Have you thought about straightening your teeth and having a healthier and more confident smile?

 

Although most people undergo orthodontic treatment during their teenage years, that is not the only age that orthodontic treatment is effective. In fact, orthodontic treatment for adults is becoming increasingly popular. Whether you are a teen or an adult, orthodontic treatment can help you properly align your teeth and bite. Not only does aligning your teeth and bite improve the aesthetics of your smile, but also it helps to improve your overall oral health. Now you have a variety of options for your orthodontic treatment, including:

  • Traditional metal braces

  • Ceramic tooth-colored braces

  • Invisalign aligners

We now offer FREE 3D scanning of your teeth. We can show you before you begin your treatment how you would look through the advanced simulation technology. Click to the link below for more information.

Traditional

Metal Braces

You don't have to hide your smile anymore. You can have fabulous smile with braces that work wonders. The best time for braces is around 12 years of age when 2nd molars are erupted. Don't miss this window of opportunity to make your teeth straighter and improve your smile. Come and talk to Dr. Kim about how we can help you have the great smile that you always wanted. 

Traditional

Ceramic Braces

If your orthodontic treatment requires traditional braces or you just want to have traditional braces but just a little more discrete, then you have an option of ceramic tooth-colored braces. Call us for a free orthodontic consultation and let us show you how we can improve your smile and have healthier gum.

Invisalign

Braces

Invisalign is a system of clear aligners that provides a discreet and effective orthodontic alternative to traditional wire braces. The clear aligners are manufactured from the special material, which applies gentle and constant force. Aligners fit snugly and comfortably around your teeth. By wearing Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours a day, you can obtain amazing orthodontic results without having to deal with the inconvenience of traditional wire braces. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Invisalign

Am I a candidate for Invisalign aligners?


Candidates for Invisalign aligners are individuals who have crooked, over crowded, or gapped teeth, and/or individuals who have a crossbite, underbite, or overbite. Ideal candidates for Invisalign are looking for a discreet orthodontic treatment to address these issues. To find out if Invisalign can help improve your smile, schedule a free consultation with Dr. Kim today!




How does Invisalign work?


Invisalign aligners work by exerting a certain amount of pressure on your teeth in order to move them into the correct alignment. During Invisalign treatment, you will go through a series of aligners with each aligner being fitted for a particular part of your treatment. Most aligners are worn for 2-3 week increments. These aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours a day and will only be removed when eating, brushing, or flossing. To determine your treatment plan, Dr. Kim will scan your teeth with an electric scanner to obtain information used to fabricate your custom aligners. This information will also be used with Invisalign’s software to map out your treatment plan. Before beginning your treatment, Dr. Kim will be able to show you the predicted results and give you an idea of how long your treatment will last. For some treatment plans, special attachments may be used to obtain the best results. These attachments are small shapes that are attached to your teeth. They are used to apply a concentrated amount of force on a particular area, much like traditional braces but without the need for metal brackets. Because of their size and the fact that they are tooth-colored, they are hardly noticeable.




Does Invisalign treatment hurt?


Because there is pressure being exerted on your teeth during Invisalign treatment, you may experience some minor discomfort. Patients usually report this discomfort when wearing a new aligner. Discomfort associated with wearing new aligners generally wears off once your teeth have adjusted and can be managed with over the counter pain medications. One benefit to Invisalign, however, is that you will not have to deal with the soft tissues of your mouth being rubbed or poked like you would with traditional metal braces.




How long does Invisalign treatment last?


The average time span for Invisalign treatment is about 12-18 months, however your individual treatment may be shorter or longer depending on your case. During your initial consultation, Dr. Kim will be able to give you a better idea of how long your individual Invisalign treatment will last.




What is the price of Invisalign?


The cost of Invisalign treatment can range anywhere from $1,800-$5,000. However, the cost of your individual treatment will depend upon your individual case. This cost will be discussed with you during your consultation prior to receiving treatment. Additionally, if you have dental insurance, you can likely obtain some level of coverage to offset the total cost. Also, we offer 0% interest and low-payment financing options upon approved credit.




What happens after Invisalign treatment?


After your Invisalign treatment is complete, you will need to wear a retainer to maintain your new smile. With Invisalign, you can either choose between a traditional wire retainer or a more discreet clear retainer. With most treatments, you are to wear your retainer full time at first and then you can gradually progress to wearing it only at night. To keep your smile in place, it is extremely important that you follow Dr. Kim’s instructions regarding your retainer.





Traditional Braces

How long does orthodontic treatment last?


The length of your orthodontic treatment will depend upon the severity of your case at the beginning. In the case of Invisalign, it will also depend upon whether or not you wear your aligners as directed. For individuals using metal or ceramic braces, the average treatment length is about 1 to 3 years and for Invisalign the average is about 12 to 18 months. It is important to note that the average treatment time for traditional braces is slightly longer because traditional braces can treat more severe cases of misalignment and malocclusion than Invisalign can. The average orthodontic treatment time, no matter what the method, is usually only about 1-2 years.




Am I a candidate for adult orthodontics?


You may be a candidate for adult orthodontics if you have teeth that are overcrowded, crooked, overlapping, or that have gaps between them. You may also be a candidate for adult orthodontics if you have a malocclusion such as overbite, underbite, or crossbite. However, each type of orthodontic treatment has its own set of criteria. For example, candidates for Invisalign can be limited if their teeth are too rotated, don’t fit into the aligners, or if their midline is too uneven. Because of this, one specific type of orthodontic treatment may be recommended over the others in specific cases. To find out if you are an ideal candidate for adult orthodontics and which orthodontic option is the best for your smile, schedule a consultation with Dr. Kim today!




What can I expect after orthodontic treatment?


vAfter your orthodontic treatment has been completed, you can expect to wear a retainer. Retainers are an important part of treatment success because they keep teeth in the correct position while new bone develops around them, holding them in their permanent position. Often retainers are worn full time right after treatment ends, and then they gradually transition to only being worn at night. There are two common different types of retainers that you may be interested in using. One of the most common is the Hawley retainer, which is made from pink acrylic and wire. The other is a clear retainer. Just like their aligners, the clear retainer blends with your teeth. Or if you prefer, there is a fiixed retainer that is bonded to the inside surface of your front teeth. Dr. Kim will discuss with you what would be the best option for you after treatment is done.




What is the price of braces?


The cost of traditional treatment can range anywhere from $1,500-$5,000. However, the cost of your individual treatment will depend upon your individual case. This cost will be discussed with you during your consultation prior to receiving treatment. Additionally, if you have dental insurance, you can likely obtain some level of coverage to offset the total cost. Also, we offer 0% interest and low-payment financing options upon approved credit.





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