Welcome to Pair Orthodontics

About Us

We provide the highest quality orthodontic treatment in a relaxed
atmosphere that fosters mutual respect and appreciation.

Our mission is to provide the highest-quality orthodontic treatment using leading edge technology in a professional, yet fun and welcoming family atmosphere. Pair Orthodontic’s team will strive not only to maintain uncompromising standards, they will exceed your expectations ensuring their ultimate goal by providing the finest quality results with a smile.We use the most advanced procedures and equipment available. Digital radiography, Damon System and Invisalign are just a few of the techniques we use, ensuring every patient achieves a healthy and beautiful smile. Combining the right mix of personal care, high technology and continuing education, we maintain a commitment to our patients in every facet of our practice.

Meet the Doctors

Dr. Jason Pair

After graduating from UCLA with a B.S. in physiologic sciences, Dr. Jason traveled north to dental school where he attended UC San Francisco, graduating with honors and being elected into Omicron Kappa Upsilon. He completed his orthodontic residency at UCLA, where he was chief resident. His research project was published in the American Journal of Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics, the leading peer reviewed journal in the profession. He has also had 2 Case Reports published since graduation demonstrating treatment of unusual orthodontic conditions. Once a Bruin and always a Bruin, Dr. Jason currently leads treatment planning seminars at the UCLA Orthodontic Residency Program with Dr. Borenstein, and serves as a clinical instructor. He has also continued clinical research with the residents of UCLA.

Dr. Jason is past President of the San Fernando Valley Dental Society and he currently serves as an Orthodontic Peer Review member. He is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and an Angle Society member. He has lectured extensively outside of UCLA including the California Society of Pediatric Dentistry Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon and to the faculty and alumni of University of Marroquin in Guatemala.

Dr. Jason has 4 four children and with his wife, Janette, they love to travel and hike. Dr. Jason also enjoys surfing, skiing, photography and woodworking. He has participated in various volunteer dental organizations, traveling to Guatemala, Mexico and Israel.

To see Dr. Jason’s photography and become a fan, visit Jason Pair Photography on Facebook.

See a published case report from Dr. Jason Pair: Case Report

Dr. David Pair

Dr. Dave graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Science. He received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Oregon Dental School, where he graduated with honors and was elected into Omicron Kappa Upsilon. Dr. Dave then joined the U.S. Army and was commissioned as an officer with the rank of Captain. During his army assignment, Dr. Dave completed the General Dentistry Rotating Internship at Letterman General Hospital in San Francisco. He then completed his active service duty in Germany gaining the rank of Major. After the Service, he completed the postgraduate orthodontic program at USC. Dr. Dave is an active member of the San Fernando Valley Dental Society, where he has served as President. He is a member of the America Association of Orthodontics and a member of the Angle Society. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics.

Dr. Dave is married and the father of Dr. Jason and Michelle. He is active with hiking, fishing, skiing and being Papa to his four grandchildren.

Dr. Krisena Borenstein

After dental school at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Borenstein completed a three-year residency in orthodontics at UCLA, where she earned a master’s degree in oral biology, as well as her certificate to practice as an orthodontic specialist. She has also been given the opportunity to work as a faculty member at the UCLA School of Dentistry in the Orthodontic Department. She finds it very rewarding and fun to work directly with the current orthodontic residents in the clinic. Both Dr. Borenstein and Dr. Jason run a treatment planning seminar for the UCLA residents. She attends many continuing education meetings and conferences. Her mission is to stay up to date with the latest technology in the field in order to provide the best care for her patients.

Dr. Borenstein is a member of the American Association of Orthodontics, the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontics, and the Academy for Orthodontic Excellence, as well as other orthodontic study clubs.

Dr. Borenstein and her husband have 2 children. As a family they love spending time at the beach. She also enjoys skiing, traveling and trying new restaurants. She is also involved with the Luminaires, a charity that raises money for the Doheny Eye Institute, whose mission is to conserve, improve and restore human eyesight.

Braces

Orthodontic Care For Children & Adults

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Child Phase I Interceptive (Age 6-10)

When some primary teeth (also called baby teeth) are still present, we can begin to correct problems like severe overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Facial growth modification can be very effective at this age to treat some orthodontic patients, rather than waiting until the patient’s permanent teeth are all in.

Child Phase II Interceptive (Age 12-13)

Phase II treatment usually occurs a number of years later. Usually we are waiting for 12-16 more permanent teeth to erupt before Phase II begins. The goal of Phase II treatment is to achieve an ideal occlusion with all of the permanent teeth.

Adult Orthodontics

Technological advancements in orthodontics allow us to treat adult patients faster, more comfortably, and more discretely than ever before. Whether you have never had braces, or you had them in your youth and are noticing your teeth moving back out of alignment, we offer aesthetic treatment options like Invisalign or the Damon System that will help you to achieve a beautiful result quicker than you might think!

Life With Braces

It’s not going to be easy at first, and in the beginning foods you can eat will be limited. You’ll want to stick to foods that are soft, fluffy and easily mashed up. Pancakes, oatmeal, bananas, soups, cooked vegetables, applesauce, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, and soft ice cream – just to suggest a few.

There are a few tricks around some problem foods. You can cook your vegetables to make them softer, cut your corn off the cob, and slice apples and sandwiches into small, bite sized pieces.

If you’re in doubt about a particular food, ask the team at Pair Orthodontics.

Foods to Avoid

Sticky – gum, caramel, tootsie rolls, peanut butter, toffee
Hard – apples, carrots and other raw vegetables
Crunchy – popcorn, chips
Tough – bagels, corn on the cob, sandwiches, steak, ribs

Brushing

Using a soft bristled toothbrush begin by brushing the outside of your teeth and braces holding the brush tilted at a 45 degree angle. Brush along the top and bottom of the braces using light to moderate pressure, making sure you cover every surface very carefully. Don’t forget to brush the teeth all the way in the back and behind your back molars. It’s a good practice to brush for three minutes at least twice a day. Using a timer or singing along to a song will help you keep track of your time.

Flossing

Flossing at least once a day is very important for good dental hygiene and to keep your teeth healthy. Flossing with braces may seem difficult at first. To floss properly, you will need to thread the floss under the archwire. This can be done in two ways – either by threading the floss through on your own or using a floss threader to thread the floss under the wire.

When threading the floss, it is a good practice to start by pushing the floss vertically from the top to the bottom on your upper teeth and from the bottom to the top on your bottom teeth, always threading away from your gums. Once threaded, carefully floss around each tooth and gum, moving the floss up and down, just like you did with out braces.

  1. Always store your retainer in the case. Never put it in your pocket (accidently shattered), or wrap in a cloth or napkin (accidently thrown away).
  2. Always remove your retainer when eating.
  3. Follow the doctors instructions for wear.
  4. Always remove retainers when brushing your teeth. Be sure to pay attention to the points where you retainer touches your teeth.
  5. Clean retainers thoroughly with toothbrush and toothpaste. Concentrate specifically on the side of the retainer that is in contact with your gums. Failure to clean retainers well can result in damage to your gums and teeth. Some patients like to soak their retainers in mouthwash for a few minutes each day.
  6. Don’t flip the retainer with your tongue because this could result in damage to your teeth or the device.
  7. Put the retainer in with your fingers. Please do not bite the retainer into place since this could result in injury or damage to your teeth.
  8. Use your best judgment regarding removing them for sports, swimming, singing, meetings, etc. If there is a significant risk that they will be lost or damaged if you continue to wear them while doing an activity, remove them and place in the provided case. Remember to put replace them when you are done with the activity. Always wear a mouth guard when playing sports to ensure the safety of your teeth and mouth.
  9. If there are wires on the outsides of your teeth, they should not be used to remove the retainers. This will bend and eventually break them. Use clasps on the back teeth to remove the retainers.
  10. Since your retainer is made out of acrylic, which is sensitive to heat, do not subject the retainers to heat. This will result in them becoming distorted. Common examples are oiling them, putting them in the dishwasher, leaving them in a hot car, etc.
  11. Bring your retainers to each appointment for inspection.
  12. Occasionally, a piece of acrylic will chip or break. As long as the retainer is still wearable, you can continue to wear it until the team at Pair Orthodontics can check it for you. If there is a sharp edge, you can use a nail file to smooth it off until an necessary repair can be performed.
  13. If there is any part of the retainer that is pinching your gums, set up an appointment with me so that we can fix this for you.
For situations requiring immediate medical attention, you should contact your doctor or local emergency medical services.

For orthodontic-related emergencies, our office is here to help. Most emergency situations can be temporarily taken care of at home, though. Usually loose brackets and wires that are causing some discomfort or poking can be covered in wax or pushed back into place. Loose and poking wires can be manipulated using tweezers or a pencil eraser. It’s still important to call the office and set up an appointment to have the issue corrected.

In the event of a more severe issue (an appliance breaks, a wire slips loose, or is preventing the mouth from opening or closing) call our office to schedule an appointment and have the problem taken care of right away.

Keep in mind that there may be some discomfort for a few weeks after getting your braces on and for several days after an adjustment. In these situations, rinsing with salt water or taking an over-the-counter pain reliever may alleviate the pain.

Treatment

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Self Ligating Braces
We are pleased to offer our patients the Damon System. These self-ligating braces allow your teeth to move more comfortably and easily than traditional braces. With the help of this appliance, achieving your perfect smile can be faster and easier than you ever thought possible!

Better Results in Less Time
With Damon braces, we can achieve a terrific end result and finish your treatment more efficiently. Depending upon your specific case, this can translate to a beautiful smile months sooner than with traditional braces. After analyzing your specific needs, we will be able to provide you with a treatment plan that will have you smiling as soon as possible.

Simplified Procedures
Damon braces are very precise and effective. With this system, we can reduce the need for many of the time-consuming, complicated procedures that are used with traditional braces.

Fewer Visits to the Office
Because Damon braces eliminate the need for elastic ties, fewer adjustments are required. As a result, your appointments can be spaced out further, early in treatment, and will take less time.

Invisalign is the ultimate in terms of aesthetic treatment options. We use custom molded clear trays to move your teeth to the ideal position. Because they are removable, patient compliance is extremely important with aligners. Invisalign is a terrific option for working professionals or patients seeking a discrete solution to improve their smile, however it is not ideal for every case.

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Surgical orthodontics is a combined treatment by our doctors and an oral surgeon to correct jaw abnormalities. These issues are determined after reviewing the patient’s X-rays and models.The orthodontist initially levels and aligns the teeth in the jawbone, then the oral surgeon positions the jaws into a more normal position to allow the bite to come together ideally. This procedure results in the improved ability to chew, speak, and breathe, while also delivering tremendous facial aesthetics.

Pair Orthodontics embraces the latest in orthodontic technologies to reduce the overall need for this method, however it can still be required in those with improper bites, as well as those with facial aesthetic concerns. All growth must be complete before jaw surgery can be performed (Jaw growth is usually complete by 16 years with girls and 18 with boys). However it is very common to begin correcting tooth position while a patient is still growing.

AcceleDent is a simple-to-use, hands-free device designed for faster orthodontic treatment with only 20 minutes daily use. This accelerated orthodontic treatment is clinically proven to move teeth up to 50% faster, and is available only by prescription from your orthodontist.

AcceleDent works by inserting the mouthpiece fitted around your existing orthodontics and wearing the activator for 20 minutes every day. Your orthodontics work on their own by moving your teeth in specific directions. AcceleDent uses SoftPulse Technology® to generate small vibrations, or micropulses, enhancing the movements directed by your orthodontics, allowing for faster tooth movement.

Ask us if AcceleDent is a possibility for your specific case.

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Pair Orthodontics works with a periodontist or oral surgeon to provide Accelerated Orthodontics, a treatment with quicker results and less time in braces. The technique can be applied to just about every case of orthodontics. The treatment requires a safe, minor surgical procedure that assists the teeth moving quicker and without as much loss of either root or bone support.

Temporary anchorage devices (TADs) are titanium-alloy mini screws affixed to bone temporarily to enhance orthodontic anchorage. Titanium alloys have been used as joint replacements and for dental implants for many years. These alloys are not rejected by the body. Orthodontists often use holding arches, also known as space maintainers, and headgear to control anchorage and minimize the movement of certain teeth while carrying out the desired movement of other teeth. TADs allow orthodontists to overcome limitations of holding arches and headgear and perform difficult tooth movements predictably. TADs can also provide a point of anchorage for patients with missing teeth.Pair Orthodontics has used TADs to overcome surgical problems without the need for surgery.

Invisalign

All the orthodontists are experienced providers of Invisalign. Pair Orthodontics is considered an Invisalign Premier Provider in the Valencia, Northridge, and Calabasas areas.

Invisalign is a series of virtually invisible, clear aligners that efficiently shift your teeth to an ideal placement. Each aligner is custom-made by Pair Orthodontics for each individual patient based on that patient’s anatomy. We will plan out in your ideal smile and customize a series of aligners. When your teeth have reached the desired result, you just pop out the old Invisalign aligner and pop in a new set.

All of this movement is done with out any metal brackets or tightening of wires. Most people won’t even recognize you are correcting your smile while you are straightening your teeth. Invisalign has the benefit of creating a beautiful smile and allows you to remove the device whenever you want. You can floss, brush and eat without the restrictions of having braces or wires in your mouth. Invisalign has the benefit of creating a beautiful smile and allows you to remove the device whenever you want.

We have years of experience providing Invisalign to the Valencia, Northridge, and Calabasas areas and look forward to consulting with you on Invisalign or Invisalign Teen in the near future.

New Patients

We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you to our office!

Our team is committed to making your treatment as easy and enjoyable as possible, in a friendly and welcoming environment. During your first visit, you’ll get acquainted with the process and procedures for braces; we’ll discuss your customized treatment options in detail, probable treatment length, and associated costs. The initial consultation is free.

If treatment is indicated, we’ll begin by taking diagnostic pictures, x-rays of your teeth, bite registrations, and impressions. These diagnostics will be referenced throughout your treatment and used to monitor progress. There is a charge for collecting the diagnostics.

How do I know if my child is in need of orthodontic treatment?
It is usually difficult for you to determine if treatment is necessary because there are many problems that can occur even though the front teeth look straight. Also, there are some problems that look intimidating and complex which will resolve on their own. Asking your general dentist is good reference, but we are your best resource since orthodontics is all we do. Our initial exam is complimentary and we would be more than happy to see your child and make any recommendations necessary.
What are the early symptoms of orthodontic problems?
Although determining if treatment is necessary is difficult for you to assess, the following symptoms may help in prompting you to seek our orthodontic advice.

Ask your child to open their mouth, and let you look at their teeth. If you see any signs of crooked teeth, gaps between your child’s teeth or overlapping teeth, your child may need orthodontic treatment.

Ask your child to bite all the way down, but keeping their lips open so you can see their teeth. Do the front top teeth line up with the bottom? Do the top teeth protrude out away from the bottom teeth? Do the top front teeth cover more than 50% of the bottom teeth? Are the top teeth behind the bottom teeth? All these are indicators for potential orthodontic treatment.

Look at the alignment of your child’s jaw. Does the jaw shift off center when your child bites down? If you see any misalignment or shifting of the jaw, your child may have a skeletal problem, which requires early orthodontic intervention.

These are only some of the obvious symptoms of orthodontic problems.

What age should my child be seen by an orthodontist?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child be evaluated by age 7. Early detection of some orthodontic problems is important in order to take early corrective action and avoid more difficult treatment later.
Can you be too old for braces?
No, age is not a factor, only the health of your gums and bone which support your teeth. About 25% of our orthodontic patients are adults and that number is still growing!
Will it hurt?
Orthodontic treatment has improved dramatically. As a rule, braces make your teeth sore for a few days, but it is not painful. This annoyance can be relieved with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Today’s braces are smaller, more comfortable and use technology that reduces the discomfort. We use the latest in miniature braces and the highest quality of orthodontic materials in order to reduce discomfort and treatment time.
Can I still have braces if I have missing teeth?
Yes. When teeth are missing, adjacent teeth will drift into the empty space. This will cause a functional, esthetic or periodontal problem. Orthodontic treatment will correct and prevent these problems and will also provide proper alignment for your dentist to replace the missing teeth.
What is the length or duration of orthodontic treatment?
Braces may be on between 6 and 30 months, or longer depending on the age of the patient, the severity of the problem, the patient’s cooperation, and the degree of movement possible.
Is orthodontic care expensive?
When orthodontic treatment is implemented at the proper time, treatment is often less costly than the dental care required to treat the more serious problems that can develop years later.

Orthodontic fees have not increased as fast as many other consumer products. Financing is usually available and our office offers many payment programs that will meet your needs. In addition, many insurance plans now include orthodontics.

Appliance
A device that assists in the straightening of teeth. Examples are braces, Invisalign, and retainers.
Archwire
The wire that extends through each bracket slot in braces.
Band
A metal device that wraps around the tooth to hold a bracket or tube in place.
Bonding
The technique of attaching an orthodontic device directly to the enamel of the tooth with the use of adhesive.
Bracket
The metal device (also referred to as a brace) for fastening the archwire to the tooth or band.
Coil Spring
A spring that fits between the bracket and the archwire to open space between teeth.
Elastic
A small rubber band that attaches to the braces to exert force on teeth to facilitate movement.
Elastic Tie
A small rubber band that encircles the bracket to seat the archwire in the bracket slot.
MARA Appliance
A device that corrects overbite by holding the lower jaw in a protrusive position.
Hook
A small device to which elastics or other auxiliary devices are attached.
Invisalign
A type of treatment that uses a series of clear plastic aligners, similar to clear retainers, to gradually move teeth.
Ligature
A wire used to tie a tooth to an orthodontic appliance or another tooth.
Mouth Guard
A tooth or gum shield worn by patients (athletes) to prevent injuries.
Palatal Expander
A device used to widen the upper jaw so that the upper and lower teeth will fit together.
Retainer
A device, usually made of plastic and wires, to hold teeth in position after treatment.
Separator
A device or instrument designed to wedge teeth apart, particularly teeth in tight contact. Frequently used for the examination of proximal surfaces, finishing a restoration or before banding.
Wax
A soft, malleable substance placed on brackets to prevent rubbing or irritation.

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