Braces

Braces are not what they used to be—from ceramic and clear to reduced-friction, treatment has never been faster, more comfortable or less obvious. When you choose Molen Orthodontics for your braces, you will get a level of experience and a dedication to service that you won’t find with other providers. We are uncompromising in our pursuit of designing natural-looking smiles using cutting-edge products and techniques. With Molen Orthodontics, you’ll be able to enjoy the most progressive and innovative approaches to designing smiles available today.

Your Braces Options

Rapid advancements in orthodontic technology mean that there are more treatment options available today than ever before. Molen Orthodontics is pleased to offer our patients a number of options, including: 

Damon Braces

Damon braces are a technologically advanced option that offer patients a comfortable, effective treatment method, and Molen is proud to say that we were the first practice to adopt Damon braces in our area. Coincidentally, Damon braces were invented by a native Washingtonian and University of Washington graduate who used to practice in the Spokane area. With Damon braces, there is no need for colored elastics or ties (though you’re certainly still welcome to use them if you wish). The lightweight memory-shape wires move teeth faster and create wider-looking smiles while requiring fewer adjustments, making them a comfortable option for patients of all ages. 

When patients are treated by our doctors with the Damon braces, they can expect:

  • Efficient Tooth Movement
  • Greater Comfort
  • Longer Intervals Between Appointments (generally 8-12 weeks apart—conventional treatment usually requires appointments every 4-6 weeks)
  • Fewer Appointments
  • No Headgear
  • Most Patients Treated Without Extractions
  • Less Time Away from School or Work
  • Shorter Time in the Orthodontic Chair
  • Spectacular “Molen Magic” Smiles!

Clear Damon Braces

Damon braces also come in a clear option that is a discreet and popular choice, particularly for adults and patients who want a subtle treatment option. Clear or invisible braces can be made of a tooth-colored ceramic or crystal clear material greatly reducing their visibility and ensuring they blend into the teeth. Molen Orthodontics uses Damon clear braces so you get all the benefits of the technological advancements, but in a hard-to-see option.

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The Artist and the Paintbrush

We feel strongly that Damon braces afford the most control to design beautiful custom smiles, but we also recognize that they are simply a tool. Damon braces are not magic, and in the hands of inexperienced practitioners the results they produce will be no better than traditional, old-fashioned braces. Our doctors have seen many patients transfer in to their office that had Damon braces on from somewhere else that did not meet their standards of quality. The exact position of the braces on each individual tooth is critical to creating an amazing smile. In order to deliver the smiles these transferring patients deserve, our doctors often have to remove, replace, and reposition the Damon braces that they had before to create smiles that meet their exacting standards. As important as Damon braces are, they are still just a tool, not unlike a paintbrush—the paintbrush doesn’t create the beautiful painting, the artist wielding it does.

Beautiful, Molen Smiles

At Molen Orthodontics, successful treatment starts by ensuring that facial aesthetics and alignment are taken into account when your treatment plan is designed. This is because we believe it is a great disservice to patients if their teeth are straightened without paying attention to the facial profile or the width of the smile. 

Additionally, we avoid extracting teeth in all possible cases. Teeth are too often extracted in the name of “stability” of the final results. Instead, extractions are likely to have a negative impact, including a narrow smile and flat profile. Further, removing teeth can be very uncomfortable and increase the length of treatment time. 

The Molen Orthodontics’ approach combines orthodontic science and artistry to focus on creating beautiful and functional smiles so our patients experience a balanced facial profile and full lips. We know that when your treatment is complete, you’ll love the look of your smile and you’ll love to show it off even more! Our mission truly is to change lives one smile at a time, in order to help our patients achieve their dreams.

After your treatment has been completed, a clear removable night retainer will be recommended in order to help prevent your teeth from trying to return to their original positions—kind of like pajamas for your teeth! Furthermore, our doctors stand behind their work and offer a retainer guarantee to ensure your smile stays beautiful forever. Molen Orthodontics was the first orthodontic practice to pioneer the lifetime retainer guarantee and will happily replace your clear retainers at no charge if they ever crack, become loose, or wear out.

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Extensive Orthodontic Training

Our orthodontists are well-known in this area and beyond for their dedication to continuing education. With over 70 years of combined experience, the Molens also regularly attend numerous courses and study clubs throughout the year so they can stay on the cutting-edge of new techniques as they develop. Additionally, all three orthodontists have given numerous lectures on the topic of high-quality clinical orthodontics to other orthodontic professionals nationally and internationally. Dr. Aaron Molen is currently one of the most sought after experts on 3D radiography (x-rays), orthodontic technology, and complicated cases in the country. 

State of the Art Facilities

All three Molen Orthodontics offices are equipped with advanced state-of-the-art facilities, including digital x-ray machines in every office. 3-D x-raying, also known as cone-beam volumetric tomography, is a cutting-edge technology that allows us to view the location of teeth in 3-D, providing incredible accuracy of results and giving us the best diagnostic information to treat your case. Though not every case requires a 3-D x-ray, you can have the peace of mind that, should the need arise, our offices are equipped to capture the necessary images onsite. At outside labs, these images can cost up to $450, but to improve the care our patients receive, they get these x-rays free of charge in our offices.

We are proud to be a paperless office, which benefits our patients in two ways. First, records are available instantly at any of our three practices, making it easy and convenient for patients to visit any of our locations (and see any of our orthodontists). Second, decreasing our use of paper products and ink helps us leave less of a footprint on our beautiful Northwest environment. 

Our experienced team has provided families throughout the region with the best treatment for decades. That’s why everyone knows that for the most beautiful smile, it must be Molen! Join our family today—schedule your FREE consultation now!