• What is Myofunctional Orthodontics?

    What is Myofunctional Orthodontics?

    It is an alternative to traditional orthodontic treatments that allows the correction of orthodontic problems (malocclusion) without the use of Read More
  • About Us

    About Us

    Life is what inspired us to create a unique dental practice that shows we really care. Some characteristics of life Read More
  • A Holistic View

    A Holistic View

    Our body is a complex system where one part can affect the other. This is why each part needs to Read More
  • A Word On Nutrition

    A Word On Nutrition

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COVID-19 UDATE 4/27/2020 
The current mandatory business closure for the city of Austin is due on May 8, 2020. We expect to reopen our office on May 11, 2020.  Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We follow infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA),the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA). We keep track of the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.
During the current world pandemic, you may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
• Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
• We will ask you to wash your hands when you enter the office. You will also find some hand sanitizer in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
• You may see that our waiting and activity rooms will no longer offer books, magazines, or children’s toys since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
• Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
• We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
Please understand, that only the patient will be allowed in the operatory and activity rooms. 
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment contact us
We are grateful for your business! 

COVID-19 UPDATE 4/1/2020

Due to the shelter in place order, Life Dentistry will remain closed until further notice. You can still leave a message on the office phone or reach Dr. Medina on her cell if you have an urgent concern with an orthodontic appliance. We are offering FaceTime or Skype sessions if you would like to continue learning the myofunctional exercises, please call us to schedule yours! All upcoming appointments during the month of April have been automatically cancelled. You may follow our Facebook page for additional updates. We are sending wellness and health wishes to all our wonderful patients and please, STAY AT HOME! 

Dr. Judith M. Medina Rivera and her friendly staff are committed to make your oral health care a pleasant experience.  At Life Dentistry, our goal is more than creating beautiful smiles. Our philosophy is to treat the causes of orthodontic problems and not just the symptoms.
In general, the major causes of orthodontic problems are incorrect postural and functional habits that affect the normal dental and facial development.  These dysfunctional habits, known as Soft Tissue Dysfunction, include open mouth posture (mouth breathing), incorrect tongue resting position, dysfunctional chewing and swallowing,  among many others. The presence of soft tissue pulling such as short labial or lingual frenulums, as well as the presence of airway inflammation or other structural variations in the airway, should be considered as contrubutory factors to the prevalence of some of these habits. The earlier we recognize and correct these habits and their contributory factors, the better the facial development occurs and the need for braces or more invasive orthodontic procedures is reduced.

Myofunctional Orthodontics program includes the use of removable myofunctional oral appliances, breathing techniques, oral-facial muscular exercises (orofacial myology therapy), and other educational activities to assist the patient in the correction of the habits that affect the oral-facial development.  We use light force orthopedic appliances that do not interfere with the correct position of the tongue, when additional dental arch development is needed.   
Our goal is to promote normal muscle function, better oral-facial development and a functional airway that result in straighter teeth and improved overall health!

At Life Dentistry we focus on prevention and total wellness!

Poor oral-facial growth and development has been identified in studies as a critical factor for sleep breathing disorders in children (Huang and Guilleminault, 2013).  Breathing is the most important function of the body.  Many health problems such as sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and ADD/ADHD, among many others have been associated to dysfunctional breathing and airway problems in both children and adults. Most of the airway issues are closely related to oral-facial distortions.  The use of appropriate oral-facial orthopedics have shown to be an effective way to improve airway volume and therefore, the prevention of many health problems. 
Good nutrition through a healthy diet is another fundamental factor for oral health and total wellness.  And not just the nutrient dense quality of the food is important,  but also the textures that promote chewing, because functional chewing is essential for the continued development of the jaws.  
At Life Dentistry we are committed to prevention by starting patient care at ealry ages. We acknowledge that the body systems interact between one another creating a major complex system.  We believe in a multidisciplinary approach and in the body/mind connection as optimal ways to achieve total wellness.  We focus on solving the root causes of poor oral-facial development and we promote the creation of healthy habits that could last for a lifetime!   
A welcoming and friendly environment is what you are going to find here at Life Dentistry.


Our patients and parents say:

My son, Samuel, has been seeing Dr. Medina for myo-dental treatment. He has impressive improvement from severe underbite to normal bite. Dr. Medin...

M Zhou
Jul 22, 2014

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