When your child requires conventional dental care – a cleaning or a cavity repair, Dr. Ray has always been your first choice. But do you know that he also has extensive orthodontics training? Traditional orthodontics typically involve the use of metal or possibly ceramic braces. Steady, gentle pressure in the direction of desired change will correct the position of teeth over time. Here's how it works: Stainless steel, titanium, or ceramic brackets are bonded to the tooth. These brackets work as handles to which other components are attached to move your tooth in various directions. A skinny metal wire known as an archwire connects to each bracket. Using tension, the archwire places pressure on your teeth to move them into place. Colorful (or clear) elastic bands are stretched to hold the archwires to the brackets. As adjustments are needed, archwires of various diameters are tensioned and ligature elastics are changed.
Conventional braces allow Dr. Ray to exert more control over how your teeth are straightened. More complex corrections can be made using this technique. Because this type of braces can't be easily removed and are constantly monitored, there is less risk of problems caused by failure to wear the proper aligner for the appropriate amount of time. In general, braces are worn for two to two-and-a-half years. However, everyone requires a different amount of correction and the time needed will vary by patient. Clear brackets and thin archwires can make traditional orthodontics much more discreet than in the past..
He sees children at that crucial stage, between 6 and 11, when they have a mix of baby and permanent teeth. His comprehensive knowledge of craniofacial growth and development allows him to identify and correct teeth and jaw disharmony, when those corrections can actually prevent extractions of permanent teeth in their teen years.
Early treatment by a trained dentist can save thousands of dollars. He can address early crowding of their front teeth, crossbites in their back teeth, and a mismatch of their upper and lower jaws. These treatments normally take less than 6 to 18 months and occur before they get to their teenage stage, when young adults are sensitive to appearing different.
Dr. Ray is pleased to offer Invisalign™ invisible aligners, a state-of-the-art solution that makes it possible for you to accomplish straight teeth in as little as 9 - 15 months! These aligners adjust either overcrowded or widely spaced teeth, overbite, underbite, or crossbite.
Invisalign uses innovative 3-D computer-imaging technology to create your whole treatment plan, from the present position of your teeth to your final smile. From this plan, clear thermoplastic aligners are generated. These are comparable to teeth-whitening trays and are custom made to fit your exact teeth. When you install the first set of aligners, they use a small amount of force to move your teeth gently into position. Around two weeks later, you replace them with the next set of aligners, and proceed through treatment for approximately a year. You only need to visit our office for assessment every four to eight weeks. Total treatment time is based on your personal needs and goals.
Ease of use, pain-free improvement, and privacy are three of the most appealing advantages to the Invisalign system. These one-piece aligners have no metal or wires to irritate your mouth and no moving parts that must be continually checked or adjusted.
Although you wear the aligners 24-7, they're easy to remove for eating and cleaning. Because there are no braces to prevent proper brushing and flossing, you can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment. In short, keeping your teeth clean and free of plaque is just as straightforward as it was before treatment.
The best part is the privacy. No one will guess you're straightening your teeth, because the transparency of the aligners makes them nearly invisible! People would have to be made aware that the aligners or there, or look very closely, to spot them. So you can smile with confidence, knowing all they'll see is you looking amazing.
A straighter smile is just a phone call away! For a free consultation on orthodontics, sleep apnea, or BOTOX™, call (724) 537-0800 today.
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