Traditional metal braces are the most commonly used orthodontic appliance. They have withstood the test of time because so much is possible and advances are constantly made to improve life with braces. The brackets have become more esthetic and smaller, yielding less mouth irritation and more comfort overall. Additionally, treatment allows the patient to express themselves more than any other modality as they are able to change colors at any time.
Ceramic braces are identical to metal in regards to treatment. The difference comes with desired aesthetic goals. As sleek as metal has become, ceramic allows patients to have a far less noticeable look, while not having to worry about the responsibility of keeping up with clear aligners.
Clear aligners are the fastest growing area of orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners offer an alternative that requires more responsibility as the appliance is removable, but allows for better oral hygiene, less dietary restrictions, less emergencies, the best aesthetic, and reduced in-office visits. Aligners are ideal for patients and families with extremely busy work schedules, who may not be able to devote as much time to office appointments.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and breathing issues have come to the forefront of orthodontic debate. Awareness of airway issues that lead to restless sleep is at an all-time high. Some of the most common signs of OSA are snoring and mouth breathing. When present for a long duration, these signs can contribute to permanent alteration of growth. If you suspect you or your child suffer from sleep apnea, we would be happy to perform an initial screening and direct you to the right resources. An OSA diagnosis should be made by a medical provider and our doctors can work in tandem with you or your child’s team to develop the best possible treatment plan.
The vast majority of orthodontic patients will never need to surgically-aided orthodontics. However, in severe cases, surgical assistance may be suggested by our doctors. For such cases Drs. Brown and Huang have developed relationships with the best surgeons in King county to ensure our patients are provided the best possible experience from start to finish.