Zelienople’s trusted orthodontist
Dr. Stephanie Rhoads graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Molecular Biology. She received her Doctorate of Dental Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, and her Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She also earned her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Orthodontics and Master of Science in Dentistry from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry.
She is board-certified, a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and remains active with several professional affiliations, including:
- American Board of Orthodontics
- American Dental Association
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists
- Western Pennsylvania Association of Orthodontists
- Pennsylvania Association of Orthodontists
- American Association of Women Dentists
- Omicron Kappa Upsilon, Dental Honor Society
- Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
When it comes to straightening teeth, traditional braces are one of the most efficient tools we have. Metal or ceramic brackets are attached to the teeth, then connected by wires and tiny rubber bands or elastics. Through regular adjustments, these components apply gentle pressure that will gradually move the teeth into the desired positions.
Zelienople braces are an excellent choice for correcting oral issues that range from simple to complex. Because they sometimes work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other options might, overall treatment time may be slightly reduced. In addition, braces don’t require some of the more complicated technology or expensive equipment that newer treatments can, making them a cost-effective option for patients on a budget.
Instead of brackets and bands, the Invisalign system uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually move the teeth into alignment. These aligners are very popular with our teen and adult patients, and Invisalign is currently the top alternative to traditional braces.
Invisalign aligners are made of a comfortable plastic material that is virtually invisible. The trays are designed to fit snugly over the patient’s teeth, and are generally switched out every 1-2 weeks for the next in the series. This keeps teeth moving in the right direction. Aligners must be worn 20-22 hours per day throughout treatment in order for them to do their job. Neglecting to wear the aligners as directed can have a negative impact on the end results and also add time to the orthodontic process.
Invisalign tends to be most effective when used to correct many of the most common orthodontic issues. For certain complex cases, Invisalign may not be a viable option. A consultation with Rhoads Orthodontics will be able to help determine your eligibility for Invisalign.
Braces + Invisalign in Zelienople: customized treatment for unique smiles
At Rhoads Orthodontics, we provide customized treatment plans for every patient we see. When you visit our office for your initial consultation, we’ll take special care with your specific orthodontic needs, paying close attention to your particular tooth shape, the movement of your lips, and the shape of your face. Using these as the basis for your treatment will result in a beautifully aligned smile that’s just right for your face!