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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Using Orthodontics to treat TMJ or Jaw Pain

Jaw pain is the worst. It’s one of those things that you can’t truly understand until you’ve been through it. When your jaw is injured or damaged it makes things that you normally take for granted painful. Swallowing, chewing, even talking or taking a deep breath can be painful.

If you are suffering from jaw pain or TMJ, please call our office today. We use non-surgicaloptions for treating jaw pain, and we are here to help you.

What Causes Jaw Pain or TMJ?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joints. These are the joints on either side of your head that make it possible for you to open and close your mouth. They come into action whenever you speak, chew, or swallow. They also control your lower jaw (mandible) as they move forward, backwards, and side to side.  These joints consist of not just your jaw bone, but muscles and ligaments as well.

Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working properly may result in a painful TMJ disorder most often described simply as Jaw Pain.

The most common causes of TMJ or Jaw Pain are dislocation, problems with the alignment of the teeth and jaw, stress resulting in teeth grinding, arthritis or injury. The resulting pain can be awful, almost debilitating.

There are treatment options available however, so if jaw pain or TMJ is hindering your lifestyle don’t despair.

How Does Dr. Vickie Greenberg Treat Jaw Pain or TMJ?

The most important thing to do before attempting to treat TMJ is to arrive at a proper diagnosis. Dr. Greenberg believes in the “less is best” approach to treatment, with the understanding that each patient is different and presents with their own unique set of symptoms and lifestyle.

This approach focuses on behavioral modifications such as eating softer foods, not chewing gum, and avoiding biting your nails. Since stress can be a factor, keeping aware of your stress levels and how you’re clenching your jaw is important as well. Using heat packs to alleviate the pain, and relaxation techniques to combat the tension in your jaw can be very helpful.

However, many cases of TMJ or jaw pain are much more severe, and require more intensive treatment. These cases may require fixing a jaw bite that is misaligned, or repositioning teeth that are causing an uneven bite. Dentofacial orthodontic devices may be recommended for treatment if it is deemed appropriate.

Dr. Greenberg believes firmly in treating the whole patient and not just their mouths. She understands that each case is different, and that every patient comes in with their own unique set of difficulties and hopes for treatment.

If you are struggling with jaw pain or TMJ, please don’t suffer another day! Dr. Vickie Greenberg uses her 20 years of experience, her compassion and empathy, and her every increasing expertise to diagnose each and every single one of her patients, and to design the best possible treatment plan. Please call our office today to schedule a consultation and get you back to being ashealthy and pain-free as possible!

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The Importance of Compliance with Invisalign

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One of the most satisfying and successful aspects of my orthodontic practice is the use of Invisalign aligners. I love this treatment option for straightening teeth because it is less intrusive than braces, and much more comfortable for my patients.

An important thing to be aware of when starting Invisalign treatment is that compliance is vital. You need to be committed to wearing your aligners for up to 23 hours a day. Braces are attached to your teeth, so you have no choice but to wear them. Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating, and it may be tempting to remove them at other times as well.

Why is Compliance Important?

Invisalign aligners come equipped as trays, fitted precisely for your mouth and teeth. They only work when they are properly placed in your mouth. It is important to wear them for up to 23 hours a day. They are only to be removed in order to eat or clean your teeth.

If you adhere to these guidelines, and make it to your appointments to keep track of your progress and get new trays, your treatment process will be successful at a faster rate. Not wearing your trays consistently can slow down the process.

Invisalign aligners are notably more comfortable than metal braces, but they do take some getting used to. Wearing them as often as you should from the start will help you adjust to them quicker, which will make them easier to wear, which will speed up the process!

Knowing this is an important first step when considering Invisalign aligners. If you feel that you have the discipline and dedication to adhere to these compliance rules, then Invisalign aligners may be the perfect solution for your orthodontic needs.

Tips for Maintaining Compliance

Be mentally prepared to commit to wearing your Invisalign aligners. When making the decision to commit to something, it is helpful to have a plan. Let your friends and family know about your treatment. They can help you be vigilant! Always remember to keep tissues or a designated container available, to store your aligners when you are eating.

Remember why you decided to get Invisalign aligners in the first place. The evenness of your teeth and bite won’t just improve your smile, but your overall health. When your teeth are straight, they won’t chip or break. You’ll be better equipped to eat the healthy foods you enjoy and need to maintain your energy level and lifestyle.

Your teeth will be easier to clean once they are straight and even. Your dentist appointments will be quicker and less of a hassle with straighter teeth. Your smile will be brighter, and your confidence will be higher!

The better you comply, and remember to look forward to the results of wearing the aligners, the quicker and more successful your treatment will be. It is a long term investment, and a worthy commitment to your health and life.

We Are Here to Help!

We are in the top 1% of Invisalign providers. We have performed hundreds of Invisalign treatments, and pride ourselves on providing expert and personalized care to each and every patient. We are passionate about Invisalign treatment, and look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve!

We are experts in providing Invisalign aligners. We are here to help you and guide you through the process. We have the latest and best technology in our office, and look forward to joining you on your Invisalign journey .Call our office today for a free consultation.

 

 

 

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The Amazing Fotana Laser!

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One of the best things about being in the orthodontics field is getting to utilize all of the latest and best technological advances!

Surgery is a daunting prospect, and it is gratifying to be able to offer my patients the opportunity to address certain orthodontic issues without the use of invasive surgical techniques. Fear of surgery prevents many people from receiving the care they need to ensure their oral and overall 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 unknowingly wake you up several hundred times per night! And 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 an 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, and 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 apparatus!

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.

The Fotona laser is extremely effective, minimally invasive, and causes no damage to your teeth, or the pulp of your teeth in the process of teeth whitening.

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. 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.

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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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A Unique Approach to Sleep Apnea

Man snoring loudly as partner blocks her ears at home in bedroom

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 knowing it, and the condition is often accompanied by snoring.

I like to look at the big picture in my sleep apnea cases. As with any health problem, each case is different.  I believe that different treatments work for different people, and I’m excited about some new options available, like the Fotona laser.

Sleep Apnea Can Be Dangerous

Sleep apnea can be dangerous for your health. The patient isn’t usually aware of these disruptions, as they happen so quickly. They lead to drowsiness during the day, and other life interruptions caused by constant fatigue. Waking up several hundred times a night can cause your blood pressure to rise, which can lead to more serious consequences, such as heart attack or stroke.

It is unhealthy to have your breathing interrupted like this, snoring can be difficult for a household, and the repercussions of this can cause many undesirable consequences to your lifestyle and health. Fortunately there are a number of treatment options available for sleep apnea.

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 mask, hose, and machine that a CPAP consists of, and may be sufficient for some cases.

A newer approach to treating sleep apnea is the Fotona laser. 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.

Which Option is Best For You

I like to look at each sleep apnea case 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 my office today. We offer free consultations to our first time visitors.

 

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Invisalign vs. Braces, Which is best for you?

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Whether you choose Invisalign aligners or braces for your orthodontic needs, compliance is crucial to their effectiveness. Treatment will be quicker and more successful if you follow instructions, wear your elastics, eat the proper foods, and diligently attend your appointments.

It can be overwhelming trying to decide on the best method to align your teeth properly. Here are some tips and facts about braces and Invisalign aligners to help you weigh your options.

What to Expect When Wearing Braces

When you wear braces, you have a lot of hardware in your mouth. This means that you have to be more cautious and aware of the foods you eat. Sticky caramels, for instance, aren’t wise to eat with braces. The same goes for certain nuts and other hard foods. It is very important to brush often, and keep your mouth and braces clean and free of debris.

Braces are permanently attached, and they move all of your teeth at the same time. This leads to potential for more discomfort, as all of your teeth are simultaneously being coaxed into their proper alignment. Usually over the counter pain medicines, such as Advil or Tylenol are enough to alleviate this mild pain.

It is crucial to adhere to your orthodontists directions regarding your braces, and attend all of your appointments for adjustments. It is also important to wear your elastics. Your teeth are constantly moving around, and you want to make sure they’re moving in the right direction, and on schedule.

What to Expect When Wearing Invisalign Aligners

With Invisalign aligners there is less hardware in your mouth. Many people prefer the smooth appliances that make up Invisalign aligners, over having metal in their mouths. Invisalign aligners need to be worn for up to twenty two hours a day for the treatment to work. You don’t remove them, except to eat or drink any liquids besides water. In that regard, wearing Invisalign aligners requires more discipline than wearing braces.

Invisalign aligners can be fitted to move around one tooth at a time if necessary. This can mean less discomfort compared to braces, which move all of your teeth simultaneously. You still need to wear elastics with Invisalign aligners. It is important to wear them as directed by your orthodontist.

Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, which may be desirable for teenagers or adults. They are fitted to your teeth, so there are no metal wires to irritate your mouth or gums. You can remove them in order to drink or eat, so in that sense they are more convenient.

Compliance is Crucial to Orthodontic Care

Compliance is crucial to the success of any orthodontic treatment. Braces may require more visits to the orthodontist, since there is more potential for loose wires or broken brackets. Invisalign aligners require more discipline by the wearer, since it is possible to remove them.

Staying hydrated, maintaining a healthy diet, and brushing regularly will help to ensure that your orthodontic treatment is successful, with Invisalign aligners or braces.

We specialize in Invisalign treatments, and we serve patients of all ages. With over twenty five years of experience, we are confident in our ability to assist you on your orthodontic journey. If you are in need of orthodontic care, or would like more information, give us a call to set up a free consultation today!

 

 

 

 

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Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth Of July from all of us at Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics

Happy Independence Day from Dr. Vickie Greenberg and team! The Fourth of July celebrations in America may have changed a lot over the years, but there is no doubt that we Americans love to celebrate the anniversary of our country’s independence! Today we’re devoting the Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics blog to some fun facts about the Fourth!

  • My, how we have grown! This year the United States Census Bureau estimates that our country has 313.9 million residents celebrating the Fourth of July this year, but back in 1776 there were just 2.5 million members of the country.
  • Our country loves to show how proud that we are of our independence. Did you know that there are 31 United States places with the word “Liberty” in their names? The state of Iowa actually has four towns with the word Liberty in the name: Libertyville, New Liberty, North Liberty, and West Liberty.
  • The United States loves Fourth of July food! It is expected that around 150 million hot dogs are eaten on the Fourth each year. One of the Fourth’s most popular sides, potato salad, goes just perfectly with the hotdogs and hamburgers that are standard Fourth of July fare. Some people choose potato chips instead, but we wouldn’t have such a plethora of potatoes if not for the prodigious production of the states of Idaho and Washington — they provide about half of all the potatoes in the United States today!
  • Americans love celebrating the Fourth outdoors: About 74 million Americans fire up their BBQ grill every Fourth of July.
  • The Chinese contribution: Did you know that Americans have spent more than $211 million on fireworks that were imported from China?

No matter how your family chooses to celebrate the Fourth, stay safe, take precautions, and don’t forget to brush after your fabulous Fourth feast!

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How does AcceleDent® make orthodontic treatment more efficient?

Patients who need to get orthodontic treatment are often concerned about how long they will wear their braces. Dr. Vickie Greenberg will tell you the good news is, is there is a solution for any patient who wants to minimize the time he or she needs to wear braces. AcceleDent is a device that uses micropulse technology to reduce how long your orthodontic treatment takes. Small vibrations go through your teeth, enabling them to move into their correct positions faster. The device needs to be worn only for a few minutes a day, and is a non-invasive and non-surgical way to make orthodontics more efficient.

How AcceleDent Works

The AcceleDent appliance is a custom mouthpiece that fits comfortably around your braces. It works with traditional braces, clear braces, and even Invisalign®. The mouthpiece is inserted once a day, an activator is turned on, and the mouthpiece is worn for just 20 minutes. You only need to bite the mouthpiece hard enough to hold it in place. You can participate in any activities you like while wearing it. The mouthpiece comes with an online usage history as well, so you can see how many times you have used it to make sure you are wearing it as intended.

Benefits of AcceleDent

Besides being hands-free, lightweight, and comfortable, you can benefit in a number of significant ways by using AcceleDent orthodontic treatment:

  • It speeds up orthodontic treatment by up to 52 percent.
  • AcceleDent® is only worn for 20 minutes a day.
  • It is approved by the FDA.
  • It is non-invasive and non-surgical.
  • It helps with dental hygiene by minimizing the amount of time needed for orthodontic treatment.

Most of our patients at Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics welcome the opportunity to reduce their orthodontic treatment time, and that’s just what AcceleDent offers. Contact our Altadena, CA office or ask our team at your next appointment to see if AcceleDent is right for your smile!

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June is National Smile Month: Show off your smile!

The community health awareness group Oral Health America has reported that 82 percent of adults are unaware of the role that infectious bacteria can play in tooth decay or cavities, and almost three out of five children aged 12 to 19 have tooth decay. Since June is National Smile Month, Dr. Vickie Greenberg and our team at Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics thought we’d remind our patients about the importance of good oral hygiene visits between office visits.

To keep your family’s smiles healthy and beautiful for years to come, be sure to:

  • Brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss every day to clean between your teeth
  • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
  • Reduce your intake of sugary foods and drinks
  • Visit Dr. Vickie Greenberg for scheduled appointments

If you want to know more about healthy home care habits, feel free to ask our team at your next appointment, or ask us on Facebook!

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