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.