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With Kim Orthodontics’ Online Services, you have Secure, 24-7 Online Access to all of your patient information. The service is complimentary for all of our patients!

In addition, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Customize how you prefer to receive appointment reminders – via email, text messaging, and/or automated voice calls
  • Look up pending appointments and download appointment information into your calendar
  • Review and print financial information
  • Make payments online using encrypted Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology
  • View your Invisalign video projection (ClinCheck) and share it with your family and friends

VIP Rewards

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What is VIP Rewards?

VIP Rewards is designed to make your orthodontic journey with us FUN! As you know, successful orthodontic treatment is a team effort and YOU are the key player! With VIP Rewards, you can earn points for being a great patient and redeem them for cool prizes!

How it Works

  • Be an excellent orthodontic patient (clean your teeth properly, avoid breaking braces, etc.)
  • Earn points at your regularly scheduled appointments for doing a good job
  • Redeem your points online for gift cards, iPods, and other cool prizes!
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Cleaning Between Braces

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Ortho Dictionary

Parts of Braces

Appliance

Anything that attaches to your teeth and moves your teeth or changes the shape of your jaw.

Archwire

The metal wire that acts as a track to guide your teeth along as they move. It is changed periodically throughout treatment as your teeth move to their new positions.

Band

A metal ring that is cemented to your back tooth and goes completely around it.

Bracket

A metal or ceramic part cemented (“bonded”) to your tooth to hold your archwire in place.

Coil Spring

Rubber Band

A small rubber band that is hooked between different points on your braces to provide pressure to move your teeth to their new positions.

Elastic Tie

The tiny, often colored rubber band that fits around your bracket to hold the archwire in place.

Hook

A welded or removable arm to which rubber bands are attached.

Mouthguard

A device that protects your mouth from injury when you participate in sports or rigorous activities.

Expander

A device that slowly widens your jaw.

Retainer

An appliance that is worn after braces/Invisalign to maintain teeth alignment.

Separator (or Spacer)

A small rubber ring that creates space between your teeth before the bands are attached.

Wax

Wax is used to cover your braces to prevent irritation of your lips and cheeks (if needed).

Orthodontic Procedures

Banding

The process of fitting and cementing orthodontic bands to your back teeth (if needed).

Bonding

The process of attaching brackets to your teeth using special orthodontic cement.

Cephalometic Imaging

Our office is equipped with a state-of-the-art digital imaging system that uses virtually no radiation, for patient safety. This special image is taken only by orthodontists and shows the relative positions of the facial profile, jaws, and teeth.

Consultation

A meeting to discuss your treatment plan.

Debanding

The process of removing cemented orthodontic bands from your teeth.

Debonding

The process of removing cemented orthodontic brackets from your teeth.

Impressions (Molds)

Imprinting of your teeth using soft putty material, which is later used to create a replica (model) of your teeth.

Invisalign®

An alternative to traditional braces, Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear, custom-molded, removable aligners.

Panoramic Imaging

Our office is equipped with a state-of-the-art digital imaging system that uses virtually no radiation, for patient safety. This special image allows the orthodontist to view all of the teeth, bone, and surrounding areas on one picture.

Frequently Asked Questions

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of dental and facial irregularities (e.g., overbite, crowding, misalignment of teeth, etc.)
An orthodontist is a certified dental specialist who has completed an advanced education program after dental school. These extra two to three years are spent learning the special skills required to properly straighten teeth and guide facial development.
  • A healthier smile
  • A more attractive smile
  • Better function of the teeth
  • Better long-term health of teeth and gums
  • Increased self-confidence (especially during critical developmental years)
  • Guidance of permanent teeth to erupt into more favorable positions (preventive)
  • Reduced risk of injury to protruding front teeth
  • Avoidance of excessive enamel wearing
  • Overbite – upper front teeth protrude over the lower teeth
  • Underbite – upper front teeth are behind or inside the lower front teeth
  • Deep Bite – upper front teeth cover most of the lower teeth
  • Open Bite – upper and lower front teeth do not touch when biting
  • Crowding – overlapping teeth
  • Spacing – gaps between the teeth
  • Midline Shift – the centers of the upper and lower teeth do not line up
  • Prolonged finger/thumb sucking habit beyond six years old
  • Difficulty in chewing
  • Uneven or excessive wearing of teeth
  • Shifting of lower jaw to one side when biting
Orthodontic treatment can be started at any age. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) recommends that every child should visit an orthodontist by age seven. If a problem is detected by the parents or the child’s physician, the child can be seen even earlier than age seven. Many orthodontic problems are easier to correct if detected at an early age, before jaw growth has slowed. Early treatment may prevent many serious complications.
No. While we work with many wonderful dentists, many of our patients come to us from personal referrals or find us through our website.
Phase I is an early interceptive treatment. It is also a preventive treatment to minimize future problems. Treatment usually begins before all permanent teeth have erupted, between the ages of six and ten. Phase I treatment is recommended when more spaces are needed for larger developing teeth, correction of crossbites, overbites, underbites, or harmful oral habits, etc. Phase II treatment is a comprehensive treatment and commences when all the permanent teeth have erupted, usually between the ages of 11 and 13. Sometimes, children can go directly to Phase II treatment without Phase I treatment.
Length of treatment varies on a case-by-case basis. The average time is from one to two years. Actual treatment time is affected by patient compliance, rate of growth, and severity of the necessary correction. Maintaining good oral hygiene and keeping regular appointments are important in keeping treatment time on schedule.
In our office, we take special care not to make your teeth hurt while placing braces on your teeth. As the teeth move, you may feel some soreness of your teeth for one to five days. Your lips and cheeks may need one week to get used to the new braces. Our patients have consistently commented that we are very gentle.
No. However, it is recommended that patients protect their smiles by wearing mouth guards when participating in sports activities. Orthodontic mouth guards are inexpensive and comfortable. For musical instruments, braces will not interfere, but there my be a short initial period of adjustment.

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