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Stickables, The Newest Accessory for Your Child’s Smile

If you’re a parent of a 6-9 year old, you’re going to want to know about Stickables. They’re the newest release by Invisalign – the leading manufacturer of clear orthodontic aligners – and your kiddo is going to be interested.

While many parents come to our practice with teens, we (and the American Association of Orthodontics) actually advocate having your child seen by age 7.  Why? At this early age, a trained orthodontic eye can spot development and, in certain cases, begin treatment that will ease and shorten your child’s overall need for orthodontic work.

But, getting back to the point: What are Stickables??? Stickables are fun stickers that are specifically designed to decorate your child’s Invisalign aligners. They’re non-toxic, totally safe, and super fun! Below are some of the reasons we at, Advanced Orthodontics, love them too:

  • Our youngest patients can have fun customizing their aligners to show off their treatment and new smile
  • Stickables give kids a sense of control and autonomy in their treatment
  • They allow you, the parent, to embrace your kid’s unique style – strengthening your relationship during the difficult tween years and increasing their self-confidence.
  • Less commitment – more style.
    • Remember the fun of picking your bracket colors for halloween only to wish they were something new come November? Stickables can swap out with each aligner – 2 weeks tops!
    • And, unlike colored bands on brackets, your child can swap out their designs on their own, as often as they’d like!
  • Harder to lose – not quite invisible means these aligners are less likely to get tossed in a napkin at the lunch table and subsequently trashed.
    •  Translation for grown-ups: less money spent on replacement aligners
  • Bottom line: Invisalign stickables makes wearing aligners fun!

At Advanced Orthodontics, we are always working to create a fun environment where we build real relationships with our patients and their families. Your child’s self confidence along with a healthy smile are of utmost importance – it’s one of the reasons we love Stickables.

If your child is approaching their 7th birthday (or if it’s already passed) and their smile is begging for some stickables style – contact our practice. We offer complimentary consultations – virtually or in-person – and will build a customized treatment plan based on your child’s needs. We have flexible financing and low down payments. We can’t wait to meet you!

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We’re going virtual!

Dear Patients,

In order to ensure the safety of our patients, our team and the community at large during the COVID-19 outbreak, we are proactively adapting the way that we provide orthodontic treatment. What this means for you:

  • Dental Monitoring patients will continue as usual, with weekly remote checkups.
  • For Invisalign, if you haven’t already, you may come by to pick-up additional aligners. Call us when you’re coming and we’ll bring the aligners to your car.
  • Emergencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Please call us and we’ll work with you:  (425) 747-9494
  • All new patient consultations will be conducted virtually! If you or a family member have been considering orthodontics- we will meet you where you are. Simply click here to start your virtual consultation.

If we haven’t spoken already we will reach out shortly if you have an upcoming appointment to discuss the best option for your family.

Please know that we remain committed to the importance of your healthcare, comfort and safety. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 updates, and will communicate further based on the expert advice of government departments, public health authorities and healthcare professionals.

We promise to keep you updated through this dynamic situation, and we look forward to continuing to make you smile.

Stay well,

Dr. Soper, Dr. Stout & The Advanced Orthodontics Team

Is Chilly Weather Hurting Your Teeth?

As fall begins in many parts of the country, temperatures begin to drop, and leaves begin to change. However, can the cooler weather also cause your teeth to hurt? Keep reading to learn more about how your teeth can react to cooler weather from Dr. Barton Soper, Dr. Matthew Stout, and Dr. Veronica Toro at Advanced Orthodontics.

Do your teeth ever hurt when you eat something hot or cold? When your tooth enamel wears down or your gums recede, it exposes a layer of your teeth that is especially sensitive to temperature changes. The weather can also cause your teeth to experience discomfort. During the winter, your teeth contract in response to intense cold weather. This can lead to cracks in your teeth and cause the same type of pain that you may feel when you eat something cold, like ice cream.

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3 Common Speech Problems Orthodontics Can Help

How we communicate through speech is a crucial part of our daily lives. Did you know that the alignment of your teeth can affect your speech? If you’re struggling with certain elements of speech, it could be attributed to your teeth. Keep reading to learn more about different speech problems and how braces can help from Dr. Barton Soper, Dr. Matthew Stout, and Dr. Veronica Toro at Advanced Orthodontics.

  1. Mispronunciation

Certain sounds are practically impossible to pronounce when teeth aren’t where they’re supposed to be. Fricative consonant sounds like “t” “s” or “ch” which require tongue-to-tooth contact and are not possible without it. Orthodontic treatment places teeth where they need to be for better pronunciation.

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October is National Orthodontic Health Month

For many of us, October can mean fall weather and the excitement of Halloween. However, for orthodontists, October is also a very special month because October is National Orthodontic Health Month. This month is a month to celebrate and recognize the beautiful, healthy smiles that orthodontists create.

Here are some fun facts about orthodontics in celebration of Orthodontic Health Month from Dr. Barton Soper, Dr. Matthew Stout, and Dr. Veronica Toro at Advanced Orthodontics. Orthodontic treatment is a way of straightening or moving teeth to improve their appearance and how they work. Braces and invisible aligners are some of the more commonly used appliances to straighten teeth during orthodontic treatment.

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