When should you call Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics?

Our friends at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have put together this helpful list for your advantage. Dr. Greenberg and her team thought they’d pass on these early warning signs indicating it’s time to check in with us:

1. Early or late loss of baby teeth
2. Difficulty of chewing or biting
3. Mouth breathing
4. Finger sucking or other oral habits
5. Crowding, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
6. Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or retrude
7. Speech difficulty
8. Biting the cheek or biting into the roof of the mouth
9. Protruding teeth
10. Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don’t meet at all
11. Facial imbalance or asymmetry
12. Grinding or clenching of teeth

Do any of these warning signs fit you? If so, give us a call today!

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Patient reviews for Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics

Dr. Greenberg and her team love getting patient reviews. And lately, Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics, serving Altadena, Pasadena and surrounding communities of Los Angeles, has been getting some pretty great patient testimonials! We thought we’d share some with you today! Happy Friday!

“I’ve been in Dr. Greenberg’s service for many years and each time she has shown the utmost courtesy to her patients and her staff. It’s great to see that someone like her is still making smiles.” ~ Nathan S.

“I had the most wonderful experience at Dr. Greenberg’s office. All the staff is friendly, very clean office. But, best of all – really good service. I was told that I need to remove four teeth but once I came to Dr. Greenberg and was told that there was no need I was very happy and started my treatment with her.” ~ Claudia D.

“I really like this place, they are people that really care about you the love what they do and they are very good at doing what they love. If there was more stars to give I would give six stars. I feel now that there my family cause they always treat me with care and respect. They always make my visits a great one. If you want a nice looking smile and world class treatment then this is the place to go.” ~ Carlos A.

“Great orthodontist. Nice staff and warm home like place. The overall results are FANTASTIC and look great. Everybody should come and check it out!!” ~ Jessica F.

“I just got my braces off and I couldn’t be happier with the way my teeth look. I am very satisfied with the treatment, service, and professionalism I received here. They were always friendly and welcoming, and I would certainly recommend them to a friend.” ~ Oscar V.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is almost here, and we at Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics are thankful for all our wonderful patients and friends that make each day extraordinary!

Since the holiday season is about to begin, what are you thankful for?

Share a response in the comments section, or head over to our new Facebook Fan Page to join the conversation!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Dr. Vickie Greenberg

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Softly Brushing Your Way to Clean Teeth, From Dr. Greenberg

Just as there are so many different types of toothbrushes to choose from, each brush also has a different type of bristle! There are generally three different types of bristles; hard, medium, and soft. We always recommend that our patients, especially children and seniors, use a soft bristled toothbrush.

Using a hard and medium bristled brush can actually harm your teeth and gums by stripping the enamel from the teeth and irritating the gums so that they become red and sore, and can even cause gum recession. If you do use a hard or medium bristled brush as a personal preference, we recommend using an electric toothbrush.

Soft bristles are much gentler on your teeth and gums, and while patients of all ages are recommended to use soft bristled brushes, they are particularly great for children, seniors, patients recovering from a dental procedure, and patients wearing braces.

Soft bristles, and even extra-soft bristles are every bit as effective when it comes to cleaning your teeth; in fact, if you currently use a hard or medium bristled brush, try a soft bristled brush next time you buy a toothbrush and we bet you won’t even notice a difference!

Hope this helps,

From your friendly Pasadena Orthodontist, Dr. Vickie Greenberg

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Eating with Braces – Dr. Vickie Greenberg

What can you eat? Let’s talk about what you shouldn’t eat! If you’ve been wanting to drop a few pounds, the first week wearing braces is just your chance! For the first day or so, stick to soft foods. Avoid tough meats, hard breads, and raw vegetables. Before long, you’ll be able to bite a cucumber again. But you’ll need to protect your orthodontic appliances when you eat for as long as you’re wearing braces.

Foods to Avoid

* Chewy foods: bagels, hard rolls, licorice
* Crunchy foods: popcorn, ice, chips
* Sticky foods: caramels, gum
* Hard foods: nuts, candy
* Foods you have to bite into: corn on the cob, apples, carrots
* Chewing on hard things (for example, pens, pencils or fingernails) can damage the braces. Damaged braces will cause treatment to take longer.

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$1.50 for a Cavity?? Dr. Greenberg Can Help!

Vending machines are a quick way to satisfy hunger. You put in $1.50 and you get back a candy bar, bag of chips or even a soda…but that’s not all! Vending machines not only dispense sweet treats and caffeine bursts, but they also dispense cavities!

Every time you chow down on that chocolate bar the bacteria in your mouth have a party feasting on the sugar. The sugar quickly turns into acid; that’s right, ACID!!! The acid sits on your teeth and eats away at the tooth’s natural enamel (the stuff that protects your tooth from decay). When this enamel is eaten away by the acid on your tooth, you get a cavity! Brushing your teeth after eating a sugary treat can help prevent cavities; but before you indulge remind yourself: “can’t brush? Hold the sugar!”

When choosing a snack, consider these nutritional options that will not only satisfy your hunger and that “sweet tooth”, but won’t cause acid build up resulting in cavities:

• Fresh Fruits (berries, oranges, melon, pears, etc)
• Soft Bread
• Milk (low or non-fat)
• Cheese (low or non-fat)
• Sliced meat

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What People Say About Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics

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