Orthodontic Treatment Options

Your smile is your introduction of yourself to the world. For many people, it’s essential to have more than just healthy and strong teeth, and gums—the size, shape, and alignment of your smile can be equally as necessary. Enduring 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 essential to many of our Seattle 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, especially when most people associate metal braces with adolescent growing pains.

At Phinney Ridge Dental, we offer alternative orthodontic treatment options for people wishing to improve their appearance or health. Please give Dr. Micah Bickel and his knowledgeable dental staff a call at (206) 782-8370 to schedule your orthodontic evaluation dental appointment.

Your journey to a straighter smile starts today!

Benefits of Orthodontics

While straightening your teeth may seem like a cosmetic endeavor to enhance your appearance, it actually has a foundational benefit to your very oral health. 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. When your teeth do not line up properly, it can create stress and friction each time you bite down to chew or eat. When teeth are stressed, they can fracture and crack. At the very least, enamel erosion can lead to cavities and tooth decay that necessitate frequent visits to the dentist to avoid tooth loss. 

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 and gently shift your teeth into proper alignment. Since Invisalign is removable, it makes caring for your teeth during orthodontics easy. You don’t have to worry about cleaning around bulky or hard to reach structures on your teeth. In fact, you can brush and floss your teeth normally without any change to your oral health routine.

Another benefit is cleaning your clear plastic aligners is as simple as rinsing and gently wiping them with a soft cloth. No brushes, wires, drills, or complicated equipment need to come out at any point during your teeth straightening treatment!

The process for a permanent change in your smile is simple and straightforward. Dr. Micah Bickel begins with 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. Dr. Bickel will be able to asses if Invisalign is a good match for you. If Invisalign is the best choice for you, we sill make impressions of your teeth and gums in order to customize aligners that can fix your smile. 

Invisalign corrects mild to moderate teeth alignment issues like:

  • Bite flaws
  • Alignment issues
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Teeth grinding
  • TMJ
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite

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. Making a dramatic shift in your life is incredibly easy, comfortable, and unrestrictive!

Clear Braces

Clear braces are similar to traditional metal braces in that they utilize brackets and wires, except clear braces, are inconspicuous and not easily noticed. While Invisalign can treat many orthodontic cases, there are some smiles that may need a wire and bracket system for teeth that are badly misaligned or overcrowded. 

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.

Patients who undergo clear braces as an orthodontic alternative will have to be conscientious of maintaining excellent oral health, especially cleaning and brushing around brackets and wires to prevent tooth decay, food particles, bacteria, or gum disease. While clear braces may not be as comfortable as clear plastic aligners, Seattle patients typically report that any discomfort usually fades after the first couple of days as they get used to wearing braces. Dr. Bickel can provide tips and aids to help minimize discomfort and prevent pain. 

Imagine giving our Seattle dental office a call today and having a brand new, dazzling smile six months later! At Phinney Ridge Dental, that’s how smooth your orthodontic process can be!

What Are the Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment?

If orthodontic treatment in Seattle seems like a good and viable option for your smile, there are numerous benefits that our patients can enjoy at Phinney Ridge Dental, including:

  • Healthy gums—When teeth are correctly aligned, gums are healthier and tighter, which prevents bacteria and decay from attacking
  • More accessible at-home oral care—Brushing and flossing your teeth is easier to treat when your teeth aren’t overcrowded, overlapping, protruding, or otherwise hard to reach and clean properly
  • Improved diet and nutrition—Misaligned teeth do not line up properly when biting down and chewing, which can affect your quality of diet and type of food you can safely and properly eat

Schedule an orthodontic dental appointment at our Seattle dentist office to see if you are a good candidate for orthodontic treatment.

Clear Orthodontic Retainers

All orthodontic treatment requires follow-up care with an orthodontic retainer to prevent relapse. Tooth shifting can occur after any orthodontic treatment, which can extend the process or require new treatment altogether. 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. Together, we can ensure that your smile remains as impressive and appealing for a lifetime.

Contact Us for an Orthodontic Evaluation

Are you ready for a change in your life and smile that can affect your appearance, the way people respond to you, and your oral health? Give us a call at Phinney Ridge Dental so we can begin the process of your smile makeover. Whether you only need some minor shifting or a complete alignment change, we have the orthodontic treatment options that work for you.

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!