March 23, 2014

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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How To Protect Your Children’s Teeth During Braces

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


Healthy Smiles Tobacco Facts

Mark Sayed Orthodontics is happy to participate in San Diego State University’s Healthy Smiles Program. Education is an important part of Mark Sayed Orthodontics in San Juan Capistrano. That is why Dr. Sayed thought it was important to be part of this health promotion program that promotes healthier living with the reduction of tobacco exposure among adolescent patients.

Here is some of the Tobacco Fact that we share with our patients that are part of the health promotion program:

Every Day about 3,800 American youth under age 18 try cigarettes for the 1st time. Of these young people who initiate cigarette smoking, an estimated 1000 become daily cigarette smokers.
• 1 out of every 3 smokers begins before the age of 14.
• More than 80% of adult smokers started before the age.
• About 1/3 of youth smokers will eventually die from tobacco-related disease.
• In 2009, approximately 5% of United States middle school students were current cigarette smokers.
• 24% of high school students report using some form of tobacco, with cigarettes (17%) being the most common.
• Many adolescents try some form of tobacco without fully knowing its addictive nature or its many health risks.
• Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States.




Alternative to Halloween Candy

ADA and PopCap Games offer giveaways as alternative to Halloween candy

ADA and PopCap Games offer giveaways as alternative to Halloween candy


“Tooth decay is five times more prevalent than asthma and results in more than 51 million hours of missed school each year. Diet plays an important role in oral health. Too much sugar can lead to cavities down the road, which is why the ADA is proud to team up with PopCap on the ‘Stop Zombie Mouth’ campaign,” said Dr. William Calnon, president of the ADA.

“Tooth decay in children is almost entirely preventable,” said Dr. Jonathan Shenkin, ADA spokesperson on pediatric dentistry. “Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and eating a balanced diet can lead to improved oral health and improved overall health. Working collaboratively, we can educate whole families in a fun way about the importance of proper oral health habits.”

“We at PopCap have been interested in the potential for video games to provide benefits beyond entertainment for many years,” said John Vechey, PopCap co-founder and franchise studio director at PopCap. “We’re passionate about the very important cause behind the ‘Stop Zombie Mouth’ campaign and proud to be highlighting yet another positive effect that games can have on society.”

“We usually buy and give away a small mountain of candy at Halloween,” said Liza Geonie of Northport, N.Y., who plays Plants vs. Zombies with her 5-year-old son. “Now we’ll be presenting trick-or-treaters with a choice: a piece of candy or a free video game. We feel great about giving kids a healthier option that’s a ton of fun, and we’re planning on buying MUCH less candy this year!”

Dr. Mark Sayed Orthodontics of San Juan Capistrano, CA , is pleased to participate in the ADA/ PopGames program in efforts to help reduce tooth decay in our patients and the community.

To download your Stop Zombie Mouth Coupon click here.

For more information on the ADA & PopGames: click here.



Halloween Candy Buy Back School Fundraiser

Halloween Candy School Fundraiser

 Your School can  $5.00 per student who brings in their  Halloween Candy to our office.


 Sayed Orthodontics will also donate $5.00 to each student that brings in their Halloween Candy to our office.



For more information on how to participate in the Halloween Candy Buy Back School Fundraiser click here.

Reduce Your Risk Of Periodontal Disease

40% of all sports injuries involve the face

Helmets, knee pads, shin guards…if you’re an avid athlete or the parent of one, you know the importance of proper protective gear. But did you know that up to 40 percent of all sports injuries involve the face? Mouth guards can dramatically reduce the risk of sports-related oral injury.

Wearing mouth guards while participating in sports protects more than your teeth.  Thicker mouth guards can also help absorb shock, and in certain circumstances, may help prevent a concussion.

Mouth Guard Care

Always wear your mouth guard during practice and games. Never chew on it because you may weaken the material and decrease its effectiveness. Holes, tears, and damage to the mouth guard may irritate your gums or soft tissue. If you notice damage, replace your mouth guard immediately.

Before and after each use, check your mouth guard for damage and rinse it with cold water or mouthwash. You should regularly clean your guard with a toothbrush and toothpaste or in a solution of soapy water. Be sure to rinse it well and store it in a firm, perforated container. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight high temperatures.

Dr. Mark Sayed Orthodontist in San Juan Capistrano recommends the following athletes should wear mouth guards who participate in:

Acrobatics Field Hockey Racquetball Squash
Bandi Football Rugby Surfing
Baseball Gymnastics Shot Put Volleyball
Basketball Handball Skateboarding Water Polo
Bicycling Ice Hockey Skiing Weightlifting
Boxing Inline Skating Skydiving Wrestling
Equestrian Events Lacrosse Soccer
Field Events Martial Arts Softball


Advances In Orthodontic Treatment Result In Less Time In Braces

Advances in Orthodontic treatment has shortned the amount of time it takes to correct crowding and crossbites.

Non-surgical case

Before Images

After Images

Total Treatment time 15 months

Overbite & Gaps


 Before of patient with large gaps in between the upper teeth

Gaps in upper teeth closed & bite corrected


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