Lucio H. Kim DDS
Providing the best dental care for Glendale, CA

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Adult Orthodontics

How can we help you?

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to your oral health care. Fortunately, our Glendale dental office is here to help! We pride ourselves on helping our patients stay informed and educated about the benefits of good oral health care.

We’ll spend all the time you need and answer all your questions until we know you have the information you’re looking for. Before we begin any treatment, we’ll explain everything in detail so you know exactly what you can expect.

Here are a few of the questions we’re asked most often, but we know you probably have others. Please don’t hesitate to call our dental office or fill out our handy online contact form, and we’ll be happy to help.

Adult Orthodontics

Too often, adults think that braces and orthodontics are only for kids and teens—not the case! We treat adults who have longed for straight teeth, but who thought they missed their opportunity. The reality is, you are never too old to straighten your teeth and love your smile.

Our Glendale, CA dental office offers a variety of orthodontic options for adults.

Our orthodontic options include Inman aligners and Six Month Smiles. Inman relies on clear plastic aligners to straighten your smile, sometimes in as little as six weeks. Six Month Smile is also a faster alternative compared with traditional braces. Our orthodontic options concentrate on your smile line—meaning the teeth that are visible when you speak, smile, or laugh.

Our adult patients have been thrilled with their adult orthodontics at Lucio H. Kim, DDS, and we think you’ll be pleased too.

The first step is a consultation and smile chat with your Glendale dentist. Together, you and your dentist can come up with an adult treatment plan that helps you achieve your dream smile.

Contact Our Dental Team for Adult Orthodontics in Glendale

It’s never too late to love your smile. Get in touch with a team member today to schedule your consultation.

Believe it or not, teeth have memory. This means that after orthodontic treatment, if you don't regularly wear a retainer, your teeth will gradually shift back into their previous position.

If you have an old retainer that you haven't worn in a while, it may no longer fit properly due to drifting. If it's an old retainer that you've been regularly wearing, your dentist can help you decide if it's still serving the purpose and keeping your teeth protected and aligned properly.

Glendale dentist, Dr. Lucio Kim, may also recommend a nightguard if you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching) at night. This is an appliance that fits over your teeth, much like a retainer, to protect them from the clenching and grinding that sometimes takes place while you sleep. 

Bruxism can prematurely wear your teeth down, and it can also result in painful jaw joint problems. A nightguard protects your teeth while helping you to sleep comfortably at night.

The best way to determine if you have a viable retainer, or if you need a nightguard is to schedule an examination with Dr. Kim. He can recommend the best appliance to protect your teeth and help you meet your smile goals. Contact our Glendale dental office at (818) 242-3739 for more information.

If your teeth are not straight, it is not just an aesthetics issue. In addition to giving you confidence and making it easier to laugh and speak freely with others, straight teeth also promote better oral health.

When your teeth are not straight, your bite is not aligned, which typically means wear on specific teeth. Wear leads to cavities and sometimes fractures as well. Straight teeth that do not overlap are also easier to brush and floss adequately.

Our dentist in Glendale, CA uses Inman Aligners, which are an affordable orthodontic option similar to Invisalign. Inman Aligners offer a discreet way to straighten your teeth.

Inman aligners are placed on the inside and outside of your teeth. The opposing force gently nudges your teeth into their naturally straight positions over the course of treatment. Also, unlike Invisalign, Inman is known for its shorter treatment time—sometimes as short as six weeks! You can remove your aligners when eating and during your oral hygiene routine.

Following clear orthodontics in Glendale, your dentist creates a retainer to help keep your teeth straight.

Learn More About Orthodontic Options in Glendale

If you’re looking for a straighter smile, schedule your consultation for clear orthodontics today.

Man with braces | Dentist Glendale CAThis is one of the most common questions we hear from orthodontic patients! If you’re a busy adult who’s thinking about orthodontic treatment, of course you want to know just how much and for how long it’s going to impact your life!

Book a Consultation to Know Your Exact Case

Unfortunately, until we meet with you, it’s hard to say with any accuracy how long your treatment will take. Keep in mind that every adult in who has orthodontic treatment starts with unique needs. It is only during the planning stage that Dr. Lucio Kim will be able to tell you generally how long he predicts your treatment will last.

But both our adult orthodontic systems are designed to move your teeth as quickly as possible. For some people, treatment with Inman Aligners can take as little as six weeks and PowerProx Six Month aligners reliably take about six months.

Orthodontic Consultations in Glendale 

The only way to know how long your treatment might last is by arranging an appointment with Dr. Kim. He will evaluate your needs and recommend the approach that will achieve the best outcome in the shortest amount of time.

If you would like to learn more about how Glendale orthodontics can transform your life, please call our office to arrange a consultation. 

If you've recently been presented with an aggressive treatment plan for complex or involved dental care like a root canal, dental implant, or braces, it’s a good idea to seek out a second opinion dentist in Glendale, CA.

You’ll either confirm your dentist’s original diagnosis that this is the best treatment for you, or you may learn about an alternative approach that might be a better fit for your needs.

You shouldn’t feel uncomfortable about seeking a second opinion dentist, either. Often, you have to be your own advocate for your oral health care, and you don’t need to blindly accept a diagnosis if you’re not 100 percent comfortable with it.

Be aware that there are differences in dentists and dental offices too. Some have advanced education and training in certain areas or use leading-edge technology that allows them to offer more comprehensive treatment options.

Dr. Lucio Kim is happy to offer second opinions for Glendale, CA patients who would like confirmation about procedures like dental implants, root canals, or full mouth restoration. You may also worry that a procedure was not done correctly by your current dentist, and a second opinion can help put your mind at ease.

If you need a second opinion, call us at (818) 242-3739, and we’ll be happy to schedule a convenient appointment for you with Dr. Kim.

braces in glendaleThe good news is that today you have more options than ever for correcting a crooked smile! We offer two excellent adult orthodontic treatments that straighten teeth quickly and comfortably.

Your Orthodontic Options

Inman Aligners, a recent orthodontic innovation, are an affordable, discreet option for straightening the teeth that show when you smile. Using an efficient patented process, Inman Aligners gently reposition your front teeth in a matter of weeks. Since the goal isn’t to straighten all your teeth or correct a misaligned bite, treatment is quick and efficient. Best of all, Inman Aligners are removable for eating, brushing, and flossing.

If you want to improve your appearance for a big event or simply want a more beautiful, healthy-looking smile, PowerProx Six Month Braces can easily help you achieve your goal. By focusing treatment on the teeth that show when you smile and not making changes to your dental bite, we can straighten your teeth comfortably in as little as six months.

Adult Orthodontics in Glendale CA

Both Inman Aligners and PowerProx are very effective adult orthodontic solutions. Which option we choose will depend on your needs and goals, and we’ll guide you through the process to find the one that is just right for you. Give us a call today.

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