Mercer Island Orthodontist
2817 80th Ave. S.E.
Mercer Island, Washington 98040 US
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  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Dental: University of British Columbia
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Residency: Orthodontics, University of Washington

Treatments offered at Orthodontic Associates of Mercer Island

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Three-Dimensional Imaging in Orthodontics

Dental and facial x-rays have long played an indispensable role in orthodontic diagnosis, treatment planning, and documentation. With the advent of three-dimensional (3-D) imaging, concerns about radiation exposure have dictated the need for new prescribing protocols. In this newsletter we present some basic information about cone-beam computerized tomography (CBCT) and the circumstances under which we have adopted its use. In this age of consumer awareness, patients and parents are...

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How Much Does Invisalign Teen Cost?

At our office, we charge the same amount for Invisalign Teen and braces for our teen patients.  The overall cost of treatment is based upon two... READ MORE

Would just retainers correct some fresh shifting back into place? (Photo)

Teeth shift. Even when the teeth are straightened, shifting of the teeth is likely if they are not "held" in place with a retainer. Sometimes it is... READ MORE

I need advice about my broken retainer (Photo)

The clasp has broken off with the plastic on the upper right side of your retainer. It is okay to wear it temporarily to hold the front teeth... READ MORE

I'm almost done with my Braces. I observed that I'm starting to have a gap in between my two front teeth. What should I do?

Gaps commonly occur as teeth are being moved around. Point out the gap between your teeth to your orthodontist. Most likely your orthodontist will be... READ MORE

Are braces needed? (Photo)

Looks like the problem is that the primary (baby) canine teeth are still present with the permanent (adult) canines erupting toward the lip/cheek.... READ MORE

Is it true that lingual Braces are not indicated for roots movements?

Depending upon your situation, Invisalign can be used to create space between teeth. When the roots of teeth are very tipped, it can be tricky to... READ MORE

Invisalign vs Braces

Invisalign is a great option for correction of many orthodontic issues. An orthodontist will be able to tell you if you are a good Invisalign... READ MORE

4 Months of Braces Followed by 9 Months of Invisalign - Good Plan?

I think this can be a very good solution.  When the teeth are rotated 20 degrees or more, it is a challenge to correct them with Invisalign.... READ MORE


Sounds like you may have some issues with your TMJ (Temporomandibular Jaw Joint).  It is not a wise idea to undergo either Orthodontic or... READ MORE

Can I Get my Wisdom Teeth Removed Before Braces?

The answer is maybe - depending upon the stage of development and position of the wisdom teeth.  In some cases it is favorable to have the wisdom... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. McCulloch

Kara J. McCulloch, DMD has shared 1 before and after picture with 21 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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