Manley Orthodontics is your Sammamish WA braces expert
The team at Manley Orthodontics is here for you If you’re looking for someone you can trust to provide a brilliant straight smile in the Sammamish WA area. We proudly create beautiful new smiles for patients of all ages in Sammamish WA and the surrounding communities. Traditional braces are one of the most effective tools we have for achieving optimal tooth and jaw alignment, and we’re proud to offer patients a variety of orthodontic options, including traditional metal braces and ceramic braces.
Braces treatment with your Sammamish WA braces expert
Our team will collect digital x-rays, photos, and a model of your mouth before we put your braces on. Our orthodontist, Dr. Manley will then use this data to formulate a customized treatment plan based on your particular orthodontic needs. This will include information that will determine how your brackets are placed, such as the movements each tooth needs to make in order to achieve optimal positioning.
A wire is inserted after we put your brackets on your teeth to provide customized pressure on all the teeth that need to be moved. Through a process called remodeling, bends in the wire will encourage specific and precise movements of the teeth. This process involves minor changes in the bone that surrounds the roots of teeth. When your braces put pressure on a tooth, cells called osteoblasts and osteoclasts form around its root. Together with the wire, this creates negative pressure on one side of the tooth, where bone will be removed. The bone is reformed on the other side of the tooth. This pressure and bone remodeling slowly moves teeth into the correct position.
Remodeling can only occur if constant pressure is put on a tooth. This means that teeth will often begin drifting back towards their old positions over time once your braces are removed. The best way to help prevent this natural drifting and keep teeth in their new and improved positions is by using a retainer regularly.
What your Sammamish WA braces expert offers
Did you know that today’s braces are better than ever? All of our treatment options are excellent and can correct a variety of simple and complex oral issues. Traditional metal braces often work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other treatments might, potentially shortening your overall treatment time, while also representing a cost-effective option for patients on a budget. The strength, durability, and affordability of traditional braces are a big part of why they’ve withstood the test of time and are still the top orthodontic treatment year after year.
The most common type of braces is the tried-and-true traditional metal braces system. These braces work to straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires that are constructed out of high-grade stainless steel. Modern metal braces are more comfortable and fun than ever - you have the option of choosing colored elastics to add a punch of personality to your treatment! But don’t worry, if you prefer a more subtle approach, we also offer clear or tooth-colored elastics.
Another option for straightening your smile, ceramic braces work the same way metal braces do, but the brackets are made with a clear ceramic material instead. They’re very popular with our older teen and adult patients because they are such a discrete treatment option. Ceramic braces tend to be used on the upper front teeth more often than the lower teeth. The brackets tend to be a bit larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts, so we normally won’t recommend them for our younger patients.
You can often see visible signs of improvement relatively quickly when using traditional braces, which can help increase your confidence in both your smile and the orthodontic process!
Your trusted Sammamish WA braces expert
At Manley Orthodontics , we believe that advanced, personalized care leads to the best results and most positive orthodontic experience. Dr. Manley and the rest of our skilled team focus on patients as individuals, no matter the age, personal concerns, or clinical needs. Your doctor will create a treatment plan that works with all parts of your life when you choose braces treatment with our practice. Using our leading-edge techniques and state-of-the-art technology, we will provide efficient, comfortable care that will help you change both your smile and your life!
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