At Douglas Knight Orthodontics, our goal is to join in a true partnership with our patients so that together we can achieve your goal of a healthy, straight smile. Dr. Douglas Knight offers a wealth of experience in providing Tacoma area adults, teens, and children with quality orthodontic care in a friendly, welcoming office environment. See how a beautiful smile can enhance your life by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Knight. 

The Difference A Healthy Smile Makes

 Orthodontic Problems.

Nobody understands better than the team at Douglas Knight Orthodontics the difference a straight, healthy smile can make. We have heard from countless patients who have received an increase in their level of self-confidence once they completed quality treatment from experienced Tacoma orthodontist, Dr. Knight. Let us show you the difference properly aligned teeth can make in your life. Here are just a few of the common problems that orthodontic care can help correct. 

•   Bite Problems – Whether you are experiencing an overbite, underbite, or your teeth just don’t seem to align well, our team can help. We stay on top of the latest advancement in the industry to ensure we bring you high quality, accelerated service that provides lasting results. 

  Protruding Teeth – Protruding teeth occur on the upper or lower level of the jaw, and usually point outward a significant amount. 

  Spacing Issues – Some teeth experience overcrowding, where there isn’t enough room for all of the permanent teeth to comfortably fit. Or the spacing between teeth is too wide and creates an unsightly gap. The team at Douglas Knight Orthodontics can easily put your concerns to rest with our trained team of professionals and distinct appliances to target your problem areas. 

  Mid Line Mismatch – When your upper and lower jaws do not coincide, it is called mid line mismatch. This can lead to significant jaw problems if not corrected. 

Orthodontics is for Children — and Adults

Having orthodontic treatment in childhood is ideal because we can take advantage of a youngster's natural growth processes to help move the teeth into proper alignment. Like the rest of the body, the teeth and jaws are now changing rapidly. So at this time it's possible (for example) to create more room for teeth in a crowded mouth by using a “palatal expander” to rapidly widen the upper jaw. This phase of growth modification can shorten overall treatment time and ensure the best result if additional orthodontic appliances are needed.

But remember, healthy teeth can be moved at any age, so you've never “missed the boat” for orthodontic treatment. In fact, about one in five of today's orthodontic patients are adults. Several new technological developments — including tooth-colored ceramic braces, clear aligners and invisible lingual braces — have made orthodontic appliances less evident, and enhanced the treatment experience for grown-ups. Before treatment, adults are carefully examined for signs of periodontal (gum) disease, which will be brought under control before treatment begins.

Types of Orthodontic Appliances

 

When you imagine someone wearing braces, you probably picture small metal brackets bonded to the front of the teeth, with a thin wire running through them. This time-tested style remains very popular — but it's no longer the only option. Clear braces use brackets made of ceramic or plastic which, except for the slim archwire, are hardly visible. 

Removable clear aligners are an alternative to fixed orthodontic appliances. They consist of a series of clear plastic “trays” that fit over your teeth exactly; each one moves your teeth a little bit, until they are in the proper position. Whether fixed or removable, each type of appliance may have advantages or disadvantages in particular situations. After a complete examination, we will discuss which treatment options are best for you.

Have A Question? Contact Us Today!

To schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Knight, or to learn more about our treatments, including Invisalign services, give our team a call today. Contact us at (253) 627-5550. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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