Dr. Vickie Greenberg-Diamond Status Invisalign Provider

Dr. Vickie Greenberg is considered the best orthodontist in the Pasadena area. She treats patients from all over the San Gabriel Valley, and uses the best technology and equipment to provide her patients with superior care. She recently achieved Diamond Status as an Invisalign provider- a huge achievement, and a testament to her dedication to her patients and practicing orthodontics.

If you’re looking for orthodontic treatment for yourself or a loved one, Dr. Vickie Greenberg in Pasadena has over 25 years of experience, and treats her patients with compassion and expertise.

A Holistic Approach to Orthodontics

Dr. Greenberg believes that “less is best” when it comes to complex cases in orthodontic care. She avoids surgery whenever possible. In fact, she has successfully treated countless patients without surgery after being told by other orthodontists that surgery was necessary.

A holistic approach is used to carefully evaluate each patient’s case. Everyone has different needs and expectations regarding their health care, and Dr. Greenberg appreciates and values this. She understands the need to take into account each person’s entire lifestyle and what they hope to gain from orthodontic treatment-not just the state of their teeth.

Cutting Edge Technology

Dr. Greenberg recently acquired the i-Cat FLX, imaging technology for her practice which produces 3D images of the entire facial structure, from the outside in. She can use it to accurately diagnose the cause of any issues a patient may be having, from TMJ and jaw pain to sleep apnea and snoring.

What makes this equipment especially useful is the access it provides the patients. The imagess come up almost immediately, and Dr. Greenberg can show you what’s going on in the structures of your face and jaw, you don’t have to simply take her word for it.

The Fotona Laser is another piece of equipment that sets Dr. Greenberg apart from the rest. This laser is streamlined technology that provides better patient care with little to no discomfort, faster healing times, and more accurate results. It’s used for several purposes-teeth whitening, accelerated orthodontics, and even sleep apnea treatment.

Orthodontics is Not Just for Teeth

When one thinks of orthodontics there’s a tendency to picture crooked teeth and braces. This is definitely true, but Dr. Greenbergs practice covers so much more than that.

Excessive snoring or sleep apnea can affect not only your sleeping patterns, but your entire life. Good sleep is instrumental in a healthy lifestyle, and Dr. Greenberg specializes in non-invasive techniques for treating sleep apnea.

TMJ and jaw pain are another specialty of Dr. Greenbergs. She understands that living in pain is no way to live at all, and has focused much of her time training in dentofacial orthodontics which is used used to adjust misaligned jaws and poorly positioned bites, often the cause of TMJ symptoms.

If you’re suffering from sleep apnea or TMJ, and you want to avoid surgery or other invasive techniques to treat your condition, then Dr. Greenberg may be the right orthodontist for you.

If you’re in need of Invisalign treatment or braces, or you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea or TMJ, call our office today. We treat patients of all ages with compassion and respect to each individual’s particular lifestyle and hopes for treatment. Don’t put it off any longer! We serve patients all over the San Gabriel Valley, from Altadena to Pasadena, and the surrounding communities. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

 

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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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What’s the advantage to Invisalign?

Invisalign, which we happily provide at Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics, is a great alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment if you’ve been apprehensive about the thought of metal braces. During your initial visit, the first thing we do is 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.

Invisalign treatment, which consists of a series of aligners that you switch out approximately every couple of weeks, can help patients with crowded teeth, crossbites, overbites, underbites and more. Invisalign gradually shifts your teeth into place, creating the dazzling smile you’ve always wanted. During treatment with Dr. Vickie Greenberg, patients wear the aligners all day and night, except for during meals and when they’re brushing and flossing; cleaning your teeth and eating are a snap since you can easily remove your aligners! And because they’re clear, no one will know that your teeth are steadily straightening!

To find out if you are the right candidate for Invisalign treatment, we invite you to give us a call at our convenient Altadena, CA office and schedule a consultation.

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Halloween – Candy, Costumes, and More!

All Hallows’ Eve, more commonly known as Halloween, is a yearly event celebrated on October 31, and one that is anticipated by the young and young at heart all over the world. Some scholars claim that Halloween originated from Celtic festivals that honored the dead or that celebrated the harvest, while others doubt that there’s any connection at all to Samhain (a Gaelic harvest festival.) Regardless of its origin, our team at the orthodontic office of Dr. Vickie Greenberg hope that Halloween is fun and enjoyed by all of our awesome patients!

Trick or Treat?

In North America, Halloween is predominantly celebrated by children who dress up in costumes, which range from scary to cute, who then go around the neighborhood knocking on doors asking “trick or treat”, and they are given candy in return. Trick-or-treating is a time honored tradition, and though many parents groan at the pounds and pounds of candy collected by youngsters and fear for the health of their teeth, there are a few things you can do to help their teeth stay in great shape until the candy is gone:

  • Limit the amount of candy they can consume each day
  • Have them brush their teeth after eating candy
  • Avoid hard, chewy candies as they can stick in hard to brush places
  • Keep candy out of sight to reduce temptation
  • Don’t buy candy too far in advance to limit pre-Halloween consumption
  • Help or encourage your children to floss

Halloween Fun

Halloween isn’t just about gorging on candy; there are other events associated with this festive day including carving jack-o’-lanterns, painting pumpkins, decorating sugar cookies, bobbing for apples, going to haunted houses, or just curling up on the couch with a bowl full of popcorn and watching some classic, scary movies.

Halloween Around the World

Some countries, like Australia, frown upon Halloween, claiming it is an American event and not based in Australian culture, while others like Italy have embraced the fun and celebrate much as Canadians and Americans do. Mexicans have been celebrating this fun day since around 1960, and it marks the beginning of the Day of the Dead festival. Some countries in Europe have come late to the party, but since the 1990s, countries like Sweden, Norway, and Germany have started celebrating Halloween as well, and finding children in costumes or having ghosts hanging in windows has become commonplace.

Halloween is about fun; stepping outside our normal lives and donning a costume or gathering with friends to knock on doors and ask for candy is as much a part of our culture as hot dogs and barbecue on Labor Day. Have a safe and happy Halloween from the team at Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics!

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Your Five-Step Guide to Preventing Tooth Decay While Wearing Braces

If you’re wearing braces, then you know they are working hard to straighten your teeth. However, those hard-working braces are also preventing you from easily cleaning your teeth. It is essential that you put some extra attention into preventing tooth decay while wearing your braces. When your braces are finally removed by Dr. Vickie Greenberg, you want a beautiful, white smile, not decayed or stained teeth. Here, we’ve listed the five best ways to ensure you have the smile you’ve always dreamed of once your braces are gone.

USE A SPECIAL TOOTHBRUSH

A regular toothbrush just doesn’t cut it when you are wearing braces. You also need to use an interdental toothbrush so that you can effectively clean behind the braces. According to HealthGuidance.org, this type of brush has bristles that are shaped like a Christmas tree that can remove food residue in the braces and on the teeth. We also recommend using a WaterPik, with its highly pressurized pulsating water, to help get all of those hard-to-reach places.

BRUSH AFTER EVERY MEAL

Since braces block food from naturally escaping your teeth after eating, it’s important that you take the time to brush and floss after every meal. The less time food has to sit on your teeth, the less likely it is to cause decay. This may seem like an inconvenience, but trust us, when you get your braces off, you will be very glad you brushed after every meal.

DON’T FORGET THE MOUTH RINSE

Even after properly brushing and flossing, there are probably some food particles in your braces. A fluoride mouth rinse is the best way to ensure that every bit of food is removed after meals. If you do not have a mouth rinse available, we suggest using water — it’s better than nothing.

AVOID SWEETS

Prevention is definitely the best medicine when it comes to avoiding tooth decay. If you can nix decay-causing sugary foods from the outset, we promise you’ll spend less time trying to treat problems in the future.

GET REGULAR CHECKUPS

Visit your dentist regularly while you are wearing braces. Our office recommends a thorough cleaning every three to six months. Let our Altadena, CA office know if you have questions about your oral health while in braces – our entire team at Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics is here to make sure your teeth are as beautifully straight as they are healthy!

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I got my braces. Now what?

We love when patients ask us that question! Now that you’re wearing braces, it’s even more important to maintain a good oral hygiene regimen as you begin your orthodontic treatment.

Braces are known to trap food particles and make it difficult to brush or remove plaque, which is why our team at Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics recommends that you brush and floss after every meal. We also encourage you to use a proxabrush to help with the smaller areas where your toothbrush doesn’t reach. The use of a fluoride rinse is recommended as well; ask Dr. Vickie Greenberg for a recommendation.

When your braces are initially placed, your teeth are likely to be very sensitive. You may experience discomfort for up to three to five days, which is why we encourage you to eat soft foods during that time. Remember, the less pressure you put on your teeth, the less discomfort you will have.

You may also be thinking, “Okay, so what can I eat?”

Here are a few soft foods that do not require you to do much chewing and are easy to chew on when your teeth are sore:

Ice cream, yogurt, pudding, cool soups, Jell-O, scrambled eggs, cream of wheat, baked potatoes, soft cooked pasta, soup, bananas, cottage cheese, smoothies, macaroni and cheese, pancakes, soft cheeses, and milk are all foods you can eat safely without having to worry about pain or breaking your brackets.

Dr. Vickie Greenberg, as well as our team at Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics will tell you it’s crucial to regularly check your braces for bent or loose wires and brackets. In the event of a loose/broken wire or bracket, please call our Altadena, CA office immediately to schedule an appointment for repair.

Lastly, in addition to visiting Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics during your orthodontic treatment for adjustments, you should visit your dentist for professional checkups and teeth cleaning appointments about every six months, or as recommended by your dentist.

Questions? Please let us know below, on our Facebook page, or by giving us a call!

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Thanks to Invisalign®, you can have a perfect smile without metal wires or brackets!

At Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics, we know that image is everything. For many people, the thought of having metal brackets and wires attached to their teeth for two or more years may be more than enough to reconsider orthodontic treatment.

If you’ve been considering straightening your teeth but are apprehensive about metal wires and brackets getting in the way of your smile, Invisalign treatment at Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics may be a great solution.Using special software, we look at the current positioning of your teeth and compare it to the way your teeth should look. Then, as your treatment begins, Invisalign straightens teeth through a series of clear, custom-fit removable aligners, and does so in a way that is discreet and hardly noticeable.

If you have questions about Invisalign, or would like to find out if you are a candidate for Invisalign treatment at our Altadena, CA office, please give us a call to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Vickie Greenberg.

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Halloween Guidelines from the American Association of Orthodontists

Fall can be a really enjoyable time of the year for you and your family. The kids are back in school, the leaves are changing, and Halloween approaches. This holiday is a lot of fun for kids, but Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics wants to remind you it can also be risky, especially for your child’s braces. If you have kids with braces, take a look at the following tips from the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) on how to keep your kids and their teeth safe this Halloween season.

Important Safety Tips

Trick-or-treating is a favorite Halloween activity for kids everywhere. While it is a great holiday tradition for children, it comes with some potential risks. To keep your kids safe while trick-or-treating, try following these simple guidelines:

  • If you have young children, make sure they are accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • You or your kids should always carry flashlights.
  • For costumes, try to include a light-colored or reflective element that can be easily seen by oncoming traffic.
  • Avoid costumes that include a mask, especially for younger children. These can pose a safety hazard for both the wearers and the people around them.
  • Tell your kids not to eat any of their candy until they arrive home. Be sure to inspect all treats carefully before letting them dig in.

Following these guidelines can help you keep your kids safe on Halloween.

Halloween Treats to Avoid if Your Child Has Braces

If your kids have braces, you’ll want them to steer clear of certain treats on Halloween. Many candies can cause damage to braces, so it’s wise to avoid them while you’re celebrating this fun holiday. Here is a list of treats to stay away from:

  • Hard candies
  • Chewy candies
  • Nuts
  • Caramel
  • Licorice
  • Jelly beans
  • Taffy
  • Bubblegum
  • Hard pretzels
  • Popcorn

Some of these treats may seem harmless, but all of them have the potential to bend or break your child’s braces. So it’s best to avoid eating them altogether.

Braces-Friendly Halloween Treats

If your children have braces, they may feel like they can’t enjoy any treats on Halloween. However, there are plenty of braces-safe treat options for them to choose from, including the following:

  • Soft chocolate
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Gelatin treats
  • Ice cream
  • Smoothies
  • Root beer floats
  • Apple cider

These are just a few braces-friendly alternatives to traditional Halloween candy. Helping your kids have a fun and safe Halloween—while at the same time protecting their braces—can be easy if you follow these simple tips and guidelines. Help your kids enjoy the holiday without having to visit Dr. Vickie Greenberg for repair work on damaged braces!

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