General and Cosmetic Dentist located in Everett, WA

Braces services offered in Everett, WA

Braces are a reliable way to align your bite and straighten crooked teeth. Braces and other orthodontic treatments, like clear aligners, are available at Care Dental in Everett, Washington. After an evaluation, the best way to treat your orthodontic concerns are discussed with the compassionate team and you’ll be provided with the personalized care you need. Call the office or request an appointment online to learn more about braces today.

Braces Q&A

Why would I need braces?

Braces correct bite problems, like an overbite, underbite, or crossbite. They also adjust your teeth into a straighter position and help bring teeth together to fill in gaps. Correcting these problems improves the look of your smile and helps your overall oral health. Straighter, aligned teeth are easier to keep clean with regular brushing and flossing. 

When braces correct a misaligned bite, they can alleviate any associated jaw pain and problems with chewing, too.

What is an alternative to braces?

Clear aligners, like Invisalign®, correct many of the same problems with your bite and tooth alignment. Instead of wires and brackets, clear aligners are plastic trays that fit over your teeth and slowly shift them into place. You change aligners every week or two as your smile changes. You wear aligners for most hours of the day and night, but can remove them to eat and brush your teeth. 

At Care Dental, the team can discuss your options for orthodontic treatment and develop a plan that aligns with your oral health needs. If you’re bothered by crooked teeth or the quality of your bite, orthodontic treatments like braces and aligners may be right for you. Both teens and adults can benefit from treatment.

How long do I need to wear braces?

How long you wear braces depends on what needs correcting. Most treatment plans last 1-3 years*. Braces require you to maintain regular checkups, and practice proper oral hygiene.

The alternative option to braces, Invisalign, often shifts your teeth faster but depends on your compliance with wearing your aligners. Invisalign for teens comes with colored dots that help you monitor how often you’re wearing the devices. 

What dietary restrictions come with wearing braces?

Braces require you to make adjustments to your diet. Avoid certain foods that can break your wires or cause problems with hygiene, such as:

  • Sticky foods, like caramel
  • Crunchy foods, like popcorn
  • Chewy foods, like gum or taffy
  • Hard food, like nuts 

Braces also make it impossible to bite into foods like corn on the cob or whole apples. 

With Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about dietary changes. Simply remove the aligners to eat, but limit your sugary foods and drinks to avoid tooth decay. 

If you’re interested in getting braces or exploring alternative options, call Care Dental or request an appointment online today.

*Individual results may vary