Dr. Rita Chuang is a board-certified orthodontist and founder of Breeze Orthodontics in Torrance. She received her training from Cornell University, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the USC School of Dentistry, and completed her orthodontics residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rita served as the clinical director at UPenn’s orthodontics program and is a published author of several scientific publications and books, including The Million Dollar Smile: Changing Lives with Cosmetic Dentistry. She has worked in the field of dentistry for 16 years.
Tell us about your practice’s focus.
“I am committed to caring for my patients holistically by taking into account not only their smile goals, but also enhancing their facial balance, airway and TMJ conditions. My interdisciplinary training and clinical experience allow me to address the interconnectivity of a patient’s bite and skeletal function in a unique manner. The focus of my treatment approach is to always optimize the patient’s overall health by creating harmony between facial beauty and healthy smile. Comprehensive and proactive diagnosis and treatment in younger patients can minimize later need for more invasive procedures like extractions or surgery. We carefully monitor airway symptoms like snoring, teeth grinding TMJ problems and headaches, which may be associated with a narrow upper jaw (also the base of the nasal cavity) and contribute to compromised airways. As a former orthodontics patient myself, I understand that each person’s health care needs are unique. My approach is to individualize care and to meet my patients exactly where they are.”
Do you have a mission statement?
“Our mission is to transform lives, one smile at a time. We accomplish this by creating beautiful smiles, setting patients up for a lifetime of dental and airway health, all within a compassionate, friendly and stress-free environment.”
How did you come up with the name of your business?
“Breeze is such a relaxing word, and that is how we want our patients to feel in our office. Breeze captures the essence of South Bay living and my desire to make the entire smile journey enjoyable and easy-breezy for my patients. As an airway-focused orthodontist, the word Breeze also emphasizes my passion in helping my patients improve their airway and facilitate their ease of breathing.”
What fulfills you most about your career?
“I am passionate about orthodontics because I feel a strong calling to be an educator, mentor and empowerment coach—passions that I blend seamlessly in my practice. I have the privilege of working with adolescents during their crucial period of growth and development—physically, mentally and emotionally. Many come to me with insecurities about their appearance and the way they connect with their peers. I enjoy mentoring my patients, and it is very gratifying to witness them blossom—smiles and all. Their confidence and self-esteem soar while their academic performances improve and extracurricular passions develop. I feel like my job is more fun than work because I get to see people from all walks of life come into my office in one condition and leave much happier and healthier.”
How does your business promote a healthy lifestyle for kids?
“I have come to realize that children are more motivated to maintain their own dental health when they are properly educated to understand the purpose of each step in the treatment in a fun way. Healthy habits lead to a healthy lifestyle, and I find it easier to help my patients establish those habits earlier rather than later in life. In order to cement those habits, consistent education is a key component of our program at Breeze Orthodontics. I enjoy taking the time to establish a personal relationship and building trust with each of my patients. For children, it is important to develop the craniofacial structures optimally, which influences facial balance, proper breathing, tongue posture and habits. Improving one’s nasopharyngeal airflow improves oxygen inflow and sleep quality, which in turn helps with brain function, concentration, focus and memory. Avoiding early jaw and craniofacial dysfunctions are also important in helping children grow and develop academically and socially.”
What are you grateful for today?
“We have the best patients! My patients make coming to work each day such a joy. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to work in beautiful South Bay within such a supportive, caring and knowledgeable community. I continue to be amazed by my dedicated Breeze team members, who enjoy serving our patients and creating laughter each day. Despite the challenges from last year, I am grateful that we were able to bounce back quickly from the mandated closures to serve those who need our services with even better means. I am also grateful for the new technological solutions that allow us to stay even more connected with our patients and streamline their care more than before.”
Have you been featured in any other publications?
“Yes, aside from Southbay magazine’s Top Dentists business profiles, I have had the honor to be included in Incisal Edge’s 40 under 40 issue and in Los Angeles Magazine’s Top Dentists section.”
What is something you would like kids to know?
“Anything is possible with hard work and passion. I immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 10 and through perseverance, I mastered the language and was admitted to top institutions. I worked even harder to create Breeze Orthodontics to help my community smile more confidently and live a healthier life. If you follow your heart and pursue your passion, your days will be filled with fun and breeze.”