’s easy to whiten your teeth. It’s easy with Opalescence GO by Ultradent.

Ask us about teeth whitening and teeth straightening at Gorczyca Orthodontics, Antioch, CA www.clubbraces.com (925) 757-9000.

Here’s to your beautiful smile!

Dads And Invisalign

June 14th, 2018

IT TAKES A FEW SPECIAL qualities to make a great father — strength, kindness, patience, understanding, and love.

Dads are so generous about bringing and sending their children to the orthodontist for orthodontic treatment.

But What About Dad?

Dad is usually the last family member to straighten his teeth. It’s true, most men are brought to the orthodontist by their wives or girlfriends for tooth straightening.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to give Dad a beautiful smile, too?

With Invisalign it’s easy. Invisalign clear removable aligners are comfortable, look great, and still allow Dad to eat whatever he would like.

Call Us To Learn More

If you would like to give Dad the gift of a beautiful smile, call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics (925) 757-9000 for a complimentary consultation. Visit us at www.clubbraces.com.

Let your dad know how much you love him and that he is a great dad! Give Dad a beautiful smile!

Happy Father’s Day

June 12th, 2018

FATHERS HAVE A KNACK FOR making us smile—even when we’d prefer to be grouchy! Amazingly, they can usually pressure us into smiling through a simple act or gesture—a grin, a proud look, a really dumb joke.

This week, as much of the world celebrates Father’s Day, let’s return the favor!

Help Make The Fathers In YOUR Life Smile!

Take a moment to think about the fathers (and/or “father figures”) in your life. These could include your own dad, an admired teacher, a grandfather, a neighbor or mentor...

Now, think of one thing you can do for each of them this week that would make their lives brighter, make them smile, or lighten their loads. Remember, it could be something really simple like a unexpected visit or unhurried phone conversation to just say “thanks”. Whatever you come up with, make sure he knows how grateful you are for the role he’s played in your life.

It isn’t every day that we get an opportunity to celebrate those fathers who have contributed to our success and happiness. Take advantage of the day. By helping these fathers smile, you’ll find yourself smiling as well.

Think Of The Fathers In Your Life As You Watch This

Oral-B did a great job in this video capturing the Power of Dad!

Now Share Something With Us!

Did you decide on some things you can do this week? Please share your ideas with us below!

Do you have a memorable experience where a father in your life made you smile? Perhaps a great Father’s Day tradition? Share it with us in the comments section below or on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you.

From all of us at Gorczyca Orthodontics, Happy Father's Day.

Gorczyca Orthodontics, Antioch, California 925-757-9000 www.clubbraces.com.

Is It Possible To Over-Brush While You Have Braces?

March 23rd, 2018

HAVE YOU EVER had a sip of ice water and experienced a sudden, sharp pain in your teeth? You’re not alone. One in eight people experiences tooth sensitivity—the kind of sensitivity that isn’t due to a problem such as a cavity, and has nothing to do with braces. So what’s causing it? Surprisingly, one of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity is brushing with too much force.

While you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, it’s more important than ever to brush! However, don’t interpret that as a recommendation to brush more aggressively. There’s a better way to be effective.

How Could Brushing Hurt?

Over-brushing is problematic because it wears down the protective layers of your tooth enamel. It can also push back your gums, exposing the dentin layer under the enamel even more. This dentin layer has microscopic tubes or canals that lead to your tooth’s nerves. If these tubes are exposed to hot, cold, or even acidic foods it can lead to discomfort and tooth sensitivity.

Brushing too hard, especially at the corners of your dental arch, with a back and forth “saw action” may lead to gingival recession (gum recession, or receding gum height) especially over the canine tooth roots. This is one dental health problem we would like to avoid.

Tips For Better Brushing:

  • Watch which direction bristles face when you brush. They should be perpendicular, not parallel.
  • Hold your toothbrush loosely, like a pencil.
  • Use soft, round motions to brush. Don’t saw back and forth.
  • Use soft or extra-soft bristled brushes. Brush softly! Apply just enough pressure to feel the bristles against your gums.
  • Braces may be hard on your toothbrush—replace it when you notice frayed and bent bristles.

Put In The Time

When it comes to cleaning teeth, elbow grease doesn’t do the trick. Consider this mantra: brush smarter, not harder. When regularly brushing, the plaque you’re trying to get rid of is fairly soft and can easily be brushed away with a soft brush.

During the two minutes you’re brushing it’s good to be thorough, but there’s no need to scrub the same areas over and over again.

Questions?

Are you experiencing tooth sensitivity? Over-brushing isn’t the only possible cause. Some orthodontic patients may have exposed roots due to shifting teeth, not over brushing. If you are experiencing discomfort, ask us about it at your next appointment.

You can also leave a question below, or you can ask a private question on our Facebook page.

If you have questions about healthy tooth brushing, crooked teeth, or gum health, please visit us at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California for a free orthodontic exam. Call us at 925-757-9000. Find out more about Gorczyca Orthodontics at www.clubbraces.com.

We look forward to you. Your smile is our inspiration.

Brushing At Work Is Good For Your Oral Health And Your Job

March 20th, 2018

AFTER FINISHING LUNCH AT WORK, DO YOU BRUSH YOUR TEETH? A survey reveals that despite knowing that a healthy, attractive smile affects both personal wellness and professional image, very few people are brushing at the office.

The survey, carried out by The Academy of General Dentistry and Oral-B Laboratories, polled more than 1,000 full-time employees about their oral care habits and the importance of a healthy smile at work. Their findings were very interesting.

The Importance Of A Healthy Smile At Work

  • 96% of respondents thought a smile was very or somewhat important to a person’s appearance.
  • 40% ranked “smile” as the first thing they noticed about a person at work.
  • 32% cited “bad breath” as their co-workers’ least attractive trait.

Office Eating And Brushing Stats

  • 3/4 of respondents ate twice or more a day at work.
  • Only 14% brushed their teeth!

Changing When You Brush

The sugars and starches in the food you eat can cause an “acid attack” on tooth enamel. Even after the visible evidence of food disappears, plaque bacteria continues to grow. If you don’t brush, those workday meals, snacks, and beverages stay on your teeth and can increase the likelihood of tooth decay and gum disease. So brush! Let’s adjust the when of brushing just a bit, to your advantage: brush your teeth after breakfast, after meals at work, and before you go to bed.

Helpful Tips For Brushing At Work

  • Leave a toothbrush at work and increase your likelihood of brushing by 65%!
  • Step it up at home—the better you brush at home, the better you’ll brush at work.
  • Take extra care to clean braces after (and store retainers while) you eat.

Suggestions?

If you already brush your teeth regularly at work, do you have any suggestions to help the rest of us, who may not be as valiant? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

If you would benefit from a new toothbrush to bring with you to work, ask us at Gorczyca Orthodontics about our easy travel oral hygiene kit. Your oral hygiene and dental health is our top priority. It is important to brush after lunch, especially if you have braces, Invisalign, or retainers.

Stay healthy, happy, and brush after lunch.

See you soon at Gorczyca Orthodontics, in Antioch, California. Your smile is our inspiration.

Valentines, Conversation Hearts, And Braces

February 13th, 2018


AS VALENTINE’S DAY approaches, we are once again surrounded by one of America’s most popular candies, the conversation heart.

A Legacy Of Candy Messages

First developed by a Boston apothecary in 1847, Oliver Chase joined the lozenge craze spreading through Boston. Innovating from mortar and pestle, kneading, rolling and cutting to make lozenges, Chase invented the first candy machine. Inspired by the Valentine card market in Boston, Oliver’s brother Daniel started putting food dye letters on to the lozenges in 1866. It is legend that the Chase brothers’ wafers with love greetings were sent to soldiers during the Civil War.

In 1902 the heart shape lozenge machine was invented and the CRAZY4U conversation heart phenomenon was born. Daniel Chase went on to found the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO) which today makes 100,000 pounds of the hearts year round, each day.

Through the years, conversation heart sayings have reflected how culture has changed. Sayings range from KISS ME, HUG ME, BE MINE, and CUTIE PIE to popular sayings likek TE AMO and GIRL POWER. For the digital age, we even have TEXT ME and TWEET ME messages.

The Wrong Treat For Braces

Conversation hearts might make great Valentines, but they are too hard to eat with braces. Orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorcyzca says “Conversation hearts are not your braces’ BFF!”

At Gorczyca Orthodontics, we would LOVE YOU to show your braces some SWEET LOVE by not eating conversation hearts. This will make Valentine's Day for YOU+ME the BEST DAY ever. Give out your conservation hearts and be TOO CUTE, TOO COOL, and find TRUE LOVE.

Love From Gorczyca Orthodontics

We XOXO braces at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California and want your Valentine’s Day to be extra special. We hope your conversation heart Valentine’s Day dreams come true. Find us at www.clubbraces.com or call us at 925-757-9000 for a free orthodontic exam.

YOU ROCK for not eating conversation hearts with braces. Spread the conversation heart love and see you soon at Gorczyca Orthodontics.

Your SMILE is our inspiration.

In Loving Memory Of Stasia Gorczyca

February 9th, 2018

In Loving Memory of
Stasia B. Gorczyca
February 6, 1930 - December 18, 2001

MY MOTHER INSTILLED IN ME the love of music. When I was 3 1/2 years old, she started teaching me the piano. When I was 8, I began flute lessons and together, my mother and I took an incredible musical journey.

At 12, I joined my mother, a violinist in the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, in playing Smetana Moldau Suite. My flute teacher, Faust Fiore, was first flute, and I was second. In High School we also played together in the Fall River Symphony, where I was first flute and Mom played second violin not far from my seat.

My mother was in the audience of my every musical adventure: All Eastern Orchestra, under the baton of Benjamin Zander, Young Artist Showcase, WQXR New York, Carnegie Hall with the MIT Symphony Orchestra, Longwood Symphony Orchestra — every competition and recital. We had a great time.

In Boston, when I was a dental student at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, I had some great flute teachers. These included Louis Moyse, Claude Monteaux, John Heiss, and Lois Schaefer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. I used to practice 2 hours a day during dental school and am still occasionally referred to as “the flute girl of Vanderbilt Hall.”

My mother was principal violinist of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra when she was in high school. At the very end of her life, she was the very last 2nd violinist. I used to kid her and say “Mom, you’re almost behind the curtain!” She would say “I don’t care, I’m still playing!

I’m happy to report that my son Richard, age 12, has now been playing the violin for 8 years. On Saturdays, he is a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in the Pre-College Division studying music theory, violin, chamber music, and playing in the orchestra.

Please honor Stasia by supporting the Stasia Gorczyca Endowment Fund:

Stasia Gorczyca Endowment Fund
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra
P.O. Box 2053
New Bedford, Massachusetts 02741

New Year’s Resolutions

December 21st, 2017

WE’VE LONG HAD a New Year’s Eve tradition in my family. In a small book, my family and I write down our top ten list of favorite memories from the past year for which we are most thankful. These are the events, things, and times that brought us the most individual joy and were truly the most memorable and special events of the year for each one of us.

Next, we write our ten personal goals for the coming year, our New Year’s Resolutions. These top ten wish lists of what we would like to personally experience in the coming year are our personal hopes and dreams for the future.

We read these resolutions, past and future, out loud to each other and share our favorite memories from the past year one more time. We imagine and dream with hope and anticipation the new events we will be able to create by our actions in the coming year. It is so much fun to remember the special times we’ve had together and to look back on how far we’ve come. Our New Year’s resolutions will guide us through the new year, motivate us, and one by one, become a reality.

At this time, I would like to personally thank everyone — readers, patients, family, and friends — for being part of this past year and making 2017 a year to remember. We look forward with excitement and anticipation to seeing you again in 2018. We join you in our plans to make 2018 the best year ever.

Happy New Year from my family to yours and from all of us at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California.

Here's to 2018!

-Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca

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Your Healthy Smile Timeline: Ages 40-60

December 14th, 2017

IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT 40–60 YEAR OLD SMILES in our Healthy Smile Timeline Series! And again, don’t forget that if YOU don’t fall into this category share this post with someone who does—a family member, coworker, parent or friend. Great oral health is important for everyone, whether or not you have braces.

Must-Dos, Ages 40–60:

  • It’s estimated that up to three-quarters of adults over age 35 have some degree of gum disease. This can usually be prevented with flossing and brushing, but if it has already progressed, you may need extra care. Talk to your dental team if you’re experiencing bleeding gums.
  • Some research shows that bad oral health may be linked to systemic problems like heart disease, dementia, diabetes, and stroke. Keep your whole body healthy by keeping your mouth healthy.

Should-Dos, Ages 40–60:

  • Restorative treatments (such as crowns and dental fillings) are more convenient, comfortable, and affordable than ever before. Do you have old, badly worn dental work? It may be time to replace those old fillings or crowns before they crack and cause discomfort.
  • No, you’re not too old for braces! Over 20% of orthodontic patients are adults. It’s never too late to get the stunning smile you deserve.

Could-Dos, Ages 40–60:

  • Studies show that people look younger when they smile. And the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) recently reported that most Americans 50 and over believe that a smile overcomes the effects of aging more effectively than any other physical attribute.

Take Care Of Your Smile And It Will Take Care Of You!

You’re in the prime of life. Stay the course, stick to your great oral health habits, and don’t neglect your regular check-ups. Through preventative care you really can keep your healthy smile for life. Take good care of your smile now to prevent problems down the road.

If you have any questions about tips mentioned in this post, don’t hesitate to ask us about it. Call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics (925)757-9000 in Antioch, California to schedule your free orthodontics exam. Visit us at www.clubbraces.com.

As always, thanks for your continued trust in our practice! We appreciate having you as our valued patient.

Eat Gelatin For Healthy Gums

November 3rd, 2017


YOU MAY NOT THINK of gelatin as a health food. Yet, homemade natural jello is one of the best things you can eat for healthy gums.

Gelatin And Gum Tissue

Gelatin is made of collagen. The collagen of natural jello gives your body the amino acids glycine and proline, which are important for new collagen synthesis in your gums. New collagen produced in your gums helps make your periodontal tissue firm and strong. Some components of the collagen in gelatin have been shown to help repair gum tissue and can also be beneficial in your body’s wound healing.

Gelatin’s Other Benefits

Not only is natural gelatin good for your gums, it is also good for your bones, teeth, cartilage, joints, and digestive tract. Gelatin can help reduce wrinkles. How great is that? Gelatin can also give you healthier skin and hair. It can even reduce cellulite! In addition, gelatin has been found to improve sleep and relieve stress.

Homemade Gelatin

To make your own healthy gelatin at home that is low in sugar and free of artificial coloring, try the recipe below:

  • 4 Tbs gelatin power
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 3 1/2 cups fruit juice
  • fruit
  • shredded coconut

Mix ingredients together, then chill in refrigerator.

Enjoy Your Gum-Healthy Gelatin Treats!

With all these health benefits, why wouldn't we all eat gelatin? Make some gelatin for your gums. Gelatin can be acquired either in a powdered form for your recipes or from bone broth.

Here’s to your dental health!

Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, Orthodontist, 5201 Deer Valley Road, Suite 1A, Antioch, California (925) 757-9000

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Fun At Gorczyca Orthodontics

November 1st, 2017


AT GORCZYCA ORTHODONTICS, you and your patient experience are our highest priority. We want you and your children to look forward to coming to your next orthodontic appointment and to leave happier than you came.

In addition to clinical excellence and outstanding customer service, we strive to make your orthodontic appointments a great experience and just plain FUN! We know it’s the little things that make you and your kids happy. That’s why we have upgraded our three reception area play stations.

Check Out Our Arcade!

At Gorczyca Orthodontics, we now have 267 Sega Genesis and Atari games in the reception play area. So, pull up a bean bag and have some fun! Some games are classics that even Dad will enjoy playing. Some games will be new to you and your whole family.

Come early to your next appointment and allow time to take the Atari Sega challenge. Have some fun with your kids. Or, have your child bring a friend for a few game matches.

New Patient? We Can Answer Your Questions!

If you are new to Gorczyca Orthodontics, welcome! Find us at 5201 Deer Valley Road, Suite 1A, in Antioch, CA (right behind Deer Valley High School). Visit us for a free orthodontic exam. Find us at www.clubbraces.com to learn more about board certified orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, the excellent quality of our care, the history of Gorczyca Orthodontics, our outstanding customer service, and our amazing team of orthodontic professionals. We can’t wait to see you!

There’s something for everyone at Gorczyca Orthodontics. Come a little early and make yourself at home. We love seeing you, your family, and your smiles. Be our guest, have your teeth straightened and bite corrected, and have some fun at the same time.

We’re looking forward to seeing you. See you soon at Gorczyca Orthodontics! (925) 757-9000

Count Dracula’s Teeth

October 13th, 2017

IT’S EASY TO REMEMBER the character Count Dracula, a vampire, seen as a popular costume for both children and adults at Halloween. Dracula’s appearance is unforgettable as a thin, pale, tall man with a long nose, pointed ears, dressed in black, wearing a black cape.

But the most unforgettable feature of Count Dracula's appearance is his teeth. Sharp and pointy, they were described in Bram Stoker's original 1897 Gothic novel Dracula as “a smile of which the Count could not be proud.”

Although the novel Dracula is a work of fiction, it does contain historical references to Transylvanian-born Voivode Vlad III Dracula of Wallachia who reigned as ruler from 1456-1462. “Dracula” means “Son of Dracul,” Order of the Dragon knights, founded by Sigismund of Luxembourg (then King of Hungary).

As An Orthodontist, I’ve Wondered...

As an orthodontist, I’ve often wondered, did the historical figure Vlad Dracula have hypererupted maxillary canines?

Upper side teeth (maxillary canines) that stick out too far (hypererupt) are common and affect 1-2 percent of the population. Because these upper canine teeth are the last teeth to come in at the front of the dental arch, they are the teeth that most often stick out. 

This is a serious orthodontic problem not only for the sake of appearance, but also because it may lead to these teeth getting stuck in the bone (dental impaction) or making the roots of surrounding teeth dissolve (root resorption), which could lead to tooth loss. This occurs when not enough space is available in the dental arch for the canine teeth. There also appears to be a genetic basis for this eruption phenomenon.

Early Orthodontic Treatment Could Have Prevented It... 

The prevention of this “Dracula tooth” problem is to orthodontically create enough space early. This can be done by orthodontic dental arch expansion or tooth extraction, which is what we do at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California. For this reason, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child receive an orthodontic examination by age 7, and so does Orthodontist, Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca.

Count Dracula’s life could have been changed by early orthodontic treatment. Perhaps he could have grown garlic in the sunlight, lit more candles, smiled more often, married, had children, and lived happily ever after in his Carpathian Mountain castle!

3 Rules To Follow For A Smile-Healthy Halloween

October 10th, 2017

HERE IT COMES! The season of ghosts, ghouls, witches, and, of course… candy! If you’re savvy about it, there’s no reason for your Halloween fun to come at the expense of your dental health.

FIRST OF ALL we’d like to very strongly urge all of our patients in braces to check the forbidden-foods list. We don’t want to see anyone coming in for braces repairs thanks to a candied apple, or chewy taffy. Don’t take these tips as an endorsement to eat foods that can hurt your teeth and braces.

Secondly, whether you’re in braces right now, or you’re finished with treatment, keep these tips in mind as this Halloween season approaches, to keep your teeth happy and healthy.

Rule 1: A Little Candy All At Once Is Better Than Candy All Day Long

When it comes to your oral health, if you must have some candy, a little “candy-binge” is better than grazing on that Halloween loot all day long (or all month long!). Our mouths are always working to restore optimal pH balance and to utilize our saliva to cleanse our smiles. So enjoy your candy once, and then brush and floss.

Rule 2: Keep Eating Good, Healthy Meals

Continue eating three nutritious, square meals a day. This has two purposes. First, being full of good food will make you less likely to indulge too much in unhealthy candy. Second, eating a little candy with a meal continues to stimulate saliva production, and helps your mouth clean itself and restore a good balance.

Rule 3: There’s Bad Candy... And There’s Worse Candy

Some candies are more harmful than others. The biggest bad candies you need to watch out for are:

  • Sour ones, which are loaded with acid.
  • Chewy ones that stick on and between your teeth for a long time.
  • Hard ones, like suckers, that rest on your teeth for long periods of time—and can crack or chip teeth.

Chocolate Can Be A Less Harmful Choice

On the other hand, most chocolates, especially dark chocolates, may be better for your teeth than those listed above. Chocolate dissolves quickly and doesn’t linger as long on your teeth.

Contrary to popular belief, not all dentists hand out toothbrushes and floss at Halloween. Over half say that they give out candy. And of those who give out candy, about 80% of them choose to hand out chocolate over other candies.

If You Have A Little Extra Time...

Of course, there are some fun non-candy options for Halloween treats, too. You can check some of them out by clicking here.

Have A Happy Halloween!

Call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics (925) 757-9000 in Antioch, California for a free orthodontic exam. Visit us at www.clubbraces.com to learn more about our orthodontic practice, customer service team, and teeth.

Here’s to a safe and healthy Halloween.

On Braces Debond Day, We Throw Happiness Around Like Confetti!

October 6th, 2017

YOU’VE WORKED HARD for a beautiful smile. On Debond Day, we want to celebrate all that you have achieved on your braces journey. We’re ready to celebrate your new smile happiness with you and throw kindness and smiles around like confetti.

Happy Debond Day!

That’s why at Gorczyca Orthodontics, we schedule a special Debond Day each month to celebrate with everyone getting their braces off on their special day. This is a special day and one that you will remember for the rest of your life. We want to make sure it’s a great one.

Our team of customer service leaders is ready to make this fun day memorable. We also want to say “Thank You” for choosing Gorczyca Orthodontics for your beautiful new smile. It has been an honor to serve you. It’s also been fun!

Your Braces Are Off! Time To Celebrate!

So, as you get your braces off, live it up! Sing a song! Let out a cheer! Hoorah! You’re braces are off, your teeth are straight and you look great! You’ve got a gorgeous new smile, the smile of your dreams!

Gorczyca Orthodontics, 5201 Deer Valley Road, Antioch, California (925) 757-9000 clubbraces.com. Call our office today for a free orthodontic exam. Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, orthodontist, Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Why Do I Need to Wear Orthodontic Elastics?

October 3rd, 2017

FOR SOME PATIENTS, ELASTICS aren’t their favorite part of orthodontic treatment. However, they’re essential! Be sure to follow our rubber-band-wearing instructions to the letter!

Elastics Use Varies From Patient To Patient

The size of the bands used, the positioning, and the elastic strength vary from patient to patient and during treatment periods. How often you need to wear them may vary too. And some patients need to wear them full-time for short periods of time.

Full-time means your elastics are ALWAYS on, unless:

  • you’re brushing your teeth
  • you’re eating a meal

That’s it! Otherwise, they’re in. This will speed up treatment time. It may seem surprising, but it will also reduce discomfort, since your teeth will move swiftly, and then stay where they need to be, instead of going back and forth.

Elastics Are Often An Important Step In Bite Correction

Proper orthodontic treatment isn’t just about cosmetically straight teeth. It’s also about bite correction. Elastics can be a vital component in bite correction.

A proper bite is the FOUNDATION of a beautiful smile. A misaligned bite can cause jaw clenching, teeth grinding, and daily headaches. We specialize in finding the right balance for YOUR mouth and face, and giving you a smile that will be healthy for life.

Just Do It!

The more cooperative you are in following our instructions, the sooner you’ll have your beautiful new smile. Let us know if you have any questions about the treatment that we’ve prescribed for you. And if you’re at all confused about your rubber bands, please call us!

Call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics (925) 757-9000. Find us at www.clubbraces.com in Antioch, California.
To find an orthodontist near you, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.clubbraces.org.

Thanks for your trust in our orthodontic practice. We appreciate you!

Some Dental Implant Basics

September 29th, 2017

IF YOU HAVE A MISSING TOOTH there are typically three options. You could get a bridge, which protects the surrounding teeth and helps keep them from moving. You can get a partial denture, which is a removable placeholder for the missing tooth. Or you can get an implant. A dental implant is a safe, permanent, aesthetically pleasing solution for a missing tooth.

You may be tempted to think that there’s a viable option #4 called “ignore it.” But that would be a mistake. Missing teeth can cause serious problems in your mouth including shifting teeth, additional tooth loss, deteriorating gums, and weakened bone structure.

How Implants Work

  • Step 1: The implant process begins with a small rod (or “post”) that is anchored in your jaw. This post fuses to existing bone and imitates the function of dental roots.
  • Step 2: Typically there’s a 3–6 month healing time to ensure complete and proper post fusion. During this time, a temporary crown protects your mouth, gums, and adjacent teeth.
  • Step 3: After the area has fully healed, a custom crown is placed on the post.

What Should You Know Regarding Implants And Orthodontic Treatment?

At Gorczyca Orthodontics, we prepare patients for dental implants. Should you be considering an implant, consider orthodontic treatment first as dental implants, once placed, are not moveable.

We will work closely with your general dentist and your oral surgeon to give you the best implant result possible.

What Kind Of Results Will You Get?

At Gorczyca Orthodontics, we have helped hundreds of patients get dental implants. We have numerous Before and After photos of successful cases which we can share with you at your initial examination.

We can also provide you with a diagnostic wax-up of your own teeth, a three dimensional model of your virtual treatment result that you can hold in your own hands or even take home so that you can see what your final result is expected to look like.

We Work Closely With A Team...

Dr. Gorczyca works with a team of her dental colleagues to make dental implants, fast, safe, and effective for you. When considering dental implants, it is important to ask “Is your surgeon a surgeon?” Dr. Gorczyca works with the most experienced oral surgeons who have placed thousands of dental implants.

For a complimentary implant consultation please call Gorczyca Orthodontics at (925) 757-9000 or visit us at www.clubbraces.com

Our team will assist you every step of the way through your dental implant procedure to help you achieve the world class smile that you deserve.

Some Eating With Braces DOs And DON’Ts

September 20th, 2017

WE KNOW IT’S NOT FUN WHEN one of your favorite snacks—such as hard candy—is suddenly off the menu! But eating right while you have braces will make a big difference in avoiding emergencies or setbacks. Since navigating through the “DOs” and “DON’Ts” can be confusing, we’d like to share a few rules of thumb.

For the most part, foods that are bad for your braces are the same foods that are bad for your teeth. But right now, you have to be more careful than usual since tooth decay is trickier to care for while you’re wearing braces. If you’re wondering if a particular food item is okay, ask yourself the following questions:

1. How long will it be on my teeth?

  • Things you suck on, like hard candies, are in your mouth for a long time, even if they’re not stuck in your teeth. Not good.
  • Chewy things like taffy, caramels, or gummies get stuck in your teeth. And don’t forget dried fruit. It’s not candy, but it’s still sticky and sugary.

2. How much acid and sugar is there?

Sugary and acidic things are always bad for your teeth because they can cause wear and decay. The biggest sugar/acid combination is found in sodas and energy drinks. But keep an eye on the labels of other things you eat like granola bars and cereals. Sugar is hidden in even the most harmless-looking things.

3. Will it do damage to brackets and wires because it’s...

  • Large: Things like apples or corn on the cob—things you just can’t tackle in one bite—need to be cut up.
  • Tough: If you have to bite, then tug… That’s not good. (i.e. jerky or hard pizza crust)
  • Hard: Jordan almonds and corn nuts can spell disaster for your brackets. Even raw vegetables can be risky—try them steamed instead.

There Are Lots Of Great Options

Now, all of these cautions DO NOT MEAN that you have to live on watered-down protein shakes for the rest of your time in braces! If you’re at a loss for good food ideas, check out these great recipes from Metal Mouth Media.

What’s YOUR favorite braces-friendly food or recipe? Do you have any questions about which foods work with braces and which don’t? It’s easy to ask us in a question below or on our Facebook page.

If you have questions about braces, call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics at 925-757-9000 in Antioch, California. Find us at www.clubbraces.com.

Thanks for the trust you place in our practice. We appreciate you!

Braces, Apples, and Caramel

September 15th, 2017

APPLE SEASON IS HERE and every orthodontist knows what you're thinking: can I eat apples slices with caramel with my braces?

The answer is: YES!

Take Care When Eating Apples With Braces

A favorite treat in September and all year round, apples can be eaten with braces as long as they are cut into thin slices. Remember to slice your apples with braces and enjoy this healthy treat.

What you need to AVOID with braces is biting directly into an UNSLICED APPLE with braces. Biting directly into an unsliced apple with your front teeth while wearing braces is very likely to break off your orthodontic brackets. This will create an orthodontic emergency which will need attention and rework for you and your orthodontic office.

The most dangerous apple of all for braces is the candied apple. Biting into a candied apple with braces is orthodontic bracket suicide! DON'T DO IT! Even slicing a candied apple is not good. Stay away from candied apples with braces.

You're The Apple Of Our Eye!

Thank you from all of us at Gorczyca Orthodontics for taking care of your braces during apple season. If you have questions about braces, call us at (925) 757-9000 for a free orthodonic exam. Visit us at 5201 Deer Valley Road in Antioch, California right behind Deer Valley High School.

A sliced apple a day keeps the orthodontist away! Remember to slice your apples with braces.

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

5 Items to have on Hand in Case of a Dental or Orthodontic Emergency

August 29th, 2017

OUR TEETH–AND BRACES–POTENTIALLY DEAL with a lot when we’re out and about. Basketball games, pie-eating contests, pizza crust... it’s a rough life. Usually our teeth are strong enough (or we’re lucky enough) to not suffer any major problems.

However, accidents happen. And fortune favors the prepared, so here are some tips for guarding yourself against dental and orthodontic emergencies.

You’re Less Likely To Suffer A Dental Emergency If You...

  • Wear a mouth guard during sports
  • Keep good, regular care of your teeth and gums
  • Keep your regularly scheduled appointments to check on teeth and orthodontic work
  • Stay away from the hard, crunchy, and sticky foods we warned you about when you started orthodontic treatment

Just In Case, Here Are Five Items To Have On Hand

Keep these items in a little dental emergency kit that you can keep on hand—at home, in you car, and while you travel.

Painkiller: An all-natural topical painkiller that many people find useful is clove oil. Remember, NEVER put aspirin right ON the tooth.
Orthodontic wax: If something is out of whack, you can just cover it with wax until we can take a look.
Floss: This is handy if something uncomfortable gets wedged between teeth, or wires.
Gauze: In case of a knocked-out or loose tooth, you can put the tooth back in place, and bite on some gauze to keep it there until you get professional care.
Fingernail clipper: A fingernail clipper can be used to clip a poking wire.
Pencil with eraser: The eraser of a pencil can be used to slide a wire back into place or push a poking wire.
Tweezers: Tweezers can be used to grab the end of a wire and place it back into an orthodontic bracket.
Our contact info: Be ready to contact us. If you’re on vacation, we can give you professional advice and maybe refer you to someone nearby.

Are You Going On A Vacation This Summer?

Remember the tips above. If it’s time for your check-up, visit us before your trip. Contact us at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California 925-757-9000. Don't let dental or orthodontic issues interfere with your family vacation. Be prepared!

Let us know where you’re going on vacation below! We’d also LOVE to see your photos. You can share them on our Facebook page.

Thanks for being a valued part of our practice. Stay safe, and have fun!

We Partner With Your General Dentist For A Healthy Smile For Life

August 24th, 2017

NOW, WE KNOW THAT we’re your orthodontic team, not your dentist. However, we want to help you have healthy teeth for life. And that job goes beyond orthodontics and into a lifetime of good dental care.

That’s why we’re joining with our fellow oral health professionals to dispel the myths about one major dental procedure: root canals. We know that it’s a topic people don’t typically visit about in a favorable light. Root canal therapy has always been a bit of a “whipping boy” in dentistry—and, its reputation is probably undeserved. This is especially true given today’s awesome treatment advancements.

The Most Common Misconception

The problems that lead up to needing a root canal can be painful because they affect your tooth’s pulp and nerves. Oftentimes people associate root canal treatment with the discomfort that made the treatment necessary in the first place. Don’t forget that root canal therapy is the solution, not the problem! And, root canals don’t need to be painful.

Today’s Ingredients For Comfortable Root Canal Treatments:

  1. safe, effective anesthesia
  2. extremely precise tools
  3. incredible imaging technology that enhances how and what we see
  4. shorter treatment times

Hopefully, with great home care habits and regular visits to your dentist, you won’t need root canal therapy at any point in the future. However, just in case it comes up, remember that there’s nothing to be worried about! Root canal treatment helps you keep your own teeth, and keep that beautiful, healthy, straight smile.

If you have a toothache or are in need of a dentist or an endodontist root canal specialist, call us Gorczyca Orthodontics at (925) 757-9000 and we will refer you to the nearest dental professional to find a solution for your dental needs. We are located in the Deer Valley Professional Building at 5201 Deer Valley Road in Antioch, California right behind Deer Valley High School. We work closely with over 100 dentists and dental specialists in the greater East Contra Costa County area.

Here's to your healthy and beautiful smile.

Back To School! Are Checkups Part Of Your Checklist?

August 22nd, 2017

ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS, TOOTH DECAY is one of our most common, modern-day chronic diseases. In fact, by the time children begin kindergarten, 40 percent have some kind of tooth decay! Remember, just because your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews aren’t complaining about tooth pain (and their teeth “look” OK), it doesn’t necessarily mean their teeth are OK.

Fall is a great time to assess your health goals and get back on track after a leisurely summer. Here at our practice we want to remind you how important your routine dental care is during your orthodontic treatment period. While we’re making your smile more beautiful, you need to be sure your teeth, gums, and entire mouth stay as healthy as possible. Be sure your regular dental checkups are part of your back-to-school checklist.

What Your Dentist Will Typically Include In A Regular Checkup Or Back-To-School Exam:

Here are some of the typical components of regular checkups and back-to-school exams:

  1. Thorough Cleaning: Professional cleanings help prevent gum disease—keeping your teeth healthier, longer.
  2. Checking For Cavities: Take care of cavities before they become bigger problems, leading to pain and tooth loss.
  3. Checking Existing Dental Work: That includes fillings, crowns, sealants, etc.
  4. Examining Oral Tissue & Jaw Function: Early detection helps prevent oral cancer and related problems.
  5. Fluoride Application: For cavity prevention.

Important Things You Can Do

  1. Keep orthodontic work clean! Brush twice a day. Brush gently and pay special attention to your gum line.
  2. Teach your entire family the good habit of flossing each day.
  3. Eat healthier snack foods such as fresh fruits and veggies.
  4. Limit sugary snacks & high-carb foods. The bacteria that cause tooth decay love simple sugars—especially those in treats.
  5. If you like to chew gum, choose sugar-free options.
  6. Always talk with our team if you notice any unusual oral health changes or problems with your orthodontic appliances.

A big part of our role is helping parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts better monitor children’s oral (and overall) health. Preventative dental care is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and for your family! So be sure to keep your regular appointments.

Thanks for being our valued orthodontic patient! Call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics 925-757-9000 if you need a dentist or pediatric dentist in the Antioch, California East Contra Costa County Area. We are located at 5201 Deer Valley Road in Antioch right behind Deer Valley High School. Thank you for choosing Gorczyca Orthodontics for your orthodontic needs. Your smile is our inspiration!

We look forward to seeing you at your next visit!

Protect Your Teeth From The Affects Of Pool Water

August 17th, 2017

PROLONGED POOL WATER EXPOSURE can affect your teeth. One study showed that 39% of swim team members suffered from dental erosion, dental lesions, pits or white spots, on their front teeth. These front tooth spots were found in only 12% of recreational swimmers, while only 3% on non-swimmers had anterior tooth damage.

Avid Swimmers: Protect Your Smile from Pool Water!

If you're on a swim team, play water polo, or swim daily, be aware of the affects of pool water on your teeth. To make your pool water ideal for the protection of your teeth, make sure that your pool water is not only pH neutral but also that it is saturated with hydroxyapatite components.

Pool Water Isn't The Only Risk Factor

Factors that increase the risk of dental erosion include the duration of swimming and the amount of training in pool water. Other extrinsic factors include acidic foods, carbonated beverages, citrus fruits, low pH medications, and occupational exposure to acidic environments. Diseases associated with vomiting and other eating disorders that lower pH in the mouth can also cause dental erosion.

Dental decalcification and erosion caused by pool water may also make it more difficult for your braces to stick on your teeth.

3 Simple Ideas To Protect Your Teeth

If you are a competitive swimmer and you want to protect your teeth from the affects of pool water, here are things you can do:

  1. Drink fluoridated water often and swish your mouth with water, especially right after you work out.
  2. Rinse with a fluoridated mouthwash such as Crest ProHealth Anti-cavity Rinse.
  3. See your dentist regularly for your 6 month check-ups.

If you are an occasional swimmer in pools on vacation or in hotels, chances are you will not be affected by pool water erosion of your teeth. Please pass this information on to others you may know to spend hours working out in the pool.

If you have additional questions about your teeth, visit us at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California, www.clubbraces.com, or call us at (925) 757-9000.

We care about you and your beautiful smile. Thank you for the trust you place in our practice and for choosing us as your orthodontist.

Some Thoughts About Eating Disorders And Your Oral Health

August 8th, 2017


ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION as many as 10 million Americans are affected by serious eating disorders such as binge eating, bulimia, and anorexia.

Most of you are probably somewhat familiar with these disorders and their dangerous health consequences. However, what you may not know are the many ways these disorders can harm your teeth and gums.

The Nutritional Component

Most people who are having difficulty with anorexia or bulimia are undernourished to some extent. One of the early oral signs of undernourishment is that gums and other soft tissue inside one’s mouth may bleed easily. Saliva glands may also swell and the person may experience chronic dry mouth. This condition can lead to a lot of oral health problems.

The Acidic Component

As you know, stomach acids are extremely strong. If people having difficulty with anorexia or bulimia force themselves to throw up, that stomach acid repeatedly flows over their teeth which damages the enamel and can change the shape, color, and length of their teeth. The acid also makes teeth more brittle which makes them more prone to chip and break off near the edges.

Learn More From This Short Video

Your Healthy Smile (And Overall Health) Are Worth It

Here at our practice, we deeply care about the well being of every one of you—our valued patients and friends. If you or someone you love is struggling with one or more of these disorders, get help soon.

Eating disorders are complex and arise from a variety of emotional, physical, and social issues. But there’s help out there—and as is the case with most such problems, early diagnosis and intervention can greatly improve opportunities for recovery.

A Temporary Help

While in the process of getting help to overcome these problems, if you suffer from eating disorders be sure to do all you can to minimize the damage to your teeth and gums. Continue to maintain meticulous oral health care related to brushing and flossing. And if you throw up, do NOT brush your teeth immediately after—but instead, rinse your mouth with baking soda to help neutralize the effects of the stomach acid. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, seek help right away.

Questions For Us?

True... We’re not psychologists. But, we DO care about your overall health as much as we do about your teeth. If we can ever help in any way, please contact us at Gorczyca Orthodontics (925) 757-9000 or find us at www.clubbraces.com. You can also ask questions below in the comments section or send us a private direct message on our Facebook page.

Thanks for the trust you place in us.

Licks, Riffs, and Invisalign

July 28th, 2017

YOUR TEETH DON’T NEED TO GET IN THE WAY when you’re jamming with the band. Playing an instrument like flute, saxophone, or trumpet for hours with braces can quickly make your lips raw. You can try using wax, but this is neither easy nor ideal for the embouchure of the serious musician.

Invisalign is the perfect way to straighten your teeth when you are either a professional or aspiring horn player.

Invisalign Retainers Won’t Get In The Way Of Your Music!

Invisalign clear aligners can be worn when performing or practicing your instrument so that continuous orthodontic tooth movement can be made. When needed, your aligners can be removed for a gig, audition, or an important concert. Whether on or off the stage, your smooth aligners will always be comfortable.

We Have Extensive Experience With Invisalign

We have treated hundreds of patients successfully with Invisalign and Invisalign teen. You can find us at www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925)757-9000 for a complimentary Invisalign or Invisalign teen consultation with our board certified orthodontist, Dr. Ann Marie Gorcyzca.

Invisalign aligners will help you look, feel, and sound great. We’d love to hear your music. Let Invisalign keep your licks and riffs simply amazing.

Attitude is Everything: Dana at Gorczyca Orthodontics

July 21st, 2017

“AS RECORDS COORDINATOR at Gorczyca Orthodontics, each day I have the opportunity to deliver a ‘Yes!’ attitude to my patients. We offer same-day starts so a new patient can complete their orthodontic records on the same day as their initial exam as well as get their braces. This offers the patient an excellent time-saving service and convenience.”

“We also take final records at the last retainer check appointment. It is my responsibility to do as much as I can for the patient at the time of their appointment. This saves patients precious time which they can spend doing something else that they love with those they love.”

I Love Seeing Patients' Lives Transform

“I have been working as an orthodontic assistant my entire career. What I love most about dental assisting in orthodontics is seeing the transformation in confidence that orthodontic treatment can make in a patient's life. Not only are the patient's teeth straight, healthy, and beautiful, but their overall personality shows more confidence and happiness. It is a wonderful feeling to be part of this life-changing process. Smiles really do change lives!”
 
 

Having A ‘Yes!’ Attitude Makes All The Difference

“When ‘Yes!’ attitudes are part of the office culture, care, and climate, working as part of the team becomes fun. Attendance is reliable and there is a high energy level of team trust, engagement, and enthusiasm. In a stress-free environment, we are able to direct our focus and attention exclusively on our patients. When everyone on the team gets along and is friendly, committed, and accountable, it creates a nice, helpful, and welcoming environment for the patient, and for each other. With ‘Yes!’ attitudes, we are able to deliver the best patient care possible and have the patient journey be a great patient experience.”

“Attitude is everything and I love being part of the high energy, ‘Yes!’ attitude, patient focused team at Gorczyca Orthodontics.”

-Dana, RDA at Gorczyca Orthodontics

Visit us at www.clubbraces.com Find us at 5201 Deer Valley Road, Suite 1A in Antioch, California. Call us at (925) 757-9000 for a complimentary exam.

And check out Dana's testimonial on 105 of our new book "At Your Service!"

“Your Smile is Our Inspiration”

Engaged? Prepare to Say “I Do” to a Beautiful New Smile

July 6th, 2017

MEN: AFTER YOU GET ENGAGED, prepare to say "I Do" to a beautiful new smile.

Get Your Smile Ready For The Big Day

Most men seeking orthodontic treatment, are brought to the orthodontist by a woman. Usually, it is their fiancee wanting to get her future bride groom's smile ready for the big day.

In other cases, it could be a wife, who, after marriage decides that she would like her husband to have a functional bite and beautiful smile. This is what a wife would love to look at across the dinner table each night.

Otherwise, it is a mother who wants her son to look his very best for when he meets the right girl, dates, gets engaged, and for his wedding day.

Beautiful Smiles Help In Many Areas Of Life

Men: no matter which woman brings you to the orthodontist, having straight teeth, a beautiful smile, and great self-esteem, affects how you feel, who you date, getting engaged, your professional success, self-confidence, and getting married.

We Can Help Bring Out Your Best Smile!

If you are a man and you would like to have the beneftis of beautiful straight teeth, call us for a complimentary consultation for braces, Invisalign, or retainers at Gorczyca Orthodontics (925) 757-9000 or www.clubbraces.com.

To find an orthodontist near you, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org.

Men: thinking of getting engaged or married? Get ready with a beautiful new smile for life and the big day ahead.

For the Busy Professional, Invisalign is the Orthodontic Treatment of Choice

June 28th, 2017

YOU’RE IN A RUSH, AT THE airport, hosting a conference, giving presentations, and meeting with very important clients. All through your busy day, you, the business professional, need to look and feel your best. You want straight, white teeth. Your every word counts. Clients need to listen to you, not stare at your teeth.

Invisalign Is Perfect For Your Lifestyle

That’s why, for the professional on the go, Invisalign is the orthodontic treatment of choice. Invisalign is comfortable, clear, and removable. 3-D computer generated and high tech, these trays are precision generated for the fastest, most effective orthodontic treatment result possible. To further cut your treatment time in half, add Acceledent. With Invisalign, you can see your virtual treatment result from the start and even bleach your teeth while you wear your trays.

Call For A Free Consultation

There’s nothing to hold you back. It’s time for Invisalign.

Call Gorczyca Orthodontics at 925-757-9000 for a free consultation.

Office Cleanliness is Everyone's Responsibility - Patti at Gorczyca Orthodontics

June 21st, 2017

“I HAVE A VERY important job at Gorczyca Orthodontics, Office Cleanliness Coordinator. This is an important aspect of dental assisting teamwork since no one should leave things in the office for someone else on the team to clean. Patients must never see an untidy office.”

Office Cleanliness Is Incredibly Important

“Having a special office clean-up day gives everyone in the office a chance to get organized, get caught up, and get cleaned up. Office cleanliness needs continuous time and attention.”

I Love Working In Our Office

“I love working in the orthodontic office and working in dentistry. Besides making the office sparkle, and assisting the doctor with orthodontic patients, my job duties also include sterilization, lab duties, and clear retainer and mouthguard fabrication.”

“Office preparedness is everyone's responsibility. Being the OCC at Gorczyca Orthodontics and working as an orthodontic dental assistant, and lab and maintenance coordinator is perfect for me!”

-Patti

Gorczyca Orthodontics, 5201 Deer Valley Road, Suite 1A, Antioch, CA www.clubbraces.com

Vacationing? Prepare For Orthodontic Or Dental Emergencies

June 16th, 2017

PICTURE THIS: YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HAVE TRAVELED to a gorgeous beach location for a week of fun in the sun. You’re about to do some serious sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling when a family member starts complaining about a bad toothache! Or, a pokey wire is making someone’s cheek bleed. Argh! Few things can kill your vacation spirit faster than a dental problem or dental emergency. So here are a few tips for taking your teeth on vacation!

Before You Go

If you’ve been keeping your regularly scheduled appointments, this is probably not an issue. But if not, call us to make an appointment. As you know, most problems with your teeth or mouth happen gradually. If we can catch a developing issue before you leave on your vacation, you probably won’t need any of the other tips below.

Second, consider making yourself a “dental emergency kit” to pack along on your vacation that includes the following:

  • Mouthguard(s) - A mouthguard prevents chipped or knocked out teeth. If your plans include any type of high adventure activities (or things as simple as skateboarding or other sports), consider taking a mouthguard.
  • Floss - You were planning to bring floss along anyway for your nightly dental routine, right? We knew it.
  • Pain Relievers - Both topical and ingested (but don’t use aspirin as topical pain relief as it can damage your gums).
  • Orthodontic Wax - If anyone in your group has braces, you probably already know how important this is.
  • Clove Oil, Pencil w/ Eraser, and Sugarless Gum - See explanation below.
  • Contact Information - Even if we aren’t close by, you may need to contact us via phone or email.

Some On-The-Spot Tips

  • Toothache - Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply an icepack to your cheek if it’s swelling. It may be helpful to apply some topical pain reliever or dab clove oil on and around the tooth. If the pain persists, get a hold of us.
  • Chipped, Broken, Or Knocked Out Teeth - Save the pieces/tooth in milk or salt water and get to emergency care quickly. After an hour, odds decrease that the tooth will go back in where it belongs. If there’s bleeding, put some gauze over the wound.
  • Lost Filling - Here’s a cool tip—put sugarless (sugarless only!) gum in the spot the filling used to cover. This will keep the pain down and stop other things from getting stuck in the gap.
  • Something Caught In Your Teeth or Braces - Rinse with warm water and gently floss. If it’s not coming out, DON’T try poking around with something sharp. Give us a call or seek out local care before it causes grief.
  • Pokey Braces Wires - You can try to move a protruding wire with a pencil eraser. If that doesn’t work and it’s still poking you, cover it up with wax. Not enough wax? You can use sugarless gum or foam earplugs. We don’t want you trying to clip any wires yourself.

Many Of The Same Tips (and more) In A Short Video

When In Doubt, Contact Us

That’s why you’ll want to include our contact information in your emergency kit. We’ll give you advice, or refer you to someone in the area if you need immediate care. We’re here to help you and your family in any way we can. Keep in mind that if you are somewhere with internet access, you can always direct message us on our Facebook page!

Have a fantastic vacation, and thank you for being our valued patient!

Any other tips YOU know about? Share them below!

It’s Never Too Late For A Beautiful Smile Through Orthodontic Treatment

June 14th, 2017

FOR A LONG TIME people associated the word “braces” with “teen”. But that’s rapidly changing. Today, 20% of orthodontic patients (that’s one in five!) are adults, and that number is increasing every day. Why? In part, people are realizing more and more that your smile can impact your career, your relationships, and your health!

How Much Can You Know In 30 Seconds?

We know that it comes off as shallow, but we can’t help making assumptions about people based on a first impression. It’s human nature. In fact, many studies estimate that it takes under 30 seconds—maybe even as little as seven!—to get our first “read” on someone. During those seconds, we guess how healthy, how popular, and how happy someone is. And despite what romantic comedies tell you, that first impression usually sticks!

Appealing, Modern Options Are Available

Another reason for the increase in adult patients is the fact that modern orthodontics has come a long way. Treatment is more aesthetically pleasing, more comfortable, and faster than ever before. Folks hesitant to revert to the awkward teenage years can now get the smile results they want without compromising.

You Haven’t Missed Your Chance!

SO, if you missed the window as a teenager, or you find your teeth shifting later in life, ask us about adult orthodontics. The payoff of a healthy, straight smile will last a lifetime. It’s never too late to get a smile that you’re proud of.

Call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics (925)757-900. find us at www.clubbraces.com or visit us at 5201 Deer Valley Road, suite 1A, in Antioch, California.

Thanks for your trust in our practice. We appreciate great patients like you! Your smile is our inspiration.

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Abracadabra! Veneers Can Work Smile Magic!

June 8th, 2017

WE’RE NOT ALL BORN WITH beautiful teeth. When teeth need a beauty makeover, your orthodontist will prepare you for veneers.

Some teeth are too narrow...

Some teeth are too short...

Some teeth do not match the opposite side.

Like magic, all of these conditions can be fixed.

At your initial orthodontic exam, your orthodontist will measure the width and height of your upper front teeth and plan the most beautiful smile makeover possible. Your orthodontist will work closely with your general dentist to give you the best result.

Ready To Get Started? Give Us A Call

If your teeth are in need of a beauty makeover, call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics (925) 757-9000. Visit us at www.clubbraces.com for a complimentary tooth size and shade assessment and orthodontic treatment plan for veneers.

Abracadabra! Like magic, you have a beautiful smile.

Plan Your Braces Before School’s Out for Summer

May 30th, 2017

IT’S A BUSY TIME of year. There are end of year school programs, eight grade graduations, and families making plans for their long awaited summer break.

Get Ahead On Getting Braces This Summer!

In the midst of all the planning, don’t forget to get your braces before summer vacation. Enjoy your summer vacation family time and use it also to straighten your teeth, while not sitting in the dental chair! Get your orthodontic treatment started before the start of your summer vacation.

The excellent team at Gorczyca Orthodontics is working hard, expanding our office hours, and working overtime to get your braces placed and Invisalign started before June 16th when school gets out for summer.

Schedule Your Complimentary Consultation Today!

Call Gorczyca Orthodontics today at (925) 757-9000 for a complimentary consultation. Find us at www.clubbraces.com. We are located at 5201 Deer Valley Road, Suite 1A in Antioch, California, right behind Deer Valley High School.

Whether it’s braces, Invisalign, or retainers, take time now to get your orthodontic treatment started so you can truly enjoy your vacation when school gets out for summer.

Paying For Orthodontic Care: A Guide To Your Options

May 24th, 2017

WE DON’T SIMPLY straighten teeth and correct bites at our practice—we educate our patients! From the moment you walk through our door to the moment you schedule your next appointment, we’re prepared to guide you through each step of your visit.

One topic we are often asked about is paying for your orthodontic care. Straightening your teeth doesn’t have to clean out your wallet, so today we want to provide you with all of the information you need to know when you’re scheduling your orthodontic consultation.

We Have Payment Options To Suit Your Needs

Dental Insurance

At Gorczyca Orthodontics, we offer customized 0% interest finance plans which help make orthodontic treatment affordable for everyone. Our treatment coordinator, Veronica, will work with you and your dental insurance to help you and your family get started with orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontic treatment may take up to two years, and our payment plans often reflect the amount of time you will be spending with us. Our payment plans are closed ended which means that the price you are quoted is the final price regardless of treatment time.

Financing Options

We offer a payment in full discount as well as a family plan which helps families start multiple children in braces at the same time.

We also offer outside financing at low interest for families who want the lowest monthly payment possible with little down payment. These plans may extend payment beyond your orthodontic treatment time.

We also offer electronic fund transfer and set up your monthly payments to make them as easy and time-free as possible.

Bright, Healthy Smiles Are Priceless

Call us today! Our initial orthodontic examination is complimentary and we work with all the fine dentists in our greater East Contra County communities of Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley, Pittsburg, Concord, Discovery Bay and over the bridge to Rio Vista.

At Gorczyca Orthodontics, we want to make orthodontic treatment affordable for everyone. We are here to serve you and your orthodontic needs. Call us at (925) 757-9000 or visit us at www.clubbraces.com. We are located in the Deer Valley Dental Professional Building right behind Deer Valley High School at 5201 Deer Valley Road, Suite 1A, in Antioch California.

Don't let fear for cost, payment, or financing hold you back from orthodontic treatment and the smile of your dreams. We'll make it simple. Come see us and we'll show you how!

Your smile is our inspiration!

 

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Have You Considered Invisalign®?

May 18th, 2017

IF YOU WANTED TO STRAIGHTEN your teeth back in the day, you really only had one option–traditional metal braces. The science of orthodontics has evolved significantly in recent years, allowing our patients to have a variety of different options when it comes to how they would like to have their teeth straightened and what is most convenient for them. Today, we want to talk about Invisalign®!

Invisalign Treatment Provides Many Benefits

Not everyone is a good candidate for Invisalign, but if you are, it may be a great option to achieve your dream smile!

As the name implies, Invisalign trays are nearly invisible, allowing you to go throughout your daily activities with most people being unaware that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment! The aligners are custom-made for you, ensuring a perfect, comfortable fit.

Of course one of the best perks of choosing Invisalign is being able to eat whatever you want! Because you can take your aligners off while eating and drinking, you don’t have to worry about staying away from the foods that you love. Invisalign trays also don’t affect your oral hygiene routine like traditional braces do. You can brush and floss as you normally would! With Invisalign, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort to get the smile you’ve always wanted.

And even though we love to see you, patients with Invisalign generally need to come in less frequently than our other orthodontic patients. If you have a busy schedule but still want to improve your smile, Invisalign might be just the thing for you!

Many Invisalign patients at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California are parents of braces patients. After completing Invisalign, most of our adult patients state that they wish they had straightened their teeth sooner.

Keep your teeth straight with Invisalign Vivera retainers. Should you choose Invisalign Vivera retainers you will receive four sets.

Talk To Us About Invisalign

Gorczyca Orthodontics has been providing Invisalign treatment since 1999. We are a Preferred Provider for Invisalign and a top Invisalign provider in East Contra Costa County serving the communities of Antioch, Pittsburg, Oakley, Brentwood, and Discovery Bay California.

Invisalign costs the same as braces and the orthodontic consultations at Gorczyca Orthodontics are free. Give us a call today to find out more about Invisalign. Call us at (925) 757-9000. Find us at www.clubbraces.com.

Thank you for choosing our practice. We absolutely love our patients!

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Stay Healthy And Save Money With Preventative Care

May 11th, 2017

LIFE CAN BE UNPREDICTABLE. When times get tough, it can be tempting to postpone or maybe even neglect your orthodontic treatment. Resist that temptation! Doing so can compromise the health of your teeth and the end result of your treatment. There’s a better way to save money and stay healthy: A Preventative Care Plan.

Part 1: Do Your Part At Home

All you need is a toothbrush, some dental floss, and five minutes of your day. Thorough daily brushing and flossing helps to prevent tooth decay as well as decalcification that can be caused by plaque buildup around your appliance. This is the most important part of your new preventative care plan and only you can do it!

Part 2: Don’t Skip Your Dental Visits

Deep cleanings from your dentist can reach those areas you can’t—such as below the gums—and can help fight plaque and other dental demons. Regular maintenance appointments are less expensive than restorative work.

Part 3: Fix Problems Early

If something is wrong or doesn’t feel right with your appliance, contact us immediately. To stay on track with your treatment, it’s important that we catch and fix any problems while they’re still minor.

One thing is for sure, crowded teeth will continue to get worse over time. Crowded teeth can compromise dental and periodontal health. An unhealthy bite can also lead to excessive tooth wear, tooth sensitivity, and jaw discomfort. The sooner you can receive an orthodontic examination and treatment with either braces, Invisalign, or retainers to correct your orthodontic problem the better. Your oral health goal is to keep your teeth healthy for life.

Your Preventative Plan May Be A Life Saver

By following this plan you can better protect yourself from major issues down the road. Some studies even indicate that neglecting your oral health may lead to other health issues including cardiovascular problems and diabetes. Faithfully following your “Preventative Dental Care Plan” helps keep you healthy.

Questions?

Let us know if you have any questions about your at-home oral care techniques. 

Call us today at Gorczyca Orthodontics for a complimentary orthodontic consultation at (925) 757-9000 or find us at www.clubbraces.com.

We see children as early at seven years of age. There are many orthodontic problems that can be prevented by early orthodontic treatment with braces, expansion appliances, or retainers.

Thank you for being our patients and friends!

Usted y su Ortodoncista en Antioch, CA

May 5th, 2017

EN LA OFICINA DE GORCZYCA ORTHODONTICS se habla espanol. Veronica, Gwen, y Paty le esplicaran sobre las diferentes opciones de frenos y Invisalign ortodonticos.

Antes De Invisalign Despues De Invisalign

Opciones De Tratamiento

Antes De Frenos Despues De Frenos

Ofrecemos consultas sin cargo.
Llamenos al 925-757-9000 www.clubbraces.com
Consulta al tuyo hoy mismo.
Gorczyca Orthodontics Antioch, CA

Tu sonrisa es nuestra inspiracion!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

The History Of Braces

April 17th, 2017

OVER ONE THIRD OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION has undergone orthodontic treatment at some point in their life. That’s a lot of people!

In the past, orthodontic treatment was typically a luxury reserved for the wealthy or those with extreme cases of orthodontic deformations. Today, getting braces is a routine procedure that can beautify your smile and improve your oral health. But how did braces become what they are today?

Braces Are Older Than You Think

Having a perfect smile isn’t a modern idea; early forms of braces in Egypt have been discovered by archaeologists in mummified remains. Cords made from animal intestines were wrapped around or run along the teeth in an attempt to close gaps.

More evidence of primitive orthodontic procedures from as early as 1000 B.C. has been found in ancient Greece and Rome. When preparing the body for the afterlife, these ancient civilizations would put a type of mouthguard onto the body to protect the deceased wearer’s teeth from collapsing inwards after time and make sure they looked good in the afterlife.

French Dentists Made Progress In The 18th Century

During the 18th century, two books were written that made significant strides in the field of dentistry and orthodontics.

In 1728, “The Surgeon’s Dentist” was written by Pierre Fauchard, in which he discusses the idea of a device he called a “bandeau.” It was similar to a mouthguard and was thought to help teeth stay in their intended position.

Pierre Bourdet, dentist to the King of France, wrote “The Dentist’s Art” 30 years later and made the discovery that wisdom teeth could be removed to avoid dental crowding, a common cause of misaligned teeth.

The 19th And 20th Centuries Show Us The Braces We Know Today

In 1819, Christophe-Francois Delabarre was the first to use a wire “crib” placed over each set of two teeth. This was the earliest version of braces that most closely resembles the one we see today.

The actual term “braces” wasn’t used until the 1900s. Braces of the 20th century, however, were very different from the ones we think of today. Bands were wrapped around each tooth and connected between teeth by a wire. Dentists used various materials for braces including ivory, silver, gold, copper, zinc, and even wood!

Everything changed in the 1970s with the advent of stainless steel, used for wiring, and dental adhesive, which allowed brackets to stick onto the face of each tooth. These advances made braces significantly less painful and allowed for shorter treatment times!

Invisible Aligners Take Braces Technology To The Next Level

Invisible aligners, popularized in 1997, advanced the technology of braces further still. 3D computer technology combined with the idea of translucent plastic retainers now allows people to obtain a beautiful smile without having metal brackets attached to the teeth.

We’ve Come A Long Way!

From the ancient Egyptians to the dentist of King Louis XV and all the way to the present, we’ve learned a lot about straightening teeth. Orthodontic dentistry has advanced tremendously over the last 3,000 years and we’re proud to say that obtaining a straighter smile has never been easier or more rewarding!

If you have questions, visit us at Gorczyca Orthodontics, Antioch, CA www.clubbraces.com. Call us at (925) 757-9000.

Thank you for being a valued patient and trusting us with your smile!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

"It is My Pleasure to Serve You!"—Roberta

April 12th, 2017

Roberta, Patient Coordinator at Gorczyca Orthodontics

"I am thrilled to be part of the customer service team at Gorczyca Orthodontics. Prior to dentistry, I worked as a customer service representative in the automotive industry for twenty-six years. What I love about working in dentistry is that I personally have the opportunity to see the happiness that a fantastic customer service experience brings to a new patient."

Beautiful Smiles Change Lives!

"The first time I saw young patients getting their braces, and their expression of excitement, joy, and happiness-I almost cried! It is very rewarding to be part of such a positive experience in a young person's life. Beautiful smiles truly change lives. The patient's new smile is my inspiration."

We're Caring Professionals, Serving Valued Patients

"As patient coordinator, my main job is to answer the phone and schedule appointments. I also take care of the patient's needs and ask 'How did we do today?' I schedule all of the patient's future appointments and referrals."

"I live the mission 'Caring professionals serving valued patients.' I am extremely reliable and a rock of trust that my team can always count on to get the job done. Dr. Gorczyca claims she hired me because I wrote on my resume "I am reliable!'"

"It is my pleasure to coordinate appointments and schedule wire removal for the patient's hygiene appointments. I am happy to serve the patient in any way that I can and provide them with the highest quality orthodontic care and personalized customer service."

Let Us Give You The Smile Of Your Dreams

"It would be my pleasure to personally service you and give you the smile of your dreams. Call me at (925) 757-9000 to schedule your complimentary consultation so that we can find the best orthodontic solution for your needs. I hope to see you soon!"

-Roberta
Gorczyca Orthodontics, 5201 Deer Valley Road, Suite 1A, Antioch, CA www.clubbraces.com

"Welcome to Gorczyca Orthodontics. We're Happy You're Here!" - Pam

March 31st, 2017

Pam, Patient Coordinator, Front Desk Concierge at Gorczyca Orthodontics

"As patient concierge at the front desk, I am thrilled to welcome you as a new patient to Gorczyca Orthodontics. When you visit our office, I will be the first person you see. You will find a comfortable, positive and energy-filled office culture. We love our patients and it shows."

We're Happy To Welcome You To Our Office!

"When you enter our office, you will be greeted by me and our happy and devoted team members. Our professional portraits are displayed by name on the front wall. Included here is our Mission Statement: 'Caring Professionals Serving Valued Patients.' This is what each of our team members aims to be. Service is what we aim to deliver."

Our Core Values

"We have three core values at Gorczyca Orthodontics: 'Clinical Excellence, Outstanding Customer Service, and a Great Patient Experience.' Every patient has my promise that I will make their orthodontic care as enjoyable and easy as possible. I am happy to be part of every patient experience and devoted to making it great."

"Lastly, as I schedule your next appointment, you have my appreciation for choosing our office for your orthodontics needs. Thank you also for referring your family and friends. Your smile is our inspiration. I look forward to seeing you and your friends and family again soon."

Have Questions? Give Us A Call!

"If you have any questions about Gorczyca Orthodontics, orthodontic treatment, braces, Invisalign, retainers, or Dr. Gorczyca, please call me at (925) 757-9000 to get your questions answered. Visit us at 5201 Deer Valley Road in Antioch right behind Deer Valley High School. Find us at www.clubbraces.com."

"Welcome to Gorczyca Orthodontics. We're happy you're here!"- Pam

Invisalign Treatment Provides Many Benefits

March 29th, 2017

INVISALIGN ISN’T THE PERFECT SOLUTION FOR EVERYONE, BUT if you’re a good candidate, there are LOTS of reasons for choosing Invisalign—and they’re not all simply about going metal-free!

Clear, removable Invisalign trays are a less invasive orthodontic treatment method. With Invisalign technology, your teeth can be straightened without causing inconveniences to your daily life.

Benefits You Probably Didn’t Expect

The most obvious difference between Invisalign treatment and braces is their appearance, but there’s more to it than that. For example...

  • Less office visits. We’ll see you only once every 8 - 10 weeks.
  • Invisalign trays can sometimes double as whitening trays or protective mouth gear for sports.
  • The removable trays allow you to brush and floss normally, which results in better oral health during treatment.
  • You can enjoy the foods you choose, without the dietary restrictions of braces.
  • The smooth plastic trays are more comfortable, so you won’t deal with the irritation metal brackets sometimes cause.

Straight Teeth Provide More Than A Great Look

Aesthetics aside, having straight teeth is important for a number of reasons. Straight teeth are easier to clean and floss. They also guard against uneven wear, and painful TMD problems. Straighter teeth allow for more efficient chewing and enhance food digestion. Straight teeth can even cause better pronunciation and speech!

Your Treatment Plan Is Personalized To YOUR Smile

Invisalign time and cost are comparable to traditional braces. Every case is unique. Some treatments may be more cost and time effective than traditional braces, some less. Orthodontic treatment is dependent upon the diagnosis, treatment plan and skill of the orthodontist regardless of what treatment modality is used, braces, aligners, or removable active appliances.

To find an orthodontist in your area, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org. To find a Board Certified orthodontist in your area visit the American Board of Orthodontists at americanboardortho.com.

Is Invisalign Right For You?

Schedule an appointment with us! We’d love to see what we can do to improve and preserve your beautiful smile. Thanks in advance for your trust. We hope to see you soon!

Board certified orthodontist, Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca of Gorczyca Orthodontics has been providing Invisalign treatment since 1999. We have treated hundred of cases successfully. Call us at (925) 757-9000 for a complimentary Invisalign or Invisalignteen consultation.

Find out if Invisalign is right for you. Here’s to your Invisalign smile!

Top image by Flickr user Will used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

March Madness: Why Our Orthodontic Team Loves Coach K

March 24th, 2017

MARCH IS THE SEASON OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL, and at Gorczyca Orthodontics, it is the season of Duke's basketball Coach K.

We Love Coach K!

We just love Coach K! At Gorczyca Orthodontics, we're a team. Just like at basketball team, 5 on the court working together to accomplish a goal, we work together closely and seamlessly at Gorczyca Orthodontics to deliver orthodontic clinical excellence, outstanding customer service, and a great patient experience.

There is no one who knows and describes teamwork better than Coach K. As a team at Gorczyca Orthodontics, Dr. G, Jolene, Veronica, Pam, Roberta, Dana, Gwen, and Patti have followed many of Coach K's leadership and team building principles in the selection and development of their own leadership team.

At Gorczyca Orthodontics, we practice that "Always the truth shall be spoken." We keep our "heads in the game" and believe in occasionally using Coach K's F word: "FOCUS!"

At huddles and in team meetings, Dr. Gorczyca will often think "What would Coach K say?" Coach K is also Polish just like her and has a name "Kryzewski" with many of the same consonants and just as hard to spell.

It's All About Teamwork

At Gorczyca Orthodontics, we spell teamwork TOCARE: Trust, Ownership, Communication, Accountability, Results, and Excellence. This is what Gorczyca Orthodontics strives for as a team every day. These are the characteristics we select for and develop in each of our team members.

To give rival UNC a little attention, Gorczyca Orthodontics also likes legendary basketball coach Roy Williams. Like Coach Williams, Dr. Gorczyca requires "If you want to be part of the team, do something. Be part of the team." Just like Coach Williams, Dr. Gorczyca doesn't allow her team members to "just go through the motions."

There's a lot we can all learn from college basketball. One thing you can be sure of is that you will find an engaged, winning orthodontic team at Gorczyca Orthodontics. Come get your "head in the game" at Gorczyca Orthodontics. Join us for a beautiful smile, straight teeth, teamwork, March Madness, and little Coach K.

Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, Orthodontist

Gorczyca Orthodontics, 5201 Deer Valley Road, Antioch, CA 925-757-9000, http://www.clubbraces.com/

Watch Us On YouTube

March 14th, 2017


WHAT COMES TO YOUR MIND when you think about YouTube?

If you’re like most people, the first thing you probably think is, “The place for funny, viral videos.” But did you know that YouTube is now the #2 search engine on the web? That’s right. People love watching videos—not just for entertainment, but also to better digest the information they’re looking for.

On our practice’s YouTube channel, we try to create, and/or aggregate, some of the very best thinking in orthodontics today. We do that so you can reference a hub of useful, relevant information about your oral health, your dental comfort, and your appearance.

And sometimes, we just like to have a little fun too.

So take a moment to browse the videos on our YouTube channel. We go out and collect a lot of the best thinking on the web so you don’t have to spend hours searching, or wondering about the credibility of what you’re watching.

You can see our channel by clicking on the link below:

And as always, THANKS for the trust you place in our practice, and for being our valued patient.

Cheers to the Dream Team at Gorczyca Orthodontics

March 9th, 2017

EVERYONE LOVES A DREAM TEAM: people working together with joy for a common purpose. So it is at Gorczyca Orthodontics.

We Love Our Amazing Team!

In recognition of National Dental Assistant's Appreciation Week, March 1-7, we would like to recognize the excellent team at Gorczyca Orthodontics: Jolene, Gwen, Patti, Dana, Pam, Roberta, and Veronica.

Together you deliver orthodontic clinical excellence, outstanding customer service, and a great patient experience. You make each day fun and every orthodontic appointment enjoyable. You live the mission: Caring Professionals Serving Valued Patients. You are the Gorczyca Orthodontics dream team.

Your achievements deserve recognition. Whether it's Jolene, a 38 year dental assistant veteran and dental assisting board member at Diablo Valley College training yet another office intern, or Veronica achieving insurance billing excellence. Whether it's Patti making our office sparkle and the cleanest orthodontic office in the world, or Gwen submitting yet another Invisalign Clin-check. Whether it's Dana being completely caught up on her initial records lateral ceph digitization or placing braces at 5:30 p.m., Roberta cheerfully answering the phone within 3 rings, or Pam making one last patient phone call to schedule a new exam. You all go the extra mile to provide outstanding patient care. Gorczyca Orthodontics could not do all that we do without you.

Thank You For All You Do

We appreciate each one of you individually and as a team this special week and every week of the year. Thank you for being part of our team and for all that you do for Gorczyca Orthodontics.

So High Five! Ta-Dah!! Well done!!! GO TEAM! Here's to celebrating YOU!

Gorczyca Orthodontics, 5201 Deer Valley Road, Suite 1A, Antioch, California 925-757-9000. Find us at www.clubbraces.com Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, Orthodontist

February Is Children’s Dental Health Month

February 27th, 2017

THE CDC REPORTS THAT 1 in 5 children (between ages 5 and 11) in the US have untreated tooth decay. Not only should tooth decay be treated in regular dental appointments, it should be prevented! Tooth decay is 100 percent preventable with effective personal care and regular dental cleanings.

YOU Can Help Little Ones Have Healthier Smiles!

  1. Encourage them to brush for two full minutes: Pick a song about two minutes long and sing it to them during brushing time.
  2. Set reminders to brush twice a day: Brushing after breakfast and just before bed are the best times for preventing bacteria growth from food.
  3. Show them flossing is fun, not harmful: Be gentle at first when doing it for them. A bad experience can stop them from flossing on their own.
  4. Be persistent: Don’t let fussy children off the hook. Be motivating! Kids may gladly brush for a sticker or star if you make it an activity.
  5. Set their first dental appointment before age 1: Having positive dental experiences early will make dental visits easier and less frightening when older.

We Love Helping Young Smiles

At Gorczyca Orthodontics, we see young patients as early as age 4. Functional shifts in bites may cause asymmetric growth patterns and need to be treated early.

Our initial orthodontic exams are complimentary at no charge. If parents are in need of a pediatric dentist for their child or a family dentist for the whole family, we are happy to refer you to an excellent dentist in our East County dental community.

The American Association of Orthodontists and all orthodontists recommend that every child have an orthodontic examination with an orthodontist by age 7. To find an orthodontist near you, visit www.mylifemysmile.org.

Find us Gorczyca Orthodontics, 5201 Deer Valley Road, Suite 1A, Antioch, California (925) 757-9000. www.clubbraces.com

Here's to your child's happy life and health smile.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Why Your Smile Deserves An AAO Orthodontist

February 23rd, 2017

YOUR SMILE IS AN expression of who you are. It is that special thing that greets a friend, celebrates all of life’s joyful moments, and makes someone’s day that much brighter. We know how important your smile is to you and those around you. That’s why Dr. Gorczyca is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), so we can always provide the best and most up-to-date care to our patients!

What Is The AAO?

All orthodontists are dentists, but not all dentists are orthodontists. Orthodontists go to four years of dental school, and beyond that, two to three more years of a full-time graduate school residency program to specialize in orthodontics. Orthodontists are experts in straightening and aligning teeth to create healthy, beautiful smiles for all of our patients.

The American Association of Orthodontists is the world’s oldest and largest dental specialty organization. Only the orthodontists that have received a rigorous education at an accredited orthodontics specialty program can be granted membership in the AAO. Because Dr. Gorczyca is an AAO member, you can trust that all orthodontic treatment performed at our practice meets the highest standards of quality, ethics and aesthetics.

What Does Being An AAO Member Mean For Our Patients?

Providing orthodontic treatment is not just straightening teeth. Excellent and comprehensive orthodontic treatment requires a scientific and artistic working knowledge of functional occlusion (bite function), TMJ form and function, growth and development of the jaws and teeth, material science of the appliances used, and the biology of tooth movement bio-mechanics. It's not just gluing braces onto teeth. And, it can't be learned in a weekend course. This is why it is so important to have your orthodontic treatment done by an educated orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists.

Harm can be done by moving teeth too fast, moving teeth to an unstable position, or not maintaining teeth in a stable position for a long enough time prior to braces removal. This is especially true when teeth are moved in the direction of coming farther into the mouth (extrusion). Time needs to be given to allow the bone to remodel around the new tooth position. Full stability around teeth moved by orthodontics takes one year to reach it's maximum strength. This is why wearing your retainer when braces are removed is so important. Your orthodontist will monitor your teeth during this retention period.

Only graduates of orthodontic residency programs can be members of the American Association of Orthodontists. Only orthodontists can call themselves orthodontists. It is important for the public be aware that orthodontists receive extensive training and continuing educational training throughout their careers in order to be able to provide the best orthodontic care possible to their patients.

We Go The Extra Mile For Our Patients

Our number one priority is our patients’ safety and satisfaction. We’re always willing to go the extra mile to ensure that we are providing the best care to every single person who comes into our office!

As an AAO member, Dr. Gorczyca is constantly improving her skills and learning how to better serve you. Why? Because you deserve the smile of your dreams, and we’re here to make that dream a reality!

To find an orthodontists near you, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org or call Gorczyca Orthodontics at (925)757-9000 in Antioch, California.

When it comes to braces, aligners, and retainers, an AAO orthodontist is the smart choice.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Antioch Dentists: The Super Simarro Brothers

February 13th, 2017

THE DEER VALLEY PROFESSIONAL BUILDING has a new dentist in town. Dr. Nathan Simarro has joined his twin brother Ryan in the practice of Miller and Simarro. Ryan is older than Nathan by a mere six minutes. Nonetheless, he is the oldest of the Dr. Simarro twins. I guess their practice will now be called Miller and the Simarro Brothers!

A Brief History Of The Simarro Brothers

Dr. Miller was originally an associate of Dr. Jim Green who built the Deer Valley Dental Professional Building at 5201 Deer Valley Road, in Antioch. Dr. Ryan Simarro joined the practice of Dr. Mark Miller in 2013. Dr. Nathan Simarro took one year off before dental school to study Spanish language and culture at Alcala de Heneares in Madrid, Spain. After dental school, he practiced at a nonprofit, Las Clinicas del Camino Real in Ventura, California. This week he was reunited with his twin in their practice in Antioch, California.

The Simarro dental twins are graduates of Deer Valley High School located right next door to their dental practice. Now, many of their high school teachers are their patients!

The Simarro Brothers Love To Give Back

Giving back to the community which they came from is very important to Drs. Ryan and Nathan Simarro. Their family has been rooted in Antioch and Brentwood for over 60 years. They are happy to see new patients many of whom are neighbors, classmates, family, and friends.

Drs. Ryan and Nathan bring difference strengths to their joint practice based on their varied experiences and educational background. Ryan is very cosmetically focused and one of the only providers of Lumineers; and in 2016 was the #1 Lumineer provider in the the San Francisco Bay Area. Nathan enjoys working with children and has seen young patients as early as one month old.

Together, Drs. Simarro are also providing All on Four dentistry offering dental implants and full mouth reconstruction to dental patients with extensive dental needs.

Help Us Welcome Our Dental Neighbors!

We are so happy to have the Drs. Simarro at The Deer Valley Dental Professional Building. Find them at www.millerandsimarrodentalcare.com or call them at (925)754-6020.

Here's to your dental health!

Veronica, Treatment Coordinator at Gorczyca Orthodontics

February 9th, 2017

"EVERY FAMILY IS SPECIAL, and every patient is unique. To me, that's what customer service is all about, individualized attention.

I love working with new patients and their families here at Gorczyca Orthodontics, answering questions about orthodontics, and delivering the desired smile that patients deserve.

Customer service is noble selflessness. I am here to serve the patient and assure them what I CAN DO for them, to serve their needs. We want to make orthodontic treatment possible for everyone."

"It is my job to give prompt responses to new patient questions to help them get started with treatment. 'What questions do you have for me?' is something I say dozens of times each day. I listen and take time to answer all patient questions until every question is answered.

My communication comes in many forms: text messaging, e-mailing, calling, as well as personal mail. There can never be too much follow-up communication with patients. In today's busy world, patients need help prioritizing time and activities. That's what I'm here to do: prioritize orthodontic treatment."

"When a patient tells me 'I can't afford treatment' I consider they are telling me 'Show me how I can afford this treatment which I desire, need and deserve.' I tell the patient what I CAN DO for them, not what I can't. Sooner or later, we come to a workable solution and a financial arrangement to start treatment.

Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing our patient's beautiful smiles. Once you are our patient, we want to maintain our relationship with you even after the orthodontic treatment is completed. We want to be your family's orthodontic office for life.

To me, customer care means working at our best and treating each new patient like family. Customer service is what I love most about my job as a treatment coordinator at Gorczyca Orthodontics."

Thank You, Veronica

Veronica has been both a patient and intern at Gorczyca Orthodontics. She has been an employee and proud member of the service team for over 15 years. She was the winner of the 2016 Gorczyca Orthodontics Customer Service Award.

Gorczyca Orthodontics, 5201 Deer Valley Road, Suite 1A, Antioch, California (925) 757-9000 www.clubbraces.com Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, Diplomate American Board of Orthodontics.

Orthodontic Examination by Age 7

January 19th, 2017

AGE 7 IS THE PERFECT AGE for a Phase I orthodontic treatment by an orthodontist. Phase I orthodontic treatment fixes bite problems when the mouth has 12 permanent and 12 baby teeth present.

Early Orthodontic Treatment Can Prevent Serious Problems

Early orthodontic treatment can prevent more serious teeth problems from developing. When Phase II orthodontic treatment is necessary at age 12, this treatment of all the permanent teeth will be faster and easier to complete.

At your child's orthodontic evaluation, the orthodontist will evaluate:

  • Tooth eruption and permanent tooth development
  • Space needed for all permanent to erupt naturally
  • Bite relationship and jaw growth pattern
  • Oral habits, tongue position and speech
  • Teeth protrusion, overjet and overbite
  • Smile and teeth straightness
  • Facial profile
  • Lip posture

Orthodontists are able to achieve better results with Phase I Phase II orthodontic treatment in 15% of cases. Should treatment not be needed, the orthodontist will monitor tooth eruption and growth and development until all permanent teeth are present at age 12 and let parents know if treatment is necessary and the most appropriate type and time for orthodontic treatment.

We Can Give Your Child A Beautiful, Healthy Smile

To find an orthodontist near you, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org or visit us at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California. Find us at www.clubbraces.com for call us at (925) 757-9000.

There are good reasons for your child to have an orthodontic examination by age 7. Here's to your child's healthy smile.

More Teenagers are Doing Invisalign Teen

January 13th, 2017

DO YOU HAVE a teenager not excited about braces? Here's some great news: teenagers can straighten teeth with Invisalign Teen and get great results.

Invisalign Teen Provides More Confidence In Your Smile

Invisalign Teen and your orthodontist will give your teenager a great smile without metal braces. Straight teeth will also give your teenager more confidence with their smile and make them feel terrific.

The Invisalign Teen system is a series of customized, clear trays which gradually move teeth. Orthodontic tooth movement is done by the trays and orthodontic elastics attached to teeth and aligners which help move teeth to an ideal position.

Invisalign Treatment Is Quick And Easy

Average treatment with Invisalign Teen is one to two years. Aligners are comfortable and help maintain good oral hygiene. Invisalign Teen can be removed so teenagers can eat whatever they want. Lastly, the blue dot indicator let's parents and the orthodontist know when trays have been worn the prescribed number of hours.

Your teenager will love Invisalign Teen. Ask us about Invisalign Teen at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California. Find us at www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925) 757-9000 for a complimentary Invisalign consultation.

Give your teenager the gift of Invisalign Teen. Enjoy straight teeth, a beautiful smile, and your time together.

Top image by Flickr user Carrie A. used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

Follow Us On Instagram!

January 3rd, 2017

ARE YOU ON INSTAGRAM? We are too. We know it might seem crazy to follow a healthcare provider on Instagram, but we honestly treasure our relationships with you. We consider you friends, and we care about what’s going on in your lives!

The Advantage To YOU, Our Valued Patient

  • No obnoxious self-promotion; every post is considered from your point of view.
  • You’re the first to know about cool news and deals at our office.
  • Get those regular reminders and tidbits about how to have the best personal daily care.

We love getting to know all of our patients at Gorczyca Orthodontics and we hope that you would enjoy getting to know us. Instagram gives us the opportunity to show you our practice culture and what makes us unique as your orthodontic healthcare providers.

Our Instagram posts feature our patients, our team, treatments, and visits our personal lives. You will see us feature events from our office, Antioch, and Northern California community.

Keep In Touch, Stay Healthier!

A better relationship with your healthcare team means better health for you. Reminders and information about daily care is what makes a big difference in a healthy lifestyle.

Thank you for being counted among our Gorczyca Orthodontics Instagram friends and family. We look forward to seeing you on Instagram!

Gorcyzca Orthodontics, 5201 Deer Valley Road, Suite 1A, Antioch, California 94531 www.clubbraces.com (925) 757-9000.

We Care About You Very Much at Gorczyca Orthodontics

December 6th, 2016

AT GORCZYCA ORTHODONTICS, we personally care about each and every one of our patients.

We Provide Personalized Care

We are not a huge chain. We have only one excellent doctor, six assistants and six treatment chairs. Five chairs are scheduled with patients. Each patient has their own assigned dental assistant serving them throughout their appointment. We have one over flow chair so we are never without a chair or in a rush for your appointment to end.

After you are seated, Dr. Gorcyzca will be briefed before she examines you. She will make a recommendation for your adjustment and your next appointment. We will always ask if there is anything more we can do for you before you are dismissed.

We Love Getting To Know Our Patients!

It's great to know you! At your initial exam we ask "Tell Us About Yourself." We start our treatment by getting to know you and addressing your orthodontic concerns. We aim to treat each patient, one at a time, with tender loving care.

There is only one orthodontist at Gorczyca Orthodontics. Dr. Gorczyca diagnoses and plans treatment for each and every case personally. She is Board Certified, in the Angle Society, a university professor, and has over 25 years experience and has treated over 10,000 orthodontic patients successfully.

Each Patient Is Unique

Every bite is unique and every person is special. This is one of the things that makes our work at Gorczyca Orthodontics so rewarding.

Dr. Gorczyca will communicate closely with your general dentist about your orthodontic care. It is important for you to have regular dental cleanings during treatment. Restorative and cosmetic treatment procedures and oral surgery and periodontal care will be coordinated with your orthodontic treatment.

We honor our relationship with you, the customer. We will work hard to give you personalized care and a beautiful smile. We look forward to seeing you soon. Find us at www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925)757-9000.

You're just a phone call away from a beautiful smile.

What’s Your Favorite Thanksgiving Food? Here Are Ours!

November 16th, 2016

THANKSGIVING IS just around the corner! Not only is it a time to share good company, it’s a time to share good food!

It’s Time To Share Our Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes!

Each family has their own signature dish they serve this time of year. Today, we’d like to share some of our team member’s favorites!

Dana: My favorite dish is scalloped potatoes. We slice potatoes thin and bake them with cheese and milk. They're delicious!

Jolene: I love Pecan Pie. It's my favorite!

Pam: The stuffing is fantastic. We make homemade stuffing with turkey giblets and add the turkey gravy. It is my favorite thing to eat.

Dr. Gorczyca: I just love the mashed potatoes with gravy. If that were the only think I ate at Thanksgiving I would be happy. I get hungry just thinking about it! Let's not forget the cranberry sauce as well. It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without cranberry sauce.

Veronica and Roberta: Turkey, plain and simple. This by far was our most popular answer of all team members and even our patients. The turkey is what makes Thanksgiving special. "It also puts me to sleep so I need to take a nap after I eat Thanksgiving turkey!"

Special patient: Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes make me say "Yum!"

Very special patient: Ham with pineapples. I love it so much I even eat it at Thanksgiving!

Do you have a favorite holiday recipe? Feel free to share it with us on our Facebook page or in the comments below!

Do you need help picking the perfect turkey? Maybe Marta Stewart can help!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7eMosK54Sc

Have A Happy Thanksgiving!

There you have it, our Thanksgiving favorites. Wishing you a very special Thanksgiving from all of us at Gorczyca Orthodontics.

Gorczyca Orthodontics, Antioch, California www.clubbraces.com

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Top image by Flickr user jeffreyw used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

W. W. Smith, Pilgrim of Antioch, California

November 11th, 2016

ON JULY 4, 1851, William. W. Smith held a picnic for the town residents of what was called Smith's Landing, at Smith's Point. In memory of his deceased brother, Rev. Joseph Horton Smith, William named the town which he and his brother had settled one year earlier, Antioch, California.

The History of Antioch's Pilgrims

Born in New Hampshire, the Smith brothers were itinerant ministers. Following the call of gold and intrigued by California, "The Paradise of America, where summer reigns perpetually," they sailed from Boston, Massachusetts to the San Francisco Bay. They landed on July 6, 1849 and on December 24, 1849, acquired a portion of land for $500 from Dr. John Marsh of Brentwood in return for starting a settlement. They never paid Marsh but settled the area just east of what is now downtown Antioch.

On February 5, 1850 Rev. Joseph H. Smith died of malaria. W. W. Smith moved to higher ground overlooking the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, to the area which is now First Street.

W. W. Smith chose the name Antioch since it was where "the disciples were first called Christians according to Acts 11:25-26." The ancient city of Antioch is featured prominently in the Bible and was the third largest city in the Roman Empire following Alexandria and Rome. Previously in Syria, ancient Antioch is now modern day Antakya, Turkey.

A stone monument marks the place where W. W. Smith welcomed a ship of the early settlers to Antioch on September 16, 1850. this monument sits at the foot of Kimball (F) Street. W. W. Smith was the true founder of Antioch. He died in October, 1899.

Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, Gorczyca Orthodontics, 5201 Deer Valley Road, Antioch, California www.clubbraces.com

There's No Need for a Snaggletooth

October 27th, 2016

THE UPPER CANINE TOOTH, cuspid tooth, or pointed "eye tooth" is the last front tooth to come into the front upper dental arch. When space runs out, this gets pushed out of position. This tooth may become impacted in bone, stuck, and not come in at all. Or, it may push its way out and over the other teeth making its way into the dental arch. It is now hypererupted. It appears as a "Snaggletooth."

Dental Arch Expansion Can Prevent A Snaggletooth

If orthodontic treatment is started early, dental arches can be expanded to prevent the creation of a snaggletooth. This is why the American Association of Orthodontists and all orthodontists recommend an orthodontic examination by age 7.

In Some Cases, Tooth Extraction Is Necessary

In adults, depending on bone, soft tissue or gums, tooth position and facial appearance, snaggletooth treatment may require tooth extraction. The snaggletooth is a very important tooth with a long root. It is usually the tooth behind it which need removal.

We Love Helping Our Patients Make The Most Of Their Smiles!

To find out how orthodontics can help you prevent snaggletooth in the first place, visit Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California. Please schedule your child's examination by age 7. Find us at www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925) 757-9000 for a complimentary exam.

See your orthodontist if you need help with a Snaggletooth. Here's to your happiness and living snaggle free.

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I Love My Dental Hygienist

October 24th, 2016

FOR ME, going to the hygienist is like a mini vacation. I love my dental hygienist and the great work that she does.

Let Me Share My Experience...

When I arrive at my 6-month hygiene appointment, my hygienist gives me a warm blanket heated in the dryer for one minute before I am seated. This blanket is so warm and cozy. Snuggling here in the dental chair for an instant gives me the feeling of a luxury hotel.

Cool jazz plays in the background while my teeth are gently cleaned. My hygienist does not talk excessively during our appointment. She lets me relax. As a busy orthodontist, wife and mother, I appreciate this time very much. I can close my eyes and unwind. This is a rare and enjoyable time.

An aroma candle burns in the hallway. It smells great. A hint of the fragrance makes it's way into the cleaning room and hides the scent of my own breath.

My hygienist polishes my teeth with my favorite flavored pumas. I think it is cherry. It tastes so good I almost want to eat it. It reminds me of how much I loved having my teeth cleaned as a child and is probably one of the reasons why I became a dentist.

After polishing my teeth, my hygienist hands me a warm towel heated in the microwave. I wipe and freshen my face. For an instant, I feel like I'm in the clouds flying Transatlantic First Class.

My hygienist then schedules my next cleaning at my convenience. She fills her own schedule. No need to bother the front desk. She schedules the appointment right then and there in the treatment room. She saves me time and the front desk additional work.

On my way out, I'm handed a goody bag with a new toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. I'm now equipped to achieve excellence in oral hygiene and I don't want to let my hygienist down.

After a little small talk with the lovely ladies at the front desk, I take a few pieces of my favorite orange Trident sugar-free gum displayed in a little clothe covered basket. It taste great and I feel great. I just can't wait to come back and get my teeth cleaned again next time.

Thank You Wendy!

My hygienist gets a 5 star rating not only for excellence in clinical care but also for excellence in customer service. She is so sweet and also amazing! Thank you, Wendy, for all that you do.

Happy National Dental Hygiene Month to all of our wonderful dental hygienists from Gorczyca Orthodontics, Antioch, California www.clubbraces.com.

PROPEL®: Your Smile Made Faster

October 6th, 2016

WHO DOESN’T WANT straight teeth and a beautiful smile? We all do! For those of you who have put off orthodontic treatment in the past due to lengthy treatment time, we have the solution for you. We offer the PROPEL® system at our practice to give you your dream smile in half the time!

What Is The Propel System?

Orthodontics works by changing and remodeling the bones that surround your teeth. Using the Propel system, we can accelerate the process of bone remodeling, causing your teeth to move more quickly.

The FDA approved Propel system uses a medical device to stimulate the bone surrounding teeth. Used in conjunction with orthodontic systems like invisible aligners and traditional braces, straightening teeth becomes quicker and more efficient.

The minimally invasive Propel procedure is performed in minutes here at our practice. Patients can return to their daily schedule and activities with no needed recovery time!

Here’s Why You Should Consider Propel

Because it works! If you’ve put off straightening your teeth, now is the time to do it. With Propel orthodontics, getting the smile you’ve always wanted is faster and more efficient than ever.

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Propel is especially effective in the treatment of impacted canine teeth. An impacted tooth makes a long journey through thick bone. This journey can sometimes take up to a year for your tooth to come into it's ideal position. Working with your oral surgeon at the time of canine exposure, your bone can be softened by Propel, like making tiny cracks in ice, so that your tooth can move it's way through the bone more easily, quickly, and comfortably while shortening your orthodontic treatment time.

Propel can also be effectively used with Invisalign. Using Propel will allow you to change your trays every week rather than every two weeks, cutting your treatment time in half.

At Gorczyca Orthodontics, we like to offer Propel at the time of wisdom tooth extraction. We work with your oral surgeon to complete the Propel procedure while under anesthesia so you don't even feel that you have had it done!

With Propel, You Don’t Have To Waste Any Time

Our goal is to provide the best orthodontic care to our patients. That’s why we offer Propel in our practice. With the Propel system, you can straighten your teeth in half the time! Don’t let drawn-out treatment times keep you from getting your dream smile.

If you have questions about Propel or accelerated orthodontics, call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics (925) 757-9000. Find us at www.clubbraces.com in Antioch, California.

Here's to your beautiful Propel smile!

Talk to us about Propel today!

Our patients are our priority!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Gap Problem? No Problem!

September 29th, 2016

A SPACE BETWEEN front teeth is very common. It called a diastema. Diastemas are often caused by thick tissue between the front teeth. This skin keeps your teeth apart and is called a maxillary frenum. Thick frenums are often hereditary and can be common in families.

How Do You Correct A Diastema?

A diastema is easy to close with orthodontic treatment. Short-term treatment may be braces, Invisalign, aligners, or removal appliances. Additional therapies may be required for ideal cosmetic results after closing a diastema. These may include veneers, lumineers, composites, or crowns. Periodontal therapy for removal of tissue, a frenectomy or gingivectomy, is often needed to help the space stay closed permanently after closing a diastema.

We Ensure The Gap Stays Closed

Your orthodontist may place a wire behind your front teeth to insure that your diastema stays closed. This bonded lingual wire is a permanent retainer. Care must be given not to bite hard foods with your permanent retainer to prevent it from breaking.

If you have questions about tooth gap closure call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics (925) 757-9000 for a complimentary consultation. Find us at www.clubbraces.com. To find an orthodontist in your area visit the American Associaton of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org.

Don't let a tooth gap keep you from smiling. Gap problem, no problem! Here's to your beautiful smile.

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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

September 22nd, 2016

EVERYTHING'S PUMPKIN SPICE this time of year at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California.

Once the colder weather arrives, morning patients visit our refreshment center for a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. Pumpkin spice coffee is part of our menu. Add a little whipped cream, sprinkles, and a side cinnamon roll and Viola! You're in pumpkin spice heaven!

Enjoy A Refreshment In Our Office

On Fridays, for your convenience, Gorczyca Orthodontics opens at 8:00 a.m. If you need a little relaxation, come early or stay late for your appointment and enjoy a refreshment. We love seeing you, taking care of you, and talking with you. We consider you part of our orthodontic family.

Hospitality is a core value at Gorczyca Orthodontics. We strive for clinical excellence, outstanding customer service, and a great patient experience. We are committed to making your orthodontic visits the best possible.

Take time to let us know how we can make your stay and treatment at Gorczyca Orthodontics even more enjoyable. Give us your customer feedback and let us know how we may serve you best.

Come Visit Us Today!

Gorczyca Orthodontics is located at 5201 Deer Valley Road in Antioch, California. Call us at (925) 757-9000 or find us at www.clubbraces.com for your orthodontic needs.

We appreciate you and your referrals of family and friends to our practice. We look forward to seeing you soon and sharing some pumpkin spice and everything nice.

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A Reverse Pull Headgear Can Help Prevent Surgery

September 15th, 2016

WHEN UPPER TEETH are behind lower teeth with front tooth crossbite, often there is small upper jaw. A true upper jaw deficiency can be detected early in growing children. As soon as the permanent six year molars come into the mouth, a small upper jaw can be treated by a reverse pull headgear. This type of growth modification treatment with a headgear is best completed by age 15.

Reverse Pull Headgear Can Help A Growing Child's Bite

A reverse pull headgear, also known as a Delaire-type facemask, offers growth stimulation at the maxillary (upper jaw) sutures allowing the upper jaw to be moved forward in a growing child. Headgear treatment is often accompanied with palatal upper jaw expansion, widening the palate to produce a more ideal bite.

Most children with maxillary deficiency, small upper jaw, also have a short face height as well. The slightly downward pull of the elastics of the reverse pull headgear will also help the lower jaw grow downward and backward improving the jaw relationship from a ClassIII bite to a ClassI bite as well as improve facial appearance.

Reverse pull headgears are worn only at home. Twelve to fourteen hours of wear per day is ideal for getting results as quickly as possible.

We'd Love To Answer Your Questions

If you have questions about the need for a reverse pull headgear, call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California (925) 757-9000. Find us at www.clubbraces.com. To find an orthodontist near you, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org.

Don't lose the opportunity to modify growth with a reverse pull headgear. Here's to your beautiful face and smile.

Avoid Cracking a Tooth

September 12th, 2016

I REMEMBER it like it were yesterday. Finishing my lunch at a nearby Mexican restaurant, I decided to freshen my breath and have a little sweet after lunch by chewing on a gum ball from the gum ball machine. So, I put the money in, took the gum ball, and bit down.

Within seconds of biting down, I had cracked a tooth.

Even Tough Teeth Can Be Cracked

Although tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, teeth can still be cracked. It is best to avoid foods and activities that are known to crack teeth. These include:

  • Chewing on ice
  • Biting down on unpopped popcorn kernels
  • Using teeth as tools
  • Chewing on hard sweets

Hard candy including gum balls, jawbreakers, and frozen candy bars can easily crack your teeth. The sugar also can lead to increased cavites.

Don't Worry, It Can Be Fixed!

My tooth was fix by Antioch dentist Dr. Ken Dupree who gave me a gold crown on an upper second molar.

If you have a cracked tooth, let us help you at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California. Call us at (925) 757-9000 or find us at www.clubbraces.com. We will help you get the dental care you need so your tooth will be good as new.

Avoid cracked teeth by avoiding gum balls. Here's to your dental health.

Your Smile is Your Best Fashion Accessory

September 8th, 2016

CLOTHES, SHOES, PURSE, sunglasses, or jewelry, no matter what your favorite fashion, straight white teeth are your best and most powerful accessory.

Straight White Teeth Light Up A Room

Straight white teeth light up a room or a fashion runway to give you the style and confidence you need with everyone you meet. Wearing red shade lipstick with blue tones will emphasize your teeth even more. When you've had orthodontic treatment, make way for a dazzling designer smile.

If you would like to shop for a new smile style, an orthodontist can help you visualize your new look. Call Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch for a free consultation (925) 757-9000 or find us at www.clubbraces.com To find an orthodontist near you, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org.

Your smile is your best fashion accessory. Let your smile be your signature fashion statement.

Smiling Can Improve Life And Your Health

August 18th, 2016

CHANCES ARE YOU DON’T THINK MUCH about smiling. It just “happens” once in a while, right? You hear something funny. You meet someone new. You cuddle your newborn daughter.

Smiling feels good, and studies show that people who frequently smile are perceived to be more in control, at ease, and attractive than those who smile less often.

But did you know that smiling can also improve your health? It’s true.

The Health Benefits Of Smiling

Serotonin, Pain Killers, And Endorphins—Oh My!

Studies show that smiling actually releases natural pain killers, endorphins and serotonin (a neurotransmitter believed to help people feel happier) in your body. Yes, a smile may be the simplest, natural, legal drug.

Stress Relief And Reduced Blood Pressure

Chronic stress can do significant damage to both mind and body. According to Columbia University PhD, Mark Stibich, increased smiling may help reduce many symptoms associated with anxiety including improved digestion, lower blood pressure, etc.

And Finally, People Who Smile More May Actually Live Longer

Living longer—now THERE’S a serious health benefit. Could this really be true? A 2010 Wayne State University study examined the relationship between smile intensity and longevity among 230 pro baseball players from a ’52 baseball registry. They found that players with big smiles lived an average of five years longer that those who didn’t (or barely) smiled. Even players with small smiles lived longer than those who didn’t smile.

Facial expression and smiles have long been shown to be a good indicator of people’s emotions—and those with positive emotions are even shown to have better interpersonal skills and more stable marriages.

The Moral Of The Story? Smile!

Our team is passionate about doing everything we can to help you and your loved ones feel confident when you smile! Our hunch is that if you feel confident when you smile, you’ll smile more often—and THAT could make your life (and the lives of those around you) healthier and happier.

Do YOU have a great story about the power of a smile? If so, post it on our Facebook page!

Be sure to contact us or visit us at www.clubbraces.com if you ever have any questions about the services we provide. You can also leave a comment or question below and we’ll respond right away.

Thanks for the confidence you place in our practice. We Appreciate You!

Getting To Know Our Team Members: Spotlight On Roberta!

August 17th, 2016

AS YOU KNOW, HERE at Gorczyca Orthodontics, we’re honored to have you as our valued patient! Our goal is ALWAYS remarkable, one-to-one patient care... Thanks to our amazing team members!

Gorczyca Orthodontics Is Growing!

Gorczyca Orthodontics is thrilled to welcome our newest patient coordinator, Roberta.

A Little About Roberta, In Her Own Words

I was born in Antioch, California and graduated from Antioch High School. I have seen Antioch go through a lot of changes. When I was a girl, the population was less than 20,000. Now our population is over 100,000!

I married my high school sweetheart who was a year younger than me in high school. We now have two children, ages 22 and 18. Both of my children graduated from Deer Valley High School, right next door to Gorczyca Orthodontics.

We recently put Roberta in the hot seat and asked her some questions so you can get to know her better...

When you’re not here working, what are your favorite things to do?

When I have a day off, I like to watch baseball. I wish my sons were still in little league. Those games and times were so much fun.

I have a lot of family living locally in Antioch so on our weekends and days off, we usually visit either my parents who still live in Antioch, or my husband's parents who also still live in Antioch.

My family and I are opening a new coffee shop on G Street. The name of the shop will be "Bo's Coffee and T's." The shop will also feature custom and designer t-shirts! Come on by when it opens on October 1st!

When you first started working here, what were your first impressions of the office and the team? Have those impressions changed?

My first impression of Gorczyca Orthodontics was that everyone here is very happy and joyful. I can honestly say that the first patients that I saw who got their braces and welcome prizes and photos were so happy they almost made me cry! It is very rewarding to be part of such a positive experience in a person's life.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

My favorite thing about the job is how different it is from what I used to do, which was working in the car industry. Business is business but working with the public and delivering a fantastic customer experience adds a new dimension of satisfaction in a person's job. I'm really happy to have joined the team at Gorczyca Orthodontics.

We’re So Happy To Have Roberta As A Member Of Our Team!

At Gorczyca Orthodontics we have three goals:

  • Clinical excellence,
  • Outstanding customer service,
  • and a Great patient experience.

Thank you Roberta for being part of our Gorczyca Orthodontics team!

As one of our valued patients, if you have your own question for Roberta, please ask in the comments section below! Also, you can always send us a message on Facebook anytime.

We look forward to seeing you at your next visit! Thanks for the trust you place in our practice.

Follow Us On Twitter

July 26th, 2016

OK... If you’re already a Twitter user, you get it... So, just follow us!

If you’re NOT using Twitter yet, you’re probably thinking, “What the heck is Twitter, and why should I care?!”

We understand, and here’s a quick course:

Twitter Is A Real-Time Information Network...

that connects you with information you find interesting. Small bursts of information (140 characters in length) called Tweets share a lot in a little space. Connected to each Tweet are linked rich details, deeper context, and embedded media.

You Don’t Have To Tweet To Get Value From Twitter

Whether YOU CHOOSE to tweet a lot, OR NEVER, you still have access to the voices and information that interests you. You can contribute, or just listen in and retrieve.

Why Follow Our Practice On Twitter?

You may be asking yourself, “Why use Twitter at all, when there are already so many other distractions in my life?” Good question. You’ll be surprised how much you’ll learn from little tiny snippets. Life is busy. Sometimes there’s no time to sit down and read a newspaper article, magazine story, or lengthy blog post. You may be sitting, waiting for somebody, and have a couple minutes. Our Twitter stream provides meaningful info and/or links to things you can consume and benefit from in a minute or two.

Whether or not you are already a Twitter user, you can click on the icon below to see our Twitter feed or follow us on Twitter @DrGorczyca or @GorczycaOrtho. Then, you can decide if you’d like to sign up for your own Twitter account!

You can also find us at Gorczyca Orthodontics www.clubbraces.com at 5201 Deer Valley Road, Suite 1A in Antioch, California 94531 or call us at (925) 757-9000.

As your lifelong oral health partner, we want to be accessible to you in as many ways as possible, and to connect with you in whatever ways are BEST FOR YOU! As always, thanks for being our valued patient.

We Care About Your Orthodontics, And About YOU During Pregnancy

July 15th, 2016

PREGNANT? KNOW SOMEONE WHO’S PREGNANT? There’s plenty to think about during this time! But while you’re picking out baby clothes and reading up on childcare philosophies, our team reminds you to remember the importance of your oral health.

Gum Disease Risk

Pregnancy brings a heightened level of hormonal activity which can lead to gum sensitivity and increased gum disease risk. And some studies have shown that gum disease could be linked to pre-term labor and other associated risks. The good news is that pregnancy doesn’t cause gum disease—plaque does. So keeping up your great oral habits helps keep you safe. Brush regularly, floss every day, and don’t miss your regular dental checkups. If you’re pregnant, an ideal time to schedule your check-up appointment is during your second trimester—your pregnancy is stable, but not far enough along to risk any stress-induced problems.

Regular Checkups During Pregnancy

During regular checkups, your teeth and gums are more thoroughly cleaned than you can through brushing and flossing yourself. This is a major step in preventing periodontal disease. In the past, women were sometimes anxious about dental procedures during pregnancy. Typically, there’s never an issue, but be sure to let our practice—and your general dentist—know you’re expecting so that any appropriate adjustments can be made in your care.

Other Special Concerns

  • Morning Sickness: DON’T brush your teeth right after being sick. Stomach acid makes your teeth softer and brushing can wear them down. Rinse out your mouth, and then wait a while before brushing.
  • Dental Procedures That Can’t Wait: If you need to have a more involved procedure performed while you’re pregnant, be sure to (1) let us (and your general dentist) know you’re pregnant; and (2) talk it over beforehand with your OB. We want to make sure there aren’t any special details we should know.

Did You Know?

Congratulations on your pregnancy! We’re excited for you!

For more information about taking care of your oral health during pregnancy, check out these links from the ADA and Columbia University. And if you have questions, just ask us! You can also comment below, or send us a direct message on our Facebook page.

Expand Your Dental Horizons by Eliminating Crossbites

July 6th, 2016

WHEN PRESENT, they lead to excessive tooth wear and dark smiles. They cause you to bite your lips and cheeks. They even limit your jaw function. Any way you look at it, crossbites are not good for your dental health.

Crossbites Can Lead To Excessive Tooth Wear

When a front crossbite is present, the upper tooth appears "behind" the lower teeth. If untreated, front tooth crossbite leads to excessive tooth wear.

When a back crossbite is present, the upper tooth is "inside" the lower teeth. Back upper teeth are trapped or tipped towards the tongue. This abnormal tooth position causes your lower jaw to shift. Back crossbites lead to cheek biting, jaw shifting, and the appearance of black space in the corners of your smile.

There Are Different Options To Correct A Crossbite

Braces, Invisalign, or removable expansion appliances can fix crossbites by upper arch expansion.

Visit us at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California (925) 757-9000 to find out how dental arch expansion can eliminate your crossbites. To find an orthodontist near you, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org.

Sky's the limit with orthodontic possibilities. Eliminate your crossbites today for ideal dental function, comfort, happiness, and life.

7 Benefits of Invisalign Vivera Retainers

June 29th, 2016

AFTER YOU HAVE FINISHED your Invisalign treatment or orthodontic treatment with braces, it's time to choose a retainer to protect and maintain your beautiful new smile.

Vivera retainers by Invisalign offer many benefits for your busy lifestyle.

7 Benefits of Vivera Retainers

  1. Vivera retainers are clear just like Invisalign so they always look great no matter where your travels may take you.
  2. Vivera retainers don't affect your speech so you can be comfortable wearing them throughout the day or night.
  3. Vivera retainers are strong and do not rip or break easily.
  4. Vivera retainers are smooth and comfortable and will not irritate your lips and mouth.
  5. Vivera retainers fit precisely and are not loose. They are made by the same 3-D digital imaging as Invisalign for a tight fit.
  6. Vivera retainers can be changed when necessary or replaced with a new retainer when lost. In the Vivera retainer program, you will receive four sets of Vivera retainer aligners.
  7. Your Vivera retainer digital tooth image will be stored digitally so you can receive additional trays without additional impressions, scans, or office visits.

We Can Help Find The Retainers That Are Best For You!

If you have questions about Vivera retainers ask us at Gorczyca Orthodontics (925) 757-9000 or visit us at www.clubbraces.com in Antioch, California.

It took time and effort to create your beautiful new smile. Whether you are in the classroom or the board room, preserve your smile with Vivera retainers.

"Like Father, Like Son" and Orthognathic Surgery

June 22nd, 2016

WE'VE ALL HEARD the proverb "Like father, like son" to describe the likelihood that a son will have traits like his father in adulthood. This is especially true when it comes to the genetics of jaw growth and need for orthognathic surgery.

Many young men ages 21 and older pursue correction of jaw imbalances during college or shortly after their college years. What frequently happens is Dad then follows with his own orthoganthic surgery. Now, it is "like son, like father."

Orthoganthic Surgery Can Improve Your Bite

When fathers see the beautiful results of their son's orthodontic/orthognathic surgery treatment, they start to think how nice it would be to have their own bite corrected.

Often, a jaw is advanced by orthognathic surgery. This not only corrects the bite, such as a crossbite, but also opens the airway helping to improve breathing and reduce sleep apnea.

A Corrected Bite Opens A Variety Of Options

Once a crossbite is corrected, it is now possible to have crowns and veneers done on the front teeth. Eating will be easier, and you will look gorgeous and feel great.

Orthognathic surgery is usually covered 100% by medical insurance with the exception of a small co-payment. Patients may stay overnight in the hospital and one to three weeks of work medical leave is taken. Patients are usually able to move their jaws after surgery and wear upper jaw lower jaw rubber bands while eating a soft diet for a few weeks of recovery.

If your apple hasn't fallen far from your tree and you would also benefit from orthognathic jaw surgery, call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California 925-757-9000. Find us at www.clubbbraces.com.

Board certified orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca and team have completed hundreds of successful orthognathic surgery cases with comfort. We will complete your orthodontic/orthognathic surgery treatment as gently and quickly as possible.

We know your child was a "chip of the old block." It's never too late to do a little "old block" reshaping.

Brides: Invisalign Will Give You a Camera-Ready Smile

June 15th, 2016

FROM THE MOMENT you say "Yes" to the day you say "I Do," Invisalign will give you a radiate and confident smile.

Get Your Smile Ready For Your Big Day!

Your bridal smile will needs to be camera ready. From the engagement day, to the engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, to your wedding day, you will be smiling ear to ear until it hurts. Make that beautiful smile sparkle by straightening your teeth with Invisalign. You can also whiten your teeth at the same time with Opalescence gel using your Invisalign aligner.

Invisalign Is An Easy Way To Give You An Amazing Smile

Invisalign clear aligners will begin straightening your teeth with the first clear aligner. To straighten your teeth as quickly as possible, add Acceledent or Propel accelerated orthodontics to be able to change your trays every week. Observable tooth straightening will be seen within a few months.

If you have questions about Invisalign, call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics (925)757-9000 or visit us at www.clubbraces.com in Antioch, California.

To find an orthodontist near you, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org.

Smile with confidence as you prepare for your wedding day. Let your natural beauty and happiness shine through with your camera ready smile.

Deliver Your Smile Ahead of Schedule with Propel Accelerated Orthodontics

June 14th, 2016

WHETHER YOU'RE IN BRACES or wearing Invisalign, the addition of Propel technology can make your teeth move faster and your orthodontic treatment time less.

Propel technology uses a system of micro-osteoperforations to recruit more osteoblasts and osteoclasts, bone remodeling cells, to the areas in your bone around your teeth. This in turn allows bone to remodel faster and your teeth to move more quickly giving you the smile you'd like as soon as possible.

Propel Is A Helpful Orthodontic Tool

Propel technology is extremely helpful in tough orthodontic situations such as moving an impacted canine, uprighting molar teeth, or moving a molar tooth through bone to close space.

The micro-osteoperforations of Propel require no recovery time. The Propel technology can be used with topical anesthetic. It could also be done at the time of impacted tooth exposure, extraction, or wisdom tooth removal. Propel is clinically proven safe and effective.

Propel Can Reduce Your Treatment Time!

Consider Propel if you would like to reduce your orthodontic treatment time and minimize your number of office visits. To find a Propel orthdontist near you, visit the Propel website at www.propelorthodontics.com.

Board certified orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca of Antioch, California is a Propel provider. Call us at (925)757-9000 or visit us at www.clubbraces.com for your accelerated orthodontic care.

Let your smile be delivered ahead of schedule. Propel yourself to a fantastic new smile.

Wearing Orthodontic Elastics is like Rolling a Ball Uphill

June 9th, 2016

WEARING ORTHODONTIC ELASTICS is like rolling a ball uphill. Constant pushing force, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week gets the ball to the top of the hill as quickly as possible.

So it is with orthodontic elastics. If you wear your orthodontic elastics full time, your orthodontic treatment will be fast and completed as quickly as possible.

Neglecting To Wear Elastics Can Slow Treatment

If you let go of a ball on a hill, it will roll back down. If you wear your orthodontic elastics only part time, your teeth will move back towards there original position and your treatment time will take longer.

The light force of your orthodontic elastics has been scientifically proven to be the most physiological and healthy movement of your teeth. This force level is usually 6 1/2 ounces.

Doubling Elastics Can Harm Your Oral Health

DO NOT double your orthodontic elastics! This will cause damage to your teeth, gums, and bone and may even cause you to lose a tooth!

Your orthodontist cannot control how much you will wear your orthodontic elastics. Progress can only be made by you and evaluated from one appointment to the next. This is why treatment time with an orthodontist varies from patient to patient.

If you have questions about orthodontic elastics or orthodontic treatment, call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics for a complimentary consultation 925-757-9000. Find us at www.clubbraces.com in Antioch, California.

Get your teeth to their final destination fast! With orthodontic elastic wear, consistency is queen! Follow your orthodontist's instructions and wear your orthodontic elastics 24/7 for the best orthodontic result in the shortest treatment time possible.

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

How Early Can I Close My Child's Open Bite?

June 7th, 2016

OPEN BITES can be seen in children as early as four years old. When an open bite is first seen with the baby teeth, parents often ask "How early can I close my child's open bite?"

Open bites can be either:

  1. A normal transition from baby to permanent teeth
  2. Due to an oral habit or thumbsucking
  3. Due to a skeletal growth problem

Age 7 Is The Perfect Time To Correct An Open Bite

When an open bite is present with baby teeth, orthodontists usually want to wait until age 7 to correct the open bite.

Correcting an open bite at age 7 usually includes a habit appliance which is cemented to the permanent 6 year molars and braces. This treatment is called Phase I orthodontic treatment and usually takes 18 to 24 months. After Phase I treatment, there is usually a second Phase II orthodontic treatment when all permanent teeth erupt at age 12.

Open bite affects less than four percent of children. Should the open bite persist into teenage years and the opening involve more than just the front teeth, there could be a more complex vertical skeletal growth problem.

We Can Help Your Child's Open Bite!

If you are seeing an open bite in your child, please call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics (925) 757-9000 in Antioch, California for a complimentary consultation. Visit us at www.clubbraces.com. To find an orthodontist near you, visit www.mylifemysmile.org.

Age 7 is the ideal time to start closing an open bite. Close your child's open bite at age 7 before it becomes more complex.

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Moms and Invisalign

June 2nd, 2016

MOMS ARE BUSY. On the go, preparing breakfast, driving to and from school, taking the kids to their orthodontist appointments and after school events, Moms are usually the last people to take take of themselves or straighten their own teeth.

Invisalign Is Perfect For Moms On The Go!

Now, it's Mom's turn for a beautiful smile. And with Mom's busy lifestyle, Invisalign is the perfect solution for tooth straightening.

Invisalign clear aligners are removable and comfortable to wear. The Invisalign aligners allow Mom to eat whatever she wants. They are easy to live with and will not add additional stress to Mom's life.

Invisalign Makes Everyday Oral Care Easy

Because the Invisalign aligners are removable, brushing and flossing will also be normally done to keep Mom's teeth and gums healthy. Mom can come in for Invisalign appointments every 8 to 10 weeks and speed up her treatment with Acceledent to keep the time in the office and time in treatment to a minimum.

If you are interested in getting Invisalign treatment for yourself or the mother in your life, call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics for a free orthodontic Invisalign consultation. Call us at (925)757-9000 or find us at www.clubbraces.com in Antioch, California.

We love Moms!

Here's to Mom's new Invisalign smile!

6 Ways Broadening Your Dental Arch Will Give You a Dazzling Smile

May 27th, 2016

A BROAD DENTAL ARCH FORM is crucial to your beautiful smile.

6 Ways Broadening You Arch Can Improve Your Smile

Here are 6 ways broadening your pear shaped dental arch will give you a dazzling new smile.

1. Arch expansion help to correct overjet and overbite making your bite functional.

2. Expansion of dental arches eliminates crossbites which cause cheek biting.

3. Expansion of dental arches helps correct the front to back relationship of your bite.

4. Expansion of dental arches creates space for tooth alignment.

5. Expansion of dental arches makes the canine teeth look beautiful.

6. Expansion of dental arches eliminates black corridors from the corners of your mouth giving you a full and beautiful smile.

Comprehensive orthodontic treatment by an orthodontist with braces or Invisalign expands dental arches.

We'd Love To Answer Your Questions!

If you have questions about expansion of your pear shaped dental arches, call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics (925)757-9000 for a complimentary consultation. Visit us at www.clubbraces.com in Antioch, California.

Your broad dental arches are sure to light up the room. Here's to your dazzling new smile.

Missing One Lateral Incisor: Your Treatment Options

May 20th, 2016

PARENTS OFTEN ASK orthodontists what to do if their child is missing one upper lateral incisor.

There Are Two Options For Restoring Your Smile

Missing one lateral incisor makes your smile asymmetrical. There are two options for restoring a symmetrical smile when missing one incisor:

Option 1: Extract the other lateral incisor and close the space

This options is often the treatment of choice for young children. Lateral incisor extraction prevents and need for a future implant, and minimizes time, money, and discomfort.

Option 2: Placement of one implant

A single tooth lateral incisor implant can be placed at adulthood, usually at age 19. The teenager may spend time in a Maryland bridge tooth replacement or a tooth replacement retainer until the time the implant is placed.

It is difficult to match the color, luster, size, and gum contour of a single lateral implant. This option will take more time, money, and additional procedures. It will however eliminate tooth extraction and in some cases give a broader smile.

We Can Help You Compare Choices

Your orthodontist will help you compare and contrast these two treatment choices to decide which is best for you and your family.

Extraction vs. Implant

These cases were treated by Board Certified Orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca of Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California. Call us today to schedule a complimentary consultation if you have questions regarding missing one lateral incisor.

Most parents, patients, and orthodontists prefer Option 1. Here's to recovering your missing tooth and your symmetrical smile.

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Open Bite: Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?

May 6th, 2016

WHEN IT COMES TO OPEN BITE, which came first, the tongue thrust or the open bite?

An Open Bite Can Make Swallowing More Difficult

With an anterior open bite, it is more difficult to seal off the front of the mouth during swallowing. There is "lip incompetence", the lips often do not come together easily, and the tongue must compensate by coming forward to make swallowing possible.

To illustrate this point, try this simple exercise:

  1. Place your two fingers between your upper and lower front teeth
  2. Try to swallow

Viola! You have a tongue thrust!

"A tongue thrust swallow therefore is more likely to be the result of displaced incisors, not the cause."
- Dr. William R. Profitt

The tongue pressure during swallowing simply has too short a duration to have an impact on tooth position. Pressure by the tongue on the teeth during a typical swallow lasts for 1 second. An individual swallows 800 times per day and fewer times during sleep. One thousand seconds of pressure equals only a few minutes and is not nearly enough time or pressure to affect tooth position equilibrium.

Orthodontic Treatment Can Help Tongue Thrust

The good news is, orthodontic treatment for open bite can make your tongue thrust go away. If you are an adult, orthodontic treatment of your open bite often requires tooth extraction, tissue anchorage devices (TADS), or orthognathic surgery.

This case was treated by Board Certified orthodontist, Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, Find us at www.clubbbraces.com or call us at (925) 757-9000 if you have questions about tongue thrust and open bite.

Open bite came first and then tongue thrust. Eliminate your open bite today and make your tongue thrust a thing of the past.

It’s A Summer Splash Party And You’re Invited!

May 5th, 2016

SUMMER IS THE PERFECT TIME of year for all of us at Gorczyca Orthodontics to say “Thank you for choosing our office for your orthodontic care. It is a pleasure and privilege for all of us at Gorczyca Orthodontics to serve you. We appreciate you very much.

We love being your orthodontist and your orthodontic team and having you as a patient in our office. We love spending time with you, talking with you, and seeing you, your family, and your friends.

You Are Special To Us!

We’d like to show our appreciation to you by spending a special evening together, just for fun, at the Gorczyca Orthodontics Patient Appreciation Summer Splash Party.

Our Summer Splash Party will be on Saturday, July 23rd, 6:30 p.m. at the Antioch Water Park. This evening the park will have a special opening just for our Gorczyca Orthodontics private party. Please invite everyone in your family including grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, and cousins, too! Feel free to invite friends and neighbors. We would love to meet and see them all! The more, the merrier!

Come Be A Part Of The Tradition

Gorczyca Orthodontics has been hosting the Summer Splash Party at the Antioch Water Park since the park opened in 1998. The Antioch Water Park is a landmark in our East Contra Costa County Community and the Gorczyca Orthodontics Annual Summer Splash Party has become and anticipated local summer event and part of our practice culture.

So get on your suit, kick off your shoes, and take a splash or stroll with us under the stars!

It is going to be a great evening! See you there!

Protect Your Face When Playing Baseball

April 22nd, 2016

WE DON’T THINK OF baseball as a contact sport. Yet, baseball is the sports leader in facial injuries to children and teenagers.

The National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) of the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that more than a quarter million children ages 5 to 14 are injured playing baseball each year.

Stray Baseballs Can Do A Lot Of Damage

Along with basketball, baseball accounts for nearly half of all sports-related injuries. An estimated 50,000+ baseball facial injuries occur each year to players ages 5 to 15 which required emergency room treatment.

Catastrophic injuries also occur when baseball players are struck in the head with the ball or bat. As small as this number is, baseball still has the highest fatality rate among all sports.

If your child plays baseball, please have your child wear safety gear including a facemask helmet and a sports mouth guard.

Proper Sports Protection Is Key To Avoiding Injury

Orthodontist, Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca has seen many children lose teeth due to baseball related injuries when mouth guards are not worn. These accidents include teeth being hit by a foul ball or a ball bouncing up and hitting the player in the mouth. She recommends that every baseball or softball player wear a mouth guard at all times when playing the sport.

We Can Help Your Athlete With Their Home Run Smile!

If you have questions about custom made sports mouth guards or tooth straightening with or witout a facial injury, please call Dr. Gorczyca at (925) 757-9000 in Antioch, California for a complimentary orthodontic evaluation. Find us at www.clubbraces.com.

Let your child play and be safe at the next baseball or softball game. Provide a helmet and mouth guard. Give your child the benefit of facial protection.

Your Fountain of Youth, an Invisalign Smile Makeover

March 29th, 2016

NEW SMILE, NEW YOU. Your Invisalign smile makeover will take years off of your appearance, make you feel young again, and give you a reason to smile.

Invisalign Is An Easy Way To Improve Your Smile

Invisalign is a fast and easy way to correct your bite, tooth position, and smile to prepare your teeth for your gorgeous smile makeover.

Invisalign is a comprehensive orthodontic treatment. Combined with the wearing of orthodontic rubber bands, Invisalign will move your teeth and correct your bite to make your smile ideal.

Invisalign And AcceleDent Can Drastically Reduce Treatment Time

Orthodontic treatment combined with the technology of AcceleDent can cut your Invisalign treatment time in half giving you a fantastic bite and smile in less than two years.

We Can Help With Your Smile Makeover

This case was completed by Board Certified Orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca and General Dentist Dr. Jeffrey Haug of Antioch, California. Both doctors are located at the Deer Valley Dental Professional Building, 5201 Deer Valley Road in Antioch, California.

For a complimentary orthodontic consultation and information about your smile makeover, visit us at www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925) 757-9000.

Turn back time with Invisalign and a smile makeover today. Here's to your beautiful and youthful smile.

A Missing Tooth Makes Your Teeth "Park on the Line"

March 8th, 2016

PARKING ON THE LINE is off course. A missing tooth creates a similar tooth parking problem. A missing tooth causes your remaining teeth fill the extra space. Teeth drift and lean into the space over time. Slowly your bite collapses.

A Missing Tooth Can Cause Misalignment

Midlines are off when there is a missing tooth. The upper and lower arch midlines no longer match up. The entire bite becomes asymmetrical. Tooth tips (cusps) meet tip to tip causing them to wear down. Tooth wear creates tooth sensitivity.

If you have a missing tooth, get your bite fixed with orthodontic treatment as soon as possible.

Your Orthodontist Can Help

Your orthodontist will either rearrange your remaining teeth or prepare you for future tooth replacement with an implant or a bridge to create a healthy and functional bite.

We Care About Your Smile

This case was treated by Board Certified Orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, Gorcyzca Orthodontics, Antioch, CA. Call us at (925) 757-9000. To find an orthodontist near you, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org.

Don't let a missing tooth make your teeth park on the line. Line up your teeth for a healthy bite.

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Once Upon An Orthodontic Office...

March 2nd, 2016

ONCE UPON A TIME, there was a princess named Veronica. She did not look like a real princess because her face made her look sad. Quiet and thoughtful, the smile of her eyes, gums, and teeth did not express the happiness in her heart.

One Day There Was A Terrible Storm...

One day there was a terrible storm. There was thunder and lightning, and rain poured down in torrents. To come in from the cold, the princess knocked on the door of Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California.

An Old Queen came to the door and looked at the princess. “Good gracious!” said the Queen. “You are under the spell of vertical maxillary excess giving you ‘Adenoid Facies’. This makes you look sad by:

1. Showing the whites of your eyes under your pupils
2. Pulling down the smile muscles of your cheeks
3. Separating your lips at rest
4. Allowing your teeth to protrude
5. Giving your chin a puckered ‘golf ball’ appearance”

Orthodontic Treatment Is A Fast And Permanent Solution

A Wizard had told the princess she could be saved by a lifetime of Botox needle shots to her upper lip. “Hogwash!” said the Queen. “This will not help you! We need a fast and permanent solution by an orthodontist. Let us be happy and fix this forever. Your prince will be here soon!”

A Young Prince Arrived...

Soon the Princess’s teeth were straight, and she was smiling ear to ear. A young prince arrived to Antioch, California from Ciudad Guzman, Jalisco, Mexico. He looked at Veronica and said “You are dear to me. By the smile on your happy face, I can see that you have the best heart and that you are a real princess. I will marry you!”

So the prince and princess were married. Nothing made the Queen happier than to see the prince and princess happy and thriving. They soon had four children. And, they all lived happily ever after.

This Is A True Story!

This is a true story. Veronica is now Treatment Coordinator at Gorczyca Orthodontics and her orthodontic treatment was done by Orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, Gorczyca Orthodontics, in Antioch, California.

To find an orthodontist near you, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org.

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3 Orthodontic Tips When You Have A Cold Or Get The Flu

February 18th, 2016

WHEN THE COLD AND FLU SEASON STRIKES your teeth and braces are probably the last things you’re thinking about as you reach for another tissue! But there ARE some things related to that cold or flu that can affect your oral health.

Since tooth decay and gum disease can be especially risky during orthodontic treatment, we want you to be conscious of these three things:

Tip 1: Avoid Dry Mouth By Staying Hydrated

Dry mouth increases cavity risk. Most colds come with a giant side order of stuffy nose. We respond by breathing through our mouths! Doing so, combined with decreased saliva production during sleep, makes our mouths more vulnerable to harmful bacteria.

Tip 2: Keep The Bad Stuff Off Your Teeth

  • Are you sucking on cough drops all day? Most are loaded with sugar. Opt for sugar-free cough drops if possible. AND, be sure not to bite down on those super-hard drops.
  • Cough syrup is loaded with sugar too. If you take cough syrup, rinse your mouth out before going back to bed.
  • Stomach acid is hard on teeth. Sorry to bring this up, but if you’re throwing up, keep your teeth rinsed and clean.

Tip 3: No Matter How Tired...

We know it’s tough when you’re sick, but don’t skip your normal brushing/flossing routine just because you’re feeling really tired. Your oral health while you’re in braces is just too important to neglect. (By the way, did you notice the kitty in the photo above? We think she’s smelling his breath because he hasn’t brushed in days.)

We Want To Help You Stay Healthy This Season

Stay healthy this flu season! Remember to sneeze into your elbow and wash your hands often to keep viruses from spreading.

We at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California hope that you will not be getting a cold or the flu this season. Stay well and please call us at (925) 757-9000 for your orthodontic needs. We look forward to seeing a healthy you!

If you’re sick, get feeling better soon! And thanks for your trust in our orthodontic practice.

February Is Children’s Dental Health Month

February 15th, 2016

THE CDC REPORTS THAT 1 in 5 children (between ages 5 and 11) in the US have untreated tooth decay. Not only should tooth decay be treated in regular dental appointments, it should be prevented! Tooth decay is 100 percent preventable with effective personal care and regular dental cleanings.

In honor of Children’s Dental Health Month, we’re spreading the word about children’s dental health.

YOU Can Help Little Ones Have Healthier Smiles!

  1. Encourage them to brush for two full minutes: Pick a song about two minutes long and sing it to them during brushing time.
  2. Set reminders to brush twice a day: Brushing after breakfast and just before bed are the best times for preventing bacteria growth from food.
  3. Show them flossing is fun, not harmful: Be gentle at first when doing it for them. A bad experience can stop them from flossing on their own.
  4. Be persistent: Don’t let fussy children off the hook. Be motivating! Kids may gladly brush for a sticker or star if you make it an activity.
  5. Set their first dental appointment before age 1: Having positive dental experiences early will make dental visits easier and less frightening when older.

We Can Help Too!

If you have a child under the age of seven who has not yet had a dental examination, we are happy to see him or her for a fun welcome to the dental office examination at Gorczyca Orthodontics. Dr. Gorczyca will introduce your child to the dentistry, review brushing and flossing, make your child's first dental visit fun, and refer your child to a pediatric dentist for future specialty dental care.

To find a pediatric dentist in your area, visit the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry at www.mouthmonsters.mychildrensteeth.org.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child have an orthodontic examination by age seven. To find an orthodontist in your area, visit the AAO at www.mylifemysmile.org.

Help Us Spread The Word!

Share this message with your friends and family, and especially with the children in your life. If you have any questions about children’s dental health, don’t hesitate to ask us!

Thanks for being our valued patients and friends!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Overbite and Gum Recession: Save Your Gums with Invisalign

February 5th, 2016

NO MATTER YOUR AGE, fixing your overbite will help you save your teeth and eliminate pain.

Severe Overbite Is An Orthodontic Emergency

Severe overbite (deep bite) causes gum recession by front teeth biting gums. This trauma produces gum loss (recession). Left untreated, gum and bone loss lead to tooth loss.

With severe overbite, upper front teeth eventually contact the front of the lower gums. This bite trauma causes gum loss.

With severe overbite, lower front teeth contact the roof of the mouth (impinging bite). Teeth bite the gum off the back of the upper front teeth causing pain.

Severe Overbite Can Lead To Tooth Loss

Left untreated, severe overbite leads to tooth loss. This is an orthodontic (bite), periodontic (gums), and dental (tooth) emergency.

Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign can immediately stop overbite traumatic gum recession. With the Invisalign treatment of your overbite, you can keep your teeth for life.

Not only that, you will have a beautiful new smile. You wil look years younger and feel fabulous!

For your overbite correction with Invisalign, find an orthodontist at the the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.com.

This Invisalign case was treated by Board Certified Orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca of Gorczyca Orthodontics, Antioch, California www.clubbraces.com (925) 757-9000.

Call us today to schedule your complementary Invisalign examination.

Love your gums. Save your gums. Fix your impinging deep bite today with Invisalign.

Orthodontists Are Creating A Smile That May Be Your Fountain Of Youth

January 28th, 2016

TOGETHER, WE’RE WORKING HARD ON THOSE PEARLY WHITES OF YOURS... Regardless of whether you’re 12 years old or 52 years old! As you know, here at our practice, we obsess over our patients’ smiles. We know that a confident smile through ortho treatment can be life changing. But what does your smile have to do with aging?

1. People Who Smile More Are Perceived As Younger

Last year, in an American Psychological Association study, researchers showed thousands of photos of people wearing different expressions to test subjects, who were then asked to guess the ages of the people in the photos. The guesses on neutral expressions were quite accurate, but smiling faces were generally assumed to be years younger than their actual age.

2. Sharing Your Smile (and a laugh) Makes You FEEL Younger—Regardless Of Your Age

We know that sometimes it’s a little hard to smile while you’re wearing braces. Remember, they’ll come off soon and you’re going to look awesome. Remember too, regardless of your age, it’s really not about the number of miles on your smile. It’s about how comfortable you are sharing it!

3. Smiling May Even Help You Live Longer

Living longer—now THERE’S a serious smiling benefit. Could this really be true? A 2010 Wayne State University study examined the relationship between smile intensity and longevity among 230 pro baseball players from a ’52 baseball registry. They found that players with big smiles lived an average of five years longer that those who didn’t (or barely) smiled. Even players with small smiles lived longer than those who didn’t smile.

Facial expression and smiles have long been shown to be a good indicator of people’s emotions—and those with positive emotions are even shown to have better interpersonal skills and more stable marriages. Smiling can have a great impact on your health—it can boost your immune system and reduces stress.

So Here Are Some Tips For Helping Your Smile Keep You Young

  1. Care for your teeth, relentlessly, by doing the basics—brushing, flossing, regular checkups with your regular dentist, etc. You already know HOW IMPORTANT this is during your orthodontic treatment.
  2. Ask us any time you have questions about your oral health.
  3. Smile big, and smile often—even while you have braces!

When you take good care of your teeth, chances are they’ll last a lifetime. And a great smile will make that lifetime longer, healthier, and happier.

We’re Always Available And Always Listening

If you have questions, Orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca and Gorczyca Orthodontics can help. Call us at (925) 757-9000 or visit us at www.clubbraces.com.

You know how to contact us! And, we love hearing from you on our Facebook page!

And thanks, as always, for being our valued orthodontic patients and friends!

Beautiful Smiles At Age Seven

January 19th, 2016

A GAP BETWEEN YOUR seven year old's front teeth may look cute at 7, but unless you're Madonna, it may not be wanted in adolescence or adulthood. To prepare for your child's future, many 7 year olds have their gap closed by orthodontic treatment.

A gap, or diastema, is common at age 7 when half baby teeth and half permanent teeth are present. Orthodontic treatment at age 7 is called Phase 1 Orthodontic Treatment. It is treatment of half permanent teeth. Additional Phase 2 treatment of all permanent teeth may be needed at age 12.

If a diastema is larger than 2mm, it will not close on it's own. Your orthodontist can help to close this space and get your 7 year old's teeth looking beautiful.

A diastema is often caused by a thick frenum, a piece of skin between the front teeth. Frenums are often hereditary in families. The frenum is best removed once the diastema is closed. The space will be held closed by a wire on the back side of the front teeth.

A periodontist, or gum specialist, will remove your child's frenum to make space closure permanent. Frenum removal is done AFTER the space is closed by your orthodontist.


If you have questions about your child's diastema or frenum, Orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca and Gorczyca Orthodontics can help. Call us at (925) 757-9000 or visit us at www.clubbraces.com.

Goodbaye Gap! Hello happiness! Here's to looking at your 7 year old's beautiful face, teeth, and smile!

Invisalign with Acceledent: It's a Win-Win

January 11th, 2016

WE KNOW YOU'RE IN A RUSH to complete your orthodontic treatment as soon as possible. You want an appliance which is comfortable and looks great. Invisalign with Acceledent is your orthodontic win-win.

AcceleDent Can Speed Up Your Invisalign Treatment

With Invisalign, or Invisalignteen, the addition of AcceleDent will help you cut your treatment time in half. You can change your trays every week instead of every two weeks. Small vibrations-micropulses-help increase blood flow and bone cell recruitment, so your teeth move faster and feel comfortable.

Acceledent Provides An Easy Treatment Process

The Acceledent mouthpiece is easy to wear. Worn daily for 20 minutes, it's hands-free so you can continue to text, read, clean house, or do whatever you would like as you move your teeth.

Faster treatment means fewer appointments, fewer dental hygiene challenges, shorter treatment time, and a faster result giving you the smile you've always wanted as soon as possible. It's a win-win any way you look at it.

Ask us about Invisalign with Acceledent at Gorczyca Orthodontics, Antioch, California. Call us at (925)757-9000 or visit us at www.clubbbraces.com.

Get the smile you've always wanted with speed and comfort. Try Invisalign with AcceleDent. It's a win-win.

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Now or Never, Orthodontics Prior to Dental Implants

January 8th, 2016

THE REPLACEMENT OF MISSING TEETH by dental implants often requires orthodontic treatment with either braces or Invisalign prior to implant placement.

Orthodontic Treatment In Necessary Before Dental Implants

Orthodontic treatment prior to dental implant placement is necessary for:

  • Closing tooth spaces near implant sites
  • Preparing the width of the implant site
  • Moving adjacent tooth roots away from implant sites
  • Correcting midlines for facial esthetics
  • Producing maximum dental esthetics
  • Correcting tooth bite relationships for an ideal bite


Dental Implants Can't Move Like Natural Teeth

If you need dental implants, it is important to have an orthodontic consultation prior to implant placement to find out if orthodontics would benefit you.

Implants are not movable like natural teeth. Once placed, the implant will not be able to have future orthodontic tooth movement. It's now or never, with orthodontic tooth movement prior to implant placement.

This case was treated by orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, Gorczyca Orthodontics, Antioch, California. Find us at www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925) 757-9000.

If you would like to have straight teeth now or in the near future, remember orthodontics then implants, for an ideal smile.

Here's to your beautiful smile.

Our New Year's Resolutions

December 29th, 2015

AS 2015 DRAWS TO A CLOSE, we thank you our valued patients, family, and friends for another wonderful year at Gorczyca Orthodontics. We would like to take this opportunity to personally thank each and every one of you for being part of Gorczyca Orthodontics. We appreciate you and are glad that you are part of our Gorczyca Orthodontics Family.

Here Are Some Of Our Resolutions

We wish you the very best for the New Year 2016. To get us thinking about the new year ahead, here are some of our New Year's resolutions:

Jolene- To travel more.

Monica- To enjoy life!

Veronica- To maintain good health for the entire family

Pam- To go to Hawaii with my family.

Gwen- To enjoy more travel.

Patti- To spend more time with my daughters.

Dr. Gorczyca- To create new things, make the dental world a better place, lose weight, and clean off my desk!

Share your New Year's resolution thoughts with us below.

From all of us at Gorczyca Orthodontics, Happy New Year! Here's to making 2016 the best year ever!

Gorczyca Orthodontics, www.clubbraces.com (925) 757-9000

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Happy New Year from All of Us at Gorczyca Orthodontics

December 18th, 2015

During this Holiday Season
more than ever,
our thoughts turn gratefully,
with much appreciation,
to all those who have made
our year at Gorczyca Orthodontics
wonderful.

In this spirit we say,
simply and sincerely,
THANK YOU.

As we find ourselves
reflecting on the year,
and on those who have helped us
shape Gorczyca Orthodontics,
we look forward to the coming year
and to working with you.

We wish you a
Merry Christmas
and
a Happy New Year.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Gorczyca Orthodontics.

Gorczyca Orthodontnics, www.clubbraces.com (925) 757-9000 in Antioch, California.

Enjoy Holiday Cheer with Invisalign

December 15th, 2015

COOKIES, CANDY CANES, AND TOFFEE APPLES. Enjoy this holiday season and straighten your teeth at the same time with Invisalign® or Invisalign Teen®.

We Develop A Unique Invisalign Treatment Plan For You

Invisalign is a series of clear, removable trays which move your teeth gradually and gently to their final position. Your orthodontist will develop your diagnosis and treatment plan to give you the best Invisalign orthodontic result possible. Aligners are usually worn 22+ hours per day but can be removed for that special Christmas gingerbread cookie.

Invisalign Is A Comfortable Orthodontic Solution

Invisalign clear aligners are comfortable to wear and easy to live with. They will also let you look great for that special Yuletide gathering. Because the aligners are removable, you can continue to eat your favorite holiday foods. In addition, the removable trays allow you to brush and floss your teeth normally to keep your smile healthy and attractive during this holiday season.

This case was treated by orthodontist, Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, Gorczyca Orthodontics, Antioch, California. Find us at www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925) 757-9000 for a complimentary examination.

Enjoy your favorite festive treats while giving yourself a beautiful new smile this Christmas. Have a Happy Holiday with Invisalign.

Deck Your Teeth with Strands of Braces

December 8th, 2015

Deck your teeth with strands of braces,
fa la la la la, la la la la
'Tis the season to close spaces
fa la la la la, la la la la

Invisalign your bite unravels,
fa la la, la la la, la la la
Smiling for the Yuletide carols,
fa la la la la, la la la la.

See amazing smiles before us,
fa la la la la, la la la la
Retainers worn while in the chorus,
fa la la la la, la la la la

Soon we see the tooth retraction,
fa la la, la la la, la la la
While the rubber bands take action,
fa la la la la, la la la la

Fast away the treatment passes,
fa la la la la, la la la la
Love your smile, ye lads and lasses,
fa la la la la, la la la la

You'll look great with teeth together,
fa la la, la la la, la la la
Smiling now in Chrismas weather,
fa la la la la, la la la la

Happy Holidays from all of us at Gorczyca Orthodontics, Antioch, California!

www.clubbraces.com.

Top image by Flickr user Ruth Hartnup used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.
The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Expressions of Gratitude From Our Gorczyca Orthodontics Team

November 24th, 2015

AS WE BEGIN THE HOLIDAY SEASON, the team at Gorczyca Orthodontics would like to take a moment to thank you, our patients, friends, and family for being part of our Gorczyca Orthodontics Family. It is a pleasure and privilege for us to serve your orthodontics needs and we look forward to seeing you.

Thank You For Being A Part Of Our Practice Family!

We are grateful for you and everything that we have in our lives. Thank you for our relationship. We hope that you will take a moment today to be grateful. Here are some things that we are grateful for during this holiday season and everyday.

Jolene: “I am grateful that I am still able to work. I have been an orthodontic assistant for 32 years and at Gorczyca Orthodontics for nearly 20 years. I am grateful for my health.”

Monica: “I am grateful for my loving husband and my healthy, active kids. Occasionally, I am grateful for a glass of wine.”

Veronica: “I am grateful for my new home and my loving family. I am grateful that we are all healthy and happy.”

Pam: “I am grateful for my family and the time that we get to spend together. I am grateful to be part of the dynamic team at Gorczyca Orthodontics.”

Gwen: “I am grateful to have a feeling of joy and fulfillment in my life. I love the work that I do and enjoy spending time with my family and friends.”

Patti: “I am grateful for my family and our health and happiness.”

Dr. Gorczyca: “I am grateful for all the people in my life, for our health and happiness. I am grateful to live in the United States and to have the opportunity to be an orthodontist at Gorczyca Orthodontics and pursue many of my interests and passions. I am grateful for all of my friends and family, especially my husband and my son.”

All of us at Gorczyca Orthodontics wish you and your family hope, joy, and abundance. We thank you for our relationship. With gratitude, we wish you a happy holiday season.

Top image by Flickr user Caitlin Regan used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

Thanksgiving, The Wamsutta Mills, and "Holy Turkey Day"

November 23rd, 2015

THANKSGIVING RECALLS history and family memories.

My Family's Thanksgiving Heritage

My grandmother came to the U.S. with a third grade education. At sixteen, she sensed imminent war in Poland, a starving nation. When an American came to her village in the early 1900's and offered $3 a week for Wamsutta Mill workers in New Bedford, Massachusetts, she thought, "this is a pretty good deal."

The Wamsutta Mills

On the voyage to Ellis Island she met my grandfather. He became a loom fixer and together they bought a few tenement houses and started a farm. Intrigued by the November holiday which made everyone eat turkey, they decided to raise these birds on the farm. Coming from a religious nation, they named Thanksgiving "Holy Turkey Day."

In the 1950's, my Dad returned to New Bedford, Massachusetts from bootcamp in Pittsburg, California. He sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge on this way home from the Korean War. He went back to college on the GI Bill. He first saw my mother, a third grade teacher, playing piano in a dance band. He thought she looked cute and decided to visit her on the farm to buy one of her turkeys and ask her out on a date. They got married and had two daughters who grew up living on that old turkey farm.

In 1999, after I opened my new orthodontic office in Antioch, California, I decided to take my first real vacation. Eager to find my grandmother's village, I traveled to Poland and drove to an address where only factories now stand. That night, I returned to my Krakow hotel later and rejoined the Harvard Alumni tour with whom I was travelling. There, I ate dinner and shared my day with an older businessman. I described California and my life as an orthodontist. Curiously, I asked him "And what do you do?." He replied "My family owned the Wamsutta Mills in New Bedford Massachusetts."

Wishing you special memories for a Happy and Healthy "Holy Turkey Day."

Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca

Antioch, CA

Orthodontic Treatment and Lumineers Will Transform Your Smile

November 10th, 2015

THERE IS NO NEED to be embarrassed about your smile. Orthodontic treatment and Lumineers® are a fast and easy way to give you the smile you always wanted.

Lumineers Can Do Wonders For Your Smile

Prior to Lumineers, your orthodontist will correct spacing and placement of your teeth to give you the best Lumineers smile makeover possible.

Chipped teeth can be fixed and instantly whitened with Lumineers. Small teeth can also be made the ideal size and shape. Stained teeth can be make to look young again.

Lumineers are strong. They are made from porcelain which maintains its radiance for over 20 years. Lumineers preserve your natural tooth structure and are relatively easy to get after your orthodontic treatment is completed.

We Can Help You Achieve A Beautiful Smile

Your orthodontist will work closely with your cosmetic dentist prepare your teeth for Lumineers. This case was prepared by Board Certified Orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, Gorczyca Orthodontics, Antioch, California. Find us at www.clubbraces.com.

Ask your orthodontist today which dentists in your community offer Lumineers. To find an orthodontist in your area visit www.mylifemysmile.org.

Change your smile and change your life!

Don't Bob For Apples With Braces!

October 27th, 2015

BOBBING FOR APPLES is a game often played on Halloween. Fill a large tub with water and less dense apples will float. Catch the apples with your teeth with your hands behind your back. What fun!

Bobbing for Apples Around the World

Bobbing is called "dooking" (i.e. ducking) in Scotland. In Northern England, bobbing for apples is called apple ducking or duck-apple. In Ireland, mainly in Kerry County, apple bobbing is known as Snap Apple. In Newfoundland and Labrador, Snap Apple Night is Halloween.

The tradition of bobbing for apples dates back to the Roman invasion of Britain. Young unmarried people would try to bite into the apple by either bobbing for or eating an apple hanging on the string. Those who were successful were thought to be the next to marry.

Bobbing For Apples? Braces Beware!

If you have braces, DON'T play bobbing for apples! Your braces will break off. This is no fun at all! You will need to go back to your orthodontic office for an emergency appointment. This may produce upset parents and teachers. There may even be an orthodontic charge to replace your carelessly broken braces. YIKES!

Look On The Bright Side

Although you cannot bob for apples with braces, look on the bright side. By not bobbing for apples, you will be avoiding an unsanitary game where a number of individuals have placed their entire heads, mouths, and saliva into the same bowl of water. In addition, you will avoiding the Roman belief that you will be marrying soon, in addition to not breaking your orthodontic brackets.

Gorczyca Orthodontics, Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, Antioch, California 929-757-9000 www.clubbraces.com

To find an orthodontist near you, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org.

Getting To Know Our Team Members: Spotlight On Gwen!

October 22nd, 2015

AS YOU KNOW, HERE at Gorczyca Orthodontics, we’re honored to have you as our valued patient! Our goal is ALWAYS remarkable, one-to-one patient care... Thanks to our amazing team members!

Gorczyca Orthodontics Is Growing!

Gorczyca Orthodontics is thrilled to welcome our newest orthodontic assistant, Gwen.

A Little About Gwen

Gwen is originally from Concord, California. She is a graduate of Mt. Diablo High School where she was in the Culinary Academy. She is a resident of Bay Point, California.

Gwen got into dental assisting through her friends who were first dental assistants. They told Gwen she should try it out because she would LOVE IT!

Gwen graduated from dental assisting school this May and completed her internship at the office of Dr. Janis in Concord. She then joined Gorczyca Orthodontics.

We recently put Gwen in the hot seat and asked her some questions so you can get to know her better...

When you’re not here working, what are your favorite things to do?

When Gwen has a day off she likes to hang out with her friends and do volunteer work. She is very involved with her church. She loves to travel and throw parties!

Gwen's favorite place to travel to is New York City. Gwen was there this summer. She really enjoyed the fast pace of New York City.

When you first started working here, what were your first impressions of the office and the team? Have those impressions changed?

When Gwen started working at Gorczyca Orthodontics, her first impressions were that the team was very close. Every team member helps each other out and we always put the patient first. Everyone is very welcoming to both the patients and their family. Gwen enjoys getting to know each and every patient and their families. She considers this the best part of her job.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Like every assistant at Gorczyca Orthodontics, Gwen has her own chair and her own schedule. She loves this ownership of her patient care and working with Dr. Gorczyca. Orthodontics is fascinating and can really change people's lives. Our patients smiles truly are our inspiration.

We’re So Happy To Have Gwen As A Member Of Our Team!

At Gorczyca Orthodontics we have three goals:

  • Clinical excellence,
  • Outstanding customer service,
  • and a Great patient experience.

Thank you Gwen for being part of our Gorczyca Orthodontics team!

As one of our valued patients, if you have your own question for Gwen, please ask in the comments section below! Also, you can always send us a message on Facebook anytime.

We look forward to seeing you at your next visit! Thanks for the trust you place in our practice.

Getting To Know Our Team Members: Spotlight On Pam!

October 12th, 2015

AS YOU KNOW, HERE at Gorczyca Orthodontics, we’re honored to have you as our valued patient! Our goal is ALWAYS remarkable, one-to-one patient care... Thanks to our amazing team members!

Gorczyca Orthodontics Is Growing!

We are thrilled to welcome our new Patient Coordinator, Pam, to our front desk! Welcome, Pam! We're glad you're here to welcome all of our wonderful patients at Gorczyca Orthodontics.

A Little About Pam

Pam is originally from San Francisco, California. She has worked in dentistry for three years, is married, and the mother of five children. She not only works at Gorczyca Orhtodontics but she is also currently an orthodontic patient herself!

We recently put Pam in the hot seat and asked her some questions so you can get to know her better...

When you’re not here working, what are your favorite things to do?

Pam loves to spend time with her children. They go to the park, play football, go shopping, and love all waterfront activities.

When you first started working here, what were your first impressions of the office and the team? Have those impressions changed?

When Pam first started working here she found Gorczyca Orthodontics to be such a bright, positive, and energy filled environment. She loves it here! Everyday is a new adventure at Gorczyca Orthodontics. We love our patients and it shows.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

Pam loves greeting the patients, serving them coffee, getting to know them and their families, and helping them with their orthodontic treatment and in anyway that she can.

Pam herself is presently an orthodontic patient at Gorczyca Orthodontics. She has a very complex orthodontic case and she is very happy that Dr. Gorczyca is Board Certified and vastly experienced in interdisciplinary dental treatment with combines all of the the dental procedures with the specialists that Pam needs to give her an amazing new smile.

We’re So Happy To Have Pam As A Member Of Our Team!

At Gorczyca Orthodontics we have three goals:

  • Clinical excellence,
  • Outstanding customer service,
  • and a Great patient experience.

Thank you Pam for being part of our Gorczyca Orthodontics team!

As one of our valued patients, if you have your own question for Pam, please ask in the comments section below! Also, you can always send us a message on Facebook anytime.

We look forward to seeing you at your next visit! Thanks for the trust you place in our practice.

Some Important Tips For Flossing With Braces

October 2nd, 2015

IF YOU HAVE BRACES, you still need to floss. Flossing is important in the prevention of cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease—especially while wearing braces.

Tips For Flossing With Braces

To help you floss with braces, here are some helpful tips:

  1. Use enough floss! The amount of floss should be equal to the length from your fingers to you elbow.
  2. Thread floss between your wire and the contact of two teeth with your fingers or use a floss threader.
  3. Wind floss around one finger of one hand and one finger of your other hand.
  4. Waxed floss is less likely to tear. Oral B Glide floss is our favorite.
  5. Help Youngsters Out!

    If you or the little ones in your life who don’t wear braces are having trouble flossing, consider Crest Glide Floss Picks.

    We Want To Help Keep Your Smile Bright

    We at Gorczyca Orthodontics hope that these flossing tips were helpful and keep you excited about flossing and maintaining excellent oral hygiene. If you have questions about your teeth or oral hygiene, visit us at www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925) 757-9000.

    Thanks for flossing and letting us be part of your beautiful smile.

    Top image by Flickr user Alan Light used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

How Sour Candy Affects Your Teeth

October 1st, 2015

WHY ARE CERTAIN CANDIES so bad for our teeth? One reason is all that sugar, of course. We know that. Here’s something you may not think about as often... Many popular treats include the descriptors tart, tangy, and sour. It seems the more bitter, the better.

Trouble is, our teeth are paying the price for this sour trend and we continue to see the damage.

Acid Erodes Our Teeth

A pH scale shows where substances are on a spectrum from base to acidic. 14–12 is really base, and 2–0 is really acidic.

A nice, neutral pH level of 7 is ideal for your mouth. When you eat acidic foods the pH level lowers. This can create a hostile, enamel-eroding environment for your teeth. No sugar (or plaque) is necessarily needed for an “acid attack” to be damaging.

Let’s Break It Down

Our tooth enamel can start to erode at a pH level of 4. Spree, a relatively mild sour candy, has a pH level of 3, Sour Skittles 2.2, and WarHeads Spray 1.6. That’s pretty shocking when you consider battery acid has a pH level of 1.0.


The Sad Signs Of Erosion

The acid in sour candy can really take a toll on our teeth and may even cause:

  • Sensitivity
  • Translucence at the biting edge of your teeth
  • Increased cavities due to weakened enamel

Be Smart

Chewing sugarless gum stimulates saliva flow for cleansing. Swishing water around in your mouth can also help. Still, the smartest thing you can do is to stop eating tart candies, or eat them very sparingly. They’re treats, not snacks.

If you have braces you need to be extra careful. Not only can candy damage your appliance, it can be hard to remove around the brackets and may increase the chance of decay. You’re better off avoiding it.

If you’re experiencing signs of acid erosion, ask us about it. We can help.

Thanks for being our valued patient! We hope you and your smile are doing well!

Eat Right for Dental Health During Braces

September 29th, 2015

IT’S IMPORTANT TO EAT RIGHT to maintain the oral health of your teeth and gums. This is especially true during braces.

Eating Right Helps Fend Off Plaque, Gingivitis, And Periodontal Disease

A healthy diet will maintain healthy tooth enamel and prevent the formation of plaque, white spot lesions, and tooth decay. Eating the right nutritious foods will produce strong and healthy gums, and will help prevent gingivitis and gum disease.

Foods to avoid to maintain tooth and gum health include acidic drinks with lemon, soda, and candy. These can damage and erode your enamel making you prone to tooth sensitivity, decalcification, and cavities. Potato chips and cookies can contribute to tooth plaque. Be sure to brush and floss at least twice per day to prevent the unwanted dental effects of these and other foods.

“Super-Smile” Foods That May Surprise You

Healthy and nutritious foods for teeth and gums include those rich in calcium and vitamin D. Here is a list of foods considered extremely healthy for your teeth:

  1. Salmon- increases calcium absorption
  2. Broccoli- reduces acid erosion
  3. Onions- reduce bacteria
  4. Celery- massages gums, cleans teeth, produces saliva
  5. Apples- prevent plaque
  6. Kiwi- vitamin C rich to increase collegen for gums
  7. Paprika- high concentration of Vitamin C for gums
  8. Jello- collagen for healthy gums
  9. Carrots- prevent plaque
  10. Quinoa- contains vitamins and minerals
  11. Shiitaki Mushrooms- prevent mouth bacterial growth
  12. Sesame Seeds- clear plaque and supply calcium
  13. Milk- rich in calcium and vitamin D for strong bones and teeth

Check Out These Awesome Recipe Books

For healthy and brace friendly recipes, check out the cook books by Pamela Waterman.

If you would like to learn more about healthy and nutritious foods and recipes you can enjoy during braces, visit us at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, CA. You can find us at www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925) 757-9000.

We wish you happy and healthy cooking and delicious foods during your braces. Eat right for a gorgeous smile.

Seven is the Magic Number for an Orthodontic Examination

September 9th, 2015

SEVEN IS THE PERFECT AGE for a child’s first orthodontic examination. Screening at age seven assures that your child’s smile will be healthy and look it’s best for the longest time possible.

Early Detection Can Help Long-term Orthodontic Health

Orthodontic treatment at age seven can minimize the need for more extensive procedures such as extraction of permanent teeth in the future. Straight teeth at age seven will also help with your child's self-esteem— a fragile asset that’s so important when growing up.

What to Expect at the Seven Year Orthodontic Exam

At the seven year orthodontic exam, your orthodontist will evaluate:
1. Overjet and facial profile
2. Overbite and jaw function
3. Underbite and tooth wear
4. Openbite, breathing, and oral habits
5. Crowding, spacing, rotations and tooth alignment
6. Symmmetry and facial balance
7. Crossbite and functional shifts

Be sure to seek early treatment if your child has:
1. Snoring or mouth breathing
2. Difficulty chewing, cheek biting, or jaw shifting
3. Thumb sucking, lip biting, or finger habits
4. Crowding or missing teeth
5. Speech problems
6. Grinding or excessive tooth wear
7. Crooked, spaced, or crowded teeth

This case was treated by Board Certified orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca of Antioch, California. Find us at www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925)757-9000 for a complimentary orthodontic evaluation. To find an orthodontist near you, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org.

Give your child a great smile. For your child's first orthodonic exam, seven is the magic number.

Top image by Flickr user Sebastien Wiertz used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

Don't Be Haunted By Periodontal Disease and Malocclusion

September 4th, 2015

IT’S SHOCKING. Blood on your floss. Red gums bleed while you brush your teeth. You're spooked by halitosis, or bad breath. Frightening plaque and calculus accumulate on your teeth like cement. These are the scary signs of periodontal disease. And malocclusion, or crooked teeth, make it worse.

Malocclusion Affects A Majority Of Adults

Malocclusion affects 74% of American adults. If you have severely crooked and crowded teeth, it may affect your periodontal health by making it difficult to remove plaque when teeth are not aligned.

Gingivitis Can Affect More Than Your Gums

If not treated, gum inflammation, gingivitis, will lead to soft tissue damage. Receding gums, and the formation of pockets between your teeth produces bone loss. Eventually, your teeth may even fall out!

Your teeth can be saved by periodontal treatment and orthodontics. Properly positioned teeth can help gums "fit" tightly around teeth and lead to peiodontal health.

This case was treated by board certified orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, Antioch, California. Visit us at www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925) 757-9000 for a complimentary exam. To find an orthodontist near you, visit www.mylifemysmile.org. To find a periodontist near you, visit American Academy of Periodontology at www.perio.org.

Don't let your mouth be haunted. Change malocclusion and periodontal disease to oral health.

Thanks for Making Gorczyca Orthodontics #1 on Yelp

September 1st, 2015

TO OUR VALUED PATIENTS, thank you for making Gorczyca Orthodontics the #1 Orthodontic Office in Antioch, California on Yelp! We appreciate you and our opportunity to serve you. Here's what some patients on Yelp had to say:

Place: Your Patient Experience

"The office is very clean and comfortable"
"The office is always cheerfully decorated"
"I'm thrilled with the service I received there"
"Best run office I've been to"

Product: Things Patients Love

"Super nice and fun!"
"I'm very happy with my treatment"
"omg it was awesome!"
"I give them an A+"

Price: I Can Afford Dental Care

"Prices are reasonable"
"Easy payment options"
"Finishing up our third kid. All experiences have been great."

Promotion: Patient Experience

"I couldn't be happier"
"I will refer...to Gorczyca Orthodontics ;)!
"You are definately #1 in my book":

The Team

"The staff has repeatedly gone the extra mile"
"Amazing and talented group of people"
"High standard of professionalism"

The Doctor

"Dr. Gorczyca always takes time to listen"
"She is about patients and their individual needs"
"Friendly, helpful, compassionate"
"Dr. Gorczyca is fantastic"
"She's the best orthodontist EVER!"

We Love Making You Smile

It makes our day at Gorczyca Orthodontics to receive a 5 star patient review on Yelp. Find us at www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925) 757-9000 to schedule a complimentary orthodontic exam.

Your happiness and smiles are what we at Gorczyca Orthodntics are all about. Thank you for allowing us to serve you and for referring your family and friends. Your smile truly is our inspiration.

Short Teeth and Gummy Smile

August 14th, 2015

Bubble Gum Bubble

A BEAUTIFUL SMILE reveals gorgeous upper front teeth with ideal proportions. With gummy smile, excessive gum tissue makes upper front teeth look short.

Reveal Your Full Smile With A Gingivectomy

The shape of these teeth appears square or like a sizeways rectangle, rather than the normal 80% width to height ratio.

Gingivectomy is a procedure that can be used to restore ideal tooth height where gums are excessive. Removal of excessive gums can be done by laser, quickly and comfortably, for a beautiful result.

Gingivectomy eliminates gummy smile with or without braces. In children, teeth may appear square from incomplete tooth eruption. In adults, teeth may appear short from either excessive gum tissue or extreme tooth wear.

Keep Your Beautiful Smile For A Lifetime!

Your orthodontist, periodontist, or general dentist can answer your questions about short teeth and gummy smile. To find an orthodontist near you, visit www.mylifemysmile.org or call Gorczyca Orthodontics (925) 757-9000 in Antioch, California for a complimentary consultation and smile analysis.

Let everyone see your beautiful teeth by eliminating your extra gums. Here's to your gorgeous new smile.

Go For The Gold- The American Board Of Orthodontics

August 7th, 2015

Olympic Medal Ceremony
FEW CAN SAY THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE OLYMPICS, yet we all have the opportunity to go for the gold.

In orthodontics as in sports, there are similar marks of excellence. Becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO) is one of them.

Becoming A Diplomate Of The ABO

The ABO process starts by a dental school graduate completing an additional two to three year post-doctoral orthodontic residency program accredited by the American Dental Association.

Board certified orthodontists pass an examination which verifies mastery of advanced skills in orthodontic diagnosis and treatment planning.

An ABO orthodontist demonstrates excellence in patient care by presenting treatment records of their own patients and passing an oral examination given by a panel of expert orthodontists.

The Benefits Of Being ABO Certified

Orthodontic board certification goes far beyond acheiving the approval of a panel of expert orthodontists. The greatest benefit comes from the insight gained through the time and study in ABO preparation. This process usually takes five years to complete.

Only one out of three orthodontists is board certified. To find a board certified orthdontist near you, visit the American Board of Orthodontics at www.americanboardortho.com.

This case was treated by board certified orthodontist, Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics. Call us at (925) 757-9000 or visit us at www.clubbraces.com in Antioch, California.

You can be sure that ABO orthodontists have pursued excellence. They've gone for the gold.

Top image by Flickr user The U.S. Army used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

Dream On... What was Your First Rock Concert?

July 31st, 2015


IN PREPARATION FOR Dr. Gorczyca’s 2015 Summer Tour to Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame she asked the excellent team at Gorczyca Orthodontics "What was your first rock concert?"

Here’s What They Had To Say:

Jolene: I’ve never been to a rock concert. I’m a country girl. I love to listen to Kenny Chesney. If I had gone to my favorite first rock concert, I would have been to see the Beatles or the Beach Boys!

Monica: Garth Brooks was my first rock concert. Does he count for a rock concert?

Veronica: I’ve never been to a rock concert. But, if I had, I would have picked Bruce Springsteen singing “Born in the U. S. A.” but I would have changed the words to “Raised in the U. S. A.”!

Patty: MANA

Ashley: I’ve never been to a rock concert! If I could pick a rock concert, it would be Aerosmith!

Dr. Gorczyca: My first rock concert was Aerosmith. My high school friend Arthur took me because he thought I needed to expand my musical horizons. The concert was at the Providence Rhode Island Civic Center. Being in such a wild and crazy audience was a bit of a “bad scene.” Even so, the concert was a lot of fun!

Later, my high school friend Leslie took me to hear Jethro Tull because I played the flute. The lead singer of this group, Ian Anderson, is an incredible flutist! Amazingly, he sings and plays flute at the same time which gives him a unique flute sound. It was incredible!

Let us know what your first rock concert was and if you are dreaming of beautiful straight teeth, come see us for braces, Invisalign, or retainers at Gorczyca Orthodontics, 5201 Deer Valley Road, in Antioch, CA. Gorczyca. Find us at www.clubbraces.com. Gorczyca Orthodontics ROCKS when it comes to straight teeth!

Dream on.... Dream until your dreams come true.
-Aerosmith

Take Home A Smile

July 17th, 2015

Take Home a Smile

Edgar Guest
(1881-1959)

Take home a smile; forget the petty cares,
The dull, grim grind of all the day's affairs;
The day is done, come be yourself awhile:
To-night, to those who wait, take home a smile.

Take home a smile; don’t scatter grief and gloom
Where laughter and light hearts should always bloom;
What though you’ve traveled many a dusty mile,
Footsore and weary, still take home a smile.

Take home a smile- it is not much to do,
But much it means to them who wait for you;
You can be brave for such a little while;
The day of doubt is done- take home a smile.

Preserve Your Smile Masterpiece with Vivera Retainers

July 14th, 2015

YOUR NEW SMILE IS LIKE A WORK OF ART. Whether you have just completed Invisalign, Invisalignteen, or braces, Vivera retainers can preserve the art work of your smile for a lifetime.

Vivera Retainers Are Strong And Comfortable

Vivera retainers are made with 3-D technology like Invisalign. This precise fit grips your teeth firmly holding them in place. Vivera retainers’ thermoplastic material is clear and smooth while being comfortable to wear. Vivera retainers are also strong—a critical quality for longivity of material and keeping your teeth straight.

Once your 3-D molds are digitally processed by your orthodontist, you will have the ability to have replacement retainers made without further office visits or additional impressions.

Keep Your Beautiful Smile For A Lifetime!

Gorczyca Orthodontics provides Vivera retainers after completion of Invisalign, Invisalignteen or traditional braces. Your new Vivera retainers will be shipped directly to Gorczyca Orthodontics for easy pickup. Call us at 925-757-9000 if you would like to join our Vivera retainer retention program.

Retain your smile masterpiece. With Vivera retainers, your teeth will be as straight and beautiful as the day you completed your orthodontic work of art.

What Is Phase I Phase II Orthodontic Treatment?

July 7th, 2015

DENTAL AND SKELETAL bite problems are evident by age 7. Phase I Phase II orthodontic treatment is like doing half now, half later, assisting you with the development of your smile from age 7 to age 13 when your smile is mature.

Phase I orthodontic treatment starts around age 7 in the mixed dentition when 12 permanent teeth and 12 baby teeth are present.

Phase I Phase II Treatment May Improve Your Final Result

In 15% of cases, the overall result will be improved by Phase I orthodontic treatment. Benefits include symmetrical jaw growth, eliminating the need for tooth extraction, preventing tooth wear, or stopping harmful habits such as thumbsucking while improving speech and self-esteem.

Permanent retainers are popular after Phase I orthodontic treatment. These bonded wires prevent tooth relapse and the need for replacement of lost retainers.

Sixteen permanent teeth come in between Phase I and Phase II orthodontic treatment. The chances of one of these new teeth being crooked is high. Usualy there is a benefit in doing Phase II orthodontic treatment after Phase I treatment.

Phase I Treatment Makes Phase II Go Easier

Phase II orthodontic treatment begins when all the permanent teeth have come into place at age 12.

Phase II treatment is easier because Phase I treatment has already corrected the major orthodontic problems.

If you have questions about Phase I Phase II orthodontic treatment, visit us at Gorczyca Orthodontics www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925) 757-9000 for a complimentary consultation.

Every smile is unique. Here’s to the growth and development of your beautiful smile!

It’s A Summer Splash Party And You’re Invited!

July 1st, 2015

SUMMER IS THE PERFECT TIME of year for all of us at Gorczyca Orthodontics to say “Thank you for choosing our office for your orthodontic care. It is a pleasure and privilege for all of us at Gorczyca Orthodontics to serve you. We appreciate you very much.

We love being your orthodontist and your orthodontic team and having you as a patient in our office. We love spending time with you, talking with you, and seeing you, your family, and your friends.

You Are Special To Us!

We’d like to show our appreciation to you by spending a special evening together, just for fun, at the Gorczyca Orthodontics Patient Appreciation Summer Splash Party.

Our Summer Splash Party will be on Saturday, July 18, 6:30 p.m. at the Antioch Water Park. This evening the park will have a special opening just for our Gorczyca Orthodontics private party. Please invite everyone in your family including grandma, grandpa, aunts, uncles, and cousins, too! Feel free to invite friends and neighbors. We would love to meet and see them all! The more, the merrier!

Come Be A Part Of The Tradition

Gorczyca Orthodontics has been hosting the Summer Splash Party at the Antioch Water Park since the park opened in 1998. The Antioch Water Park is a landmark in our East Contra Costa County Community and the Gorczyca Orthodontics Annual Summer Splash Party has become and anticipated local summer event and part of our practice culture.

So get on your suit, kick off your shoes, and take a splash or stroll with us under the stars!

It is going to be a great evening! See you there!

Orthodontics and Switzerland

June 16th, 2015

ORTHODONTICS IS LIKE invading the country of Switzerland: it’s easy to get in, but it’s hard to get out.

Orthodontics Isn’t Just Brackets On Teeth...

Facial esthetics are improved, occlusion and function are created, and teeth are moved in three planes of space. Mechanics of force application, science of materials, biology of tooth movement, and anatomy of jaw and joint must be well understood. Tooth positions depend on surrounding bone and periodontium. There’s a lot to know to produce an ideal orthodontic result.

Over one hundred years of research has contributed to the art and science of orthodontics. This is why orthodontists devote over 10,000 hours and many years of full time practice to be experts in the specialty of orthodontics.

In 1914, there were no orthodontists. As dental technologies and techniques evolved, the orthodontic specialty was created to offer advanced patient care.

Ideal Orthodontic Results Take A Specialist

Those who think orthodontic treatment is easy will find they are mistaken. The problem is, being “in over your head” may occur months or years after a patient has started orthodontic treatment.

Trust Your Smile To An Orthodontist

Should you find yourself in a situation where you would like to transfer your care to an orthodontist, you can find one at the American Association of Orthodontists.

This case transferred to Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, CA. Board certified orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca works closely with excellent general dentists to create beautiful smiles. You can find her at www.clubbraces.com.

Switzerland is unique. Enjoy the breathtaking landscapes, natural resources, culture, and people.

College is the Perfect Time for Invisalign

June 4th, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’RE A HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE. Time to move on to the college scene.

Do you wish you had straightened your teeth in high school?

Good news! Invisalign is the perfect option for you to straighten your teeth during college.

Your hometown orthodontist can still provide you with the aligners you need to get started with your Invisalign treatment today. You can then take your custom made aligners with you to college. Once at college, you will continue to make maximum progress with your Invisalign aligners. Your orthodontist will check your progress and give you additional aligners when you are back home again for your Thanksgiving or Christmas break.

The Major Advantages Of Invisalign Treatment During College Are:

  1. You can eat whatever you want
  2. Nothing will get broken or loose
  3. You will be extremely comfortable during your treatment
  4. You can look great at parties!

Call Us To Schedule A Complimentary Invisalign Exam

Call Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, CA today if you are interested in starting Invisalign treatment. Visit us at www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925) 757-9000 to schedule your complimentary Invisalign exam.

Get ready for college. Prepare for rush week today with Invisalign.

Getting To Better Know Our Awesome Dental Assistant, Ally

May 26th, 2015

SOMETIMES, WE’RE  GUILTY OF ASSUMING TOO MUCH, RIGHT? We recently realized that we’ve probably wrongly assumed that ALL of you—our valued patients—know Ally as well as we do! That’s probably not the case.

Ally’s real name is Ashley. But, Gorczyca Orthodontics already had an Ashley, one of the most popular names! So, Gorczyca Orthodontics decided they would call her by her nickname “Ally!”

So, We Asked Ally A Few Questions

Those questions are found below—along with her candid answers! Enjoy!

Where are you originally from?

“I am originally from Richmond, California. When I was 15 years old, my family moved to Suisun, not far from Fairfield, and Antioch, California, on the Sacramento River Delta. Recently, I moved to Antioch to be closer to my Dad.”

What made you decide that you wanted to become a dental assistant?

“When I was a Junior in High School, my marketing class had a field trip to Heald College in Concord, California. At this college, I learned about the career option of becoming a dental assistant. After graduating from Pinole Valley High School, I attended Blake Austin College in Vacaville, California and received my education in dental assisting.”

When you started as a dental assistant was there something funny that happened? Do you dare tell us that story?

“Years ago, when I started working for the very first time on the first day, I nervously grabbed the air water syringe. I accidentally pressed water instead of air and sprayed the doctor! He laughed knowing how nervous I was. Things have been great ever since!”

How did you come to work at Gorczyca Orthodontics?

“My stepmother was an orthodontic patient at Gorczyca Orthodontics. She told me that Gorcyzca Orthodontics had a great team, the doctor was really nice, and she thought that I would do really well at Gorczyca Orthodontics. I visited Gorczyca Orthodontics in 2014 but they did not have a job opening then. When they recently did have a job opening, Gorczyca Orthodontics called me back. It’s funny how things work out in life!

What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?

“When I am not at work, I love spending time with my family. My favorite thing to do is to have a cook-out including dancing, singing, karaoke, laughing, and watching old family videos. Most of my family is originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana. My grandparents moved to California in the early 1960’s when my grandfather was in the service.”

What do you enjoy most about being a dental assistant?

“What I love most about working at Gorczyca Orthodontics is transforming smiles. It is a confidence builder for our patients to receive a beautiful orthodontic result. It make me feel like I’ve really made a difference in the life of our patients to be part of the orthodontic treatment result that they receive.”

We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know Ally a little better. Here at Gorczyca Orthodontics we feel really fortunate to have her as a member of our awesome team.

Do YOU Have A Question For Ally?

If so, please enter it in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to pass it along to her for an answer! Also, as you know, you can always send us private questions or comments on our Facebook page.

Thanks for the trust you place in us!

Cows Have Lower Tooth Spacing. Do You?

May 21st, 2015

IN CASES WHERE LOWER TEETH are spaced more than upper teeth, closing these spaces by orthodontic treatment will greatly improve your bite. In abnormal edge to edge bites, where there is no overjet or overbite, teeth experience rapid and excessive tooth wear as well as periodontal damage. This can be prevented by orthodontic treatment with Invisalign.

Diabetes affects periodontal health and can cause teeth to space and gums to recede. If you have dental spacing or gum recession and an abnormal bite due to diabetes, Invisalign can help.

Invisalign Treatment May Be The Ideal Option For You

Invisalign treatment is a series of clear custom trays which move teeth to a new, more ideal position. Invisalign aligners are comfortable and effective at closing mild to moderate spaces between your teeth.

If you would like to close dental spaces between your teeth, find out if Invisalign is right for you. Call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics 925-757-9000 for a complimentary orthodontic consultation and a referral to a periodontist if necessary.

Don’t let dental spacing keep you from smiling. Start your Invisalign treatment today.

Sports Mouth Guard Love Story

May 8th, 2015

WHEN I THINK OF DENTAL SPORTS mouth guards, I think of my cousin John. Always the scholar athelete, a few seconds without his dental mouth guard caused him to lose an upper front tooth while wrestling in high school.

It has been reported that sports cause approximately 36% of injuries to children and adolescents. According to the American Dental Association, 10-20% of all sports related injuries are to the jaws and teeth.

Get Your Sports Mouth Guard At Gorczyca Orthodontics

For this reason, Orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca of Antioch, California offers custom-made sports mouth guards at Gorczyca Orthodontics.

Having recently returned from the office of Dr. Todd Yerondopoulos, Dentist of the Oakland Raiders, Dr. Gorczyca and her assistant Ashley are ready to serve local athletes in the fabrication of professional grade sports mouth guards. Custom designs are also available for Deer Valley High School, Antioch H.S., Pittsburg H.S., as well as Liberty, Freedom, and Heritage High Schools in Brentwood, California. Our goal is to prevent sports related dental injuries in our East Contra County community.

But What Ever Happened To Dr. Gorczyca’s Cousin?

What happened next to Dr. Gorczyca’s cousin is the stuff of dental legend. Making the best of the situation, John visited Boston University Dental School for his dental implant, where he became the patient of a beautiful and charming dental student named Maria.

He was so impressed with her passion for dentistry and his love for his new dental implant that he decided to marry her! Thirty four years later, John is the father of three and a leading orthopaedic trauma surgeon, making for a romantic ending to this “toothsome” tale.

Consider Invisalign As An Alternative To Traditional Braces

May 7th, 2015

IT’S NO SECRET that straight, well-aligned teeth are an important part of a great smile. Unfortunately, the inconvenience and discomfort often associated with traditional braces keeps some people from straightening their teeth.

We’ve Been Using Invisalign Since 1999

Gorczyca Orthodontics is a leader in Invisalign treatment. Having provided Invisalign treatment since 1999, we have treated hundreds of patients with a variety of problems including protruding teeth, generalized spacing, and severe crowding. Due to the advances in Invisalign technology, it is now possible for orthodontists to even treat skeletal malocclusion (orthognathic surgery cases), and cases which need extraction or elastics with Invisalign.

Invisalign is a modern approach to teeth straightening without many of the drawbacks of braces. Let’s talk about why Invisalign may be right for you.

The Clear Plastic Aligners Are Nearly Invisible

Most people won’t even know you’re wearing Invisalign aligners. You can confidently show off your smile while straightening your teeth!

No Wires Or Brackets To Irritate Your Mouth

Invisalign uses a series of soft, plastic aligners that fit comfortably over your teeth to gradually and gently straighten your smile.

Traditional braces require frequent tightening visits. With Invisalign, you can save time, since all you have to do is come in every couple weeks for your new trays, and to give us a chance to check in on your progress.

You Can See Your Whole Treatment Plan From The Beginning

Invisalign also provides a 3D computerized set-up of your virtual case (ClinCheck) so that you can track your progress with treatment and see your eventual outcome.

Your Invisalign outcome will be as successful as your orthodontists treatment plan and your commitment to wearing your aligners 24/7. We suggest that aligners be worn a minimum of 22 hours per day for the quickest and most successful treatment.

Brush, Floss, And Eat Without Interference

Unlike traditional braces, you can remove your Invisalign aligner during your oral hygiene routines, and while eating your favorite meals! Brushing and flossing is not complicated and you don’t have to give up any of the foods you love.

We want to help determine whether or not Invisalign is right for you. Call us today to set up a smile consultation.

Thank you for being one of our valued patients!

And, thanks for considering Invisalign!

To Moms Everywhere... Thanks For The Smiles

May 4th, 2015

THIS SUNDAY MUCH OF THE WORLD CELEBRATES motherhood and the many moms who have helped shape our lives. Most of us can thank a mom for our first smiles, subsequent years of grins and endless hours of care—including lots of help and encouragement taking care of our smiles. For ALL our mothers do, we want to say “thanks”!

The next time you eat, brush, or floss, stop and think about who taught you to do all those things? It may have been a dad or someone else who watched over you, but chances are it was your mom. Regardless of who it was, the individual(s) who taught you how to take care of yourself—and your smile—have made a big difference in your life.

This Mother’s Day, when you talk to your own mom or send a message to another mom who’s important to you, think about all the times that person made you smile. If that special somebody helped you with oral care, say “thank you” specifically for that! Let us know what that person says back to you by commenting below! We’d like to hear what their reactions might be!

After all, if it weren’t for the people who cared for us and taught us about good oral hygiene, we’d probably all have less to smile about (and fewer teeth to smile with).

A Fun, Thank You Tribute To Moms

If you have a favorite memory of mom, we’d love to hear about it. Share it with us in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Have a great Mother's Day!

April Is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

April 29th, 2015

THIS YEAR ALONE, 400,000 people throughout the world will be diagnosed with oral cancer. 40% of those diagnosed won’t live another five years. Oral cancer has such a dismal survival rate because it’s usually not detected until very late in its progression. Because April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, we’re encouraging everyone to get screened this year during their regularly scheduled checkups.

Early Detection Is SO Important

Early oral cancer detection can boost survival rates to 80–90%! One of the reasons oral cancer goes undetected is because many of the symptoms are not painful. If you experience any of the following symptoms, please let us know right away:

  1. A lump or thickening of your cheek
  2. A white or red patch on any part of your inner mouth or throat
  3. A sore inside your mouth that doesn’t heal within two weeks
  4. Difficulty moving your tongue or jaw
  5. Numbness inside your mouth
  6. Chronic difficulty swallowing or chewing
  7. Jaw swelling

The Best Offense Is A Good Defense

Keep regularly scheduled cleaning appointments and screenings. Doing so GREATLY increases the likelihood that any problems will be detected early. It’s worth it.

If You Have Any Questions, Let Us Know

Please be aware that smoking, chewing tobacco, and alcohol consumptions have all been linked to an increased incidence of oral cancer.

If you or a family member have any unusual lesions in your mouth, inside your cheek, or on your tongue, which has lasted for more than 10 days, please have it examined by your dental health care professional or physician. We can help at Gorczyca Orthodontics (925) 757-9000. Call us for a complimentary oral exam or visit us at www.clubbraces.com.

Gorczyca Orthodontics serves the great East Contra Costa Community including Antioch, Brentwood, Oakley, Pittsburg, Concord, Discovery Bay, Bethel Island and Rio Vista. Let us be your partner in oral health.

Other Resources:

MouthCancer.org
OralCancerFoundation.org

Space... The Final Orthodontic Retention Frontier

April 14th, 2015

SPACE... THE FINAL ORTHODONTIC RETENTION FRONTIER

These are the bonded lingual retainers of the office, Gorczyca Orthodontics.

Its mission, to retain straight dentitions for life,

to seek out retention excellence for all patients,

to boldly retain, longer and better than ever before!

Recent studies have shown that bonded lingual wires maintain straight teeth at 20 years with imperceivable change (0.06mm).

These cases were treated by Board Certified Orthodontist, Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca. Find us at www.clubbraces.com.

Keep your dental space closed for a lifetime with bonded lingual wire retainers.

Midlines Are the Tip of the Bite Iceberg

March 30th, 2015

DENTAL MIDLINES THAT DO NOT LINE UP are a sign that something much bigger is functionally off in a bite.

When midlines do not line up vertically in the center of the face between your upper and lower front teeth, often there is a major tooth position problem. This is frequently caused by loosing a baby tooth too early and teeth drifting forward into the space. This creates a major bite asymmetry.

Correcting Bite Asymmetry Protects Your Teeth

Bite asymmetry is usually corrected by comprehensive orthodontic treatment, which takes 24 months. Midline discrepancy or uncentered midlines can be treated with Class II or Class III elastics or by having a tooth extracted for an excellent orthodontic result. When tooth tips hit due to asymmetry, orthodontic correction will prevent teeth from being worn down prematurely in the future.

Whatever The Underlying Cause, Orthodontic Treatment Can Correct It

Other causes of midlines which do not line up are tooth size problems of a unilateral small tooth or jaw asymmetry. Both of these conditions can be fixed by comprehensive orthodontic treatment.

This case was treated by Board Certified Orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, Antioch, California. Find us at www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925) 757-9000 for a complimentary orthodontic exam.

Find out why your midlines are not centered. An uncentered midline is just the tip of the bite iceberg!

The Most Common Orthodontic Problem

March 23rd, 2015

A GORGEOUS SMILE IS more than six straight front teeth. A beautiful smile includes facial balance, an esthetic profile, ideal lip posture, and straight front teeth that contact.

The most common orthodontic complaint, teeth that stick-out “overjet” in the horizontal direction, requires careful orthodontic analysis.

Overbite + Overjet Can Cause Severe Problems

When “overbite” (front teeth overlapped in the vertical direction) is combined with excessive overjet, an impinging bite occurs. Lower teeth contact the roof of the mouth. Left untreated, this deep bite will produce severe tooth and gum problems.

There are several treatment options to reduce excessive overjet and overbite:

  • growth modification
  • elastic wear
  • tooth extraction
  • orthognathic surgery

Orthodontists Treat Your Whole Face

Your initial photo can be morphed to show you the predicted facial changes with each treatment option.

Your orthodontist will carefully analyze your profile X-ray to produce a customized treatment plan to improve your bite, profile, and dental health. Orthodontists treat faces, not only teeth.

Questions? Give Us A Call

This case was treated by Board Certified Orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca of Gorczyca Orthodontics, Antioch, California.

If you have questions about overjet and overbite, call us at (925) 757-9000 or visit us at www.clubbraces.com.

You don’t have to “stick-out.” Consider orthodontic treatment today.

Preserve Your Dental Arch with Limited Orthodontic Treatment

March 12th, 2015

YOUR DENTAL ARCH IS a catenary curve worth preserving. Once one tooth moves out of position with teeth contacts broken, your teeth will continue to crowd over the course of your lifetime. If left untreated, you will continue to lose your dental arch curve.

Crowding In Lower Front Teeth Is Common

Loss of dental arch form can be partially due to a natural biological process called “mesial drift”. Your teeth naturally move forward to close space where space is available. If not held in place by solid tooth contacts, your teeth will continue to crowd. This is especially true in the lower arch with your lower front teeth.

This Can Be Fixed With Orthodontic Treatment

Limited orthodontic treatment with only six anterior braces can straighten your lower teeth crowding. Your teeth can be moved back into position and held in place with a fixed retainer, a small wire on the inside of your lower front teeth.

This limited case was treated by Board Certified Orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca of Antioch, California. It took 20 months to complete. If you have questions about your lower teeth crowding, call us at (925) 757-9000 or visit us at www.clubbraces.com.

Get your dental arch back in shape with limited orthodontic treatment.

Drifting Teeth

March 4th, 2015

DRIFTING TEETH, TEETH MOVING OUT OF POSITION to the side or even further into the mouth, may be a sign of active periodontal disease. If you are an adult and have spaces between your teeth where spaces previously did not exist, you may need to be checked by a periodontist for periodontal disease.

Periodontal Disease Is Acute Inflammation Of Gums

Periodontal disease is characterized by episodes of acute inflammatory attack on bone and gums surrounding teeth. When dental bone is lost, it can lead to mobile teeth which easily move out of position. If your gums have persistent bleeding on gentle probing, you may need treatment by a periodontist for periodontal disease.

Once The Disease Is Under Control, Orthodontic Treatment Can Repair Your Smile

Adults who have had periodontal disease and bone loss can be orthodontically treated to have the dental spaces closed and teeth straightened as long as the disease has been brought under control.

Following your orthodontic treatment, a small wire, a lingual splint, may be placed on the tongue side of your teeth to eliminate tooth mobility and hold your straightened teeth in place where there has been bone loss.

Do You Have Questions? Give Us A Call

To find out more about drifting teeth, visit us at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, CA. Call us at (925) 757-9000 for a complimentary orthodontic evaluation or visit us at www.clubbraces.com.

Move your drifted teeth back together with orthodontic treatment for a strong and healthy smile.

Kick the Habit of Thumbsucking

February 10th, 2015

THUMBSUCKING IS A HARD HABIT TO BREAK. A survival instinct at birth, the longer someone sucks their thumb, the harder the habit is to stop.

Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, Board Certified Orthodontist says, “People think that only children suck their thumb. I can tell you from experience treating the habit, that this is not the case. Over the course of my 25 year career, I have treated plenty of children to stop thumb sucking. I have also treated high school football players, engaged women getting ready to be married, and people over the age of forty. The longer you wait to stop sucking your thumb, the harder the habit is to break.”

Thumb Sucking Should Be Stopped By Age 7

Thumb sucking cessation is best treated at age 7. Thumb sucking with baby teeth has little or no long term effects on permanent tooth position. Psychologists argue that there is a psychological benefit to thumb sucking at a very early age. But after age 7, thumb sucking will create a malocclusion (bad bite) including flared front teeth, spaced upper teeth, pushed in lower teeth, a narrow upper arch, and front tooth openbite. These are serious bite problems.

An Appliance Can Help Stop Thumbsucking

If caught early, thumb sucking can be treated with a upper jaw habit appliance only. This appliance will stop both the thumb sucking habit and allow the open bite to close naturally.

Orthodontic treatment may also be needed to expand the upper arch and align front teeth after thumb sucking. This is usually done between the ages of 7 to 9 during Phase 1 orthodontic treatment.

Some Tips To Stop Thumbsucking At Home

There are things you can try at home to stop thumb sucking.

  1. Place a band aid on the finger as a reminder not to suck the finger.
  2. Put the finger into something which does not taste good like hot sauce, vinegar, or mustard as a taste reminder not to suck the finger.
  3. Put a smelly sock or a glove on the hand as a smell and touch reminder not to suck the finger.

At any age, your orthodontist can help you stop thumb sucking. To find an orthodontist near you visit www.mylifemysmile.org or visit us at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California at www.clubbraces.com. Call us at (925) 757-9000 for a complimentary exam.

Stop thumb sucking! Isn’t time to kick the habit?

Phase 2 Orthodontic Treatment and the Junior Prom

February 2nd, 2015

AFTER PHASE 1 orthodontic treatment, your 12 year old’s teeth look really good. Why do Phase 2 orthodontic treatment?

Phase 1 orthodontic treatment is completed between ages 7 and 9. Between Phase 1 and Phase 2, 16 additional permanent teeth come into the mouth. The chances of all 16 of these permanent teeth coming in perfectly are pretty low.

Phase 2 Is The Final Bite Tune-Up

Growth can also modify midlines, bite, or tooth position. Consider Phase 2 orthodontic treatment as the final bite tune-up that will last your child’s lifetime.

When choosing to do Phase 1 Phase 2 treatment versus comprehensive orthodontic treatment starting at age twelve, consider two phase treament as “half now, half later.” Doing Phase 1 and starting Phase 2 treatment early will insure that your child has their braces off by the Junior Prom. Two phase treatment will make their final treatment phase shorter and easier to complete during this delicate and precious teenage time of life.

Two-Phase Treatment Is Sometimes Needed For Best Results

In 15% of cases, doing Phase I Phase 2 orthodontic treatment will produce a better result. Growth and tooth position can be modified. There is also the psychological benefit of early confidence that goes with having a beautiful smile at a young age.

Questions? Give Us A Call!

It is possible to do Phase 2 orthodontic treatment with either braces or Invisalign Teen. Call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics if you have questions about Phase 1 Phase 2 orthodontic treatment (925) 757-9000 or visit us at www.clubbraces.com.

The Junior Prom will be here soon. Phase 2 orthodontic treatment with make your child’s smile and bite great!

Back To School Time? Don’t Forget Dental Checkups

January 27th, 2015

TOOTH DECAY IS THE #1 CHRONIC DISEASE IN CHILDREN. It’s estimated that 40% of children have some form of tooth decay before they even reach kindergarten. Alarming, isn’t it? But SO much of the problem is preventable through routine hygiene appointments.

Add Dental Checkups To Your Back-To-School Checklist

Don’t wait until there’s a problem—even if your child isn’t complaining about discomfort. Tooth pain doesn’t usually exist until decay reaches the tooth’s pulp. At that point, it’s probably advanced and may require more extensive treatment. Good preventive treatment happens BEFORE there’s pain.

Don’t Forget About Orthodontic Evaluations Too!

Loose baby teeth ready to fall out can also cause tooth and gum pain.

The first baby teeth to fall out are the lower central incisors. These teeth can become loose at kindergarten age. The last baby teeth to fall out are the lower primary second molars. These teeth usually fall out by sixth grade.

When baby teeth stay too long, they may have a root caught in the gum with a permanent tooth pushing up underneath it. These teeth wiggle back and forth and may not be possible for your child to remove on their own. This can be uncomfortable and also cause the permanent teeth to be pushed out of place, making permanent teeth crooked.

Painful and harmful loose baby teeth are one of the reasons the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child receive an orthodontic evaluation by age 7. Your orthodontist can evaluate baby teeth loss to make sure that your child will be pain free. To find an orthodontist in your community, visit www.mylifemysmile.org.

At Gorczyca Orthodontics, We Love Working With Kids

At Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, California we see children for a complimentary orthodontic examination as early as age 4. If tooth decay is visible, we will refer your child to a pediatric dentist or back to your family dentist for treatment.

Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca has been a licensed dentist since 1988. She completed her university based orthodontic residency program to become an orthodontic specialist in 1990. She is a Board Certified orthodontist and a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

In 2015, Dr. Gorczyca celebrates 25 years of being an orthodontist and working with children. She has now treated over 10,000 patients! To have your child seen by Dr. Gorczyca, call us at (925) 757-9000 or visit us at www.clubbraces.com to schedule a complimentary exam.

How Do We Protect Your Child’s Smile?

It is important to be free of tooth decay prior to getting braces. Gorczyca Orthodontics also uses Opalseal, an additional bonding resin to protect teeth from decay during orthodontic treatment. While in braces, it is important to still have cleanings twice per year with your regular dentist. Dr. Gorczyca removes wires for dental cleanings to ensure that all parts of teeth can be cleaned well and that excellent oral hygiene can be maintained during orthodontic treatment.

Patients receive a hygiene evaluation at every appointment at Gorczyca Orthodontics. Wires will be removed and an extra cleaning and hygiene instruction scheduled with your hygienist if necessary. If hygiene is excellent at your orthodontic appointment, you will recieve a reward token to collect to win a prize.

Our goal is to have your child decay free, pain free, with the most beautiful smile possible.

Help Set Your Child’s Great Oral Health Habits Now!

When you take an active role in your child’s oral health, you do a lot more than care for his or her teeth. You help your child develop habits that will positively shape overall health for life... Habits that will likely be passed down to your posterity as well.

Have a great school year!

Top image by Flickr user Elizabeth Albert used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

Dental Implants Look, Feel, And Function Like Real Teeth

January 23rd, 2015



IF YOU’RE MISSING A TOOTH, OR SEVERAL TEETH, we want you to know there are remarkable replacement options. One reliable, natural looking option to consider is dental implants.

Dental implants are artificial tooth “roots”—usually made of titanium—that are placed in your jawbone and covered by a natural looking tooth replacement.

Implants Can Improve Your Appearance And Comfort

Tooth loss can often lead to bone deterioration in the jaw, which can give your face a sunken appearance. Dental implants can help keep your bone and facial structure intact—so you can look and feel your best.

Because they replace the whole tooth—starting at the root—dental implants also look, feel, and function like real teeth. You’ll feel natural and comfortable when smiling, speaking, and eating. The only thing people will notice when you smile is your smile!

Effective Smile Restoration May Require A Team

At Gorczyca Orthodontics, we will work with your dentist and oral surgeon as a team to restore your overall bite and dental health. This is the comprehensive team approach to implant dentistry. The doctors will evaluate your dental health, bone, and teeth together to provide you with the best comprehensive treatment plan possible.

Sometimes an implant site space needs to be widened or closed by orthodontic treatment for your implant to function properly and look as natural as possible. This may require orthodontic treatment. To find an orthodontist near you, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.com.

How Will Orthodontic Treatment Correspond With The Implant Process?

Your implant site may be maintained by your braces during the implant placement process. Your braces will hold the space open from the time of implant post placement to the time that your final crown is placed.

You may need a bond graft prior to implant placement. In these cases, your oral surgeon will work closely with your orthodontist to maintain a tooth in the empty site attached to your braces so that you can look good and feel comfortable during the implant process.

Implants Help Keep Your Smile Healthy

Neighboring teeth are not altered or damaged when implants are placed. In fact, implants can help preserve the structure and positioning of your teeth.

Implants also make it easier to maintain the brightness and beauty of your smile. Because they function like a real tooth, implants don’t complicate oral hygiene. You can continue to practice the same great care you always do while brushing and flossing.

There Are Many Different Types Of Implant Treatments

Selecting the ideal treatment method is very important. Here are a few simple illustrations that reference some of these treatment methods. When we visit together, we’ll be sure that you understand everything. You can count us us to help determine what the best course of action will be for you.

Dental Implants Will Improve Your Quality Of Life

If you’re hiding your smile because of a missing tooth (or teeth), stop! Dental implants are a permanent solution and can have a positive impact on your appearance, comfort, and health. They can help give you the confidence you need to smile proudly! So, what are you waiting for?

Call us today and we’ll walk you through the dental implant process, start to finish, and answer any questions you may have.

We’ll Be With You Every Step Of The Way

Implants may take up to 6 months to complete. Your orthodontist will be with you every step of the way working with your general dentist and oral surgeon to make your implant experience and result the best possible.

To learn more about orthodontics and dental implants, visit us at Gorczyca Orthodontics www.clubbraces.com or call us at (925) 757-9000 for a complimentary consultation. We’re here to help you achieve a lasting bite with implants for a gorgeous new smile.

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If You Bite Your Cheek, You May Have A Crossbite

January 9th, 2015

OUCH! WHY DID I DO THAT?... If you occasionally bite your cheek by accident, you may have a posterior crossbite. A posterior crossbite occurs when the upper back teeth are inside the lower back teeth.

When posterior crossbite exists, the inside cheek does not drape out to the side properly. Instead, it can drape inward or get pushed toward the lower teeth during eating. The inside cheek then gets caught between back teeth accidentally when chewing. Ouch!

Crossbite Can Be Painful And Unhealthy

There are two types of posterior crossbites. Posterior crossbites can be all teeth on one side or a single tooth on one side.

Cheek biting is especially painful when second molars are in crossbite and they bite the cheek with a sudden heavy force.

Your Crossbite Can Be Treated By An Orthodontist

Posterior crosssites can be treated as early as age 7.

To find out if you have a posterior crossbite, visit an orthdontist near you. Contact the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org.

These crossbites were corrected by orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca of Antioch, Calfornia. Visit us at www.clubbraces.com, or give us a call at (925) 757-9000.

Eliminate cheek biting forever. Enjoy dinner. Bon appetite!

How Does Diabetes Affect Orthodontic Treatment?

December 19th, 2014

347 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE have diabetes, and that number grows every year. Diabetes affects all areas of people’s health, from the skin to the kidneys. Diabetes can also cause severe dental health issues.

Diabetes Increases Gum Disease Risk

Research has shown that people with diabetes are more likely to develop periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a serious health problem that can lead to bone and tooth loss if not properly managed.

Periodontitis Can Also Reduce One’s Ability To Control Blood Sugar

Periodontitis (an advanced stage of gum disease) can make blood sugar levels spike and fluctuate. Additional research suggests that when diabetic patients gain control of gum disease, they can also gain better control of their diabetes.

Can Periodontal Disease Affect Orthodontic Treatment?

Many patients with diabetes needs orthodontic treatment. When bone is lost surrounding teeth, often these teeth move into undesirable positions. Bone loss in the presence of inflammation, as found in periodontitis, can result in unpredictable orthodontic tooth movement during orthodontic treatment.

That’s why, at Gorczyca Orthodontics, we send every adult orthodontic patient for a thorough periodontal examination with a periodontist prior to starting active orthodontic therapy.

Periodontist, Dr. Nancy Dubuk of Deer Valley Professionals, 5201 Deer Valley Road in Antioch, California says:

“A diabetic patient seeking orthodontic treatment can be stable with blood sugars under control with proper monitoring. These patients can maintain their periodontal health well, as long as they are on a good oral hygiene maintenance schedule, both at home and professionally. Once these are established, they can begin orthodontic treatment.”

Help Us Raise Awareness About Diabetes-Related Periodontal Disease

What Can You Do To Prevent Periodontal Disease?

Patients can brush and floss twice per day to prevent periodontal disease. Be sure to have professional cleanings done at least twice per year with your dentist. Ask your dentist to complete a thorough periodontal exam, which includes pockets probing measurements and full mouth series radiographs. If bony pockets deeper than 4 mm exist, early treatment by a periodontist can help prevent further bone loss.

For more information about periodontal disease, contact the American Academy of Periodontology at www.perio.org. To find an orthodontist near you, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org.

Oral hygiene maintenance and beautifully white straight teeth will help you prevent the danger of of diabetes associated periodontal disease. Let your periodontist and orthodontist help you achieve a beautiful smile.

To learn more about adult orthodontics, call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics (925) 757-9000 or visit us at www.clubbraces.com.

Share This Information With Someone You Know

Most of us know at least one person who is affected by these diseases. If you have a friend, family member, neighbor, or coworker who has diabetes or periodontitis, share this information with them! It’s essential that they understand the relationship between these two things—and, what they can do to help improve their situation.

Thank you for your trust in our practice!

Cross-Out Anterior Crossbite

December 3rd, 2014

ANTERIOR CROSSBITE of permanent front teeth is often caused by baby teeth not falling out by age 7.

The permanent front teeth come in behind the baby teeth if baby teeth do not fall out on time.

Anterior Crossbites Can Lead To Serious Problems

This double row of teeth can give kids a “shark tooth” appearance. If you see double teeth, your child needs baby tooth extraction.

Anterior crossbites can lead to front tooth wear, gum recession, or lower jaw shifting. These symptoms are serious and need to be treated by an orthodontist at age 7.

This early treatment of 12 permanent teeth is called Phase I Orthodontic Treatment.

Contact Us For More Information

For correction of an anterior crossbite in a seven year old, call us at Gorczyca Orthodontics (925) 757-9000 or visit us at www.clubbraces.com.

Help us cross out anterior crossbite. Give your child a healthy smile!

Don’t Let Your Insurance Benefits Go To Waste!

November 17th, 2014

THE END OF THE YEAR IS approaching fast! Before year’s end, our team wants to remind you to take a look at your dental insurance benefits!

Insurance Benefits Typically Don’t Roll Over To Next Year

Each year your dental insurance company probably gives you a maximum amount of available benefits. Since those benefits don’t typically roll over into the following year, you’ll want to contact us now to get your appointment scheduled!

We all know how it is, once the holiday season is upon us—hectic! Life can get really busy. So remember that your dental health is incredibly important—not just for the sake of your teeth, but for your overall health. If you’re due (or overdue) for an appointment, make sure to talk to our office. Take advantage of those dental insurance benefits before time is up!

Do You Have Orthodontic Insurance Benefits?

Please visit Gorczyca Orthodontics today for your complementary orthodontic check-up. Our treatment coordinator, Veronica, will check on your orthodontic insurance benefits for you. You, your spouse, and your children may have orthodontic insurance benefits of which you are unaware. These benefits are usually one time life-time.

If you need a general dentist or are new to the area, Gorczyca Orthodontics can help. We work with excellent dentists in our greater East Contra Costa Dental Community and we are happy to give you a referral.

Orthodontic Health Has Long-Term Benefits

Orthodontic health can improve periodontal health, TMJ health, and the elimate snoring, grinding, and sleep apnea. It also will help you look great, feel great, and have more confidence.

You will love the way you look and feel after orthodontic treatment and we at Gorczyca Orthodontics are here to help!

Here’s to the end of 2014 and to a great 2015!

Call us today! (925) 757-9000 Gorczyca Orthodontics www.clubbraces.com

We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

Tale of Two Openbites: Adult Orthodontics

November 13th, 2014

It was the best of times...

“Have you ever thought of having orthodontic treatment?”

It was the age of wisdom...

“I have already had orthodontic treatment” is often heard with openbites.

It was the epoch of belief...

Openbites are skeletal or dental. They are not caused by tongue thrust.

It was the season of light...

All orthodontic problems can be solved. Adult openbite is one of them.

It was the spring of hope...

Get It Corrected By An Orthodontist For The Best Results

Openbite correction in adults may require extractions, surgery, or placement of temporary anchorage devices (TADs) with braces or Invisalign.

Whether you’re in London, Paris, or Antioch, California, openbites corrected by an orthodontic specialist will give you far, far better results. Your smile will be beautiful, healthy, stable, and possibly “illustrious”.

If you have questions about adult openbite, call Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca at Gorczyca Orthodontics (925) 757-9000 for a complimentary consultation. You can visit us at www.clubbraces.com.

To find an orthodontist near you, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org. Non-US orthodontists are also members of the AAO or the World Federation of Orthodontists.

Make it your best of times.

What Should You Expect From A Palatal Expander?

November 12th, 2014

WHEN YOU START your orthodontic treatment, we create a specialized plan just for you! We use many methods and tools to give you a unique, personalized, beautiful, well-balanced smile.

Teeth Crowding Is Often Solved With A Palatal Expander

Many orthodontic patients have crowded teeth—often caused by a narrow palate. Crowded teeth can be hard to clean and interrupt the symmetry and balance of your bite. Sometimes, we solve this problem with a palatal expander.

Palatal expander treatment is most effective when patients are young, before the growth plate in the roof of the mouth has fused (which often happens by age 14).

What Can You Expect From An Expander?

Expanders gently help your palate become wider, making room to straighten your teeth. Braced on each side of your mouth, it gently and gradually exerts pressure. Typically, there’s a small key that fits into the expander and is turned at regular intervals.

When you advance your newly fitted cemented expander, it is best at first to be seated. Take a hand mirror to see the arrow and hole in your expander. Remember to use the key front to back and then remove the key at the back of your mouth. Long handled keys are best. If you need help, lay down on the couch and have a parent help or return to your orthodontist for more instruction. Once you are a pro, you can advance your expander yourself while looking in the bathroom mirror.

How Will It Feel?

An expander may feel strange at first. Patients report feeling a little pressure each time the expander is adjusted, but that feeling goes away quickly. You may also find yourself speaking a little differently, or experiencing extra saliva flow as your mouth adjusts to the changes.

Palatal Expanders Are Most Often Used For Crossbites

Crossbites occur when upper teeth sit inside your lower teeth instead of outside. The presence of crossbites may cause you to bite the inside of your cheeks. This problem will go away once your crossbite is corrected.

The Benefits Of Palatal Expansion Are Numerous

Palatal expanders widen not only the roof of your mouth but also your nasal passages. An added benefit of palatal expansion is that it will improve breathing and help prevent sleep apnea. In old age, it will also help you not snore!

The most beautiful benefit of palatal expansion is that you will have a broad smile. In photos, you will show teeth all the way to the corners of your mouth and there will be no "black spaces". Your smile will light up the room.

If You Ever Have Questions About The Treatments We Recommend, Please Ask!

Regardless of the particular appliances and/or treatment plan we recommend for you, the bottom line is that you’re going to FEEL fantastic about the change in your appearance.

We want you to feel confident about your treatment, and excited about your future smile. If you ever have any questions about the process, please talk to us. We’d love to explain the steps that we’re recommending to you!

To find out more about palatal expansion, visit us at Gorczyca Orthodontics in Antioch, Calfornia. For a complimentary exam, please call (925) 757-9000 or visit us at www.clubbraces.com

Consider orthodontic palatal expansion today. Your smile will be gorgeous!

Thanks for your trust in our practice!

Sports Mouth Guard Love Story

November 6th, 2014

WHEN I THINK OF DENTAL SPORTS mouth guards, I think of my cousin John. Always the scholar athelete, a few seconds without his dental mouth guard caused him to lose an upper front tooth while wrestling in high school.

It has been reported that sports cause approximately 36% of injuries to children and adolescents. According to the American Dental Association, 10-20% of all sports related injuries are to the jaws and teeth.

It’s Mouth Guard Month At Gorczyca Orthodontics

For this reason, Orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca of Antioch, California has made November mouth guard month at Gorczyca Orthodontics.

Having recently returned from the office of Dr. Todd Yerondopoulos, Dentist of the Oakland Raiders, Dr. Gorczyca and her assistant Tiffany are ready to serve local athletes in the fabrication of professional grade sports mouth guards. Custom designs are also available for Deer Valley High School, Antioch H.S., Pittsburg H.S., as well as Liberty, Freedom, and Heritage High Schools in Brentwood, California. Our goal is to prevent sports related dental injuries in our East Contra County community.

But What Ever Happened To Dr. Gorczyca’s Cousin?

What happened next to Dr. Gorczyca’s cousin is the stuff of dental legend. Making the best of the situation, John visited Boston University Dental School for his dental implant, where he became the patient of a beautiful and charming dental student named Maria.

He was so impressed with her passion for dentistry and his love for his new dental implant that he decided to marry her! Thirty four years later, John is the father of three and a leading orthopaedic trauma surgeon making for a romantic ending to this "toothsome" tale.

What Our Team Loves About Dr. Gorczyca

October 29th, 2014

IT’S SO GREAT TO GET UP each day, go to work, and be part of something great—an orthodontic practice that truly cares about our patients. We love helping people smile with confidence. Most importantly, we value the relationships we build with you—and with other team members.

That’s why we’re so grateful for the person who makes it all possible, Dr. Gorczyca.

At Gorczyca Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on Clinical Excellence, Outstanding Customer Service, and a Great Patient Experience. Our team leader, Dr. Gorczyca, emphasizes these core values and these are part of our everyday practice culture.

Dr. Gorczyca is a busy lady! She is writing her second book due to be out by May 2015 on HRM in dental practice management (Us!). She serves on the board of the Northern California Angle Society of Orthodontists, an honorary orthodontic society where she was the first woman ever accepted! She is also serving on the board of the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists.

Dr. Gorczyca was the first Board Certified Orthodontist in East Contra Costa County. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Northwestern University, and is member of the CDA, ADA, and AAO.

But enough of this! Here's the real scoop:

Why We Love Dr. Gorczyca

As a little surprise to Dr. Gorczyca we wanted to show our appreciation! We asked team members to comment with a favorite memory about her, or something about why they love working with our fearless leader!

Veronica

“I love Dr. Gorczyca's positive attitude and her bubbly personality! Dr. Gorczyca is an awesome orthodontist! I love working for her. I have been with Dr. Gorczyca for over 15 years. I was her patient, intern, and now I work for her! She has made a major impact on my life and I really appreciate her! OXOX!”

Ebony

“What I love most about Dr. Gorczyca is that she truly LOVES what she does. She enjoys making her patients feel good about themselves and giving them a reason to smile. I enjoy working for her because she is always so upbeat and
friendly. Dr. Gorczyca is so enthusiastic about orthodontics which inspires me to be as well.”

Ashley

“Dr. Gorczyca is an AMAZING Orthodontist! I was a patient of hers when I was 12 years old and I always loved coming to my appointments because she was always very upbeat and had tasty gloves! She is always enthusiastic and doesn't let the slightest thing bring her down. Dr. G was, and still is very passionate about the work she does with her patients and their fabulous smiles! I was once a patient, intern and now I am pleased to say that I work for such a fantastic person!”

Jolene

“I love working for Dr. Gorczyca. Our office gives me the opportunity to interact with our great patients in the way I love most. Dr. Gorczyca also gives me the opportunity as Public Relations Director to regularly visit each one of our referring doctor offices in our greater East Contra Costa Community. I really love doing this! Dr. Gorczyca and Gorczyca Orthodontics is always fun!”

Monica and Veronica:

“Dr. Gorczyca is a wonderful orthodontist who is very passionate about her profession. She recently sent both of us to the American Association of Dental Office Managers Meeting (AADOM) in Southern California. It was a great experience and we appreciate Dr. Gorczyca for giving us this opportunity.”

Thanks for all you do, Dr. Gorczyca!

To Our Patients...

Do you have something to add? Any special experiences that you’ve had with Dr. Gorczyca? Please add your own comments below!

There Is Only One Invisalign

October 27th, 2014

SOME BRANDS ARE KNOWN for quality. Gucci is one of them. Invisalign is another. Orthodontists are a third.

There is only one Invisalign. It is called Invisalign. Invisalign clear tooth aligners are produced by Invisalign Company and delivered by an Invisalign provider in a professional office.

Follow-up visits with Invisalign are approximately every three months or longer. Invisalign has been shown to produce excellent results when done correctly.

There Is Only One...

There is only one expert in tooth straightening. They are called orthodontists. One becomes an orthodontist by completing a many year full time residency program at a university. Orthodontists devote their professional life to delivering excellent orthodontic results.

The Invisalign results of orthodontists are high quality, stable, long lasting, and beautiful.

Don’t Fall For A Knockoff

There is no... “like” Invisalign

or... “like” an orthodontist.

There are...
“like” Gucci purses being sold on the streets of New York.

Mystery of the Missing Tooth at Downing Street

October 8th, 2014

THE YEAR IS 1997. The place is Whitehall, Central London. At age 43, the youngest Prime Minister since Lord Liverpool of 1812 emerges from 10 Downing Street to make his first official appearance and announce his manifesto to an adoring crowd.

But There’s A Mystery To Be Solved...

Where is Tony Blair’s lower tooth?

Upon closer examination, an astute and logical orthodontist deduces that Tony Blair’s lower tooth is significantly crowded out of the dental arch. This tooth is pushed towards his tongue giving him the appearance of a missing tooth.

More significant, if left untreated, his lower teeth will continue to crowd giving him the appearance of the oldest Prime Minister in British History, Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, age 71.

It’s Simple To Fix...

Significant lower tooth crowding can be simple for you to fix with orthodontic treatment.

If there is excessive lower front tooth width (Bolton Discrepancy), one lower tooth may be removed to restore straightness and give you the appearance of a beautiful smile.

Make Room For A Beautiful Smile

No one up close or in a crowd will ever notice that one of your lower teeth has been removed. Only your orthodontist or dentist will know for sure.

Talk To Us About What Orthodontic Treatment Can Do For Your Smile

Let your teeth help you look your age or younger. Consider orthodontic treatment today and straighten your lower front teeth. Help your teeth look young, like the youngest British Prime Minister in History, William Pitt the Young, 1783, age 24.

This case was treated by Board Certified Orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca, Gorczyca Orthodontics, Antioch, California. To schedule a complimentary orthodontic consultation, call us at (925) 757-9000 or visit us at www.clubbraces.com

Orthodontic Camouflage of Class III Skeletal Malocclusion

September 29th, 2014

NATURE’S DENTAL CAMOUFLAGE or “dental compensation for a skeletal discrepancy” occurs often in patients with crowded teeth where upper and lower jaws don’t match.

Short-Term Treatment Won’t Solve The Real Problem

If one jaw has tooth crowding and the other spacing, you may already have nature’s dental camouflage. Your teeth may not stick out. However, with simple front tooth alignment with a short term orthodontic treatment only, your teeth would stick out. That’s why short term orthodontics is not a good solution to your problem.

Should you align only your front teeth with short term braces, your jaw mismatch will become more obvious, your teeth will become more protrusive, and you may look much, much worse. Short term straightening will also worsen your bite and make tooth wear and jaw function a problem. You may be told by an orthodontist that you need either jaw surgery or tooth extraction to treat your bite properly. Your treatment also will take twelve to twenty four months.

Extraction Can Produce An Excellent Solution

Surgery with non-extraction is often your fastest treatment option for an ideal result. Other times, extraction can produce an excellent tooth function and appearance. Extraction alone for skeletal jaw mismatch is considered orthodontic camouflage.

Extraction for a big lower jaw with crowding commonly includes removal of both right and left lower first bicuspids. In this case, even with the lower midline initially off, two lower first biscupid teeth were extracted for a excellent result. This excellent result includes facial and tooth symmetry, proper front tooth bite function and proper back tooth grinding function. Most often, extraction of only one biscuspid would not give a symmetrical result with ideal bite function and is therefore usually not favorable.

This Case Was Treated At Gorczyca Orthodontics

This case was treated at Gorczyca Orthodontics by Board Certified Orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca.

To learn if orthodontic camouflage could help you achieve the smile, bite, and facial appearance that you desire, please call us at (925) 757-9000.

You and your teeth don’t need to stick out. Find out if orthodontic camouflage by an orthodontist is right for you.

True Love and Kissing Molars

July 21st, 2014

TRUE LOVE IS RARE. SO ARE “KISSING” MOLARS. The condition of impacted bilateral kissing molars is so rare a phenomenon, it has only been reported five times in the literature.

Kissing Molars Can Cause Complications

“Kissing” or “rosetting” molars are impacted permanent mandibular second, third, and very rarely, fourth molars with contacting occlusal surfaces. The imaginological appearance of “kissing” molars show roots pointing in opposite directions while their occlusal surfaces are in close apposition “kissing” while occupying a single follicular space.

The term “kissing molar” was given by Van Hoof in 1973. Early surgical removal of kissing molars is recommended as this condition can cause complications including formation of dentigerous cysts and other pathologies that can cause destruction of the lower jaw bone. In surgical treatment of impacted kissing molars of the lower jaw, a high resolution conebeam computed tomography (CBCT) can be used to evaluate the relationship of the impacted teeth to the alveolar inferior nerve. In the management of asymptomatic patients, the risk and morbidity of a surgical procedure must be evaluated.

This Case Was Actually Found By Dr. Gorczyca

This case of “kissing” molars was discovered by Orthodontist Dr. Ann Marie Gorczyca at Gorczyca Orthodontics, in Antioch, California. If you would like to find out how romantic your molars are, visit us at www.clubbraces.com. If you need to find an orthodontist in your area, visit the American Association of Orthodontists at www.mylifemysmile.org.

If you have third molar symptoms, your molars need to elope. To find an oral surgeon in your area, visit the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons at MyOMS.org. Isn’t it romantic?

Welcome to Our Blog

June 25th, 2014

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