There was a time not too long ago when orthodontics was considered the exclusive domain of orthodontists, teenage patients, and stressed parents trying to figure out how to pay for the whole thing. Today, lots of those parents are pursuing orthodontic treatment too. Roughly 30% of orthodontic treatments are now adults thanks, in part, to […]
On this week’s Friday Focus, Dr. O El-Hillal from iSmiles Orthodontics, your Irvine Orthodontist, talks about the big reveal – when your braces are finally removed! Welcome back to Friday Focus. My name is Dr. O and today we will be discussing what happens after your braces are removed. At iSmiles Orthodontics, the official name […]
In this edition of Friday Focus, your Irvine orthodontist, Dr. O El-Hillal, will share a simple home exam that can determine whether your child has a bite problem. Hello, my name is Dr. O. We will discuss a simple exam you can do to see if your child has misalignments in their bite. Our […]
In this edition of Friday Focus, Dr. O El-Hillal from iSmiles Orthodontics, your Irvine Orthodontist, discusses how orthodontists schedule follow-up appointments. . Hello. My name is Dr. O and today we’re going to talk about the two main reasons why different orthodontist prefer to see their patients in 4-week vs. 6-week interviews. The first reason […]
In this edition of Friday Focus, Dr. O El-Hillal from iSmiles Orthodontics, your Irvine Orthodontist, discusses the differences between Damon braces and traditional metal braces. My name is Dr. O and today we are going to explain the difference between Damon (passive, self-ligating) braces and traditional braces. If this video was 5 or 10 or […]
Today on Friday Focus, Dr. O El-Hilal from iSmiles Orthodontics, your Irvine Orthodontist, discusses the difference between Invisalign and Smile Direct Club. I’m Dr. O and I will discuss the major difference between Invisalign and Smile Direct Club and Invisalign. Essentially, they are both clear plastic aligner systems that are custom designed to move teeth. […]
In this edition of Friday Focus, Dr. O El-Hillal from iSmiles Orthodontics, your Irvine Orthodontist, discusses how to Invisalign works to correct your teeth alignment . Hello. My name is Dr. O and this week I’m going to discuss the Invisalign treatment system. If you have seen the Invisalign commercials on TV, you can understand […]
How To Maintain White Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment. In this edition of Friday Focus, Dr. O El-Hillal from iSmiles Orthodontics, your Irvine Orthodontist, discusses how to keep your teeth when you are wearing braces. Hi. My name is Dr. O and I am here to answer your questions about the best way to keep your […]
In this edition of Friday Focus, Dr. O El-Hilla from iSmiles Orthodontics, your Irvine Orthodontist, discusses the Damon Clear system and why he personally selected it for his own orthodontic treatment. Hi. My name is Dr. O and I am here to talk about the aesthetic benefits of Clear Damon Braces. When it came to […]
If your orthodontist has recommended braces, it could be for a number of reasons. The reason for straightening teeth isn’t always cosmetic. When teeth are crowded or crooked, they create crevices where food particles and bacteria can hide. This can make them difficult to keep clean, leading to the risk of tooth decay and gum […]
With the welcoming of Dr. O El-Hillal to the practice, and addition of DAMON®SMILE braces to our treatment offerings, iSmiles Orthodontics is also undergoing a renovation to our office suite. As you know, for a business to grow, office renovation is essential and necessary to maintain growth. It’s a sign of things to come. We […]
Last month, iSmiles welcomed Dr. O El-Hillal (Dr. O to his patients) as a owner. It’s a great match when it comes to experience, professionalism, and the TLC approach iSmiles patients have enjoyed for so many years. One visit to this progressive office and you’ll see why iSmiles captured a 2017 “People Love Us on […]
Earn up to $100 with our New Referral Program! Some call it a “C-note”. . .others a “Benjamin”. No matter what you call it, $100 in the form of a Gift Card is a lot of moolah for the simple act of referring somebody to get the same amazing treatment that you have received at […]
In this edition of Friday Focus, Dr. O from iSmiles Orthodontics, your Irvine Orthodontist, discusses the different colors and combinations you can have with Damon Braces. Because the Damon® braces system is relatively new to orthodontic treatment technologies, there are a lot of myths out there – especially when it comes to adding colors. It […]
In this edition of Friday Focus, Dr. O from iSmiles Orthodontics, your Irvine Orthodontist, discusses the critical questions you should prepare and have answered by your orthodontist prior to orthodontic treatment. iSmiles Orthodontics fields a lot of questions, online and through our YouTube Channel, about orthodontic treatments and recommendations. And one of the most frequently […]
In this edition of Friday Focus, Dr. O from iSmiles Orthodontics, your Irvine Orthodontist, provides an overview of orthodontic fees and discusses why the cost of braces varies from practice to practice. Many or our patients are surprised that the cost of braces can vary so dramatically from practice to practice, because they assume the […]
In this edition of Friday Focus, Dr. O El-Hillal from iSmiles Orthodontics, your Irvine Orthodontist, discusses some of the sneaky tricks orthodontists can use to hide fees in braces treatment contracts. “Only $99 DOWN to start treatment” sounds like a great deal, but be warned that lower costs up front do not always equate to […]
In this edition of the Friday Focus, Dr. O El-Hillal from iSmiles Orthodontics, your Irvine Orthodontist, discusses the hidden fees that can be buried in “Staged Braces Treatment Contracts. . .and why they should be avoided. There’s no doubt, unless you know up front what to look for, contracts can be confusing. Orthodontic practices […]
In this edition of the Friday Focus, Dr. O El-Hillal from iSmiles Orthodontics, your Irvine Orthodontist, discusses braces treatment contracts, how they are developed and what to look out for. iSmiles Orthodontics always welcomes potential patients who set up an appointment for a second or third opinion of a recommended treatment plan. With a copy […]
Welcome to Friday Focus. I’m Doctor “O” and today I wanted to let you know about a new, state of the art, impression system we’re going to be adding to our office this year – digital impressions. When impressions of the teeth and mouth were needed in the past to design removable aligners or retainers, […]
iSmiles – Prior To Orthodontic Treatment Should You Extract Wisdom Teeth? Welcome to today’s Friday Focus. We’re going to be answering the question “Prior To Orthodontic Treatment Should You Extract Wisdom Teeth?” While this a fairly common question, the answer varies depending on the circumstances. If there’s enough room in the jaw for the wisdom […]
What Toothbrush Should You Use While in Orthodontic Treatment? Cleaning your teeth and braces helps ensure successful orthodontic treatment, with the end result being a beautiful smile. The important thing to remember is that when you wear braces you’re going to need to be diligent with good oral hygiene habits, brushing consistently and well. If […]
The seemingly harmless habit of thumb sucking can change the child’s facial structure for life if it’s not addressed and result in dental, respiratory and speech problem. Our biggest goal from an orthodontic perspective is to have thumb sucking stopped before your child turns 6 and a half to 7 when their front teeth start […]
For this week’s Friday Focus, we’re going to answer the question “Can two people with braces kiss?”, a question that we get asked from time to time. We’ve all heard the horror stories of lovebirds caught in lip-locks (literally), braces stuck together. The good news is that you don’t need to worry. This is more […]
Welcome to Friday Focus with Doctor “O”! This week’s orthodontic related question is “Can you eat popsicles while wearing braces?” The answer, which is “Yes”, may come as a surprise to you. While it makes sense that hard foods can break braces, crack your teeth, erode enamel and weaken the overall structure of teeth, this […]
Have you been considering getting braces for yourself or a loved one? Here’s something you should think about if you have a Flexible Spending Account (FSA). As we wind down the year and head into the holiday season, a lot of important year end considerations end up being overlooked, including FSAs. If you have an […]
For this Friday Focus we’re going to be discussing what foods are safe to eat right after getting braces. With new braces, you’ll probably experience some discomfort when they’re first put on, but this should only last a few days. To make your transition a little smoother, you’ll want to eat soft foods, including macaroni […]
Kissing While Wearing Lingual Braces Twenty to thirty years ago, braces were a lot more cumbersome, made up of bigger brackets, thicker wires, and lots of rough edges. A lot has changed over the last few years, thanks to advancements in orthodontic treatments, including the development of lingual braces. The good news is that, if […]
The goal of wearing braces is to end up with a beautiful, aligned smile, but the process can leave you feeling self-conscious. This doesn’t need to be the case with the right outlook and a few helpful tips. Following are a few things to consider that will help you look good, feel confident and have […]
It is a well-known fact that dental hygiene needs to be top priority, especially when wearing braces, because cavities can form much easier if the teeth aren’t cared for properly. You need to pay special attention to brushing and flossing during your orthodontic treatment, cleaning your teeth after every meal. Pain Caused by Braces Braces […]
One of the most common questions we get asked by patients is what foods they’re going to be able to eat while wearing braces. They’re also curious about how limited they’re going to be when it comes to soft foods. The good news is that just about all soft foods are allowed – there’s basically […]
When wearing braces, certain types of foods can end up damaging brackets and wires, causing delays in treatment. This is why it’s so important to stick to the dietary guidelines the orthodontist gives you. The foods that you’ll need to avoid are primarily sticky, chewy or hard. Pretzels are usually listed as a hard food […]
Orthodontic patients usually have a lot of questions. “Do braces hurt?” is one we get asked a lot. Well, you’ll be happy to know that after braces are placed, most patients only experience mild teeth or gum soreness. The soreness typically lasts about one week and is rarely difficult to deal with. During treatment, some […]
Braces are great for creating a beautiful smile that is, if you take care of them. Keeping your teeth clean with brace involves, not just brushing your teeth, but getting in between the brackets and wires where food particles and plaque collect. Whether you’re new to braces or have had them for a while and […]
Welcome to the Friday Focus brought to you by iSmiles Orthodontics, your go to Irvine Orthodontist. In this week’s Friday Focus we’re going to ask one of the most important questions, probably the one you ask about the most. That question is “How much does it cost to go to the orthodontist? This is […]
Welcome to Friday Focus. My name is Doctor “O” with iSmiles Orthodontics, your go to orthodontist in Irvine, California. Today I want to clarify that, despite many people’s perceptions, orthodontic treatments are not just for children. You are never to old to enjoy the benefits of orthodontic treatment. As a matter of fact, 1 in […]
Welcome to the Friday Focus. My name is Doctor “O” from iSmiles Orthodontics, Your Irvine Orthodontist and today I’d like to focus on a question we often receive from patients who have recently started treatment. The question is, “Why do orthodontic brackets break?” Generally, we find that broken brackets occur after a patient has eaten […]
This week’s Friday focus is going to be about an invisible orthodontic treatment, Invisalign. Here at iSmiles Orthodontics your Irvine Orthodontist we’re Invisalign premier providers which means that we are one of the leading providers of Invisalign in Irvine, California. When considering Invisalign for orthodontic treatment it’s important to look for a premier provider because […]
Do you or your child take part in sports activities? Then it’s important to note that mouthguards have been referred to as one of the most important parts of an athlete’s uniform and have been shown to reduce injuries as much as helmets. The last thing anyone wants is to have their healthy smile seriously […]
If you or your child has embraced the idea that you’re going to be wearing braces for the next couple of years, why not have a little fun with them? Gone are the days of being forced to wear clunky looking metallic braces. Now you can at least wear braces that are stylish and even […]
We understand that choosing an orthodontist can be a challenging and very personal decision. We feel privileged that you are considering our iSmiles Orthodontics for yours or a family members orthodontic care. Because orthodontics is a process that can take several months to years, we realize how extremely important it is to provide a high […]
We have some exciting news to share – iSmiles Orthodontics has been awarded a “People Love Us on Yelp” award for 2017. Without the feedback from our awesome patients, this wouldn’t have been possible. We want to thank all our patients who contributed to this award by leaving us such fantastic reviews and spreading the […]
Our Irvine orthodontics office manager, Anita, honors her son’s military service by wearing his military dog tags as well as one of his t-shirts commemorating one of his operations. We salute his courage as well as all the countless troops that have served our great country on Veterans Day.
We were so busy this year that we actually didn’t have time to come up with themed costumes. We’re sad about that but happy that we get to still spend so much time with our awesome patients. This is a quick gallery of our phenomenal orthodontic team in Irvine. The first picture is simply to […]
Oh, you didn’t know? We had the Star Wars crew invade our Irvine Orthodontics office last year including a fairly tall Yoda, a very stern Princess Amidala, Princess Leia, a Jedi, and two female Darth Vaders. Can’t believe that there wasn’t a Boba Fett or a Darth Maul. Still, you can see that our office loves Halloween and loves dressing up. We’re still not sure what this year’s theme will be. If anyone has any great ideas, please feel free to send them on over.
It always means so much to us when we see what a difference we make in our community as well as in the youth of our community. While sponsoring the Irvine Junior Games again this year, it was such a pleasant surprise to see one of our very own patients, Saveena, come up to the microphone to sing the national anthem during the opening ceremonies. Seeing her confidently smile and beautifully sing the national anthem has truly inspired us to continue doing what we do. Please feel free to watch the video of her performance below. Great job, Saveena! The entire iSmiles team is so very proud of you!
We love all of our patients and have witnessed the countless, dedicated parents who take the time to make sure their kids get the orthodontic care they deserve. Well, it’s time for the Fathers out there to get special treatment as well! We have a specially designed Invisalign special just for the Dads! Call us at (949) 551-4540 to book your complimentary consultation which includes a 15 minute Outcome Simulator using our state-of-the-art iTero machine. We’ll scan your teeth and then show you what they will look like after treatment. We’re confident you’ll be pleased with what you’ll see. Book your first treatment before Father’s Day (June 19th) and you’ll enjoy $500 off your entire treatment. Call us now to get started.
Come join the iSmiles team and the rest of Irvine city Saturday, May 14, 2016, for the Irvine Junior Games Expo and Athlete check-in! We’ll be there from 10am till 3pm giving out fabulous prizes, hugs, and most importantly, smiles! It will be held at the Irvine Stadium located behind Irvine High School. Funds raised by the Irvine Junior Games support before and after school child care at 24 IUSD elementary schools. Let’s support the community together! We’d love to see you.
We love all of our patients and have witnessed the countless, dedicated parents who take the time to make sure their kids get the orthodontic care they deserve. Well, it’s time for the Mothers to get special treatment as well! We have a specially designed Invisalign special just for the Moms. Call us at (949) 551-4540 to book your complimentary consultation which includes a 15 minute Outcome Simulator using our state-of-the-art iTero machine. We’ll scan your teeth and then show you what they will look like after treatment. We’re confident you’ll be pleased with what you’ll see. Book your first treatment before Mother’s Day (May 8th) and you’ll enjoy $500 off your entire treatment. Call us now to get started. No need to show proof that you’re a mom.
The iSmiles team proudly supports the Irvine Ranch Little League! Opening Day is this Saturday, February 27th! Come on out and visit us! The iSmiles team will be out there in full force with our tent and giveaways. Opening Day is from 8am until 12 noon at the Las Lomas Community Park. Drop on by and say hello. We’d love to see you!
We don’t blog often but when we do, it’s usually about Halloween, our favorite holiday! Why? Because we get to dress up (not like we don’t already dress up throughout the year). And, the main color of Halloween is orange, which also happens to be our favorite color and the color of our company! So we’ve been a witches/mummy theme, a zombie theme, and a foods you can’t eat while having braces theme. So what’s our theme this year? Guess you’ll have to stay tuned and find out for yourselves!
We’ve received a lot of great entries for our Valentine’s Poetry Contest this year so far. But it turns out, everyone on the iSmiles team wrote their own poems as well. First person to submit and correctly match all 7 poems to their matching 7 poets will win an iBeats headphone! It’s that simple. If you want a glimpse into our team, check out our Irvine team’s information on our website. That will definitely figure out which poet wrote which poem. Deadline is Valentine’s Day, February 14th! Now go get to it!
Wow, we’ve had an awesome 2014! We hope everyone has, too, especially with all the beautiful smiles we’ve seen along the way. We have much to be thankful for but we mostly want to thank you! Everyone who has supported, befriended us, we love you! We love to see everyone smile and we will do everything we can to make sure you have one you can be proud of. We look forward to 2015 where we will be involved with even more smiles and also be more involved with the community. Cheers and be safe out there, everyone!
We are a silly bunch and it shows! Some of us decided to wear ugly sweaters, some did not. Didn’t matter. We were all required to have funny poses. From our entire team in the Irvine office, we’d like to wish everyone a happy holidays, merry Christmas, and happy Hanukkah! We hope everyone has a fantastic time with their loved ones and we hope everyone gets everything they want! Giving the gift of braces as a Christmas present is not a bad thing! Who wouldn’t want a nice smile as a Christmas present?
We can’t believe Halloween has come and gone already. We all in the Irvine office miss it because we get to dress up and act silly. Wait. We do that everyday already. In case you couldn’t guess the theme of our Halloween costumes this year, we’re all dressed as items you should not be consuming when you have braces: diet Coke, apple, jolly rancher, sugar daddy, M & Ms, tootsie roll, and candy corn. We can’t wait to come up with our theme for next year! Maybe, we’ll just dress up once a month in the office just for the fun of it.
The Ho family decided to come by our Irvine Orthodontic office and drop off their 13 lbs of candy they picked up from Halloween and donate it all to the troops overseas! Operation Gratitude is well under way at iSmiles! We love it when all of our awesome patients get involved with our charitable endeavors! We’re sure the troops overseas will immensely enjoy all of this candy these kids collected during Halloween for them. And for that, we graciously recognize the Ho family for their contribution. Keep up the good work!
iSmiles Orthodontics is proud to partake in Operation Gratitude where dentists nationwide are teaming up to “buy back” candy from children to be sent to US military troops overseas. Roland Holmdahl brought in 10 lbs of candy into our Irvine office and earned himself $10! Way to go Roland! Our troops overseas will surely be thankful of your donation to them. Keep up the good work!
Our office has fun and it shows! Day in and day out, our orthodontic team has a blast doing what we do. And when it comes to our favorite holiday, we love it even more so! Every year, we have a theme for our costumes. This year, we decided to be all the things that are bad for your braces! Diet Coke, apple, M&Ms, Jolly Rancher, Sugar Daddy, Candy Corn, and Tootsie Roll. We couldn’t do the Tootsie Roll, so we decided to can-can instead. Happy halloween, everybody! Be safe and have fun out there!
Our Irvine orthodontic team would just like to remind everyone that it’s never too late to get braces. Haha, just kidding. We love halloween so much, even our decorations have braces! Swing on by our office this Thursday when our whole office will be fully decked out in our halloween costumes. What will be this year’s theme? Can you guess?
Whenever you visit the Irvine team, you’ll be greeted with the utmost professional care and a big smile! We want to make sure you’re comfortable and happy getting your orthodontics treatment from us every time you come to visit. We also like to have fun, so if you’re feeling down, come on by and visit! We’ll be sure to make your day a little brighter. We love what we do and it shows!
We’re always giving away prizes but we especially love giving away ones for referrals! With your first referral, you get a $100 gift card or an iPod Shuffle. On your second and third referrals, you get a $200 gift card or an iPod Nano. Fourth and fifth referrals get an iPod touch. Once you refer 6 or more orthodontic patients, you get an iPad or an iPad Mini for each referral after that. If that isn’t the best incentive referral program in the Irvine area, we don’t know is! So start referring everyone you know! Bring them in for a complimentary consultation.
We love receiving thank you letters from all of the organizations we sponsor, especially local ones in Irvine, like this recent letter from the Woodbridge High School Warrior Football team. We love it when they come visit and we love supporting them! Go Warriors!
Here we go! Our current Irvine office Halloween contest is Guess the Weight of Our Pumpkin! Whoever gets it right, or the closest, wins a free pair of movie tickets! You must come into the office to enter. You may not pick up the pumpkin. You can fill out our little contest entry forms located right next to the big pumpkin. Even if you don’t have an appointment, just come on in and fill out a contest form. The more, the merrier! Good luck everyone!
This is our first official blog entry and it is only fitting that we do it during our favorite holiday of the year: Halloween! Why is it our favorite? Because it’s a very orange holiday and orange is our company color. Oh, and because we love to dress up, too! And we love candy and […]
Our orthodontic offices enjoy helping all of our patients, children, teenagers and adults, achieve a wonderful straight smile. Our dedicated teams, friendly fun environments, and enthusiastic doctors, make the process of having braces the best it can be. We welcome new patients and invite you to our ortho office in Irvine or our Corona kids’ dentistry & orthodontics office for a complimentary consultation. Our goal is a positive end result with a smile that yields confidence for a lifetime. Give your child or yourself the gift of straight teeth.
We strive to make our orthodontic offices a relaxed and inviting atmosphere for our patients. Whether it be our friendly staff, our children-friendly offices, or WiFi we want to make sure you and your family are comfortable and entertained. With each amenity we hope that you will look forward to your trip to the orthodontist each and every time.
All children, teens, adults and seniors deserve the benefits that go with a big, beautiful smile.
iSmiles Orthodontics, your Irvine Orthodontist, has the team you need to understand your unique problems and concerns, plus the specialized knowledge, experience and skills you require for a successful outcome. We promise as an iSmiles patient you will benefit from the newest orthodontic technologies and treatment techniques, so you will fully understand from start to finish each step in the treatment process. You will also enjoy an office environment that is clean, comfortable, efficient and friendly, staffed by people you will come to know as family.