Choosing the Best Orthodontist for You

Choosing the right orthodontist can be a tough decision. You’ll be working intimately with your orthodontist, and you want someone with the proper credentials and experience, as well as the ability to make you feel comfortable, safe, and confident in your treatment.

Doctor Vicki Greenberg has an invaluable 25+ years of experience, she is board certified, and perhaps most importantly she is compassionate, confident, and approachable. She is considered the Top Orthodontist in the San Gabriel Valley.

Board Certified Orthodontist

Becoming a Board Certified Orthodontist is not an easy task. It’s an intense program that takes years. The American Board of Orthodontics is the only certifying board recognized by the Council of Dental Education and Licensure of the American Dental Association for the specialty of orthodontics.

An orthodontist is a dentist who has gone beyond their completion of a graduate program to receive their Doctor of Dental Medicine (DDM) to continue their education for 2-3 more years training specifically in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

Becoming Board Certified is the final step in a dedicated and competitive residency program to providing top notch superior care for orthodontic patients.

Top Invisalign Provider

Dr. Greenberg is the #1 ranked Invisalign Provider in the Pasadena area. She has the ranking of “Platinum Plus” as a result of her incredibly extensive experience in providing Invisalign treatment.

Dr.Greenberg was one of the first orthodontists to truly embrace Invisalign as a standard procedure in her practice. She specializes in non-extraction, non-surgical care, and Invisalign is one of her most valuable resources in doing so.

Pasadena dentists refer their most complicated orthodontic cases to Dr. Greenberg, as she has proven time and again that she can effectively recreate the smiles of just about anyone, no matter how complicated their cases may be.

Dr. Greenberg values her patients experience over everything, and she uses some of the best equipment and technology there is to provide superior care. The iTero digital scanner is technology used to create 3D images of your teeth and jaw in mere minutes.

If you have memories of that goopy gag-inducing substance used to create molds, put them behind you. You won’t have that experience in Dr. Vickie Greenberg’s office!

Whole Patient Care

Dr. Greenberg believes in treating the whole patient-not just their teeth. A healthy smile is much more valuable than the pretty pictures they provide. Straight teeth help to ensure a healthier lifestyle by facilitating the means to a healthy diet and proper breathing.

Dr. Greenberg has been using orthodontics to address sleep apnea and snoring for years. Disruptions of sleep as the result or snoring or sleep apnea are often caused by orthodontics issues, and she provides advanced sleep therapy to her patients, as well as diligent follow-up care. Her treatments are non-invasive and non-surgical.  She treats not just your teeth, but your overall health and well-being.

Patients of Doctor Vicki Greenberg discover they have a partner for life who is passionate about delivering outstanding results, and will be a trusted advocate for your healthy smile for life. She strongly believes a sparkling smile will not only enhance your appearance today, but establish a foundation for strong oral health for your lifetime.

Call Dr. Vick Greenberg today to begin your transformation!

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How Malocclusion (Overbite) Can Affect Your Whole Body

Malocclusion, or more commonly referred to as an Overbite is the faulty contact between the upper and lower teeth when the jaw is closed. Malocclusion can be viewed as crooked, crowded, or protruding teeth. It may affect a person’s appearance, speech, sleep and ability to eat. Malocclusions are most often inherited, but may be acquired with age or trauma.

What Causes Malocclusion? Is There Treatment?

Inherited conditions include too many or too few teeth, too much or too little space between teeth, irregular mouth and jaw size and shape, and atypical formations of the jaws and face, such as a cleft palate.

Malocclusions are sometimes symptom-less, but they can potentially cause pain from increased stress on the oral structures and entire body. Malocclusion may be remedied by orthodontic treatment; orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that manages the growth and correction of dental and facial structures.

The Effects of Malocclusion on Your Body

Chiropractic care is a form of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine.

Can a bad bite actually have a ripple effect across the entire body? Pasadena, CA orthodontist Dr. Vickie Greenberg says “YES!”

Dr. Greenberg shares the chiropractic view that the body is a neuromusculoskeletal kinematic chain. Posture has been found to have an effect on dental occlusion and vice versa. This is why Dr. Greenberg feels we can,

“Treat the bite to help the posture, and treat the posture to help the bite”.

Dr. Vickie Greenberg has been treating malocclusion for over 25 years and has been astounded at the positive outcomes her patients feel throughout their body when their bad bite is disrupted and resets correctly. Some patients write rave reviews that even after just 2 weeks their whole body feels better. Dr. Greenberg has a full tool chest to help her patients with malocclusion. Depending on the patient she will utilize dentofacial orthopedics for correcting the bite, Invisalign and braces for moving teeth, plus medical lasers for tissue bio stimulation.

Dr. Greenberg is happy to provide complimentary consultations and will use her ‘iCat FLX 3-D Cone Beam’ technology to provide a laser sharp diagnosis. It’s good for chiropractors to remember that living life with a bad bite is similar to walking around with a bad hip. We overcompensate for the weak side, and the spine reacts to carry the imbalanced load.

Some of the whole-body symptoms of malocclusion are trouble sleeping, ringing ears, migraine headaches, cluster headaches, sinuses plugged, and pain when eating. It’s extremely common for these patients to complain of neck ache and back ache.

Dr. Greenberg welcomes patients from around the world who travel to see her for expert care in Sleep Therapy, Sleep Apnea Treatment and TMJ Jaw Pain. Dr. Greenberg values referrals from Dentists, Doctors and Chiropractors for her to treat the entire patient and care deeply about holistic body wellness.

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Using Orthodontics to treat TMJ or Jaw Pain

Jaw pain is the worst. It’s one of those things that you can’t truly understand until you’ve been through it. When your jaw is injured or damaged it makes things that you normally take for granted painful. Swallowing, chewing, even talking or taking a deep breath can be painful.

If you are suffering from jaw pain or TMJ, please call our office today. We use non-surgicaloptions for treating jaw pain, and we are here to help you.

What Causes Jaw Pain or TMJ?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joints. These are the joints on either side of your head that make it possible for you to open and close your mouth. They come into action whenever you speak, chew, or swallow. They also control your lower jaw (mandible) as they move forward, backwards, and side to side.  These joints consist of not just your jaw bone, but muscles and ligaments as well.

Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working properly may result in a painful TMJ disorder most often described simply as Jaw Pain.

The most common causes of TMJ or Jaw Pain are dislocation, problems with the alignment of the teeth and jaw, stress resulting in teeth grinding, arthritis or injury. The resulting pain can be awful, almost debilitating.

There are treatment options available however, so if jaw pain or TMJ is hindering your lifestyle don’t despair.

How Does Dr. Vickie Greenberg Treat Jaw Pain or TMJ?

The most important thing to do before attempting to treat TMJ is to arrive at a proper diagnosis. Dr. Greenberg believes in the “less is best” approach to treatment, with the understanding that each patient is different and presents with their own unique set of symptoms and lifestyle.

This approach focuses on behavioral modifications such as eating softer foods, not chewing gum, and avoiding biting your nails. Since stress can be a factor, keeping aware of your stress levels and how you’re clenching your jaw is important as well. Using heat packs to alleviate the pain, and relaxation techniques to combat the tension in your jaw can be very helpful.

However, many cases of TMJ or jaw pain are much more severe, and require more intensive treatment. These cases may require fixing a jaw bite that is misaligned, or repositioning teeth that are causing an uneven bite. Dentofacial orthodontic devices may be recommended for treatment if it is deemed appropriate.

Dr. Greenberg believes firmly in treating the whole patient and not just their mouths. She understands that each case is different, and that every patient comes in with their own unique set of difficulties and hopes for treatment.

If you are struggling with jaw pain or TMJ, please don’t suffer another day! Dr. Vickie Greenberg uses her 20 years of experience, her compassion and empathy, and her every increasing expertise to diagnose each and every single one of her patients, and to design the best possible treatment plan. Please call our office today to schedule a consultation and get you back to being ashealthy and pain-free as possible!

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