Two people smiling to show how Invisalign straightens your smile discreetly

How Does Aligner Technology Work?

What is aligner technology? Aligner technology is an alternative to orthodontic braces. Invisalign is one example of this technology. They are clear, thin plastic shells that move teeth in small increments when worn consistently. Instead of braces that are attached to the teeth, aligners are removable, and are changed at intervals of 7-14 days. They […]

Self-ligating braces and evidence-based care

Self-Ligating Braces: Do They Deliver What’s Promised?

What are self-ligating braces (brackets)? Self-ligating brackets feature a sliding gate or door that holds the wire in place, as opposed to the colored elastic ties that are used with traditional braces. The are manufactured and marketed by various orthodontic supply companies. Like traditional brackets, they are available in metal and clear versions. What advantages […]

Facial pain, TMD, TMJ

TMD: Bellevue Orthodontist On Facial & TMJ Pain

What is TMD? The temporomandibular joints, commonly referred to as TMJs, are the joints where your jaw connects with the temporal bones of your skull. Discomfort and problems associated with your jaw and the muscles that control it is referred to as temporomandibularjoint disorder, or TMD. There is no one cause of TMD, but there are multiple factors […]

Vibration device orthodontic treatment

Orthodontics and Vibration Technology

The aim of vibration technology in orthodontics is to speed up tooth movement and ultimately reduce treatment time. As long as there are no undesirable side effects this would be a very positive development! This explains why I’ve been asked if I use the technology. As I see it, the use of vibration technology in […]