Stop Suffering from TMJ and Jaw Pain!

You can end your suffering from TMJ and jaw pain, and you don’t have to undergo costly and invasive surgeries to do so!

Dr. Vickie Greenberg has dedicated much of her career to combating TMJ and Jaw Pain using non-surgical and non-invasive orthodontic techniques. No one should have to live with chronic pain, so if you suffer from TMJ or Jaw Pain, read on to learn more about Dr. Greenbergs holistic approach to treating it.

What exactly is TMJ?

TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint, and “TMJ” typically refers to pain within that joint. The pain can be caused by a variety of things; injury, teeth-grinding, age, arthritis, and even stress can lead to TMJ.

Regardless of what exactly causes the pain, it can be debilitating. The TMJ is a joint that acts as a sliding hinge between the jaw and the skull. Pain here can hinder chewing, speaking, yawning, and even taking deep breaths.

Some people may experience earaches, headaches, or popping sounds in the ears. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, and have yet to determine the cause, you may be suffering TMJ Syndrome, or TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder).

How Can You Treat TMJ?

The first step towards treatment is accurately diagnosing your TMJ. Dr. Greenberg prefers a “less is best” approach in her practice, and avoids surgery and other invasive procedures whenever possible. If you do have a TMJ diagnosis, or think you may, Dr. Greenberg will go out of her way to treat you effectively without invasive techniques.

Many cases of TMJ require the use of Dentofacial orthodontic devices, which will help to realign a misaligned jaw bite, or reposition teeth that are contributing to that misalignment.

Dr. Greenberg has over 25 years of experience in dentofacial orthodontics, and uses her compassion and empathy to put even the most anxious of patients at ease.

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When it comes to reclaiming your life after suffering from chronic pain, you deserve the very best of care. Dr. Vickie Greenberg has dedicated her 25+ year career to committing to a “holistic” approach. She understands that every single one of her patients has a different set of circumstances and needs when they walk through her doors.

You’ll never be treated as just a set of teeth in Dr. Greenbergs care. She believes in getting to know what her patients goals are for treatment, and setting them up with a plan that is specifically designed to meet those goals.

Dr. Greenberg also treats Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disorders, is a Diamond Status Invisalign Provider, and treats patients of all ages. Whatever your Orthodontic needs may be, there is no better care provider in Altadena or Pasadena.

Located in Altadena, Dr. Greenberg serves patients from Pasadena and all the surrounding communities of the San Gabriel Valley. If you’re suffering from TMJ or Jaw Pain, call (626) 798-7645 today and schedule a consultation. You don’t have to live in pain any longer!

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Diamond Status Invisalign Provider Dr. Vickie Greenberg

Orthodontic care is about so much more than straight teeth. A straight and even smile is sign of full body health. Taking care of your oral health is an excellent way to ensure that your overall health and wellness is always optimal.

Dr. Vickie Greenberg embraces a holistic approach to her orthodontics practice. She understands that each of her patients is so much more than just a set of teeth. Her compassionate nature and empathetic listening skills put her above and beyond other orthodontists.

Read on to learn more about Dr. Greenberg, and if she may be the right orthodontist for you!

Diamond Status Invisalign Provider

Invisalign® is an excellent way for people of all ages to straighten their teeth and enhance their smiles effectively and discreetly. Dr. Greenberg has successfully completed hundreds of Invisalign cases in her 25+ year career, and in fact she is a Diamond Status Invisalign provider.

Invisalign is a treatment option that works for patients of all ages. People often think of teenagers when it comes to Orthodontics, but the truth is adults as well as children can benefit from Invisalign treatment.

Dr. Greenberg is a pioneer in Phase One Invisalign treatment for kids. She recommends that children see an orthodontist around the age of 7. Just because your kids teeth look straight and even, doesn’t mean that there aren’t potential issues brewing below the surface-issues that only a trained orthodontist can spot.

Adults can benefit from Invisalign treatment as well. They are clear aligners, virtually invisible, and can be taken out as needed to eat and clean your teeth. For those in a professional setting, Invisalign is handy because you no one can even tell you’re wearing them!

TMJ and Jaw Pain

Dr. Greenberg understands that pain can be debilitating-that’s why she also specializes in TMJ and Jaw Pain. The temporomandibular joint is the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull, and a number of different things can cause pain and inflammation.

She believes in applying non-surgical and non-invasive techniques for TMJ. She uses cutting edge technology and years of practice to successfully treat TMJ cases for patients of all ages.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

If you’ve been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, or you’ve been told that your snoring is accompanied by snorts and jerks, then you may benefit from treatment by Dr. Greenberg. She specializes in Airway Orthodontics and Sleep Therapy, and carries on her resistance to surgery in this area.

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Located in Altadena, Dr. Vickie Greenberg is the best orthodontist in the Pasadena area. She believes in treating the whole patient, not just their teeth.

It’s important to remember that your whole body is connected-every part affects every other part. That’s why she favors a holistic approach in her practice, and tries to understand the whole picture and not just look at their teeth.

So don’t wait another minute to schedule with Dr. Greenberg to get your orthodontic needs met above and beyond your typical orthodontic expectations.

 

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Dr. Vickie Greenberg Treats TMJ and Jaw Pain

Pain is no fun. The thing about pain is it affects every aspect of your life. It hinders your sleep, it distracts you from daily tasks, and chronic long term pain can start affecting other parts of your body. A bad knee can lead to a bad hip and the pain lingers on and on.

Did you know that TMJ and Jaw pain can affect your entire body? It can! That’s why Dr. Vickie Greenberg has made TMJ and Jaw pain a focus of her orthodontic practice. No one should have to live in pain, and jaw pain can be absolutely debilitating.

What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint is a like sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. TMJ refers to any number of disorders that can cause pain in your jaw. TMJ is caused by many things, including injury, arthritis, clenching or grinding your teeth, and even genetics.

Often people grind their teeth without realizing it, and that can be caused by uneven or misaligned teeth. This can be treated with orthodontics, and Dr. Greenberg uses a holistic approach to treat TMJ. She appreciates that the body works as a whole made up of many parts.

When one part of your body stops working correctly, or causes you pain, the rest of your body quickly starts to feel the effects.

How do you Treat TMJ?

Dr. Greenberg has had great success treating TMJ with conservative and gentle techniques. She takes great care to avoid surgery whenever possible and believes that it should be a last resort.

Dr. Greenberg advocates using the latest and best technology in her office, and has had great success using the Fotona Laser to treat pain in TMJ cases. It works by reducing inflammation and increasing blood flow to the area.

Dentofacial orthodontic devices may be necessary to correct an improper bite in some cases of TMJ. When your teeth are misaligned, chewing may cause damage in your TMJ. Correcting that bite can effectively treat the cause of your pain symptoms.

Schedule with Dr. Vickie Greenberg Today!

There’s no reason for you to continue living in pain. TMJ pain can be debilitating after prolonged suffering. Your sleep can be affected, the foods you choose to eat may not be best for optimal health, and your professional and social life can become difficult to manage.

Dr. Greenberg is located in Altadena, and she treats patients from Pasadena and all over the San Gabriel Valley.

If you or a loved one suffers from TMJ, or you believe that you may have a TMJ diagnosis, don’t wait another day to get the treatment you need to start feeling better. Call (626) 798-7645 and schedule a consultation today!

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Dental Monitoring-A Revolutionary New Dental Technique

Let’s face it-trips to the orthodontist can be a pain. They take up time and energy. You have to wait around for technicians and an available room. You have to wait for your orthodontist to come in. And more often than not, that first exam doesn’t generate any answers or a treatment plan.

All that is changing! Dr. Vickie Greenberg is thrilled to offer Dental Monitoring Smile Box to her patients. It’s a revolutionary new way to gather images of your teeth without pesky trips to the orthodontics office!

How Smile Box Works

Smile Box allows you to take images of your own teeth from the safety and security of your own home. You simply attach the apparatus to your phone, insert the mouth pieces into your mouth, and take the images yourself! It’s really easy, and you can do it in the comfort of your home!

The A.I. engine will immediately analyze a wide range of oral conditions and you can instantly send the data to your orthodontist. No trips to the office, no annoying waiting times, and no more invasive, annoying and time consuming pictures and X-rays!

Benefits of the Smile Box

Your time is valuable. Your health is important. Smile Box allows you to save time while prioritizing your oral health.

The sooner you have a diagnosis, the sooner you’ll have a treatment plan. And the sooner you have a treatment plan, the sooner you’ll be on the road to a bright, happy, healthy smile.

Dr. Vickie Greenberg-A Superior Orthodontics Provider

Dr. Vickie Greenberg has been an orthodontist for over 25 years. She uses a holistic approach to her practice, with the understanding that each of her patients presents with a unique situation and set of circumstances.

She uses compassion and approachability to get to the heart of why her patients are seeking treatment. She specializes in TMJ and Jaw Pain, Snoring and Sleep Apnea cases, and she works with patients of all ages. She is a Diamond Status Invisalign provider, the best in Altadena and Pasadena.

Schedule with Dr. Vickie Greenberg Today!

If you are new to orthodontics and desire a care provider who truly does care, don’t wait another day to make an appointment with Dr. Greenberg.

If you’ve gone through orthodontic treatment before, and aren’t happy with the results, call Dr. Greenberg sooner rather than later. It’s never too late (or too soon) to get the results you deserve with superior orthodontic care.

If you’ve been told you need surgery or extractions to complete your orthodontics treatment, schedule with Dr. Greenberg for a 2nd opinion. She works tirelessly to avoid surgery and extractions, and has completed many difficult cases using non-surgical and non-invasive techniques.

Located in Altadena, Dr. Greenberg treats patients from Pasadena and all over the San Gabriel Valley. Call (626) 798-7645 today and schedule your consultation. You’ll be so glad you did!

 

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Invisalign for Men

There are a lot of advertisements out there for Invisalign®. Most people have come across the clear aligners that help to straighten teeth. Those ads are often aimed towards teenagers, but the truth is adults can benefit from Invisalign aligners too-women and men.

Read on to learn about Invisalign, and if they may be right for you or the man in your life!

Orthodontic Care for Adults

Perhaps you had braces as a kid or teenager, but you never wore your retainer and your teeth have shifted around a little bit. Or maybe you did wear your retainer and your teeth shifted anyway. Or maybe you’re an adult who has never received orthodontic care, and you feel like it’s too late now.

It’s not! As you age, your teeth change. The structure of your jaw may relax, causing your teeth to change positions. Your teeth are one of the first things people notice about you when you smile, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to put your best face forward at all times.

More adults than ever are seeking out orthodontic care. One reason for that is the arrival of Invisalign, a discreet way to straighten your teeth. For men in the professional world, not wishing to show up for a business meeting with shiny metal braces for all to see, Invisalign is the perfect solution for undergoing orthodontic care.

How Invisalign Works

When you have an overbite, or malocclusion, it affects more than your smile. There can be health issues as well. A straight and even bite ensures that you’re chewing properly, and not causing damage to your teeth while doing so. Straight teeth go beyond your appearance- they contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

If you have a malocclusion that is mild to moderate, and you hope for your treatment to be unobtrusive and subtle, then Invisalign may be perfect for you.

Invisalign treatment consists of clear aligners that are specially designed to fit perfectly over your teeth. They slowly move your teeth into their desirable positions. As one set of aligners finishes their job, a new set of aligners will be prescribed. You can often arrange for your aligners to be shipped, so that you can complete your treatment with fewer trips to the orthodontist.

In this way you can undergo orthodontic treatment without intrusive metal braces, and countless trips to the orthodontics. They are streamlined to fit your lifestyle, so that you can complete treatment with minimal hassle and interruptions.

Schedule with Dr. Vickie Greenberg Today

Dr. Vickie Greenberg is a professional herself. She travels frequently to seminars and education groups in order to further her experience and expertise. She understands how important it is to portray a professional and healthy demeanor at all times in a professional setting.

She also embraces a holistic approach in her practice. She believes in treating the whole patient, and not just their teeth. Everyone has a different set of standards, and different reasons for seeking out treatment. For some people it’s about their health, for other’s it’s about their appearance. Regardless of your specific goals for undergoing orthodontic care, Dr. Greenberg will go out of her way to make sure that you get the care you deserve, and the results you desire.

Don’t wait another day to get the smile you deserve! Located in Pasadena, Dr. Greenberg treats patients from Altadena, and all of the surrounding communities in the San Gabriel Valley. Call (626) 798-7645 and schedule your appointment today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Can Kids get Invisalign?

It’s a great time to be an orthodontist. Technology is improving so rapidly that it’s almost hard to keep up!

Dr. Greenberg is passionate about her career and she loves working with kids. That’s why she’s on the forefront of integrating Phase One Invisalign treatment for kids into her practice.

If your child is in need of orthodontics, and you dread the thought of braces, read on to learn more about Invisalign for kids!

Invisalign for Kids and Pre-Teens

Metal braces can be a pain. They’re a great for some though, and for decades they were the dominant force in orthodontic treatment for kids.

Technology is improving and Invisalign aligners are becoming more common. For years they’ve been geared towards adults and teens because they are practically invisible, and less embarrassing and tedious to wear as a working professional.

They have other qualities that benefit not just adults, but anyone who wears them. That’s why it’s so exciting that they’re becoming accessible and sensible for kids to wear as well.

Braces require a lot of maintenance for the wearer, such as keeping them clean and making sure the elastics are kept on. And let’s face it- kids aren’t the best at compliance!

Invisalign aligners don’t require as much cleaning, since you can take them out for eating and brushing your teeth. And they consist of less hardware, so there is less likelihood of breakages that require emergency trips to the orthodontist.

There are no food restrictions with Invisalign, another thing that younger patients have a hard time adjusting to, and the invasiveness of Invisalign in the mouth is very minimal compared to braces. Overall, Invisalign aligners are more streamlined and less tedious than braces for many people, especially kids.

Pioneering Phase One Invisalign

Dr. Greenberg has been a huge proponent of Invisalign for over a decade. She holds the impressive Diamond Status title as an Invisalign provider, and has completed hundreds of successful Invisalign cases in her career. It makes sense that she would be one of the first doctors to successfully integrate kids cases into her Invisalign practice.

Dr. Greenberg firmly believes that early evaluations for kids are imperative in order to avoid long term problems. “It is best for your kids to be evaluated around 7-8 years old before the permanent teeth are established”.

Early detection of potential problems can eliminate more complicated (and costly!) procedures in the future. The advent of Invisalign for kids is a fantastic new opportunity for families to receive better, easier, less invasive orthodontic treatment.

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Dr. Greenberg has a holistic approach to orthodontics. She believes in treating the whole patient, not just their mouths. Every patient is different, and has different needs and expectations.  For many patients, that means respecting and understanding that families lead hectic lives.

If you’re a family with more than one member undergoing orthodontic treatment, look no further! Dr. Greenberg and her office work tirelessly to ensure that the whole family can get their appointments in at the same time. There’s enough juggling to be done without having to orchestrate various trips to the orthodontist for various patients.

Dr. Greenberg serves patients all over the San Gabriel Valley, from Altadena and Pasadena and all the surrounding communities. If your kid is ready for orthodontic treatment, give us a call today-we truly look forward to working with you!

 

 

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Treating TMJ Jaw Pain-Without Surgery

There is nothing quite so debilitating as chronic pain, and TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) and Jaw Pain can be detrimental to your health and well-being. When it hurts to chew, or speak, or even swallow, the pain can be depressing and debilitating.

It’s difficult to say exactly how many people experience TMJ pain, but some have estimated that up to 10 Million Americans suffer from this condition. It seems that more women than men experience TMJ pain.

Dr. Vicki Greenberg effectively treats TMJ jaw pain using non-surgical and non-invasive techniques. If you’re suffering from TMJ or pain in your jaw, read on to learn more about treatment for yourself or a loved one.

What Causes TMJ Jaw Pain?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. There is a joint on each side of your jaw. Disorders in the TMJ cause pain and discomfort in the muscles and tissues surrounding that joint. This is what people are referring to when they complain of TMJ.

Several factors can contribute to TMJ pain. Injuries to your teeth or jaw are the most obvious causes of TMJ pain.

Often TMJ is caused by subtler factors, such as grinding your teeth. Misaligned teeth can contribute to TMJ, and so can excessive gum-chewing, poor posture, stress, and arthritis.

Regardless of the cause, TMJ pain can become debilitating and unbearable. There are options for treating TMJ that don’t include invasive surgery.

Complications of Surgery for TMJ and Jaw Pain

Surgery of any kind is a risk, with the potential for complications and further damage to your body becoming more extreme depending on the nature of the surgery. Dr. Greenberg prefers to avoid surgery whenever possible.

Internal bleeding of the maxillary artery may be a concern with TMJ surgery. Diligent monitoring of the neurovascular system during surgery doesn’t always guarantee that complications won’t arise. In severe and complicated cases, the TMJ nerve may become permanently damaged as the result of surgery.

Although infection is the rarest complication of TMJ surgery, it is undoubtedly the most dangerous. Infections occur in a mere 2% of these types of surgeries, but the repercussions can be lethal for a patient.

Non-Surgical Treatment for TMJ and Jaw Pain

Dr. Greenberg has evaluated many patients for jaw pain, and has had great success with gentle and conservative treatments. She firmly believes in treating the “whole patient”, and not just the specific problem. For many people surgery should be avoided. Dr. Greenberg never turns to surgery as a first resort, and attempts to treat many ailments non-invasively.

Dr. Greenberg uses advanced technologies for all of her procedures, and she has had great success using the Fotona Laser to treat pain in TMJ cases.

Dr. Greenberg is adept at creating non-invasive orthodontic devices to treat structural causes of TMJ pain.

If you or a loved one is suffering from jaw pain or TMJ, and are trying to avoid surgery or other invasive treatment options, give our office a call today. Dr. Vickie Greenberg is compassionate, genuinely cares about her patients and their lifestyles, and will use her 25 successful years of experience to get you out of pain, and into a long-lasting and healthy smile! Call today at (626) 798-7645, and start living free of pain!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Benefits of Adult Orthodontics

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Not long ago we thought of orthodontics as something just for kids and teenagers. The word “orthodontics” conjured up images of big smiles full of metal and multi-colored rubber bands. The idea of adult braces was undesirable for some, and unacceptable for many.

Those days are over! More adults are getting orthodontic treatment every day, and it’s not just for aesthetics. Straight and even teeth provide much more than a great smile, they are crucial to your overall health and well-being.

With such options as Invisalign aligners, faster treatment programs, and ever evolving technology, orthodontics are becoming more mainstream and common for adults of all ages.

Preserving Your Teeth

When your teeth fit together properly they won’t literally work against themselves. Uneven teeth will grind against each other, causing unnecessary wear and tear to your teeth, which will have an impact on your oral health.

When your teeth fit together properly you won’t have those tiny chips that result from banging your teeth at odd angles. You will be able to chew your food more effectively, and therefore able to eat the foods you need for proper nutrition and overall health.

When your teeth are properly aligned and straight, you greatly increase your chances of keeping all of your own teeth for the rest of your life.

Orthodontics isn’t simply about having the perfect smile, it’s one of the best forms of preventative dentistry there is.

Keeping Your Gums Healthy

When you get older, your teeth start to crowd together. This makes it harder to clean in between them. Harmful bacteria will begin to settle in those hard to reach places, and this is not healthy for your gums or the rest of your body. Those harmful bacteria can enter into your bloodstream through your gums, causing other health risks and illnesses.

The health of your gums is a crucial element to your oral health. When your teeth are straight it is easier to keep your gums clean and healthy, because you can reach them better.

Treatment Options for Adults

Adults hesitate to seek out orthodontic treatment for various reasons. Some don’t like the idea of wearing braces, but now we have Invisalign aligners to offer. They are clear and virtually invisible, so you won’t have the chunky look and feel of metal braces.

Some people dread the process of being fitted for their orthodontic pieces. In the past you had to suffer through making molds of your mouth using goopy material.  The prospect of having trays of goo shoved into their mouths turns them off since this can cause a gag reflex, and sometimes anxiety. With the more modern iTero Technology we can avoid that. This technology uses digital imaging to create much better images of your mouth and teeth than the goopy stuff ever did!

Orthodontic care has become an easier and quicker process than it was in the past. There are sleeker less obvious devices to wear, and the process has become less cumbersome and uncomfortable.

If you think you could be in need or orthodontic care but you believe you’re too old…you’re not! We offer excellent orthodontic care to patients of all ages. We’re a top 1% Invisalign provider, and we carry some of the latest and best technology available.

Contact us today for a free consultation. It is never too late to seek out orthodontic care, and it will help ensure you to a happy smile and a healthy you!

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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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