Different Types of Teeth

When it comes to your oral health, education is an important part of ensuring you have all the tools necessary to keep your teeth bright, white, and healthy. With that said, how much do you know about your different types of teeth? Sure, they help us chew our food, but they serve a variety of other purposes too, like helping support the height and shape of the face, form speech, and support the lips. As such, we wanted to discuss the different types of teeth, and all they do for our oral health!

Different Types of Teeth

Incisors: The incisors refer to the eight thin, flat teeth at the front of your mouth. The incisors help support the lips, help you bite and chew, and they’re essential to the formation of speech.
Canines: The canines are the four pointed teeth that rest at the ends of the incisors. These teeth are helpful for shredding tough foods. The incisors are unique in that they help guide the rest of the teeth into place as you close your mouth.
Premolars: There are eight premolars that sit behind the canines. These teeth are also known as the bicuspids. The premolars are vital to supporting the height of the face. Their flattened top also helps with the chewing process.
Molars: The molars are the flattened teeth at the back of your mouth. The molars help chew food and support the height of the face. The lower molars only have two roots, whereas the upper have three.
Third Molars: Another name for wisdom teeth, these teeth tend to emerge in early adulthood. While they often emerge with little issue, many need to have these teeth removed as there are complications that can arise from their developing so much later than the rest of the adult teeth.
Supernumerary Teeth: These refer to any teeth that emerge outside the normal 32 teeth. While rare, it’s possible for extra teeth to develop either in the deciduous teeth (baby teeth), or the adult teeth. Of course, these teeth often need to be removed as they might be either out of place, or crowding the rest of the teeth.

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Common Bite Problems

Many patients suffer from bite problems in their lives, and depending on the severity, they can affect your daily quality of life. When misaligned, the teeth can’t perform vital functions, and daily oral hygiene becomes more difficult, increasing your risk for tooth decay or gum disease. As such, those with bite issues (malocclusions) stand to benefit from orthodontic treatment.

Precision Orthodontics is proud to provide orthodontic treatment to those around Westchester County in Scarsdale, NY. Dr. Ray is versed in treating a variety of common bite issues that can make simple tasks like eating more difficult. If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment, don’t hesitate to contact our Scarsdale office today! Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about some of these common bite issues, and the issues they can present.

What Causes Bite Problems? How Are They Treated?

Bite problems, known as malocclusions, can form for a number of reasons. Genetic factors play a large role in the formation of bite issues. For example, the size and length of your jaw can affect the way the teeth grow and settle within the mouth. Malocclusions can also form from bad habits like thumb sucking, or tongue thrusting within the mouth.

Standard orthodontic treatments are used not only to help align the teeth, but also to minimize the severity of bite problems in the mouth. Braces and Invisalign are both viable options for treating bite problems. While severe malocclusions will take more time in braces to treat, the benefits can improve one’s quality of life.

Common Bite Issues and The Complications They Present

Overbite: Excessive overbites occur when the lower front teeth are covered too much by the upper front teeth. The largest overbites can cause the lower teeth to bite into the roof of the mouth, which can cause tissue damage, wear of the lower teeth, and gingival recession.
Underbite: In an underbite, the lower jaw extends out further, causing the lower front teeth to sit in front of the upper teeth.
Crossbite: In a crossbite, the upper teeth rest on the inside of the lower teeth, which can lead to misaligned jaw growth. As such, it’s important that crossbites are treated promptly, before they lead to greater complications.
Open Bite: Open bites occur when the the lower and upper front teeth don’t overlap. Open bites are commonly caused by habits like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.
Crowded Teeth: In some cases, there’s not enough room along the jaw for all the teeth to emerge in their proper alignment, which can lead to crowded, overlapping teeth. This has cosmetic downsides and can also increase your risk for periodontal disease or tooth decay.

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5 Benefits of Invisalign

Choosing the perfect orthodontic treatment can be rightfully nerve-wracking for many patients. With all the treatments available today, it’s hard to know which option is perfect for you. One way to help aid your decision is to consider the advantages that each treatment maintains over the alternatives. In doing so, you might begin to see which treatment is the best match for your needs.

Precision Orthodontics is proud to provide Invisalign to those around Westchester County, NY. With Dr. Ray and his experienced team, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better place for your orthodontic treatment. If you or your child want the effectiveness of traditional braces, but with a cosmetic advantage, then Invisalign might be right for you. Call our Scarsdale office today to schedule a consultation. Otherwise, keep reading to learn 5 benefits of Invisalign!

5 Benefits of Invisalign

  • Discreet Treatment: Invisalign utilizes clear aligner trays that make your treatment discreet to the outside eye. For those who are reluctant to undergo orthodontic treatment due to the visibility of braces, Invisalign is a great alternative.
  • Hygiene Made Easy: The aligner trays are removable and come out during your hygiene routine. That means you won’t have to work around all the hard-to-reach areas that can occur with braces.
  • Eat What you Want: You’ll also take out your aligner trays when you eat. With braces, you have to avoid hard and chewy foods that could damage your brackets. But with Invisalign, you can rest-assured while eating whatever you want.
  • More Comfortable Than Braces: While those with Invisalign will invariably feel discomfort at the beginning of treatment, overall it’s said to be less painful or uncomfortable than other forms of orthodontic treatment. You’ll switch into a new set of aligners every two weeks, but the adjustments will be fairly mild and gradual.
  • Less Time in the Office: Sure, you’ll change your aligner trays every 1-2 weeks, but that doesn’t mean you’ll have to come into the office each time. With some careful planning, you’ll be able to receive multiple aligner trays at a time to ultimately cut down on your visits to the office. Treatment and adjustments can continue while you or your child are away on vacation or camp.

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Benefits of Seeing a Board Certified Orthodontist

When it comes to choosing an orthodontist, it’s reassuring to find one with the highest level of training and experience possible. While dental school and subsequent orthodontic school are rigorous and competitive, there’s another tier of education that can set an orthodontist apart. A Board Certified Orthodontist has not only gone through standard orthodontic school but also has undergone many hours of extra training in the complex field of orthodontics. The final step in achieving board certification is presenting several finished patient cases to the most qualified orthodontists in the country and allowing them to judge technique, judgement, treatment planning skills, and finishing details. This rigorous process is successfully completed by fewer than ⅓ of American orthodontists.

At Precision Orthodontics, we’re proud to have a Board Certified Orthodontist in Dr. Ray. Regardless of whether you choose braces, Invisalign, or any of our other orthodontic treatments, you can rest-assured knowing that you’re in the hands of an orthodontist who is totally dedicated to providing the best care possible. If you’re interested in our orthodontic services, call our Scarsdale office today! Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about the benefits of seeing a board certified orthodontist.

What is a Board Certified Orthodontist

A board certified orthodontist is one who has gone through not only the rigorous process of dental and orthodontic school but has chosen also to undergo many additional hours of preparation and training. Board Certified Orthodontists are tested on their judgment, skill, and knowledge of orthodontics. Those who pass the peer review are able to demonstrate and provide the highest quality orthodontic care.

The “board” in discussion is the American Board of Orthodontics (ABO). Founded in 1929, the ABO is the only specialty board recognized by the American Dental Association. The ABO sets the standard for the highest level of patient care in the field of orthodontics. They strive to promote excellence in the field of orthodontics. The ABO also serves as a learning and growth resource for orthodontists and orthodontic residents nationwide.

Board Certified Orthodontists Provide the Best Care!

Orthodontics is about more than aligning teeth. An orthodontist is responsible for understanding the complexity of growth development and the facial form. Beyond shifting teeth, orthodontists must also understand issues related to the jaw and bite. While that’s all covered in the normal competitive orthodontic school, board certification ensures that an orthodontist has a rigorous understanding of the complexity of orthodontics, so that they can, in turn, provide the highest quality care.

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Ceramic Braces vs Metal Braces

When it comes to orthodontic treatments, you do have options. In fact, in the past few decades, orthodontics has been innovated to the point where you can choose between a number of revolutionary options including Invisalign and self-ligating braces. Ceramic braces are another sound option, and many patients ask to compare ceramic braces and metal braces to determine the most effective treatment.

Here at Precision Orthodontics in Scarsdale, New York, we aim to stay up-to-date with the latest orthodontic technology. We see ceramic braces as a sound alternative to traditional metal braces, and our patients have been thrilled with the results of both. Before you contact us to schedule an appointment, let our expert dental staff fill you in on the differences between ceramic braces and metal braces and the advantages of both.


One of the major reasons patients choose ceramic braces over metal braces is the cosmetic appearance ceramic presents. Ceramic braces are much less visible, except for the arch wire, making them a perfect fit for patients who are concerned about their appearance.

Metal braces have themselves become smaller over time and are less visible today than ever before. Some patients actually prefer the look of metal braces as they are able to customize the look of them with colored bands. Whichever braces you choose to take you on your orthodontic journey, your resulting smile will look great!


When comparing ceramic braces and metal braces, effectiveness is an aspect that should not be overlooked. Metal braces have incomparable durability and are difficult to break. Ceramic braces, on the other hand, are more brittle and therefore more susceptible to fracture than metal braces. To account for this structural quality, ceramic braces are necessarily slightly larger in profile than metal braces.

Ceramic, by nature, is more abrasive on tooth enamel. For patients with a deeper bite, where the upper tooth edges may contact the lower braces, metal braces may need to be placed on the lower teeth instead of ceramic braces. This is to avoid any wear on the upper tooth edges. Most patients find this acceptable because the lower braces are less visible than the upper braces when speaking and smiling.

Additionally, while both ceramic and metal braces are effective at straightening teeth, metal braces may need to be used when excessive alignment is needed. In general, braces may be uncomfortable at first, but patients quickly get accustomed to the feel in a week or so.

Ceramic Braces vs Metal Braces: Contact Precision Orthodontics Today!

If you suffer from misaligned teeth or some form of misaligned bite, Dr. Tyrun Ray at Precision Orthodontics is here to help. Our Scarsdale, New York office is conveniently located near New York City, allowing for accessible orthodontic treatments for residents of Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, and Westchester.

You can contact our office here or give us a call at 914.725.2606 to schedule an orthodontic appointment with Dr. Tyrun Ray today!

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What is the iTero Scanner?

It’s an exciting time to pursue orthodontics. Advances in technology have the potential to improve the quality and efficiency of your orthodontic treatment. That being said, for an orthodontist to provide the best possible services to patients, they have to constantly evolve to maintain technique and technology.

Precision Orthodontics is proud to offer state-of-the-art technology to our patients, like the iTero scanner. Dr. Tyrun Ray and his team combine the latest technology with a depth of knowledge and experience to deliver the best possible results to patients around Scarsdale, NY. Before scheduling a consultation, keep reading to learn more about the benefits of iTero scanner.

What is the iTero Scanner?

The iTero scanner is the newest iteration of intraoral scanners. This device can produce an extremely accurate 3D scan of your mouth in just 3-5 minutes, making it less invasive than other forms of impressions. The iTero scanner is quickly replacing traditional molds of the mouth, because the iTero scans are faster, more accurate, more shareable with your general dentist if needed, and best of all, they are far more pleasant for patients.

The iTero scanner can make highly accurate 3D impressions to help with a number of orthodontic services. These accurate impressions can be used to make Invisalign aligner trays, design restorative treatments, or for creating post-treatment retainers. Furthermore, the iTero scanner can even provide simulations for patients who want to learn more about the processes of different treatments.

The iTero Scanner and Revolutionized Orthodontics

The iTero scanner is quickly becoming the most effective and efficient way to create 3D impressions. Gone are the days of manual impressions. Studies suggest that, when using the iTero scanner, patients see seven times fewer fit issues for retainers and Invisalign alignment trays. Patients also consistently report that iTero provides a better experience than its competitors.

As of March, 2016, the iTero scanner has been used in more than 1.2 million restorative treatments, 2.7 million intraoral scans, and over 1 million Invisalign scans. Precision Orthodontics is proud to be one of only a few orthodontic offices to utilize this cutting edge technology in Westchester County. We’re able to provide more precise treatment than ever in a way that improves the experience for our patients.

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What is Phase I Treatment?

It’s normal to wait until the last baby tooth has been lost to begin orthodontic treatment; however, some children may need an interceptive or Phase I treatment to address and resolve significant issues that can arise in earlier development. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children see an orthodontist by around age 7 for an examination.

Often the orthodontist will determine that no treatment is needed at this early age, but for some children, developing problems such as crossbites, gum recession, severe crowding, loss of space for adult teeth, as well as esthetic and psychosocial self-consciousness can be detected and resolved through a limited, interceptive treatment.

Precision Orthodontics is proud to provide Phase I orthodontic treatment to kids around Scarsdale, NY. Dr. Ray and his experienced team can help mitigate minor alignment issues that would become more severe over time, leading to a healthier, more beautiful smile. Keep reading to learn more about Phase I orthodontics.

Phase I Treatment: Interceptive Orthodontics

Phase I treatment is indicated only when necessary. Normally, people would wait until their early teenage years to pursue treatment. The basic benefit is that if orthodontists can guide the development of the teeth as they develop, it will be much more efficient down the road to avoid more serious complications and treatments once the teeth are fully developed. Certain treatments can only be accomplished in a child’s early development, and an examination for a potential need of a phase I treatment can ensure that no doors are closed by waiting to address a problem.

The Benefits of Phase I Treatment

The major benefit of early corrective treatment is that it can help children mitigate more severe alignment and bite issues down the road. Phase I treatment is intended to last approximately 12 months, addressing significant problems early on. Once the problem has been resolved, orthodontic appliances are removed, and a retainer is given to be worn at home and overnight. The next step is to return to the orthodontist every few months to monitor jaw growth and the development of adult teeth to see whether a comprehensive orthodontic treatment will later be necessary.

Here are some of the benefits that can result from early orthodontic treatment:
The orthodontist will be able to guide the development of your child’s jaw to accommodate the teeth as they grow, providing a more cosmetic smile throughout childhood, and a much less intensive treatment down the road.
Early correction of overbites, crossbites, or open bites can save your child the burden of having to wait a few extra years to correct these common issues, which can become severe enough to affect one’s quality of life.
Early treatment means better aligned teeth, which minimizes those hard-to-reach areas between misaligned teeth, making it easier to brush and floss thoroughly.

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3 Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

Many people find braces appealing for their cosmetic benefits. But the benefits of well-aligned teeth stretch far beyond looks. When considering braces, it’s important to remember that straight teeth can improve your oral health in a number of ways. The commitment can be scary, but the advantages of straight teeth are myriad and will benefit you for the rest of your life.

Precision Orthodontics is proud to offer orthodontic services to our patients around Scarsdale, NY. Whether you’re looking for our Invisalign or traditional braces services, we provide treatment options for people of all ages. Call us today to schedule a consultation! But first, you can read on to learn more about the health benefits of well-aligned teeth.

Why You Should Opt for Orthodontic Treatment

When you’re weighing the cost of orthodontic treatment with the normal length of treatment, it’s not uncommon to wonder if braces are worth it at all. They are indeed a significant commitment, and for people who need minor fixes, the benefits of the treatment might seem less obvious than for those with serious misalignment. But even for minor misalignment, braces can greatly improve your oral health, overall health, and confidence for the rest of your life!

3 Benefits of Straight Teeth

Improved Hygiene: Having straight teeth makes it easier to clean between teeth, in those hard-to-reach areas, that might otherwise be inaccessible with crooked teeth. Crooked teeth create spaces that are difficult or impossible to clean, which can lead to cavities, tooth decay, or even gum disease.
Lower Risk for Gum Disease: Having access to clean between your teeth prevents plaque buildup, which invites bacteria that can penetrate the gum line and ultimately lead to gingivitis or even more severe periodontal disease.
Lower Risk for Tooth Loss: Misaligned teeth can lead to plaque and bacteria buildup under the gum line near certain teeth and can eventually lead to the loss of those teeth. Big gaps in the teeth also can lead to jawbone decay underneath those spaces

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Overcoming the Stigma: Adult Orthodontics

More adults are choosing to pursue orthodontic treatment than ever before. According to a study with the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), adults undergoing orthodontic treatment rose by 14 percent between 2010 and 2012. And since that study, those number of adult orthodontics treatments has continued to increase.

Precision Orthodontics is proud to offer orthodontic services for adults. Between our Invisalign, ceramic braces, and lingual braces, adults can now choose a form of braces that is more cosmetically discreet, allowing for a less obvious means to healthy orthodontic alignment. Before calling our Scarsdale, NY office, read more about why more adults are defying the stigma by choosing braces.

Newer, More Discreet Orthodontic Treatment

Undoubtedly one of the biggest reasons that more adults are pursuing adult orthodontics is because of new technology that makes the treatment more discreet. The classic “metal mouth” look of traditional braces is enough to keep many adults from pursuing improved teeth alignment, especially considering that the average treatment time in braces is 2 years.

In the last decade or so, new braces technology has made it easier for adults to choose braces. Invisalign treatment, for example, utilizes clear plastic aligner trays that are hard to see. These trays are replaced every two weeks while your teeth slowly shift over time, and if they’re properly taken care of, your aligners will stay shiny, clear, and almost invisible to friends and family.

Ceramic braces offer similar cosmetic advantages. With brackets made from clear ceramic, the only thing that appears to an outsider is the archwire. That’s a serious improvement to the look of traditional metal brackets. There also are lingual braces, perhaps the most discreet of all, which operate similarly to traditional braces except that they’re glued on to the back of the teeth.

The Importance of Adult Orthodontics

The alignment of your teeth is a crucial factor to strong oral health. Misaligned teeth can create a number of problems for your teeth, gums, and even your jaw. For example, crooked teeth might create hard-to-reach areas that accrue plaque. Over time, that excessive plaque buildup can lead to cavities, tooth decay and even early stages of periodontal gum disease. Furthermore, as your teeth shift, they can affect the alignment of your jaw, possibly resulting in discomfort or TMJ disorder.

With the advent of these more discreet treatment options, adults no longer have to sacrifice healthy orthodontic alignment for the fear of 2 years with the appearance of traditional braces.

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