Dental Education

Are braces important for kids?

Kids orthodontist in Sammamish

I have been asked almost everyday, does my child need braces? When is it considered an appropriate age to explore orthodontic treatment for my child? The short answer to all of these questions is that not all kids need braces – some don’t need them at all, some could benefit from orthodontic treatment, and some really need them.

Braces-friendly Meals at Sammamish Metropolitan Market


After a long day of work or school, nobody likes coming home to an empty fridge. Make sure yours is well stocked with ingredients and supplies for your favorite meals, so you don’t end up hangry (hungry + angry). Besides, getting a balanced and nutritious meal is just as important for your teeth as it is for the rest of …

Mail-order & DIY Braces


Happy New Year! As you make plans, goals, and new year’s resolutions for 2019, you may be thinking about your smile. This year, don’t be afraid to prioritize your health and happiness. While there are many ways to improve your confidence and quality of life, your smile is a great place to start. In the age of modern technology, we …

Foods to Avoid with Braces During the 2018 Holidays

Foods to avoid with braces

No sooner have the stores cleared the 4th of July items off the shelves and it’s on to back-to-school with a side of Halloween candy. But don’t blink, because then the Christmas stuff will be out in droves. There’s no denying the retail world wants to remind us of what is right around the corner, and the recent change in …

Orthodontist explaining the differences between Invisalign and clear aligners

Porth Aligner Sammamish Bellevue

What Kleenex & Invisali(g)n-e have in common? Differences between Invisalign and clear aligners If you’ve stepped into an orthodontist’s office, or visited their website, in the last few years you’re probably quite aware that clear aligners are a very popular treatment option. In fact, there’s a section on the Porth website dedicated to providing information about this alternative to conventional …

Retainers after braces: what to expect


The most frequently asked questions that I get circle around the retention phase of orthodontic treatment - it’s the part where you’re done with wearing your aligners or braces and are moving on to the retention phase of the treatment. I noticed the same pattern of questions whether my patient is a child, teen, or an adult. In this post I am going to answer all the questions that patients, parents, or significant others ask about retainers.

Happy World Orthodontic Health Day!


Here at Porth, we celebrate orthodontic health everyday. But we want to take an opportunity on this special day to talk more about the importance of orthodontic health. The hope is to answer most of the questions I hear about orthodontics and help you learn more about orthodontic treatment. Ready for some knowledge?