Best Orthodontist in WA – Two Convenient Locations
At Gig Harbor-Tacoma Orthodontics, Dr. Patra Alatsis and her team provide professional, affordable orthodontic services in two convenient locations in the greater Seattle-Tacoma area of Washington.
A native of Tacoma, Dr. Alatsis earned her dental degree on the opposite coast in Boston at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She returned to the Pacific Northwest for her orthodontic residency program at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She earned her M.S. in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, as well as an Orthodontic Specialty Certificate.
Dr. Alatsis initially worked as a partner with Dr. Scott Drake until he transitioned his orthodontic practice to her. “I’m honored to continue to provide exceptional orthodontics to patients throughout our community,” Dr. Alatsis says.
Who is a Candidate for Orthodontic Treatment?
Most patients automatically associate orthodontics with braces. The discipline deals with whole-mouth wellness and restoring full function. Some of the non-aesthetic conditions it treats include:
- Jaw Misalignment: An imperfect bite may cause teeth to wear unevenly. It may also result in painful headaches, trouble sleeping, and sometimes vertigo.
- Chewing Issues: Again, the issue is how the bite affects chewing. The primary problem is often the uneven wear of the teeth. Pain and headaches are a common side-effect of the worst conditions.
- Wide Gaps: Spaces between the teeth can trap food and debris. If not correctly cleaned daily, the gaps become breeding spots for bacteria.
- Thumb Sucking: Many children allow their children to suck their thumbs as a classic comforting gesture. However, it may become problematic as the child ages because it affects the soft palate’s correct development.
That Perfect Smile
Many patients who visit the practice are in search of that perfect smile. The orthodontist and friendly staff apply their skills and the latest technology to help patients achieve their desired look. With such a range of options from which to choose, patients will find something for every budget and lifestyle.
Treatment options include:
- Traditional Braces
- Ceramic Braces
- Invisalign for Adults
- Invisalign Teen
- Phase I Treatment (Early/Interceptive Orthodontics)
- Surgical Orthodontics
- TAD Treatment
- Teeth Whitening
Few dental practices today offer patients such a range of braces and solutions. Most patients for whom Invisalign is impractical must use metal braces instead. At Gig Harbor-Tacoma Orthodontics, patients may opt for ceramic braces instead.
Patients of all ages are welcome. The team recommends bringing in children as soon after they lose their baby teeth as possible, should there be any corrective issues to deal with. On the other end of the age spectrum, while it is never too late for someone to straighten their teeth, there is a limited window of opportunity for other issues.
A Team of Dedicated Professionals
What makes each of the offices in Dr. Patra Alatsis‘s practice unique is the team of professionals that work there. Orthodontist Dr. Patra Alatsis leads her staff with dedication. The entire team aims to help patients feel welcome and valued with each visit.
Meet the Friendly Team at Gig Harbor -Tacoma Orthodontics
Anyone who requires an orthodontist’s services in Tacoma, WA, can call or email either of Dr. Alatsis’s office to schedule a consultation. The orthodontist will discuss your dental goals and recommend a solution that fits for you.
Gig Harbor Office
The Gig Harbor office is a convenient location for those living in Artondale, Wollochet, Rosedale, and Swede Hill. Patients will find the practice at 5334 Olympic Drive NW #201 Gig Harbor, WA 98335. Patients may call (253) 525-5785 or email email@example.com to schedule a consultation.
The Tacoma office is a convenient location for Tacoma residents. Patients will find the practice at 4301 S. Pine Street #231 Tacoma, WA 98409 Patients may call (253) 799-0880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a consultation.