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Dr. Ryan Tamburrino

Orthodontics
Princeton Junction, NJ
male

Locations

Office

Philadelphia, PA

Address

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

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:30am - 6:30pm
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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

100 Answers
44 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Removal of bands: The treating dentist will just loosen the bands and the appliance comes right off. Quick and easy!
A member asked:
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Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A 33-year-old member asked:
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Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A 32-year-old female asked:
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Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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.
A member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
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
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
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
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Possibly: The area around the TMJ complex is pretty compact, so any inflammation in that area could be referred to the ear canal. Pressure from the fluid could... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Talk to your dentist: There are many varieties of appliances available to protect you from the dental, muscular, and systemic effects of bruxism. If you are having an issu... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Mental checklists...: When we do an examination of a patient, we have a vision of an ideal result in our mind. When the patient does not meet those criteria, we start loo... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
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Specializes in Orthodontics
Not related...: This is completely separate issue related to the nerve pathways in your face. I would seek care from a orofacial pain center or neurologist to discu... Read More
A member asked:
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Specializes in Orthodontics
As : As long as the permanent teeth are developing and erupting normally underneath, not usually...Nature is just allowed to take its course. However, if ... Read More
A member asked:
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I : I use this brace type exclusively in my practice. I chose it because in my hands i find it is the easy to place accurately, offers the patients comfo... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
None: Jaws have reduced in size as humans have evolved but teeth have not changed much in their morphology. There is no purpose to this, it is just an eff... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
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Absolutely! : Absolutely! this would be a great discussion to have with a restorative dentist. There are many options available for reconstruction of the worn d... Read More
A member asked:
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Specializes in Orthodontics
Provided : Provided she is a young adolescent, expanders do not cause a great amount of discomfort. Every time you "turn", she will feel pressure for 10-20 sec... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Better health!: If you are a candidate for doing so, improving your quality of life is the best benefit of the surgery. Also having less of a reliance on a machine o... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Location and symptom: Depends on how the discomfort presents....Location, frequency, intensity, type of discomfort, etc. Also are their any concurrent presentations....Ba... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Depending : Depending on your needs, other alternatives to "full" braces are limited treatment for just cosmetic alignment of a few teeth, or using clear braces o... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Yes, : Yes, the point of the space maintainer is to hold open the space that was originally filled by the baby tooth. By doing so, you allow the adult tooth... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Not sure: Please provide more information. Not sure what the issue you are having is.
A member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Palatal : Palatal expansion is one of the most predictable and stable procedures that can performed in orthodontics. When done at the appropriate age and with ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Usually 4-6 months: Depending on your orthodontist's protocols, once you are done turning, you need to stabilize the palate so things don't relapse. The usual protocol ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
No: No, impressions can be easily taken with braces on. Often the wire will be removed first, but, even if it is not, the mold can still be usable.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Sort of: In the absence of having anything else available, it is ok and will basically only protect you from wearing down your teeth. Other than that, it can ... Read More
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Series of steps: In a nutshell... 1. Diagnosis of needed movements/benefit 2. Consultation with an orthodontist and oral surgeon to determine how to correct the ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
I : I will concur that dr. Davantzis' explanation is more than excellent. I, too, have the same conversation with many patients quite frequently. Unless... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
If : If your jaw is clicking and popping then yes there is altered function in the temporomandibular joint (tmj). Without examining you or having any othe... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Ryan Tamburrino
Specializes in Orthodontics
Jaw surgery first: The new position of the jaws (if surgery is indicated for you) may greatly affect the net appearance of the nose and balance with the lips and the chi... 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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The surgeon thinks that once my bite is aligned and corrected my tmj wouldn't have too much pressure on it. I have a big open bite. I
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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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