Orthodontic Blog

We’re Reopening!

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Dear patients and friends of Richard Chan Orthodontics,

We cannot believe it has been two months since we have seen you at our office. We’ve missed seeing your smiles, but we’re excited to welcome you back to our Washington offices on May 18th, 2020! We are still waiting word in Alaska that we are allowed to perform non-urgent procedures and will let you know when this can happen in Juneau and Sitka. When you visit us in the office, you will notice that things might look a bit different. All the protocols we have in place are to keep our team and patients safe.
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How We’re Staying Connected With Patients at Richard Chan Orthodontics

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While our offices have been temporarily closed to help keep our patients, team members and community safe, we’ve been hard at work (virtually) and have found new ways to stay connected. After all, we want to ensure our Alaska, Bothell, Monroe and Mill Creek braces and Invisalign patients are able to maintain their progress, while also allowing prospective patients to reach us. That’s why we’ve added some new features to our website: online check-ins and virtual consultations. 
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7 Fun Educational Activities to do With Kids at Home

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As we all try to practice social distancing and many of us are now homeschooling our kiddos while balancing working from home, it can be tough to keep little ones engaged, learning and having fun. Dr. Richard Chan isn’t just an Alaska, Bothell, Monroe and Mill Creek orthodontist, he’s also a dad, so he knows exactly what you’re going through! That’s why the Richard Chan Orthodontics team thought we’d share some fun educational activities to do with kids at home.

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7 Things You Should Know About Invisalign and Braces for Adults

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Am I too old for braces? Is Invisalign worth it in my 50s? These are the types of questions I hear all of the time as an Alaska and Seattle-area orthodontist. As I tell my patients, as long as your teeth and gums are healthy, I can help you get an incredible smile at any age and it’s never too late to reap the benefits of orthodontic treatment. Even if you do have oral health concerns, I can work with your dentist or any specialists to get you to a place where treatment would be safe and effective. If you’ve been considering orthodontics, here are seven things you should know about Invisalign and braces.

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Richard Chan Orthodontics is Celebrating Chinese New Year!

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When you come to Richard Chan Orthodontics, our team plays a big part in your smile journey. Every staff member at our Alaska, Bothell, Mill Creek and Monroe orthodontics practice has an important role. As we ring in 2020 and the Year of the Rat, I thought it was the perfect time to help you get to know my team a little better. Every year at our practice, we celebrate Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year. So, what better way to give you a glimpse into our personalities here at Richard Chan Orthodontics than have each team member share which animal they are on the Chinese zodiac and the trait they identify with? Read More

Is Invisalign Teen Right for My Teenager?

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For decades, metal braces were the only option for teenagers in orthodontic treatment. That’s why they became sort of like a teenage rite of passage. While today’s metal braces have seen huge improvements and they’re a great choice for a lot of patients, there are other options now, including Invisalign Teen. In fact, I’ve seen more and more of my Alaska and Seattle-area orthodontic patients opt for clear aligners. If your teen is interested in the braces alternative, read on to learn more about Invisalign Teen. Read More

What Happens at My Braces or Invisalign® Consultation?

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All of my Juneau, Sitka, Bothell, Mill Creek and Monroe Invisalign and braces patients kick off their smile journey with a consultation. At Richard Chan Orthodontics, this first visit is complimentary because I know choosing an orthodontist is a big decision. I want you to have all the information you need to feel confident about moving forward. Here’s what to expect at your braces or Invisalign consultation at our practice: Read More

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What You Should Know About Wisdom Teeth and Braces

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Most people get their permanent second molars between the ages of 11 and 13. By the time these teeth come in, I’m able to see exactly what issues a patient may be facing with their smile, including crowding, spacing or an overbite. This is one of the reasons why it’s so common for teens to start orthodontic treatment around this time.

Yet, once a teenager is done with braces or Invisalign, they might have another milestone on the horizon: their third molars, or their wisdom teeth. If a person’s wisdom teeth do erupt (not everyone’s do), they typically make an entrance between the ages of 17 and 21. Of course, after investing in orthodontic treatment, you don’t want these final pearly whites to disrupt your results, which is why patients often ask, “Should you remove wisdom teeth before braces?” The answer I give my Monroe, Mill Creek and Bothell braces patients is, no, not usually. I’ll cover why that’s the case and when it might be recommended to have your wisdom teeth taken out.  Read More

A Guide to Preparing Your Child for Braces or Invisalign Teen

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When your child first finds out they’ll be getting braces or Invisalign, they’re likely going to have a lot of questions. They might be nervous about the treatment being painful or embarrassed to be the only person in class with braces (fact: they won’t be!). They might be frustrated about all the rules of what they can and can’t eat, and how to brush and floss their teeth. We get these questions all the time at Richard Chan Orthodontics, both from our teen patients and their parents. In most cases, kids are simply afraid of the unknown. As parents, it’s your job to help them understand what to expect and prepare them as best as possible.

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