Orthodontics

Do you have crooked or overlapping teeth? Do you wish your smile was perfectly straight and symmetrical? Phinney Ridge Dental offers orthodontic treatment at our Seattle 98103 dental office, including traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners. Dr. Micah Bickel is an esteemed dentist who can provide you with the exceptional dentistry you need to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. 

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Modern dental technology has made orthodontics more comfortable and accessible than ever. In years past, most people thought braces were only for kids and teens, but more adults now receive orthodontic treatment too. If you desire an aligned, healthier bite and straight teeth, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our dental office near Green Lake today. Dr. Bickel is an dentist you can trust to provide you with the specialized treatment you deserve. 

What Is Orthodontic Treatment?

Orthodontics focuses on diagnosing, preventing, managing, and correcting misaligned bite patterns and malpositioned teeth and jaws. Abnormal alignment of jaws and teeth is common and can be treated with orthodontic care, including traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners. 

How Can Orthodontics Improve My Smile?

Creating a healthy bite is the goal of orthodontic treatment. Straight teeth that align correctly make it easier to chew food effectively, pronounce and enunciate words, and socialize confidently. Straight, aligned teeth also make it easier to practice good oral hygiene because there are fewer nooks and crannies where food and bacteria can hide. Misaligned bites and crooked teeth can lead to dental wear due to the excess pressure on specific areas of the mouth, tooth decay, and gum disease. 

How Do I Know If I Need Braces or Invisalign?

Your dentist may recommend braces or Invisalign clear aligners to guide your teeth and jaws into the proper position if you have any of the following concerns:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • Crooked teeth 
  • Protruding teeth 
  • Twisted teeth 
  • Overlapping teeth 
  • Overcrowding 
  • Narrow jaws 
  • Gaps or uneven spacing between teeth 

At Phinney Ridge Dental, your Seattle dentist can assess your bite and determine which orthodontic treatment best suits your needs and goals. 

What Does Orthodontic Treatment Involve? blonde woman with braces in Seattle, WA

Dr. Micah Bickel offers traditional braces and Invisalign in Seattle

Traditional braces can help patients with more complex orthodontic concerns. A fixed appliance, traditional braces use thin, flexible wires and brackets to gradually correct teeth and jaw alignment. During treatment, your dentist will adjust the wires until your smile looks and feels perfect. Average treatment for traditional braces lasts 24–36 months, but this depends on the patient’s unique needs and goals. 

Invisalign clear aligners may be ideal for people with mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. Invisalign clear aligners are smooth, plastic trays that fit over the teeth and move them into the desired position. The trays are virtually invisible and removable, making them quite popular with teens and adults alike––most people won’t even know you’re wearing them! The length of treatment with Invisalign depends on the patient’s specific needs, but the average treatment lasts 12–18 months.  

After your orthodontic treatment, we will provide you with a retainer to preserve your new and improved smile.

Modern and Comfortable Braces in 98103

A beautiful, healthy smile is possible at Phinney Ridge Dental. Whether you have an overbite that needs alignment or small gaps between your teeth, you can trust our dentist to perfect your smile with modern orthodontics. Please get in touch with our Seattle dental office today to learn more about our treatments and schedule your consultation with Dr. Bickel.