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son hugs dad after moving and switching orthodontists in the middle of treatment

So you’re in active orthodontic treatment at the halfway mark to your beautiful new smile. You’ve gotten to know your orthodontist and team, but suddenly, your family is moving. Maybe you’re in a military family (thank you for your service!) Or maybe mom or dad got a job opportunity in a new city. Whatever the...

family chases each other on the beach and talks facts about gum disease

February is the perfect time to shine a spotlight on one of the most common yet often overlooked oral health issues: gum disease. At Matsumoto Orthodontics & Periodontics, we specialize in creating beautiful smiles – with a focus on both the gums and teeth. Dr. Matsumoto is dual-trained as an orthodontist and periodontist; he’s the...

mother and daughter piggyback on beach and talk about smiledirectclub lawsuit

We heard the recent news about SmileDirectClub closing its doors, and (unfortunately) we’re not surprised! Mail-order clear aligners have been known to cause irreparable damage to their patients’ precious smiles. We genuinely hope that you haven’t been negatively impacted by SmileDirectClub mail-order care. As an experienced orthodontist, it’s reassuring to know that there is less...

adult sits on beach with friends talking about veneers vs invisalign

Dental veneers have become a lot more popular lately! If you’re on Tiktok, Instagram or Facebook, you’ve probably seen some of your favorite ‘influencers’ sporting new veneer smiles. Are you considering veneers for yourself? Are porcelain veneers a good alternative to Invisalign® or BRIUS® braces treatment? We’re here to help you understand the realities of...

kids pose on the beach wearing santa hats and listen in to stocking stuffer ideas

The holidays are right around the corner! If you’re starting to think of gifts or stocking stuffer ideas for someone who’s currently wearing braces, BRIUS® or Invisalign®, or someone who’s considering orthodontics, we prepared the ultimate guide to make it easy on you. Bring on the holidays, festivities, and beautiful, healthy smiles! Here are the...

teen smiles after using whitening toothpaste with braces

On your smile transformation journey with BRIUS truly invisible braces, you may wonder how to keep your teeth white and bright from day 1 – through the day your braces are removed. So, can you use whitening toothpaste with braces? Is there anything you should be aware of before buying whitening toothpaste? Your team at...

mom and daughter at the beach after learning invisalign faqs

Hey there, parents! In your busy day-to-day, you may be wondering if it’s still possible to fix your crooked teeth and get the smile you’ve always dreamed of. And if you can benefit from orthodontics, can your 7 year old or teenager benefit too? Well the team at Matsumoto Orthodontics & Periodontics is here to...

woman holds invisalign tray and asks about Invisalign buttons Vs. attachments

If you’re on the journey to a stunning smile with Invisalign and the experienced Matsumoto Orthodontics & Periodontics team, you may have heard of Invisalign buttons and Invisalign attachments. Or maybe you haven’t heard of them yet! Either way, we’ll dive into what these are, how they work, and how they differ.   The Basics...