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How to Make the Most of Summer in Seattle

Summer is an easy, breezy season when you can play and enjoy the beautiful outdoor splendor of Seattle. It’s also a great time for you or your child to start orthodontic treatment. Schedules are often more flexible, making it easier to keep appointments as well as grow accustomed to new appliances without the pressure of school. Dr. Jorge Peralta is an experienced Seattle orthodontist who focuses on using the most advanced technology available to give you or your child a beautiful smile. In between appointments, though, take advantage of all Seattle has to offer. This city is a great place to be during this relaxed season. Here are five ways to make the most of summer in Seattle!

 

Burien’s Music In The Park

On Thursday’s at 6:30pm, head to Lake Burien School Memorial Park for the city of Burien’s annual music and theater in the park series. Bring a picnic, or enjoy food from Jimmy V’s food truck.

 

Space Needle

Enjoy gorgeous views atop Seattle’s iconic Space Needle landmark. Born in the1960s, the structure rises 520 feet, or 159 meters, above the Seattle skyline.

 

Victoria Day Trip

Experience the unique beauty of the Pacific Northwest on a high-speed, roundtrip cruise between Seattle and Victoria on the Victoria Clipper.

 

Festivals and Concerts

Seattle has many summer festivals and concerts for all ages. Enjoy live music and fun activities throughout this vibrant city. Here are a couple fun ones we recommend:

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park, the fifth most popular park in the United States, features shadowy forests, idyllic meadows, dramatic waterfalls, lakes, and glaciers.

 

Boeing Everett Factory

This high-flying destination guides you through the adventure of air travel and airliner construction and design.

 

Contact Us Today!

These are some great ways to enjoy all that Seattle has to offer during summer. Whatever the season, if you or your child wants a healthier, more beautiful smile, contact Dr. Jorge Peralta, orthodontist in Burien and West Seattle, for a free consultation today. Call our office in West Seattle at 206-938-3100 or our location in Burien at 206-244-7800, or request an appointment online.

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What Kind of Toothbrush Should I Use With Braces?

Once your West Seattle orthodontist puts braces on your teeth, you’ll be well on your way toward the straight and healthy smile you deserve! While it does take a little time to adjust to having braces, before long, you’ll be completely used to wearing those appliances on your teeth.

Importance of Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene is super important when you’re wearing braces because there are many tight spaces around your bands, brackets, and wires that can trap food and plaque. This means you’ll need to arm yourself with the best teeth cleaning tools you can find. The most important item to have in your arsenal of plaque-fighting tools is a good quality toothbrush. If you’re wondering what type of toothbrush is best to use with braces, we’ve put together the following information that should help!

Electric or Manual: It’s Up to You

You can use either a regular manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush to clean your teeth and braces, it’s up to you! If you decide to go the electric route, make sure to choose a brush head with soft bristles. When brushing your teeth, use a moderate setting and don’t allow the back of the brush to vibrate against your braces, to prevent damaging your appliances. If you’re going to use a regular brush it’s best to use a brush that has bi-level bristles that will easily get into all those small spaces around your braces.

A Proxabrush Can Reach Hard-to-Reach Areas

To make sure that you get into all those hard-to-reach areas like around the bands on your back teeth and up and under the archwire, pick up a proxabrush at your local pharmacy. This is a small spiral-shaped brush that’s sometimes called an ‘interproximal brush’ that does an excellent job of removing bits of food and plaque from tight spaces.

 

In a nutshell, it’s important to choose a soft-bristled toothbrush that’s easy to hold and manipulate. When shopping for a toothbrush, choose one that carries the ADA seal of approval to ensure it’s deemed safe and effective to use. If you have any questions or need help picking out a toothbrush, contact us and we’ll help!

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Are Orthodontists Dentists? And Other FAQs

With so many patients seeing our Burien and West Seattle orthodontist to improve their smiles, we’ve answered many questions here at Peralta Orthodontics over the years. Because we’re often asked if orthodontists like Dr. Peralta are dentists as well, we thought we’d answer that question here in case it’s something you’re wondering about. We’ve also answered a couple of other frequently asked questions related to the same topic below.

 

All Orthodontists are Indeed Dentists

 

Technically, all orthodontists are dentists because they undergo the same training and earn the same degree as dentists. However, orthodontists go through an additional two to three years of education to learn how to properly align the teeth and jaws using a variety of orthodontic appliances like braces and aligners. As a result, most orthodontists don’t offer dental services like routine cleanings or tooth decay treatment because they’re focused entirely on correcting all types of malocclusions or “bad bites”.

 

Just like orthodontists specialize in the alignment of the teeth and jaws, dentists specialize in helping their patients keep their teeth and gums healthy. They can treat problems like tooth decay and gum disease and teach their patients how to avoid both. It’s important to see your dentist every six months for a routine exam and cleaning to maintain good dental health.

 

Why is it Best to See an Orthodontist for Braces?

 

While it may seem fine to visit a dentist that offers braces in order to achieve the attractive and healthy smile you want, it’s always best to receive orthodontic treatment from an orthodontist. Only an orthodontist has the training, experience, and expertise needed to accurately realign the teeth and/or jaws to give you the best possible outcome which is a smile that’s as healthy and attractive as it can be!

 

Why Do I Have to See My Dentist During Orthodontic Treatment?

 

Many of our patients just starting out with braces or Invisalign are surprised to hear us tell them that they still have to see their dentists, even though they’re being treated by Dr. Peralta.

 

These regular dental visits are important because dentists are trained to identify any problems that may be developing with the teeth and gums in their earliest stages.

 

If a problem is found during a routine exam, the dentist will treat the problem right away before it becomes worse. An untreated dental problem can throw orthodontic treatment completely off track. In the worst case scenario when braces are worn, the braces may need to be removed from the teeth until the dental problem is brought under control.

 

Visit us for Braces & Invisalign in Seattle!

 

Dr. Peralta is passionate about providing his patients with “hands-on”, detail-oriented orthodontic treatment to ensure they receive the best possible outcomes. You simply cannot find a better orthodontist in Seattle to help you achieve your most perfect smile! If you’re ready to see what he can do for you, please request an appointment with us today! We can’t wait to hear from you soon!

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Dr. Peralta Named Seattle Met Top Dentist for 2018

Even though the new year has just begun, 2018 is bound to be one of the best years yet for Peralta Orthodontics because Dr. Peralta has earned the distinction of being named a 2018 Top Dentist by Seattle Met magazine! This is the fourth year in a row that our Seattle orthodontist was named a top orthodontist by his peers, and we couldn’t be any prouder!

 

If you’re looking for an orthodontist in West Seattle who can provide your family with the high quality, personalized orthodontic care you deserve, you simply can’t go wrong by choosing Dr. Peralta! He’s a very talented and highly experienced orthodontist who is committed to maintaining the highest standard of excellence in the orthodontic care he provides patients of all ages living throughout the greater Seattle area. Dr. Peralta is passionate about improving smiles and it shows! He has a countless number of beautiful smiles to his credit and is trusted by patients and parents alike!

 

After spending many years improving smiles at our first office in Burien, Dr. Peralta opened our second office location in West Seattle last year so even more kids, teens, and adults can benefit from the amazing orthodontic treatment he offers! The next time you see Dr. Peralta, be sure to congratulate him on his two latest achievements!

 

Request a Free Consultation Today

 

Dr. Peralta uses all the latest types of braces and Invisalign aligners to help his patients achieve the healthy and happy smiles they deserve. If you’re looking for a top-notch orthodontist in Seattle that truly does care for his patients, Dr. Peralta is the right choice to make! To schedule your free, initial consultation, please fill out and submit our online appointment request form. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

What Is The Difference Between Orthodontic and Dental X-Rays?

When a patient is at our office for his or her first visit, Dr. Peralta will carry out a thorough oral examination to detect any current or potential problems with the teeth and jaws to determine if the patient can benefit from treatment. A part of this first visit may include us taking X-rays so Dr. Peralta can see what is happening below the gums. For instance, X-rays can help our West Seattle orthodontist detect issues like:

 

  • Missing or extra adult teeth
  • Impacted teeth
  • Misplaced teeth
  • Short, long or misshapen roots
  • Problems with the jawbone like a jawbone that’s too big or small, asymmetrical or misshapen.

Many patients hope that we can use old dental X-rays when they visit us for the first time. However, this isn’t possible because dental X-rays don’t provide all the information that Dr. Peralta needs. Below is an explanation of how the X-rays we take differ from those taken by your dentist.

 

Dental X-rays

 

The X-rays that your dentist commonly takes are called bite wing Xrays and periapical X-rays. With a bite wing X-ray, you bite down on a wing-shaped device that holds the film in place while the X-ray is being taken. This type of X-ray helps your dentist find decay between back teeth.

 

A periapical X-ray is similar to a bite wing X-ray but it shows the entire length of one or two teeth, from the crown to the root.

 

Your dentist may also take a panoramic X-ray every few years (or when a problem presents itself) to give him/her a view of all the teeth on both the upper and lower jaws.

 

Orthodontic Xrays

 

An orthodontist uses several types of X-rays to see what is happening with the jaws and below the gums including:

 

  • Panoramic X-rays – A panoramic X-ray that captures all the teeth on the upper and lower jaws is used to see emerging and impacted teeth and to monitor tooth development in children. If your dentist has taken a panoramic X-ray at some time during the twelve months prior to your first visit with Dr. Peralta, we can use that X-ray instead of taking a new one.  Just let us know, and we can request to have the X-ray sent to us.
  • Cephalometric X-rays – This type of X-ray can capture the entire side of the head so Dr. Peralta can see the relation between the teeth and the jaw.
  • CT Scans – This type of diagnostic record is occasionally needed to give Dr. Peralta a three- dimensional (3D) view of the teeth and jaws. A CT scan is particularly valuable when planning complex orthodontic treatment.

Contact Your Orthodontist in Seattle!
We hope this information has helped you understand how the X-rays we take are different from those your dentist takes. If you have any questions, we’d be happy to answer them so just contact us! If you’re ready to find out how we can help you achieve a remarkable new smile, please request your complimentary consultation today. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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Announcing Our 2017 Holiday Gift Drive

Each morning, nearly 9,000 children in foster care in Washington State will wake up this holiday season to unfamiliar surroundings.

 

Fortunately, we can make their season bright.

 

That is why Peralta Orthodontics is hosting a holiday donation drive. Together, we can help stock the Treehouse Wearhouse, a free store where kids in foster care can shop for toys, warm clothes, books, and other essential items this holiday season.

 

We were inspired to start this gift drive by a former local foster child who recalls using the “amazing” Treehouse services when she was younger. She said the people who donate to Treehouse helped to make her childhood “bearable” during a “lonely and stressful time when you’re not with your biological family”. Thanks to your donation, we can help more children feel cared for and believed in.

 

You can help by providing:

 

  • Monetary donations
  • New clothing
  • Teen gifts
  • Toys
  • Shoes and accessories

We will be collecting physical donations until Friday, December 15th.  If you plan to bring a donation to the office outside of your appointment time, please call ahead to ensure our hours and location for the day, 206-244-7800.  Feel free to email Erin with any questions, erin@peraltaortho.com.

 

Together, we can give kids in foster care a childhood and a future.

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Halloween Candy: The Spooky Consequences of Too Much Sugar on a Developing Mouth

Soon, the neighborhoods will be filled with young ghosts and goblins who’ll be out and about collecting all types of sweet and sugary Halloween treats. While our Burien and West Seattle orthodontist enjoys all the fun that Halloween brings, he’d like to remind all of our parents that consuming too much sugar is not good for your kids’ teeth.

 

How Sugar Harms Teeth

 

Sugar is a major cause of tooth decay and cavities. The naturally occurring bacteria in the mouth feed on the sugar in candy and other foods and turns it into harmful acid. This acid attacks the protective enamel on teeth to raise the risk for decay. When kids eat lots of sticky or chewy candies like caramels and taffy, the sugar is in contact with the teeth for longer periods of time. This allows the bacteria more time to feed on the sugar to produce acid that leads to cavities.

 

Once a cavity develops, it’s very important to seek dental treatment before the decay does any more damage. Teeth that are badly decayed may need to be removed, which is something nobody wants! So what are parents supposed to do? Cancel their kids’ Halloween plans so they can’t collect lots of sweet treats that are harmful to eat? Of course not! Here are a few tips that can help protect your kids’ mouths this Halloween.

 

Ways to Limit the Effect of Sugar on Teeth

 

  • Fill your kids up with a good meal prior to trick-or-tricking so they’re less tempted to fill up on candy.
  • Encourage your kids to eat a small amount of candy in one sitting, followed by a glass of water or a thorough tooth brushing.
  • Pass out candy at parties that can be eaten quickly and easily to limit the amount of time sugar is in contact with the teeth.
  • Remind your kids to brush and floss well before bedtime to remove tiny pieces of Halloween candy that’s trapped between teeth. It’s especially important for kids wearing braces to brush and floss well as there are lots of places candy and bacteria can hide in and around all those brackets and wires on teeth!

Happy Halloween from Your Burien & West Seattle Orthodontist!

 

Dr. Peralta and his team would like to wish everyone a happy Halloween! For those of you who’ll be going trick-or-treating, be safe out there and don’t let all that candy play ghastly tricks on your teeth! Be sure to do a great job with your toothbrush and floss!

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The Perils of At-Home Orthodontic Care

Our Seattle orthodontist would like to send out a heads-up about the perils of at-home orthodontic care. There are companies in operation today advertising DIY orthodontics designed to help people save thousands of dollars on the orthodontic treatment they need. These companies sell plastic aligner trays that look like Invisalign which are created from impressions consumers take of their teeth at home.

 

The Problem with Do-It-Yourself Invisalign

 

The main problem with at-home orthodontic care is that this type treatment cannot address very important issues regarding how the upper and lower teeth meet or the health status of the jaw joints and gums. Even though the companies offering at-home orthodontics do provide customer support, the “patients” have no licensed orthodontists overseeing their progress as they move through the series of aligners they’re given.

 

This lack of professional guidance can lead to some serious problems developing like:

  • Unpredictable and undesirable tooth movement
  • Permanent damage being done to the teeth
  • Bone loss in the jaw
  • Tooth decay & gum disease

An In-Person Orthodontic Evaluation is Important!

 

No licensed and reputable orthodontist would ever recommend orthodontic appliances to a patient without first providing that patient with a thorough orthodontic evaluation. Even though the companies offering at-home orthodontics advertise that each case is reviewed by a dentist, these hired dentists are approving cases based solely on selfies and models of questionable quality, with no diagnostic records and no oral health evaluation.

 

Contact Your Local Seattle Orthodontist

 

Dr. Peralta is a licensed and experienced orthodontist who offers individualized orthodontic treatment to patients of all ages living throughout Burien, West Seattle, Renton, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, and the greater Seattle, WA area. If you want to improve your smile safely, predictably and effectively with braces or Invisalign, we encourage you to request a free consultation with Dr. Peralta today. We hope to hear from you soon!

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Peralta Orthodontics 2017 Give Back Event!

Over the years, the team at Peralta Orthodontics has been personally moved by the fight that several of our families have had to endure with breast or gynecological cancer. This is why our orthodontist, Dr. Peralta, has chosen to support Northwest Hope and Healing by donating $50 for each patient that begins full treatment during the month of August. This is our tribute to those amazing women who have touched our lives more than they will ever know!

 

In his ongoing quest to make it a priority to give back to the community, Dr. Peralta’s goal is to increase his contributions every year. In addition to donating to many local schools and our patients’ fundraising efforts for various causes, he also regularly donates to:

 

Help Us Help Others While You Achieve Your Most Incredible Smile!

 

We’re proud to serve patients of all ages living throughout Burien, West Seattle, Renton, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac, and the greater Seattle, WA area! Whether you’re looking for an orthodontist for your child or are interested in Invisalign treatment for yourself, we welcome you with open arms to Peralta Orthodontics!

 

If you begin full treatment during August, we’ll donate $50 to Northwest Hope and Healing so you can help us help others in need! Simply give us a call to set up your first complimentary consultation appointment or complete our handy online form. We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon!

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Announcing Our New Office Location in West Seattle!

Dr. Peralta and his friendly team have some exciting news to announce! Our new office location in West Seattle is now open and ready to serve you! Since first breaking ground last fall, progress has been steady and our brand new office is now complete. We’re more than pleased with the results!

 

Our new office is conveniently located at:

 

Peralta Orthodontics

3916 California Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98116

 

New Hours:

 

  • Monday: 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
  • Tuesday: 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday: 10:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
  • Thursday 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
  • Friday: 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Our newest office, located two blocks north of the West Seattle Junction, is close to several local schools including Holy Rosary School, Seattle Lutheran High School, St. Christopher Academy, Madison Middle School, Hope Lutheran School, and West Seattle High School. This will make it very convenient for our student patients to visit us for appointments during the school year!

 

With our new convenient office location, top-notch orthodontic care is just minutes away from your Seattle-area home, work or school! If you’re in the area, feel free to drop by to have a look around! We’re confident you’ll love what you see and will be just as impressed with our new office as we are!

 

Schedule A Free Consultation With Our West Seattle Orthodontist

Dr. Peralta provides comprehensive orthodontic care to patients of all ages living throughout Burien, West Seattle, Renton, Des Moines, Normandy Park SeaTac and the greater Seattle, WA area. If you’re ready to start the journey toward your most perfect smile, please request an appointment today to set up your free, initial consultation. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you achieve the healthy and attractive smile you deserve!