The Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) is a world-renowned facility that trains dentists in the art of cosmetic dentistry and the science of neuromuscular dentistry. In her pursuit of further knowledge about the system of occlusion (how your teeth and bite fit together), Dr. Ana Brightleaf received post-graduate education at LVI. Once she completed her studies, Dr. Brightleaf’s goal of helping patients on the path to holistic health finally became a reality.

When your teeth and bite fit together properly, your jaw muscles can relax, and all of the joints in your upper body will align correctly. On the other hand, when your teeth and jaw are misaligned, your muscles are forced to compensate, creating stress that results in headaches, neck pain, and back pain. This is called temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD/TMJ).

Neuromuscular dentistry is a unique discipline that seeks to maintain a balanced, healthy relationship between your bite, your jaw joints, and the soft tissues that surround them. This helps prevent premature tooth wear, cracks and chips, and TMD. Dentists who are not trained in neuromuscular dentistry often create restorations that fail to take your bite’s proper function into account, making you more prone to TMD in the future.

By combining neuromuscular techniques with her cosmetic, general, and restorative procedures, Dr. Brightleaf can help you preserve the health and integrity of your smile for years to come.

If you have further questions about LVI, TMD, or neuromuscular dentistry, please contact Brightleaf Cosmetic & Holistic Dentistry today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Brightleaf. We serve patients in the Santa Monica, Culver City, and Brentwood areas of California.