Posts for tag: orthodontics

By Moy Dental
December 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   Invisalign   braces  

What's the best way to straighten a crooked smile? If you are a teen or adult who wants an effective, yet discreet and comfortable, invisalignorthodontic method, look into Invisalign clear aligners. Offered at Moy Dental by San Leandro cosmetic dentistry expert, Dr. Stephen Moy, these inventive orthodontic appliances are a very reliable way to a healthier, attractive smile. Learn the details here.

Invisalign is versatile

The Invisalign system works for a variety of smile alignment issues such as:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Cross bite
  • Open bite
  • Tooth tipping and rotation
  • Gaps and overcrowding
  • Orthodontic relapse (teeth which move back into previous positions after treatment with metal braces)

Through digital photos and X-rays, three-dimensional imaging and oral examination, Dr. Moy determines if these customized, snugly fitting aligners can accomplish your smile goals. If you and he decide to proceed, he sends this information and his detailed instructions to the Invisalign lab where a specially trained technician crafts 18 to 30 pairs of aiigners.

As an Invisalign patient, you wear each aligner pair for two weeks, working through the treatment plan. You visit your cosmetic dentist in San Leandro every four to six weeks so he can check your progress and give you the next sets of aligners.

The advantages of Invisalign

Besides being practically invisible, Invisalign appliances:

  • Are smooth, comfortable and removable for meals, oral hygiene and special occasions
  • Take just nine to 18 months to move teeth into healthier, better-looking positions (about a year is average)
  • Do not restrict the wearer's diet (just eat the healthy foods you normally enjoy)
  • Are easily maintained with a soft toothbrush and your usual toothpaste
  • Guard your teeth and jaw joint against bruxism (teeth grinding)

Additionally, Invisalign patients simply brush and floss their teeth as usual. There are no complicated hygiene routines as with metal or ceramic braces and no irritation of gums, tongue and lips. However, to keep the treatment plan on track, you must wear your aligners 20 to 22 hours per day.

Are you ready for a new smile?

If you are, contact Moy Dental to arrange an Invisalign consultation with Dr. Moy. He'll discuss your smile goals with you and answer all your questions regarding treatment with Invisalign clear aligners. Call today, won't you? (510) 351-4030.


Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.

He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”

Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.

There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.

The Science Behind the Magic

There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.

The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.

How’s that for a disappearing act?!

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

By Moy Dental
November 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!

If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.

If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?

As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.

And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!

If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?

By Moy Dental
September 15, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: orthodontics   Invisalign   Dentist   San Leandro  

Invisalign: Providing Many Benefits for Patients

InvisalignAre you ready for the perfect smile without the mouth full of metal? Dr. Stephen J Moy is offering Invisalign treatment to the San Leandro area. Invisalign are clear, comfortable trays that align your teeth for the stunning smile that you deserve.
We see many patients who come to us for solutions for crooked teeth. Many patients from teens to adults do not want to deal with the look and feel of braces. Lucky for them, there is an alternative that is much more convenient and has numerous positive features. The Invisalign system has a series of custom-fabricated clear plastic aligners. Each one is designed to push your teeth into a straighter position than before. When the aligners are worn, they are virtually invisible. For this reason, Invisalign has become a very popular option for adults who might feel self-conscious about traditional metal braces.

Advantages for Our Patients

The numerous advantages will help to make your experience with Invisalign a positive one. They include:
Enhanced oral hygiene – Since Invisalign is removable, you can clean your teeth easily and as you normally would..
A subtle look – Invisalign makes it seem as though nothing is on your teeth. This is great for pictures and daily work activities.
No dietary restrictions – With traditional braces, it can be difficult to eat chewy and hard foods. In fact, some foods simply cannot be eaten with braces. Not with Invisalign. Just simply take them out and enjoy your favorite foods.
Comfort – Invisalign is made of a thin, flexible material, which will not irritate soft tissues of the mouth.

Call Dr. Moy in San Leandro, CA

Invisalign. Doesn’t Invisalign sound like a great alternative to braces? They can fit perfectly into your lifestyle, without causing any annoyances. To learn more about the process and procedures for Invisalign, call Dr. Moy today at (510) 351-4030!
By Moy Dental
July 30, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

What if you had orthodontic treatments to enhance your smile — and nobody knew about it until it was all done?

That (almost) happened to British singer, cover girl and television personality Cheryl Cole. Since her big break in 2002, on the British reality show Popstars: The Rivals, Cole has had a successful music career, taken turns judging both the British and American versions of The X Factor, and graced the covers of fashion magazines like Elle and Harpers Bazaar.

And somewhere along the way, Cole wore an orthodontic appliance. It very nearly went undetected… until a colleague spilled the beans. That’s when Cole was forced to divulge her secret: For a period of time, she had been wearing clear aligners on her teeth. Until her frenemy’s revelation, only a few people knew — but when you compare the before-and-after pictures, the difference in her smile is clear.

So what exactly are clear aligners? Essentially, they consist of a series of thin plastic trays that are worn over the teeth for 22 hours each day. The trays are custom-made from a computerized model of an individual’s mouth. Each tray is designed to move the teeth a small amount, and each is worn for two weeks before moving on to the next in the series. When the whole series is complete, the teeth will have shifted into their new (and better aligned) positions.

Besides being virtually unnoticeable, aligners are easy to remove. This makes it easy to keep the teeth clean — and can come in handy for important occasions (like cover-photo shoots and acceptance speeches). But don’t remove them too frequently, or they won’t work as planned. If that’s a possibility (with teens, for example), aligners are available with “compliance indicators” to ensure they’re being worn as often as they should be. They can also be made with special tabs to hold a place for teeth that haven’t fully erupted (come in) yet — another feature that’s handy for teens.

So if you need orthodontic work but prefer to stay “under the radar,” ask us whether clear aligners could be right for you. Cheryl Cole did… and the results gave her something more to smile about.

If you would like more information on clear aligners, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Clear Orthodontic Aligners” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”