Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, and cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain. Teeth that are crooked or not in the right place can also detract from one’s appearance.

Beautiful, straight teeth blend in to your face and are associated with numerous positive qualities. Nowadays, thanks to state-of-the-art orthodontic techniques, esthetically pleasing teeth are available to everybody.

Dr. Courtney Ray Mittelmark field of specialisation is orthodontic treatment for children, teenagers, and also adults, using modern methods and nearly invisible orthodontic appliances.

Orthodontics for Adults

Orthodontic treatment is not just for kids! Your teeth can be straightened and your bite can be improved at any age. Invisalign, clear braces or metal braces are all great options for adults. We offer accelerated treatment options to make your treatment as efficient, comfortable and convenient as possible. It is never too late to improve your greatest asset– your smile!

Invisible Orthodontics

Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to straighten teeth, eliminating the need for brackets and wires. They are virtually undetectable! You can remove your aligners to eat, brush and floss. Otherwise, aligners must be worn 20-22hrs per day to achieve the most predictable results. Clear braces are also a great esthetic option. Damon Clear brackets are completely translucent and this passive self-ligating system provides an efficient and attractive treatment alternative.

Orthodontics for Kids

Dr. Courtney and the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommend that a child’s initial orthodontic exam should be at age 7. Treatment may not be needed at this early age, but it is a good idea to get a free consultation to check on growth and development and determine the most advantageous time to begin treatment.

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Shawna M.
Shawna M.
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Dr. Ray is the absolute best! I went in with concerns about one tooth but she perfected my entire mouth. People have asked if I have veneers because of her amazing work. I didn't understand why she worked so hard during my appointments but I completely get it now. My smile is perfect and I'm always showing it off, thanks to Dr. Ray. And oh, every member of her staff have always gone above and beyond to make sure everything is ok. I'm going to miss them when my youngest is out of her braces.
Karina S.
Karina S.
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Highly recommend Playa Vista Orthodontics! Dr. Ray and her team are amazing! From day one of my daughter's consultation for her braces to the day of removal, I can't express how sweet and attentive everyone at this office has been with my daughter and I. They are very thorough in answering all your questions and give you all the information you need to understand the process. The office is clean and modern, and their care during COVID was exceptional.
Robin Hipolito
Robin Hipolito
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The team at PVO are wonderful! Simply incredible. From the time you check in to the office, the adjustment treatment and the re-scheduling, every step of the way is done in such a way that is warm and friendly. Dr Ray is friendly, insightful and very dedicated to what she does! As a dental professional myself I have been impressed with office from day one! Well done, keep it up!
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