Now offering our patients Invisalign! A clear alternative to metal braces.

Do you want straighter, healthier teeth but the thought of having metal braces is preventing you from taking the leap? Did you know that 74% of American adults are affected by crooked or misaligned teeth? Before now, metal braces were the only option we had to fix this problem. Thanks to modern technology, we now have options to give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Dr. Bickel and his team are proud to announce that we are an Invisalign provider.

So what is Invisalign and how is it different than metal braces?

  • Invisalign is metal-free, and is comprised of virtually invisible, removable, plastic aligners that fit like a custom mouth guard. The aligners are BPA-free and typically replaced with new aligners every two weeks until your teeth are perfectly aligned.
  • No one will know that you are straightening your teeth. As mentioned before, the aligners are virtually INVISABLE!
  • Invisalign retainers are much more comfortable than the old metal brackets.
  • Eating, cleaning, and flossing your teeth are much easier with Invisalign. Before eating and brushing, simply remove the aligners and place back in after you are done.
  • It has been clinically proven that Invisalign can treat most types of orthodontic cases
  • Invisalign costs the same or less than traditional orthodontics and is covered under most orthodontic insurance and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA).
  • The length of treatment varies from person to person and is determined by the complexity of the case. Before treatment begins we will be able to give you an accurate time table of the length of treatment, but most cases take less than 12 months.

With Invisalign you can have a healthy, confident smile without the metal braces. At Redmond Art of Dentistry, we take pride in helping our patients achieve the smile they’ve always wanted. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, or to book a free Invisalign consultation with us today!

Gold Standard for Teeth Straightening

Taking Advantage of Technology

Some people are intimidated by the new technology of today because they don’t fully understand it. We never want you to feel that way when it comes to our high-tech dental solutions such as Invisalign.

Straight teeth and a confident smile are well within your reach, thanks to Invisalign—your superior, clear alternative to braces. Enjoy the many modern conveniences of today with a gorgeous, picture-perfect smile that you can proudly share with others.

How much do you think straight teeth affect your self-confidence? Is it important?

By |September 3rd, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Are routine Dental check-ups necessary even if my teeth don’t hurt?

Dental Exam RedmondAs dentists we get asked this question on a daily basis. Our response to this is, ABSOLUTELY! Whether you have dental insurance or not, it is vital that you visit your dentist at least two times a year. At Redmond Art of Dentistry we believe that preventative dental is the best care a patient can receive, and more often than not is less invasive and costs less.

An analogy I like to use with patients is comparing their teeth to their vehicle. When I ask someone how often they change the oil in their car they respond with “every 3 months or 3,000 miles.” When I ask them why, they say, “well if I don’t change the oil on a regular basis my car will break down, or even worse my engine could blow up! And fixing an engine costs a lot of money, more than an oil change”
I think we can all agree that regular maintenance on your car is necessary to prevent breakdown and expensive costs, the same goes for your dental health. But one difference with a car versus your teeth is that you can always go out and buy another car, you only get one set of permanent teeth.

On average, the cost you would incur with exams and cleanings twice a year, over three to four years, would cost about the same as having a single crown! It’s at these regular exams that your dentist is able to catch most cavities in their infant state, before they get a chance to progress and penetrate the nerve of the tooth. If allowed to progress until you need a root canal and crown combined it would cost about 6 years’ worth of routine exams and cleanings. More invasive procedures such as root canals and extractions can almost always be avoided with regular visits. It’s a fact that those who visit their dentist on a consistent basis will spend much less money over the course of their lives as opposed to those who wait until a tooth begins to give them a problem.

Thank you for putting your trust in Dr. Bickel and Redmond Art of Dentistry, we look forward to seeing you soon!

By |August 27th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Dental Cavities

4488509_mWhen a dentist says decay or caries is that the same as dental cavities. The answer in short is, YES. So what exactly is a dental cavity? Believe it or not, a cavity is a bacterial infection and one of the most prevalent diseases in the world. Bacteria in your mouth cause acid fermentation which leads to the destruction of your teeth. This bacteria destroys the hard tissue of your tooth through the process of demineralization. Your body will try to reverse the demineralization process by incorporating ions from your saliva such as calcium and phosphates, this process is called remineralization. When the demineralization process occurs faster than the remineralization process, a cavity will form in your tooth.

So what can we do to prevent cavities from forming?

1) The easiest way to prevent cavities is to brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis (2 times a day). By having outstanding oral hygiene habits, we are limiting the amount of time food is present in our mouth, and limiting the “food” supply for the bacteria in your mouth. Brushing and flossing is going to limit the amount of plaque buildup on your teeth.

2) Fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash are also a great way of preventing dental cavities and go hand in hand with good oral hygiene. When our teeth get demineralized, we lose both calcium and phosphates from our teeth. When using fluoride containing products, the fluoride is incorporated into the demineralized tooth, which helps with the remineralization process. So what exactly are the benefits of fluoride?

  • Fluoride is a bigger and stronger ion than calcium, when it gets incorporated into your tooth, your tooth gets stronger
  • Fluoride is more resistant to acid, therefore making it more difficult to cause a cavity in the tooth
  • Fluoride is cariostatic, meaning it decreases the number of bacteria forming around it

3) Come to the Dentist for routine checkups! We always stress to our patients that it is best to catch something early as opposed to waiting it out. When you come in for routine cleanings and exams (we recommend every 6 months for someone in perfect health) we are able to identify early signs of tooth decay via dental x-rays and oral evaluation.

4) Lastly, watch your diet. Eating habits are one of the biggest factors in getting cavities. Food debris stuck between teeth provides “food” for the cavity forming bacteria. More frequent snacking, without brushing afterwards, enables the bacteria in our mouth to produce more tooth destroying acid. Not only will a person who snacks frequently get more cavities throughout their lifetime, the severity and how quickly they spread through the tooth is increased too.

If you have any questions about dental cavities or would like to schedule an appointment to determine whether or not you have dental cavities, please give us a call at 425-883-1331. Thank you for reading and we look forward to serving you, your family and friends with all of their dental needs.

By |August 23rd, 2013|Blog|0 Comments


Coming to the dentist office can seem like you’ve crossed some invisible border into a land with a foreign language!

Yes, we often do speak another language but the goal is never to confuse you. Our goal is to create a team atmosphere to ensure you get the best care, you deserve it.

To that end we would like to suggest some ways you can get the most out of your dental visits.

  1. Ask questions. The fact is we love to talk about dentistry, anytime you need a better understanding, just ask!
  2. Don’t be shy to let us know if something “just doesn’t feel right” in your mouth in the time leading up to your appointment. You are the expert on what’s normal for you, if you feel something is off we’d like to help you figure that out. It can be as simple as a drier than normal mouth or maybe a sore that just won’t heal. Let us know what concerns you.
  3. Let us know about any changes you experience in your overall health. A lot of people think of their oral health as separate from the body as a whole. It’s really very interconnected. Practically everyday science finds another link between oral health and cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, even rheumatoid arthritis. We want to know about you as a whole person, not just a mouth.
  4. Let us know if you are experiencing extra stress in your life. Some of the most common ways to express stress are grinding and clenching our teeth. This can result in sore, stiff muscles in the jaw and neck. Worse, it can cause loss of enamel and something called abfractions (sensitive furrows in the teeth along the gum line).

Basically, we want to hear about you. We try to ask all the right questions but let us know what’s on your mind too. Our goal is prevention of dental problems and the more information we have the better we can achieve that goal.

Thank you for putting your trust in Dr. Bickel and Redmond Art of Dentistry, we look forward to seeing you soon!

By |July 16th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Dry mouth: Irritating and annoying, but is it also bad for your teeth?

Dry Mouth is bad for your teethThe answer is yes!

Unfortunately, in today’s world, there are many causes of dry mouth. Some of the most common culprits are the medications we take. Both over the counter and prescription drugs can have this effect. Have you ever wondered why Dentist routinely ask if you have hay fever? It’s because antihistamines not only dry out the sinuses, the way we want them to, they also dry out the mouth. That asthma inhaler that you or your kids use to help you breathe? Yep, that one dries you out too. Even those drugs for high blood pressure, that are so important for longevity, can lead to severely dry mouth.

More than 32 million adults are at risk for dry mouth, or xerostomia, caused mainly by prescription and over-the-counter drug products. According to the Mayo Clinic the more likely types to cause problems are some of the drugs used to treat depression and anxiety, antihistamines, decongestants, high blood pressure medications, anti-diarrheals, muscle relaxants, drugs for urinary incontinence, and Parkinson’s disease medications. It’s estimated there are over 400 medications that can cause xerostomia.

Why is dry mouth such a concern? Because the bacteria that cause decay thrive in that environment. Our bodies use saliva to help prevent decay. As a germ killer, saliva has few rivals. It also has histatins, which not only kill bacteria but have been shown to speed wound closure independent of antibacterial action. Our saliva even forms a protective film that clings to the surface of teeth. All in all we need it.

Ok, I think we can agree that these are medications that we aren’t going to give up taking. They make are lives and health better. So what should you do about it?

Please, please don’t suck on regular candy or cough drops, especially if they are citrus flavored. The combination of sugar and dry mouth can be devastating. Most of us in the dental field have seen shocking results with combination. Extremely accelerated decay even in previously healthy mouths.

Talk to our team if you are experiencing persistent dry mouth, we can help. There are products that increase moisture in the mouth such as Biotene mouth rinse. You can suck on sugar free candy or chew sugar free gum, xylitol is a good ingredient to look for. Dr. Bickel may even prescribe fluoride and calcium toothpaste to help prevent decay. Dentistry today is all about prevention!

Take care, be well and thank you for being a part of our practice. We look forward to seeing you soon!

By |July 8th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

Why See a Dentist?


Because a healthy smile lasts a lifetime!

Your teeth are an important part of your body and keeping them clean helps keep your mouth and your body healthy. By taking care of your teeth, eating a balanced diet, and visiting the dentist regularly, you can have healthy teeth and an attractive smile throughout your entire life.

How often should I visit the dentist?

Most people find that it is valuable to have a checkup at least every six months.

What happens when I visit the dentist?

At your checkup, you will receive a thorough cleaning and an oral exam by the dentist. During the oral exam, the dentist checks the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. At each visit, the dentist also checks old fillings and restorations because constant pressure from chewing, grinding, or clenching can cause them to wear away, chip, or crack.

But, my teeth feel fine!

OK, but how do they look? A smile can be the most eye-catching feature of a face. With dentistry’s many advances, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, missing, or misshapen teeth. Along with regular oral care and checkups, today’s dentists offer many choices that can help you smile with confidence, including:
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  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth
  • Tooth replacement


What should I look for when choosing a dentist?

You may wish to consider several dentists before making your decision. During your first visit, you should be able to determine if this is the right dentist for you. Consider the following:[unordered_list style=”tick”]

  • Is the appointment schedule convenient?
  • Is the office easy to get to and close by?
  • Does the office appear to be clean and orderly?
  • Was your medical and dental history recorded and placed in a permanent file?
  • Does the dentist explain techniques for good oral health?
  • Is information about cost presented to you before treatment is scheduled?
  • Is your dentist a member of the ADA (American Dental Association)?


Call our office today to schedule your first appointment with Dr. Merchant, your Redmond WA dentist!

By |December 28th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments

Teeth For Life

At birth people usually have 20 primary (baby) teeth, which often erupt through the gums as early as six months of age.

These teeth are then shed at various times throughout childhood. By age 21, all 32 of the permanent teeth have usually erupted.

Brushing & Flossing Instructions


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  • Step 1: Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gum.
  • Step 2: Brush gently in a circular motion.
  • Step 3: Brush the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of each tooth.
  • Step 4: Use the tip of your brush for the inner surface of your front teeth.



flossing instructions

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  • Step 1: Wind about 18 inches of floss around your fingers as shown
  • Step 2: Use your thumbs and forefingers to guide about one inch of floss between your teeth.
  • Step 3: Holding the floss tightly, gently saw the floss between your teeth. Then curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it beneath your gums.
  • Step 4: Slide the floss up and down, repeating for each tooth.


By |December 28th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments