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Joseph S Kim, DDS -  - General Dentist

Joseph S Kim, DDS

General Dentist & Family Dentist located in Seabright, Santa Cruz, CA & Mission District, San Francisco, CA

Have you put off orthodontic treatment for months or even years because you didn’t want to wear traditional metal braces? If so, you may want to consider orthodontic treatment with Invisalign®. Joseph S. Kim, DDS, with offices within Santa Cruz, Mission District in San Francisco, and Fremont, California, regularly uses Invisalign aligners to correct common problems such as overbite, underbite, and crossbite. To request your Invisalign consultation today, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool.

Invisalign Q & A

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, nearly invisible plastic aligners to gradually straighten and move your teeth into place. Instead of using wires and rubber bands to put pressure on your teeth, Invisalign uses a thermoplastic known as SmartTrack®. SmartTrack is FDA-approved and free of all allergens, including gluten, BPA, BPS, and latex.

In addition to being nearly invisible, Invisalign aligners are also removable. This means you can take them out whenever you need to eat or drink. You can also remove your aligners to brush and floss your teeth, making them easier to care for than traditional braces. If you’re interested in learning more about orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, make an appointment with Dr. Kim. 

What types of issues does Invisalign treat?

Invisalign treatment is incredibly versatile. However, Dr. Kim usually recommends Invisalign to address mild or moderate orthodontic issues, including: 

  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Tooth shape

You might also benefit from orthodontic treatment with Invisalign if you have gaps or spaces between your teeth. 

Am I a candidate for treatment with Invisalign?

To determine if you’re a candidate for orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, make an appointment with Dr. Kim. During your appointment, Dr. Kim does an oral exam, asks you about your goals for treatment, and takes a series of 3D images of your teeth using an intraoral scanner. Dr. Kim uploads these scans to a computer and develops a digital treatment plan that maps out the step-by-step movements of your smile. Dr. Kim sends your treatment plan to a dental laboratory that manufactures your first set of aligners.

When ready, you return to the office and receive your first set of aligners. Invisalign provides more precision and comfort than traditional braces. Every 2-3 weeks, you change into a new set of aligners. In order to achieve the best results, you wear your Invisalign aligners for between 20-22 hours each day. 

Do I need to clean my Invisalign aligners?

Yes. To keep your Invisalign aligners in good shape, it’s important to clean them. Rinse them off with cool tap water throughout the day and brush them gently with a soft-bristle toothbrush and toothpaste at night. For more thorough cleanings, ask Dr. Kim about the Invisalign Cleaning System.

If you dream of having a straighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile, Invisalign may be able to help. Make an appointment with Joseph S. Kim, DDS, by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool.