Affordable Orthodontic Care in Mission Viejo
August 16, 2017
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August 16, 2017

So, do braces really hurt? This is probably the most commonly asked question that we get at Staples Orthodontics, and the answer is – it depends. First, we explain to our patients that the type of soreness that is involved with braces is not anything like a throbbing or pounding pain. The actual soreness is more like a bruise – something that you know is there, but doesn’t really hurt until you push on it. Secondly, we explain that everyone has a slightly different pain threshold and if they do feel a little bruising after their appointment, it will probably be gone within a couple of days. Eating a soft food diet is very helpful during this period.

In the past, some orthodontists have had their sensitive patients bite on a soft plastic wafer immediately after their appointment. This was designed to shorten the soreness period by increasing the blood supply to the teeth and their surrounding structures, but we’re not really sure if it really worked that well. Recently a new product was introduced to the orthodontic profession that is a battery operated vibrating bite wafer that has the same purpose as the old one. Since it is new, we’ll have to wait and see if it gets positive reviews. Theoretically, you can probably get the same result by lightly closing your teeth and humming your favorite tune.

Lastly, we’re always on the look-out for things to take the hurt out of braces. That’s why, for years, we have provided our patients with gum to chew on after their appointments.

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Dr. Staples found the perfect place to start his practice when he first saw Mission Viejo. A native Californian, he wanted to find a community that catered to his vision of both his work and family life. His dream was to raise his family in a town that provided a safe, friendly environment with good schools and healthy family values.

Since moving to Mission Viejo in 1976, Dr. Staples has been a figure in Mission Viejo both personally and professionally. With his wife, Durenda, they raised 3 children and experienced many years of community interaction and support. From Little League to club soccer, high school football and gymnastics, Dr. Staples has been an active parent in nearly all sporting organizations that are available in Mission Viejo. And now that his children are grown, Dr. Staples is committed to staying involved in the community by professionally sponsoring many local teams and schools. Dr. Staples has participated in other things such as the Elk’s Club, Charity Events, Food Drives and in-classroom dental education at many local elementary schools. Dr. Staples also spent many years as an active member of an a cappella singing group that performed at numerous churches, local civic events and social outreach programs.

Aside from his personal endeavors, Dr. Staples’ educational and professional background is substantial. A graduate of Whittier College, Loyola University School of Dentistry and the USC Orthodontic Department, Dr. Staples considers educational curiosity to be the hallmark of a professional’s life. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, which is the highest level of professional achievement for diagnostic abilities and treatment skills. He is also a former clinical professor for the UCLA School of Dentistry’s Orthodontic Department and the inventor of an innovative orthodontic expansion device that is used in orthodontic offices worldwide. He reads every piece of dental and orthodontic literature that he can find, and continually takes advanced, specialized courses that involve the latest breakthroughs in the profession.

Over the years, Dr. Staples’ professional and personal involvement in Mission Viejo has brought smiles to many faces you see every day. With everything he has done, Dr. Staples has never veered from his initial dream to provide honest, exceptional orthodontic care to his community.

Since establishing himself as one of the first orthodontists in Mission Viejo, Dr. Staples has had a commitment to provide his patients with the highest quality of orthodontic treatment in a supportive, caring way. He uses the latest technology along with proven orthodontic solutions and recommends them based on his patients’ individual needs. High-tech orthodontic systems can be seen in his use of self-ligating brackets, like the Damon System, Invisalign treatment, temporary anchorage devices, digital orthodontic systems, and more.

In addition to practicing orthodontics, Dr. Staples is the Program Director and tenured instructor for South Coast Dental Institute, a vocational school that is involved with dental education.

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