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July 22, 2015

Correct Your Bite Using Traditional Braces

ThinkstockPhotos-469964533Bad bites need to be corrected; plain and simple. Malocclusion, as it’s also referred to, can be corrected using traditional braces. In some cases, teeth may be straight but the upper and lower jaws may not meet properly. These jaw or tooth alignment problems may be inherited or could result from an injury (trauma), early or late tooth loss, or thumbsucking. No matter the factors, it’s important that we take care of your bite and get it corrected so you can enjoy a life full of big smiles. Cosmetic dentists, Dr. Drake and Dr. Voto, can help get your bite corrected at our office in Owasso, OK.

Traditional Braces 101

You know if you have an abnormal bite. Everything feels different, including the way you smile. Traditional braces are the most common way to deal with bite issues. Correcting the problem can create a beautiful smile, but more importantly, this type of treatment results in a healthier mouth. Not correcting an abnormal bite could result in a slew of oral health problems you don’t want to experience, including:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth loss
  • Affected speech and/or chewing
  • Abnormal wear to tooth enamel
  • Jaw problems

Traditional braces realign teeth by applying pressure. They usually consist of small brackets cemented to your teeth, connected by wire, which is periodically tightened by our experts to gradually shift your teeth and jaw. The brackets may be metal or tooth colored; it’s your choice. In some cases, the brackets are placed behind the teeth. No matter where braces are located on your teeth, you can rest assured that they are straightening and securing your teeth to their proper position.

While you have braces, it’s essential to maintain a balanced diet for the long-term health of your teeth. A healthy diet is always important, but eating too many sugary foods with braces can lead to plaque build-up around the brackets that could permanently stain or damage teeth. Our suggestion? Stay away from the following foods:

  • Popcorn
  • Corn-on-the-cob
  • Chewing gum
  • Whole apples
  • Nuts
  • Pretzels
  • Hard cookies or crackers
  • Sticky and hard candy

For the best orthodontist Owasso, OK residents can turn to, look no further than the experts at Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.

Schedule an Appointment

Correct your bite and straighten you teeth using traditional braces. If you have any questions or want to schedule an appointment, speak with our friendly staff today. Dr. Voto and Dr. Drake are the dentists Owasso, OK can turn to when “bad bite” problems persist. We also serve the surrounding communities of Limestone, Valley Park, Verdigris, Collinsville and beyond.



February 7, 2015

Orthodontic Treatment for Kids: A Great Start for a Healthy Smile

140303575February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and there’s never been a better time to take stock of your little one’s oral health. Your child’s smile is precious, and you work hard to make sure it stays healthy and strong. Problems with misalignment, however, can’t be managed with at-home care and biannual trips to the dentist. When your little one’s smile requires orthodontic treatment to correct crowding, gaps, or other alignment problems, trust the experienced doctors at Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Owasso, OK. We offer a comprehensive array of orthodontic services for children and adults of all ages, backed with years of experience and the most advanced technology in the dental industry today.

The Importance of Orthodontic Treatment

Over the last 20 years, advanced orthodontic materials and new diagnostic technology have made it possible to offer teeth-straightening treatment to children at an earlier age. Parents and oral healthcare professionals agree: earlier orthodontic intervention greatly reduces the likelihood that more extensive and costly treatments will be necessary later. In addition, straightening the teeth actually promotes a healthier smile; little pearly whites that are properly aligned are easier to clean and are therefore less susceptible to tooth decay.

Because we understand that visiting the dentist may be a little frightening for young children, we go the extra mile to make sure your kids feel completely comfortable and safe. Our gentle approach and generous patient amenities ensure that every visit is a happy one.

Schedule Your Consultation Today

At Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we believe that each and every patient that walks through our doors should feel comfortable and confident in their smile, no matter their age. We invite you to contact us today to schedule your child’s orthodontic consultation with our doctors and our caring, compassionate team. We happily serve families from throughout Owasso, OK and the surrounding areas, including Claremore, Sperry, Collinsville, Skiatook, Tulsa, and more.

November 20, 2014

Invisalign for Busy Professionals in Owasso, OK

122573542If you’re a busy professional, the last thing you want to do is wear bulky metal braces for the next two years to straighten your teeth. But you may also realize that having a bright, straight, confident smile is essential to succeed in a competitive business arena. So how can you get that dazzling “Hollywood” smile without the inconvenience of traditional braces? The answer is adult orthodontic treatment with Invisalign.

Invisalign clear aligners are made especially for the orthodontic and esthetic needs of busy adults. If you want to straighten your teeth quickly and discretely, make an appointment with Drake & Voto today for your adult orthodontic consultation. Remember, it’s never too late to straighten your teeth. Don’t put off the orthodontic treatment you need any longer. Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry has helped many patients achieve the smile of their dreams throughout Owasso, and they can help you too. Drake & Voto proudly serve families in Owasso, OK, Skiatook, Sperry, Tulsa, Claremore, Collinsville, and the surrounding communities.

What is Invisalign?

A custom set of clear aligners exchanged every few weeks as your treatment progresses.

The Benefits of Invisalign in Owasso, OK

  • Discretion: The nearly invisible clear aligners typically go unnoticed by friends and co workers.
  • Low Maintenance: The aligners are easily removable for cleaning and eating, so you don’t have to worry about restricting your diet. They also will not interfere with your oral hygiene routine.
  • Custom Fitted: The aligners are comfortable because they are precisely measured to your unique mouth shape.
  • Pain Free Checkups: With clear aligners there are no painful adjustments.  As your treatment progresses you simply exchange each set of aligners at the dentist office.

Invisalign Appointments in Owasso, OK

There’s no magic wand that will automatically fix orthodontic issues like crowded, turned, spaced, or misaligned teeth. However, there are several fast, discrete, and efficient orthodontic treatments available. If time, cost, and convenience matter; make an appointment with Drs. Drake and Voto today.  Their friendly team will be happy to discuss Invisalign and your adult orthodontic options. Drake & Voto Family and Cosmetic Dentistry serves patients throughout Owasso, OK, Skiatook, Sperry, Tulsa, Claremore, Collinsville, and nearby areas.