Are You Too Old For Braces?

When you think of braces, who do you picture wearing them? If you’re like most Americans, children and teens come to mind. If you’re unhappy with your smile, you probably think you missed your chance for straight teeth, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Thanks to advances in technology, orthodontic treatment for adults Read More

What is the Value of Orthodontic Treatment?

Did you know that orthodontic treatment is more than just straightening teeth? The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) states, “The goal of orthodontic treatment is a beautiful smile and a good bite—meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw and look great.” A straighter smile isn’t only good for aesthetics, Read More

Is Juicing Bad for Your Teeth?

At the start of every new year, most of us begin to reevaluate our waistlines and opt for a healthier lifestyle. With the growing popularity of juicing in recent years, more of our patients have been turning to this diet as a means of increasing their fruit and vegetable intake. While blending veggies, fruits, and Read More

Busting Invisalign Myths

Busting Invisalign Myths…It can be a scary experience when you are given a referral to see an orthodontist or considering improving your smile. Braces are grounds for embarrassment for the self-conscious teen and the up-and-coming professional. Having a mouth full of metal to clean around, eat around, and live around can be daunting. The option Read More

New Year, New Me

At the start of each new year, we often hear people say, “New year, new me.” But what exactly does that mean? At Hidden Valley Orthodontics, we say “New year, new smile, better hygiene.” To help you start the new year with a great smile and better oral health, we’ve come up with a list Read More

The Impact of Smoking on Oral Health

When it comes to smoking, we’ve all been reminded constantly of the effects it can have on our overall health. In most cases, lung cancer is often the disease of choice that is a result of smoking. However, the damaging effects of smoking don’t stop there. Do you know the negative effects smoking can have Read More

Are You Over Brushing Your Braces?

Have you ever had that awkward experience when you drink a cold beverage and immediately feel a sharp pain in your teeth? You’re not alone. In fact, one in eight people has this same problem with tooth sensitivity. So what’s the cause? Believe it or not, tooth sensitivity such as this doesn’t have anything to Read More

What Happens When We Swallow Gum?

Dr. Christy Fortney and her team at Hidden Valley Orthodontics want to dispel an urban legend about chewing gum: if you swallow a wad of gum, it does not sit in your stomach for seven years. In most cases, actually, not even seven days. Chewing gum, although not meant to be swallowed, passes harmlessly through Read More

Fun Halloween Costumes Based on Braces

It’s that time of year again! Halloween is just around the corner and we at Hidden Valley Orthodontics are here to get you ready. For those of you currently in braces, you may be wondering how you can stand out with your costume while disguising your orthodontic treatment. Fear not! Here are six fun costume ideas Read More

2017 Patient Appreciation Day

Dr. Fortney & the HVO Team – Invite you and your immediate family – To be our guests at: THE WAVE WATER PARK in Vista We have scheduled two separate evenings in order to accommodate everyone! Please note one is on a Saturday due to availability Friday, July 14th, 5 to 7:30 pm: A – Read More

2016 Patient Appreciation Day

Dr. Fortney & the HVO Team – Invite you and your immediate family – To be our guests at: THE WAVE WATER PARK in Vista from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.   We have scheduled two separate evenings in order to accommodate everyone! Friday, July 15th: A – M (Patient’s last name) Friday, July 29th: Read More

HVO Gear Contest Winner January 2016

alt=”HVO Gear Contest Winner January 2016″ width=”400″ height=”350″ /> HVO Gear Contest Winner January 2016! – Congratulations! to the Kosalowski family: Rachel and her parents were SO EXCITED to be gifted FREE BRACES by the HVO Gear Contest Winner January 2016, the Leahy Family! HVO Gear Contests are held twice a year, in January & Read More