Dr. Frank Rafail DMD Dr. Jim Kim DDS MS Dr. Ryan Wallrich DDS
Carmel Orthodontics
Carmel Plaza Orthodontics

Treatment Options

Dr. Kim and his team offer a variety of treatment options to meet your individual needs. Each patient receives a treatment plan customized to suit their specific orthodontic concerns.

Treatment Options May Include:

  • Full Treatment
  • Phase I & Phase II Treatment
  • Limited Treatment
  • Invisalign Treatment
  • Retainer and or Replacement Retainer(s)
  • Custom Sportsguard
  • Specialized Options

  • Clear Braces
  • Invisalign
  • Smart Clip Self Ligating Braces

Can I afford orthodontic treatment?
Dr. Kim does not want cost to stand in the way of treatment. Therefore, we offer a variety of budgeting options. We gladly accept Visa, Amex, Discover and Mastercard. Many company health insurance policies include an orthodontic plan. If you have questions about this kind of coverage, we may be able to answer them. As a service, our office manager will process your forms and help solve any problems that may arise. We will do everything to we can to maximize the insurance benefits you are entitled to receive.

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American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children be seen by age 7 in order to maximize the benefit from an orthodontic evaluation. Although treatment is unusual at this early age, some preventative treatment may be indicated. The advantage for patients of early detection of orthodontic problems is that some problems may be easier to correct if they are found and treated early. Waiting until all the permanent teeth have come in, or until facial growth is nearly complete, may make correction of some problems more difficult. For those patients who have clear indications for early orthodontic intervention, early treatment gives your orthodontist the chance to:

  • Guide jaw growth
  • Lower the risk of trauma to protruded front teeth
  • Correct harmful oral habits
  • Improve appearance and self-esteem
  • Guide permanent teeth into a more favorable position

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Most patients begin orthodontic treatment between ages 9 and 16, but this varies depending on each individual. Because teenagers are still growing, the teen years are often the optimal time to correct orthodontic problems and achieve excellent results.

Treatment is important because crooked or crowded teeth are hard to clean, and that may contribute to tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss. A bad bite can also cause abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, difficulty in chewing and/or speaking, excess stress on supporting bone and gum tissue, and possible jaw joint problems. Without treatment, problems may become worse. Orthodontic treatment to correct a problem may prove less costly than the additional dental care required to treat the problems that can develop in later years.
©2006 American Association of Orthodontists

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Today, orthodontic treatment is a viable option for almost any adult. It is well recognized that when left untreated, many orthodontic problems may become worse. When you have a malocclusion (“bad bite”), your teeth may be crowded, excessively spaced or may not fit together correctly. Such conditions may lead to dental health problems. Crowded teeth are hard to clean and, given time, may contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and even tooth loss. Bad bites can also result in abnormal wearing of tooth surfaces, difficulty chewing and damage to supporting bone and gum tissue. Poorly aligned teeth can contribute to pain in the jaw joints. ©2006 American Association of Orthodontists. We offer numerous choices that are aesthetically pleasing to our adult patients. Clarity clear brackets, Smartclip self ligating clear brackets, Invisalign, & traditional metal brackets.

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Dr. Kim is a certified Invisalign provider.
Invisalign is the clear way to straighten teeth without braces, using aligners. Aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing; and you can still eat and drink what you want. Also, you can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth; and there are no wires, metal or brackets to cause mouth abrasions.

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Teeth respond to the gentle forces that are applied to them. "Braces" are a combination of "brackets" and "wires". Brackets are the part of the braces that attach to the teeth. Brackets are the "handles" that help control movement of the teeth. Braces require a wire called an "archwire" that connects the brackets and provides the forces to steer the teeth in the proper direction. It’s actually the wires that move teeth. The interaction of brackets and archwires enables the orthodontist to have three-dimensional control over the movement of the teeth.


Orthodontic Terminology

The part that holds the archwire against each tooth. The archwire fits into a slot in the bracket. Brackets may be attached directly to each tooth or to a band.
Bands are a ring of metal, which fit around the back teeth (molars and sometimes premolars). Each tooth has its own shape and size. The bands are selected from a range of sizes. The aim is to select the tightest fitting band. The bands are sealed in position using a dental cement (like glue) containing fluoride to prevent any decalcification during treatment.
Small attachments on the brackets used to attach elastics (rubber bands) between arches.
The main wires or arch wires are shaped specifically to fit around the arch into the bracket slots. Teeth move from the pressure that is applied by the braces. That pressure comes from the archwire, which guides the direction of movement. Note that the archwire is held in place by a series of small rubber rings that ties the archwire into the bracket. ANY ADDITIONAL BENDS CAUSED BY LACK OF CARE IN EATING MAY ALLOW THE WRONG TEETH TO MOVE.
The part that holds the archwire against each tooth. The archwire fits into a slot in the bracket. Alastics hold the archwire in place & come in different colors.
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