Five Terrific Reasons to Consider Orthodontic Treatment

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When you look in the mirror, do you like what you see? If the answer is “No” because your teeth aren’t straight or your bite is misaligned, we have another question for you.

Why haven’t you explored orthodontic treatment?

Let’s discuss five compelling reasons to consider getting braces.

1. A little can go a long way.

If you have a tooth that is turned or only slightly crooked teeth, a short course of orthodontic treatment can have a dramatic impact on the attractiveness of your smile.

2. It may be more affordable than you think.

Schedule a consultation at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. You may be surprised at the prices of braces (in a good way!).

3. Braces are more comfortable than ever.

Many men and women worry that wearing braces is painful. Braces have come a long way in the past few years. And there are more options than ever. For example, self-ligating braces move teeth more incrementally and more gently as compared to conventional braces. Clear aligners may be a good option as well. Many people find them more comfortable to wear.

4. You will look and feel younger!

A perfect smile is the ultimate anti-aging treatment. And it’s arguably safer and than cosmetic surgery.

5. Regardless of your tooth issues, chances are, Gray can help you.

Some men and women believe they have to live with crooked teeth or a bite abnormality. Today’s orthodontists have the tools and procedures to fix these dental problems.

If you are in the La Mesa area and are looking for an experienced, friendly orthodontist who is taking new patients of all ages, we invite you to consider Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry. We have been serving our valued patients since 1986.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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What If My California Dental Insurance Doesn’t Cover Braces?

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Some dental insurance providers don’t cover orthodontics. This doesn’t make sense to orthodontists. Straightening teeth can prevent expensive dental problems. These include tooth decay, treatment for bite problems, and periodontitis (advanced gum disease).

We all know that dental insurers rarely make coverage decisions based on what is best for the patient.

However, you shouldn’t give up on braces if your dental insurance provider doesn’t cover them. You may be able to get coverage for part of the procedure. Or your medical insurance may cover part of the course of action.

What to do if your dental insurance company doesn’t cover braces.

  • Have your orthodontist provide a detailed implant treatment plan in writing
  • Armed with your treatment plan, talk to both your dental insurer and your medical insurance provider
  • If misaligned teeth have medical complications like a TMJ disorder, your health insurance provider might cover some elements of the treatment
  • Consider switching dental insurers–if your employer offers more than one dental option, contact the other provider(s) to find out if they cover braces
  • Pay for braces instead of premiums: consider not renewing your dental insurance and use the money saved toward the cost of braces
  • Look into orthodontic-specific insurance–some businesses are filling a need in the industry by offering dental insurance developed specifically for braces and related treatments
  • Ask Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry about financing and payment options
  • If your employer offers a health savings account (HSA), consider allocating money previously spent on dental insurance to your HSA and receive potential tax benefits

Braces are a wise investment in your health and quality of life. If you need braces but your insurance doesn’t cover them, talk with us at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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What is an Orthodontic Pacifier?

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Infants are born with a natural sucking reflex, and it is common for this reflex to evolve into a comforting behavior. Pacifiers can soothe a crying infant. However, parents often worry that a pacifier is harmful to a baby’s teeth. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advises parents that pacifiers are generally safe for babies under two years of age.

After age three, pacifiers can cause or complicate an overbite, open bite, or crossbite. These conditions can affect chewing, speech, and appearance. If that’s the case, orthodontics may be necessary.

Pacifier use in younger babies can have a plus side, as they may decrease the chance of cavities by keeping the baby from using the bottle or breast for non-nutritive sucking. Using a bottle while sleeping can cause “baby bottle cavities”.

The baby supply aisles in La Mesa stores can be overwhelming for parents choosing a pacifier.

There are numerous styles and shapes. Some are no-nonsense and others are more elaborate and even look like a toy. Your baby can sport a bushy mustache or duck lips.

Pacifiers are typically fabricated with either latex or silicone.

The two main categories of pacifiers are orthodontic and traditional. Orthodontic pacifiers are specifically designed to prevent the misalignment of teeth.

What is the advantage of an orthodontic shaped pacifier?

From a dental point of view, the best-shaped pacifier is flat and exerts minimal pressure on the baby’s mouth. Orthodontic pacifiers have a rounded top and a flat bottom. They are designed to avoid tooth troubles later in a baby’s life. They do this by supporting the shape of a baby’s developing palate and jaw. Studies have shown that orthodontic pacifiers cause less open bite or overbite issues than traditional round pacifiers.

The characteristics of an orthodontic pacifier

An extra flat shaft cuts down on pressure on the teeth and jaw. An integrated dental step reduces the distance between the upper and lower front teeth. An orthodontic pacifier creates extra space for the natural movement of the tongue. The specific design of an orthodontic pacifier may safeguard against dental dilemmas later in a baby’s life.

Keep in mind that an orthodontic pacifier isn’t guaranteed to eliminate dental problems. Seek the ongoing guidance of a pediatric dentist. A pediatric dentist is an essential member of your baby’s healthcare team.

When your youngster needs to be comforted and feeding or rocking doesn’t seem to do the trick, a pacifier can be a lifesaver. Just remember to pick one that is best for your baby’s developing teeth. And wean your infant from the pacifier around the age of two.

A pediatric dentist is an essential member of your child’s healthcare team

Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry directs parents on pediatric dental issues from birth through adolescence. Make sure you bring your baby in for their first exam around one year and schedule visits at least twice a year.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Are All Clear Aligners Alike?

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If you are researching orthodontics, you have probably heard about clear aligners. They offer several advantages over traditional metal braces. The most popular benefit is the fact that they are nearly invisible.

Millions of men and women have straightened their teeth with aligners in the past twenty years since they were introduced.

We’re here to help with your research. Note that your orthodontist may not offer all types of clear aligners. This post is for informational purposes only.

Invisalign

Invisalign pioneered clear aligner orthodontics. Established in 1997, Invisalign has shaped more than 6 million smiles throughout the world.

Invisalign (as with the other types) uses virtual modeling software to create custom aligners formed specifically for your teeth.

First, you’ll start with a consultation where an orthodontist will inspect your teeth. They will work with you to determine which Invisalign treatment plan will work best for your teeth, lifestyle, and dental goals. Then, they will set you up with aligners that are individually-constructed for you.

It’s vital to note that you will never be left on your own to figure out what step is next. Your orthodontist will be with you every step of the way. Finally, you just live your life, while sticking to the guidelines set out for you by your doctor.

ClearCorrect

This is how the company describes their product: Clear. Simple. Friendly. Made of polyurethane, these aligners can straighten your smile discreetly and effortlessly.

ClearCorrect is run by a team of highly trained professionals. They have added many innovations to the diagnostic and treatment process. Many orthodontists believe it’s the most convenient system for both patients and doctors.

Over 10,000 doctors use ClearCorrect. Many ClearCorrect providers offer flexible payment plans.

SmileDirectClub (And Other At-Home Systems)

Though we don’t suggest this system, let’s talk about the “mail-order orthodontics” products. We are including an explanation of SmileDirectClub and other at-home systems so you’ll be aware of their potential problems and limitations.

SmileDirectClub provides custom clear aligners without regular office visits. They advertise an average cost savings of 60% of orthodontist-administered Invisalign and similar systems. They report that the average length of treatment is 6 months.

All aligner systems require a 3D image of your teeth. With Invisalign and ClearCorrect, your orthodontist creates the scan in their office.

With SmileDirect, you can visit one of their “SmileShops” for a scan. There are SmileShops in every U.S. state but you may have to make a long trip. They also offer you the option of taking your own impression using their at-home kit.

Your treatment is supposedly supervised by a dentist or orthodontist—but you don’t visit them in person. Your dentist doesn’t take X-rays or examine your progress.

Because of this, we don’t recommend these types of systems. Your smile is too important to use a DIY approach. Your teeth could end up worse than before! The problems could be expensive to correct. In a worst-case scenario, you could experience irreversible damage.

The American Dental Association and the American Association of Orthodontists have published warnings against at-home orthodontics.

Schedule a consultation at Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry to determine which system is best for you.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Gum Disease And Tooth Loss

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Do you know that the most frequent cause of tooth loss among adults is gum disease? Severe gum disease is called periodontitis. Regular check-ups with your dentist are critical, but there are warning signs for gum disease that everyone should be looking for.

Signs of Gum Disease

  • Gums that bleed frequently
  • Gums that are tender, swollen, or very red, or gums that have visible pus in between them when they are pushed
  • A bite that changes suddenly so that your teeth don’t seem to fit together correctly
  • Receding gums
  • A bad taste in the mouth or chronic bad breath
  • Loose or separating teeth

If you are experiencing these symptoms, talk to your dentist today. Since plaque causes gum disease, removing plaque through regular flossing is the key to healthy gums.

Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry treats all forms of gum disease. We take pride in caring for our patients and we want them to have healthy, beautiful smiles that they can be proud of. Our practice specializes in:

gum disease treatment
Invisalign
sedation dentistry
TMJ treatment

Have You Lost Teeth To Gum Disease?

Contact us at 619-337-7700 and a member of our friendly staff can make an appointment for you.

During your consultation, you can speak with Dr, Gray about tooth restoration with dental implants.

 

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 

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Oral Health In Childhood Has A Lifelong Impact

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At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in the La Mesa, CA area, we believe that keeping your child’s teeth healthy is critical while they are young. We would be honored to be your choice for our specialized general dentistry services.

Tooth decay and gum disease can hamper speech development. It can also make it more difficult for the child to eat healthy food. Unhealthy teeth reduce a child’s self-confidence. This, in turn, puts mental health at risk. Mouth pain can also impact school performance. The bottom line is that maintaining a healthy mouth in childhood is essential for a healthy life. And once your youngster moves into adulthood, oral health should remain a priority.

You may be surprised to learn that inadequate oral hygiene may increase the risk of multiple diseases, including:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Blood Cancers
  • Lung Cancer

The truth is that lifelong oral health is a process that starts early. Young children should see a pediatric dentist when their first tooth erupts, which is much earlier than many moms and dads often realize. So parents, please put dental appointments on your “to-do” list, along with well-child check-ups and immunizations.

You might think you know the basics of daily oral hygiene for children, but it is wise to get a refresher course from one of our expert, child-friendly hygienists. We can also review sealants, bite issues, fluoride supplements, thumb sucking, and orthodontia.

At Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in the La Mesa, CA area, we would be honored to be your choice for our specialized general dentistry services. We can help your children and adolescents maintain healthy teeth and gums. We can also detect problems in the early stages when they are easier (and yes, less expensive) to correct.  Call us today to schedule an appointment or consultation. We look forward to meeting you and your child.

Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry in the La Mesa, CA

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942

 


When Wayward Teeth Take A Crooked Path

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Invisalign clear braces are an increasingly popular choice in orthodontics. They produce excellent results, but are so discreet that some people call them invisible. They are available from Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa.

Unlike traditional metal braces, Inviaslign clear braces have no wires, brackets or rubber bands. They are so discreet that people standing just a few feet away from you may not realize you’re wearing them.

They look a lot like an athlete’s mouth guard. The proper term for such braces is “aligner.” They are made of clear plastic and are worn over your upper teeth to gradually bring them into alignment.

One of the things that people like best about Invisalign clear braces is that they are removable. You can take them out at mealtime, and when you brush your teeth at night. You should wear them while you sleep, however. For the best results it’s recommended they be worn for at least twenty-two hours each day.

Invisalign clear braces are a great choice for adults who want to straighten their teeth, but don’t want to wear traditional braces at work. They are not, however, for everyone. They are not good for patients who, for example, have severely rotated teeth.

To find out if Invisalign clear braces are right for you, schedule a consultation with Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa. We provide a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Jeff Gray DDS – Sedation & Cosmetic Dentistry:

619-337-7700

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California
91942