The Thumb-Sucking Habit

At Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, we are often asked “should I be concerned with my child’s thumb sucking?” So, our team thought we’d share what our thoughts are on your child sucking his or her thumb. Infants Who Suck Their Thumbs As infants begin experimenting with the basic functions of their …


Dangers of DIY Orthodontics on the Internet

All over the Internet you’ll find videos and articles showing how you can close the gap between teeth or space them out. There is a plethora of DIY orthodontic techniques out there — you can even mail order your own impressions to get clear aligners, without even seeing a dentist or orthodontist. Following the instructions …


What is baby bottle tooth decay?

Great question! Baby bottle tooth decay is the development of cavities caused by the frequent and long-term exposure of a child’s teeth to liquids containing sugars. These liquids include milk, formula, fruit juice, sodas and other sweetened drinks. The bacteria in the mouth thrive on this sugar and produce acids that attack the infant’s teeth …


iTero® Digital Impressions

The iTero® Intraoral Scanner has revolutionized the way orthodontic impressions are taken. Now there’s no need for messy, uncomfortable molds. Getting high-quality and accurate impressions has never been easier or more reliable. When a patient comes to our San Diego, CA office for a consultation, Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz will need …


No Wooden Teeth, Please! Why Oral Health is So Important

Your teeth are precious. Once your permanent teeth come in, they need to last you a lifetime. Extensive tooth decay can lead to dental caries and the need for fillings, crowns, bridges, and dentures. While these fixes can go a long way toward maintaining your quality of life, they cannot compare to your natural teeth. …


Eating and In-Ovation®

You want a beautiful smile that you feel proud of, but you’re not eager to give up your favorite foods for a few years during treatment with braces. If that describes you, In-Ovation self-ligating braces may be worth considering. Since treatment times with In-Ovation are significantly shorter than with traditional braces, you can get back …


How do braces move my teeth?

Great question! Tooth movement is your body’s natural response to light pressure applied by braces over a period of time (usually two years). Braces work by using brackets that are glued onto your teeth; these brackets have small slots, and that is where Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team insert …


Understanding Cavities

Getting a cavity seems like delayed punishment for eating that special dessert every weekend or for the few days you forgot to floss. When you are doing everything right with minimal exception and a cavity is diagnosed, it is discouraging. Knowing how cavities form and what causes them is valuable in knowing how to prevent …


The Safety of Dental X-Rays

An article was released to the public stating that dental X-rays contribute to a type of brain cancer. After reading an article like this, your first thought may be to avoid dental X-rays, but you may want to hold off on that quick judgment. As with any treatment we offer at Dr. Paul J. Styrt …


Invisalign® vs. Traditional Braces

A great smile can go a long way. Scientific research suggests that people who smile are perceived as more attractive and confident than those who don’t flash their pearly whites. When it comes time to invest in orthodontics to improve your beautiful smile, choosing the best option can be daunting. Comparing Invisalign to traditional braces …


St. Patrick’s Day: Celtic pride, green shamrocks, and lucky charms!

“St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time — a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.” Adrienne Cook Lucky green shamrocks, leprechauns, and pots of gold – it must be St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re not Irish, how do you go about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? It’s easy: You just put on one …


Kids and Teeth Grinding

Grind, grind, grind… if your little one happens to be a teeth grinder, you may be familiar with this unpleasant sound. Teeth grinding, or what Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry also call bruxism, is common in children. In fact, three …


Why should I have my child’s wisdom teeth removed?

The wisdom teeth are the last of the permanent molars to emerge from the gums. This can occur as early as age 17 or as late as 21. Though some teens and young adults experience a completely normal tooth eruption with ideally aligned molars that pose no health threat, this is not the case for …


What’s so great about self-ligating braces? Five things you need to know

Parents of a certain age will no doubt remember the teen comedies of the 1980s. These movies typically included a character so wired up with orthodontic apparatus (elaborate metal braces, rubber bands, a mountain of headgear) that he or she looked like some sort of electrical machinery. In recent years, the technological advancements in braces …


Helpful Hygiene Tips for Patients Who Wear Braces

Today, Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team thought we would offer a few tips for our patients currently undergoing orthodontic treatment. For those of you wearing braces, it’s important to be even more dedicated to good oral hygiene than those not currently in treatment. After getting your braces, it is …


Valentine’s Day History

Valentine’s Day is best known as a celebration of love in all its forms. Pink hearts, red roses, and cute greeting cards adorn every surface you see. What many people don’t realize is that the modern Valentine’s Day celebration arose from a religious holiday. St. Valentine’s Day was originally celebrated as a religious feast day …


Invisalign Teen® Benefits

You can probably see how teeth straightening can make your smile more attractive, but you might be wary of how Invisalign Teen treatment works. If you’re like most teens at our San Diego, CA office, you love hanging out with your friends, and you don’t want to be different, watch what you eat, or worry …


Invisalign Teen®: Why Invisalign® is the best choice for teens

Those challenging teenage years are some of the most self-conscious ones of your life, and concern for your appearance definitely plays a large part. Invisalign is becoming a very popular choice for adolescent patients today, but is it the best choice? The results from teenage Invisalign users indicate that Invisalign is both effective for teeth …


How to Floss with Braces

The Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry team knows that oral hygiene is important, whether you have braces on your teeth or not. But if you are a person who wears braces, caring for your teeth and gums can become somewhat challenging. Without daily oral hygiene practices, you may become prone to cavities …


When should I begin brushing my baby’s teeth?

One question our team at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry hear all the time is, “When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?” You should begin regular cleanings even before your baby has teeth. After each breast feeding (or bottle-feeding) use a clean, damp washcloth to gently rub your baby’s gum tissue. …


Going Beyond Braces

At Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, we aren’t just concerned with straightening your teeth and giving you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. We are also committed improving the oral health and the well-being of all our patients. Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team strive to serve …


New Year’s Eve

Watching the clock tick down the final seconds until midnight, many of us- Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry included- feel nostalgic about the passing year and hopeful about the new one to come. New Year’s Eve is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the world, with over-the-top celebrations taking place …


Dental Fear in Children: Brought on by parents?

Two studies – one conducted in Washington State, and whose findings were published in the Journal of Pediatric Dentistry in 2004, and another conducted in Madrid, Spain, and whose findings were reported in 2012 in Science Daily, reinforce earlier findings that show a direct relationship between parental dental fear and that of their children. The …


How often does my child need to see the dentist?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, checkups at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry are recommended for all children two times a year. Children should be evaluated for cavities and other emerging dental issues every six months, because these problems can lead to more serious dental problems and health issues if …


How do teeth move with braces?

Although teeth seem to be solidly fixed in their sockets (at least they don’t wobble when we chew!), all teeth can easily be moved if Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our staff attach brackets and wires to them called braces. In the past, all braces were made of stainless steel, but …


What’s so great about an orthodontist?

A lot of our patients are curious about the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist. In fact, one of the most common questions we hear at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry is, “Dentists and orthodontists are all the same, right?” A general dentist is your primary dental care provider. Dentists diagnose, …


Thanksgiving Trivia

At Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry we love learning trivia and interesting facts about Thanksgiving! This year, Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz wanted to share some trivia that might help you feel a bit smarter at the holiday dinner table and help create some great conversation with friends and …


Do I lose my wisdom if I lose my wisdom teeth?

The third molars have long been known as your “wisdom teeth,” because they are the last teeth to erupt from the gums – usually sometime during the late teens to early twenties. This is a time in life that many consider an “age of wisdom”; hence the term, “wisdom teeth.” Extracting the third molars does …


In-Ovation® Vs. Traditional Braces

At our office, we say it’s never too late to improve the beauty of your smile. We suggest to patients of all ages that braces can lead the way to a healthier, happier smile. Orthodontic technology has made many advancements over the past decade. Today, we compare In-Ovation braces to traditional braces to help you …


What’s in my mouth? A Rundown of Orthodontic Appliances

Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team correct the alignment of your teeth and jaws so that you can speak clearly, chew food effectively, and look attractive when you smile. We do this by putting sophisticated gadgets in your mouth. While many of these dental devices look similar, we use a …


Halloween Fun with Braces

Halloween is a favorite holiday among children due to the festive games, imaginative costumes, and candy. Modern celebrations stem from a combination of traditions from Pagan and Christian traditions throughout the centuries. The original holiday was called Samhain and derived from the ancient Druids of Ireland. In their belief system, November 1st marked the beginning …


Pacifiers and Your Child’s Oral Health

Children are born with a natural sucking reflex. In fact, sonogram images from the womb often reveal an unborn baby practicing by sucking on his or her fingers or thumb. Not only does sucking aid in your baby’s ability to acquire food and nutrients, but it is also a security and possible analgesic outside of …


Do I really need to wear my rubber bands with my braces?

Most of our patients at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry will need to wear rubber bands at some point during their orthodontic treatment. The main reason our patients are instructed to wear rubber bands is to correct their bite. If your teeth do not fit together properly, Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, …


Halloween Guidelines from the American Association of Orthodontists

Fall can be a really enjoyable time of the year for you and your family. The kids are back in school, the leaves are changing, and Halloween approaches. This holiday is a lot of fun for kids, but Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry wants to remind you it can also be risky, …


Myths of Orthodontics

The stereotypical braces wearer – in middle school, with a mouth full of metal brackets – has led to numerous myths about orthodontics that discourage many people from getting the dental care they need. Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our staff would like to put some of these myths to rest. …


Why Baby Teeth Matter

The primary teeth are the initial teeth that erupt from a child’s gums in the first few years of childhood. There are a total of 20 primary teeth, most of which will have appeared no later than age three. Because they are only temporary, some parents believe they are less important than the permanent teeth …


Eating and Invisalign®

One of the greatest advantages to using Invisalign is that it provides maximum results with minimal impact on your everyday life. Invisalign is comfortable, easy to insert, and simple to remove. Because you can remove Invisalign aligners, you can enjoy all your favorite foods and beverages without worries about getting food stuck in the wires …


What’s on your child’s reading list?

What better way for children to spend their time than cuddled up by the fireplace or out in the yard with a book in hand? Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team encourage you to inspire your child’s mind with a few great books. Sure it may be easy to put …


Labor Day: Our favorite holiday to rest!

Labor Day, celebrated on the first Monday each September here in the United States, is a holiday devoted to the American working community. The purpose of the holiday is honoring the country’s workers and their contributions to the strength of our country as a whole. How Labor Day Started There is actually some debate as …


What is dentofacial orthopedics?

You may have noticed that we specialize in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics. And while most people we talk to have heard of orthodontics, many are confused by the dentofacial orthopedics part of the title. Today, Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team thought we would explain the difference. While orthodontics entails …


Easing the Teething Blues

Every moment of your baby’s first year of life is precious, since every day your child grows a little, develops new skills, and discovers new things. Most of it is wonderful, but parents don’t like to see their babies in pain. That’s why teething can be such a hard experience. However, you can take steps …


The Hazards of Smokeless Tobacco

Many smokers believe that chewing tobacco is a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. This simply isn’t the case! In fact, smokeless tobacco can cause serious health concerns. Smokeless tobacco comes in many forms and goes by many names: dip, snuff, snus, or simply chewing tobacco. Use of these products usually involves sucking or chewing on …


Braces-Friendly Recipe: Breakfast

Kids can be picky eaters. How many times have you seen your child try to hide the peas under a mound of mashed potatoes? At Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team understand how hard it can be to get your child to …


Can children be at risk for developing periodontal disease?

Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team hear this question a lot. While many people believe periodontal disease is an adult problem, studies have indicated that periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, as well as other serious infections such as gingivitis and periodontitis, are prevalent among kids and adolescents. First, …


When Clear Aligners aren’t the Answer

Clear aligners like Invisalign® have become increasingly popular over the past several years and rightly so. They’re removable, easier to clean than braces, and hardly anyone knows you’re wearing them. They are great in treating many cases, but they aren’t for everyone. Below, Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team cover …


The In-Ovation® Treatment Process

The advancement of orthodontic procedures has a come a long way. Today, there is always a way to meet each individual’s personal smile needs in a relaxing, stress-free, and pain-free way. In-Ovation technology is no different. With its free-sliding system, many patients report positive experiences. Let’s take a look at how the In-Ovation treatment process …


Five Great Reasons to Visit Our Practice this Summer

We’ve heard all the reasons why folks put off scheduling an orthodontic consultation: not quite ready to begin treatment, vacations, busy schedules, financial concerns, etc. Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t delay another day to make an appointment for yourself or your child with Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz. 1. Growth …


Fun Facts for the Fourth

The Fourth of July is a great time to get together with friends and family members for BBQ, games, fireworks, and other celebrations in honor of our country’s independence. While your fellow revelers eat hot dogs and wave flags, you can impress them by sharing these fascinating facts and historical tidbits about some of our …


Caring for Your Smile While Wearing Invisalign®

Getting your braces off is exciting. You’ve been working on your new smile for months or years, and it’s time for the trips to our San Diego, CA office to pay off. Can you imagine how bad it would be to discover that your teeth are straight, but that there’s decay? Caring for your smile …


In-Ovation® Benefits

In-Ovation braces are much smaller than traditional braces, are less noticeable on your teeth, and use the method of self-ligation. This type of braces doesn’t require the use of the elastic bands to keep the wires in the correct place, which makes your orthodontic experience more convenient and comfortable. There are two types of In-Ovation …


At what age should my child have an orthodontic evaluation?

You may have noticed that kids seem to be getting braces and other orthodontic care a lot earlier these days. There was a time, only a decade or two ago, when braces were mainly seen on teenagers, but that is beginning to change. If you’re wondering when to bring your child to our San Diego, …


Don’t forget your retainer this summer!

As we start our summer, our team at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry wants to remind our patients who have completed treatment that it is very important to wear your retainer as prescribed even while away for vacations and summer camps. If you are away from home and only wearing your retainer …


Memorial Day and Getting Ready for Summer

Memorial Day didn’t become an official holiday until 1971, but Americans started gathering annually in the spring to remember those who lost their lives in war during the 1860s, right after the Civil War. Celebrated on the last Monday in May, people still decorate the grave sites of war veterans and hold memorial services, but …


Invisalign Teen®: What Parents Should Know

Invisalign Teen is one the newer styles of braces, and perfect for those who do not like the standard metal braces. They are available in a clear material that is practically invisible called aligners that are replaced every two weeks. The aligners are custom made for each patient and gradually straighten teeth without all of …


What Your Braces Rubber Band Color Says About You

However you may feel about having to wear braces, choosing the color of your rubber bands is sure to bring a smile to your face. Whether you want to express your creativity, coordinate your braces with your outfits, or show some serious school spirit, decorating your mouth with colorful bands takes some of the stress …


Summer is Almost Here: Tips for a bright, white smile!

Summer is almost here, which means a season full of vacations, adventures and great memories is just around the corner for our patients at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. Everyone wants a glowing and radiant white smile when the sun comes around and we have a few reminders to keep your pearly …


Sugar and Your Orthodontic Treatment

One word no one likes to hear is “cavity!” For those patients of ours wearing braces, hearing that word is especially problematic, considering that delaying any dental work may result in delaying treatment time. We often blame candy as the culprit behind tooth decay, but other foods and drinks that kids consume can be just …


The Differences between Traditional Metal Braces, Clear Braces, and Clear Aligners

Getting your teeth straightened is a major decision, but the rewards can last a lifetime. You may have less tooth decay and wear and tear, and feel much better about your smile when your teeth are straight. Getting rid of the overbite, underbite, or uneven gaps and spaces can make a big difference in your …


Time to Nominate for Best Orthodontist in San Diego!

We Need Your Help and Support Time to nominate for Best of San Diego! We’re sure we can run away with the big prize…with a little help from all of our patients and friends! Please consider nominating and voting for Dr. Paul J. Styrt for “Best of San Diego—Orthodontist”. Each e-mail address registered can vote …


Digital Advancements in Orthodontic Technology

The digital age is here, but what does that really mean for orthodontics? If you are straightening your teeth, you still need to wear metal or clear braces or plastic aligner trays and visit the orthodontist regularly to check your progress and make adjustments. Digital Impressions The digital age has not passed dentistry by, though. …


Getting the smile you’ve always wanted is less expensive than you think…

HAPPY DAYS: Having a great smile helps build confidence. Meet two of our friends Sophie and Todd. They are enjoying their beautiful smiles created by Dr. Paul J. Styrt! At Dr. Paul J. Styrt and Associates, they pride themselves on being a team of highly qualified professional,  who offer some of the most advanced orthodontics …


Spring Whitening Special

WHITEN AND BRIGHTEN YOUR SMILE INTRODUCTORY OFFER OF $129.00, Regularly $495.00! From April 1, 2016-May 31, 2016 Refer a friend and receive complimentary teeth whitening! Come and experience our new state-of-the-art teeth whitening system, Sinsational Smile! With this new technology, you can now whiten your teeth without sensitivity.  We have appointments available so you can …


Making Your Orthodontic Treatment Comfortable

We want you to have the best possible orthodontic experience … one that will leave you smiling in more ways than one! However, having braces means you’ll have to alter your lifestyle a little: You’ll need to be careful about what you eat, make sure you brush and floss regularly, and protect your braces if …


Caring for Your Smile after Invisalign® Treatment

You have done a lot of work to get the perfect smile. You wore your Invisalign aligner trays and cared for your teeth, and now your treatment is done. You still need to take care of your teeth to keep your beautiful smile. Keeps these things in mind when you think about your oral care …


The Importance of Wearing Your Retainer after Orthodontic Treatment

It’s the big day and your braces are finally coming off! Does that mean you are completely done? Not so fast! After you complete your treatment here at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team will recommend you wear a retainer, which must …


How are In-Ovation® self-ligating braces different?

In-Ovation self-ligating braces are becoming a favorite for those who are faced with having to get braces. There are many differences that are making them increasingly popular among dental patients. What sets In-Ovation apart from the rest? There are many reasons why patients are choosing In-Ovation when deciding which braces will work best for them. …


Providing the Right Dental Care for your Children

You already know that Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry recommends you come in for a checkup and cleaning at least every six months, but do you know what your child’s dental needs are? From the time children are babies and growing in their first teeth, their oral health care needs may be …


Thanksgiving in North America

Thanksgiving marks the start to the holidays; a season filled with feasting, indulging, and spending time with family and friends are always special. Thanksgiving is a holiday meant for giving thanks, and while this may seem like such a natural celebration, the United States is only one of a handful of countries to officially celebrate …


The Invisalign® Treatment Process

Invisalign is gaining traction as a sought-after solution for orthodontic problems. Unlike traditional braces, which require the placement of brackets on teeth and the connection of unsightly wires, Invisalign works nearly invisibly (as its name suggests). Particularly for those who do not wish to draw attention to their orthodontic work, Invisalign provides an attractive solution. …


Fluorosis: What is it?

Many people think dental fluorosis is a disease, but it’s not; it’s a condition that affects the appearance of your tooth’s enamel, not the function or health of the teeth. These changes may vary from tiny, white, barely noticeable spots to very noticeable staining, discoloration, and brown markings. The spots and stains left by fluorosis …


How to Care for Your Invisalign® Aligners

Is it possible to straighten the teeth without braces? Yes, it is. Welcome to the world of Invisalign aligners. Invisalign aligners are made from a clear, thermoplastic material that is custom made to fit your teeth. Unlike conventional braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. More importantly, the clear thermoplastic material makes the aligners invisible, which is …


The Intriguing History of Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching, and Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz wanted to be sure to wish our patients a happy day, no matter how you might celebrate this holiday. The Halloween that is familiar to most people today bears little resemblance to the original Halloween; back in the “old days” it wasn’t …


Smile with Invisalign Teen®!

Invisalign Teen is designed with today’s youth in mind. These clear, removable orthodontic aligners can straighten your teeth without the need for metal wires and brackets. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign Teen aligners are comfortable, nearly invisible, and removable, which allows you to remove them as you eat your favorite foods and brush and floss your …


What’s the advantage to Invisalign®?

Invisalign, which we happily provide at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, is a great alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment if you’ve been apprehensive about the thought of metal braces. During your initial visit, the first thing we do is take an impression of your teeth as they are now and digitize it. …


Kristin Cavallari and Palatal Expanders

It’s no easy feat to have one of the best smiles in Hollywood. The reality TV starlet Kristin Cavallari attributes her gorgeous smile to routine oral hygiene, the removal of two impacted wisdom teeth, and having undergone orthodontic treatment. Kristin’s treatment began in sixth grade when she was fitted with a device Drs. Paul Styrt, …


October is National Orthodontic Health Month

What does the month of October mean to you? For people in the northern hemisphere, October is when the weather starts to get a little chilly: heavy jackets might come out of storage and the summer clothing gets packed away. You might start making plans for the upcoming holidays or looking at the beautiful and …


How do I handle my child’s dental emergency?

With children undergoing developmental dental changes and engaging in rough-and-tumble activities, dental emergencies can sometimes arise. If your child knocks out a tooth or experiences any type of oral discomfort, call Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry right away so we can provide you with a quick assessment and pain-free treatment. Before an …


When is the best age to begin orthodontic treatment?

Most parents know that routine dental care should begin during their child’s toddler years. And many assume they must wait until their child has all of his or her permanent teeth to visit Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz for an initial orthodontic consultation. The ideal age for an orthodontic evaluation is age …


AcceleDent®: A safe way to expedite your orthodontic treatment

Millions of patients around the world are currently undergoing or have already completed orthodontic treatment. On average, traditional braces can take up to two years or more to straighten the teeth, a time that is filled with periodic orthodontic visits at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry for Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, …


What was your favorite part of summer?

It’s the end of summer, and fall is just around the corner. Soon the temperatures will cool down, the leaves will start to change, and Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry are sure that you’ll soon be thinking about Halloween costumes …


Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day is upon us, and that means the non-official end to summer. Before the kids head back to school and temperatures start to cool down, this is your last chance to barbeque in the beautiful San Diego, CA community, head to the lake, and wear your favorite pair of white pants. About Labor Day …


Are you ready for orthodontic treatment?

If you’ve been hiding your smile because you have crooked teeth or gaps between your teeth, it’s time to consider orthodontic treatment with Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz. Preparing for treatment is an important part of getting the smile you want. Basic exams The first step of preparation is the examination. An …


AcceleDent® helps you shorten time with braces!

Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry are excited to announce that we offer the AcceleDent System! AcceleDent, the first and only orthodontic micropulse device of its kind, can actually reduce the time you spend wearing braces, 38 to 50 percent faster …


Dreaming of a stunning smile without using braces?

Most of us aren’t born with a red carpet smile. And if you’ve thought about straightening your teeth but are apprehensive about doing so with traditional orthodontic treatment, Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry want you to know there is another …


Pediatric Dental Emergency Know-How

First aid training is a must when you are a parent. You can put on a bandage with your eyes closed. Perhaps even apply butterfly tape to avoid stitches. What about a dental injury? Do you have a checklist in mind on what to do when a tooth is knocked out, broken, or displaced from …


What is AcceleDent®?

If you are undergoing orthodontic treatment with Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz, we bet you would probably welcome any innovation that could reduce the time you spend wearing braces. Our team at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry is proud to offer our patients AcceleDent, an innovative device designed to …


What is expected of me during my orthodontic treatment?

We hear this question a lot at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, and we don’t mind when patients who are eager to complete their orthodontic treatment ask us. After all, we know there is no better feeling than getting your braces off! During your initial consultation with Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, …


The Importance of Baby Teeth

Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team know it can be easy to underestimate the significance of baby teeth. At Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, we sometimes meet parents who assume that since their child’s baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, eventually fall out and are replaced, …


Happy Fourth of July

Every year, Americans all over the world celebrate the birth of the country and its independence on the Fourth of July. There are countless ways that people celebrate and they range from community parades and large scale gatherings to concerts, fireworks displays, and smaller scale celebrations among family and friends. For some people, July 4th …


What’s the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist?

Orthodontists and dentists both help patients improve their oral health, but in different ways. Dentistry is a broad medical specialty that deals with the teeth, gum, nerves, and jaw, while orthodontics is a specialty within dentistry that focuses on correcting bites, occlusion, and the straightness of teeth. One important difference is that all orthodontists like …


What are the benefits of Invisalign®?

A popular option for straightening teeth at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, Invisalign can be a great method for improving your smile, and can help patients with crowded teeth, crossbites, overbites, underbites, and more. Invisalign, which is different from traditional braces, works by applying a series of clear, retainer-like aligners in order …


Besides straight teeth, what are the benefits of braces?

Everyone wants a naturally aligned and beautiful smile, and it is no secret that orthodontic braces from Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry can help deliver one. However, there are greater benefits to wearing braces than just having straight teeth. You’ll gain many oral health benefits in addition to the cosmetic ones. Tooth …


Going on vacation? Remember these simple tips!

If you are wearing braces and are planning a vacation, our team at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry would suggest that you be prepared. We put together a list of items that will be handy to have with you at all times while you are out of town. They include: Toothpick, flosspick, …


They’re just baby teeth, right?

“But they are only baby teeth; won’t they just fall out?” Our team at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry has had these questions asked many times from parents over the years. Primary teeth, or “baby teeth,” will indeed come out eventually, to be replaced by permanent teeth as the child grows and …


Memorial Day: Parades, remembrance, and the unofficial start of summer!

“The purpose of all war is peace.” – Saint Augustine Fire truck sirens, baton twirlers, marching bands covering patriotic tunes, colorful floats, costumes, and millions of red, white, and blue American flags being waved in the air on a beautiful day in late May, that is what Memorial Day is all about. It is a …


What is the AcceleDent® System and how can it help you?

Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team know most of our patients at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry would probably welcome the idea of speeding up the time they wear braces. And now they can, thanks to AcceleDent, a treatment option that has been shown to increase tooth …


Wishing all our moms a happy Mother’s Day!

“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.” – Robert Browning We would like to take this moment to thank all the great moms out there for being so great during their child’s visits to Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry. Whether it’s driving their kids to regularly scheduled appointments or for “being there” …


May Marks National Physical Fitness and Sports Month!

The merry month of May also happens to be National Fitness and Sports Month, so take advantage of the warmer days to get outside and exercise! Bringing a friend, family member, or coworker with you when you go for a brisk walk during a lunch break can provide an opportunity to socialize as well as …


Gum Disease and Your Child

At Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, we know that unfortunately, gum disease can exist in your child’s mouth without you even knowing. In fact, your child may be suffering from the beginning stages of periodontal (gum) disease without noticing any pain or discomfort. Since gum disease can be undetectable, it’s critical to …


Every Day is Earth Day

During the early days of the environmental awareness movement, those who demonstrated against pollution, toxic chemicals, and the general public health were known as hippies. The early 1970s were a time of change, and assertions that we needed to pay more attention to the Earth’s atmosphere were generally dismissed. But within a couple decades, it …


April is National Facial Protection Month

The Importance of Facial Protection Americans from all walks of life should mark April as National Facial Protection Month on their calendars. The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, Academy for Sports Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons have combined forces to sponsor this annual campaign, which aims …


We proudly offer Invisalign Teen®!

Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team are excited to offer Invisalign Teen, a clear alternative to braces that’s just for teens! With Invisalign Teen, we are able to straighten your teen’s teeth without the hassle, discomfort, and embarrassment of traditional braces. Invisalign Teen’s clear aligners are virtually invisible. What’s more, …


How to Avoid Delays During Your Orthodontic Treatment

Our patients at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry hate the thought of delaying their treatments and often ask us what they can do in between their adjustment visits to help. Today, Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team thought we would provide some tips on how you can …


Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Millions of people, around San Diego, CA and beyond, wear green on St. Patrick’s Day so they can show their spirit for the holiday and avoid getting pinched. While it may be easy for you to throw on a green shirt, sport a St. Patrick’s Day button, or wear a pair of emerald-hued shoes, if …


Foods that are Safe for Braces

Orthodontic braces are used to straighten the teeth, which not only creates a more pleasing appearance, but also helps prevent tooth decay and other oral health problems. Braces are only effective when they are properly cared for, however. Certain foods, for example, are better suited for individuals who have braces, as opposed to hard and …


How Our Office Makes Your Child’s Visit Anxiety-Free

Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry specialize in pediatric dentistry, and we understand that children can be frightened of things they do not understand. This anxiety is often heightened by an unpleasant dental experience or stories they hear from classmates. We …


Happy National Children’s Dental Health Month!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, so it’s a great time for our team to talk about the importance of getting proper oral health care for your children. Oral health has been closely tied to the overall health of our entire body, so making sure that our children have the best oral health care …


The Transformation of Valentine’s Day

Did you know the actions leading to the beginnings of Valentine’s Day were actually centered on the avoidance of war? A Catholic priest named Valentine defied the orders of the Emperor Claudius II and secretly married young men and their brides after the emperor had declared it illegal because only single, young men could be …


Invisalign® Q&A

It’s estimated that up to four million people at any one time are wearing braces in the United States and Canada. But Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz and our team at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry know that braces have come a long way from the early days of …


Can baby teeth get cavities?

Our team at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry knows that every parent loves to hear his or her child say, “no cavities!” when leaving our office. Let’s talk about why primary (baby) teeth get cavities, what you can do to help prevent them, and what Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan …


Is adult orthodontic treatment for you?

Adult patients who seek orthodontic treatment usually fall into one of two camps: those who did not undergo orthodontic treatment as a child or those who had braces at one point but stopped wearing retainers for one reason or another. At Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, we are happy to offer a …


Use Pediatric Dentists to Treat Children

There are many different types of dental specialties out there, so how do you know when you should see a general dentist (your regular dentist), and when you should seek the help of a dentist with specialized training? This article covers the basic differences between a pediatric dentist and a family or general dentist, and …


How does AcceleDent® make orthodontic treatment more efficient?

Patients who need to get orthodontic treatment are often concerned about how long they will wear their braces. Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz will tell you the good news is, is there is a solution for any patient who wants to minimize the time he or she needs to wear braces. AcceleDent …


Common Emergency Care Visits: Toothaches or abscesses

Dental problems do not always wait for normal office hours. Broken fillings or damaged teeth are common reasons for emergency treatment. Toothaches and abscesses can also require prompt attention. Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz can provide you with the information and treatment you need to prevent the problem from becoming worse. Emergency …


It’s a Wrap: Ending the year with a smile!

People have been ushering in the New Year for centuries but it became an official holiday in 1582 when Pope George XIII declared January 1st to be the day on which everyone would celebrate the New Year. At midnight people would yell, holler, and blow horns to scare away the evil spirits of the previous …


What is hyperdontia?

When a child is born, he or she will have 20 primary teeth and 32 permanent teeth. But sometimes kids are born with additional teeth, and our team at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry calls this oral condition “hyperdontia.” Primary teeth are the first set of teeth that erupt in your child’s …


Steer clear of that candy!

At Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, we know how tempting candy can sometimes be on our sweet tooth, but it’s important to remember that every candy and sugary treat you consume elevates your risk of developing tooth decay, which can break down your teeth. While not all bad in moderation, when eaten …


Five Tips in Caring for Your Braces During Orthodontic Treatment

After getting your braces, it is important to know how to take care of your teeth in order to ensure that your braces stay intact and do their job so that your teeth are in top-notch condition after you complete your orthodontic treatment. Today, our team at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry …


Thanksgiving

At Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, we love to celebrate the holidays with vigor! Drs. Paul Styrt, Harjot Chawla, and Ryan Abelowitz would love to share some unique ways of celebrating Thanksgiving from beyond the San Diego, CA area to the national level! When Americans sit down to dinner on the last …


Halitosis in Children: Causes and treatment

Halitosis is the scientific name for bad breath. It is one of the most common oral concerns, and it affects a large percentage of the population, including children. Having bad breath can be embarrassing and a nuisance. When considering what to do about halitosis, the team at Dr. Paul J. Styrt Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry …


Your Five-Step Guide to Preventing Tooth Decay While Wearing Braces

If you’re wearing braces, then you know they are working hard to straighten your teeth. However, those hard-working braces are also preventing you from easily cleaning your teeth. It is essential that you put some extra attention into preventing tooth decay while wearing your braces. When your braces are finally removed by Drs. Paul Styrt, …


Besides Straight Teeth, What are the Benefits of Braces?

Everyone wants a naturally aligned and beautiful smile, and it is no secret that orthodontic braces from Simply Spectacular Smiles can help deliver one. However, there are greater benefits to wearing braces than just having straight teeth. You’ll gain many oral health benefits in addition to the cosmetic ones. Tooth Decay and Gum Disease Crooked …


Adults and Braces: Not just for kids anymore

Just hearing the word “braces” can take many of us back to junior high — that painful era when we wore unattractive glasses, endured unflattering haircuts, and carried a mouthful of braces to complete the awkward adolescent look. Despite the common assumption that braces are for kids, more and more adults are choosing to pursue …


Halloween – Candy, Costumes, and More!

All Hallows’ Eve, more commonly known as Halloween, is a yearly event celebrated on October 31, and one that is anticipated by the young and young at heart all over the world. Some scholars claim that Halloween originated from Celtic festivals that honored the dead or that celebrated the harvest, while others doubt that there’s …


Who benefits from Invisalign®?

What’s great about Invisalign is that the treatment is designed to benefit just about anyone, and that’s part of what makes it work. To find out if you are the right candidate for Invisalign treatment, the first thing Drs. Paul Styrt and Harjot Chawla and our team do is to take an impression of your …


What is early intervention?

Many developing orthodontic problems can be intercepted and corrected if diagnosed and treated at an early age. Drs. Paul Styrt and Harjot Chawla and our team at Simply Spectacular Smiles recommend children have their first orthodontic evaluation no later than age seven, or younger if the front four permanent teeth have replaced the baby teeth. …


Mark Your Calendars! CDA Cares San Diego

The CDA Cares Foundation, a nonprofit organization run by the California Dental Association, organizes events to provide free oral health care to less fortunate patients in our community. The next event, scheduled for December 7-8 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, is expected to host over a thousand patients. We’re excited to announce that both of …


Fall Fun with Dr. Styrt & Our Team

Mark your calendars! There’s a whole lot of fun going on at the office of Dr. Styrt this month and coming up in November. We’re getting into the Halloween spirit every Thursday in October with office spirit days. If you come by the office any Thursday this month, you’ll see our team decked out in …


How do I know if I need braces?

Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have put together a helpful list that outlines when you should call Drs. Paul Styrt and Harjot Chawla to schedule an initial consultation. Here are 12 warning signs indicating it’s time to check in with us: 1. Early or late loss of baby teeth 2. Teeth …


Year-End Insurance Reminder

Now that October is upon us, Drs. Paul Styrt and Harjot Chawla and our team at Simply Spectacular Smiles wanted to send you a friendly reminder to schedule your orthodontic appointment prior to the end of the year to take full advantage of any flex spend, health savings, or insurance benefits that you may have. …


The Clear Benefits of Invisalign®

Invisalign clear aligners can be a great option for improving your smile. At Simply Spectacular Smiles, we have lots of experience using this technology to give our patients the beautiful and healthy smile they’ve always wanted. Plus, because it’s so convenient, Invisalign rarely interferes with your daily life. Invisalign aligners are clear, discrete and effective …


I got my braces. Now what?

We love when patients ask us that question! Now that you’re wearing braces, it’s even more important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen as you begin your orthodontic treatment. Braces are known to trap food particles and make it difficult to brush or remove plaque, which is why our team at Simply Spectacular Smiles …


Thanks to Invisalign®, you can have a perfect smile without metal wires or brackets!

At Simply Spectacular Smiles, we know that image is everything. For many people, the thought of having metal brackets and wires attached to their teeth for two or more years may be more than enough to reconsider orthodontic treatment. If you’ve been considering straightening your teeth but are apprehensive about metal wires and brackets getting …


September is Self-Improvement Month!

These days, Americans everywhere are putting greater emphasis on health and self-improvement, and more people are seeking orthodontic treatment to improve their smile. September happens to be Self-Improvement Month, and our team at Simply Spectacular Smiles knows that orthodontic treatment is an investment in self-improvement that will provide benefits for a lifetime. Recent advances in …


Celebrate Labor Day by Getting Away

Labor Day honors the contributions that workers have made to this country, and for many Americans, the holiday is a great time to relax at home with family and friends. But there are quite a few people who celebrate the holiday by getting out of town, with an estimated 33 million people traveling more than …


What’s the advantage of Invisalign®?

Invisalign, which we happily provide at Simply Spectacular Smiles, is a great alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment if you are hesitant about the look and feel of metal braces. During your initial visit at our San Diego, CA office, the first thing we do is take an impression of your teeth as they are now …


Why is flossing so important when I have braces?

You’ve made an investment on spending money on getting braces, so why not keep your teeth in good health while undergoing orthodontic treatment?  Drs. Paul Styrt and Harjot Chawla and our team at Simply Spectacular Smiles will tell you it is just as important to develop a regular hygiene routine while you’re wearing braces as …


Is Invisalign Teen® right for me?

At Simply Spectacular Smiles, we know that for most teens, the thought of having metal brackets and wires attached to their teeth for a period of time may be more than enough to delay orthodontic treatment. But thanks to innovations in technology and the recent wave of celebrities undergoing treatment, the days of “metal mouth” …


It’s time to go back to school!

With many of the schools here in San Diego, CA starting soon, Dr. Styrt and our team would like to remind all of our patients about the importance of scheduling appointments in advance. With school, clubs, sports, and family duties to consider, we know that it can be challenging to find time to visit Simply …


Love your new smile? Tell us about it!

At Simply Spectacular Smiles, we proudly treat adults, teens, and children; no matter what your age, we believe you deserve a great smile. Our warm and welcoming team is known for their for their exceptional orthodontic skills. Drs. Paul Styrt and Harjot Chawla and our talented team have been creating beautiful smiles for years, and …


What causes crooked teeth?

There are several reasons why some people’s teeth grow in crooked, overlapping, or twisted. The most common is hereditary, while other causes include irregularly-shaped teeth or jaws, premature loss of baby teeth, and habits such as thumb-sucking or tongue thrusting. It is very important that you schedule an appointment at Simply Spectacular Smiles so that …


Burning Invisalign® Questions

Are you wondering what Invisalign treatment is really like, and what effect it will have on your day-to-day activities while you undergo treatment? Will it slur your speech? Will people even know you’re in treatment? You’re not alone in your concerns! Drs. Paul Styrt and Harjot Chawla and our team thought we’d share this list …


Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Independence Day from Drs. Paul Styrt and Harjot Chawla and team! The Fourth of July celebrations in America may have changed a lot over the years, but there is no doubt that we Americans love to celebrate the anniversary of our country’s independence! Today we’re devoting the Simply Spectacular Smiles! blog to some fun …


What should I ask during my orthodontic consultation?

If you have been thinking about undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth or correct jaw alignment, the first step is scheduling an orthodontic consultation at Simply Spectacular Smiles. During the consultation we will actively listen to your concerns and address all of your questions, as well as discuss a treatment options that would best suit …


Invisalign® Tips

Many people know that Invisalign is a great alternative if you don’t want to experience the look and feel of traditional metal braces. What few people know, though, is that just like traditional braces, Invisalign requires proper care on the patient’s end to work effectively. Good oral hygiene is highly important, even when you are …


Orthodontist vs. dentist – what’s the difference?

As more and more patients are seeking to straighten their smiles, it’s becoming increasingly common for general dentists to offer orthodontic treatment solutions. Though dentists can be certified to provide Invisalign treatment and most dental schools teach their students orthodontic basics, it’s important to research any doctor’s qualifications before beginning treatment. So, what makes an …


Are Braces Right for Me?

According to Preferred Consumer, it’s estimated that 50 percent of people have teeth that are crooked, not aligned properly, or irregular. Fortunately today, orthodontics has advanced to the point where corrective devices, such as braces and retainers, are less obvious, more comfortable, and can be worn for shorter periods of time. So, with that being …


Smile! June Marks National Smile Month

Can you believe it’s already June? Today, Drs. Paul Styrt and Harjot Chawla and our team at Simply Spectacular Smiles thought we’d tell you June is National Smile Month, and a good time to remind all our patients to practice good oral hygiene while you are wearing braces! Below are a few simple steps you …


Is orthodontic treatment just for straightening teeth?

A lot of patients ask us why Drs. Paul Styrt and Harjot Chawla and our team at Simply Spectacular Smiles work tirelessly to give our patients straight teeth. Of course it’s nice to have a smile full of evenly-aligned teeth, but did you know that straightening your teeth can keep them healthier as well? Straight …


Memorial Day

Memorial Day is not only a federal holiday in the United States, but it is a day of observance and remembrance of those who died in service. Originally known as Decoration Day, this solemn day has been marked on calendars since the end of the American Civil War as a day to commemorate both the …


The Advantage of Invisalign Teen®

Here at Simply Spectacular Smiles, we know that image is everything. At an age when image is so important, the thought of having metal brackets and wires constantly attached to the 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 …


Keep us updated and stay connected with us online!

Have you recently moved, changed your phone number, or changed any of your information that we use to best serve you? If so, be sure to inform us of your changes! Also, did you know that we have a vibrant social media presence? Have you had a chance to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, …


May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month!

At Simply Spectacular Smiles, we know image is everything, especially for today’s teenagers. At an age when image is so important, the thought of having braces may intensify the already-delicate confidence of today’s teens. Well, May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month, and during this time, parents are encouraged to act as positive role models, help …


Feeling Confident at your Orthodontic Consultation

How You Can Start Preparing Now When you first start thinking about going to the orthodontist, it is normal to feel apprehensive. What will your orthodontic experience bring? Whether you have been advised by a dentist or chosen to seek out orthodontic care from Drs. Paul Styrt and Harjot Chawla on your own, there are …


Earth Day

The idea for Earth Day was the brainchild of Gaylord Nelson, a senator from Wisconsin. He envisioned an Earth Day that would be a kind of environmental teach-in. The first Earth Day celebration took place on April 22, 1970, and a surprising 20 million people participated on that day. Ultimately, it became the largest organized …


Introducing iTero™ Technology with Dr. Styrt!

Here at the office of Dr. Styrt, we are always looking for new ways to improve our patients’ experiences by investing in the latest technologies. That’s why we are very excited about our new digital scanner, a Cadent iTero™. The iTero™ scanner replaces the need for the traditional impression process with computerized 3-D digital scanning. …


The Evolution of Braces

Did you know that even in ancient times, people wanted to improve the look and function of their smiles? We think of modern orthodontic appliances as sleek, efficient technology, but this was not always so! Take a look at the highlights in the evolution of braces. Ancient Times: From Greece to Rome According to The …


Play it Safe this Spring

It’s springtime and it’s again time to remind our patients at Simply Spectacular Smiles to protect their faces and pearly whites while out on the field playing sports. According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, children, high-school athletes and adults have more than 5,000,000 teeth knocked out in sporting events annually. If you are …


April marks National Facial Protection Month

With spring here, many children, teens and adults will once again pick up the ball, bring the bat out of seasonal retirement, and lace up their cleats to hit the fields for the return of spring sports! April, which is only a few days away, is National Facial Protection Month, and during this time, we …


Adults and Braces – Not Just for Kids Anymore

Just hearing the word “braces” can take many of us back to junior high — that painful era when we wore unattractive glasses, endured unflattering haircuts, and carried a mouthful of braces to complete the awkward adolescent look. Despite the common assumption that braces are for kids, more and more adults are choosing to pursue …


Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day

Millions of people wear green on St. Patrick’s Day so they can show their spirit for the holiday and avoid getting pinched. While it may be easy for you to throw on a green shirt, sport a St. Patrick’s Day button, or wear a pair of emerald-hued shoes, if you’re an avid St. Patty’s Day …


Patient question: “What is malocclusion?”

This is a question we hear all the time. Malocclusion, or what we call having a “bad bite,” is the improper alignment of teeth and/or jaws. When your teeth and jaws are not properly aligned, it may impact your bite, the ability to properly care for your teeth, your gum tissue health and even your …


I’m 28 – are orthodontics right for me?

Thank you for the question. In an age—and society—where looks matter as much as anything, and at a time when evenly-aligned teeth might be the difference between getting a job or a promotion, adults are choosing—wisely, we think—to invest in orthodontics. Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, and we know that adults especially …


What’s on your mind?

By now, you’re probably familiar with our blog-writing process: Each week, we write about important orthodontic topics and your well-being, including the treatments we proudly offer. This week, though, we thought we’d step back and ask you, our amazing patients: what’s on your mind? What would you like to know about the always-changing and exciting …


February is also Heart Month!

You may remember our post from last week, when we discussed February being “National Children’s Dental Health Month.” But did you know February also marks American Heart Month? It’s a great time to take notice of the health of your heart as cardiovascular disease remains the leading cause of death in the world, according to …


February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

Each February for the past 63 years, our friends at the American Dental Association have sponsored National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health at a young age, and especially during your orthodontic treatment. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular visits with your dentist—even while …


The myths and facts about braces

Some folks believe your chances of being struck by lightning increases when you have braces, while other folks believe having braces interferes with romance, and even metal detectors as you try to make your way through the airport for a much-needed vacation. Trust us when we say we know there are quite a few myths …


Patient question: What can I eat with braces?

We love when patients ask us this question! Now that you’re wearing braces, it’s just as important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen as you did before your orthodontic treatment began. The first few days in braces are going to be more difficult to eat than normal. There will be a slight discomfort when …


Six oral hygiene tips for our patients

If you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment, brushing and flossing after every meal and snack is the only way to prevent plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum disease. Your teeth will need extra care, especially during treatment at our office. Our goal is for you to have a beautiful healthy smile, and in order for us to …


Do germs really live on my toothbrush?

The dreaded cold and flu season is here again! After recovering from your cold, one of the most important steps you can take to avoid becoming reinfected is replacing your toothbrush! Germs can linger on the bristles, and you risk prolonging your sickness by continuing to use the same toothbrush. Be smart – keep a …


Happy New Year!

With the year almost over, we thought we would ask you, our dear patients: what was memorable about 2012 for you, and what are you looking forward to in 2013? Do you have a new year’s resolution, or any exciting plans for the coming year? We want to wish all our patients, friends, family and …


When you have an orthodontic emergency, we are here for you

Millions of patients undergoing orthodontic treatment will not be smiling this holiday season, and not because they didn’t get the gift they wanted. These are people whose teeth and/or braces fall victim to the hard, chewy, gummy or sticky holiday treats. We know orthodontic emergencies are never convenient nor timely. If you are a patient …


Season’s greetings!

In this season given to tidings of comfort and joy, and as we reflect on the year that was, we’d like to ask you, our wonderful patients: What do you love about the holidays this year? Being with your loved ones? Hitting the slopes? A clean slate for 2013? Opening presents by the fireplace? All …


Need a New Year’s Resolution? How about a healthier, more beautiful smile?

2013 is almost here, and it’s a great time of year to get started on a lifetime of straight, dazzling and confident smiles. We are proud to offer some of today’s most innovative orthodontic technologies that can straighten your smile in less time than you ever imagined. Not only do today’s braces and other orthodontic …


Where’s your bite? The differences between crossbites, overbites, and underbites

Did you know there is a direct correlation between your bite and your overall health? When your teeth and jaws are not properly-aligned, it may affect your breathing, speech, and, in extreme cases, even affect the appearance of your face. As a result of malocclusion, also commonly referred to as “bad bite,” your teeth may …


Make 2013 the year to improve your oral health!

–Many of our patients consider the beginning of a new year a time to not only reflect on the year that was, but also to set personal goals for the upcoming year. How are you planning to improve your health and happiness in 2013? Because it’s never too early to start thinking about New Year’s …


Shorten Your Time in Braces with AcceleDent and Dr. Styrt!

Dr. Styrt and the rest of our orthodontic team are excited to announce our practice now offers the AcceleDent System! AcceleDent, the first and only orthodontic micropulse device of its kind, has the ability to help move our patients’ teeth 38%-50% faster than usual. Orthopedic doctors have been using micropulse technology for years, but it …


Happy Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we would like to wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy a day filled of friends, family, and great food. We are very thankful for all of our patients and their families. We’d like to know, what are you most thankful for this year? Leave us a comment, …


How Long After My Braces Come Off Should I Wear My Retainer?

Braces are an investment in your smile. When your teeth reach a desired straightness, you’ll have a beautiful smile, but it’s important to keep it that way! You can accomplish this with a retainer. A retainer is a small, custom-fit device that reinforces the new position of your teeth after your braces are removed. But …


Permanent or Removable Retainers: Which is Right for You?

When the time to remove your braces finally arrives, it is very exciting. Unfortunately, it can be somewhat confusing, too, because you are faced with choosing between two kinds of retainers. Should you go with permanent, removable, or a combination of the two? It is always wise to follow your orthodontist’s recommendations, but knowing more …


Avoiding Common Problems Associated With Braces

While braces play an important part in helping to create a healthy mouth and teeth, you might experience a few side effects while wearing them that are common and can be easily treated. Even with the best of care, braces can cause soreness to your mouth. As your teeth begin to move, it is natural …


All About Nail Biting

Q. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Phil Collins, LeBron James, Eva Mendes, Britney Spears, and Casey Affleck. What have these famous people had in common? A. Nail biting. Nail biting is one of the most common ‘nervous habits.’ It can be triggered by stress, excitement, boredom or inactivity. It can also be a learned behavior from family …


Besides Straight Teeth, What are the Benefits of Braces?

Everyone wants a naturally aligned and beautiful smile, and it is no secret that orthodontic braces can help deliver one. However, there are greater benefits to wearing braces than just having straight teeth. You’ll gain many oral health benefits in addition to the cosmetic ones. Tooth Decay and Gum Disease Crooked or crowded teeth may …


The History of Braces

Did you know that even in ancient times, people wanted to improve the look and function of their smiles? We think of modern orthodontic appliances as sleek, efficient technology, but this was not always so! Take a look at the highlights in the evolution of braces. Ancient Times: From Greece to Rome • According to …


Rubber Band Horoscopes: What Your Color Says About You

One exciting part about wearing braces is getting to choose the colors of your rubber bands. Orthodontists place elastic bands, or ligatures, over each bracket to secure the archwire in place. These rubber bands may be individual or connected, depending on your mouth’s needs. You have the option of choosing the color of your elastics, …


Good Breath Gone Bad!

Bad breath can be a real downer, especially when you are out on a date with that girl or boy you’ve had a crush on all semester – or while in that important business meeting, for which you’ve been preparing all week. However, bad breath can be prevented! Bad breath, or as your doctor may …


Nifty Eggs-periment

For most children, summer break is over, and the school year is in full swing! After they’re done with their homework, you may be running out of ideas to keep them occupied. Why not use a fun and simple science experiment to focus their attention for a while? This one includes a lesson about why …


Cold season is here, be prepared!

Cold and flu season is here yet again. The folks at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that a common cold usually includes sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and coughing. Symptoms can last for up to two weeks. To promote a healthy and clean environment, our entire staff give a great deal of attention …


How much do you know about your toothbrush?

People have been brushing their teeth for thousands of years! In fact, the first “toothbrush” was created around 3000BC! Ancient civilizations used a thin twig with a frayed edge to rub against their teeth for cleaning. The first toothbrush with bristles – similar to today’s toothbrushes – was invented in 1498 in China. Brushes were …


How long does orthodontic treatment take?

Orthodontic treatments are used to correct malocclusion, a condition more commonly known as a bad bite. The length of treatment time varies depending on the severity of the bite problem. What is a “bad bite”? A bad bite occurs when spacing or alignment problems are present. This often includes teeth that are protruding, crowded, or …


Braces without Embarrassment

Adults who need orthodontic care often share the misconception that they are too old for braces and would rather not deal with the embarrassment. You are probably familiar with horror stories about rubber bands snapping, mishaps with kissing, and unsightly food sticking in metal braces. Many adults believe that braces are just for children, but …


Preventing Decay While Wearing Braces

Having braces can present some new challenges when it comes to oral hygiene. Preventing tooth decay can be a big challenge simply because of the tendency for braces to trap food under the wires and between the teeth and the brackets. Here are a few tips to keep your teeth healthy while wearing your braces: …


When Should My Child See an Orthodontist?

Orthodontic treatments vary from dental treatment, in that they primarily address malocclusions, jaw spacing and tooth alignment, rather than the actual health of the teeth. That is why it is often more difficult for parents to determine when a child needs orthodontic treatment than dental treatment. So how can you know it is time to …


How did you celebrate your 4th of July?

In Honor of America’s birthday, we’d like to hear about how you spent The 4th of July. We’d love to see your fun photos and how you spent the day. Our team thought it would be fun to share some facts about the history of our Independence Day. Fun Facts: • Betsy Ross, according to …


Mouth guards and you

A lot of our patients play sports, and now is a great time to remind all of you to take care of both your mouth and appliances while participating in sports – especially contact sports such as soccer, football, baseball and basketball. One of the most important pieces of sports equipment you can wear on …


June marks National Dairy Month!

In honor of June Dairy Month, our team would like to thank all of our hard working families in the Dairy Industry. In fact, dairy is important to your overall health! Regular consumption of dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, have been found to lower your chances of contracting periodontal disease (also known …


Getting social with Dr. Styrt

We embrace technology, whether it’s through the innovative treatments we offer, our high-tech web site or our Facebook fan page. As you can probably tell, we love connecting with our patients online, whether it’s by sharing news on our blog or communicating ideas on our fan page. For social media to work, we understand that …


The Benefits of a Beautiful Smile

We know that having an attractive smile puts a spring in your step—or two—as well as increases your self-confidence, no matter if you’re 14 or in your late forties. Smiling not only makes people happy and puts them in a good mood, doing it often can even help you live longer, according to previous studies! …


What are your summer plans?

The dog days of summer are almost upon us, and what better time for us to ask our patients’ summer plans! Whether you’re going camping, hitting America’s great open roads, visiting our nation’s capitol, or just staying in town and hanging out, we want to know how you’re all going to spending your summer! Please …


Ask Dr. Styrt: “What should I expect during my initial consultation?”

Great question! When you first come in for your initial consultation, Dr. Styrt will conduct a comprehensive examination to assess your oral health. This will better enable us to determine the best treatment method for you. Your orthodontic evaluation will consist of an oral and facial examination to assess your oral health. We will have …


May marks National Teen Self-Esteem Month! From Drs. Styrt & Job

May marks National Teen Self-Esteem Month! At Dr. Styrt’s office, we know image is everything. At an age when image is so important, the thought of having braces may intensify the already-delicate confidence of today’s teens. Well, May is National Teen Self-Esteem Month, and during this time, parents are encouraged to act as positive role …


Going Mobile with Dr. Styrt’s office!

Dr. Styrt and the Team have some exciting news for you. We have a new mobile site for our patients on-the-go! No matter where you are…work, school, traveling or shopping at the mall, you will be able to access our website with speed and ease to request or change an appointment, make a payment, refer …


Love your new smile? Tell Dr. Styrt & team about it!

What a great question! Many parents naturally assume they must wait until their child has all of his or her permanent teeth to visit our San Diego office for a consultation, only to discover treatment would have been much easier if started earlier. Did you know the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child …


Spring is here! Do we have your current contact info?

Spring is in the air! As you probably know, you can always connect with us on our Facebook page, but we invite you to please contact our office with any updates to phone numbers and addresses, so that we may be able to reach you. We also encourage you to call us and let us …


April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Visiting your dentist during your orthodontic treatment will not only help keep your teeth and mouth healthy while you have braces, but will also help keep the rest of your body healthy. The fact is, every hour of every day in the U.S., someone dies of oral cancer, which is the sixth-most common diagnosed form of …


Why do I need a braces adjustment so often?

When you have braces, your wires will need to be replaced with new ones regularly. It is the slow, steady pressure placed on your teeth that move them into their desired positions, so these adjustments are a vital aspect of your treatment. We have set out a specific treatment plan to achieve your optimal results, …


Am I Too Old for Braces?

Orthodontic treatment for adults is becoming more and more common. In fact, the number of adults getting braces has actually climbed 24 percent since 1996! More adults than ever are realizing that orthodontic treatment is not just for kids, and can help improve the aesthetics and health of a smile of any age! In society …


Play it safe this spring, from Dr. Styrt

With spring almost here, many children, teens and adults in San Diego will once again pick up the ball, bring the bat out of seasonal retirement, and lace up their cleats to hit the fields for the return of spring sports! During this time, however, Drs. Styrt and Job urge our young athletes to play …


Dr. Styrt on the importance of retainers

If you’ve recently completed treatment at Dr. Styrt’s office, we’d like to congratulate you! Now that your braces have been removed, Drs. Styrt and Job will provide—or have provided you—with retainers. After braces are removed, teeth can shift out of position if they are not stabilized. Retainers, however, provide that stabilization. They are designed to …


Love your or your child’s new smile? Tell us about it!

If you or your child have ever been treated at Dr. Paul Styrt’s office, you probably know our goal is to create healthy smiles as well as balanced faces that will last a lifetime. We are a team of professionals dedicated to serving the needs of our patients and enhancing their lives. We consistently strive …


What causes crooked teeth?

There are several reasons why some people’s teeth grow in crooked, overlapping, or twisted. Some people’s mouths are too small for their teeth, which crowds the teeth and causes them to shift. In other cases, a person’s upper and lower jaws aren’t the same size or are malformed. Most often, crooked teeth are inherited traits …


Making Braces Fit into Your Life

When you get braces at Dr. Styrt’s office there are a few things you’ll have to adjust to get optimal results in the shortest amount of time. If you have any questions about the “do’s and don’ts” of living with braces, feel free to ask Dr. Paul J. Styrt or any member of our staff …


Ask Dr. Styrt: How long does orthodontic treatment take?

Your smile is totally unique, so the time you’ll need to spend undergoing orthodontic treatment will also be unique. Generally, orthodontic treatment will take about two years, and this is for good reason. During this time, your teeth will slowly move into their desired positions, leaving you with a great smile with as little discomfort …


Dr. Styrt & team, supporting National Children’s Dental Health Month

Each February for the past 61 years, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. For kids …


Dreaming of a dazzling smile? Dr. Styrt & team can help!

The fact is, most of us aren’t born with a red carpet smile. And that’s where Dr. Styrt and our team can help. Of course, orthodontic treatment help make your teeth stay strong, healthy and become perfectly-aligned. But did you know you can get the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted — without braces? We …


The benefits of a beautiful smile, from Dr. Styrt

At Dr. Styrt’s office, we know having an attractive smile puts a spring in your step—or two—as well as increases your self-confidence, no matter if you’re 14 or in your late forties. Smiling not only makes people happy and puts them in a good mood, doing it often can even help you live longer, according …


Ask Drs. Styrt & Job: “How do I know if my daughter has gum disease?”

At the office of Dr. Paul Styrt, we’ll tell you it’s easy to tell when you have a cavity; but unfortunately, gum disease can exist in your child’s mouth without you even knowing. In fact, your child can have the beginning stages of gum disease without noticing any pain or discomfort. Since gum disease can …


Make 2012 the year to improve your oral health, from Dr. Styrt

Many of our patients and their families consider the beginning of a new year a time to not only reflect on the year that was, but also to set personal goals for the upcoming year. How are you planning to improve your health and happiness in 2012? Dr. Paul Styrt and our team recommend that …


Connect with Dr. Styrt on Facebook!

At the office of Dr. Paul Styrt, we value the relationships we have developed with our patients in San Diego and surrounding communities. Even if you only see us for your appointment on a regular basis, did you know that you can now connect with Drs. Styrt and Job & staff on our Facebook page? …


Season’s Greetings from Drs. Styrt, Job & team!

In this season given to tidings of comfort and joy, and as Drs. Styrt and Job & team reflect on the year that was, we’d like to ask you, our wonderful patients: What do you love about the holidays this year? Being with your loved ones? A clean slate for 2012? Opening presents by the …


Ask Dr. Styrt: “I’m 28 – am I too old for braces?”

Of course not. Not too long ago, we came across an article that reported adults getting braces has jumped 24 percent from just 15 years ago! In fact, did you know one of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over the age of 21? In an age—and society—where looks matter as much as anything, …


The myths & facts about orthodontics, from Dr. Styrt

Drs. Styrt and Job know there are quite a few myths about orthodontics (and orthodontists) floating around nowadays. But before you buy into those myths, our docs think you should get the facts! We came across a great site that helps set the record straight. Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists have some …


How important is your smile? From Dr. Styrt

We hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend! At the office of Dr. Paul Styrt, we consistently strive to provide the finest and most technologically advanced orthodontic and pediatric dental care to each person we serve. We value honesty and integrity in all that we do, and treat each person as we would want to …


Happy Thanksgiving, from Dr. Paul J. Styrt

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season knocking at our door, our entire team at the office of Dr. Paul J. Styrt wanted to stop for a moment and extend our best wishes to you, our patients, referring doctors and families, for a wonderful Thanksgiving.As always, if you know anyone we can help, …


Ask Dr. Styrt: “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 Drs. Styrt and Job …


Happy Veteran’s Day from the office of Dr. Paul J. Styrt

Happy Veteran’s Day! We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the veterans and those currently on active duty who have put their lives on the line for the freedoms we all enjoy. Thanks to all of you who have given us so much. – Dr. Paul J. Styrt


Ask Dr. Styrt: What’s the deal with all that Halloween candy?

For parents worried about kids going overboard on candies, sugar and other sweets, Halloween is a dreaded annual event. Drs. Styrt and Job know all those sweet, sour and sticky candies may taste great, but these treats are known to damage teeth, as well as your braces! Did you know sour candies can be acidic …


Unused Flexible Spending and Health Savings Funds

Greetings! Believe it or not the 2011 year is quickly coming to an end! As the calendar winds down to 2012, we know many of our valued patients will be anxiously eyeing their Flexible Spending or Health Savings Account balances—trying hard not to squander any of the hard-earned dollars socked away for medical and dental …


Cold season is here, from Dr. Paul J. Styrt

Cold and flu season is here – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that a common cold usually includes sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and coughing. Symptoms can last for up to two weeks. To promote a healthy and clean environment, Drs. Paul Styrt, Allen Job and our entire staff give a great deal …


“I just turned 34 – am I too old for braces?”

Of course not. Recently, we came across an article that reported adults getting braces has jumped 24 percent from just 14 years ago! In fact, did you know one of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over the age of 21? In an age—and society—where looks matter as much as anything, and at a …


We are offering complimentary orthodontic evaluations this month!

October is here. The leaves are beginning to fall, the weather is getting a bit chilly here in San Diego, the days are getting shorter and all that Halloween candy is beginning to make its rounds. For Drs. Paul Styrt and Allen Job, as well as for our entire staff, October is known as both …


Ask Dr. Styrt: “Where can I get more info about braces?”

Great question! Besides Dr. Styrt’s website, which provides you with a plethora of information about all things braces and Invisalign, we would like to point you to a helpful website: Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO, have provided lots of important information about everything braces, including myths and facts of orthodontics, …


In love with your new smile? Tell us all about it!

If you or your child have ever been treated at Dr. Paul Styrt’s office, you probably know our goal is to create healthy smiles as well as balanced faces that will last a lifetime. We are a team of professionals dedicated to serving the needs of our patients and enhancing their lives. We consistently strive …


September is National Gum Care Month!

At the office of Dr. Paul Styrt, we know that gingivitis, which is the early stage of periodontal disease, can be difficult to recognize if you’re not a trained dentist. Many people don’t recognize the warning signs – bleeding and swollen gums – as a precursor to periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. While …


Dr. Styrt voted San Diego’s #1 Orthodontist!

I am truly honored to be chosen as San Diego’s #1 Orthodontist in The Union/Tribune’s “Best of San Diego” 2011 contest. As always I so appreciate our patients and their families, and the support and confidence you continue to show us by referring your friends and family members to our office. My vision remains committed …


Don’t throw your insurance benefits away! From Dr. Styrt

Happy Monday! Dr. Styrt and our entire team would like to give those patients with flex spend, health savings, or insurance benefits a friendly end of the year reminder that it’s about that time to schedule your child’s dental visits so you can optimize your benefits! Now is the time to reserve you appointment with …


It’s that time of year again … Back to School!

We’d like to ask for a little help from you in an effort to better serve all of our patient families–Please e-mail a copy of your school’s 2011-2012 Academic Calendar to our scheduling team at request@drstyrt.com. If you don’t have a digital copy, or know you’ll be coming to see us soon, feel free to …


“My son is turning 1 – when should we visit Dr. Styrt’s office?”

Great question! The short answer is, “First visit by first birthday.” Dr. Paul Styrt and our staff know that cavities know no age boundaries, and that is why we recommend a visit to our office at age one. Coincidentally, that happens to be the opinion of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental …


Gum disease and your child

At the office of Dr. Paul Styrt, we’ll tell you it’s easy to tell when you have a cavity; but unfortunately, gum disease can exist in your child’s mouth without you even knowing. In fact, your child can have the beginning stages of gum disease without noticing any pain or discomfort. Since gum disease can …


Flossing on your summer vacation

This summer while on vacation get a photo take of you flossing during your trip for our summer contest! Submit all photos to Dr. Styrt at the following email: stacie@drstyrt.com. Contest ends Sept. 30, 2011. We look forward to seeing your photos!


Smile wide! It’s National Smile Week!

It’s National Smile Week, and a GREAT time to remind our patients at the office of Dr. Paul Styrt to practice good oral hygiene to keep those teeth shining during your orthodontic treatment! This includes brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding foods that can stain your teeth such as tea and coffee and visiting your general …


New Smiles at Dr. Styrt’s office!

There’s nothing more we love seeing than a patient getting their braces off! In fact, Dr. Styrt and team keep a running album of new patient smile on our Facebook page, and we encourage you to check it out! While you’re there, we’d love it if you “Liked” our page! Happy Tuesday!


Dr. Styrt & team want to know: What’s on your mind?

As the summer progresses, our team at the office of Dr. Paul Styrt strive to continue writing about important topics related to orthodontics and your treatment at our San Diego office. To help us continue doing that through the course of the summer, Dr. Styrt and team would like to ask you, our readers: what’s …


Ask Dr. Styrt: When should my child come in for a consultation?

What a great question! Many parents naturally assume they must wait until their child has all of his or her permanent teeth to visit our San Diego office for a consultation, only to discover treatment would have been much easier if started earlier. Did you know the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child …


Join us for our Patient Appreciation Day on Aug. 18th!

Dr. Styrt and our Team would like to invite you to our 2011 Patient Appreciation Day on Thursday, August 18th from 3 to 5 p.m. at our San Diego office! Thanks to those of you who have already confirmed! We look forward to seeing you! If you did not RSVP yet … it’s not too …


Does Dr. Styrt have your current contact info?

We hope you’re having a great week and a great summer so far! If you are planning on traveling with family this summer or think you might not be able to make it to your scheduled appointment, please let us know ahead of time so that we may be able to accommodate you, as well …


Fourth of July plans?

For many of our patients at Dr. Styrt’s office, Independence Day is a day of fireworks, picnics, playing at the lake or spending quality time with family. Most people recognize July Fourth as a time to celebrate and commemorate the anniversary of the signing of our Declaration of Independence. What about you? What are your …


5 Reasons to visit our office for a consultation this summer

With the country still mired in a recession, many parents in San Diego are putting off visiting the orthodontist for a consultation. Dr. Styrt and our team hear all the reasons – vacations, chores, emergencies, et cetera. Today, Dr. Styrt and our staff thought we’d give our prospective patients five reasons to visit our office …


Dr. Styrt and team nominated for San Diego’s Best!

We are so proud to be nominated for San Diego’s Best Orthodontist! Please support our office by logging in to SignOnSanDiego and voting for us in the 15th annual San Diego’s Best Readers’ Poll! But hurry. You can only vote through Monday, June 27! Winners will be announced in September in the Union-Tribune and on …


Dr. Styrt & team, dispelling the myths about orthodontics

Drs. Styrt and Job know there are quite a few myths about orthodontics (and orthodontists) floating around nowadays. But before you buy into those myths, our docs think you should get the facts! We came across a great site that helps set the record straight. Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists have some …


Smile! June marks National Smile Month!

It’s June already! Where does the time go? Dr. Paul Styrt and our team are excited to tell you June marks National Smile Month, a great time to remind our patients to brush, floss, practice good nutrition at home (and over the summer) to avoid cavities and gum disease, among other dental health issues. After …


Honoring our veterans and heroes this Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend is a time Americans remember all those who bravely gave their lives for our country. It’s also the unofficial start of summer, and for many kids, getting out of town for three days with parents after being in school all these months is sure to be sweet, sweet relief. At the orthodontic …


Ask Dr. Styrt: When should my child come in for a consultation?

Great question! Our staff will tell you that braces were originally considered to be best appropriate for teens. But these days, kids as old as seven are beginning their orthodontic treatment. Because preadolescent kids are typically not self-conscious, our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists suggest it could be a good idea to start …


Dr. Styrt at the 111th AAO Annual Session

Patients at Dr. Styrt’s orthodontic office can feel confident they are receiving the best in orthodontic health care. Dr. Styrt’s goal is to provide the most up-to-date technology and techniques using the best equipment possible. He is devoted to continuing education and furthers his learning through reading, attending conferences and continuing education courses. One of …


Now that I have braces, what can I eat?

You just got braces and Dr. Styrt has informed you that over the next several months you will want to avoid eating anything sticky, hard, crunchy, or chewy. What does this leave for you to eat? Lettuce? Nothing? Luckily, there was someone else wondering the same thing when she first got braces! Brenda Waterman, 13, …


Ask Dr. Styrt: What can Invisalign® do for my oral health?

When considering treatment options, patients often ask us how Invisalign treatment is so different than traditional braces. Well, there are more reasons to smile about Invisalign with the practice of Dr. Paul J. Styrt than you may know. Invisalign is a series of removable aligners that are nearly invisible, and besides straightening your teeth, can …


How do we “Go Green” at Dr. Styrt’s office?

Dr. Paul Styrt and team realize we are living in an age with a renewed commitment to conservation, and are frequently reminded to recycle, reduce and reuse. Earth Day is tomorrow, April 22nd, and we thought this would a great time to discuss the things that our office does to conserve our natural resources and …


Ask Dr. Styrt: “I’m 26 – am I too old for braces?”

Of course not. Recently, we came across an article that reported adults getting braces has jumped 24 percent from just 15 years ago! In fact, did you know one of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over the age of 21? In an age—and society—where looks matter as much as anything, and at a …


Do you know where your mouth guard is?

Wouldn’t you believe it, it’s already springtime! The spring months, however, bring an increase in outdoor activities and a greater chance of kids damaging their precious mouths and pearly whites. If you play sports, it’s important that you consult Dr. Paul Styrt for special precautions, such as wearing a mouth guard. A protective mouth guard …


How important is your smile? From Dr. Styrt

At the office of Dr. Paul Styrt, we consistently strive to provide the finest and most technologically advanced orthodontic and pediatric dental care to each person we serve. We value honesty and integrity in all that we do, and treat each person as we would want to be treated. We truly enjoy what we do …


Connect with Dr. Styrt on Facebook!

At the office of Dr. Paul Styrt, we value the relationships we have developed with our patients in San Diego and surrounding communities. Even if you only see us for your appointment on a regular basis, did you know that you can now connect with Drs. Styrt and Job & staff on our Facebook page? …


Access your account—any day, any time, anywhere!

Did you know patients at Dr. Styrt’s office enjoy access to their account 24 hours a day, seven days a week—all through our website. 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 …


What helps you relax at Dr. Styrt’s office?

At the office of Dr. Paul Styrt, we understand not everyone is always thrilled to see the dentist. But we strive to bring you the best and most comforting experience at each visit. We consistently strive to provide the finest and most technologically advanced orthodontic and pediatric dental care to each person we serve. We …


Presidents’ Day Fun Facts!

Today marks Presidents’ Day, a day known for celebrating both George Washington’s and Abraham Lincoln’s combined February birthdays. Presidents’ Day was created in 1971, when President Richard Nixon combined the birthdays of two of our most well-known presidents into one single federal holiday. Presidents’ Day also marks a hard-earned day off from work and school …


Complimentary Consultations at Dr. Styrt’s office

At the orthodontic practice of Dr. Paul Styrt, we consistently strive to provide the finest and most technologically advanced orthodontic and pediatric dental care to each person we serve. We value honesty and integrity in all that we do, and treat each person as we would want to be treated. We truly enjoy what we …


At Dr. Styrt’s office, February Marks National Children’s Dental Health Month

Each February for the past 61 years, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. For kids …


Helping ease your child’s fear of the dentist

Dr. Styrt knows some children fear going to the dentist, and this morning, we found a great article on how to help your child overcome fears of visiting our office, courtesy of our friends at WebMD. Serving San Diego and surrounding areas, it is our goal to make your child’s first dental experience a positive …


Ask Dr. Styrt: Which foods should I avoid while wearing braces?

Thanks for your question. For the first day or so in your new braces, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads and raw vegetables. 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 …


More than just a day off from school

Today, our country celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was a thinker, leader and civil rights champion. In the 1950s and ’60s, Dr. King recognized the need to bring about social justice, and worked tirelessly to instill tolerance in our nation, strengthen America’s communities and move the nation forward. Today and this past weekend, …


Gummy Tummy? From Dr. Styrt

At Dr. Styrt’s office, we know the rumors going around that once you swallow a piece of chewing gum it will take up residency in your stomach for at least seven years! We really hate to take all the fun out of the mystery, but the truth is that chewing gum, when swallowed, will enter …


The importance of regular checkups

Are you brushing teeth twice a day and flossing during your orthodontic treatment? If the answer is yes, we think that’s fantastic! But, Dr. Styrt & our staff would like to remind you to visit us in addition to taking good care of your oral health during orthodontic treatment. Regular dental checkups are important for …


Happy New Year from Dr. Styrt and our entire staff!

The year is almost over, so Drs. Styrt, Job & our team thought we’d ask: what was memorable about 2010 for you, and what are you most looking forward to in 2011? Do you have a new year’s resolution, or any exciting plans for the coming year? Have a safe and happy New Year, to …


Like us on Facebook, and you could win an iPad!

Don’t Forget… “Like” us on Facebook to be entered to win an iPad just in time for the holidays!Everyone who has “liked” us on Facebook by 11:59 pm on December 15th will be entered to win! It’s not necessary to be a current or past patient, so tell your friends! The winner will be posted …


More happy patients of ours!

Dr. Paul Styrt and Dr. Allen Job, serving San Diego, La Jolla and surrounding areas, have been receiving some great patient reviews lately! Check out what our current patients are saying about our office! “I enjoy your friendly, yet highly professional staff who have created a fun and enjoyable environment for my daughter. She will …


Staying connected with Dr. Styrt

At the office of Dr. Styrt, we embrace technology, whether it’s through the innovative dental and orthodontic treatments we offer, our high-tech web site on Facebook. As you can probably tell, we love connecting with our patients online, whether it’s by sharing news on our blog or communicating ideas on our Facebook fan page. For …


Happy Thanksgiving from Dr. Styrt and team!

With the busyness of the holiday season right around the corner, Drs. Styrt and Job and our entire staff wanted to stop for a moment to say how thankful we are to have you in our dental family. We realize that our practice here in San Diego thrives because of great patients like you. We …


Ask Dr. Styrt: Can germs really live on my toothbrush?

Great question- thank you! Fall is upon us, and with it comes the dreaded cold and flu season. After recovering from your cold, Dr. Paul Styrt will tell you one of the most important steps you can take to avoid becoming reinfected is replacing your toothbrush! Germs can linger on the bristles, and you risk …


National Young Reader’s Week!

This week marks National Young Reader’s Week, and during this time, Dr. Paul Styrt will tell you it’s more important than ever to remind your child to read on a regular basis. After all, reading helps kids develop the mind, expands a child’s knowledge base, activates his or her flow of ideas and boosts their …


Connect with Dr. Styrt & team on Facebook!

At the office of Dr. Paul Styrt, we value the relationships we have developed with our patients in San Diego and surrounding communities. Even if you only see us for your appointment on a regular basis, did you know that you can now connect with Drs. Styrt and Job & staff on our Facebook page? …


Ask Dr. Styrt: What’s the deal with all that Halloween candy?

For parents worried about kids going overboard on candies, sugar and other sweets, Halloween is a dreaded annual event. Drs. Styrt and Job know all those sweet, sour and sticky candies may taste great, but these treats are known to damage teeth, as well as your braces! Did you know sour candies can be acidic …


Straight talk with Dr. Styrt

We always get why we work so tirelessly to give our patients straight teeth. Of course it’s great to have a smile full of evenly-aligned teeth, but did you know that straightening your teeth at our San Diego office can keep them healthier? Straight teeth lead to better oral hygiene, increasing your chances of keeping …


Alissa and Zachary talk about getting their braces off! [Video]

Congratulations to Dr. Styrt‘s patients, Alissa and Zachary, who got their braces off this week! Very exciting for you both – your smiles look great! For more happy patient testimonials, head over to our YouTube channel! Also, head to our Facebook page for a surprise! We thought we’d reward all our patients this Christmas season …


Busy month at Dr. Styrt’s office!

Ah, October is here. The leaves are beginning to fall, the weather is getting a bit chilly here in San Diego, the days are getting shorter and all that Halloween candy is beginning to make its rounds. For Drs. Paul Styrt and Allen Job, as well as for our entire staff, October is known as …


Share your experience at Dr. Styrt’s office with the world!

If you or your child have ever been treated at Simply Spectacular Smiles, you probably know Dr. Styrt’s goal is to create healthy smiles as well as balanced faces that will last a lifetime. We are a team of professionals dedicated to serving the needs of our patients and enhancing their lives. We consistently strive …


“My son is turning one. When should I bring him in for a visit with Dr. Styrt?”

Great question! The short answer is, “First visit by first birthday.” Dr. Paul Styrt and our staff know that cavities know no age boundaries, and that is why we recommend a visit to our office at age one. Coincidentally, that happens to be the opinion of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental …


What’s on your mind? Tell Dr. Styrt!

Week after week, Dr. Paul Styrt and our creative team at Simply Spectacular Smiles blog about important topics pertinent to orthodontic treatment care and your well-being, including innovative orthodontic techniques we offer at our convenient San Diego office. This week, however, we thought we’d step back and ask you, our wonderful patients and readers: what’s …


Dr. Paul Styrt, reminding you September is National Gum Care Month!

At the office of Dr. Paul Styrt, we know that gingivitis – the early stage of periodontal disease – can be difficult to recognize. Many people don’t recognize the warning signs – bleeding and swollen gums, as a precursor to gum disease. This month, a national campaign is under way to raise awareness about gum …


This fall, don’t forget those mouth guards!

With summer here for just three more full weeks, it’s a good time for Dr. Paul Styrt and Dr. Allen Job to remind our patients (especially you athletes out there) to take care of both your mouth and appliances while participating in contact sports (and non-contact sports) these coming fall months. Let’s face it, this …


Three foods that can help your child avoid gum disease

Gum disease, known also as periodontal disease, is far more common in American kids than you may think. Year after year, new studies begin to link the effect gum disease can have on your heart, and today, Dr. Paul Styrt and our staff thought we’d help spread the word! One of the simplest steps to …


Dr. Paul Styrt and team, helping you and your child prepare for kindergarten

With the hot and sultry Dog Days of Summer slowly coming to an end soon, it’s time for you and your child to start thinking about school. August is Get Ready for Kindergarten Month for the two million kids who will be entering kindergarten come September. Dr. Paul Styrt and our staff suggest getting involved …


5 reasons to visit Dr. Styrt for a consultation this summer

With the U.S. still in a recession, many folks in San Diego are putting off visiting the orthodontist for a consultation. We hear all the reasons – vacations, chores, emergencies, et cetera. Today, Dr. Styrt and our staff thought we’d give our prospective patients five reasons to visit our office this summer for an orthodontic …


Oral health Q&A with Dr. Styrt!

It may seem crazy, but there are so many rumors out there about what’s good for your teeth, what’s bad for your teeth, what will make your teeth crooked, what will discolor your teeth, and so on. Below are are answers to some of the most frequent questions Dr. Styrt and our staff always hear …


Dr. Paul Styrt wants to know: Will you join the Braces Brigade this summer?

Calling all Dr. Styrt patients! How would you like to get a $100 American Express gift card just for blogging about your experience in 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 …


Dr. Styrt’s Patient Referral Program

At Dr. Styrt’s office, there are two things we absolutely love: creating beautiful smiles and having fun. But we also love to reward our patients with our Patient Referral Program. For each new patient an existing patient refers to our office, they have their choice of either an iPod Shuffle or a San Diego Restaurant …


Dr. Styrt and team appreciate our patients!

If you’ve ever stepped foot into our convenient San Diego office, you know Dr. Styrt and team love having fun. In-office contests are just a few of the ways we like to keep our patients and ourselves loose. Check out some of the patient contests we have run at our office lately! Monthly “Clock” Contest …


Dr. Styrt and team want to know: what are your plans for the Fourth?

For many of our patients at Dr. Styrt’s office, Independence Day is a day of fireworks, picnics, playing at the lake or spending quality time with family. Most people recognize July Fourth as a time to celebrate and commemorate the anniversary of the signing of our Declaration of Independence. What about you? What are your …


Patient question for Dr. Styrt: How, exactly, does Invisalign work? [Video]

Have you ever thought about Invisalign treatment and how it manages to straighten teeth without using braces at all? The Invisalign system is a state-of-the-art system of clear, removable aligners that we at Simply Spectacular Smiles proudly offer at our convenient San Diego location. Dr. Paul Styrt offers Invisalign for teens and adults, and, being …


What are patients saying about Dr. Styrt and our office?

Dr. Paul Styrt and Dr. Allen Job, as well as our office, serving San Diego and neighboring communities, deliver the highest quality orthodontic and dental care in a personalized environment. We make treatment fun and enjoyable – just see what a few of our patients are saying! “Everyone is so professional and trustworthy and they …


At Simply Spectacular Smiles, 24/7 access to your account!

Did you know patients at San Diego’s Simply Spectacular Smiles enjoy access to their account 24 hours a day, seven days a week—all through our website. 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 …


What should we blog about this summer?

As summer quickly approaches, our team at Simply Spectacular Smiles strive to continue writing about important topics related to braces and your treatment with San Diego orthodontist Dr. Paul Styrt. To help us continue blogging through the course of the long, hot southern California summer, however, we’d like your honest opinion: what would you like …


Fun facts with Dr. Styrt!

At Simply Spectacular Smiles, we know our patients love fun facts. Who doesn’t? The American Association of Orthodontists, or AAO, has come up with some fun facts about orthodontics that Dr. Paul Styrt and our staff thought you might enjoy. Have a splendid weekend, everybody! • There are nearly 4 million people in orthodontic treatment …


This Memorial Day weekend, what are you up to?

Memorial Day Weekend, only a few days away, is a time to reflect and honor the men and women who have served to protect America and ensure our freedom. It’s also the unofficial start of summer, and for many kids in San Diego, getting out of town for three days with parents or relaxing after …


Talkin’ retainers with Dr. Styrt

If you recently completed treatment at Simply Spectacular Smiles, we’d like to congratulate you! Now that your braces have been removed, Drs. Styrt and Job will provide—or have provided you—with retainers. After braces are removed, teeth can shift out of position if they are not stabilized. Retainers, however, provide that stabilization. They are designed to …


“Hey, Dr. Styrt! How does your office ‘Go Green'”?

Dr. Styrt was recently approached and asked, “Hey, doc, how does your office manage to “Go Green and stay Green”? Great question! Here are the ways we take steps to make our office more environmentally-friendly, as well as preserve our planet and its resources: *We use computerized charting and scheduling *Brand new Kodak digital imaging …


Write a review of Simply Spectacular Smiles!

Whether you have visited Simply Spectacular Smiles for a week, month or for years, we’d love to hear your feedback about your experience with Drs. Styrt and Job! Now with the Internet, it’s even easier to write your thoughts and share them with the world. We’d want to encourage you to write a review of …


Dr. Styrt wants to know: Could you be a teeth whitening addict?

We know everybody loves a bright white smile (after all, that’s why you’re in treatment), but dentists and orthodontists alike are becoming more and more concerned that their patients are reporting more problems due to excessive whitening. In an age—and culture—where looks matter as much as anything in life, more and more folks want to …


At Simply Spectacular Smiles, what puts you at ease?

At Simply Spectacular Smiles, we understand not everyone is always thrilled to see the dentist. But we strive to bring you the best and most comforting experience at each visit. We are a team of professionals dedicated to serving the needs of our patients and enhancing their lives. We consistently strive to provide the finest …


Play it safe this spring, from Simply Spectacular Smiles

With spring here, many children, teens and adults in San Diego will once again pick up the ball, bring the bat out of seasonal retirement, and lace up their cleats to hit the fields for the return of spring sports! April is National Facial Protection Month, and during this time, Drs. Styrt and Job urge …


Parsing through the myths and facts about orthodontics with Dr. Styrt

Drs. Styrt and Job know there are quite a few myths about orthodontics (and orthodontists) floating around nowadays. But before you buy into those myths, our docs think you should get the facts! We came across a great site that helps set the record straight. Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists have some …


Talking cavities with Dr. Paul Styrt

Our team at Simply Spectacular Smiles read an interesting article this morning pertaining to cavities and how bacteria spreads from parents to children, and thought we’d share the news with you, our phenomenal patients and parents. According to the MSNBC article, Streptococcus mutans, or MS, is a bacterium that can pass from person to person …


Ask Drs. Styrt and Job: Am I too old for orthodontic treatment?

Of course not. Recently, we came across an article that reported adults getting braces has jumped 24 percent from just 14 years ago! In fact, did you know one of every five patients in orthodontic treatment is over the age of 21? In an age—and society—where looks matter as much as anything, and at a …


Happy St. Patrick’s Day, from Simply Spectacular Smiles!

Whether Irish or not, millions of people around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades, toasts, and “the wearing of the green.” Here are some fun facts about St. Patrick’s Day, from Dr. Paul Styrt and our great team. Enjoy! • St. Patrick’s Day is observed on March 17 because that is the feast …


Dr. Styrt knows how to reward his patients!

At Simply Spectacular Smiles, we love to have fun, and we enjoy rewarding our fantastic patients from time to time. Some favorite contests and events that Drs. Styrt and Job have done in the past include taking our patients to Padres games, monthly drawings for beautiful baskets filled with wonderful goodies, iPod and digital camera …


Ask Drs. Styrt and Job: When should my child come in for a visit?

At Simply Spectacular Smiles, we think a child’s first visit to the dentist should be enjoyable and positive. The more you and your child know about the first visit, the better you will feel. Children are not born with a fear of the dentist, but they can fear the unknown. At Simply Spectacular Smiles, Drs. …


Simply Spectacular Smiles, supporting National Children’s Dental Health Month

Each February for the past 60 years, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. For kids …


Meet Dr. Job

Dr. Job enjoys educating children and their parents about proper dental care and maintenance for a beautiful healthy smile. He enjoys utilizing the latest technologies while making your children feel safe and comfortable. Dr. Job performs all facets of pediatric dentistry including preventative care, restorative care, trauma care, and sedation dentistry. He specializes in treating …


Ask Drs. Styrt and Job: Why is it so important to have straight teeth?

People wonder why Drs. Styrt and Job work tirelessly to give our patients straight teeth. Of course it’s nice to have a smile full of evenly aligned teeth, but did you know that straightening your teeth can keep them healthier? Straight teeth lead to better oral hygiene, increasing your chances of keeping your own natural …


Meet Our Orthodontist

Dr. Styrt loves helping patients create the smile of their dreams. “I truly love what I do – achieving spectacular smiles for all those that we serve! I feel blessed to have been able to create an environment in my office where we are able to consistently exceed our patient’s expectations for excellence in customer …


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