March 23, 2014

Dr. Douglas S. Fields Says:

I have known Dr. Mark Sayed for over 15 years.  We have been very pleased with his work.

We have referred many, many, patients to him over the years, both adults and children.  In fact, he has treated two of my own children, both of whom are adults now, and both would highly recommend him.  When I mentioned to my youngest daughter, who is now 21 years old, that I was writing this letter, she said she would like to write a letter of recommendation herself.

In fact, while she was being treated years ago as a child, several of her teachers ended up being treated by Dr. Sayed as a result of her enthusiasm for him.


I would highly recommend Dr. Sayed and his staff for orthodontic treatment!


Douglas S. Field D.D.S.
130 Avenida Cabrillo, Suite B
San Clemente, CA 92672


Opportunity to Win Free Braces

Opportunity to win Free Braces

Opportunity to win Free Braces for an Adult or Child



Giving Back To the Community

Local orthodontist celebrates 20 years of business by giving free orthodontic treatment.


February marks a banner year for San Juan Capistrano orthodontist Mark Sayed.  Dr. Sayed is celebrating 20 years of treating adults and children in South Orange County.  Dr. Sayed wants to give back to the community that has supported him all these years with an opportunity drawing for a free orthodontic treatment for an adult or child.

How to enter in the opportunity drawing:  For New Families Only.

Contact our office for a complimentary consultation to determine if orthodontic treatment is needed, or even for a second opinion.   After the consultation, the patient will automatically be entered in the opportunity drawing for a free orthodontic treatment.  The treatment will include appliances, orthodontic records and removable retainers and all the visits.

The Winner will be chosen and notified the end of May 2014.

Call the office at 949-493-3993 to schedule your consultation appointment.

Dr. Mark Sayed purchased the practice from reputable Orthodontist, Dr. Mear, who served the community for 40 years.  Dr. Sayed continues the legacy of offering high quality orthodontics at reasonable fees.  For sixty years this office has treated and seen thousands of faces and many of those faces can be seen on Dr. Mark Sayed Orthodontics Wall of Smiles.  Dr. Sayed graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from UCLA, a DMD degree in Dental Medicine from University of Pennsylvania, and a specialty degree from New York University. He is a Board Certified Orthodontist.

Dr. Sayed’s passion is to give everyone a beautiful and healthy smile. He was inspired to pursue orthodontics after he sought out orthodontic treatment for himself. He knows how crooked teeth can cause an individual not to smile resulting in lack of confidence and poor school performance.  Also, how badly aligned teeth can cause problems with oral hygiene that can lead to gum and dental disease.

The community means a lot to Dr. Sayed and he generously supports schools, and non-profit organizations with the fundraising efforts every year.  This being a milestone year, he wanted to do something extra special to give back to the community that has supported him over the years.

For more information about Dr. Mark Sayed Orthodontics visit our website at:






Closing Gaps Between Teeth

Closing Gaps Between Teeth is More Than Just for Cosmetics


Orthodontist image of gap toothed smile

Wide gaps between teeth can be charming or they can cause people to want to hide their smiles.

The problem with spaces between the teeth is that they create food traps. These food traps can result in tooth and gum disease. Gaps in the front teeth have also been associated with speech problems.

Gaps between teeth are referred to as a diastema or space between two teeth.  Gaps are commonly seen between the front teeth but can occur between any two teeth.

Why do some people get gaps between their teeth?   Spaces between teeth can form for a number of reasons.  It can be related to a mismatch between the size of the jaw bones and teeth.  If the teeth are too small for the jaw bone spaces can occur between the teeth. If the teeth are too big for the jaw, teeth will be crowded.

Spaces develop for a few other reasons as well.  When teeth are missing or undersized, especially with the lateral incisors(teeth next to the upper front teeth) it creates a space between the upper central incisors.

An oversized labial frenum, ( piece of tissue that extends from inside of upper lip to the gum above the two front teeth) can cause a diastema.

Oral Habits can lead to gaps between the teeth. Thumb sucking tends to pull the front teeth forward, creating gaps.

Spaces can develop from an incorrect swallowing reflex. Tongue thrust is when the tongue presses against the front teeth and over time the pressure pushes the front teeth forward which results in spaces between the front teeth.  These gaps can continue to grow larger over time.

Children with baby or deciduous teeth may have temporary gaps.  Most of the spaces will close as the adult or permanent teeth come in.

Dr. Mark Sayed Orthodontics in San Juan Capistrano recommends regular visits to your dentist.  Whether you are an adult or child maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to preventing gum and tooth disease.

If you are concerned with a space in your teeth or your child’s, talk with your dentist. They can determine the reason for the space and may refer you to an orthodontist, a specialist in treatment with braces. Dr. Mark Sayed Orthodontics offers complimentary exams for both children and adults.   Dr. Sayed does consultations for children as early as age seven.

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7. Treatment (if needed) may not begin right away. You and the orthodontist will discuss the overall treatment plan.

Orthodontist image of child's gap toothed smile

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The Best Time To Bring Your Child In For An Orthodontic Consultation

The Best Time To Bring Your Child In For An Orthodontic Consultation

What Age Should Children See An Orthodontist


Early Treatment

When is the best time to begin orthodontic care?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends parents take their child in for an initial orthodontic evaluation at no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

Why is age 7 considered the optimal time for screening?
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, Dr. Mark Sayed can evaluate front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding or gummy smiles. More importantly, Dr. Sayed can check for narrow palates and high palatel vaults. Early screening increases the chances for not only an incredible smile, but a healthier active adult.

What are the benefits of early orthodontic evaluation?
Early evaluation provides both timely detection of problems and greater opportunity for more effective treatment. Prudent intervention guides growth and development, preventing serious problems later. When orthodontic intervention is not necessary, Dr. Sayed can carefully monitor growth and development and begin treatment when it is ideal.

Early treatment can:

Create room for crowded teeth.

  • Create facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth.
  • Reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth.
  • Preserve space for unerrupted teeth.
  • Reduce the need for tooth removal.
  • Reduce treatment time with braces.

Early intervention allows your Orthodontist  to guide growth and development, preventing serious problems like extractions and jaw surgery in the future.

Disadvantages associated with Narrow Palates & High Palatal Vault:

  • Sleep disorders
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Snoring
  • Tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Behavioral Problems
  • Poor Concentration
  • Easily Winded after activity

For more information regarding disadvantages of a narrow palate please click here.

What Is Early Treatment?

Children sometimes exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow and develop. An upper and lower jaw that is growing too much or not enough or is too wide or too narrow can be recognized at an early age. If children over age 6 have these jaw discrepancies, they are candidates for the first phase orthodontic treatment.

Since children are growing rapidly, they can benefit enormously from the first phase of orthodontic treatment because specific appliances can be prescribed that direct the growth of their upper and lower jaws toward an ideal relationship.

Thus, a good foundation can be established providing adequate room for eruption of all permanent teeth.

Resting/Observation period

After Phase I is completed, all appliances are removed and the eruption of your child’s permanent teeth will be monitored at office visits about every four to six months. Retainers may or may not be recommended during this observation period.

It is important to understand that at the end of the first phase of treatment, the teeth are not in their final position. This will be accomplished in the corrective, second phase of treatment.

Each tooth has an exact location in the mouth where it is in harmony with the lips, cheeks, jaw joints and other teeth. When this equilibrium is established, the teeth will function together properly. Here, they will remain healthy and look the most attractive. This is the goal of the second phase of treatment.

The second phase of treatment is initiated when most of the permanent teeth have erupted and usually requires braces on all teeth for approximately 18 months. In many cases, this is significantly less time than phase one treatment would have taken.


Invisible Braces For Teenagers

Invisalign Teen

Is Invisalign Teen right for your teenager? 

Most teenagers would not consider getting metal braces on the top of their list of favorite things to do.  For many teens the thought of metal braces is terrifying! 

Great News!  There is an alternative solution to traditional metal braces with Invisalign Teen®. 

Invisalign teen allows teenagers to get straight teeth virtually without anyone noticing. Teens can straighten their teeth without having to deal with metal wires and brackets.

What does that mean to your teen? They can still do all the things that make being a teenager fun; music, theater, sports, student government and of course socializing.

They can eat what they want because the aligners are removable.   Also, another wonderful benefit is it is easier to brush and floss.

Invisalign Teen aligners are made of a smooth, clear plastic that is virtually invisible!

Most of your teen’s friends probably won’t even know they are wearing them. In fact, they’re so comfortable, they may not even notice they are wearing them themselves.

Whether your teen is taking pictures or just hanging out with friends, they will enjoy a better smile every day.

For more information to see if Invisalign teen is right for your teenager, contact Mark Sayed Orthodontics in San Juan Capistrano for a complimentary consultation.  949-493-3993.

Mention this post and receive $500 towards Invisalign teen.  If your teen starts treatment, we will include removable retainers (a $600.00 value).




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Invisalign for Teenagers

Invisalign for Teens the alternative to metal braces

Elementary School Fifth Grade Science Camp Fundraiser

Elementary Schools can earn money for their 5th Grade Science Camp program with Mark Sayed Orthodontics “Why I want to go to Science Camp Essay. For more information go to or call 949-493-3993 and ask for Chris.

 5th Grade Science Camp Fundraiser

5th Grade Science Camp Fundraiser

Mark Sayed Orthodontics Five Star Yelp Rating

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Mark Sayed Orthodontics Five Star Yelp Rating

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April is National Facial Protection Month







Contact: Chris Dunn

April is National Facial Protection Month

San Juan Capistrano –. Mark Sayed Orthodontics is doing their part to help children playing organized sports help reduce the risk of oral injuries.  The entire month of  April  Dr. Sayed will be providing mouth sports guards for free.

A child’s mouth and face can be easily injured if the proper precautions are not used while playing sports.  In fact, according to the Centers for Disease control, more than half of the 7 million sports and recreation-related injuries are sustained by youth as young as age 5. Last year, the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation forecasted that more than 3 million teeth would be knocked out in youth sporting events-yet in a survey commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists( AAO), 67% of parents admitted that their child does not wear a mouth guard during organized sports.

The AAO found that 84% of children do not wear mouth guards while playing organized sports because they are not required to wear them, even though they are required to wear other protective materials such as helmet and shoulder pads. Mouth guards can be one of the lease expensive pieces of protective equipment available.  Not only do mouth guards save teeth, they help protect jaws.  Children wearing braces have a slightly higher risk of oral injuries. An Orthodontist can recommend the best mouth guard for an athlete who wears braces.

“Each year I see a significant number of children with dental injuries that resulted from failure to wear a mouth guard,” said Dr. Mark Sayed orthodontist in San Juan Capistrano.  Dr. Sayed encourages parents and coaches to require mouth guards as part of a child’s uniform-for every practice and every game, that is why he is offering them at not cost.

Dr. Sayed will be fitting sports guards for children on  the entire month of April.  Must call  the office at 949-493-3993  to schedule a time slot.

Mark Sayed D.M.D.
32341-H Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92672

For more information how to get your child’s free mouth sport guard contact:
Chris Dunn


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