Metal 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 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.
The American Association of Orthodontics recommends children be seen no later than the age of seven for an evaluation. Most children at this age do not need treatment, but this allows our doctors to establish a baseline and track progression over time to identify the best time to initiate treatment. We encourage paying us a visit if your child has:
- Flaring or “buck” teeth
- Biting the roof of their mouth
- Difficulty eating
- Thumb sucking or irregular tongue placement
- Early loss of baby teeth
- Difficulty with speech
- Difficulty with breathing or a history of snoring
- Jaws that are constricted or shift
Teenagers are the most commonly thought of age for orthodontic treatment. While true, no two children are the same and the best way to prepare is with an early complimentary exam. Our doctors typically prefer to wait for all permanent teeth to come in, but in certain cases, earlier treatment may be advised. Schedule a complimentary consultation so we can do our absolute best to help you Live Life Smiling.
The biggest myth is that it is too late to get the smile you always wanted. Nearly 35% of our patients are adults. From those who lost their retainers during life’s journey to those who have never had orthodontics, we use the latest in innovation to reduce treatment times, decrease in-office visits and eliminate discomfort. As long as you have healthy bone and gum tissue, orthodontics is absolutely possible for you.