The Fotona Laser-A Non-Surgical Approach to Orthodontics

A wonderful thing about being an Orthodontist is getting to use all of the latest and best technological advances!

Surgery is scary for many, and it’s great being able to offer my patients the opportunity to fix orthodontic problems without the using surgery. Fear of surgery prevents many people from receiving the care they need to ensure their oral health. By offering non-invasive Fotona laser treatments, we can avoid surgery and improve the quality of our patient’s lives.

Fotona NightLase for Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a condition which causes the sufferer to struggle with breathing during sleep. It can wake you up several hundred times a night without you even being aware of it. But your partner probably is- because most notably it causes snoring. This can be disruptive to the snorer and their partners.

There are treatment options available for sleep apnea. The CPAP machine is the most well-known treatment. It is apparatus that connects a breathing machine, through tubes, into the airway of the patient. It forces air into the lungs, which diminishes the sleep disruptions.

The machines can be loud and cumbersome though, not to mention expensive. People often have trouble falling asleep while being hooked up to it.

Other options include custom made mouth guards, or surgery. The mouth guards can also hinder sleep, and people try to avoid invasive surgery, which can involve bleeding and scarring.

It is very exciting to offer the Fotana NightLase to my patients. It is a non-invasive option that can last for up to a year. The procedure is simple and effective, but still very gentle on the patient’s mouth.

The Fotona laser works by applying lasers to the soft tissues of the palate. This contracts the collagen, making for a firmer palate and therefore less obstruction in the airway.

The procedure is done 3 times over the course of six weeks. The affects last for up to a year, and the treatment can be repeated. It is safe, gentle, and highly effective. Best of all, it involves no invasive surgery, chemicals, or annoying breathing machines.

Fotona Laser for Tooth Whitening

Another exciting aspect of the Fotona laser is its ability to aid in tooth whitening procedures. It is the quickest, gentlest, and least invasive of teeth whitening options currently available.

It uses a unique wavelength (Er:YAG) that has a high absorption rate in water. This means the gel used for whitening your teeth does not heat up enough to cause damage to your tooth or the pulp.

It is extremely effective, minimally invasive, and causes no damage to your teeth or the pulp of your teeth.

Cutting Edge Technology in our Office

We pride ourselves for being able to offer our patients non-invasive and painless treatment options for their orthodontic needs. We know that any surgery can be scary and painful, and many people avoid it altogether.

You deserve to have a healthy and functional mouth and smile! If you’re suffering with Sleep Apnea and snoring, and are hesitant to purchase a CPAP machine, or simply want a brighter whiter smile without any damage to your teeth, make an appointment with our office today!

We offer free consultations to our first time patients. Call and schedule today at (626) 798-7645. I am Board Certified and have over 25 years of experience. My number one priority is providing successful treatments, with the maximum level of comfort possible to all of my patients. Our office is located in Altadena, and we serve patients from Pasadena and all over the San Gabriel Valley.

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Pasadena’s Leading Sleep Therapy Specialist Dr. Vickie Greenberg

Pasadena Orthodontist Dr. Vickie Greenberg, specializes in TMJ Jaw Pain and Sleep Therapy. Issues with sleeping can be catalyst for a diminished healthy lifestyle, and that is why she has made sleep therapy a focal point of her orthodontics practice.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a condition which causes difficulties in breathing during sleep. The sufferer can wake up several times during the night, sometimes 30 times an hour without being aware of it, and the condition is often accompanied by snoring.

Sleep Apnea can be detrimental to your health. The patient isn’t often aware of these sleep disruptions, as they happen so quickly. These disruptions become more obvious the next day, since they lead to drowsiness, irritability, difficulties with concentrating, and other life interruptions caused by constant fatigue.

Waking up several hundred times a night, even if you’re unaware of it, can cause your blood pressure to rise, which can lead to more serious consequences, such as heart attack or stroke.

It’s unhealthy to have your breathing interrupted like this. Snoring can be difficult for a relationship, and the repercussions can cause many undesirable consequences to your lifestyle and health. Fortunately there are a number of treatment options available for Sleep Apnea.

Dr. Vickie Greenberg prefers to look at the big picture in her Sleep Apnea cases. As with any health problem, every case is different.  She believes that different treatments work for different people, and is excited about some new options available, like the Fotona Laser.

Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

The most commonly known treatment option for sleep apnea is the CPAP machine. It is a mask and apparatus that you wear while you sleep. It works by increasing the air pressure in your throat so that the airway doesn’t collapse upon exhaling, which is what causes the snoring.

CPAP machines can be quite effective for snoring and sleep apnea. Some people find the apparatus cumbersome and noisy, and it may difficult to fall asleep with the mask and machine attached. For light sleepers, this solution may not be a solution at all, but more of a hindrance. They can be very effective for those who can adjust to them however.

Another treatment option is a fitted mouthpiece, also to be worn during sleep. They work by repositioning the jaw or tongue so that the airway is not obstructed. These can be effective also. They may be more desirable than the cumbersome mask and tube and machine that a CPAP consists of, and may be sufficient for many cases.

A newer approach to treating Sleep Apnea is the Fotona Laser. This technology is cutting edge, and Dr. Greenberg utilizes it for several procedures in her practice. This is a non-surgical “rejuvenating” laser, which tightens the tissue in the palate by enhancing collagen. This widens out the airway, lessening the source of the airway obstruction that causes the snoring.

Which Option is Best for You

Dr. Greenberg looks at each Sleep Apnea cases individually. Every patient is different, with different lifestyles, and different consequences as a result of their Sleep Apnea. A treatment that works beautifully for one patient may not be desirable or effective for another. And every patient deserves the personalized and unique care that is necessary to improve the quality of their sleep and lives.

There is no reason to keep suffering with difficulties in sleeping! Snoring can be difficult for entire families, and so can constant fatigue, which leads to other health issues.

If you have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, or think you may have a sleep Apnea Diagnosis, make an appointment with Dr. Vickie Greenberg today! She offers free consultations to first time visitors. She is located in Pasadena, and serves patients from Altadena, and all over the San Gabriel Valley. So call today at (626) 798-7645, and start sleeping better tomorrow!

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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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Family Budget & Flex-Spending Accounts

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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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Get your digital orthodontic impression at Dr. Greenberg’s office!


At Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics, we are always looking for new ways to improve our patients’ experience by investing in the latest technologies. We are proud to now offer Cadent iTero at our practice, an advanced imaging system used to create more accurate digital impressions for effective orthodontic treatment.

With this new scanner, Dr. Greenberg & team can offer our patients a more comfortable impression experience without the uncomfortable gooey trays used in previous procedures. This allows our team to sit chairside with our patients and use the scanner’s immediate onscreen visualization to discuss your orthodontic treatment. Also, because it’s all digital, our team can send your impressions to Invisalign in just 15 minutes!

For more information, ask us on Facebook or give us a call to schedule your next adjustment appointment!

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