Saturday, July 31, 2010

Staying connected with Buena Vista Orthodontics

At Buena Vista Orthodontics, we embrace all forms of new technology, whether it’s through the innovative orthodontic treatments we offer, our high-tech web site or our Facebook page. For social media to work, however, Drs. Yamada and Abbink understand that conversation is vital, and that’s why we invite you to join in and tell us what’s on your mind. Although social networks are hugely popular these days, we know they’re unpredictable and ever-changing.

While we take a little time to research how to best use social media, we thought we’d ask you, our amazing patients and readers: How would you like us to use our social networks? What would you like us to share on our blog in the coming months? Please post your thoughts on Facebook or give us a call at (818) 237-4779!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Thanks to Invisalign® with Dr. Yamada, mom & dad can have perfect teeth, too!

Focusing on your kids' teeth so much that you're neglecting your own? If you've been thinking wistfully about having your own set of perfect teeth, please let us know! Dr. Merilynn Yamada specially trained to offer an adult-friendly option for straightening teeth called Invisalign. In fact, Dr. Yamada is a 2010 Invisalign Preferred Provider.

Invisalign consists of a set of clear aligners that are molded to fit your teeth using a proprietary technology. You wear them all day and night, except for meals, brushing, and flossing – when you can easily slip them out to make eating and cleaning a snap!

Because they're clear, your teeth will be steadily straightening – and the best part is no one will know it but you!

Please give us a call at (818) 846-3774 to set up a consultation, so we can discuss the specifics of your treatment.

Summer is a great time to start your treatment at Buena Vista Orthodontics! Happy Monday!

Monday, July 19, 2010

What are happy patients saying about Buena Vista Orthodontics?

Last Tuesday, you may remember, our staff at Buena Vista Orthodontics asked you, our amazing patients, what you most liked about your experience Dr. Yamada, Dr. Abbink and staff. Well, we received some pretty great reviews, and thought we’d share a few with you today. Please feel free to contribute your own thoughts about our office! Our entire staff loves getting patient testimonials!

"Very friendly office staff - kids are very comfortable there." ~ Christopher V.

"I love the way Dr. Yamada has incorporated computer(s) system in her office. It is fantastic!" ~ Maggie R.

"Friendly, experienced, professional, super staff." ~ Eunice W.

"Drs. Abbink and Yamada and staff are great with the patients. They are very good at explaining the procedures and the reasons behind performing them." ~ Noah K.

"Good results with my daughter, so it was an easy decision to go to her when I needed orthodontic treatment." ~ Stephen S.

"Positive atmosphere and quality staff. A great environment begins at the top and that says a lot for Dr. Yamada." ~ Karen R.

"Dr. Yamada is at the top of her game." ~ Ryan O.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dr. Yamada wants to know: What do you love about our office?

From your very first visit to Buena Vista Orthodontics, our dedicated team - including Dr. Merilynn Yamada - strive to provide superior orthodontic treatment in a pleasant, friendly atmosphere.

Today, we thought we’d ask you, our wonderful patients: Have you been especially impressed by Dr. Yamada? Did our dedicated team go out of their way to make your day? Are you in love with your smile?

Dr. Yamada and our staff have a passion for excellence and are committed to achieving your orthodontic goals. Beautiful smiles, facial esthetics, a comfortable bite and long term dental health are some of the many benefits of orthodontic treatment. Dr. Yamada combines her education at UCLA & UCSF with over 20 years of experience to give her patients something to smile about.

Whether you’ve just come in for a complimentary consultation or your family has been visiting our office for years, we’d love to hear your feedback. Or, you can tell us by posting on our Facebook page or by giving us a call at (818) 846-3774!

We hope you have great rest of the week, and we hope to post some of your responses next week!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

The advantage of SureSmile® in Burbank, CA

Does the thought of having braces bring you down? We understand that one of the biggest concerns for orthodontic patients with braces is the length of their treatment.

But you’re in luck, because Dr. Yamada specializes in SureSmile, high-tech braces that are revolutionizing the orthodontic industry. SureSmile, which combines digital 3-D imaging, has computer-aided treatment planning and customized archwires to straighten teeth about 40 percent faster than traditional braces. The SureSmile program calculates the exact shape and pattern of the teeth and bends and cuts the braces wires, with more precision than traditional braces.

There are three steps. First, we identifies the initial tooth position with the patented OraScanner, a wand with a tiny camera attached. The OraScanner creates a precise 3-D digital model of your mouth, which is then uploaded into software that lets us view your mouth and teeth from any angle. Next, the SureSmile system allows us to create your entire treatment plan prior to treatment, using special computer software to analyze the 3-D model of your mouth and develop a custom archwire treatment. Finally, SureSmile’s robotic technology bends Shape Memory Alloy archwires, which can “remember” your prescription.


With SureSmile’s specially programmed archwires, your teeth move more directly into their intended positions. The result for our patients is shortened treatment time and a more comfortable experience in braces.

Once the braces are on it’s only a matter of time before they are taken off revealing beautiful, straight, healthy teeth. With traditional braces a patient is expected to schedule 18 to 20 office visits over two years. With SureSmile, patients average seven to 10 visits and can have their braces off within half the time!

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, please contact Buena Vista Orthodontics today!

Friday, July 2, 2010

24/7 Access to Your Account at Buena Vista Orthodontics

At Buena Vista Orthodontics, we embrace new technology, whether it is through the innovative orthodontic treatments that we offer, our high-tech web site and social networks, or our modern office conveniently located in Burbank.

Did you know that patients at our office have access to their account 24 hours a day, seven days a week—all through our website? You can look up your appointments and all of your account details at your convenience, from the comfort of your own home! You can even receive appointment reminders through email or text messages!

You, too, can sign up for this convenient service on our website by clicking on the "Patient Login" button at the top of our homepage. Please give us a call if you have any questions about getting started!