Dr. Vickie Greenberg-Specialist in Airway Orthodontics for Better Sleep

Dr. Vicki Greenberg favors a holistic approach to her orthodontics practice. She firmly believes in treating the whole patient-not just their teeth. A person is made up of much more than just the sum of their parts, and she works tirelessly to improve not only the smiles of her patients, but their entire lifestyles.

Airway Orthodontics is an aspect of orthodontics that is directly in tune with Dr. Greenbergs philosophy of practice. If you have trouble sleeping, and none of your treatment options have worked so far, Airway Orthodontics may be right for you.

What is Airway Orthodontics?

Airway Orthodontics is the practice of using orthodontic techniques in order to correct difficulties in breathing. Breathing easily and fully without difficulty is one of the most basic human functions that we take for granted-until we can’t do it properly.

Airway Orthodontics embraces the concept of non-extraction and non-invasive techniques. There are ways to improve the function of your mouth and airway without complicated surgeries or tooth extractions.

The central idea of airway orthodontics is that a properly functioning airway will contribute to an overall sense of wellness for the patient. When your jaw is out of alignment, air can’t flow properly. This may create difficulty in sleeping, snoring, headaches, and a myriad of other issues.

When your airflow is effective, you’re breathing better. You’ll sleep better, and wake up more rested and focused. For children especially, proper airflow during sleep is crucial. The brain is still developing and sufficient oxygen is imperative.

Two-Phase Treatment for Kids

Two-phase treatment is employed to ensure that the patient has proper face, jaw, and airway development. With proper treatment the patient can be set for life with a stable and functioning jaw, and therefore properly flowing airway.

The first phase for children is to develop the jaw size so that it can accommodate all of their future teeth. Too often children and adults have to suffer extractions later in the game because their jaws simply don’t have the space for them. Dr. Greenberg tries to avoid extractions whenever possible.

Using our iTero digital simulator, we can develop a plan for child to receive the proper treatment so that extractions and surgery can be avoided in the future. We make sure that there is room for all of the growing teeth in the mouth before they erupt.

The second phase of treatment occurs after all of the teeth have erupted. This phase involves making sure that each tooth is in the proper position in the mouth in alignment with the lips, cheeks, tongue, and other teeth. This is where braces or Invisalign might come into play.

Overall Health and Wellness with Vicki Greenberg

Dr. Greenberg believes that the early detection of potential problems is a key to lifelong functionality of the mouth and jaw. With that functionality comes the ability to breathe easily, and therefore sleep and feel better.

She has great compassion and interest in every one of her patients, and she designs treatment plans to work for each individual. She has the latest technology in her office, and is constantly working to further her education and expertise.

Orthodontics isn’t just about having an even set of teeth for class pictures. It’s a method of treatment that can help to improve just about every aspect of your life. Breathing and sleeping are affected by the way your mouth and jaw are designed.

Let Dr. Vickie Greenberg design you the best possible mouth and jaw! Make an appointment today at (626) 798-7645,and prepare for a healthier happier tomorrow. We serve patients all over the San Gabriel area, from Altadena and Pasadena and all of its surrounding communities.

 

 

 

 

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Summertime Invisalign for Your Teen

Summer is here and school is out! It’s a busy time for orthodontists, since families typically have more free time to juggle appointments and medical services.

Summer is a great time to get your teens started in Orthodontic care, not only because you have time now, but because it gives your child time to adjust to wearing orthodontic equipment before returning to school.

Read on to learn more about Invisalign, and if it may be right for your teen.

What is Invisalign?

Back in the day, metal braces were the first treatment option for misaligned teeth, and until fairly recently, the only option. Now we can offer different types of braces, including Invisalign® Clear Aligners.

Invisalign works best for mild to moderate misalignment cases. If your teen has a more severe case, metal braces may be a better option. Your orthodontist will do a careful analysis of your childs case before determining a treatment plan.

Invisalign consists of clear plastic aligners that are specially designed to fit perfectly over your child’s teeth. They slowly shift the teeth into their desirable positions. As one set of aligners finishes their job, a new set of aligners will arrive to replace them. Often you can arrange for the aligners to be shipped to you, minimizing your trips to the office.

Is Invisalign Right for My Teen?

Quite often parents are pleasantly surprised with their teens performance with this treatment option. Compliance is really important with Invisalign-they only work when you wear them!

They can be taken out for the purpose of eating and cleaning your teeth, but must be replaced as soon as possible. They should be worn for up to 22 hours a day in order to work effectively.

If your teenager is fairly well disciplined, this shouldn’t be a problem. Many parents report being surprised and pleased with their kids compliance. In the age of selfies and social media, the threat of replacing them with chunky metal braces often does the trick!

For more severe cases of malocclusion, Invisalign might not be appropriate. You and your orthodontist can determine what treatment is best for your teen.

Schedule with Dr. Vickie Greenberg Today!

Dr. Vickie Greenberg has been practicing orthodontics for over 25 years, and is a Diamond Status Invisalign Provider. She has a warm and welcoming demeanor that puts the most anxious of patients instantly at ease.

Dr. Greenberg favors a holistic approach to her practice-she takes into account your entire lifestyle and desired outcomes for treatment, not just the state of your teeth.

She also avoids surgery whenever possible, believing that even the most severe cases of orthodontic needs can be treated with non-invasive techniques.

Cutting-edge technology is another reason to visit Dr. Greenberg. Gone are the days of icky, gag inducing impressions. She uses the i-CAT FLX imaging equipment, making diagnosing even really tricky cases a breeze.

Located in Altadena, patients come from Pasadena and all over the Los Angeles area to visit Dr. Greenberg. Make an appointment today at (626) 798-7645, and get your teen started on Invisalign before summer’s over!

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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?

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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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