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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Orthodontics

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If you are new to the Phinney Ridge area or simply looking for a new dentist in Seattle, WA, you probably have a number of questions about the dental services we offer, and what to expect when you come to our office. Some of our most frequently asked questions are listed below. If you do not see your question listed here, contact our dentist office in the 98103 area and we will be happy to help!


A qualified dentist or orthodontist in Seattle, WA—like those at Phinney Ridge Dental—can answer this question through a thorough dental office evaluation. This evaluation determines your candidacy and lets us know how long you’ll need to wear braces. We can also discuss costs and talk to you about our current orthodontic specials and how they may save you money on treatment.

Fortunately, most patients are good candidates for traditional braces! So, you should have no problem enjoying orthodontics from the team you trust.

Deciding to straighten your teeth is a good one. You improve your self-esteem and take measures to enhance or promote better oral health.

Traditional braces can fix twisted, overlapping, and generally crooked teeth. Additionally, braces provide an aligned bite, promoting better oral health, less wear on teeth, and improved chewing and digestion.

Braces consist of brackets and guidewires. Periodically, your dentist adjusts your guidewires to bring your teeth into the desired positions. This gentle approach allows for a comfortable orthodontic experience.

Are You Considering Orthodontics in Seattle, WA?

It’s never too late to improve your smile through orthodontics. If you want to learn more or have questions for our team, call us today.

A qualified dentist or orthodontist in Seattle, WA, can both provide traditional braces to straighten your teeth. Of course, not every dentist is competent to provide orthodontics, but we are! Our team is happy to provide this service at Phinney Ridge Dental.

First, you come in for a consultation with the dentist. At this initial appointment, we want to ensure that braces are the right option for you. Sometimes, your dentist recommends pretreatments if we uncover issues that may hinder orthodontic success. We’ll also tell you how long you’ll need to wear braces and what to expect following treatment.

If you and the dentist decide to move forward with braces, we place special brackets on the teeth and thread them with guidewires. We can align your teeth slowly and comfortably by periodically adjusting these guidewires in our dental office. Straight teeth improve self-esteem while promoting excellent oral health and effective brushing and flossing.

For Orthodontics in Seattle, WA, Give Us a Call Today

If you’re considering traditional braces or have questions about orthodontics, we look forward to hearing from you and scheduling your consultation with the dentist. And remember to ask our friendly team about our current dental specials.

Standard brackets and wires are a tried and true method for straightening teeth, correcting bite misalignment, and creating beautiful smiles. Braces can correct all types of bite issues, including:  

  • Open bites
  • Crossbites
  • Overbites
  • Underbites

Braces can correct even the most complicated bite problems that treatment with Invisalign cannot.

Wearing brackets and wires that attach to your teeth is also easier to manage since you're not removing anything for meals that might get misplaced or thrown into the trash.

At Phinney Ridge Dental, we offer both traditional braces and invisible braces with Invisalign. Dr. Bickel can determine which option is right for you during an evaluation where he'll take x-rays and photos of your teeth and gather information about your smile during an examination.

With this information, he creates a treatment plan to meet your needs and smile goals. He'll also be able to estimate how long your treatment might take and tell you exactly how much your orthodontics in Seattle, WA, might cost.

If you'd like to learn more about achieving a straighter, more beautiful smile, please get in touch with your team at Phinney Ridge Dental online or by calling (206) 782-8370 to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Bickel.

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