April 21, 2017

Tongue Thrust Habits: Causes, Effects and How to Fix Them

Tongue thrusting is the habit of putting the tongue in the incorrect position during swallowing, by placing the tongue too far forward or to the sides. As an infantile swallowing pattern, tongue thrusting is exhibited by children from birth, making it acceptable to have this swallowing pattern up to the age of four. While most

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March 22, 2017

How Do Braces Help You To Stop Grinding Your Teeth

Bruxism, or grinding of the teeth, is a common problem among people of all ages. Our Burien orthodontist, Dr. Jorge Peralta, often sees patients who complain of problems caused by habitual teeth grinding. He also speaks to patients who grind their teeth subconsciously, without even realizing they’re doing it, until they’re told by their dentists

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February 22, 2017

How Do Braces Fix An Overbite?

One of the most common orthodontic problems, or maloclussions, that our Burien and West Seattle orthodontist treats is an overbite. An overbite is when the upper teeth overlap more than half of the lower teeth when biting down. A serious, deep overbite can make it difficult to properly chew food and can even result in

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January 26, 2017

The 5 Stages of Getting & Wearing Braces

If you’re thinking of visiting an orthodontist in West Seattle or Burien to improve your smile with braces, you may be wondering what the whole orthodontic process is all about. Here is a run-down of the five basic steps of getting braces and wearing them so you have a good idea of what to expect.

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December 29, 2016

Dr. Peralta Is A 2016 Preferred Invisalign Provider In Seattle!

The team at Peralta Orthodontics is proud to announce that Dr. Peralta has been named a 2016 Invisalign Preferred Provider. This distinction means that our Burien and West Seattle orthodontist, who has been trained and certified by Invisalign, has a proven record of successfully treating patients with the innovative Invisalign System. For those of you

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November 28, 2016

Dental Implants and Orthodontics: Which Comes First?

It is widely known that very few people have perfectly aligned teeth and that millions of Americans are missing at least one tooth. Therefore, it is not surprising that some people have both problems. Misaligned teeth and missing teeth can both be corrected with orthodontic treatment and dental implants. But which should come first, braces

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November 15, 2016

How Direct Bonding of Braces Brackets Differs From Indirect Bonding

For patients just starting orthodontic treatment, there are two techniques used to attach the brackets to the teeth: direct or indirect bonding. There are many variations of orthodontic brackets with each type claiming superiority in achieving the optimal final tooth position and interarch occlusion. However, if the brackets are not positioned ideally on each individual

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September 26, 2016

3 Myths About Orthodontics & Braces Busted

Unfortunately, some people who could benefit from orthodontic treatment never make appointments with a West Seattle orthodontist because they believe one or more of the many myths about orthodontic care that have been around seemingly forever. That’s why we’d like to bust some of these myths so you’re well-informed and know the truth. Here are

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September 1, 2016

Back To School Orthodontic Reminders

Now that the 2016-17 school year is right around the corner, many of the patients we see at our Burien and West Seattle orthodontic offices will be heading back to the classroom. Making the transition from summer time fun and freedom to the structured environment of school can be challenging, and even more so if

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August 1, 2016

Invisalign Teen vs. Braces: Which is Right For Your Teenager?

As a West Seattle orthodontist that offers his patients many choices in orthodontic appliances, Dr. Peralta offers teenagers orthodontic treatment using several types of appliances including conventional metal braces and Invisalign Teen clear aligners.   If your teenager is about to undergo orthodontic treatment and is trying to decide between wearing regular braces or Invisalign

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