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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The Benefits of Adult Orthodontics

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Not long ago we thought of orthodontics as something just for kids and teenagers. The word “orthodontics” conjured up images of big smiles full of metal and multi-colored rubber bands. The idea of adult braces was undesirable for some, and unacceptable for many.

Those days are over! More adults are getting orthodontic treatment every day, and it’s not just for aesthetics. Straight and even teeth provide much more than a great smile, they are crucial to your overall health and well-being.

With such options as Invisalign aligners, faster treatment programs, and ever evolving technology, orthodontics are becoming more mainstream and common for adults of all ages.

Preserving Your Teeth

When your teeth fit together properly they won’t literally work against themselves. Uneven teeth will grind against each other, causing unnecessary wear and tear to your teeth, which will have an impact on your oral health.

When your teeth fit together properly you won’t have those tiny chips that result from banging your teeth at odd angles. You will be able to chew your food more effectively, and therefore able to eat the foods you need for proper nutrition and overall health.

When your teeth are properly aligned and straight, you greatly increase your chances of keeping all of your own teeth for the rest of your life.

Orthodontics isn’t simply about having the perfect smile, it’s one of the best forms of preventative dentistry there is.

Keeping Your Gums Healthy

When you get older, your teeth start to crowd together. This makes it harder to clean in between them. Harmful bacteria will begin to settle in those hard to reach places, and this is not healthy for your gums or the rest of your body. Those harmful bacteria can enter into your bloodstream through your gums, causing other health risks and illnesses.

The health of your gums is a crucial element to your oral health. When your teeth are straight it is easier to keep your gums clean and healthy, because you can reach them better.

Treatment Options for Adults

Adults hesitate to seek out orthodontic treatment for various reasons. Some don’t like the idea of wearing braces, but now we have Invisalign aligners to offer. They are clear and virtually invisible, so you won’t have the chunky look and feel of metal braces.

Some people dread the process of being fitted for their orthodontic pieces. In the past you had to suffer through making molds of your mouth using goopy material.  The prospect of having trays of goo shoved into their mouths turns them off since this can cause a gag reflex, and sometimes anxiety. With the more modern iTero Technology we can avoid that. This technology uses digital imaging to create much better images of your mouth and teeth than the goopy stuff ever did!

Orthodontic care has become an easier and quicker process than it was in the past. There are sleeker less obvious devices to wear, and the process has become less cumbersome and uncomfortable.

If you think you could be in need or orthodontic care but you believe you’re too old…you’re not! We offer excellent orthodontic care to patients of all ages. We’re a top 1% Invisalign provider, and we carry some of the latest and best technology available.

Contact us today for a free consultation. It is never too late to seek out orthodontic care, and it will help ensure you to a happy smile and a healthy you!

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iTero Technology for Your Orthodontic Care

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One of the biggest hassles of orthodontic care has always been the impressions. A big wad of goopy substance shoved into your mouth can be highly unpleasant. It causes a gag reflex in some, and anxiety for others. The impressions can be flawed, misplaced, or broken, creating the need for even more uncomfortable impressions.

The discomfort and anxiety caused by these impressions actually prevents many from getting the orthodontic care they need! This is why I’m so happy about new technology that uses pictures, instead of trays of goopy material to collect the images I need of my patients teeth.

Introducing iTero Digital Scanning Technology

There is new technology being used to avoid this aspect of orthodontics. It is the iTero digital scanning technology, and it uses digital imagery to capture up to 6,000 frames per second. The process results in a real-time 3D visualization of the scan.

The images are far more accurate than the goopy impressions can provide, and the process is much quicker and easier. Most importantly, my patients are much more comfortable and less stressed out about this most inconvenient aspect of orthodontic treatment.

The Advantages of iTero Technology

With digital scanning technology, my patients have a much easier time at the orthodontist. I no longer have to take a tray of goopy material, stretch their mouths wide open, and manipulate the trays as far into the recesses of my patient’s mouths as possible. Often this resulted in their gagging and coughing. The fear and dread of this procedure prevented many people from getting the orthodontic care they needed.

The result of this cleaner, quicker, easier process is a much better treatment plan. The images are clearer and more accurate than the impressions ever were. And as an added bonus, you can see them too. As we wave the wand around your mouth and teeth, the image appears right before your eyes! I think it is great when my patients get to be an active participant in their orthodontic treatment.

These images ensure a cleaner, sharper perspective of the patient’s teeth. As a result the treatment plan is more solid and guaranteed. Invisalign aligners, for example, will fit better. The accuracy and detail of the iTero technology is cutting edge and very exciting. It improves not just the process of getting orthodontics started, but the end result as well.

Start Your Orthodontic Treatment Today

It is an exciting time to be looking into orthodontics! The procedures are much more streamlined and easier than they’ve ever been. The discomfort levels are lower, and the process is faster. The results are more predictable and successful.

If you are in need of orthodontic treatment, and you have been putting it off, don’t delay any longer. We offer free consultations to our first time patients. Make an appointment today and get on the road to a healthier, happier, more brightly smiling you. With over twenty five years of experience, and a passion for cutting edge technology, you’ll be in the right hands at Vicki Greenberg Orthodontics!

 

 

 

 

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Use your FSA for Orthodontic Treatment!

Use Your Flexible Spending Account Before 2017 Ends

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What Can I Eat With Braces?

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“I’m 28—are orthodontics right for me?”

Invisalign benefits are well worth the investment

Invisalign benefits are well worth the investment

We were recently asked a very good questions – I’m 28, are orthodontics right for me?. It’s our opinion that in an age, and society, where looks matter as much as anything and when evenly-aligned teeth might be the difference between getting a job or a promotion, orthodontics are right for most any adults. Successful adults are choosing – wisely, we think – to invest in themselves by investing in orthodontics. Orthodontic treatment can be successful at any age, and we know that adults especially appreciate the benefits of a beautiful and healthy smile.

If you are still apprehensive about getting braces as an adult, there is another straightening teeth option called Invisalign, which uses a series of invisible, removable and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. If you’ve been thinking about getting that perfect smile, we would love to have you visit for an initial FREE consultation! Please give us a call to set one up or book online today!

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Start Invisalign Treatment And Receive A FREE Fitbit Charge 2

Greenberg Ortho | Blog | Invisalign Christmas Giveaway

Greenberg Ortho | Blog | Invisalign Christmas Giveaway

Dr Greenberg brings the gift of confidence with open signups for Invisalign treatment. Let your smile keep on shining bright with clear, discreet aligners that work fast & pain free. This December, Greenberg Ortho is holding a special giveaway! Start your Invisalign Treatment at Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics by 12/20 & receive a FREE Fitbit Charge 2 (while supplies last). Get your forms started & receive your free gift upon completion! We selected the FitBit Charge 2 because it has an auto sleep tracking feature to help you pay more attention to your sleeping habits!

Greenberg Ortho | Blog | Invisalign Christmas Giveaway | Fitbit Charge 2

It’s going to be a New Year – Move smart, breathe smart, sleep smart. The new Fitbit Charge 2 HR takes fitness to a new level with cutting-edge technology that tracks heart rate, cardio level, motion & sleep activity, exercise, steps, calories, GPS, phone notifications, & even guides breathing sessionsWhat better time to to get on top of your wellness than now. Win a Fitbit for yourself, or for a loved one this Christmas!

Book your free consultation today!


This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Fitbit, Inc. or Facebook. By entering, Entrants agree to a complete release of Fitbit, Inc. and Facebook. Void Where Prohibited By Law. A purchase is required to enter and the exact amount will be decided on by the Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics staff at your consultation meeting. This promotion has no cash value. Must mention this promotion/blog on your visit. 

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When is the best time to see an Orthodontic Specialist?

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When to see a Specialist by Dr Vickie Greenberg Blog

How do You Know When to see a Specialist?

We recommend getting a check up with an orthodontic specialist at the first sign of jaw pain, tenderness, or bite problems. If you have issues with your jaw or bite and your general dentist or current orthodontist says that surgery is the only way, get a second opinion with Vickie Greenberg. A quick visit & you may find out that your case can be treated without being put under! Dr. Greenberg is an expert in severe orthodontic cases and our practice is actually famous for our non-surgical & non-extraction techniques. Of course, if your child is experiencing jaw problems & trouble with their bite, see a specialist as soon as possible. Don’t wait for it to get worse as the child develops; the earlier you deal with it, the better results you can expect. Every orthodontist is different and sometimes surgery is the only way, but it’s crucial that you check off all other options before undergoing surgery!

What is Your Two-Phase Treatment?

The Two-Phase Treatment starts with developing the patient’s jaw size in order to accommodate all of the permanent teeth & to relate the upper & lower jaws to each other. Children sometimes exhibit early signs of jaw problems as they grow & develop. An upper & lower jaw that is growing too much or not enough can be recognized at an early age. If children around age 6 are found to have this jaw discrepancy, they are candidates for early orthodontic treatment. The First Phase of treatment consists of developing the jaw to accommodate all of the teeth. The Second Phase involves making sure each tooth has an exact location in the mouth where it is in harmony with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth. When this equilibrium is established, the teeth will function together properly.

Early Orthodontic Treatment: Planning Now Can Save Your Smile Later!

Because they are growing rapidly, children can benefit enormously from an early phase of orthodontic treatment utilizing appliances that direct the growth relationship of the upper & lower jaws. Thus, a good foundation can be established, providing adequate room for eruption of all permanent teeth. This early correction may prevent later removal of permanent teeth to correct overcrowding and/or surgical procedures to align the upper & lower jaws. Leaving such a condition untreated until all permanent teeth erupt could result in a jaw discrepancy too severe to achieve an ideal result with braces.

 

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Family Budget & Flex-Spending Accounts

Family orthodontics budget & Flexible Spending insurance program

 

Family orthodontics budget & Flexible Spending insurance program

Although many patients view dental work as a strictly “aesthetic procedure”, there are actually many oral health advantages that go beyond the cosmetic benefits. Many families are unaware that their Flexible Spending Accounts can be used toward orthodontic treatments. To take advantage of this financial remedy, set aside your future pre-tax dollars upon enrollment & start on your treatments at the beginning of 2017. The earlier the better, as oral problems can worsen which will require more attention & visits to the dentist over time. Maximize your benefits & reduce out-of-pocket expenses!

Say goodbye to “use it or lose it” because the IRS is now allowing unused dollars to carry over. Bring up to $500 to the following year’s funds! In addition, more insurance plans now cover families for orthodontic treatment. We can check your eligibility during your next visit to Dr. Greenberg’s in Pasadena. & Yes, Invisalign® therapy counts! But wait, there’s even more good news…

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To thank all the loyal parents for trusting us in caring for their children, Greenberg Ortho is giving a family discount. After taking care of the kids, your teeth need some love too. It’s never too late to improve your own oral health & you won’t have to worry about all the metal. Advanced orthodontics allow us to treat adults with more comfortable & discreet aligners.

To find out more, drop in for a FREE consultation!

& For even more information, learn about Flexible Spending Accounts.

 

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Some great Before & After Photos

Here are some great before and after photos from Dr. Greenberg. Those are some beautiful smiles!

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