Orthodontics - Traditional Braces

For many teenagers, braces are practically a rite of passage!

And today, even adults are taking the opportunity to improve both the health and appearance of their smiles with orthodontics.

If you or child is in need of orthodontic treatment, you’ll be happy to know that we can help you right here at our dental office in Wausau, WI. Dr. James Kim can providing orthodontics in the form of both traditional braces and Invisalign.

The Importance of Orthodontics

When it comes to the health of your smile, straight teeth matter.

Unevenly spaced teeth or teeth that are twisted or overlapping are at a higher risk for cavities. Spacing issues can both trap food and make it more difficult to brush and floss, which allows plaque, tartar, and bacteria to build up. Bad breath and gum disease are also often the result.

Traditional braces can do more than just help with teeth alignment. They can also address problems with the way your teeth come together, known as your occlusion.

Problems with your bite, such as an overbite, underbite, or crossbite, can cause you to develop uncomfortable jaw problems over time. Because your teeth don’t line up properly, you can also experience extra erosion of the chewing surfaces and even chips and fractures.

Fixing your teeth and your bite with orthodontics can help you avoid these potential problems.

Traditional Braces

Traditional bracket-and-wire braces are a time-tested, proven solution to the problem of crooked teeth. With the addition of rubber bands and other options, traditional braces also solve a number of common bite problems. They allow for more versatility and greater treatment options than plastic aligners.

Braces technology has improved considerably, and even metal braces are more comfortable and less obtrusive than ever before. If you don’t care for the appearance of metal braces, clear or tooth-colored brackets are an option.

Bracket-and-wire braces are an affordable option for most people and are typically included on dental benefits plans. We can help you determine your coverage, and we offer flexible financing options as well.

Scheduling You or Your Child’s Orthodontic Evaluation

We recommend that every child receives an orthodontic evaluation by the age of seven. This allows us to identify problems early and plan treatment to start at the right time for the simplest treatment and best results.

It’s never too late, however, to have your smile evaluated and learn more about your options! We’ll help you have the healthy, attractive smile you’ve always wanted.

Dr. Kim is happy to discuss your teeth straightening goals with you and find a solution that is the right fit for your needs, your lifestyle, and your budget. Please call our Wausau dental office today at 715-849-5667 to schedule your consultation.