Lund | Orthodontics
13106 120th Ave NE - Kirkland, WA 98034 [map] 425.821.5700
22 95th Dr NE - Lake Stevens, WA 98258 [map] 425.335.5700
615 Avenue D - Snohomish, WA 98290 [map] 360.568.5700
Who, What, When & Why
Why Ortho

Orthodontics can help you attain a healthy, beautiful smile. Every day at Lund Orthodontics we are privileged to see that attaining a healthy, beautiful smile is a life-changing experience. When a patient attains a smile that they are proud of they become more self-confident. Also, a beautiful smile is one of the first things we notice in others, and studies show it can be associated with many positive attributes, including professional success. It is no wonder that parents want to provide their children with the best chance of success and that adults seek treatment for personal and business reasons.

Beyond the cosmetic or esthetic advantages of straight teeth, there are important health problems that can be prevented:

  • Crowded teeth collect more plaque and are therefore more prone to cavities.

  • Plaque accumulation leads to gum disease, possibly linked to heart disease.

  • Teeth that are not straight can result in inefficient chewing and digestive issues.

  • Protruding upper teeth are more prone to tooth fracture.

  • Uneven or crooked teeth can cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces.

  • A deep overbite can put stress on gum tissue and supportive bone tissue.

  • Improper tooth and jaw relationships can result in speech issues.

  • In extreme cases, serious issues with the jaw joints can result, sometimes leading to chronic headaches or pain in the face or neck.

Essentially, attaining a beautiful, healthy smile is a smart, long-term investment in your dental, physical and emotional health.

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Ortho for Children

Lund Orthodontics has a conservative approach to orthodontic care, and we make treatment decisions based on the latest scientific studies. Ultimately, treatment recommendations for our patients are the same as those we would make for our own family members.

While not every child needs braces, all children should at least be evaluated by an orthodontic specialist. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends:

By this age, we can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth. That's important because some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if they are found early. Early treatment allows us to deliver a multitude of benefits.

  • Correct and guide jaw growth to help the permanent teeth come in straight.

  • Coordinate the upper and lower jaw width to improve the fit of one's bite.

  • Create more space to avoid the need for permanent tooth removal later in life.

  • Correct thumb-sucking and help improve minor speech problems.

  • Bring teeth that are protruded into a safer position that helps prevent injury.

  • Improve the look of a child's teeth to prevent peer pressure or social concerns.

Ortho for Teens / Adolescents

Most of our patients begin active treatment between ages 9 and 14 -- when they have all of their permanent teeth. This is typically (but not always) the prime time to achieve an optimal orthodontic outcome. We realize orthodontic care also has to fit amongst our patients' busy lifestyles; starting treatment soon after all permanent teeth are present usually translates into getting braces off before one's busy high school years begin.

Most adolescents undergo comprehensive orthodontic care. This allows us to attain an uncompromised quality outcome. This is the Lund Orthodontics standard.

Ortho for Adults

We love getting to know our wonderful adult patients, and we take pride in looking after the orthodontic needs of your entire family. Over 20% of our patients are over the age of 18. Lund Orthodontics has been a family practice for over 30 years, and we have never had an adult patient regret pursuing treatment. Instead, we commonly hear adults say they wish they had pursued treatment sooner!

You are never too old for orthodontic care. Teeth can be straightened at any age as long as the teeth, gums and bone structures are healthy. The scope of adult care can be limited or comprehensive, and we are happy to customize a treatment plan around your specific concerns.

What to Look for

Have you been thinking of exploring your options for quite some time? If you recognize any of these signs in your child or yourself, it is a good idea to call us for a free exam:

  • A smile that is uneven or crooked.

  • Early or late loss of baby teeth.

  • Difficulty chewing or biting.

  • Mouth breathing.

  • Sucking the thumb or fingers.

  • Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth.

  • Jaws that shift, make sounds, protrude or are recessed.

  • Speech difficulty.

  • Biting the cheek, tongue or biting into the roof of the mouth.

  • Protruding teeth.

  • Teeth that meet in an abnormal way or don't meet at all.

  • Facial imbalance or asymmetry (features are out of proportion).

  • Grinding or clenching of teeth.

  • Inability to comfortably close lips

  • Teeth that are moving since previous orthodontic treatment.

  • Self-consciousness of one or more teeth.

  • Or simply curious about recommendations from an orthodontic exam.

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Meet Dr. Paul
As a second generation orthodontist, you can say he was born with a passion for creating healthy and beautiful smiles.

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