Orthodontic Treatment Options
Having a misaligned smile may make you feel self-conscious about the way you look and can have a negative impact on your oral health. Having convenient options to straighten your teeth is important to many of our patients, especially busy professionals and those with active social lives. After all, committing to brackets and wires for years of treatment does not appeal to everyone.
At Phinney Ridge Dental, we offer alternative orthodontic treatment options for people wishing to improve their appearance or health.
Benefits of Orthodontics
Seeking proper teeth alignment can protect your health by correcting your bite, eliminating overlapping teeth, crowding, and improving the comfort of your smile. Even a small misalignment can cause uneven wear and sensitivity or make your teeth more prone to decay. Correcting your bite at any age can mean a healthier, more comfortable smile!
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign, a popular and innovative way to move teeth, uses clear aligners to gradually move your teeth into proper alignment. Since Invisalign is removable, it makes caring for your teeth during orthodontics easy. You can brush and floss your teeth normally without any change to your oral health routine.
We begin by treatment planning and determining the desired outcome for your smile. We will take impressions and photographs, along with digital x-rays, and send the information to our Invisalign lab where your aligners will be created.
You will wear each set of aligners for approximately two weeks during your treatment before exchanging them for your next set in the series. We will regularly monitor your treatment and make any adjustments necessary.
Your treatment time depends on how many teeth require movement, how far we need to move them, and how compliant you are with your treatment.
Tooth-colored brackets and a clear memory wire can cosmetically improve your teeth in a short period of time. Since the memory wire uses constant low-force pressure to relocate your teeth into a more esthetic and healthy position, treatment is fast – usually only about six months on average!
This type of orthodontic treatment works best for older teens and adults wishing to have a straight, beautiful smile. This treatment involves minimal tooth movement and is one of the most conservative ways to approach cosmetic orthodontics.
Clear Orthodontic Retainers
All orthodontic treatment requires follow-up care with an orthodontic retainer to prevent relapse. We create nearly invisible orthodontic retainers that are comfortable and protect your investment by holding your teeth in place.
Dr. Micah Bickel will discuss proper retainer wear with you and how many hours per day you should wear your retainers.
Contact Us for an Orthodontic Evaluation
Our Seattle, WA dental team looks forward to helping you achieve the beautiful smile you have always wanted. Contact us to schedule an orthodontic evaluation and learn what options will work best for improving the alignment of your teeth!