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How Braces Can Improve Your Overall Health

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Dr. Jenny Yoo-Park and Dr. Sona Bekmezian of Palo Alto Orthodontics helps identify some of the health benefits that come along with straight teeth after being treated with braces in Mountain View CA; benefits that help patients live happier and healthier lives, with a picture-perfect smile.

What’s healthy about having braces?

Many patients get orthodontic treatment with braces to straighten their teeth and improve their smile. Another bonus to having straight teeth is the health benefits that that they provide. This bit of information is new for many orthodontic patients. However, many do not know what exactly these health benefits are. Dr. Jenny Yoo-Park and Dr. Sona Bekmezian tells their patients that live in or near Mountain View CA having straight teeth means:

• Less plaque build-up because straight teeth are easier to keep clean. When you see an ad for toothpaste or a toothbrush, the models used in these ads all feature bright, white, exceptionally straight smiles. That’s because straight teeth, beyond being a cosmetic goal, get and stay clean more easily and effectively. Crooked teeth can cause a buildup of plaque. Whether the teeth are overlapped, overcrowded, or hard to reach, food (and thus plaque) may build up because it cannot be reached by a toothbrush or floss. This causes a buildup of food and plaque that can lead to cavities, discolored teeth, and bad breath. More serious problems including tooth decay and gum disease can be caused by a buildup of plaque. By simply aligning your teeth with braces, the teeth will then be easily accessible and can be brushed and flossed effectively.

• Less Injuries: Crooked teeth chip or break more easily than teeth that are in alignment. Braces correct the problem and ensure a healthy, straight, functional set of teeth for a lifetime.

• Straight teeth cause less stress to the jaw bones. When teeth are crooked or crowded, the functionality of the jaw is compromised. This can lead to abnormal wear-and tear on the teeth and cause discomfort or pain, and even exacerbate the rate of tooth decay. Chewing, biting and speaking abilities are optimized when you have straight teeth. This pain might occur because of a misaligned jaw or because the teeth may be overlapping and wearing each other down. By straightening your teeth, the pain will subside because your teeth and jaws will be aligned and in place and working to their optimal effectiveness.

• A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body through better eating habits: There is medical evidence that supports the fact that poor oral health may contribute to a variety of physical maladies beyond the mouth. This includes diabetes, stroke, heart disease and complications for pregnant women. Bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream, the lungs, and the gut, thus affecting the entire immune system. Crooked teeth can also cause patients to have problems eating. When teeth are not aligned properly, it can be difficult to bite into hard or crunchy foods such as carrots or pretzels. This problem can cause patients to stop eating some foods, even if they are healthy and provide daily needed nutrition.

• More Self-Esteem: Getting braces from Palo Alto Orthodontics and achieving straight teeth automatically helps improve self-esteem in patients who get braces. When your teeth are straight, your mouth is healthy and your smile is bright. Many patients of Dr. Jenny Yoo-Park and Dr. Sona Bekmezian are no longer embarrassed of their crooked teeth!

These are a few of the reasons why straight teeth and a healthy mouth are more than just a cosmetic concern. Misaligned teeth, corrected through braces, improves the quality of life for patients of Palo Alto Orthodontics.

Dr. Jenny Yoo-Park, Dr. Sona Bekmezian and the team at Palo Alto Orthodontics are specialists in braces. If you have any questions pertaining to Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, braces and clear braces in Mountain View CA, 94301 zip code area, Palo Alto CA, Santa Clara County CA, Stanford CA, Menlo Park CA and Atherton CA or would like to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Jenny Yoo-Park, Dr. Sona Bekmezian contact Palo Alto Orthodontics at: 650-327-2310

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Dr. Jenny Yoo-Park and Dr. Sona Bekmezian offer top-notch orthodontic care in a friendly, upbeat environment using the latest technological advances including invisible ceramic brackets, Invisalign supported by digital imaging and advanced computer graphics and self-ligating brackets. They love helping residents of Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Atherton and the surrounding area achieve the beautiful smiles they deserve.

Dr. Jenny Yoo-Park

Dr. Yoo graduated at the top of her class from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She then went on to earn her orthodontic certificate and master’s degree in craniofacial biology at the University of Southern California. She enjoys being a part of her patients’ lives as she helps them achieve a smile they’re excited to share with others.

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Dr. Sona Bekmezian “Dr. Sona”

Dr. Sona was born in Armenia and moved to southern California with her family when she was two-years-old. She grew up in the sunny San Fernando Valley and completed her undergraduate studies in biology at UCLA. She then moved to San Francisco to pursue her Doctorate of Dental Surgery degree at the University of California, San Francisco. Upon graduation, she worked as a general dentist for two years before returning to UCSF for her orthodontic residency. She concurrently earned a master’s in oral and craniofacial sciences, studying how to protect the teeth from cavities that occur around braces during orthodontic treatment.

She lives in San Francisco with her sister and works at various orthodontic practices around the Bay Area and was thrilled to join the Palo Alto Orthodontics team. When she’s not perfecting smiles alongside Dr. Yoo, Dr. Sona is also working towards starting an orthodontic clinic for children with craniofacial anomalies at Children’s Hospital Oakland.

Dr. Sona isn’t just all about orthodontics. She also loves singing along to Disney soundtracks, exploring the natural beauty of California, experimenting with ingredients in the kitchen and teaching Sunday school for children at her local church.

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Dr. Jenny Yoo-Park

Dr. Yoo grew up in Saratoga, California. After college, she headed across the country to Philadelphia where she graduated at the top of her class from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. She then went on to earn her orthodontic certificate and master’s degree in craniofacial biology from the University of Southern California. During her three years of advanced training in orthodontics, Dr. Yoo even attended courses around the world to develop her expertise. She continues to take classes in order to stay up-to-date with the latest advances in the field to deliver the best possible care to her patients.

Dr. Yoo is an active member of the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, the Mid-Peninsula Dental Society and the Bay Area Orthodontic Study Club.

Opening Palo Alto Orthodontics has allowed Dr. Yoo the opportunity to get to know so many fantastic patients and their families. She truly enjoys being a positive part of their lives and believes everyone should have a smile they’re excited to share with others. Dr. Yoo is married to Chul-Kyun (“CK”) Park, a pediatric anesthesiologist. They have a female goldendoodle named Charlie who enjoys coming to the office almost as much as Dr. Yoo does! Now they have welcomed their son, Hunter, in January 2017! In her free time, Dr. Yoo is a fan of running, hiking, biking, scuba diving and reading.

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Dr. Yoo is the best. My 8-year old daughter had work done for 14 months and each visit was made a pleasure by her and her outstanding staff. I cannot recommend Dr Yoo more highly.

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I've been coming here ever since i was a little boy and the ladies here are extremely friendly! I love the environment. Adrea and Jessica are really cool. Dr Yoo is really friendly too.

Alex B.

They make going to the dentists office fun, and at the end, rewarding, you will have straight teeth in no time with a very flexible and friendly staff.

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They're the best! If you're looking for a great orthodontist, look no further!

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