The i-Cat FLX-Superior Imaging Equipment

One of the things that sets Dr. Vickie Greenberg apart from other Orthodontists is her superior technology. Dr. Geenberg specializes in non-invasive orthodontic techniques to treat everything from TMJ to Sleep Apnea, and the best technology makes that simpler and easier.

Her latest acquisition is the i-Cat FLX. It’s cutting-edge technology that helps to evaluate and diagnose even the most complicated cases with speed and efficiency. Read on to learn more about how this technology makes life easier for Dr. Greenberg’s patients!

Airway Orthodontics and The i-Cat FLX

Airway orthodontics is a subfield of orthodontic treatment that helps to improve the overall health of each patient, of any age group. It focuses on the body’s oxygen intake in connection with the structure of the facial structure, including the mouth, jaws, and teeth-hence the name, Airway Orthodontics.

The i-Cat FLX is imaging technology that produces 3D pictures of the entire mouth structure. Dr. Greenberg can see what’s going on behind the scenes in your mouth-from your teeth down to the structure of your jaw.

What’s really great about this technology is it makes it easier for you to see and understand what’s happening, during your initial exam up until the final day of treatment. You don’t have to just take your orthodontists word for it anymore!

Sleep Apnea and The i-Cat FLX

Sleep Apnea is commonly detected as a snoring problem. Problems with heavy snoring go far beyond keeping your partner up at night-although that can definitely be a problem! Snoring can affect your entire lifestyle. When you snore heavily, you’re not getting sufficient oxygen for restful productive sleep, which can lead to fatigue, lack of focus, and moodiness.

The i-Cat FLX can project images of not only your teeth and jaw, but your nasal passages all the way down to your throat. This advantage makes it easier to diagnose and treat Sleep Apnea more quickly and efficiently than ever before.

TMJ and The i-Cat FLX

TMJ, or Jaw Pain, is one of those things you don’t really understand until you’ve suffered through it yourself. TMJ can be a hindrance at best, and almost debilitating at its worst. It can hinder your ability to eat, and the pain can be distracting and make life difficult to manage.

TMJ and Jaw Pain can be caused by countless factors, and the i-Cat FLX can detect these issues more efficiently and accurately than other imaging technology. The images are clear, precise and detailed, making it easier for Dr. Greenberg to create a specific treatment plan for your TMJ, sometimes instantly!

If you’re in need of Airway Orthodontics, then Dr. Vickie Greenberg is the care provider you’ve been looking for! She has over 25 years of experience in the orthodontic field, and she favors a holistic approach in her practice-she treats the whole patient, not just their mouths. She is compassionate, caring, and approachable-but her expertise and professionalism is second to none.

Dr. Greenberg is considered one of the best orthodontists in the San Gabriel Valley. She treats patients of all ages and no case is too complicated. Give us a call today, and let’s get you on the road to optimum orthodontic health!

 

 

 

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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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When is the best time to see an Orthodontic Specialist?

When to see a Specialist by Dr Vickie Greenberg Blog

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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What’s On Your Mind?

Braces at Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics in Pasadena CABy now, you’re probably familiar with our blog-writing process: Each week, we write about important orthodontic topics and your well-being, including the treatments we proudly offer.

This week, though, we thought we’d step back and ask you, our amazing patients: what’s on your mind? What would you like to know about the always-changing and exciting field of orthodontics? What would you like us to focus on our blog? Perhaps there’s something you’ve wanted to ask us for a while now? Here’s your chance! Let us know by posting here or on our Facebook page! Give us your best shot, and we’ll try to answer any question you may have!

 

 

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How Long After My Braces Come Off Should I Wear My Retainer?

Braces are an investment in your smile. When your teeth reach a desired straightness, you’ll have a beautiful smile, but it’s important to keep it that way! You can accomplish this with a retainer.

A retainer is a small, custom-fit device that reinforces the new position of your teeth after your braces are removed. But for many patients, especially the youngest ones, wearing a retainer may seem like an annoyance. So exactly how long after your braces come off should you wear your retainer?

Graduation of Wear Time

When we remove your braces, we will evaluate the condition of the bone structure surrounding your teeth and determine how well it is adjusting to the new position of your teeth. For the first few months, we may require you to wear your retainer both day and night, except during meal times and for brushing and flossing.

As the bone and gum tissues adjust to your new smile, we may determine that you need to wear your retainer only at night. After about one year of wearing the retainer every night, you may be able to take a couple of nights off each week.

However, we do not recommend ever stopping permanently. To best secure the position of the teeth, especially through future extractions and oral health changes, wearing your retainer a few nights a week will be necessary for many years.

Considerations

If you are concerned about your appearance when you wear a retainer, there are many that can be worn discreetly. You could choose a clear plastic one that is less obvious during the months immediately following removal of your braces. When you change to night wear only, clear wire retainers are available for minimal visibility as well.

Another option is a lingual retainer. It is placed on the back sides of your teeth so no one will ever know it is there! Lingual retainers are also permanent, so there’s no risk of losing them.

Remember, wearing your retainer is an investment in your smile. If you fail to wear it consistently, the tissues that support your teeth will be unsupported, and you may begin to experience noticeable shifting. You’ve worked hard to get that beautiful smile — your retainer will let you keep it!

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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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