Orthodontics and Invisalign
Straight teeth are part of a healthy, beautiful smile. If your teeth are crooked, crowded, or otherwise misaligned, you could experience a number of significant oral health concerns in addition to the worries you may have about your smile’s aesthetics.
We are dedicated to providing innovative orthodontic solutions for our patients. The methods we rely on deliver consistent and excellent results and can give you the smile you have always wanted. Modern dental and orthodontic technology and techniques give us the ability to align and repair crooked teeth or a misaligned bite more easily and more comfortably than ever before.
Why Should I Fix My Crooked Teeth?
Crooked teeth pose more than just a cosmetic concern. Teeth that are crowded, overlapping, or twisted can create oral health problems that will only become worse as you get older. When your teeth are crowded, it’s very difficult to properly clean their inner edges with either a toothbrush or dental floss. This can lead to decay between your teeth and gum disease. It’s also very difficult to properly clean all the surfaces of teeth that are overlapping or twisted. Teeth that are widely spaced can trap food, which can lead to bacterial overgrowth.
Problems with your bite alignment, 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 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.
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 brackets are an option.
Bracket-and-wire braces are an affordable option for most people and are typically covered by dental insurance providers. We can help you determine your coverage, and we offer flexible financing options as well.
If you or your teenager needs orthodontic treatment, but you don’t like the idea of traditional braces, you are in luck. Wausau dentist Dr. James Kim is also certified in the use of Invisalign, which uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to move your teeth into their correct positions.
Invisalign aligners are worn at night and throughout the day. You remove the aligners to eat and to brush your teeth, allowing for more flexibility, easier brushing, and no risk of broken wires. No tightening is necessary; after you have worn your aligner for the prescribed amount of time, you simply switch to the next aligner in the series, reducing the need for office visits.
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.