Dr. Rivera was born in Colima, Mexico but raised in the southern California city of Baldwin Park. He graduated from Sierra Vista High School in 1995 where he there-after attended and graduated from UCLA and received his Bachelors of Science (B.S.) Degree in 1999. While applying for dental school, Dr. Rivera worked as an Orthodontics chair-side assistant where he fell in love with the art of Orthodontics. He was accepted and attended Philadelphias Temple University School of Dentistry and received his Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree in 2004 as a Magna Cum Laude graduate. Dr. Rivera is a Health Professions Scholarship recipient which allowed him to proudly serve his country as an Army Dental Corp Officer. He moved to El Paso, Texas to serve in Fort Bliss as a US Army Dental Command Captain. Dr. Rivera proudly served his country in Americas Global War on Terror from 2005 to 2006 in FOB Camp Bucca in Al Basra, Iraqs Theater Interment Facility. After ending his Active Duty obligation in 2007, Dr. Rivera worked in a private practice as a General Dentist providing quality dental care to El Pasos residents. In 2010, Dr. Rivera applied and was accepted to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonios Graduate Orthodontic Residency program where he received his Specialty Certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. Dr. Rivera holds the highest regard to the art of Orthodontics by having participated in the elective process of becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, an achievement he successfully accomplished in February 2014. Dr. Rivera is currently involved in opening his own private Orthodontic practice, Rivera Orthodontics, where his goal is to make smiles beautiful, one smile at a time.
Rivera Orthodontics, a state-of-the-art Orthodontic practice located in a brand new 2400 square foot facility located at the multi-medical specialty Renova Plaza at 6901 Helen of Troy, Bldg. D-1. Rivera Orthodontics wonderful staff consists of Alejandra, the warm and kind person behind the desk to greet you as you walk into Rivera Orthodontics; she has the answers to all your orthodontic-related questions. Our office manager, Dulce, will not only charm you with her beautiful smile, she will make sure you have all the information you need to make the best possible decision for you and your family. Our head clinical assistants, Lizette and Aileen, are not only extremely competent in their craft; they will assure you a comfortable and enjoyable experience while at Rivera Orthodontics.
To have the best and healthiest smile you can have.
Get it by relying on Orthodontists expertise, which comes from their extensive education. After graduating from dental school, Orthodontists go on for another two or more years of education just in Orthodontics at an accredited Orthodontic Residency program.Onlyafter this formal educationcan one be calledan Orthodontist.Only Orthodontists areacceptedfor membership in the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO). Selecting a member of theAAO for Orthodontic care is the public's assurance that they are selecting an Orthodontist.
Orthodontists are dedicated to helping your teeth and jaws work in union so that you can speak, bite and chew comfortably and effectively. Theres a bonus. Teeth and jaws that works well tend to look good, too.
To both feel good and look good.
With care from an Orthodontist, you have an expert who has been educated to understand how youre teeth, your jaws and your facial muscles all work together. A healthy mouth contributes to your overall good health. Your appearance gets a boost, too.
To get the specialized treatment you deserve.
You trust your heart to a cardiologist, your skin to a dermatologist, your knees to an orthopedist. Like these specialists who study their specialty areas after their general medical education, Orthodontists devote additional years of study to Orthodontics after they graduate from dental school. And like their medical counterparts, Orthodontists limit their practices to their specialty area. Orthodontists have in-depth experience in Orthodontic care. They use their knowledge and skills to help you get the best results possible.
To get your bite right.
Your bite is a complex biologic system. Its components include up to 32 teeth, upper and lower jaws, gums and facial muscles. Your healthy bite is the Orthodontists goal. The goal is met by making sure the separate elements are positioned for optimal performance. You enjoy the ability to bite, chew and speak well.
To solve the problem.
You may see six crooked front teeth. The Orthodontist sees the cause of crooked teeth in three dimensions. Orthodontists use their education, experience and expertise to delve deep to discover the root of your Orthodontic problem. Armed with a diagnosis that takes all factors into account, Orthodontists can plan your solution—one that delivers a healthy, attractive smile and a lasting result.
To recommend the right treatment for you.
There are a lot of treatment options these days, from clear aligners to modern braces. They each have their uses, but only an Orthodontist has the specialized knowledge to identify and plan for all the variables in your mouth. Orthodontists take your unique needs and wishes into consideration, too, when recommending the right treatment option for you. Orthodontists have knowledge of the full range of Orthodontic appliance tools. They know what to use and when to use it because they work with these tools every day.
To address the big picture.
Sure, you want a dazzling smile. Your Orthodontist wants that for you, too—and treatment results that last. You deserve the best—a good bite and a healthy, beautiful smile. Consult an AAO-memberOrthodontist for your life, your health, your happiness, your smile.
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, self-confidence and leads toward career advancement. We live in a competitive world and a great smile can give you the edge.
Orthodontic treatment is often part of a comprehensive dental health care plan. With good care, including Orthodontic treatment when necessary, teeth can last a lifetime.
Treatment in children or teenagers who are still growing may yield results that may not be possible once the face and jaws have completed their growth.
A healthy bite and good looking smile is as important at age 60 as it is at age 16. Even though adults are no longer growing, they can also enjoy improvements that come from Orthodontic treatment. Your age is not a consideration for Orthodontic treatment. Healthy teeth can be moved at any age.
Orthodontic treatment is a smart investment in your family, your smile, as well as your dental, physical and emotional health.
Orthodontics has come a long way
A variety of Orthodontic appliances are available today, thanks to on-going research in Orthodontics. Options include traditional metal braces, tooth-colored braces, braces that go behind the teeth, clear aligners and other devices, as appropriate. Check with your Orthodontist about the best way to achieve your treatment goals.
Comfortable and efficient, todays Orthodontic appliances also contribute to a stable, long-lasting result.
While the appliances used in Orthodontic treatment have come a long way since Orthodontics became dentistrys first specialty in 1900, what endures is Orthodontists desire to help you achieve your healthiest bite possible.
Q: Do braces hurt?
A: Getting braces does not hurt. To allow the bracket to stick to the enamel surface of the tooth, we have to keep the tooth surfaces dry and free from saliva. To do this, we usually use small plastic saliva suction tools. These tools help you keep your mouth comfortably open and at the same time help remove the saliva from your mouth to maximize the strength of the glue to the tooth. The soreness people feel after getting their braces adjusted usually comes the day after your Orthodontic appointment and lasts for approximately two to three days. This soreness can be compared to someone going to the gym and undergoing moderate exercise thus making the muscles sore for a couple of days.
Q:If my teeth have been crooked for years, why do I need orthodontic treatment now?
A: Theres no time like the present, and healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Orthodontic treatment can create or restore good function, and teeth that work better usually look better, too. A healthy, beautiful smile can improve self-esteem, no matter your age.
Q:Do I need to change my oral hygiene routine during orthodontic treatment?
A: Yes, keeping your teeth and braces (or other appliances) clean requires a little more effort on your part. Your Orthodontist will explain how to brush and floss, how often to brush and floss, and give you any special instructions based on the kind of Orthodontic treatment you are having. Be sure to follow your Orthodontists dental hygiene prescription to get the best results possible. Check with your Orthodontist about dental products and tools that might be helpful.
In general, patients with braces must be careful to avoid hard, sticky, chewy and crunchy foods. They should also avoid chewing on hard objects like pens, pencils and fingernails. And never chew ice. Its much too hard on your teeth " even without braces.
Also be sure to see your family dentist for a professional cleaning and check-up at least every six months during your Orthodontic treatment or more often, if recommended.
Q:I see ads for perfect teeth in only one or two visits to the dentist. Some providers call this instant orthodontics. How is Orthodontic treatment different?
A: The ads you are seeing may be for veneers. They cover crooked teeth and mask the problem, but do not address the structure in the mouth or how the upper and lower teeth meet. Veneers are not permanent. Many require removal of significant amounts of tooth enamel.
If plaque collects where the veneer and the remaining natural tooth meet, the area will be susceptible to what is known as recurrent decay. Orthodontic treatment is far more than simply treating how teeth look. Its about aligning teeth and jaws so that they meet and function effectively. It just so happens that when teeth and jaws are functioning well, they look good, too.
Q: What about those Dentists that promise to straighten my teeth in about half a year?
A: Be careful when believing something that might be too good to be true. These providers usually focus only on straightening the teeth, AND THATS IT! The focus in these treatments is to do just that, straighten the teeth. But there is usually no concern with helping fix the way the teeth fit together, or helping fix the bite. Remember, a healthy bite leads to a long-term healthy smile. In Orthodontic treatment, the bite is usually straight in a relatively short amount of time. But the remaining treatment is usually spent in perfecting the way the upper and lower teeth fit together. This will lead to the not only the beautiful smile you deserve, but the healthy smile you deserve.
Q:What are my options if I don't want braces that show?
A: Should your case warrant it, you might want to ask your Orthodontist about lingual braces, which are attached behind the teeth. Ceramic braces may be another option to lessen the visibility of braces; they blend in with the teeth for a more natural effect. Additionally, the use of a series of clear aligner trays (invisible braces) instead of traditional braces may be used to correct some problems. Talk with your Orthodontist about less visible treatment options that will help you reach your treatment goals.
Q:I am pregnant and want to begin orthodontic treatment. Is this OK?
A: Discuss this question with your OBGYN/physician/healthcare professional and Orthodontist before you start any Orthodontic treatment, as pregnancy brings on bodily changes that may affect the mouth. Soft tissues such as gums become much more susceptible to infection.
Q:Can I play sports while wearing braces?
A: Yes, but make sure you wear a protective mouth guard. Ask your Orthodontist to recommend the right kind of mouth guard while you are having Orthodontic treatment. Keep your smile beautiful after treatment and wear a mouth guard at every practice and every game.
Q:Can I play musical instruments while wearing braces?
A: With practice and a period of adjustment, braces typically do not interfere with the playing of wind or brass instruments.
Q: Can I use money from my flexible spending account (FSA) to pay for Orthodontic treatment?
Yes, you can use flexible spending account (FSA) funds to pay for part or all of your Orthodontic treatment. If you have insurance, an FSA can bridge the gap to pay what insurance does not cover. If you do not have insurance, an FSA can be used to pay the entire fee (up to the annual cap of $2,500 that took effect January 1, 2013). FSAs are generally offered as part of an employers cafeteria plan. If you do not have an FSA, check with your employer about offering this tax-advantaged benefit.