Sunday, June 23, 2013

Patient testimonial: Ernesto

Ernesto, who is one of our many adult patients at Otay Lakes Orthodontics, shares his experience at Dr. Poggio's office. These days, Ernesto smiles more and feels more confident and can't wait to get his braces off! Your smile is going to be great, Ernesto!


    Who will be our next winner? Are you in the drawing for "Patient Of The Day"? It's easy......schedule an appointment and you are entered for that day!!!!!

    "Patient Of The Day" is Dr. Poggio's patient appreciation event for the summer!!! Each morning we randomly select a patient from our daily schedule to be our "Patient Of The Day". The selected patient receives a fit card, and that gift card is to a different place each day!!!!!

     Check out our Facebook Wall for more details and see our pictures that we post daily with our winners!!!!

     GOOD LUCK!!!!!!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Protecting Your Smile 
Dr. Poggio is proud to announce a revolutionary new orthodontic primer from Opal Orthodontics; it does the double duty of keeping your brackets securely in place and improving your enamel health.        
Just as its name implies, Opal Seal acts as a “seal”, or barrier between your enamel and plaque by completely covering the tooth surface.
  Opal Seal provides fluoride to your teeth.  Fluoride is an essential mineral for preserving healthy enamel, which is why it’s in many water sources and almost all toothpastes.
Opal Seal enhances bond strength and improves your overall enamel health to ensure your teeth are being protected throughout your entire orthodontic treatment. 
  • Does Opal Seal hurt?

    No, Opal Seal does not hurt. You might be able to feel it with your tongue, but most likely you won't even notice it's there.
  • Can you see Opal Seal?

    Opal Seal is virtually invisible. Neither you nor anyone else will likely be able to see it with the naked eye. In fact, your orthodontist will use a special UV black light to detect it on your teeth.
  • How long does Opal Seal last?

    Opal Seal generally lasts several months. Your orthodontist may reapply it throughout treatment if necessary.
  • Do I still have to brush and floss with Opal Seal?

    Of course! Opal Seal alone cannot protect your teeth. But when combined with proper oral hygiene, it can help your smile stay bright and healthy.
  • Does Opal Seal contain BPA?

    BPA, or Bisphenol-A, is a potentially harmful chemical used in some plastic bottles, cans, home electronics, and even dental products. However, Opal Seal never has and never will contain BPA.
  • Is Opal Seal just for kids?

    No, Opal Seal is not just for kids. It can benefit anyone with braces—from pre-teens to adults.
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from Otay Lakes Orthodontics!

Dr. Poggio and our entire orthodontic staff at Otay Lakes Orthodontics extend our best wishes to you, our patients and referring doctors here in Chula Vista, for a wonderful Thanksgiving.

We appreciate the opportunity to work together with you in the creation of your or your child's ideal smile, and would like to know: what are you most thankful for this year? Leave us a comment, or if you have any photos or stories to share with us, we encourage you to post them on our Facebook page.

Happy Thanksgiving everybody.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thanks to Invisalign at Dr. Poggio's office, mom and dad can have a perfect smile, too!

Hey parents! Focusing on your kids' teeth and oral health so much that you're neglecting your own? If you've been thinking wistfully about having your own set of perfect teeth, our staff at Otay Lakes Orthodontics can help! Dr. Valeria Poggio is specially trained to offer an adult-friendly option for straightening teeth called Invisalign.

This course of treatment consists of a set of clear aligners that are molded to fit your teeth using a proprietary technology. You wear them 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 our convenient Chula Vista office to set up a consultation, so we can discuss the specifics of your treatment.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ask Dr. Poggio: “I got my braces. Now what?”

We love when patients ask us that question! Now that you’re wearing braces, it’s just as important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen as you did before before orthodontic treatment began.

Braces are known to trap food particles and make it difficult to brush or remove plaque, which is why Dr. Poggio and our team at Otay Lakes Orthodontics recommend that you brush and floss after every meal. We also encourage you to use a proxabrush to help with the smaller areas where your toothbrush doesn’t reach. We encourage the use of fluoride rinse is recommended as well; ask us for a recommendation.

When your braces are initially placed, your teeth are likely to be very sensitive. You may experience discomfort for up to 3 or 5 days, which is why we encourage you to eat soft foods during that time. Remember, the less pressure you put on your teeth, the less discomfort you will have.

You may also be thinking, “Okay, so what can I eat?” We would encourage you to avoid eating sticky, hard, crunchy or chewy snacks that can stick to your teeth.

Dr. Poggio and team will tell you it’s crucial to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, please call our Chula Vista orthodontic office immediately to schedule an appointment for repair.

Lastly, in addition to visiting Otay Lakes Orthodontics during your orthodontic treatment for adjustments, you should visit your dentist for professional check-ups and teeth cleaning appointments about every six months, or as recommended by your dentist.

Questions? Please let us know below, on our Facebook page or by giving us a call!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Ask Dr. Poggio: What's the deal with Halloween candy?

Trick-or-treat! In the spirit of today's sweet and spooky holiday, Dr. Valeria Poggio and our team at Otay Lakes Orthodontics would like to remind all of our patients to be safe while celebrating with friends and family tonight. Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists were kind enough to provide trick-or-treaters with some tips for a ghoulishly good time.

• Young children should always be accompanied by an adult
• Carry a flashlight
• Wear a light-colored or reflective costume
• Choose face paint over masks for young ghosts and goblins
• Have an adult inspect all treats before the children dig in

Dr. Poggio and team suggest looking for foods that are soft, such as soft chocolate that can melt in one’s mouth or peanut butter cups. Otherwise, candies that aren’t sticky, chewy, hard or crunchy are generally acceptable.