Alborzi Orthodontics - September/October 2019

235 N. SanMateo Drive, Suite 300 SanMateo, CA 94401-2672 Tel: (650) 342-4171

705 Purissima Half Moon Bay, CA 94019-1934 Tel: (650) 726-6321

The Alborzi Standard

September/October 2019


I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t excited for school to start. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy my

While the emphasis on memorization over understanding is important, it’s not the greatest problem with current

occur (think of the times when you start daydreaming or perhaps even fall asleep). My entire staff uses it, and it’s proven very successful in teaching all of us how to learn and study correctly and efficiently. It’s been genuinely empowering for all of us! If you have a child heading back to school this month or if you’re venturing off to college for the first time, my advice to you is to consider looking into L. Ron Hubbard’s “The Technology of Study.” If you’re a patient of mine, I’ll make it available to you so it can work the same wonders for you that it has for me and my team. My other piece of advice is to purchase a good dictionary. Because English is a second language for me, I always carry a dictionary. But I’ve been surprised to learn that a great number of people who grew up speaking English don’t take the time to look up difficult words. In order to fully understand what it is you are reading, you have to understand the words in all their forms and usages. It’s a simple but great tool, and I promise it will help with studying!

summers, but, whenever September came around each year, I was ready to ditch the yard

education methods. What’s worse is that students often have to adhere to this one way of learning. If they struggle to study for a quiz or test, then they’re essentially set up for failure. While I was one of the lucky ones for whom school came easy, I have a lot of sympathy for students battling their way through this type of instruction.

games and sunshine for a backpack filled with books. My

affinity for school has always interested me because, while I knew I needed several years of schooling to become a

doctor, my experience taking classes for such a big portion of my life helped me realize the biggest issue with our current education system. In all my years in school, from the elementary years through college, I’ve found that passing classes has become much more about basic memorization than genuine understanding. Instructors give students lectures and ask that they read several textbooks and test them on the material. Then the students are graded on their ability to recapitulate what they’ve read. There’s an inherent problem with this approach. Being able to circle the correct answer on a quiz or reciting a short essay answer from memory doesn’t demonstrate understanding; it only proves that student spent a lot of time reading and memorizing. This means when it comes time to actually utilize what you learn, many students end up falling short.

It’s part of the reason I started looking for an alternative after I started my practice. I’m a firm believer in lifelong learning, so, in order to keep up-to-date on the latest orthodontic procedures and technology, I knew I needed to figure out a way to ensure my team’s and my understanding of new material. That’s when I found L. Ron Hubbard’s “The Technology of

Study.” This amazing and extremely effective tool allows us to take a step back and reflect on the way we learn. We can break down the steps of studying to see where our struggles lie and the physiological responses our bodies emit when they

Good luck this year, students! Hope it’s the best one yet!

–Dr. Alexa Alborzi

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Did you know that more babies are born in September than any other month of the year? If you’re an expecting parent, then you’ve likely been spending ample time in preparation mode. Between making sure that you have enough burp rags, finding the best car seat and stroller, building the crib, and buying all the necessities to “baby-proof” the house, you might start wondering about the best time to start caring for your baby’s teeth. While the average age for getting their first baby tooth is 6 months, some infants begin teething as early as 3 months or as late as 14 months. Regardless of when your baby’s teeth start working their way to the surface, the moment they do, you need to start taking action. In fact, most experts recommend taking infants

in for a check-up by the time their first tooth surfaces. While they won’t receive a cleaning or any kind of dental work, the experience helps them get comfortable with dental offices, which helps negate any potential fear they could have later on. After several years of regular dental visits, your child might be encouraged to visit an orthodontist like Dr. Alborzi to determine whether they need braces to remedy oral problems. While there’s no set age for a first orthodontist visit, here at Alborzi Orthodontics, we are able to start your child’s journey to a confident smile earlier than ever before through Invisalign First. Because Dr. Alborzi is in the top 1% of Invisalign First providers, she can address the needs of younger patients by offering an aligner specifically designed to target

arch expansion, which is the most common interceptive treatment for children. The aligners help correct a broad range of dental issues for children while they are young as they are specially designed for patients who have a mixture of both permanent and baby teeth. The earlier we’re able to address oral complications, the sooner your child can bare a smile they are proud of. Not sure Invisalign First is right for your family? Give us a call! We’re happy to address any questions you might have.



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New low maintenance braces like Invisalign are the latest trend for teeth straightening, and, with over 6 million people using the clear aligners to transform their smile, it’s a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. The virtually invisible look of the aligners, the ability to remove them when eating, drinking, or flossing, and the faster treatment time are all reasons why Invisalign braces are so popular. And, while people of all ages can benefit from orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, the age demographic that can perhaps benefit the most is teens. If you’re an adult who wore traditional metal braces during your high school years, then you know how truly frustrating and painful they can be at that age. Horror stories of popcorn getting stuck in your teeth when you’re out watching a movie with friends or being afraid to eat lunch in the cafeteria because you’re worried you don’t have time to clean the brackets before fifth period are bad enough. But, when you add sports into the mix, it only gets worse. Getting hit in the mouth by a ball or another player is going to hurt no matter what, but metal braces make the experience much more painful. While any sport that involves flying objects and multiple players has the potential to be problematic, fall sports might be causing the most issues. Spiked volleyballs flying over the net at 60 mph, squad herkies and backflips during the halftime show, and strong linemen running full speed at you during the fourth quarter of the football game can all cause some real jaw and mouth pain, especially when metal braces are involved.

Because Invisalign is a method that’s both removable and far more comfortable, it can make the high school experience a bit easier. Plus if you are playing sports, you can use a mouthguard over the aligners, which offers an extra layer of protection for your teeth. As kids head back to school this month, it might be the perfect time to check out Invisalign. With 80% of all patients opting for this treatment, Dr. Alborzi has helped thousands of young teens get the smile they always dreamed of. See how she can help you today!

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• 1 cup sugar • 1 cup fresh basil leaves • 6 cups frozen mixed berries • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice


1. In a saucepan over high heat, combine sugar with 1 cup of water, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves, creating a syrup-like consistency. 2. Remove syrup from heat, add basil, cover, and let stand for 15 minutes. Strain syrup into bowl and refrigerate until cold. 3. In a blender, combine syrup with frozen berries and lemon juice. Purée until smooth. 4. Transfer to a square baking pan, cover in plastic wrap, and freeze until set, about 2 hours. 5. Scoop and serve.

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Nestled between Italy and Switzerland, Monte Rosa is the second highest peak in the Alps, making it one of the best views in either country and one of the more physically demanding ascents in the mountain range. In the late summer and early fall, tourists and locals alike tour Monte Rosa to pay their respects to the peak and to be challenged by the cross-country trek over the mountain. The full tour of the mountain is a nine-day journey that starts in Switzerland and crosses quickly over into Italy, winding its way through both countries before eventually returning trekkers to their starting point. The out-and- back path is the most popular route, though there are other ways to approach it. However you go, you’ll encounter massive glaciers, rigorous 1,000-meter ascents and descents, and breathtaking views that are sure to make this journey memorable. AN ALPINE EXCURSION Tour Monte Rosa My Thoughts on Schooling vs. Education PAGE 1 Worried Your Kid Is Too Young for Invisalign? Winning at Alborzi Orthodontics PAGE 2 The Best Option for Teens Heading Back to School Basil Berry Sorbet PAGE 3 An Excursion in the Pennine Alps PAGE 4

For accommodations, opt for charming mountain huts to immerse yourself in the true Alpine experience. You can book them in advance to guarantee your bunk and a dinner of spaetzle or lasagna, depending on which country you’re in that night. Unless you’re traveling with an experienced mountaineer, a guide is recommended for touring Monte Rosa, even if you only plan to traverse a small section of the mountain. Weather can vary greatly and change quickly in this region, so you never know when you’ll encounter ice or snow, which can lower your visibility. Toward the top of the peak, you’ll even have an opportunity to cross a sprawling glacier, and having a guide will ensure you have the necessary equipment for a safe trip.

experience unlike any other on your tour of Monte Rosa. Plus, you may even get to see a few Swiss cows or mountain goats along the way!

On top of the spectacular views, you can expect a beautiful blend of cultures and an

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