Dr. Ryan Tamburrino

Orthodontics
Princeton Junction, NJ
male

Locations

Office

Philadelphia, PA

Address

1845 Walnut Street, Suite #950, Philadelphia, PA
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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Insurances accepted

No Value

Office

Allentown, PA

Center for Orthodontic Excellence

Princeton Junction, NJ

About

Bio

<strong><em>"For me, orthodontics is about more than just creating amazing smiles; it is about forming strong relationships and friendships with the patients, families, and dental colleagues. I want to ensure everyone enjoys their entire orthodontic experience as well as the beautiful and lasting result!"</em></strong> <h2>Education and experience </h2> I grew up in Pittsburgh, and my tinkering and technical interests during my early years led me to Duke University where I received degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science. As I also wanted to be involved in healthcare, I enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania where I received my Doctorate of Dental Medicine and was Chief Resident while obtaining my specialty Certificate in Orthodontics. In addition to private practice, I am on faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Orthodontics. I also lecture locally with various study groups, as well as internationally/nationally with the <em>Complete Clinical Orthodontics </em>Course and Roth-Williams Center for Functional Occlusion . I strongly believe that it is important to teach and to help raise the standard of care for our community as well as for the entire profession, and thoroughly enjoy any opportunity to do so. In the office I have an interest in research and ensuring that I practice what I teach. I want to make sure that we are using the best and most effective methods to deliver the highest level of orthodontic care. At the office, this ideal is definitely being put to work! You will see that we are constantly improving and developing techniques to allow for better precision and improved orthodontic treatment. As a result, we are proud to hold United States patents on several of the devices we use every day. <h2>Outside the office</h2> Outside of practicing, teaching, and attending dental society meetings, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our two crazy cats, Tomato and Basil. I have a passion for model railroading, and also like to golf, workout at the gym, and "play chef" in the kitchen.

Specialties
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Orthodontics

Licenses

United States: New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Doctor Q&A

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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Maybe: There is not a definitive link in the literature yet, but many parents have reported this to me as well for kids undergoing expansion. Snoring is ado... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
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For teeth only: While more inexpensive, the sports guard will protect the teeth, but it has been shown that these appliances may actually induce more instances of cle... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
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No: It will protect your teeth from damage if you do clench or grind due to the plastic and because it helps to balance the stresses of doing so over the ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Figure out why. While this is common to do occasionally among kids, long-standing instances could adversely stress growth and developement of the ch... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
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Environmental: Due to environmental factors affecting breathing in growth and development, these may contribute to palate shape in people who mouthbreathe. Just be... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
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Partly: By improving your bite with braces, the stresses caused by grinding can be better distributed over your entire chewing system. This may help in part ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
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Yes: It won't prevent you from clenching, but a properly adjusted nightguard will help balance the stresses of doing so and help protect your teeth.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
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You don't: When did you get them placed? Are you brushing and cleaning thoroughly? Are you eating a lot of foods (coffee, tea, wine, tomato sauce, etc) that c... Read More
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A member asked:
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A : A frenectomy is often used to remove some of the tissue between the upper front teeth to help the space stay closed following orthodontic space closur... Read More
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A member asked:
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If : If a palatal expander is used, you will have to turn a small screw that will gently widen the upper jaw. Once the turning is completed, the expander ... Read More
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A member asked:
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Correct: The issue may be one of a narrow upper jaw. Expansion may create additional space, but it can only be done in a way that matches up the upper jaw to ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
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Upper jaw: When the upper jaw is normalized to the width of a lower with an expander, you will notice a less constricted archform and allow for better developmen... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
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Depends on age: If this is a concern for one of your children, then yes. Routine palatal expansion (if needed) can be done quite easily. If you are an adult, it dep... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
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Probably not: Shouldn't make any difference at all if you will have the bands fit within a few days. If it fell out, it just means enough space was made.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
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Not necessarily...: However, a power toothbrush may help you reach those areas easier and may be slightly more efficient. I use a manual brush, but many of my patients ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
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Removal of bands: The treating dentist will just loosen the bands and the appliance comes right off. Quick and easy!
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A 25-year-old female asked:
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Likely not...: Successful attempts at recapturing a disc are unlikely in terms of long-standing displacement. If the disc is deformed and perforated, the likelihood... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
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No: The orthodontist should be directly (or in some offices) indirectly involved with the process every step of the way. If they do not physically place... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
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Very few: The only time i would recommend open joint surgery is in cases (after all other more conservative approaches were tried) where there is severe restric... Read More
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A member asked:
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That : That question is best answered by having a consultation with an orthodontist in your area. Without seeing any information or doing an examination per... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
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Who is it for: Is this for you or one of your children? The purpose of expansion is to normalize the width of the upper jaw. Is has nothing to do with teeth. F... Read More
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A member asked:
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The : The purpose of any brace or brace system is to provide a way to transmit the force from the wire to the teeth. Whether one type of brace vs. Another ... Read More
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A member asked:
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It : It completely depends on your desires and your provider's explanation once you speak with them. Each office's fees are different as well as the quali... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
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Jaw joint surgery: Tmj surgery involving opening of the joint is sometimes used to improve the function of a jaw joint that has restricted range of motion or to repair a... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
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What are you doing?: Are you getting orthognathic surgery to correct your bite or the tmd issues? These are not necessarily related and one is not indicated for treatme... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
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I doubt it: If you are talking about the ones that cover your entire upper arch, then that's pretty impossible. However, there are some versions out there that a... Read More
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I : I would definitely have him see his dentist or an orthodontist at this point. Not having seen your child, i can't say for sure, but my suspicions are... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
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Yes: Depending on the forces and position of the crown, bruxism can do a lot of damage to the teeth and stress the chewing system excessively. Nightguard... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
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Absolutely!: I would discuss this with your orthodontist or family dentist. There are types of retainers that can be fabricated that will help minimize the effec... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
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Get an appliance: Talk with your dentist about having an appliance made to help prevent stresses on the chewing system as well as to protect the teeth. There are seve... Read More
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A member asked:
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"Worth : "worth it" is a somewhat relative term depending on what you mean. For example, "is the added cost going to provide me a better or more stable result... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
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Why are you doing it: Unless you are having an extreme restriction of movement in the jaws, removing the disc or any type of jaw joint surgery is the absolute last resort a... Read More
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A member asked:
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Once : Once a day should be no problem at all. My protocol for patients is usually once in the morning and once at night (2x/day) and there have not been an... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
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Maybe: It will probably take some time for the tongue to get used to the braces on the back of the teeth so you may talk funny or lisp for a bit. It should... Read More
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A member asked:
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It : It is unlikely that is the case. Usually a frenectomy is performed between the upper two front teeth to remove a thick attachment that may impede pro... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
No: The appliance itself will not change the bite. However, people that have bruxism often have muscle tension that forces their teeth to comes togethe... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Depends on the cause: Usually the first person to discuss your symptoms and details with is your dentist. After helping to discern what the root cause of the issue is, th... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
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Floss : Floss is floss, and there are two kinds - waxed or unwaxed. Waxed is a little easier to get into tight contacts, but both are effective. Also, the v... Read More
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A member asked:
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Absolutely: Your orthodontist will need to proceed cautiously, and it is beyond critical that you have periodontal clearance to begin orthodontic treatment. If ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Maybe: There is not a definitive link in the literature yet, but many parents have reported this to me as well for kids undergoing expansion. Snoring is ado... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Depends on protocol: If this is for a child, the space often can be big enough to almost look like another tooth can fit into place, but will begin to close quickly once y... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
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No: Any activity that induces muscle activity has the potential to increase bruxism. Clenching is one of these....Don't do it!
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
No: I'm not sure what you are referring to by retainers. It may be a different type of appliance for some other purpose. Speak with your orthodontist t... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
A proper diagnosis.: It really depends on the extent of the discrepancy, inclinations of the teeth, condition of your jaw joints, and what your ultimate goals for correcti... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Not likely broken: When you hear a pop on opening it is likely caused by a displaced piece of cartilage within the joint. Having your dentist evaluate this for you wou... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Anything you like: Just keep away from popcorn, nuts, chips, or hard/sticky foods that can dislodge the expander or get stuck underneath it.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Need more info: For tightness, are you referring to restriction of opening, soreness of muscles, limitation of moving side to side, or something else? Often these a... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Absolutely!: If the orthodontic diagnosis warrants correction of the width of the upper jaw, an expander is the most predictable and common way to correct this. S... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
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100% yes: While more inexpensive, it has been shown that these appliances may actually induce more instances of clenching and grinding. You are much better off... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
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Depends: If this is for you, the first step will be to have a proper diagnosis and determine how much width change of the upper jaw would ideally be needed. ... Read More
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Nov 30, 2012
Dr. Tamburrino is excellence! Everything he undertakes is with passion, drive, and conviction with the desire for exceeding expectations. Patients are fortunate to have such an accomplished and cari...Read More
Nov 30, 2012
I have known Dr. Tamburrino as a student at the Univeristy of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and as an orthodontist for many years. He has advanced training in occlusion and orthodontics. His ...Read More
Nov 30, 2012
Dr. Tamburrino knowledge of orthodontics and facial orthopedics is of the highest quality. His clinical and academic backgrounds are top-notch, and his patience and compassion are evident in his thoro...Read More
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Duke University
MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine
MD

Awards

Top Orthodontists, Main Line Today Magazine
Top Doctor, First Place, New Brunswick, NJ - Winter
2013
Top Orthodontist, First Place, New Jersey - Winter
2013

Affiliations

American Association of Orthodontists
Pennsylvania Dental Association
Pennsylvania Association of Orthodontists
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