Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Are all braces the same?

Recently, we have been asked if all braces are the same? The quick answer is no, not all braces are the same. Thanks to innovative technology, orthodontists have choices on what type of braces to make it less time consuming and more comfortable than before.

Dr. Eric Wu is the first Palo Alto orthodontist to use braces called the Damon System. These brackets do not need to use elastic rings or tiewires to hold wires in place like conventional braces, making it a more comfortable experience throughout treatment. This light feeling allows the teeth to slide freely along the wires. This means teeth tend to move more quickly and dramatically reduces treatment time. This light friction system also reduces the need for extractions of teeth, expanders, headgear and other appliances. Dr. Wu is typically able to finish an individuals treatment 6 months faster in the Damon system as compared with traditional braces.

The picture below shows the comparison of traditional braces (left side) and the Damon system (right side).

Stay tuned for some amazing cases treated by Dr. Wu!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Imagining Your Life With Invisalign

Are you wondering what Invisalign treatment is really like, and what effect it will have on your day-to-day activities? Will it slur your speech? Will people know you're in treatment? You're not alone in your concerns! Following are a list of questions and answers for anyone pondering Invisalign treatment.

How exactly does Invisalign work?

Using 3-D computer imaging technology, Invisalign creates a series of custom-made, clear aligners exclusively for your teeth, based on the treatment plan that we specify for you. Each aligner moves teeth incrementally and is worn for about two weeks, then replaced by the next in the series until the final position is achieved.

Will I experience pain during treatment?

Most people experience temporary discomfort for a few days after a new aligner is placed. This feeling of pressure is normal and is a sign that Invisalign is working by sequentially moving your teeth to their final destination.

Can other people see that I'm in treatment?

One of the benefits of Invisalign is that the aligners are clear. You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing.

Can I smoke during treatment?

We discourage smoking while wearing the aligners as they may become discolored.

Are there any foods I cannot eat while in treatment?

You can eat normally during the entire course of treatment. One of the advantages of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable. Simply take the aligners out before each meal, brush when you're finished eating, then reinsert the aligners afterward.

What about chewing gum?

We recommend removing your aligners for all meals and snacks, as gum and other chewy substances can stick to the aligners.

How often must I wear my aligners?

Aligners should be worn all day, except when eating, brushing, and flossing.

Will my speech be affected by the aligners?

As with any orthodontic treatment, aligners may temporarily affect your speech. If this does happen, your tongue will adjust within a day or two and your speech should return to normal.

How can I clean my aligners?

The best way to clean your aligners is by brushing and rinsing them in lukewarm water.

How often must I visit your office during treatment?

For most patients, visits every 4-6 weeks are frequent enough for us to determine that your treatment is progressing properly. Dr. Wu will provide you with a specific schedule that supports your individual treatment plan.

Friday, September 18, 2009

A Sour Smile is not a Happy Smile

It’s no secret that sweet, sugary candies and drinks have an adverse effect of the health of your smile, but what about sour or tart candies? We at Wu Orthodontics thought you might want to know what kind of an effect does eating or drinking something sour have on my smile?

Recent research from the Minnesota Dental Association suggests that the amount of acid in sour candies is enough to eat away at tooth enamel and cause cavities. Here are a few souring facts about sour candies, and some helpful tips on how to protect your teeth from Wu Orthodontics (even if you cannot give up sour candies all together).


-Sour candies can be very acidic, and may actually burn the gums and cheeks, while weakening and wearing down the enamel on your teeth. (Check the acid levels in some of your favorite candies)

-It can take almost 20 minutes for the acid in sour candies to become neutral. Holding the acid in your mouth by sucking on sour hard candies or chewing sour gummies can keep the acid active for more than 20 minutes.

-The acid in sour candies can cause cavities and severe tooth decay.

Protect your teeth

-Limit the amount of sour candies that you eat on a daily basis, and if you do indulge, remember not to suck or chew on sour candies for long periods of time.

-After eating sour candies, rinse your mouth out with water, drink milk, or eat a couple slices of cheese. This will help neutralize the acid in your mouth (wait at least one hour before brushing your teeth with toothpaste, as this can actually increase the effects of acid on your teeth)

-If tooth erosion has already begun, ask your dentist about ways you can help reduce sensitivity and continue to protect your teeth.

Hope this helps! From Wu Orthodontics.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Answering all your burning questions about mouthwash

While mouthwash is not an alternative to regular brushing and flossing, it can help keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. There are several different types of mouthwashes available, and all of them will help do different things for your smile. The most common types of mouthwashes are:

• Fluoride - fluoride is the most used type of mouthwash available, and is used to strengthen the enamel of the teeth while preventing cavities and tooth decay.

• Antiseptic - an antiseptic mouthwash is used to kill bacteria and germs in the mouth. Most commonly used before and after a dental surgery, antiseptic mouthwashes can also help to fight gum disease, and halitosis (chronic bad breath). Antiseptic mouthwashes can affect your sense of taste and may stain the teeth, so it is recommended that you consult your dentist before using this type of mouthwash.

• Combination - a combination mouthwash is designed to help prevent tooth decay, freshen the breath, and maintain the health of your smile.

• Prescription - for patients with gum disease, or any signs of gum disease, you may need a prescription mouthwash. Prescription mouthwashes, like Peridex of PerioGard, are used to treat gingivitis, and other forms of decay.

There are also many different brands of mouthwash. Some common brands include:

• Scope
• Listerine
• Act
• Crest
• Tom’s of Maine (all-natural)
• Plax (anti-plaque rinse)
• Breath Rx
• Orajel
• Targon (special mouthwash made for smokers)
• Rembrandt (whitening mouthwash)

If you are curious about which kind of mouthwash would work best for you, be sure to ask Dr. Wu at your next appointment. If you have a favorite mouthwash, let us know by posting a comment for others to read!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Softly Brushing Your Way to Clean Teeth

Just as there are so many different types of toothbrushes to choose from, each brush also has a different type of bristle! There are generally three different types of bristles; hard, medium, and soft. We always recommend that our patients, especially children and seniors, use a soft bristled toothbrush.

Using a hard and medium bristled brush can actually harm your teeth and gums by stripping the enamel from the teeth and irritating the gums so that they become red and sore, and can even cause gum recession. If you do use a hard or medium bristled brush as a personal preference, we recommend using an electric toothbrush.

Soft bristles are much gentler on your teeth and gums, and while patients of all ages are recommended to use soft bristled brushes, they are particularly great for children, seniors, patients recovering from a dental procedure, and patients wearing braces.

Soft bristles, and even extra-soft bristles are every bit as effective when it comes to cleaning your teeth; in fact, if you currently use a hard or medium bristled brush, try a soft bristled brush next time you buy a toothbrush and we bet you won’t even notice a difference!

--Wu Orthodontics

Friday, August 28, 2009

Braces 101, With Wu Orthodontics

If you live in the Palo Alto community, and you have sustained any damage to your braces, we can help you more effectively if you can tell us exactly which piece is in trouble! Here’s a handy diagram and corresponding list of all the parts that make up your braces.Give Wu Orthodontics a call at 650-646-3999 if you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule an appointment.

Elastic Tie: Tiny rubber band that fits around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

Archwire: The main wire that acts as a track to guide the teeth along. It's changed periodically throughout treatment, as teeth move to their new positions.

Loop in Archwire: Frequently used for closing space left by an extraction. Many archwires don't have a loop.

Bracket: Small attachment that holds the archwire in place. Most often, a bracket is cemented directly onto the tooth's surface, eliminating the need for a band.

Headgear Tube: Round, hollow attachment on the back bands. The inner bow of the headgear fits into it.

Coil Spring: Fits between brackets and over archwire to open space between teeth.

Tie Wire: Fine wire that is twisted around the bracket to hold the archwire in place.

Band: A thin ring of metal fitted around a tooth and cemented in place. The band provides a way to attach the brackets to the tooth.

Hook: Welded or removable arm to which elastics (rubber bands) are attached.

Elastic (Rubber Band): Small rubber band that is hooked between different points on the appliance to provide pressure to move the teeth.

--Dr. Eric Wu, your Palo Alto Community Orthodontist

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Myths and Facts of Orthodontics, From Wu Orthodontics

There are quite a few myths about orthodontists circulating around. Before you buy into those myths, you should get the facts! We came across a great site that helps set the record straight. Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists have some excellent information on the myths and facts of orthodontists, check them out today!

Hope this helps,

--Dr Eric Wu

Friday, August 7, 2009

Summer Fun with Wu Orthodontics!

Its summer here at Wu Orthodontics, a season full of vacations, adventures and great memories. Whether you are headed to a barbeque, a camping trip, or just having fun in the sun, we want to hear about it! Leave a comment on our blog and tell us about your summer!

Happy Travels,

--From Wu Orthodontics

Thursday, July 30, 2009

What Do You Think of Wu Orthodontics? We Want to Hear!

We at Wu Orthodontics have come to appreciate your interactions with us online, whether it is on MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, or this blog. This week we wanted to share with you a great review about Wu Orthodontics, and encourage you to take a few moments to write a review too!

As an adult getting braces, I wanted to make sure I chose the right orthodontist. I did extensive research and met with six orthodontists and I must say: Dr. Wu stood out from the pack. He was very professional, easy going, kind, patient and thorough. I asked a lot of questions and he answered each and every one of them to my satisfaction. After our initial consultation, I still had more questions and he made the time to talk with me some more. We had great rapport and I felt really comfortable with Dr. Wu.

I was impressed that Dr. Wu uses the damon system. Not all orthodontist are up to speed on the latest technologies so I was glad Dr. Wu uses it and recommended it. He explained all the options to me and made sure I knew exactly what was involved. I like being informed and able to make smart decisions about my treatment.

I started my treatment right away but my travel/work schedule made it difficult to schedule appointments. Dr. Wu’s office was very accommodating and made every effort to schedule (and reschedule) my appointments as needed.

Dr. Wu’s prices are very fair; you get what you pay for and I wouldn’t have mind paying more for the excellent customer service and professional care that I’ve received from Wu Orthodontics.

I am extremely pleased with the results. :) I smile more, feel more confident and get compliments on my teeth/smile all the time! Thank you, Dr. Wu!

This week, why not write a review about your experiences at Wu Orthodontics too?

Friday, July 24, 2009

What’s so special about an Orthodontist? Dr. Wu Explains

"Dentists, Orthodontists, they're all the same right?" We hear our patients asking this question as they wonder about the difference between an orthodontist and a dentist. Before becoming an orthodontist Dr. Wu started out in dental school at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a DDS (dental degree), just like your dentist. After dental school, and practicing as a dentist, Dr. Wu decided he wanted to learn more about orthodontics, which is one of nine specialties within the dental field. So he stayed in school for a few more years completing his orthodontic residency (University of Pittsburgh) and became an expert in orthodontics; which focuses on tooth and jaw alignment and bite problems like overbites and under bites.

Other dental specialties you may have heard of include endodontic (focusing on the soft tissue inside your teeth), periodontic (focusing on the gums and other tissues surrounding your teeth) and prosthodontic (focusing on restoring and replacing damaged teeth).

Isn't it nice to know there's a dental expert here to help you through any type of treatment your teeth, jaw and gums might need?

--Dr. Eric Wu

Friday, July 10, 2009

Summer 09 Pre-Dental Intern: Sandra Lee

We at WU Orthodontics were so lucky to have Sandra working with us this summer. She was our summer intern, and was able to work with Dr. Wu and the patients for several months. The patients loved her so much and she helped make their visits pleasant and enjoyable.

Sandra has been a great intern, and here is what she had to say about her time with us:
For the past three years, I have been taking pre-health courses along with my mathematics major at Bryn Mawr College, which happens to be twenty minutes away from University of Pennsylvania, where Dr. Eric Wu received his Dental Medicine Degree. Though I was fulfilling the pre-requisites for dentistry, I had never immersed myself inside the flow of dental work aside from regular dental check ups and my past braces experience.

Dr. Wu and the rest of the team at Wu Orthodontics wish her the best of luck! If you had a chance to meet Sandra during her time with us, be sure to leave a comment to congratulate and wish her well.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

San Francisco Food Bank Thanks Wu Ortho

The Wu Orthodontics team received great thanks from Paul Ash, the executive director of San Francisco Food Bank for their time and efforts in packaging food supply for the hungry.

On behalf of the San Francisco Food Bank, I want to thank you for the time and effort you recently spent helping end hunger in San Francisco.

In the year ending June 30, we distributed 33.5 million pounds of food to 132,000 people in need - and volunteers like you are absolutely vital to achieving that goal. The work done each year by you and more than 15,000 other Food Bank volunteers - sorting food donations, gleaning fresh produce, assembling grocery boxes, and repacking bulk food items - is the equal of 38 permanent full-time employees.

Simply put, we could never serve so many people without the help of volunteers like you.

And volunteering is just one way you and your friends or family can stay involved. Whether it's by making an online gift or keeping abreast of hunger-related issues in our community by joining out advocacy network, the Food Bank and the hundreds of programs it supplies depend on your continued support and involvement. Once more, thank you - and we hope to see you again!


Paul Ash
Executive Director

Monday, July 6, 2009

Cesar Chavez Academy Honors Dr. Wu

On Tuesday, June 9th, Dr. Eric Wu was awarded at Cesar Chavez Academy's Community Celebration Appreciation Dinner for his charitable contributions to the Palo Alto Community.

Dr. Wu receiving the Community Partner Award from the East Palo Alto school with the principal and vice principal

Friday, June 26, 2009

Patient Appreciation Letter to Wu Orthodontics

Dr. Wu and Wu Orthodontics are doing amazing work in the Palo Alto community. Read this letter from one patient who is particularly thankful.

Dear Dr. Wu,

Thank you for helping me. With the braces, things are so much better.

Before when I was in school, I got in fights, some kids laughed at me, and people called me names, like “dienton,” which means “big teeth” in English. My life was hard because people called me that.

Now, nobody makes fun of me because they know that my teeth are better with the braces. My life is so much better. I am so happy with my teeth as they keep getting better.

Thank you for the braces. I am especially grateful to you for not being angry or taking away my braces when one or more brackets are broken. I will do my best to not break anymore brackets. Thank you to the ladies at the front table for their pretty smiles when I get to the table.

With deep gratitude,

Friday, June 19, 2009

Wu Orthodontics Holds Another Dental Education Lecture

At Wu Orthodontics, we know that providing the best in orthodontic care to the community of Palo Alto is of the utmost importance. But you can't have comprehensive orthodontic care without outstanding dental treatment. That is why we reach out to dental professionals in the greater Palo Alto metropolitan region and host study clubs.

As our world advances, so does our dental and orthodontic knowledge. By staying on top of the latest technologies and procedures, we are able to offer the most advanced treatments for your teeth. And that's what you deserve!

Our next study club will be held at Wu Orthodontics on July 23rd. Dr. Paul Homoly will speak on advanced dental treatments. Dr. Homoly is a world-class leader in dental education. As a comprehensive restorative dentist and acclaimed educator for over twenty-five years, he is known for his innovative and practical approach to dentistry. He will discuss the distinctions between simple and complex care patients and provide practical tips for determining whether your patient is ready for complex care.

As always, we will have hors d'oeuvres. Hope to see you there!

Wu Orthodontics

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

And the game is on!

One of our patients has sent in her Summer Postcard Contest picture and is in the run of winning big!

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand (South Island)
April 2009

Here is the letter that came along with the picture:

Dear Dr. Wu,

Enclosed is Elisabeth's contribution to your travel photo collection! (We forgot to bring it to our appointment this week)

This was taken on her trip to New Zealand in April. Those shirts are going to be seen 'round the world!

Also, thank you again for her "special request" DS prize. She's been saving up those tokens, and she's so thrilled to have earned this new horse-themed game. Nothing like a little incentive to keep the kids focused on the orthodontic goals.

We couldn't be happier with the results thus far, and with the outstanding professionalism (and FUN!) that we experience every time we come to your office.

Wu Orthodontics is the BEST!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Community and Patient Review of WU Orthodontics

Dr. Eric Wu of Wu Orthodontics serves the Palo Alto Community with superior orthodontic work. Just read this letter from a community member.

Dear Dr. Wu,

I have been composing this letter of thanks since the first day I saw Michael gleaming with his shiny new braces. I have told people the story of your generosity and on more than a few occasions the person listening was brought almost to tears (and indeed a few tears were in fact shed). As the Vice Principal of our school, I spend quite a bit of my time helping students content with their life challenges, both behaviorally and academically. I remember when Michael first came to our school just a few years ago, fresh from Mexico. Desperate to overcome his obvious awkward appearance, he was often sent to the office for either getting in fights or doing silly thinks in an effort to make friends. Often the fights he got in were because of other kids bullying him and instigating trouble just for their own cheap laughs.

Since he has had his braces, he has become an entirely new and improved Michael. He has friends who are sincere and earnest. He's been making significant strides to improve in school and he even insists on speaking English. There is, however, no better illustration of his positive changes than the school pictures. I've enclosed copies from last year and this year. You can see that he is unhappy and hiding his teeth in last year's photo, this year he is beaming with his big smile and shiny braces.

We cannot thank you enough for your incredible generosity. I don't know if you are available, but as a possible "save the date" we would love to honor you at our Community Celebration Appreciating Dinner. It is so wonderful to know that community members such as you are out there. Please know that our entire school is in awe and inspired by your act of generosity. You, probably more than you can imaging, have changed his life for the better.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Dr. Wu Is Doing the Tour De Cure!

In June, Dr. Wu is racing in the Tour de Cure. He has set a fund-raising goal and is raising support for Diabetes.

The Tour de Cure is sponsored by the American Diabetes Association.

You can watch his progress and support him in his efforts on his page!

You can get more information about the Palo Alto leg of the trip, and if you are a community resident, you can come out and support Dr. Wu in person!

Good luck Dr. Wu!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Wunderful Work from Wu Orthodontics and Team

On Wednesday May 13th, our Wu Orthodontics team volunteered at the San Francisco Food Bank Distribution and Packing center. It is the hub where food and supply donations are received and packaged for over 135,000 homeless and underserved individuals for San Francisco. It is the largest distributor to non-profit agencies in San Francisco, providing dontated and purchased food to over 600 non-profit organizations. For many agencies, the SF food bank is their only source of food. This year, they will distribute nearly 33 million pounds of food, or enough to provide 70,000 meals a day!

Our Wu Orthodontics team sorted and boxed enough canned goods to feed an army for over a month! But boy were we sore afterward! As a reward, we then spent the sunny afternoon at a SF Giants game at AT&T park!

If you want to know more about the SF Food Bank, or want to learn ways that you can give back in the Palo Alto Community, give us a call at Wu Orthodontics.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Wu Orthodontics At Palo Alto Farmer's Market

Tomorrow is the first day for the Palo Alto Farmer's Market this summer!

Come support the Palo Alto community and taste a delicious selection of fruits and vegetables from local farmers. All proceeds from the market benefit Avenidas, an organization serving seniors in the mid-Peninsula area.

Wu Orthodontics will be there to join in the festivities. Dr. Wu will have a booth set up in the morning to answer any orthodontic questions you may have. Ask him to explain the Damon System and how self-ligating, low friction, and light force are ideal for adolescents in orthodontic treatment.

The market is located at Gilman Street and Hamilton, behind the Palo Alto Post Office. Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Wu Orthodontics Hosts Next Study Club in Series

On May 19th, Wu Orthodontics is hosting the next study group event in the series for general dentists in the greater Palo Alto area.

Dr. James Boyd will lecture on the interconnection of bruxism (bad bite) and migraines. Dr. Boyd is a practicing clinical consultant and the Director of Research and Senior Clinical Instructor at the White Memorial Medical Center Craniofacial/TMD clinic in Los Angeles. He has studied extensively on the head neck connection and how it influences the work of dental practitioners.

Wu Orthodontics will provide hors d'oeuvres and expect numerous general dentists from the Palo Alto community to attend.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Dr. Wu's Dental Screening at Herbert Hoover Elementary Was a Huge Success!

Last Wednesday, April 8, there was a free dental screening at Herbert Hoover Elementary School to reach out to underprivileged kids throughout the Palo Alto community.

We are pleased to report that it was a great success!

The event was coordinated by the Palo Alto Unified School District and the Mid-Peninsula Dental Society. There were three Palo Alto dental professionals conducting the screening, Dr. Alan Lu, Dr. Latha, and Dr. Eric Wu.

Together, they were able to screen 29 kids!

Dr. Eric Wu is the Mid-Peninsula Dental Society Chair and he also attended Herbert Hoover Elementary School.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Watch Our Video to See What Makes Wu Orthodontics Unique

Dr. Eric Wu is a Palo Alto native and understands the needs of the Palo Alto community. Offering both Damon System Braces and Invisalign clear braces, Dr. Wu uses the most advanced treatments to ensure his patients receive the latest in orthodontic care.

His orthodontic practice, Wu Orthodontics, has an unique approach to orthodontics that focuses on non-invasive and non-extraction orthodontic techniques and is conveniently located on El Camino Real, in the heart of Palo Alto.

Watch our video to learn what makes Wu Orthodontics a different kind of orthodontic practice.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Summer Postcard Contest From Wu Orthodontics

Summer is just around the corner and we hope that you will be out and about enjoying the world. Whether exploring the Palo Alto community or traveling internationally, we want to hear all about your adventures.

So Wu Orthodontics is having a Summer Postcard Contest!

Here are the details, of course in postcard form!

Contest details...

We will have many categories, including...

So many great ideas, from climbing the Eiffel Tower

to scaling a rock wall..

to African Safaris!

Whatever you think of, there is a category to enter your postcard. So grab your Wu Orthodontics t-shirt and your cameras and show us what you got!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Upcoming Free Dental Screening For Palo Alto Community

On Wednesday, April 8, we are holding a dental screening at the Herbert C. Hoover Elementary School in Palo Alto. The screening is for underprivileged and under-served residents of the community who are in need of dental care.

The event is coordinated by the Mid-Peninsula Dental Society and the Foothill College Hygienist Program in conjunction with the Palo Alto School District. Linda Lenoir is the school nurse for the district and she has been reaching out to families in the community to raise awareness of this great event.

Dr. Eric Wu is the Community Chairperson for the Mid-Peninsula Dental Society. He is serving his first year of a two year term.

These groups came together to provide this service to the Palo Alto community because no one should have to sacrifice their dental health, no matter their economic condition. Again, the event will be held on Wednesday, April 8, at the Herbert C. Hoover Elementary School. Interestingly enough, it was also Dr. Wu's elementary school.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Painted Lady Butterflies Infiltrate Wu Orthodontics!

Butterflies at Wu Orthodontics!
(And we don't mean the kind that turn your stomach into knots.)

These are the real deal. Painted Lady Butterflies are all around the Palo Alto Community right now, and some have even come into our orthodontic practice!

The butterflies migrate northwest this time of year and they don't stop until they run out of reserved fat carried over from their caterpillar stage. Back a couple years ago, the swarm was so thick it stopped traffic!

This year, to welcome them, we put up hundreds of colorful paper butterflies around our office.

They will only stay awhile as they migrate through, but hopefully they will be back in August as they return to the desert, their winter home. In the meantime, stop by Wu Orthodontics to see our colorful display, who knows maybe a Painted Lady or two will stop by to greet you!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Wu Orthodontics Leads Dental Study Clubs for Palo Alto General Dentists

Wu Orthodontics is committed to excellence in oral health. A key part of this commitment is their focus on education. That is why they regularly hold study clubs on topics of general dentistry.

Tuesday, March 24th, is the second study club in a series of seven. Fifteen to twenty general dentists from the Palo Alto and surrounding communities will attend the lecture held on the top floor of Wu Orthodontics' office building.

Dr. Wu will kick off the evening with a presentation about the Damon System. He will detail what the Damon System is capable of and present several cases that he is currently working on.

Following Dr. Wu's presentation, Dr. Terrell F. Pannkuk, a native Californian, will lecture on the differences between root canals and implants. He will discuss practical applications of the two and specific cases where each is appropriate.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Palo Alto Girls Softball League and Wu Orthodontics In Full Swing

They came out swinging for opening Day on Saturday.

That's right, the Palo Alto Girls Softball League is officially in full swing. And the team sponsored by Wu Orthodontics kicked off their season right in their stylish new jerseys. Dr. Wu went out to meet the team and cheer them on.

The next two months will be full of challenging opponents,long practices, and grueling strategy sessions, but with Wu Orthodontics on their side, these girls are sure to wow their opponents.

Stay tuned for pictures of the girls in their Wu Orthodontics jerseys!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Wu Orthodontics Teams Up WithThe Palo Alto Girls Softball Leauge

Wu Orthodontics is the proud sponsor of a team in the Palo Alto Girls Softball League this Spring. As the days are getting warmer and longer, we are looking forward to cheering our girls on and bringing them lots of water to stay hydrated!

The Girls Softball League has been in the greater Palo Alto community for more than 25 years. Last year alone, 400 girls played, ranging in age from 5 to 14. Sponsors for the league help run the league, outfit the teams, and improve the fields.
Wu Orthodontics is excited to be involved with such a great organization and can’t wait for the games to begin. And now, Play Ball!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Invisalign: It's as Easy as 1,2,3--Wu Orthodontics, Palo Alto, California

Looking to improve your smile, but eager to keep your treatment to yourself? Consider Invisalign, the invisible way to straighten teeth. The clear, custom aligners are removable, which makes for easy eating, brushing and flossing, and no disruption of your lifestyle. Over half a million people have chosen Invisalign in their quest for an amazing smile. The process is simple:

STEP 1:We’ll Create a Custom Treatment Plan for You
First we’ll take impressions of your teeth. Based on their current position and their ideal end position, we’ll create a treatment plan that maps out the movement of your teeth throughout your time in Invisalign aligners.

STEP 2:Your Unique Set of Aligners Are Created
Using precision computer mapping and design, a series of clear, removable aligners are custom-molded. We’ll provide you with your aligners and precise instructions on how long each aligner is to be worn.

STEP 3:Wear Your Aligners to Guide Your Teeth into Place
Wear each set of aligners night and day for the prescribed time period, removing them to eat, brush and floss. We’ll set regular check-ups to monitor your progress. Each case is a little different, but on average, treatment lasts about a year. Contact us at Wu Orthodontics to see if Invisalign is right for you!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Wu Orthodontics Patient Reviews

At Wu Orthodontics, we specialize in providing superior orthodontic services with customized treatment plans for each patient. We know how important your smile is and love helping you with yours. Just here what our patients have to say about us!Dr. Wu is super nice and he makes braces seem really cool.
-Zimberlyn B.

Dr. Wu is available and cares.
-Chinyere N.

Where do I start! Dr. Wu is very friendly, easy-going, and explains treatment well.
-Jennifer R.

Dr. Wu and his staff are very courteous.
-Veronica M.

Wu Orthodontics has a great location and really give you personal attention.
-Buckley L.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Is Invisalign Really Customized for Each Patient? - Wu Orthodontics

Yes, it is, and that’s part of what makes it work. To find out if you are the right candidate for Invisalign treatment, the first thing we do is to take an impression of your teeth as they are now and digitize it. Using special software, we look at the current positioning of your teeth and compare it to the way your teeth should look.

Next we use special software to map out the exact path your teeth will take from the beginning of your treatment to the end. Based on the results, a set of custom aligners are created just for your teeth. Throughout the course of treatment, you will be required to wear these clear, removable aligners one at a time; each one moving your teeth closer and closer to their final, perfectly aligned position. And since the aligners are virtually invisible, nobody around you will even know you are wearing braces!

Dr.Wu is a certified Invisalign provider. If you have questions about Invisalign, or would like to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment, give us a call at 650-322-0288.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Gum Disease Can Sneak Up on You! - Wu Orthodontics

It’s easy to tell when you have a cavity; but unfortunately, gum disease can exist in your mouth without you even knowing. In fact, you can have the beginning stages of gum disease without noticing any pain or discomfort. Since gum disease can be undetectable, it’s important to watch for warning signs in order to prevent the disease from worsening!

Signs to watch for:

• Gums that appear red or swollen
• Gums that feel tender
• Gums that bleed easily (during brushing or flossing)
• Gums that recede or pull away from the teeth
• Persistent bad breath
• Loose teeth
• Any change in the way teeth come together in the biting position
• Any change in the way partial dentures fit

If you or someone in your family is showing these signs, make an appointment with your dentist right away to diagnose the problem and begin treatment to save your teeth and give you back a healthy mouth!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Good Breath Gone Bad! - Dr. Eric Wu, Orthodontist

Bad breath can be a real downer, especially when you are out on a date with that girl or boy you’ve had a crush on all semester! However, bad breath can be prevented!

Bad breath, or as your doctor may call it “halitosis,” is caused by odor-producing bacteria that grows in your mouth. This bacteria gathers on bits of food in your mouth and between your teeth and release sulfur compounds making your breath smell. Some foods, like garlic and onions, may contribute more to bad breath because of oils the food releases, and smoking is also a major cause of bad breath.

There are several myths around bad breath. Here are some common myths and the truth behind it all:

Myth #1: Mouthwash will make my breath smell better

Mouthwash will make your breath smell better, but it is only a temporary fix. If you use mouthwash, just know that you will still need to brush and floss when you get the chance as mouthwash alone will not kill all of the bacteria producing germs in your mouth. When choosing a mouthwash, pick an antiseptic with plaque-reducing compounds. Also make sure any dental products you choose comes with the American Dental Association’s (ADA) seal of approval!

Myth #2: I brush my teeth; I will never have bad breath

Brushing your teeth will save you from having breath, but the truth is most people only brush their teeth for about 30-45 seconds! You need to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes, twice a day to give your teeth a thorough cleansing. It’s also important to brush your tongue, which is where a majority of odor causing bacteria like to hang out. Lastly, flossing to remove food and plaque between the teeth will also help reduce your chances of having bad breath!

Myth #3: If I don’t smell it, then my breath is fresh

This is a false assumption in every sense of the word! The truth is that the breath you breathe out is not the same breath coming out when you talk to someone. When you breathe you are not using your throat as you do when you are talking; and when you talk more breath moves over the back of your mouth where bacteria is causing bad breath.

#1 TRUTH: Brush your teeth twice a day (for at least 2 minutes), floss at least once and visit your dentist every six months…this way your breath will always be fresh! Not letting your nerves get the best of you on your date? That’s up to you!!!