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Accelerated orthodontics: Perspectives by Seattle orthodontist, Keith B. Wong

Over the last century, numerous orthodontists have continued to improve the efficiency of the technology employed.  One focus has been to increase the effectiveness of tooth movement in a given amount of time, sometimes referred to as “accelerated orthodontics.”  In the 20th century, most of the breakthroughs in making orthodontic treatment shorter had to do […]

$900 Credit off Invisalign teen

$900 Credit toward Invisalign Teen:  Now through 9/30/2017 Invisalign Teen—orthodontic alignment with clear, removable “aligners,” enhanced for teenagers with five replacement aligners and a guarantee of transfer to fixed appliances if deemed necessary by patient, parent/guardian, or Dr. Wong—is now more convenient and reliable, thanks to remote monitoring, than has ever been the case.  As […]

Finding and Choosing an Orthodontist for Invisalign

Is there an official Invisalign Orthodontist? There is a very meaningful difference between an orthodontist that has mastered the specific and unique way one needs to approach any case with Invisalign and an orthodontist that has not completed the associated “learning curve.”  There is an even greater (and more crucial) difference between an orthodontist that […]

The Seattle Insider’s Guide to Invisalign

Does Invisalign work? Yes, but the answer is complicated. Invisalign is a product that is innovative and technically sophisticated with a certain aesthetic elegance, not unlike an iphone; therefore, many assume that Invisalign is similar to an iphone in that where it is acquired is unimportant. In reality, Invisalign is of greater similarity to a […]

Do athletic mouthguards help protect my child from tooth and/or brain injury?

First, let me point out that many types of mouthguards are available—from thin, loosely-fitting generic models to precision-fit, pressure-laminated custom units.  Regarding tooth protection, most mouthguards offer some benefit; however, the better-fitting, thicker mouthguards are able to absorb and diffuse the impact energy of a given collision leading to greater protection from tooth injury. Regarding […]

How long does Invisalign treatment take, and am I, or is my child, a good candidate?

In our practice, Invisalign and traditional treatment with brackets and wires require similar treatment lengths; the total time being dependent upon case complexity.  The key to efficient and excellent treatment with Invisalign is the clinical understanding of Invisalign mechanics, which differ greatly from wire and bracket mechanics.  Most patients, adult and teen, can be effectively […]

My child has an “overbite.” How is that corrected?

The term overbite is typically used to describe what is referred to by orthodontists as overjet.  This is excessive distance between the upper and lower incisors in a horizontal direction with the upper teeth forward of the lower.  This finding can describe a number of situations.  For example, the same overjet may result from protrusion […]

When should I take my child to an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children be screened orthodontically at age seven.  Sometimes the reaction to this is one of surprise (“Isn’t that young?”) or suspicion (“Orthodontists can’t wait to get your money.”).  There are, however, very sound reasons for this recommendation.  The intent of the age seven screening is to confirm […]

I bite my tongue: can that be changed?

If you repeatedly bite your tongue or cheek, you may have malocclusion of the dentition that is contributing to this painful situation.  Typically, the shapes of the tooth surfaces facing the tongue (lingual) and cheeks (buccal) are such that, when the teeth are positioned correctly, the tongue and cheeks are guided safely away from the […]