Emergency Care – Getting Braces in Los Angeles (LA)


True orthodontic emergencies are very rare, but when they do occur we are available to you. As a general rule, you should call the office when you experience severe pain or when you have a painful appliance problem that you can’t take care of yourself. We’ll be able to schedule an appointment to resolve the problem.

You might be surprised to learn that you may be able to temporarily solve many problems yourself until you schedule an appointment with our office. When working with your appliances, you need to know the names of the parts of your appliances so you are able to identify what part is broken or out of place. After alleviating your discomfort, it is very important that you still call our office as soon as possible to schedule a time to repair the problem. Allowing your appliance to remain damaged for an extended period of time may result in disruptions in your treatment plan.

The following solutions may help you relieve your discomfort:

Poking Wire

Using a pencil eraser, push the poking wire down or place wax on it to alleviate the
discomfort.

Loose Bracket or Band

If your bracket or band is still attached to the wire, you should leave it in place and put wax on it. If the wire comes out entirely, wrap the bracket with a tissue.

Loose Wire

Using tweezers, try to place your wire back into place. If doing this and using wax does not help, as a last resort use a small fingernail clipper to clip the wire behind the last tooth to which it is securely fastened. If your discomfort continues, place wax on it.

Loose Appliance

If your appliance is poking you, place wax on the offending part of your appliance.

Headgear Does Not Fit

Sometimes headgear discomfort is caused by not wearing the headgear as instructed by your orthodontist. Please refer to the instructions provided by your orthodontist. If the facebow is bent, please call our office for assistance. Surprisingly, the headgear may hurt less if it’s worn more, so be sure you’re getting in the prescribed hours.

General Soreness

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. Placing Orabase on the affected area may help; this can be found in your local pharmacy. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain.

The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!

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Orthodontics in Los Angeles (LA) and Pasadena – Braces for All Ages

To successfully complete your orthodontic treatment in LA, patients must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the elastics (rubber bands), headgear or other appliances as prescribed.

The following paragraphs describe the types of appliances that may be used during your treatment.

Elastics (Rubber Bands) with your Los Angeles Orthodontist
Wearing elastics (rubber bands) improves the fit of your upper and lower teeth. Wear rubber bands as instructed because the rubber bands work far more efficiently if they are worn as prescribed.

Headgear
Headgear is used to treat patients whose teeth are in an “overbite,” (with the uppers forward of the lowers) or an “underbite” (with the lowers forward of the uppers). Headgear gently “pulls” on your teeth to restrict further forward growth of your upper teeth and jaw.

Herbst® Appliance
This Herbst appliance reduces overbite by encouraging the lower jaw forward and the upper molars backward. This fixed appliance is used mostly for younger, growing children and is worn for about 12-15 months.

Palatal Expander
The palatal expander “expands” (widens) your upper jaw by putting gentle pressure on your upper molars each time an adjustment is made. Your orthodontist will instruct you about when and how to adjust your expander. When you achieve the desired expansion, you will wear the appliance for several months to solidify the expansion and to prevent regression.

Positioners
Positioners complete the final tooth movements in your orthodontic treatment. With your full cooperation, you should only need to wear the positioner appliance for 4-8 weeks.

Retainers
Retainers may be removable or fixed. They hold your teeth in their new, correct positions after your teeth have been straightened. Your orthodontist will instruct you on how to care for your retainer and about the duration of the wear. Wearing your retainer as directed is crucial to prevent regression of your treatment.
Click here for more information on how to care for your retainer.

Separators (or Spacers)
Separators are little rubber doughnuts that may be placed between your teeth to push them apart so that orthodontic bands may be placed during your next appointment. The separators will be removed before we place the bands. Separators do not mix well with sticky foods or with toothpicks and floss.

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Getting Braces in Los Angeles (LA) – Your LA and Pasadena Orthodontist

Before you choose an orthodontist in LA and Pasadena, it is important to learn more about life with braces. Dr. Greenberg is the choice orthodontist in LA and Pasadena for orthodontic and braces treatment that 10 out of 10 patients recommend!


Eating with Braces

What can you eat? Let’s talk about what you shouldn’t eat! If you’ve been wanting to drop a few pounds, the first week wearing braces is just your chance! For the first day or so, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Before long, you’ll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces.

Foods to Avoid

  • Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
  • Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
  • Sticky foods: caramels, gum
  • Hard foods: nuts, candy
  • Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
  • Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.

General Soreness

When you get your braces on, you may feel general soreness in your mouth and teeth may be tender to biting pressures for three to five days. This can be relieved by rinsing your mouth with a warm salt water mouthwash. Dissolve one teaspoonful of salt in 8 ounces of warm water, and rinse your mouth vigorously. If the tenderness is severe, take aspirin or whatever you normally take for headache or similar pain. The lips, cheeks and tongue may also become irritated for one to two weeks as they toughen and become accustomed to the surface of the braces. You can put wax on the braces to lessen this. We’ll show you how!

Loosening of Teeth

This is to be expected throughout treatment. Don’t worry! It’s normal. Teeth must loosen first so they can be moved. The teeth will again become rigidly fixed in their new – corrected – positions.

Loose Wire or Band

Don’t be alarmed if a wire or band comes loose. This happens occasionally. If wire protrudes and is irritating, use a blunt instrument (back of spoon or the eraser end of a pencil) and carefully, gently push the irritating wire under the archwire. Simply get it out of the way. If irritation to the lips or mouth continues, place wax or wet cotton on the wire to reduce the annoyance. Call our office as soon as possible for an appointment to check and repair the appliances. If any piece comes off, save it and bring it with you to the office.

Care of Appliances

To successfully complete the treatment plan, the patient must work together with the orthodontist. The teeth and jaws can only move toward their corrected positions if the patient consistently wears the rubber bands, headgear or other appliances as prescribed. Damaged appliances lengthen the treatment time.

Brushing

It’s more important than ever to brush and floss regularly when you have braces, so the teeth and gums are healthy after orthodontic treatment. Patients who do not keep their teeth clean may require more frequent visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning. Adults who have a history of gum disease should also see a periodontist during orthodontic treatment.

Athletics

If you play sports, it’s important that you consult us for special precautions. A protective mouthguard is advised for playing contact sports. In case of any accident involving the face, check your mouth and the appliances immediately. If teeth are loosened or the appliances damaged, phone at once for an appointment. In the meantime, treat your discomfort as you would treat any general soreness.

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The Orthodontist 10 out of 10 Patients Recommend – Your LA and Pasadena Invisalign Orthodontist!

I Now have 37 Reviews on Insider Pages!

Here’s just a few reviews from my Los Angeles and Pasadena orthodontic patients:

Not such a bad experience 5 Star Rating - World class

Orthodontics in Los Angeles (LA) and Pasadena, CA

I would recommend Dr. Greenberg because right here in her office everyone treats you nice and you feel at home. My experience was a good one. At first I thought getting braces was going to be a horrible thing but here at Dr. Greenberg’s office they helped me a lot throughout the whole treatment.

Extraordinary 5 Star Rating - World class
LA and Pasadena Extraordinary Orthodontist

Dr. Greenberg and her staff are excellent in creating the perfect smile. This office is very accommodating and flexible in arranging appointments and payment options. Dr. Greenberg and her staff are very knowledgeable, provide easy to understand answers, and great educational materials. I am very, very, satisfied with my treatment and my great new smile. I highly recommend her services.

Great experience! 5 Star Rating - World class

Top Orthodontic Care Serving Pasadena, LA, and Altadena, CA

By Anand K.

The process of orthodontia through Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics was simple and largely painless. I am quite pleased with the service and hospitality of the staff and of the doctor herself. All in all, it was a wonderful experience – although I can’t say I would enjoy doing the process again (though if I had to, I would come back here)!

The Treatment was excelent! 5 Star Rating - World class

Excelent Orthodontic Care in LA and Pasadena, CA

I am very happy and satisfied with my results. It was definitely worth the time. I did not think that just with two years and a half my teeth could change so much. I am no longer ashamed to smile as big as I can and show my teeth!

My new wonderful smile! 5 Star Rating - World class

The LA Orthodontist that will make you smile! Invisalign Orthodontist in Los Angeles and Pasadena, CA

I cannot believe the amazing transformation of my teeth over the past couple of years! All of the staff here are so nice and caring that I was actually excited to come to my appointments! When I first started coming here, I was a little hesitant because I was only about 13 and was scared of what they would do to my teeth. Then I met Dr. Greenberg and she was so nice to me about it and assured me that everything would be fine. She’s always had such a joyful spirit and I trusted her because she knows exactly what she’s doing! Due to the excellent service here, my teeth are just as perfect as I wanted them to be. I can’t stop smiling!

Thanks to my wonderful patients!! You make my work an exceptional experience and I am happy to serve you!

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Damon Braces in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Altadena & Surrounding – Your LA Orthodontist


For braces in the greater Los Angeles Metro area, we are pleased to offer our patients new Damon™ System braces and treatment techniques.

Damon System braces allow your teeth to move more comfortably and easily than
traditional braces. Thanks to these innovative new braces, achieving your perfect
smile will be faster and easier than you ever thought possible.


Elastic ligatures create friction and require more force and more frequent adjustments.

Damon braces allow freedom of movement, resulting in faster results with gentler
forces.

Better Results In Less Time
With the new Damon System braces, we can achieve terrific results and finish
your treatment faster. Depending on your case, this may mean a savings of many
months. After analyzing your specific needs, we will be able to provide you with
a treatment plan that will have you smiling soon!

Simplified Procedures
Damon System braces are very precise and effective. With this system, we can
reduce the need for many of the time consuming and complicated procedures that
are used with traditional braces.

Fewer Visits to the Office
Because Damon System braces work more efficiently, fewer adjustments are required.
As a result, your appointments will be faster and less in number.

Greater Comfort
Due to the unique design of our new braces system, we can move your teeth into
their correct positions with much less discomfort than traditional braces. Also,
Damon System braces are small, very comfortable, and easy to keep clean.

Learn more about Damon™ System braces on their web site at www.damonbraces.com.

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Your Invisalign Orthodontist of Los Angeles – LA Invisalign

Dr. Greenberg is a Certified Invisalign® Provider in the greater Los Angeles, California (CA) Metro Area (Your Invisalign Source in Pasadena, Los Angeles, and Altadena)

If you are located in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Altadena and all surrounding areas and in need of state-of-the-art orthodontic care, then consider Invisalign to get the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted — without braces. A complimentary consultation with me (Dr. Vickie Greenberg) can determine if Invisalign is right for you.

What is it?

Invisalign uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. So you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign is made with 3-D computer imaging technology, and has been proven effective. More than 70% of orthodontists in the US and Canada are certified to treat with Invisalign and I am a certified Invisalign orthodontist located in your Los Angeles area.

Why would I want it?

Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time in your doctor’s office getting adjustments. Invisalign also allows you to view your own virtual treatment plan when you start, so you can see how your straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

How does it work?

You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Greenberg has prescribed. You’ll visit Dr. Greenberg about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.

Learn more about Invisalign on their web site at www.invisalign.com.

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When is the best age to get braces?


It’s best for the orthodontist to see children by age 7 to advise if orthodontic treatment is required and the best time for that patient to be treated. The first permanent molars and incisors have usually come in by that time and crossbites, crowding and other problems can be evaluated. When treatment is begun early, the orthodontist can guide the growth of the jaw and guide incoming permanent teeth. Early treatment can also regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches, gain space for permanent teeth, avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions, reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth, correct thumb-sucking, and eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems. In other words, early treatment can simplify later treatment.

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