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Our Staff

Ellen,
Office Manager


I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and settled in San Antonio in the late 1980s.

I have worked in the orthodontics field for more than a decade and am thrilled to be here with Dr. Moore and his team.

I am married to a wonderful man, Michael. 

We enjoy spending time with our family and remodeling our home. My other hobbies include quilting, cross-stitching and reading. 

I enjoy getting to know each of Dr. Moore's patients and their families.

 

Maigon,
Orthodontic Assistant & Lab Technician

I have been working with Dr. Moore's office for several years. 

San Antonio has always been my home. I am a graduate of Judson High School.

I have a beautiful daughter, Kyndrah, who keeps me busy.

In my spare time, I enjoy saltwater fishing, attending stock shows and hunting.

I enjoy working with Dr. Moore, his patients and getting to know his patients' families.

Laura,
Orthodontic Assistant & Lab Technician

I am a James Madison High School alumni and a Dental Assistant graduate of San Antonio College.

I am working towards my dental hygienist degree.

When I'm not working with Dr. Moore, I love spending time with my family, friends and my dog Laila. My niece and nephews live close by, so I enjoy spending time taking them to the park or playing together.

In my free time, you will find me at the movies, at the beach, golfing . . . enjoying life.

 

 




Meet Dr. Patrick Moore

My basic philosophy is to ensure optimal functionality of the bite and ensure that my patients feel good about their smiles.

At Moore Orthodontics, I use current, proven effective techniques and equipment to ensure that the teeth and the jaws fit together to not only prevent risk of jaw joint problems (TMJ), but also to produce a great smile. 

I accomplish this by placing a great emphasis on the jaw joints. Patients have two ways they bite:

1. the way their teeth fit best, and
2. the way their jaws fit best.

In people with crooked teeth, very rarely do the teeth and jaws fit together simultaneously. These people are at a greater risk to develop jaw joint (TMJ) problems.

Traditionally, molds of the teeth are made and fit together the way the patient’s teeth fit best. These molds (traditionally) are used to determine the patient’s treatment. At Moore Orthodontics, we plan our treatment so that the teeth and jaws will fit together.  
We accomplish this by doing some extra steps so we can place the molds on an articulator (device to simulate a patient’s jaws) the way the jaws fit best.

How to get to a great fit and great smile quickly and efficiently:

In order to speed up treatment, we use to the most up-to-date, self-ligating braces and wires. Here’s some interesting facts about the wires and brackets we use at Moore Orthodontics:

1. Wires tied to braces with rubber bands have up to 500 times the friction of self-ligating brackets. The self-ligating brackets that we use have “doors” to hold the wires in place, eliminating the rubber band ties and speeding up the tooth movement.

2. Our self-litigating brackets provide the same advantages of DAMON brackets that have been featured in the news.

We make every effort to avoid extraction of permanent teeth:
At Moore Orthodontics, we might start treatment before the last of the baby teeth are lost. Surprisingly these are larger than the permanent teeth that replace them and if treatment is timed properly, the extra space can be used to relieve crowding. In addition:

1. We can start treatment to take advantage of the jaw growth that occurs with the pubertal growth spurt, and

2
. We can expand the jaws and arches to relieve crowding.

3
. However, we will have permanent teeth removed if keeping them interferes with the function of the jaw, health of the gums and bones or stability of the alignment.

We try to avoid jaw surgery
We can avoid jaw surgery by ensuring that the teeth and the jaws fit together by adjusting the teeth – not changing the fit of the jaw.  Changing the fit of the jaw almost always requires jaw surgery.