What is Invisalign?

At Mashouf Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer a wide variety of orthodontic treatments to patients throughout the San Jose, CA area – and that means much more than just traditional metal braces! In addition to braces, we also offer clear braceslingual bracesInvisalign, and clear aligner treatment. But those last two are often confusing for our patients – aren’t Invisalign & clear aligners effectively the same? What’s the difference between these two treatments?

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The Difference Between Invisalign & Clear Aligners

As it turns out, these two treatments are different in subtle, but important, ways. The truth is, they’re essentially the same form of orthodontic treatment: instead of metal brackets and wires, they use a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten the teeth. These aligners are almost invisible when worn and can be taken out to eat, drink, brush, and floss, providing a number of conveniences and benefits. The main difference between them is the name: Invisalign is a name-brand product, while clear aligners are simply the same orthodontic treatment method without the branding.

Benefits of Clear Aligners

But the differences go beyond just the name. In fact, treatment with clear aligners is often cheaper, faster, and even more convenient than treatment with Invisalign itself! Here are a few of the benefits of clear aligners as compared to Invisalign:

  • Customized Treatment: With Invisalign, we send your treatment plan to the Invisalign company, which then manufactures your aligners. Clear aligners allow us more control in the treatment process, allowing us to use our own manufacturer and control your treatment more directly.
  • Speed: Because of this increased control, we can often perform your treatment more quickly.
  • Quick Turnaround: We use a local lab for manufacturing clear aligners, which means you’ll get your aligners and start your treatment faster. Turnaround time for clear aligners is roughly 2 to 3 weeks, as opposed to 4 or 5 weeks with Invisalign.
  • Fewer Aligners: Because we control the process directly, we can often treat patients with fewer aligners using clear aligner treatment.
  • Cost: Clear aligners don’t have the same branding as Invisalign, so you’re paying less for a virtually identical form of treatment!

Schedule a Consultation with Your San Jose, CA Orthodontist

While both are excellent options for orthodontic treatment, clear aligners offer a number of advantages over both braces and Invisalign – and because it’s such a discreet form of treatment, it’s hugely popular with our adult orthodontic treatment patients. If you’re interested in learning more about how clear aligners can revolutionize your own smile, we’d be thrilled to help. Call us today at (408) 266-8820 to learn more about clear aligners and orthodontic treatment in general, and if you’d like to get started on the path towards a brand new smile, just request an appointment online at our San Jose office. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Intra-oral Scanning

Fast & Precise Orthodontics

At Mashouf Orthodontics, we’re committed to providing our patients with the best in orthodontic care. We do this by having an experienced staff, offering the most advanced in orthodontic procedures, and keeping our office stocked with state-of-the-art orthodontic technology.  With this commitment in mind, we are proud to offer our patients treatment with the utmost efficiency and precision, thanks to our new scanning system: the 3Shape TRIOS Scanner.

What Is the 3Shape TRIOS Scanner?

This new intraoral scanner is a completely digital imaging system that takes impressions of our patients mouths with extreme accuracy. The high quality images that the system provides will help your orthodontist diagnose issues more accurately, and create a more personalized treatment plan for you, whether it’s braces or Invisalign.

The TRIOS Scanner also helps improve patient comfort by eliminating the need to use mold material during the impression-taking process. Patients no longer need to worry about the bad taste or gagging that is sometimes associated with taking molds of the mouth. Our digital scanner can be used for of all ages and so far patients are loving it!

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Contact Your Local San Jose Orthodontist

If you’re looking for the best in orthodontic care for you and your family, choose Mashouf Orthodontics. If you have any questions about our orthodontic services, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with us, just contact us and we’ll get you on the path to a perfect smile. We look forward to welcoming you into our family of patients!

Sleep Apnea

Treating Sleep Apnea for Children

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common – and incredibly under-diagnosed – condition. Although the statistics are not yet fully reliable, it is estimated that a quarter of adults suffer from sleep apnea. What most people don’t know, though, is that OSA can also affect children. In fact, up to 10% of children suffer from some form of sleep apnea, which can negatively impact the quality of their sleep, and subsequently their development.

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a disordered breathing condition that causes sufferers to cease breathing for short periods – called apneas – during sleep. Often, the cessation in breathing is caused by the throat failing to hold the airway open during sleep. These apneas may be brief enough not to wake the person, or they may cause the person to wake up. In severe cases of OSA, apneas may cause a person to wake up hundreds of times in a night without ever being aware of it, and in extreme cases, apneas may be life-threatening.

Symptoms & Effects of OSA

OSA can have a wide range of symptoms and effects depending on the patient and severity of the case. The most common symptom is snoring, and because OSA disrupts sleep, it’s also common for patients to feel chronically exhausted or not rested, even after a full night of sleep. However, in children, chronic OSA may affect healthy development, causing a wide range of other symptoms including:

• Frequent nighttime awakening

• Gasping for air during sleep

• Irritability, drowsiness, or unusual daytime behavior

• Pulmonary hypertension

• Poor academic performance

• Attention Deficit Disorder

• Behavioral Problems

• Obesity

Treating Sleep Apnea in Children

Reduced airway size is a major contributor to OSA in children, and the anatomy of the mouth – interestingly – also affects airway size. Narrowness of the jaws, which often results in a lack of space for the erupting teeth, also limits the amount of air which passes through the nose. In a child, the adaptive response to this problem is to mouth-breathe. Mouth-breathing is problematic for several reasons. First, it results in poorer quality air being inhaled; our air-filtering system is present in the nose. Second, opening the mouth to breathe during sleep decreases the size of the airway in the throat, limiting the amount of oxygen that reaches the lungs, hence, contributing to OSA in children. Increasing the airway size in children that mouth-breathe improves the ability to breathe through the nose, reducing the risk of OSA, and maintaining the innate and healthy instinct of breathing through the nose.

Treatment of OSA in adults usually involves ongoing therapies like continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines. Jaw surgery is also sometimes recommended as a means of increasing the space in the nose and throat to breathe. Neither one of these options is very pleasant, although surgery at least provides a more definitive solution to the problem. In contrast, treatment of OSA in children doesn’t require the continuous aid of a CPAP machine, nor does it involve the need for surgery. At Mashouf Orthodontics, we use a maxillary expansion appliance (MEA) to reduce the risk of sleep apnea in children.

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The MEA gently and gradually widens the upper jaw apart. Because the roof of a child’s mouth is in two separate pieces that don’t fuse until adolescence, this gentle pressure causes new bone to grow in roof of the mouth, safely and effectively widening the upper jaw. Since the floor of the nose adjacent to the roof of the mouth, the widening of the upper jaw actually creates more space in the nose, increasing the ability to breathe through it. This deters mouth-breathing and subsequently helps prevent the airway of the throat from collapsing during sleep. Treatment with an MEA is comfortable, effective, and spans 6 months to a year depending on the severity of the case. Redeveloping the ability of a child to breathe through the nose is another aspect of the treatment, and strategies to maintain this healthy habit are provided. For those that can also benefit from braces, treatment of OSA in children can also be simultaneously combined with orthodontic treatment

Schedule a Consultation with Your San Jose Children’s Orthodontist

If you think your child may be suffering from sleep apnea, give us the opportunity to evaluate the cause and the possibility of treatment with an expansion appliance. Just use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our San Jose office or reach out to us at our contact page – or, if you still have questions about OSA, treatment, or our office, just call us at (408) 266-8820. We look forward to helping your child develop a healthy, beautiful smile and get back to getting a great night’s sleep – free from obstructive sleep apnea.

Decalcification

Welcome to Mashouf Orthodontics, in San Jose, CA, where the oral health and comfort of our patients is always our number one priority. We are a leading South Bay area orthodontic practice, with wonderful doctors and a highly committed team. Our office is unique from others due to our strong focus on collaboration. Our Drs. Cameron Mashouf, Kayhan Mashouf, and Shannon Hayashibara closely communicate with each other to ensure that each patient’s unique needs are being met and exceeded daily. We specialize in various types of braces and are so happy to see how excited our patients are after they’ve their braces removed! However, some patients, after the excitement subsides, notice faint white spots on their teeth. So what exactly are these commonly experienced white spots?

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Understanding Decalcification

Decalcification occurs when the remineralization process of a tooth is disrupted, which results in white spots you may see after your braces are removed. These white spots appear after bacteria, also known as plaque, have been able to inhabit your mouth for a long period of time. Dental plaque is sticky and tends to attach to the smooth surfaces of your teeth. These bacteria eat the sugars that you eat and give off acid for about 20 minutes. This acid then dissolves the enamel, causing a white spot to form, which left unattended, will later turn into a cavity.

Are These White Spots Preventable?

Yes! While brushing and flossing is always important, they are especially important when you are wearing braces for reasons such as this, preventing decalcification. With braces you should be brushing at least two times a day, but the more the merrier. Brushing after you eat is always a great rule of thumb. When you brush, dig with the bristles of your brush and make sure you reach underneath the wire, as the plaque will accumulate mainly between the wire and the gums, as well as under the wires. We are happy to speak with you about toothbrushes specifically designed for orthodontic care if you are interested in that as well. While some treatments are available to improve your decalcification areas slightly, they will not be able to eliminate them entirely. For this reason, it is especially important to actively prevent decalcification.

Contact Your San Jose Orthodontist Today

We are always more than happy to speak with you about any questions or concerns you may have about your orthodontic treatment. Braces don’t have to be scary or uncomfortable. In our office, we take pride in the friendly, stress-free, and supportive environment we have established. We use only the most advanced technologies to ensure that our patients are receiving the best treatment possible. If you are interested in more tips, or would like to schedule an appointment with us, please feel free to contact us or give us a call at (408) 266-8820. You can also fill out an appointment request online. We cannot wait to hear from you!

Meet Dr. Shannon Hayashibara

Please check out Dr. Shannon’s full bio at Meet our Doctors

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What is your name? 

 Shannon

What is your job title? 

Associate Orthodontist

How long have you worked at Mashouf Orthodontics? 

 Almost 3 years

How long have you lived in San Jose? 

 Almost 3 years

What is your favorite cuisine/food? 

 Pasta

If you had a dream job (or could start your own dream business), what would it be? 

 Anything where I could work from home

What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends? 

 Relax with my husband and cats

What are you passionate about? 

 Cats and the show “I Love Lucy”

What do you like on your pizza? 

 Canadian Bacon & Pineapple

What’s the 1 piece of advice you would give others about life? 

 Try to step back and look at the big picture

What is your dream car?

 My current one – 2000 Toyota Camry

What’s the 1 dish you absolutely, positively will never, ever eat?

 Foie Gras

Which sports team(s) do you root for?

 I get on the bandwagon (I like the 49ers and Warriors when they are winning)

Do you cook? What’s your favorite recipe?

 Yes. I like to bake cookies.

Which superhuman power do you wish you had? 

 Telekinesis

What are you currently watching on Netflix?

 The show “Mindhunter”

If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

 Japan

Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?
 Over (UNDER IS CRAZY!)

Meet Nayeli G.

Please check out Nayeli’s full bio at Meet our Staff

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What is your name? 

 Nayeli

What is your job title? 

 Orthodontic assistant (OAP)

How long have you worked at Mashouf Orthodontics? 

 10 Years

How long have you lived in San Jose? 

 Since 1990

What is your favorite cuisine/food? 

 Asian

If you had a dream job (or could start your own dream business), what would it be? 

 Party Planning

What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends? 

 Spend time with my family

What other languages do you know?

 Spanish

What are you passionate about? 

 Giving my family everything that I never had

What do you like on your pizza? 

 I eat anything

What’s the 1 piece of advice you would give others about life? 

 Laugh, don’t take things too seriously, and love the people around you

What’s the 1 dish you absolutely, positively will never, ever eat?

 Raw fish

Which sports team(s) do you root for?

 Chivas:)

Do you cook? What’s your favorite recipe?

 I love Posole (Chicken Hominy)

Which superhuman power do you wish you had? 

 Flying

What are you currently watching on Netflix?

 Stranger Things

If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

 Europe

Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?

 I never noticed 🙂

Meet Dr. Kayhan Mashouf

Please check out Dr. Kayhan’s full bio at Meet our Doctors

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What is your name?

Kayhan

What is your job title?

Orthodontist

How long have you worked at Mashouf Orthodontics? 

 Almost 5 years

How long have you lived in San Jose? 

 Since I was 6

What is your favorite cuisine/food? 

 Chicken Tikka Masala

If you had a dream job (or could start your own dream business), what would it be? 

 A company that makes “smart braces”

What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends? 

 Relax with a book

What other languages do you know?

 Farsi

What are you passionate about? 

 Skateboarding

What do you like on your pizza? 

 Jalapeños

What’s the 1 piece of advice you would give others about life? 

 Try your best

What is your dream car?

 Alfa Romeo Spyder

What’s the 1 dish you absolutely, positively will never, ever eat?

 I think I would try pretty much anything

Which sports team(s) do you root for?

 The Warriors, Sharks, Sharks, 49ers, & A’s

Do you cook? What’s your favorite recipe?

 Yes – My favorite dish to make is an omelette

Which superhuman power do you wish you had? 

 Psychic powers

What are you currently watching on Netflix?

 The series “Dark”

If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

Nepal

Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?

 Under

Anything else you want to say about yourself?

 I love sports

Meet Tammy

Please check out Tammy’s full bio at Meet our Staff

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What is your name?
Tammy

What is your job title? 
Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)

How long have you worked at Mashouf Orthodontics? 

12 years

 How long have you lived in San Jose? 

 22 years

What is your favorite cuisine/food? 

Asian fusion

If you had a dream job (or could start your own dream business), what would it be? 

Becoming a doctor

What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends? 

Working out, hiking, spending time with family

What other languages do you know?

Vietnamese

What are you passionate about? 

Practicing yoga

What do you like on your pizza? 

 I don’t like pizza

What’s the 1 piece of advice you would give others about life? *

 Take care of yourself, first, by keeping your mind and body healthy

What is your dream car?

My dream car could be anything that can take me to my destination with out any problems

What’s the 1 dish you absolutely, positively will never, ever eat?

 Anything  raw

 Do you cook? What’s your favorite recipe?

 Anything edible

Which superhuman power do you wish you had? 

 Endurance

What are you currently watching on Netflix?

 I don’t have time to watch!

If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

 Dubai

Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?
Over

Meet Dr. Cameron Mashouf

Please check out Dr. Mashouf’s full bio at Meet our Doctors
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What is your name? 

Cameron Mashouf

What is your job title?

 Mashouf orthodontics previous owner

 How long have you worked at Mashouf Orthodontics? 

 44 yrs

How long have you lived in San Jose? 

28 yrs

What is your favorite cuisine/food? 

Persian food

If you had a dream job (or could start your own dream business), what would it be? 

 Orthodontist

What’s your favorite thing to do on weekends? 

 Hanging out with family & friends

What other languages do you know?

 Farsi

What are you passionate about? 

 Skiing

What do you like on your pizza? 

 Pepperoni

What’s the 1 piece of advice you would give others about life? 

 Eliminate irrational fear

What’s the 1 dish you absolutely, positively will never, ever eat?

 Escargot

Which sports team(s) do you root for?

 The Warriors

Do you cook? What’s your favorite recipe?

 I don’t have one

Which superhuman power do you wish you had? 

 Venus the goddess of love

If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?

 India

Which way does your toilet paper hang on the wall – over or under?

 Over