By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: January 2009
One of the orthodontic specialties offered by Dr. Gene Drake (left) and Dr. Jayson Voto is Invisalign, a virtually invisible solution to straightening teeth.
Drake and Voto Family & Cosmetic Dentistry has been in Owasso for nearly 30 years. Dr. Gene Drake founded the practice, which today is housed in an attractive, ultramodern facility located just north of 86th Street on 145th East Avenue. He and Dr. Jayson Voto specialize in family dentistry and orthodontics, utilizing both traditional braces and Invisalign®. They provide same-day emergency care, digital X-ray imaging, child treatment for ages three and up, teeth bleaching, and TMJ treatment.
Dr. Drake and Dr. Voto explained some of the benefits of having straight teeth. “For starters, straight teeth help us bite, chew and speak effectively,” said Dr. Drake. “They are also less prone to decay and injury. A protruding tooth is generally the target of injury in an accident.”
“Straight teeth also contribute to keeping our gums and teeth healthy,” said Dr. Voto. “If our teeth and jaws are properly aligned, they may even eliminate or prevent physical health problems.” Both doctors point out that straight teeth not only work better, they look better. Who doesn’t appreciate an attractive smile? Self-esteem often improves as orthodontic treatment begins to work its magic on teeth, lips and even the proportions of the face.
Untreated orthodontic problems can become worse and lead to tooth decay, gum disease and even destruction of the bone that holds teeth in place, causing chewing difficulties. Teeth surfaces can be worn abnormally and cause the chewing function to be less than ideal. Even jaw joints may be misaligned because of crooked teeth.
Patient before Invisalign
Drake and Voto Family & Cosmetic Dentistry has been offering Invisalign for the past four years. Invisalign is an effective treatment for straightening teeth and allows patients to avoid traditional braces. The method involves a series of custom-made, clear, removable plastic aligners that are comfortable – no wires and brackets – and are easy for patients to use. Invisalign is a fast treatment that takes, on average, about one year.
Drs. Drake and Voto offer a free consultation to determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign. Dental issues that can generally be treated include overly crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, crossbite, overbite and underbite. The really nice thing about Invisalign is that the clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible, and no one will even know you’re wearing them.
When beginning Invisalign, you receive a series of three aligners. Each aligner is worn for a period of two weeks. At the conclusion of six weeks, you visit the office for an evaluation and receive a new set of three aligners. The process repeats until the procedure is over and your teeth have attained their proper alignment. At the conclusion of your Invisalign treatment, Drake and Voto Family & Cosmetic Dentistry provides a bleaching treatment at no additional cost.
The aligners are removed whenever you eat. You can brush and floss normally, which helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Research has shown that periodontal tissue health may also improve with the use of Invisalign aligners. It is recommended that aligners be worn for 22 hours per day during the treatment process.
Typically, says Dr. Drake, “An insurance policy that covers traditional braces will also cover Invisalign to the same extent.”
Invisalign makes it easy to straighten your teeth with a proven technology that works invisibly. Call (918) 272-5381 to schedule your consultation.
After Invisalign (14 months)
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.