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Why Do Braces Take So Long?

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These days, you’re able to use a search engine to find the answer to almost any question in seconds, you can reach family members who live across the country instantly with a text message, and you have the ability to buy things online and have them arrive on your doorstep in a day. Considering we’ve become accustomed to getting what we need at lightning speed, the process of straightening your teeth with braces can seem long.  Read More

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Can I Just Wear My Invisalign Overnight?

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Invisalign® aligners are virtually invisible, comfortable and removable. Most of our Alaska, Monroe, Bothell and Mill Creek Invisalign patients love these benefits. However, for some, remembering to put the aligners back in after removing them, taking them in and out in public, and keeping track of them is a struggle. This is why we’re occasionally asked: Can I just wear my Invisalign overnight? Will my aligners still work if I don’t wear them for the prescribed amount of time every day? At Richard Chan Orthodontics, we have answers! Read More

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Can Braces or Invisalign Fix Gaps Between My Teeth?

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One of the most common reasons our Juneau, AK and Bothell, Monroe, Mill Creek and Everett braces and Invisalign patients visit us is for spacing. Spacing, sometimes referred to as “gap teeth” in layman’s terms and diastema in doctor speak, is when there are spaces or gaps between two or more teeth. 

When it comes to how to fix gaps in the teeth, the first step is to have your smile evaluated by an orthodontist like Dr. Richard Chan. When you visit us for a braces or Invisalign consultation, Dr. Chan will perform an exam and take necessary diagnostic records in order to develop an accurate diagnosis and determine the underlying cause of your orthodontic concerns. He will then create a personalized treatment plan to close the gaps between the teeth for a beautiful, healthy smile and a functional bite.  Read More

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Why Do I Have Swollen Gums With Braces?

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You’re in braces treatment, you check out your smile in the mirror, and you notice your gums look red, inflamed, and swollen. Is it par for the course during orthodontic treatment or is it a sign of an oral health issue that needs to be addressed? To give you peace of mind and help you determine what’s normal and what isn’t, our Juneau, AK, Bothell, Monroe, Mill Creek, and Everett, WA orthodontist is sharing everything you need to know about braces and your gums.  Read More


How To Floss With Braces

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The Ultimate Guite To Floss With Braces

When our Alaska, Bothell, Monroe and Mill Creek braces patients first kick-off treatment, we always teach them exactly how to take care of their braces and their smile. Of course, knowing what to do and actually learning new techniques are two different things. For most people, figuring out how to floss with braces takes the most getting used to. To help give you a better idea, we’ll be sharing everything you need to know about flossing with your hardware.  Read More


Can You Drink Soda With Braces or Invisalign?

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Can you drink coffee with clear braces? Can you drink with Invisalign aligners in your mouth? Why is soda bad for braces? These are some of the questions we get from our Everett, Bothell, Monroe and Mill Creek Invisalign and braces patients. While most people have a pretty good idea of the ins and outs of eating with orthodontic appliances, not everyone is as well versed when it comes to beverages. To help give you a better idea of what you should know about drinking with Invisalign or braces, we’re covering some of the most common beverage-related questions. 

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Do You Know These Common Braces Myths?

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When it comes to dental braces, there are myths abound. Some of the common braces myths are rooted in people’s experience with the braces of decades past (today’s braces are a big upgrade and a lot of the challenges no longer exist) and others, well, we’re not exactly sure where they come from. To help dispel any misconceptions, we’re countering some popular braces myths with braces facts!

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Common Teeth Problems an Orthodontist Can Fix

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Common Teeth Problems Diagnosis

Can I get braces for an anterior crossbite? Can Invisalign fix an overbite? We get a lot of questions like these from our Alaska, Bothell, Monroe, Mill Creek and Everett, WA Invisalign and braces patients before they start treatment. As a certified specialist in orthodontics, Dr. Richard Chan specializes in diagnosing, preventing and treating malocclusions, or problems with the size, positioning and alignment of the teeth and jaws. Of course, orthodontic treatment is focused on straightening the teeth and creating a beautiful smile for every patient, but we also want to design the most functional bite (how the upper and lower teeth fit together). While each patient is unique and you could even have a combination of problems, these are the most common bite issues we address. 

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