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Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Why Clear Braces May Not Be the Clear Choice Dec 18th, 2020

Most people want straight teeth. For many the idea of metal braces, however, is a non-starter. We are all concerned about how we look, and that is still true even when we are in the process of improving our appearance. While there is always the option of using clear aligners...

Braces or Clear Aligners: What you need to know! Dec 9th, 2020

Many people these days want the fastest, easiest and least visible way of straightening teeth and fixing their smile. But what is the best option, braces or aligners? The simple answer is that all patients are different, all bites are different and the answer is different for every situation. Here...

Permanent Retainers: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Mar 16th, 2020

Bonded Retainers: What You Need to Know Many patients don’t like wearing retainers after their orthodontic treatment is complete. Orthodontic retainers can be made of plastic or metal with acrylic and are needed to keep teeth in tip-top shape after they are well aligned. You must wear them and take...

Braces? Here's your ULTIMATE food list Oct 14th, 2019

  When braces go on, you should be given a list of foods to avoid and foods that are braces-approved… but with all the excitement, it’s hard to remember all that. This is a really important part of your treatment though, because foods and things we eat can knock off...

Losing Baby Teeth 101 Aug 1st, 2019

Why (and When) It’s Important to Remove Baby Teeth Many kids struggle with the wiggle. For whatever reason, whether it is fear of the physical removal or some concern about what happens if they remove the tooth, some children will not do the last bit of work needed for a...

Why Should You Get Orthodontic Treatment? May 7th, 2019

The goal of orthodontic treatment is a beautiful smile and a good bite—meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw and look great. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak. Many people find a beautiful smile adds to self-esteem,...

Learn How West LA Invisalign Works from Dr J Feb 19th, 2019

More and more these days, orthodontists are using Invisalign to treat their patients. Invisalign is a clear plastic aligner company that uses modern technology to provide a truly esthetic and comfortable option for patients that want straight teeth and healthy smiles. What was once only done with metal braces and...

What is Phase I Orthodontics? Feb 16th, 2019

Early Treatment, Long Lasting Results Many orthodontists today offer what is called “Phase I” orthodontic treatment. In short, this means doing minimal treatment at an earlier age with the hope of preventing the need for extensive treatment later on in life. But what are the real advantages? Why do we...

Orthodontists Whitening Your Teeth in West LA Feb 11th, 2019

One of the most common complaints patients have is that they wish their teeth were whiter. Because of Hollywood, social media and the internet in general, we are all obsessed with how we look; and where do strangers look at first? YOUR SMILE! We’ve covered this in a previous post,...

West Los Angeles Molar Extraction with Dr J Feb 7th, 2019

“Extract third molars or not?”“Do you really need your wisdom teeth?”“They don’t hurt, why should I take them out?”“I can’t even see them, where are my wisdom teeth?”“The other dentist told me it would be fine to leave them in; I don’t want to take them out now!” These thoughts, questions andremarks...

West LA Braces: What Makes A Nice Smile? Dec 15th, 2018

We’ve all seen someone that has one of those smiles that make you stop and say “Wow!”. But what is it that makes a person’s smile pop. The answer is not that they just have perfect teeth. In fact, the answer will really surprise you. First thing to consider: symmetry....