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Orthodontist in Gig Harbor and Tacoma, WA, Provide Interceptive Orthodontics


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Gig Harbor and Tacoma, WA – April 2, 2021. With offices in both Gig Harbor and Tacoma, Washington, Gig Harbor-Tacoma Orthodontics announces its early interceptive orthodontic program for teens and children to prevent dental problems down the line.

As the owner, Dr. Patra Alatsis, DMD, offers a free first visit to new patients, which provides an opportunity to customize a treatment plan based on a patient’s needs. Dr. Alatsis serves on the Board of Directors at Washington State Society of Orthodontics (WSSO) and is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) and the American Dental Association (ADA), among others.

Interceptive Orthodontics and Treatment

Interceptive orthodontics, also called early orthodontics, is the process of evaluating children’s orthodontic health at an early age. This evaluation would include early monitoring of a child’s teeth, jaw, and bite patterns.

While interceptive orthodontic treatment is not necessary for all kids, beginning the process early can prevent problems and save money in the future. About 20% of children in early orthodontic care benefit from its preventive results. Interceptive orthodontic care and treatment happen in two phases.


The first phase requires the child to wear a device, such as spacers, limited braces, or a palatal expander. This phase usually lasts for 12 months or less. Dr. Alatsis will then let the remaining baby teeth fall out, and the patient will have a resting period before the next phase.

Phase 2

The second phase begins when the child is an early teenager, around 12 or 13. This phase includes the use of braces or Invisalign Teen, which will help lock in their bite and give them a beautiful smile.

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Other Orthodontic Treatments

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that specializes in correcting teeth, jaw, and bite alignment. This also includes dentofacial orthopedics or facial growth. Gig Harbor-Tacoma Orthodontics offers other general orthodontic services, including:

  • Retainers
  • Teeth whitening
  • Surgical orthodontics
  • Invisalign for teens or adults
  • Traditional or ceramic braces
  • Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD) Treatment

About the Practices

As small, woman-owned-and-operated businesses, both Gig Harbor Orthodontics and Tacoma Orthodontics strive to make a patient’s trip to the orthodontist the best part of their day. As part of Dr. Alatsis’s first-class service for each practice, she offers a free initial consultation to new patients so she can evaluate them and create a customizable treatment plan based on their needs.

Both orthodontics practices proudly serve the Gig Harbor and Tacoma areas of Northwest Washington state. Prior to the first appointment, new patients may go online, download, and fill out a registration form. The practices offer flexible financing options as well as how to deal with certain insurance policies.

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For More Information

To learn more about interceptive orthodontics at Gig Harbor-Tacoma Orthodontics, please visit our website. The team at Gig Harbor-Tacoma is where “you’ll walk in as patients and leave as lifetime friends.”

To contact the orthodontic office in Gig Harbor, please call 253-264-0491 or email To contact the Tacoma Orthodontic office, please call 253-265-5082 or email