Common Speech Problems Orthodontics Can Help

Did you know that the alignment of your teeth can affect your speech? If you struggle to pronounce certain words, your teeth could be the reason why. Thankfully, orthodontics can help. Dr. Barton Soper at Advanced Orthodontics can provide orthodontic treatment to resolve common oral problems such as: Lisp or Whistling Lisps or whistles are common Read More

5 Reasons to Smile in the Year 2020

There are a lot of reasons you should be flashing those pearly whites more often – smiling is good for your health! According to Psychology Today, when you smile you activate neural messaging that benefits your health and happiness. As we close out the year, it is important to find reasons to smile and be Read More

Should My Mouthguard Be Custom or Store Bought?

Anyone participating in a sport should wear a mouthguard to protect their teeth. This is especially important for anyone undergoing orthodontic treatment. Braces and wires can damage the mouth if you receive a ball to the face. Many people ask whether it is necessary to invest in a custom-fit mouthguard or will an over-the-counter one Read More

6 Orthodontic Tips for a Sensitive Gag Reflex

Having a sensitive gag reflex is nothing to be embarrassed about. Additionally, it is not something that should deter you from seeking orthodontic treatment. Those with a sensitive gag reflex can get frustrated, but it is certainly something that can be worked with while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists, like Dr. Barton Soper at Advanced Orthodontics, are Read More

4 Dieting Tips to Keep Your Smile Healthy

Just like the rest of your body, your mouth and teeth need to be well-nourished and taken care of in order to keep your smile radiant. Orthodontist Dr. Barton Soper at Advanced Orthodontics has four tips for keeping the beautiful and healthy smile you deserve! Brush and Floss The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth Read More

Protect Your Braces While Playing Sports

Getting braces doesn’t mean giving up the sports you love! Luckily, braces will not keep you from any sport or physical activity. However, the price you pay for a beautiful smile is taking a little extra care of your mouth while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Play Safe, Play All Season In general, it is not uncommon Read More

How to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in Braces

You’re in between meals and craving something sweet, but you just started orthodontic treatment and know that many of your favorite foods should now be avoided. Is there anything sweet you can eat? The short answer is yes! Orthodontist Dr. Barton Soper and the staff at Advanced Orthodontics are here to explain the truth about sugar and Read More

How to Survive Summer BBQ Season with Braces

Summer is here! That means outdoor barbecues with family and friends will be abundant. Whether celebrating a national holiday, graduation or attending a simple gathering, summer barbecues are a common summertime activity meant for everyone to enjoy. So how do you survive a summer BBQ while wearing braces? Fear not, we’ll break down the foods Read More

Rubber Bands for Braces, Explained

Whether you’ve had orthodontic treatment or not, you’ve seen people wearing elastics or rubber bands as part of the process. But do you know what they’re used for? To help give you a better idea of why rubber bands are used with metal or clear braces, we’ll explain what they are, why they’re used, and Read More

How to Keep Your Invisalign Aligners Clean

You’ve gotten your clear aligners and it’s time to begin your journey to a healthier, straight smile with Invisalign. Just as your oral hygiene routine would change with braces, you will need to adopt a new routine with Invisalign. This includes stocking up on a few more hygiene products and supplies to maintain your new Read More

Are You Too Old For Braces?

When you think of braces, who do you picture wearing them? If you’re like most Americans, children and teens come to mind. If you’re unhappy with your smile, you probably think you missed your chance for straight teeth, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Thanks to advances in technology, orthodontic treatment for adults Read More

Orthodontic Treatment: One Phase Or Two?

Did you know that orthodontic treatment is not just for teens and adults? In fact, the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) recommends that by the age of 7, children should have an initial orthodontic consultation. These comprehensive consultations determine whether or not a child’s teeth are developing properly or if early orthodontic treatment is or Read More

What is the Value of Orthodontic Treatment?

Did you know that orthodontic treatment is more than just straightening teeth? The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) states, “The goal of orthodontic treatment is a beautiful smile and a good bite—meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw and look great.” A straighter smile isn’t only good for aesthetics, Read More

Diabetes and Orthodontics: What You Need to Know

Although diabetes has become a fairly common disease in most recent years, it is still very serious and should be managed properly to avoid damaging effects to the body. These damaging effects include threats to your oral that can greatly influence your orthodontic treatment. Diabetes and Gum Disease The connection between diabetes and periodontal disease Read More

5 Tips for Going Back to School with Braces

Bummed out that summer is almost over? At Advanced Orthodontics in Bellevue, WA, we feel this is a great time of year to revisit the basics of caring for your teeth during orthodontic treatment. Starting a healthy routine at the beginning of the school year will go a long way towards achieving a beautiful, healthy Read More