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3D Printer

At Ray Orthodontics, we pride ourselves in having the best technology in order to facilitate the best and most comfortable treatment. A part of our advanced technology is our 3D printer, the Sprintray Pro. Our 3D printer is utilized to make the most ideal fitting, and comfortable retainers on the market.

On the magical day that your braces/Invisalign treatment is completed, we will scan your teeth with our iTero scanner, then print 3D models of your new beautiful Ray Ortho smile. We will then make perfect fitting retainers from your 3D printed model. Then, if in the future you ever need new retainers for any reason, and your teeth have not shifted, or have shifted a very small amount, we will make you a free retainer based on the 3D printed model from the day your treatment ended. No need to take gooey impressions or a new scan. You just come in, and a new retainer will be ready in 5 minutes.

So not only do you get free retainers for life at Ray Orthodontics, you get retainers that fit perfectly and comfortably due to the high precision and advanced technology of our 3D printer. We look forward to taking care of you and your family!

Ray Orthodontics the best Orthodontic office in the Antelope Valley in 2022

Best Orthodontic office in the Antelope Valley in 2022!

It is with much pride that I announce Ray Orthodontics of Palmdale has been awarded the Best Orthodontist by the Antelope Valley Press for 2022:


After starting our Palmdale location in June 2019, I had a lot of ups and downs. I was told by many people that I was crazy to open an Orthodontic practice in Palmdale. There were many long nights of hard work. Slowly, our office began to take shape. We started adding one superstar after another to our team. Then in April I got the email that we won. We were voted Antelope Valley’s best Orthodontic practice by the AV press. I couldn’t believe it. I cried. A lot. I reminisced about how hard the early days were, and how far we had come. We were the little office that could…….DID. Going from an office with 0 patients to what we have now, in this short time, is a testament that anything is possible as long as you work hard, have faith, and treat people the right way. None of this would be possible without the dedication and commitment to excellence from my team. Thank you for sticking by my side as we travel this journey together. And a big thank you to all of my patients for trusting me with your care; it is a responsibility I take to heart and I try my absolute best to make each and every one of you feel taken care of. Thank you to all of our amazing patients and the wonderful people of the Antelope Valley for voting us as the best Orthodontist in the AV. We started out as the new office, then the growing office, now we get to be the BEST office!

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“What is Phase 1 treatment?

Over the years, one of the most common questions I get from Parents is, “when should my child be checked for braces?” The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children to start being checked for Orthodontic treatment at 7 years old and older. At 7 years old, Orthodontists check for 3 things:

  1. Do all of the adult teeth have room to erupt
  2. Are the jaw bones growing normal
  3. Are there any self-esteem issues the child is having from their teeth


If the answer to all of the above questions is no, then we will put your child on our recall system and see you every 6 months until treatment is possibly needed. This was we will be ahead of any potential problems.


If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, then Phase I treatment is recommended. Phase I treatment is when a child receives Orthodontic treatment when they have baby teeth and adult teeth at the same time. Or in other words, when they are in their mixed dentition phase. If a child needs more room for their teeth to erupt, then we would place braces and a possible expander to help make the necessary room for their adult teeth to erupt in. A common tooth that needs more room to erupt is the upper canine teeth. That is because the upper canine is the last tooth to erupt. Making room for the canine to erupt into will help decrease the chances the tooth requires surgical help to grow into place.


There are three main ways for a jaw to not grow normally. If the childs back upper teeth are growing inside their lower teeth (posterior crossbite). A palatal expander would be used to treat a posterior crossbite. If the childs front teeth are stuck behind their lower front teeth (anterior crossbite). A facemask may be used to treat an anterior crossbite. Lastly, if the bottom jaw is growing deficient in comparison to the upper jaw, causing a large overbite. Braces and rubber bands may be used to treat a large overbite.


If a child is having self-esteem issues from their teeth, getting braces just to align their teeth can greatly increase their confidence and the psycho-social benefits will last into adulthood. Unfortunately, in this age of social media, bullying has increased and a simple setup of even six brackets can help a child greatly.


After a child completes Phase I treatment, they will be given a retainer. We will then monitor the child to make sure all their baby teeth fall out in the correct order and see when they will be ready for Phase II treatment. Phase II treatment is when a child has all of their adult teeth grown in, and gets braces on all of their adult teeth. The main benefits of Phase I treatment is possibly avoiding permanent teeth to be extracted when they receive full orthodontic treatment. Also, when the child does receive Phase II treatment, it will most likely be for a shorter duration than if Phase I was not completed.


If your child is 7 or older, make a complimentary consultation with Dr. Ray to see if your child can benefit from Phase I treatment.

Ray Orthodontics proudly provides Braces and Invisalign care to children, teens, and adults in the Montebello, Palmdale, Pico Rivera, Whittier, East LA, Monterey Park, Lancaster, Alhambra, Huntington Park, South Gate,
Downey, El Monte, Lynwood, Cudahy, Walnut Park & Commerce, CA. areas.
To schedule your free consultation, please call 323-597-1712
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Foods to avoid with Braces, and foods that are OK to eat with Braces

Foods to avoid with Braces, and foods that are OK with Braces.

Being a parent of 3 kids myself, I know feeding them can be challenging at times. Once they get
braces, kids (or adults) have to be extra careful of what they eat. Foods that are hard, crunchy,
or sticky can cause the wire to poke out, and brackets to break. Having breakage with your
braces will cause delay in getting that beautifully straight smile of your dreams. So try your best
to have foods that are braces friendly, and you will get that ideal smile before you know it!


There are specific foods that are worse than others when it comes to damaging your braces. In
general hard, crunchy, or sticky foods should be avoided. Especially these foods, chips, hot
cheetos, takis, gum, gummy bears, starburst type candy, all hard candies, nuts, popcorn, corn
on the cob, chewing on ice, hard fruits like apples, hard vegetables like carrots should be
cooked. A good general rule of thumb is to avoid all junk food as much as possible.


Foods that are Braces friendly include: Soup, rice, mashed potatoes, beans, mac and cheese,
yogurt, fish, smoothies, eggs, corn off of the cob, soft fruits like bananas, and cooked
vegetables.


Once Dr. Ray places your braces on, him and his team will give you a list of foods to avoid and
review proper care of your Braces. If you ever have any questions regarding your Braces
treatment, please feel free to contact us anytime at 323-597-1712, and we will be ready to take
great care of you!


Ray Orthodontics proudly provides Braces and Invisalign care to children, teens, and adults in the Montebello, Palmdale, Pico Rivera, Whittier, East LA, Monterey Park, Lancaster, Alhambra, Huntington Park, South Gate, Downey, El Monte, Lynwood, Cudahy, Walnut Park & Commerce, CA. areas. To schedule your free consultation, please call 323-597-1712.

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iTero scanner

At Ray Orthodontics, we pride ourselves on using the latest technology to make sure our patients get the best possible treatment. That is why we utilize an Itero scanner to help fabricate your Invisalign trays. To begin your Invisalign journey with us, you will receive a fast 2 minute scan that is painless and stress free. This scan will capture all the detailed anatomy of your teeth and bite which will be used to help make your Invisalign trays. This scanner replaces the old gooey impressions of the past which were uncomfortable and would cause gagging.

One of the most important benefits of an iTero scanner is the accuracy. An iTero scan is much more accurate than old traditional impressions. Receiving a scan to begin your Invisalign journey will result in Invisalign trays that fit better, and therefore have better results, in a faster period of time. 

Once we scan your teeth at your consultation, Dr. Ray will be able to use the iTero technology to show what your new, beautiful #RayOrtho smile will look like. You and Dr. Ray will together make certain that you will have the smile of your dreams!

Ray Orthodontics proudly provides Braces and Invisalign care to children, teens, and adults in the Montebello, Palmdale, Pico Rivera, Whittier, East LA, Monterey Park, Lancaster, Alhambra, Huntington Park, South Gate, Downey, El Monte, Lynwood, Cudahy, Walnut Park & Commerce, CA. areas. To schedule your free consultation, please call 323-597-1712.

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Ray Bucks

It’s time for our new contest! This time we have two fun contests to announce:

  1. If you refer a patient who starts treatment, you will get $100 off of your treatment fee (or a $100 gift card if paid in full) AND you will automatically be entered into our drawing to win an Apple Watch! So the more referrals you have, the more entries you have in the drawing. Winner will be announced on our Instagram and facebook pages in November. Good luck!
  • To enter our drawing for a $100 Amazon gift card, all you have to do is follow our Instagram page Ray Orthodontics, or one of our Facebook pages: Ray Orthodontics of Montebello or Ray Orthodontics of Palmdale. That’s it! Winner will be announced on Instagram and Facebook early September.
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Invisalign

Since the beginning of Orthodontics, brackets and wires were the norm. That was until 1998 when Invisalign was invented by 4 Stanford graduate students. Invisalign was created for patients who wanted Orthodontic treatment, but wanted to avoid brackets and wires. Invisalign is a clear plastic aligner that is designed to move teeth. To start your Invisalign treatment, Dr. Ray will first get a mold of your teeth, and send it to Invisalign to turn your Invisalign impression, into a 3D model which is called a clinic check.. Dr. Ray will review the clinic check and adjust it to make your dream smile. Then your Invisalign aligners will be fabricated off of the ideal clinic check. Once we receive your aligners from Invisalign, you will be ready for delivery of your first Invisalign tray! A few attachments will be placed on teeth that need a little extra help to move. Attachments are tooth colored and composed of clear Orthodontic glue. Each Invisalign aligner will be worn for two weeks. Dr. Ray will usually give 4 sets of aligners, so you will be coming back every 8 weeks. At your follow up appointment, Dr. Ray will make sure your aligner fits perfectly, and will give you 4 more sets of Invisalign aligners. This routine is continued until all aligners have been worn and until you get your dream Ray Ortho smile.

Over the years Invisalign treatment has improved greatly. In its early years, Invisalign treatment was meant to treat mild cases. Now, almost all Orthodontic treatment can be accomplished with Invisalign. Invisalign will correct crowded/crooked teeth, correct overbites and underbites, and close spaces. Also in its early years, Invisalign was designed for adult patients. However, in the last 10 years, Invisalign has focused more on teenagers as well. Invisalign TEEN is Invisalign treatment with special tabs, so Dr. Ray can make sure your teenager is wearing their aligners.

Two of the main advantages to Invisalign treatment are the lack of dietary restrictions, and the ability to brush and floss easier. Because Invisalign is removable, you will be able to remove it and eat whatever you like. You will also be able to remove the Invisalign aligner, and brush and floss with ease.

Ray Orthodontics proudly provides Braces and Invisalign care to the Montebello, Palmdale, Pico Rivera, Whittier, East LA, Monterey Park, Lancaster, Alhambra, Huntington Park, South Gate, Downey, El Monte, Lynwood, Cudahy, Walnut Park & Commerce, CA areas. To schedule your free consultation, please call 323-597-1712.

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Importance of retainers and how to take care of them

Once your big day has finally arrived and you are ready to get your Braces/Invisalign off, your work is not yet over! After you get your pearly whites all straightened up, you need to keep them that way with retainers. Retainers essentially do what they are called, they retain your teeth in their new straight position. Once your teeth are aligned Orthodontically by either metal braces, ceramic braces, or Invisalign, and your treatment is complete, then your teeth are going to want to move back to their original position. Retainers will keep them from moving! Normally, most patients will need to wear their retainers for one year full time, then night time after. Full time is considered all of the time, except while eating and brushing and flossing.

There are three types of retainers. Hawley retainers are the retainers with a metal wire, essix retainers are the clear plastic retainers, and permanent retainers are a wire that is cemented to the inside of your front teeth. Proper flossing is extremely important with permanent retainers. All retainers will do the same job, keeping all of your teeth straight. Most patients at Ray Orthodontics will receive clear essix retainers.

To take care of your retainers: wash them with a toothbrush and water, make sure to clean your teeth before putting the retainer back in, never leave your retainers in a car (especially on a hot day) because they can melt, keep them away from dogs (they will chew them apart), never wrap them in a napkin while eating (they will be thrown out).

Because retainers are so important, and it would be a shame to have crooked teeth again after spending all the time and money to fix your smile, Ray Orthodontics provides free Retainers for life! This is our guarantee to you, that as long as you wear your retainers, you will have a beautiful smile to last you a lifetime! So if you break them, loose them, or anything else happens to them, just come in and get new retainers at no charge!

Ray Orthodontics proudly provides Braces and Invisalign care to the Montebello, Palmdale, Pico Rivera, Whittier, East LA, Monterey Park, Lancaster, Alhambra, Huntington Park, South Gate, Downey, El Monte, Lynwood, Cudahy, Walnut Park & Commerce, CA areas.

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Braces for Adults

There used to be a time where Braces and Orthodontic treatment was just for kids. Not anymore! There have been many advancements over the past 20 years that have made braces much more comfortable for adults. Adults now comprise for about 30% of all patients with Braces. Getting those pearly whites straightened isn’t the only benefit of braces. Improved gum and bone health will strengthen teeth, as well as make it easier to brush and floss. Healthier teeth mean they will last longer and you get to avoid other dental procedures such as extractions and root canals. If you are an adult who is concerned about the way your braces will look like, you have two more options, ceramic braces, and Invisalign. Ceramic braces are just like regular braces, except they are made of ceramic instead of metal. Ceramic is clear, so the ceramic braces will show a lot less than the metal braces. Ceramic braces will get the exact same result as metal braces, in the same amount of time. Ceramic braces are a very popular option with Adults seeking Orthodontic treatment. Another popular option with adults is Invisalign. Invisalign is a clear plastic aligner that fits your teeth like a mouthguard, except it is much thinner. A patient is given 4-6 Invisalign trays at a time, and each Invisalign tray is worn for 2 weeks. The Invisalign tray is to be worn 22 hours a day. This is continued until our patient’s dream smile is obtained. One of the more common reasons patients chooses Invisalign, is that it is removable. Which means a patient can remove the Invisalign tray, eat whatever they want, brush and floss like normal, then put the Invisalign tray back in. Whether you are thinking about metal braces, ceramic braces, or Invisalign as an adult, you can trust Dr. Ray will take the best care of you and get you the smile of your dreams!

We proudly provide Braces and Invisalign care to the Montebello, Palmdale, Pico Rivera, Whittier, East LA, Monterey Park, Lancaster, Alhambra, Huntington Park, South Gate, Downey, El Monte, Lynwood, Cudahy, Walnut Park & Commerce, CA areas.

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Back to School with Braces in Palmdale and Montebello

With school right around the corner, there’s no better time to get a shiny new smile! If your kid is getting braces before school starts, there are some things we’d like to share to help set the stage for an awesome orthodontic experience.

Getting braces is a rite of passage for teens, but emotions can range when it comes to the subject. Some kids are excited because it means they’ve finally reached their teenage years and they are on their way to rocking a beautiful, mature smile. For others, not so much. They may fear feeling self-conscious or worry that braces will hurt.

At our orthodontic office in Montebello and Palmdale, we’ve witnessed both sides of this emotional spectrum and everything in between. Rest assured, getting braces should NOT be a traumatic experience. In fact, with the right knowledge, your child can get their braces on and feel cool and confident heading into the new school year.

Here are three tips to steer clear of any drama when your child gets braces.

1. Put their mind at ease.

At Ray Orthodontics, we always schedule a free consultation with patients before the big day. This ensures our doctor and team can explain everything your teen needs to know about getting braces: how we put them on, how it will feel, foods they should avoid, etc. We always try to make them laugh and create a relaxed environment. That way, they are a lot less nervous when the big day arrives, and most are even excited.

2. Be prepared.

There are a lot of things you can do to make those first few days and weeks of having braces go a lot smoother. First things first: have dental wax on hand. Encourage your kid to place wax anywhere on their brackets or wires that feels tender. Second, stock up on ice cream and make cool treats like smoothies readily accessible. These cold snacks and meals help relieve swelling and help numb some of the soreness, especially for the first few days. If that’s not doing the trick, feel free to use pain relievers like Tylenol or Ibuprofen in proper dosage.

3. Set up the reward system.

Orthodontic treatment is a journey. It can be a little lengthy depending on your child’s orthodontic issue, so it’s important to celebrate milestones. For example, once your child has braces for six months, consider celebrating with a delicious meal of their choice. For their one year braces anniversary, maybe you can take them shopping at their favorite store.

Getting braces should be fun and that’s what we strive for at our orthodontic practice in Montebello and Palmdale. It’s a complete transformation not only in their smile, but also in their confidence. Hopefully, these helpful tips will have both you and your child ready to rock the braces process to create a smile that sparkles in yearbook photos for years to come!

Good luck and best wishes for a wonderful school year for all!

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Palmdale, CA 93550

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