Types of Treatment

Dental technology is always getting better. You can get the newest orthodontic options at our office.

Our team at Dudley Smiles looks forward to serving you in Issaquah, Sammamish, and the surrounding communities. Call today for a free consultation.

How We Help

By pairing state-of-the-art technology with our thorough understanding of the movement and growth of the teeth and jaws, we’re able to successfully treat many dental issues, like

  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Protruding teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Impacted teeth

A majority of the patients we treat here will end up choosing traditional metal braces as a way to straighten their teeth.

While metal braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment, you have several other options as well.

After your free initial consultation, Dr. Dudley will talk to you about which treatment would be right for you based on your unique needs and smile goals.

Fixed vs. Removable Appliances

It’s important to understand the distinction between fixed and removable appliances. Fixed appliances, like braces, are attached to your teeth by metal bands or special cement and aren’t taken off until treatment is complete.

Removable appliances, such as Invisalign’s aligner system, are typically worn about 20-22 hours a day but can be easily taken off if needed.

Aside from the obvious difference of fixed vs. removable, Invisalign aligners are best at treating mild to moderate orthodontic problems. Fixed appliances are generally needed for more serious and comprehensive treatment.

Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are the most widely used type of fixed orthodontic appliance.

Traditional metal braces are a reliable, effective, and economical option that have stood the test of time for over a century.

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Clear Braces

Sometimes known as clear braces, ceramic braces provide a much less noticeable method of treatment.

Ceramic braces use the same components as traditional braces, but instead of metal, the brackets on the front side of the teeth are made of see-through ceramic material.

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Invisalign & Invisalign for Teens

The Invisalign system is made up of a series of fully customized, clear trays called aligners that are nearly invisible and completely removable.

The aligners are changed out weekly, and will gradually move your teeth into the best position for your smile.

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