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, we have made these changes to help protect our patients and staff:
• Our front desk staff will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
• You must wear a mouth/nose cover and we will ask you to wash your hands when you enter the office.
• You will find hand sanitizer in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
• You may see that our waiting room 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 and/or our schedule may have changed.
• We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you.
• We limit the number of people in the reception area to one companion and/or one patient at a time.
• Please understand that only the patient will be allowed in the operatory rooms unless there is a special need.
We look forward to seeing you and we are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and everyone, safe in our practice! To make an appointment contact us.
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 also be considered as contrubutory factors to the prevalence of some of these habits. The earlier we recognize and correact these habits and their contributory factors, the better the facial development occurs and the need for braces or more invasive orthodontic procedures is reduced.
Our 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 also use the Advanced Lightwire Functional (ALF) appliance when additional dental arch development is needed.
Our goal is to promote better oral-facial function and development that result in straighter teeth and improved overall health!
At Life Dentistry we focus on prevention and total wellness!
Good nutrition through a healthy diet is another fundamental factor for oral health and total wellness. Not only the nutrient dense quality of the food is important, but also food textures that promote chewing. Functional chewing as well as functional breathing are both essential for the continued growth and development of the jaws.