At State College Orthodontics, orthodontics isn’t part of what we do, it’s all that we do. From your initial orthodontic examination to the development of your unique orthodontic treatment plan, we listen carefully to your concerns and respond to them by customizing the plan that is best for you.
Our brace options range from colorfully cool to almost invisible. We are here to help you decide which type of braces is the best fit for you and your lifestyle. Our 3M™ metal braces are designed with a natural curvature that provides comfort to your lips and gums. Also small and comfortable, our translucent 3M™ ceramic brackets blend into the natural tooth color for a less noticeable look during treatment.
Advances in technology have given way to the rapid development and use of clear plastic retainers, or aligners, to move teeth as the clear alternative to conventional braces. Dr. Ray is a leading provider of Invisalign®. From the correction of a single, rotated or out of place tooth to crooked teeth to the correction of severely crowded and spaced upper and lower teeth, Dr. Ray will spend the time helping you identify the aligner system that best fits your orthodontic need and budget.
Aligners offer a great alternative to conventional braces by giving you the flexibility to take them in or out for brushing your teeth, eating and special events. They are virtually invisible and give you the opportunity to pursue orthodontic treatment without impacting your lifestyle.
The best time to evaluate a child for early treatment is when their dentist, their parent or they themselves have a concern with their developing bite. If needed, Dr. Ray initiates early orthodontic treatment at the best time based upon a child’s stage of dental, skeletal and emotional development. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have their first orthodontic examination by age 7.
For most adults seeking orthodontic treatment, the decision to pursue treatment is based upon careful consideration of the impact that it will have, both emotionally and financially, on their lives. Adult orthodontics includes: 1) individuals who did not receive orthodontic treatment at a younger age and desire to improve their quality of life; 2) individuals who need limited or adjunctive orthodontic treatment to control dental disease (such as periodontal disease) or facilitate the restoration of missing or damaged teeth; and 3) individuals who need a combination of orthodontics and jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) to correct their bite and facial balance.