Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Featured patient review for Orchin Orthodontics!

At Orchin Orthodontics, we love hearing from current and past patients! And lately, we have been getting some pretty great patient testimonials on our Google Local page! We thought we'd share one with you today! Have a great rest of the week, and remember that our Redskins contest wraps up on Friday!

The Best Team Within 200 Miles‎‎

It gives me great pleasure to write about the Orchin practice. My son has been a patient for several years and has come out of the process of evaluation, monitoring, adjusting, and even more adjusting, with a beautiful smile that he is proud to flash at any girl who will notice. Unlike several other practioners, I never felt rushed despite the slow growth of my son's permanent teeth. I also was never pushed to pay and did not feel proceedures were done to increase revenue. I was especially impressed with how efficiently the office is managed. Wait times are minimal. Whatever schedule changes we required, sometimes with little notice, were cheerfully switched for a new time. I trust the care my son receives there and highly recommend the practice.

- S. Wilder

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Connect with Dr. Orchin on Facebook!

At Orchin Orthodontics, we value the relationships we have developed with our patients in Washington D.C. and nearby communities. Even if you only see us for your appointment on a regular basis, did you know that you can now connect with Dr. Andrew Orchin and staff on our Facebook page?

We invite you to “like” us at Facebook.com/OrchinOrthodontics. We share office news, updates and announcements on our Fan Page, so we encourage you to check us out! By Liking our page, you will receive updates from our office automatically in your news feed!

See you on Facebook and have a great rest of the week,

- Dr. Orchin and team

Friday, October 29, 2010

Orchin Orthodontics, dispelling the myths about braces

At Orchin Orthodontics, we know there are quite a few myths about orthodontics (and orthodontists) circulating around these days. But before you buy into those myths, Dr. Orchin and our team think you should get the facts first! We came across a great site that helps set the record straight. Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists have some excellent information on the myths and facts of braces, and we encourage you to check them out today!

We hope everyone has a safe and scary Halloween!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Donate your Halloween candy at Orchin Orthodontics to support our troops overseas!

Orchin Orthodontics is proud to announce that we will be participating in Treats for the Troops this year. As all of our patients know, not all candy is appliance-friendly. We are asking our patients to donate the treats they are not supposed to eat so we may give them to a parent who will ship them to our Troops in the Middle East.

We will start taking donations immediately after Halloween through November 15th. Any and all donations will be appreciated and enjoyed, but here is a reminder list of the candy our patients with fixed appliances (braces, Maxillary expanders, lower lingual holding arches and retainers) should not be eating while they undergo orthodontic treatment:

*Mike & Ikes
*Now and Laters
*Tootsie Rolls
*Jolly Ranchers
*Gummy Bears
*Sour Patch Kids
*Milk Duds
*Chewing gum
*Hard candy
*Fruit Roll-ups
Anything hard, sticky or chewy

Thank you very much for sharing your Halloween goodies with our Troops - we know they will appreciate the sweets. Also, if you have extra candy of any kind, we will be happy to send that as well!

- The Orchin Orthodontics Team

Thursday, October 14, 2010

October recipe of the month: Paula's famous cinnamon buns!


Check this out! Paula Shoyer makes her famous cinnamon buns - we are lucky enough to have this family as part of our practice. Paula has honored us with homemade treats as well. Absolute Heaven!

And here are some braces-friendly treats we think you'll enjoy this Halloween season.

- The Orchin Orthodontics staff

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Ask Dr. Orchin: What, exactly, are wisdom teeth?

Dr. Andrew Orchin had the pleasure to be quoted in an e-book titled, "The Wise Guide to Wisdom Teeth Extraction" by Dr. H. Ryan Kazemi, a dental colleague of ours.

Here's what Dr. Orchin had to say about Dr. Kazemi's book:

"What a great contribution to the profession of dentistry. A comprehensive, yet clearly written and simple to understand resource for patients to read and learn all about all aspects of wisdom teeth and how to treat them. My patients and I will both benefit from having read this informative overview. Thank you!"

Wisdom teeth are a type of molar that is found in the very back of your mouth and are the last molars to develop. There are four wisdom teeth: upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right. These teeth usually appear in late teens or early twenties but may become impacted (fail to erupt) due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry. The removal of wisdom teeth has become so commonplace that it is almost a rite of passage for young adults.

Our team at Orchin Orthodontics encourage you to read Dr. Kazemi's book, or ask us if you have any questions!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

October is National Orthodontic Health Month!

For our staff at Orchin Orthodontics, it's hard to believe October is already upon us! October marks National Orthodontic Health Month, and this month-long event is organized by our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO.

We know there are many treats can cause havoc for trick-or-treaters who are going through treatment at Orchin Orthodontics, and these treats may cause damage that could prolong your treatment time. The AAO recommends our patients avoid the following Halloween treats:

• Caramel
• Nuts
• Popcorn (including un-popped kernels)
• Taffy
• Jelly beans
• Hard pretzels
• Licorice
• Bubblegum
• Taco chips
• Ice

If you damage your braces, please give Dr. Andrew Orchin and our staff a call immediately. Typically, small problems can be solved by giving us a call. Loose brackets or wires can usually be made more comfortable by applying some wax until the you can come into our office, located at 5301 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Suite 200.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Share your story with us! Why did you choose Orchin Orthodontics?

At Orchin Orthodontics, our patients always come first. During your first appointment, Drs. Andrew and Jerry Orchin will spend time discussing all of your options, and getting to know exactly what you expect from your orthodontic treatment. After all, your smile is often the first thing people notice about you, and at Orchin Orthodontics, we want to help you make a lasting first impression.

Whether you’ve just come in for a consultation with Dr. Andrew Orchin or your family has been visiting our convenient Washington D.C. office for years, we’d love to know: What made you choose us for your orthodontic treatment? You can write a review on our Facebook page or on our Google listing!

Lastly, Dr. Andrew, Whitney and Ellen are in St. Louis this weekend for an annual meeting of orthodontists and their fabulous team members, and our very own Whitney gave a presentation this afternoon about social media. She did a great job, and we're lucky to have her!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

"Hey, Dr. Orchin! Which foods should I avoid?"

There are a variety of foods Dr. Andrew Orchin wants you to avoid while you're wearing braces. Some foods can occasionally damage braces, but certain foods can bend the wires or even break the brackets on your braces. If you’re wearing braces, you should avoid starch, sugar and gummy foods, as these foods can be difficult to remove during brushing. Foods that are high in sugar and starch tend to cause plaque, cavities and even tooth decay.

Avoid tough meats, hard breads and raw vegetables such as carrots and celery. Before long, you'll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you'll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you're wearing braces.

Foods you should avoid
• Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
• Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
• Sticky foods: caramels, gum
• Hard foods: nuts, candy
• Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
• Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.

If you have any questions on which foods you should be avoiding and why during your treatment at Orchin Orthodontics, we invite you to give us a call at (202) 686-5100 or ask our staff during your next visit! We also encourage you to check out this helpful article about eating with braces, courtesy of Parenthood.com.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ask Dr. Orchin: What's sooooo cool about braces?

Braces today are “cool” and—many would say—even “fun.” These were among the findings of a 2010 nationwide survey of moms whose children are going through or have had orthodontic treatment. New technologies such as SureSmile, Invisalign and SPEED braces, advanced computer software, color options, and even popular celebrities—Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning and Serena Williams, to name a few—sporting stylish braces are making orthodontic treatment more comfortable, fashionable and cool for today’s teens.

The study, conducted on behalf of our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists, found 86 percent of moms reporting that braces are cooler today than when they were children. Sixty-nine percent of moms also said wearing braces makes their children feel cool, and 81 percent reported their children’s experience with orthodontic treatment as either positive or extremely positive.

Different color options and the ability to change colors, for example, provide exciting ways for young patients to customize appearances. That enthusiasm helps them to feel good about their orthodontic treatment with Dr. Andrew Orchin, and may contribute to the success of treatment.

Has your child or teen visited Orchin Orthodontics for a consultation? If not, please give us a call at (202) 686-5100 and let Dr. Orchin and our staff help your child begin the journey to a gorgeous smile!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Win 2 Club Level Redskins tickets at Orchin Orthodontics!

Dr. Orchin wants to know: Are you ready for some football?

Starting tomorrow, September 1st, become a fan of Orchin Orthodontics on Facebook by November 12th and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win two Club Level tickets to the Redskins vs. Tampa Bay game at FedEx Field on Sunday, December 12th at 1 p.m. (the prize includes an orange parking pass).

BUT WAIT! There are more ways to qualify for the tickets!!

* Refer a friend to Orchin Orthodontics, and you'll get ONE ENTRY

* Write a short testimonial on our Facebook wall, and you'll get ONE ENTRY

* Post a VIDEO testimonial to our Facebook wall, and you'll get TWO ENTRIES

* Write a short review on our Google Local page, Yahoo page or Bing listing, and you'll get TWO ENTRIES

* Update your Facebook status when you visit our office, and you'll get ONE ENTRY

GOOD LUCK everyone! Let us know id you have any questions! Go Redskins!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Dr. Andrew Orchin, reminding you to wear your mouth guards

With the hot and sultry Dog Days summer here for another four weeks, our staff at Orchin Orthodontics would like to take this time to remind all our young athletes wearing braces to take care of both your mouth and appliances while participating in contact sports (and non-contact sports) this fall. After all, we know this is a busy time of year sports-wise, whether kids are playing soccer in the park or practicing for high school football.

Remember, only by using a mouth guard can kids with and without braces avoid serious sports injuries. All you have to do? Ask us. Dr. Orchin will provide one for you (at no additional charge). It is important that you do not use one of the fitted “boil at home” mouth guards while you are in orthodontic treatment. We are working hard to move your teeth, which means that any fitted mouth guard will work against us and slow down or halt your orthodontic progress.

Happy Wednesday and don't forget about our "Lost Retainer" contest! We are looking for the funniest/most unusual story about how your retainer was lost, and will award the person who gets the most votes "likes" on our Facebook page with a $50 Visa gift card!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Play the "Lost Retainer" Contest on our Facebook page!

Retainers come in pretty handy after you’re done with your orthodontic treatment. But we also know they aren’t hard to lose. With our new patient contest, we’re asking you to share your story with lost retainers!

We are looking for the funniest/most unusual story about how your retainer was lost, and will award the person who gets the most votes "likes" on our Facebook page with a $50 Visa gift card!

Head to Facebook.com/OrchinOrthodontics and share your story! Good luck!

Monday, August 9, 2010

What are our SureSmile patients saying?

Now that we are well underway with SureSmile treatment at Orchin Orthodontics, we have some additional information from our SureSmile patients that will be beneficial to our patients who are getting ready for their scans to start the SureSmile process.

All of our patients agree that they are very impressed with the movement created by their SureSmile wire. Most patients reported being fairly sore the first day or two after having their first wire inserted. The discomfort was soothed by taking Advil® or Tylenol® and keeping foods on the softer side (fish, meatloaf, pasta and shredded chicken are among the favorites).

Cold temperatures relax the wires, so SureSmile recommends eating cold food and beverages to ease the ache. The flip side is to eat hot food and beverages to speed up the movement of the wires to push through the ache faster.

We have had patients try both and they report each method works so you decide which you would like to try. All SureSmile patients agree that any discomfort was well-worth it to see great results in such a brief time period. A patient just left our office and is so excited to get his braces off three months early due to SureSmile! Most patients need two-to-three wires and have told us that the subsequent wire changes are similar to traditional wire changes here. It is the first wire that packs a punch!

For more information on SureSmile and to find out if you're a candidate, please give us a call at (202) 686-5100! Happy Monday!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Thanks to Invisalign at Orchin Orthodontics, parents can have a great smile, too!

Hey parents! Focusing on your children's teeth, bite and oral health so much that you're neglecting your own? If you've been thinking about having your own set of perfectly-aligned pearly whites, Dr. Andrew Orchin and our staff at Orchin Orthodontics can help! Dr. Orchin is specially trained to offer an adult-friendly option for straightening teeth called Invisalign here in the greater Washington D.C. area.

Invisalign consists of a set of clear aligners that are molded to fit your teeth, and are to be worn all day and night, except for meals, brushing, and flossing – when you can easily slip them out to make eating and cleaning a snap!

Because they're clear, your teeth will be steadily straightening – and no one will know it but you! Please give us a call at 202-609-8948 to set up a consultation, so we can discuss the specifics of your treatment.

We hope you're having an amazing summer so far!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Orchin Orthodontics, encouraging you to join the Braces Brigade!

Calling all current and former Orchin Orthodontics patients! How would you like to get a $100 American Express gift card for blogging about your experience with braces? Thanks to our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists, here's your chance! The AAO is proud to offer the Braces Brigade campaign, giving you the opportunity to share your orthodontic journey at Orchin Orthodontics with the world!

From now through August 31st, we're looking for patients, as well as parents of orthodontic patients, to join the Braces Brigade and blog about their unique experience in braces. Just head to the AAO's Braces Brigade page to sign up and get started blogging. If you happen to be under 18, your parents must fill out a consent form along with your official entry, giving you permission to enter the contest.

Dr. Andrew Orchin and our staff encourage you to apply for the Braces Brigade today! Have fun and GOOD LUCK!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Orthodontics: Part science and part artwork

Most people are unaware that orthodontics is a blend of science and art. That being said, it is very important to find an orthodontist that uses the best, most advanced mechanics available and also has an artistic eye. It is essential to communicate with your orthodontist and tell him or her what you would like your smile to look like after orthodontic treatment is complete.

Everyone has a unique face and style - we have had some very special requests over the years and do our best to honor your vision and give you the smile you dream of. Dr. Andrew Orchin listens to his patient’s wishes and concerns. He treats each patient as an individual. Orchin Orthodontics is not a volume business – we do not believe in “the more patients the better” philosophy. You will not be a number when you come to our office. In fact, our entire team takes the time to get to know you on a personal level. We love that our patients share their lives with us.

The biggest compliment we hear is that our patients love being here and are sad when their orthodontic work is complete because they will not be coming to our office as often. Dr. Orchin has also inspired many of his patients to follow in his footsteps to become an orthodontist – now that shows what an incredible impact he has on our patients' lives! Call us today at (202) 686-5100 for a consultation so you can meet Dr. Orchin and the incredible team here at Orchin Orthodontics.

Happy Monday!

Monday, July 12, 2010

What are patients saying about Orchin Orthodontics?

Dr. Andrew Orchin and our team love hearing from past and current patient who are delightfully happy about their new smile. And lately, Orchin Orthodontics, serving the greater Washington DC area, has been getting some pretty great patient testimonials! We thought we'd share some with you today! Happy Monday!

"Professional, friendly environment. Honest opinion." ~ Jane C.

"The entire staff is truly warm and friendly. Also, I can be in an out in a very timely manner." ~ Sara H.

"The quality of orthodontic work performed on other patients that I know personally was excellent!" ~ Richard S.

"Professionalism, attention to detail, ease of getting in touch." ~ Lynne P.

"They are so friendly and the staff is soooo responsive and I feel like family when I come there :)" ~ Eliot B.

"Thorough. Personable. Extremely well-organized office." ~ Patricia R.

Please feel free to contribute your own thoughts about our office! Dr. Orchin and team love getting patient testimonials!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Ask Dr. Orchin: What happens if I miss a visit due to summer plans?

Most of us take a vacation during summer and often it can delay a regular orthodontic visit. Please do not worry if your plans take you away from the DC area during summer and you are not able to make it to Dr. Orchin’s office. The worst case scenario is that it will extend your time in orthodontic treatment. Since we use the best wires available, this is minimized because our wires are active over a long period of time. If you will be gone for an extended period (more than 6 weeks), we recommend you come in for a visit prior to leaving and schedule another visit shortly after your return.

In most cases, a delay in one visit does not extend treatment. In fact, having loose/broken brackets and failure to wear elastics are far more likely to extend your time in braces. On that note, please remember not to indulge in hard, sticky and chewy treats while enjoying your vacation. We look forward to seeing you soon and hearing about your adventures!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fourth of July safety tips from Orchin Orthodontics!

This Sunday - which happens to be Independence Day - Dr. Andrew Orchin and our staff will be busy celebrating our nation's 234th birthday. For most folks, the Fourth of July is a chance to celebrate and commemorate the anniversary of the signing of America's Declaration of Independence. It's also a time for people to pay homage to all our soldiers, past and present - who lost their lives in battle - and the brave servicemen - and women - who continue to place themselves in danger every day so that we may continue to enjoy our freedoms.

Whatever you might be doing over Independence Day weekend, our entire staff would like to offer these safety tips for your well-being.

*Only light one firework at a time, and never have any part of your body over fireworks.
*If you must be out in the heat, limit your activities to morning and evening hours and drink plenty of fluids, but only those that contain little to no sugar. Water is preferable.
*Planning on swimming? Never go into the water unless you know how deep it is.
*If you fall and hit your head and you begin to feel nauseous or lightheaded, seek medical attention immediately.
*Heading out? Remember to wear sunscreen: wearing SPF 15 helps, but you should reapply it every couple of hours, especially after swimming or sweating in the sun.
*Finally, remember to avoid ribs, corn on the cob and other hard or sticky foods that can damage your braces!

We hope these tips help, and we hope you have a great week and a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend! We encourage you to give us a call at (202) 686-5100 for more summer safety tips.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Orchin Orthodontics want to know: What do you love about summer?

With summer 2010 in full force, Dr. Andrew Orchin and our team at Orchin Orthodontics thought we’d ask: What’s your favorite part of summer? Is it the warm weather? The free time you get? Spending quality time with friends and family? Grilling barbecue in the backyard?

Dr. Orchin and team would like to know what makes your summer here in Washington D.C. truly special. Let us know by posting on our Facebook page or by giving us a call!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ask Orchin Orthodontics: How much do braces cost?

That is a question we get a lot at our office and it does not have a simple answer. Just as every patient is individual, so are their treatment plans which directly affects the investment for orthodontic treatment. Some patients do not require full orthodontic treatment while others find themselves in braces for more than 2 years.

Our treatment fee reflects the amount of orthodontic work required to complete the treatment plan. The only way to find out how much braces will cost is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Andrew Orchin. During your consultation, Dr. Orchin will perform a complete oral examination, listen to your concerns, explain how he will address your concerns and correct any orthodontic problems found during the exam.

Dr. Orchin’s findings will include the cost of orthodontics and how long the treatment will take to complete. With the addition of SureSmile, some of our patients are completing treatment in less than 12 months! Call us today at our convenient location here in Washington D.C. at (202) 686-5100 for a consultation and discover how quickly we can make you smile!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Dr. Orchin and team, reminding you to wear your retainers this summer!

As we start our summer, Orchin Orthodontics wants to remind our patients in retainers that it is very important to continue to wear your retainer as prescribed even while away for vacations and camps.

If you are away from home and only wearing your retainer at night, here is a helpful tip – after removing and brushing your retainer in the morning, place it back in the case and then put it with your PJ’s or on your pillow. That way you have a reminder to put your retainer back in at night.

We wish you safe travels and adventures this summer!

The Orchin Orthodontics Team

Friday, June 4, 2010

June is National Smile Month! From Orchin Orthodontics

Now that we’re in June, Dr. Orchin and team thought we’d tell you June is National Smile Month, which is a great time to remind all our patients to practice good oral hygiene between your visits to Orchin Orthodontics.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to improve your oral health so that you may celebrate National Smile Month for many, many more years to come:

* Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Here's a helpful video showing you how to brush with your braces on.
* Floss everyday to thoroughly clean between your teeth.
* Reduce your intake of sugary foods and drinks during your orthodontic treatment with Dr. Orchin.
* Visit your general dentist regularly (usually every six months apart).

If you have questions about any of these tips, we encourage you to give us a call at (202) 686-5100!

We want everyone to get out there and share your beautiful smiles with the world! Have a terrific weekend!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

SureSmile in the news again!

SureSmile, the robotic technology we've discussed so much in the past couple of months, was at it again this past week, featured not only on CNN, but on NBC Tuesday night. The segment featured 13-year-old Olivia, who had traditional braces for eight months before discovering the magic of SureSmile orthodontic treatment. Thanks to SureSmile, Olivia will be out of braces in just 14 months!

With regular braces, most patients are in treatment for up to 28 months, and make about 20 visits to Orchin Orthodontics. With SureSmile, however, you can be out of braces in 14 months and only 12- to 14 office visits!

Give us a call at (202) 686-5100 and ask our team about our SureSmile offer! We hope you have a fun and relaxing Memorial Day weekend!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

SureSmile works its magic on CNN! From Dr. Orchin

At Orchin Orthodontics, we love working with SureSmile, robotic wires that are revolutionizing the orthodontic industry. SureSmile, which combines digital 3-D imaging, has computer-aided treatment planning and customized archwires to straighten teeth about 40 percent faster than traditional braces.

This week, CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta filed a short report on SureSmile, which is becoming quite popular with our patients. In fact, our SureSmile offer – we upgrade you to SureSmile from traditional braces – is almost booked up! We only have THREE slots left for a $500 upgrade to SureSmile, before treatment prices increase.

With SureSmile, getting braces sure isn’t what it used to be. Dr. Orchin's patients get fantastic results in less time with this remarkable technology and typically spend less time in braces, need fewer office visits, experience less discomfort and ultimately greater results.

We encourage you to check out the above SureSmile video and let us know what you think! Give us a call at (202) 686-5100!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

"How Orthodontics Changed My Life" video contest at Orchin Orthodontics!

Our staff at Orchin Orthodontics would like to point you to an exciting video contest that our friends at The American Association of Orthodontists are sponsoring. The contest - "How Orthodontics Changed My Life" - is all about you and your tale with Orchin Orthodontics. Tell the AAO your story about treatment at Orchin Orthodontics and you may just win a $2,500 scholarship!

The deadline is Monday, June 1st.

The AAO's contest guidelines provide instructions to contestants on submitting their videos, which are to be submitted on DVDs or USB flash drives and accompanied by a signed release. By July 1st, the two winners will be announced. Finalists will be notified by phone or email before June 15 and winners will be notified by phone or email before July 1st.

Dr. Orchin and our entire team encourage you to submit those videos! GOOD LUCK!!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Dr. Orchin wants to know: What should we blog about?

By now, you probably know how our blog process works: Week after week, Dr. Orchin and our creative staff blog about important topics pertinent to orthodontic care and your well-being, including innovative orthodontic techniques offered at Orchin Orthodontics.

This week, we thought we’d step back and ask you, our wonderful patients and readers: what’s on your mind? What would you like to know about the always-changing field of orthodontics? What would you like us to focus on our blog in the coming months? Perhaps there’s something you’ve wanted to ask Dr. Orchin or our team for a while now? Let us know by posting here or on our Facebook fan page!

Lastly, we'd like to wish a happy upcoming Mother's Day to all the wonderful moms who come to our office day after day. You all deserve more than just a day of recognition!!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Orchin Orthodontics at the 110th AAO Annual Session

To better serve our phenomenal patients with the highest quality orthodontic care possible, Dr. Orchin and our team at Orchin Orthodontics are committed to continuing education in the never-dull world of orthodontics.

One of the ways Dr. Orchin and our remarkable staff improve our service is by attending important conferences, meetings and seminars, and from today through next Tuesday, we will be attending the AAO Annual Session right here in Washington D.C. The AAO Annual Session is always an educational event and happens to be one of the largest orthodontic conventions in the world - one that allows us to consult with orthodontists from around the country (and Canada) and stay up-to-date on all the latest technologies and orthodontic treatment options available. This, in turn, allows Orchin Orthodontics to give you, our wonderful patients, the best treatment experience possible.

If you've got an appointment scheduled with Dr. Orchin soon, we invite you to ask us about our thoughts about the conference, including what we learned and how continuing education and acquisition of new technology helps us treat you more effectively.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Talkin' elastics with Dr. Orchin

The purpose of elastics (rubber bands) is to apply a force on selected teeth to help them “fit” better and correct your bite. Elastics can move teeth in a way that cannot be done with braces alone. Failure to wear your elastics, as instructed, will result in treatment running
longer than expected. It may also affect the finished orthodontic treatment result.

When you first start wearing the elastics, they may make your teeth sore. If you continue wearing them as instructed, that discomfort will go away in a couple of days.

If you break or lose a rubber band, replace immediately. Always carry a spare pack of rubber bands in your pocket. You will be asked to wear your elastics either full-time or every night.


Rubber bands are to be worn 24-hours per day, except when brushing your teeth, unless stated otherwise by Dr. Orchin or your orthodontic assistant. Please wear your elastics all the time. Remove them only for brushing and flossing your teeth. Insert new elastics after brushing and flossing. Try to keep fresh elastics on your teeth
at all times (they lose their force after several hours).


Please wear your elastics every night (sleep in them). Now let’s go back and repeat that together – wear your elastics every night (not some nights).

If you lose your elastics or run out, just call our office or email us and we can send you more.

Why the big deal? Because these elastics are your ticket to the fastest, most ideal result you can get. Unfortunately, they just don’t work unless they are worn as prescribed.

By wearing your elastics as instructed, you will be doing your part in keeping your orthodontic treatment on schedule.

Common Elastic Patterns

Monday, April 19, 2010

Ask Dr. Orchin: What does it feel like to be scanned by the SureSmile Orascanner?

Have you heard about our new SureSmile offer? We thought we'd pass along some more information about what exactly happens during your visit to be scanned:

The first thing that will happen at your scanning visit is our staff will remove your wires and take new records, which include photographs and X-rays. We will ask you to rinse with Listerine prior to sitting down in the chair, and then it will be time for your scan. After you are seated in the chair, an assistant will place cheek retractors in your mouth (similar to the ones we use during your photographs but you do not have to hold these in place). We then use air to dry your teeth before painting SureWhite on your teeth. SureWhite has alcohol in it and will feel like Listerine in your mouth but just until it is dry and then you will not notice it. We then use the air to dry the SureWhite.

Now it is time to scan.

The wand for the OraScanner has a mirror on it and it flashes white light while making a “rat-tat-tat” noise. The noise lets us know it is taking pictures. The assistant maneuvers the scanner over your teeth carefully picking up every surface – it will take about 1,000 pictures for each the upper and lower arch. We work in sections so that the area stays dry and then apply SureWhite and use air as needed until the scan is complete.

After we finish both arches, we take a bite registration – we scan about 5 teeth while you have your upper and lower teeth contacting each other. The whole time you are being scanned you can see the image coming up on the computer monitor, which is interesting to watch. After you're done, you need to go and brush all of the SureWhite off then have your wires reinserted and you are finished.

We have successfully scanned adults with TMJ issues, as well as teenagers. The most challenging part of the scan is keeping your mouth open and keeping your tongue from licking off the SureWhite. The best part about your scan? Knowing you are on your way having to having your braces removed (generally 4-to-6 months after your scan) and enjoying a beautiful smile.

If you're thinking about upgrading to SureSmile technology, please give us a call at 202-684-9227! Dr. Orchin and team look forward to seeing you!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Ask Dr. Orchin: When should my child come in for a visit?

At Orchin Orthodontics, knowing when to treat patients is just as important as knowing how to treat patients.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children see an orthodontist by age seven. This allows the orthodontist to make an early assessment for possible skeletal problems such as a severe cross-bite (narrow jaw), overjet (protrusive upper teeth), underbite (upper front teeth are behind the lower front teeth), or any other problem that is best treated while the patient is growing. Dr. Orchin uses appliances that are designed to capture growth and correct the malocclusion. Dr. Orchin has the experience to know when it is best to start treatment and when to step back and allow Mother Nature to do her work.

If you or a family member is already in treatment with Dr. Orchin, we are able to schedule a no charge look-see appointment for a younger sibling. This is our way of introducing Dr. Orchin to the patient while he gets a baseline reading on the patient. Please call us at 202-684-9227 for an appointment!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Finances made simple at Orchin Orthodontics

Did you know that Orchin Orthodontics offers payment plans without adding any interest or billing fees? In fact, we have been told (by our patients and parents) that we offer the most flexible payment plans in the area.

We do not want the investment in orthodontics to be a barrier to treatment, so we work with our families to find a plan that will work. We will work with Flexible Spending Accounts as well to maximize the pre-tax dollars over more than one calendar year.

We will also reduce the down payment or spread out the monthly or quarterly payments to 30 months and still not charge any interest or finance fees.

Please call us today so we may find a payment plan that will fit your budget.

Monday, March 29, 2010

The importance of retainers, from Orchin Orthodontics

OK, you've completed your orthodontic work and you’ve revealed your new smile. You are proud and excited and then Dr. Orchin presents you with a retainer to wear.

What is the deal?

Every orthodontic treatment plan at Orchin Orthodontics includes a retention phase. Dr. Orchin’s years of experience has taught him that retention is one of the most important phases of orthodontic treatment. Orchin Orthodontics has learned that wearing your retainer(s) as directed is the most important factor in maintaining your orthodontic result. Dr. Orchin recommends that all of our patients keep their retainer (forever) and wear it once a week even after they are released from our care. If a removable retainer breaks or needs adjustments, simply give us a call at 202-684-9227.

Most of Dr. Orchin’s patients have a fixed lower lingual retainer (also called a permanent retainer) to maintain the lower teeth. Many patients ask us why we do not remove it. Here is the answer; it is the best insurance plan you can buy. Teeth remain mobile and do tend to drift forward as we age and the lower lingual is a great tool for preventing that. It is important to brush and floss as directed as well as maintain regular hygiene visits with the general dentist. The patient’s general dentist will monitor the lower lingual and advise if it needs to be removed or replaced.

As always, we welcome our patients back anytime to have their retainer(s) adjusted or require a visit for any reason. The best reason to return to Orchin Orthodontics? Simply to say “hello” and share your beautiful smile with us or bring a friend or family member here for treatment.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Ask Dr. Orchin: Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?

Over the years I have heard many responses from adults when they find out that their orthodontic treatment plan includes braces. I have heard everything from “Wearing braces will make me look too young to be taken seriously in my career” to “There is no way I will wear braces.” More often than not adults are especially disappointed when they hear that we can not correct their alignment with Invisalign treatment. While Invisalign is a phenomenal product that we often use, it does have limitations and is not indicated for certain treatment plans.

Here is what I have discovered after over the last 9 years:
the only regret I ever hear after orthodontic treatment is complete is “Why didn’t I do this sooner?” When we give the treatment plan which includes the length of time in braces, patients' initial response is “that long”? All our patients feel that way and what they have found is, the time goes by quickly and is a small price to pay for a beautiful smile that will last.

The best news is that we now offer SureSmile, which means that we can move teeth more efficiently in less time. In fact, most patients are able to subtract 1/3 of their treatment time when they are SureSmile patients. That means the average time in treatment for adults is only 10-14 months. I don’t know about you, but I would definitely spend a year in braces so that I could enjoy all of the benefits of a beautiful smile. A smile is the universal sign of happiness and confidence. It is something that most of us give willingly but many are too shy to share a smile due to crooked teeth.

As an orthodontic professional, I simply can not see any reason not to improve your smile if you are self-conscious about it. Yes, there are other reasons to have orthodontics, which include improving a malocclusion (bad bite) and having periodontal issues that are corrected by having the teeth in a more favorable position. These reasons should not be overlooked and are in fact, the most common reasons for an adult to be referred to us for orthodontic treatment. If you already have an underlying condition that would improve with orthodontics, there is no excuse not to give yourself the gift of improved health. A beautiful smile is just an additional bonus.

Ever wonder why we all love our jobs at Orchin Orthodontics? That is an easy answer: we help people smile every day. How many people can say that their job is to make people smile? What a wonderful job we all have. Let us give you a smile today. Call today for your consultation appointment and be sure to ask us about SureSmile.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Orchin Orthodontics present: Frequently asked questions

Patients in orthodontic treatment ask questions. They want to know specifics, they want to know logistics and they want to make sure they've made the right decision. With Orchin Orthodontics, they can be rest assured they have. Here are a sample of most frequent questions that patients ask our dedicated staff. If you have a question, but don't see it on the list below, please give our office a call and one of our staff members will be happy to answer any question you may have!

Q: Do braces hurt to put on?
A: No, it does not hurt to put braces on. The sealant we brush on the teeth to help hold the bracket on smells bad for a few seconds. The appointment for full braces is an easy visit that lasts about 90 minutes and the patient leaves with brackets and wires.

Q: Do braces hurt?

A: No, You may have some soreness by dinner time. Many patients report that their teeth feel loose or achy. We recommend you keep your food soft for the first couple of days. For example, if you want red meat, have hamburger instead of steak. Take Tylenol, Advil or whatever you take for pain. It may a few days to adjust to braces. Some patients find it helpful to repeat these steps after having their wires changed. Every patient is unique and you will figure out what works best for you.

Q: How often do I have to come in for adjustments?
A: The time will vary, but it’s usually every 6-8 weeks. You will be informed of the date you are due for your next visit before you leave the office. In order to secure the time you prefer, we strongly encourage you to stop at the front desk to schedule that appointment before leaving the office. Remember that most of the patients in the office with you are due to return for another visit about the same you are.

Q: Do you have colored braces?
A: No, We utilize SPEED Braces which are about 1/3 the size of traditional braces. SPEED Braces do not need external colored elastics to hold the wires in because they are very high tech and have integrated clips that secure the wires.

Q: Can I get colors?

A: No, SPEED Braces only come in silver metal. On occasion we use a “chain” and the chain comes in many color choices – we will let you choose your favorite color.

Q: Will my teeth be stained after the braces come off?
A: Not if you follow our brushing and flossing techniques and maintain regular dental cleanings with your general dentist. If we notice that your hygiene needs improvement, we will revisit the brushing and flossing techniques with you and may recommend you see your dentist every 3 or 4 months for a professional cleaning while in active orthodontic treatment. Please remember we are trying to help you, not criticize you. It is our intention to give you the best result possible. We do everything we can to minimize the time our patients wear braces which also helps avoid staining of the teeth.

Q: Will the braces affect my speech?
A: No, braces do not usually interfere with articulation.

Q: How long will my braces be on?
A: Every treatment plan is different, so the length time varies. Dr. Orchin will let you know how long you can expect to be in braces before you start treatment.

Q: What do I do if something breaks?

A: If you are uncomfortable, call the office. If we are closed, there will be a number on our voicemail to reach the doctor. If you are comfortable, please wait until your next scheduled appointment.

Q: If I play sports, do I need a new mouth guard or can I wear the one I already have?
A: If you wear a mouth guard, we will provide one for you (at no additional charge). It is important that you do not use one of the fitted “boil at home” mouth guards while you are in orthodontic treatment. We are moving your teeth which means that any fitted mouth guard will work against us and slow down or halt your orthodontic progress.

Q: Will the braces irritate my mouth?
A: Yes, sometimes your mouth will get irritated from the brackets until it becomes callused. SPEED Braces have rounded edges to help minimize the discomfort but there is still and adjustment period. If your mouth becomes sensitive, we provide wax for you apply which helps with the irritation. We will automatically give you wax the day we place the brackets. You may pick up extra wax if needed at your next appointment or any drug store (near the dental floss).

Monday, March 8, 2010

When is a general or pediatric dentist just not enough?

Can a general or pediatric dentist perform orthodontic treatment? The legal answer is "yes." More and more general and pediatric dentists are taking on orthodontics as a way to increase their business and client base.

But... should you allow a general or pediatric dentist to treat you or your family with orthodontics? While we realize this is a personal decision, we feel it is very important that the practitioner you choose is certified by the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Being a member of the AAO ensures that the professional you have selected to perform treatment has completed four years of dental school and a minimum of two years in an accredited residency program. AAO orthodontists are better qualified and have more extensive training in the movement of teeth than any of their peers.

Orthodontists should be the only professional performing Dentofacial Orthopedics. What is Dentofacial Orthopedics? Dentofacial orthopedics involves the guidance of facial growth and development, which occurs largely during childhood. The most common appliances utilized by Orchin Orthodontics to accomplish this movement are Maxillary Expanders, Reverse Pull Headgears and Twin Blocks. Dentofacial Orthopedics requires the care, skill and judgment that both Dr. Andrew M. Orchin and Dr. Jeremy D. Orchin are known for.

The patient must be closely monitored during treatment, requiring Dr. Orchin to take measurements and stop the movement as soon as the desired results are achieved. Orchin Orthodontics continues to monitor the patient’s growth and development until the patient is ready to be evaluated for further orthodontics if necessary. Often we can negate the need for further orthodontics utilizing Dentofacial Orthopedics. It is important to remember that a well-trained orthodontist knows when to treat as well as when treatment is not indicated or is not essential (more of an aesthetic issue).

If you've been thinking about orthodontic treatment, please give us a call!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Ask Orchin Orthodontics: What are SPEED Braces?

SPEED Braces are a miniaturized metal bracket. The reduced size minimizes lip and cheek irritation and is more aesthetic and hygienic than traditional braces. In addition, SPEED Braces are efficient because their springs apply a light continuous force (stored energy) that means less discomfort and pain throughout orthodontic treatment. With patient cooperation, SPEED Braces also reduce time in treatment for patients.

Hygiene: SPEED eliminates the two most common food traps: "tie-wings" and "ligature ties." Additionally, the clean lines of the SPEED design have resulted in a smooth rounded silhouette that is easy for all patients to keep clean.

Aesthetics: SPEED Braces are 1/3 the size of traditional metal braces

Comfort: SPEED improves patient comfort in two ways:
SPEED's smooth rounded design minimizes soft tissue irritation
SPEED permits the use of extremely light forces by eliminating the high frictional resistance caused by ligature ties

The result... more comfortable treatment for patients!

SPEED's Self-Ligating design eliminates the need for tie-wings. This permits significant appliance miniaturization. With all of the benefits to SPEED Braces, it seems an obvious choice for Orchin Orthodontics to use them. Why doesn’t every orthodontist use SPEED Braces?

SPEED Braces require additional training for the orthodontist since they are not routinely used during orthodontic residency. Bracket placement on the tooth is different for SPEED Braces than it is for traditional braces. In addition, since SPEED Braces use stored energy, lighter wires are utilized. All of these factors contribute to a fairly steep learning curve for both the orthodontist and orthodontic assistants. Rest assured that Dr. Orchin and his team have mastered SPEED Braces. In fact, Orchin Orthodontics has been using SPEED Braces for about 20 years.

If you have any questions about SPEED Braces, or about your treatment with Dr. Orchin, please give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Orchin Orthodontics, the leader in Orthognathic surgery

Orchin Orthodontics has the most experience with Orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery) patients in the DC area (perhaps even the entire East Coast). We successfully complete 50-70 cases every year. Most orthodontists only complete a fraction of that over their entire careers. What does that mean to our patients? We have the knowledge to correctly diagnose a skeletal discrepancy and determine if Orthognathic surgery is indeed indicated. This is important because so many orthodontists attempt to camouflage the skeletal discrepancy rather than proceed with a surgery case. Camouflaging this condition is almost always doomed to failure which can lead to further deterioration of the teeth and underlying structures (gums and bones). The alignment of the teeth may also relapse necessitating retreatment of the orthodontics combined with Orthognathic surgery.

Knowing when to start the orthodontics in preparation for orthognathic surgery can also be tricky if we are treating a teenager. It is important to know when to get started. If orthodontic treatment is initiated too soon and the teenager is still growing, the patient will either need to hold in braces until his/her growth is complete and they are ready for surgery or the braces will have to be removed and then placed again when growth is complete. Neither of these options is attractive since it requires longer time in treatment which is something all patients want to avoid. Orchin Orthodontics strives to get all patients finished with treatment as quickly as possible because it is healthier for the teeth and gums and gives him/her a beautiful smile to enjoy longer.

If you are considering Orthognathic surgery or you have been told that you need jaw surgery, give us a call to schedule your consultation today. Orchin Orthodontics is the place for you. We will explain our treatment plan in a way you will understand and we will keep you informed every step of the way. We have the care, skill and judgment needed to deliver the results you demand. You will love your new smile.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Mouth guards and sports injuries, with Orchin Orthodontics

At Orchin Orthodontics we know how important it is to protect your face while playing sports. Spring is around the corner, and the spring months bring an increase in outdoor activities and a greater chance of damaging your precious mouth and pearly whites. Dr. Andrew and our team also know sports-related injuries are common among children. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 70 percent of parents said their biggest worry is that their child will get hurt while playing sports.

That’s why Orchin Orthodontics is doing our part to spread the word that facial sports injuries can be avoided simply by reminding your kids to wear mouth guards. Ask us—Dr. Andrew will provide a mouth guard for any patient in active treatment at no additional charge. In addition, the AAO has provided the following tips for keeping your kids safe on the field. Please remind them to:

• Wear mouth guards during contact sports
• Wear a helmet
• Stretch before and after a game or practice
• Wear protective eye wear
• Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin
• Be observant—even as a spectator

All of these can reduce injuries. Only by using a mouth guard and other forms of facial protection can kids with and without braces avoid serious sports injuries. Be sure to avoid mouth guards that custom form to your teeth as these will resist any tooth movements Dr. Andrew is trying to achieve. Lastly, please give us a call if you have any questions about mouth guards or your treatment at Orchin Orthodontics.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Snow cream recipe, from Orchin Orthodontics

With a storm that has crippled our community and dropped three feet of snow (and another storm looming), the team at Orchin Orthodontics thought we'd post a fun recipe for our patients. With stormy weather, it's a perfect time for "snow cream."


*8 Cups snow
*1 teaspoon vanilla
*1 can sweetened condensed milk

Mix and serve immediately. Add toppings if desired. And remember to stay warm and safe!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Orchin Orthodontics, now open at 7 a.m.!

We invite you to start your day with a smile. Did you know that Orchin Orthodontics opens at 7 AM? We know how very busy our patients and their families are and we have listened to them. Our patients requested mornings because so many students are involved in sports and other after school activities. We open early so that we may see as many patients as possible on their way to school and work.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

With Orchin Orthodontics, 24/7 access to your account

Access to your account, 24/7. Sounds convenient, doesn’t it?

Patients at Orchin Orthodontics enjoy access to their account, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, on our web site. You can look up your appointments and all of your account details at your convenience, all from the comfort of your own home! You can even receive appointment reminders through email or text messages! Just see what some of our patients are saying about this innovative service:

"I needed to know what my remaining payments were in order to determine the amount I should have deducted through my flexible benefits plan--the payment history made that quite easy." ~ Ben G.

"It is simple and easy to you. Saves making a phone call." ~ Richard O.

"So far, just reviewing care & treatment information. Ability to review payment information online will come in handy later." ~ Richard A.

"New patient, but having account/appointment info online is VERY helpful." ~ William B.

You, too, may sign up for this convenient service on our web site by clicking the "Patient Login" button on our homepage. Please call the team at Orchin Orthodontics if you have any questions!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ask Orchin Orthodontics: What does it mean to be a Schulman Study Group practice?

Both Drs. Jeremy Orchin and Andrew Orchin are members of The Schulman Study Group (SSG), a nationally recognized association of prominent—among the top 1 percent—orthodontic practices.

Membership is extended exclusively by invitation to sustain the same high standard, and offers participants access to new technology and opportunities for innovation and insight that they would not otherwise find. Schulman Study Group orthodontists are a very special group: Members of this professional group are committed to supporting each other in pursuing the most progressive and innovative treatment techniques. Excellence in practice and care is the mission that unites and drives the members of the Schulman Study Group. When you choose a Schulman Group practice such as Orchin Orthodontics, you are choosing specialists who are committed to being the best and giving you the best treatment and care possible. Schulman Study Group members share a commitment to exceptional patient care, quality of orthodontic experience, and continuing education.

Dr. Jeremy Orchin is a charter member of SSG since 1982. He was awarded the Schulman award in 2004.

“One of my greatest honors as an orthodontist was being awarded the coveted Martin "Bud" Schulman award in 2004," he said. "I consider myself the most fortunate orthodontist in my relationship with Bud.”

Dr. Andrew Orchin, who became a member in 2004, is very active in the group and has encouraged his Treatment Coordinators (Ellen Moore and Whitney Dwyer) to participate and attend meetings as well. The meetings are informative and exciting to attend and the entire Orchin Orthodontics Team looks forward to new ideas that will make our practice even better. The Schulman Study Group is a wonderful venue to gather and share practice and treatment information in a way that is invaluable to Dr. Orchin.

Our patients remain our number one priority and we are always looking for ways we can improve. That is one of the many reasons Orchin Orthodontics is the best practice in the Washington, DC metro area.

Friday, January 22, 2010

SureSmile makes the rounds on ABC’s “The Doctors” — Orchin Orthodontics

Last week, the team at Orchin Orthodontics told you about one of the latest additions to Orchin Orthodontics: SureSmile technology. Well, on a recent episode of ABC's "The Doctors," Dr. Thomas Lee of Oxnard, California, was interviewed in front of a live audience and demonstrated SureSmile technology. Dr. Lee's 14-year-old patient, Nina, who had just completed SureSmile treatment, was part of the segment as well, and spoke positively about her SureSmile treatment experience.

SureSmile is a software program that facilitates the precise positioning of a patient’s teeth placement for orthodontic braces. Did you know Dr. Andrew Orchin is a certified SureSmile provider? Give us a call and ask for more information!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

We are Thrilled to introduce our patients to SureSmile!

Orchin Orthodontics is committed to delivering high levels of service and care to our patients. That means keeping up with advancements in orthodontics such as SureSmile. We are the only orthodontic office in the area to provide SureSmile as an option for patients needing orthodontic treatment with conventional braces. SureSmile is an incredible high-tech approach to orthodontics. With SureSmile, we use several technologies to give you a great result in less time. First, a scanner captures 3-D images of your teeth so Dr. Orchin can plan treatment on the computer. Next, he directs specialized robots to produce prescription wires to use in your braces. Treatment is faster because SureSmile enables us to move teeth directly and precisely into position.

In addition to reducing the length of time you have to wear braces, the SureSmile system also reduces over all discomfort by decreasing the number of wire changes and adjustments. SureSmile is able to deliver these improvements to conventional orthodontic therapy because it customizes arch wires to move teeth more directly to the target positions.

At Orchin Orthodontics we know you would like to get out of braces quickly but you also want a great smile that will last a lifetime. At our office you can have both. Ask a team member how you can get SureSmile treatment.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The advantage of Invisalign Teen™ at Orchin Orthodontics

Dr. Orchin knows image is everything. At an age when image is so important, the thought of having metal brackets and wires constantly attached to teeth may intensify the already-delicate confidence of today's teens. But... not to worry! There is a clear alternative to traditional braces! The team at Orchin Orthodontics thought we'd remind you that Invisalign Teen™ gives you a whole new way to wear braces for a "clearly" amazing smile!

For many teens, Invisalign Teen offers a trouble-free, clear alternative to traditional braces; and not only that, but it offers them the chance to have straight teeth without losing self-confidence!

So how does Invisalign Teen work? Invisalign Teen works in the same way as Invisalign, but with a few added characteristics tailored specifically to teenagers’ lifestyles. For instance, Invisalign Teen is designed with “compliance indicators” that fade from dark to light during the two week period that particular tray is used and once it has faded teens know to change trays. Each aligner comes with up to six free individual replacement aligners in case the original aligner ends up lost or broken. Another big benefit for the patient!

The treatment period for Invisalign Teen varies from nine to 18 months. If your teen is considering orthodontic treatment, please contact us and we’ll answer any questions you may have about Invisalign Teen.