Rita Y. Chuang, DDS
Dr. Rita Chuang is a board-certified orthodontist and founder of Breeze Orthodontics in Torrance. She served as the clinical director at UPenn’s orthodontics program and is a published author of several scientific publications and books. Dr. Rita serves on the board of the California Association of Orthodontists and has received multiple awards for her work. She has been in the field of dentistry for 16 years.
Tell us about your orthodontic specialty service.
“As an integrative orthodontist, 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 jaw joints conditions. I have been blessed with interdisciplinary training and years of clinical experience, which allows me to treat my patients 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 a healthy smile. Comprehensive and proactive diagnosis and treatment in younger patients can minimize a 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 each person exactly where he or she is.”
In what ways does your work extend beyond the dental chair?
“Having served on the faculty at UPenn, I consider myself an educator-clinician. I am most passionate about educating my patients about the underlying causes of dental crowding and narrow jaws—for instance, improper tongue positions and mouth breathing. Additionally, I help my patients incorporate healthy habits that can profoundly benefit their well-being. Through my lectures and publications, I hope to advance a paradigm of thinking in orthodontics with treatment designed to develop the jaws forward, create esthetic facial balance, expand the airway and produce broader smiles.”
What fulfills you most about your career in health care?
“I feel like I’m a catalyst for confidence and positive change. I have the privilege of working with children and adolescents during their crucial period of growth and development—physically, mentally and emotionally. Many come to me with insecurities about their appearances and how they connect with their peers. I enjoy mentoring my patients, and it is very gratifying to witness them blossom—smiles and all—and watch their confidence soar while their academic performances improve and extracurricular passions develop. 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 walk out happier and healthier.”
How does your practice promote a healthy lifestyle for kids?
“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.
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 their treatment in a fun way. Healthy habits lead to healthy lifestyles, 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.”
Why should adults consider orthodontic treatment?
“Orthodontic treatment can substantially improve the quality of life in adults with little downsides. It not only creates an esthetic smile; it also contributes to a better bite—allowing teeth to fit better and decreasing the risk of future dental, TMJ and breathing problems. We specialize in several treatment options designed for adults that are more comfortable and less noticeable, and our patients are ecstatic with their results.”
Do you have a mission statement?
“Our mission is to transform lives, one smile at a time. We accomplish this by creating beautiful smiles and 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. As an airway-focused orthodontist, the word breeze emphasizes my passion in helping my patients improve their airway and facilitate their ease of breathing. Further, breeze captures the essence of south bay living and my desire to make the entire journey enjoyable and easy-breezy for my patients.”
Any words of inspiration?
“Anything is possible with passion and perseverance. I immigrated to the U.S. at age 10 and was labeled shy due to my language barriers. I worked extremely hard to conquer my fears and master the language. I became fascinated with personal and leadership development and now coach others on pursuing their dream and passion. If you follow your heart and pursue your passion, your days will be filled with fun and breeze.”