common orthodontic treatments in Bellevue, WA
When it comes to creating your most beautiful smile, you can trust the years of experience and reputation for excellence built by Dr. Wallace Wong and our Bellevue orthodontic team. Ours is an office with a true team, consisting of a dedicated doctor and staff members who have one goal in common: to be of service to our patients. Your smile is always our top priority.
We are here to educate you about your options for treatment and your progress, and stay in communication with your general dentist and any specialists involved in your treatment. Our team will help answer all insurance and financial questions, and of course, make sure you and your family feel welcome and enjoy coming to our Bellevue office.
our orthodontic services
- Comprehensive treatment with traditional stainless steel or clear ceramic brackets
- Invisalign® and Invisalign Teen® clear aligners
- Phase I (early treatment)
- Accelerated treatment and greater comfort with Propel VPro+
We appreciate the trust that our patients have placed in us, and we look forward to earning your trust as well. Please feel free to contact our Bellevue orthodontic office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Wong today!
common orthodontic treatments
Read below to learn about the most common orthodontic issues seen at our Bellevue office, and the recommended treatment prescribed by Dr. Wong.
Crowding of the teeth
Patient started treatment at age 11 and wore braces for 26 months. He loves his new smile.
Open bite - Front teeth don't touch
Patient sucked her thumb as a young child. She started treatment at age 13. She had braces and a special appliance — called a crib — to retrain the tongue, for 28 months. Now she can bite the lettuce out of a sandwich.
Deep overbite - Lower front teeth bite into palate
This adult patient, age 25, required braces and jaw surgery to correct his severe overbite, with treatment taking two years. His problem could have been corrected without surgery if he had been treated before he was a teenager.
Missing lateral incisors
This patient's lateral incisors were congenitally missing. She had braces for 20 months to move the teeth into their correct positions, then the missing teeth were replaced with bonded "Maryland" bridges.
Underbite - Lower front teeth in front of upper teeth
Patient's underbite was causing her jaw joint discomfort and excessive wear patterns on her teeth. After about 30 months of treatment starting at age 32, she now finds smiling and chewing much easier.
Spacing of teeth
Patient was bothered by the spaces between his teeth. Braces closed the spaces and gave him an ideal bite in 24 months. Special glued-in retainers help keep the spaces closed.
Overjet - Protruding front teeth
At age ten, patient had a big overjet with the top teeth protruding beyond the bottom. She had two phases of treatment. The first helped her jaws to grow more harmoniously and the second aligned her teeth and bite. At age 13, she was proudly displaying her new smile.
Sometimes braces are not needed to get noticeable improvements in tooth alignment. This patient was first seen at age seven for crowding of the lower permanent teeth. A procedure was performed to reduce the width of the adjacent baby teeth and the permanent incisors aligned on their own in nine months.
Patient's parents were concerned about both aesthetics and the health of the erupting permanent teeth when they brought him to the orthodontist at age eight. The lower front teeth were crowded and touching the palate, and the upper front teeth were extremely displaced from their normal positions. After 12 months of Phase-One treatment with an expander and partial braces, patient's appearance and dental function were vastly improved.