Life Dental & Orthodontics

Life Dental & Orthodontics - General dentist in Walnut Creek, CA
2651 Oak Grove Rd, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
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Opens Monday at 8:30am
Monday8:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesday7:30am - 6:00pm
Wednesday8:30am - 5:00pm
Thursday7:30am - 5:00pm
Life Dental & Orthodontics - General dentist in Walnut Creek, CA

Cosmetic: Dr. Hockel has advanced training and artistic experience in helping you achieve the smile you want, and maintaining healthy bite function too. Ceramic and resin materials, tooth whitening and tooth reshaping, are all options to consider.

Orthodontics: Dr. Hockel does not extract teeth for orthodontics, and will often open spaces back up. Why? The simple reason is that the airway, jaw joint and appearance often require it. We focus on the actual causes of crooked teeth, jaw and bite problems, and try to resolve these causes. Both kids and adults can benefit from tooth-straightening like that.

Orthotropics: A type of treatment called Orthotropics is an amazing way to help children look and feel their best by optimizing their growth direction. Kids often grow too much vertically, having weak jaws and gummy smiles. Ask us how an Orthotropic appliance can help your child both with optimal (forward) jaw growth and a bigger airway!

Sleep Apnea: Our goal in sleep apnea care is to help you or your child open your airway. Dr. Hockel has a special interest in treating airway problems that range from snoring to Upper Airway Resistance to actual sleep apnea problems which are often related to jaw joint dysfunctions. CPAP, oral appliances and surgery are options usually discussed by the typical doctor, but theres a lot more to consider.

My dad, Dr. Jack Hockel, is a retired dentist who practiced from 1959 to 2002. He taught me dental lab work when I was 17 years old, and Ive been hooked ever since. Hes very meticulous and is a perfectionist, but has a love for people, and I think he gave me those genes. Our practice has combined reconstructive dentistry and orthodontics since the 60s. I joined him in 1989, after graduating at the top of my UCSF class clinically.

Were in a remodeled farm house that is next door to where I grew up. I knew Mr. and Mrs. Casey, the couple who lived in this house, and Im grateful to be in such a beautiful and historic setting. We take pride in keeping the place comfortable.

Dr. Brian Hockel is a graduate of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry, where he received numerous awards in clinical expertise, and was Clinical Professor after graduation in 1989. Even while a senior in high school, he learned lab procedures for gnathological bite reconstruction, and became a Certified Dental Technician. He was the top of his dental school class in technical performance and is a lifetime member of OKU. He focuses on cosmetic, reconstructive, orthotropic and orthodontic care, blending experience in cosmetic smile design, orthodontics for adults and children, orthotropic growth guidance, treatment of sleep disorders, and gnathological occlusion. Dr. Hockel is on the Board of Directors of the AAGO and the NAAFO, is a member of the AACD and the Intl Orthotropics Association. He has published in orthodontic journals, he teaches orthodontic courses for doctors, and has lectured nationally and internationally. Dr. Hockel resides with his wife Beth and their eleven children six boys and five girls.

Dr. Brian J. Hockel Dr. Brian J. Hockelis a graduate of the UCSF School of Dentistry (89). After graduating, he practiced with his father for eleven years, and has continued the family traditions. He learnedgnathology, the study of the jaw movements and how they relate to the teeth, as a senior in high school. He was a dental technician for several years before attending dental school, at which time his brother Steve took over the laboratory.

Life Dental & Orthodontics - General dentist in Walnut Creek, CA

The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Brian has focused on cosmetic, restorative, and orthodontic care, and is active in theAmerican Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics, theAmerican Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, theNorth American Association of Facial Orthotropicsand theAmerican Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He combines his cosmetic, orthodontic, airway treatment and gnathology skills to bring about great changes in peoples smiles and health. Check out some of his orthodonticresults often done invisibly with Crozats or other inconspicuous appliances. See also a sample of hiscosmetic / restorative results. Dr. Hockel is one of the only northern California dentists who practicesand teachesorthotropics, a method of facial growth guidance for young kids that can result in amazingchanges.

Dr. Michaela Ching Dr. Michaela Ching is a 2013 graduate of UCLA. She pursued her dream of becoming a dentist by excelling in dental school, also at UCLA, where she received her Dental degree with an award acknowledging her Excellence in Restorative Dentistry. Dr. Ching then continued her education in Fresno by completing a General Practice Residency.

Life Dental & Orthodontics - General dentist in Walnut Creek, CA

Dr. Ching is a meticulous, detail-oriented practitioner who truly cares about each patient and strives to provide quality care with a gentle touch. Her passion for dentistry is seen every day in her attention to detail and steadfast work ethic.

Dr. Ching is an active member of the American Dental Association and the California Dental Association. She enjoys giving back to the community and has participated in medical/dental missions to Honduras, Guatemala, and China.

Dr. Ching grew up in the East Bay area and has two younger sisters, who are also pursuing careers in health care. She is fluent in Cantonese and enjoys hiking, traveling, cooking, reading, and arts and crafts.

Dr. Jack L. Hockel Dr. Jack L. Hockel, now retired, limited his practice to orthodontic treatment for many years, especially non-extraction Crozat orthopedics. He also led our on-site orthodontic study club for many years, and is currently the editor for a national orthodontic journal. A graduate of UCSF (59), he practiced as a general dentist in the area over 40 years. He has published and lectured extensively (including a book published in 2008) about this unique approach to orthodontics, especially through theAmerican Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics. He publishedCrozat Arch Development in 2008, a definitive explanation of Crozat mechanics. Dr. Jacks hobbies include saxophone, gardening, cooking, and computers. He and Judie have six children, twenty-six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

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