Helping Children, Teens & Adults Smile Brighter!

Why is it important to relate prenatal oral health to the oral health of the child?

Most of the mothers or caregivers don’t realize they are the main microbial source for the child. Prenatal oral health is just as important as your child’s oral health. We are providing free prenatal oral health counseling for new moms, and yes, it is safe to have dental treatment during the second trimester. Please give us a call to make an appointment.

When should a child’s first dental visit be?

A lot of time parents think the first dental visit is when the child is three years old. But, by three year of age, it’s too late to prevent disease. The child’s first dental visit should be when their first tooth erupts and no later than one year old. Early examination and initiating preventive care will protect a child’s smile now and in the future. We want to be the dental home for your child, so we can continue to maintain your child’s good oral health.
If your child has not seen a dentist before, please give us a call so we may prepare you and your child for the first visit. We invite you to take your child on a tour of the dental office in advance of your appointment. This will create a sense of familiarity when the real appointment rolls around. Before your child’s first visit, ask us about the procedures to expect so there are no surprises. Talk to your child about what to expect, and build excitement as well as understanding about the upcoming visit.
After your first visit, we will schedule a six-month check-up appointment. It is especially important that children have semi-annual check-ups. The reasons are simple: Changes occur in a child’s mouth faster than in an adult mouth; while new teeth are forming, the jawbone continues to grow.

What Needs To Be Done If I Have Insurance?

If you have insurance, our office will accept assignment of benefits from your insurance company directly, minimizing your out-of-pocket expenses. Prior to your first appointment, we will be happy to call your insurance company to verify the coverage you have available. We will assist you by filing your claims and any necessary paperwork, and handling insurance questions on your behalf.

What will happen at my first appointment?

There is no charge for your initial consultation. We will take complimentary x-rays, digital photographs and perform a thorough examination of your smile. To expedite the check-in process, we ask that you download our Patient Health History form and fill it out. Please bring it with you to your initial consultation. We can even place the braces on the first day if you are ready!

What payment Options are available?

The smile of your life is more affordable than you might think. Although fees vary, according to the complexity and time involved in each individual case, a personalized payment plan can be arranged with no interest or carrying charge. When you have your initial complimentary consultation, our Treatment Coordinators will be there to discuss and assist you with the options listed below. They will work with you to select the option that is most comfortable for your monthly budget.
* If full payment is made at the onset of treatment, we will offer a 5% discount
* For your convenience, we accept payment by Visa, MasterCard®, and American Express
* You may also choose from third-party financing options that are No Interest for 1-2yr and No down payment: chase, and care credit
* In-house financing option is also available with Low down payment and No interest

What can Orthodontic treatment do for me?

Are you happy with your smile? Do you hide your teeth in pictures? Would you like to have a smile you can be proud of? Whether it is for the benefit of children or adults, today’s orthodontic treatments can help boost self-esteem by helping to create picture perfect smiles.

As an advanced specialty of dentistry, orthodontics focuses on the diagnosis, prevention, and correction of misaligned teeth and jaws. In addition to straightening teeth, orthodontic treatment can help patients avoid tooth decay, gum disease, bone destruction, speech impairments, and chewing problems.

How Long Does it Take?

When you have completed surgery, you should be able to return to school or work within two weeks. After the necessary healing time (about 4–8 weeks), your orthodontist “fine-tunes” your bite. In most cases, braces are removed within 6–12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to maintain your beautiful new smile.

Surgical orthodontics is an involved process, but it yields the most spectacular results

Where is the Oral Surgery Performed?

Surgery is performed in the hospital with an oral surgeon, and can take several hours, depending on the amount and type of surgery needed. In lower jaw surgery, the jawbone behind the teeth is separated and the tooth-bearing portion is moved forward or backward, as needed. In upper jaw surgery, the jaw can be repositioned forward or backward, or the jaw can be raised or lowered. Certain movements may require the jaws to be separated, with bone added/removed to achieve the proper alignment and stability. Other facial bones that contribute to alignment may also be repositioned or augmented.

How does it work?

During your orthodontic treatment, you wear braces and will visit your orthodontist for scheduled adjustments to your braces. For special occasions, you may be able to receive surgery right after you wear braces. Most of time, as your teeth move with the braces, you may think that your bite is getting worse rather than better. However, when your jaws are placed into proper alignment during orthognathic surgery, the teeth will then fit into their proper positions.

Who needs surgical orthodontics?

Your orthodontist will consider surgical orthodontic treatment for non-growing adult patients with improper bites and those with facial aesthetic concerns. Jaw growth is usually completed by age 16 for girls and 18 for boys. All growth must be completed before jaw surgery can be performed. However the pre-surgical tooth movements can begin one to two years prior to these ages.

What is surgical orthodontics?

Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, corrects jaw irregularities to improve the patient’s ability to chew, speak, and breathe and for improved facial appearances. Surgical orthodontics straightens the jaws which also moves the teeth, so braces are always placed prior to jaw correction surgery. This ensures that the teeth are in their proper positions after surgery.

Are your instruments sterilized?

Absolutely! We follow all of the American Dental Association ( and OSHA guidelines.

Do you use recycled braces?

No! All of our supplies are new.

Do you offer clear braces?

Yes. We offer transparent ceramic braces that have the reliability of metal braces and the attractive, less noticeable appearance of retainers.

Do braces hurt?

Placing the bands and brackets on your teeth does not hurt. Once your braces are placed and connected with the archwires you may feel some soreness of your teeth for a couple of days. Your lips and cheeks may need one to two weeks to get used to the braces on your teeth. We strive to make every appointment a relaxed experience. An information sheet is provided so if any discomfort is felt, the patient knows exactly what to do.

How much does it cost?

Our goal is to give you a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. As soon as a treatment plan has been decided upon, a fee can be given. Payment plans are available to make orthodontics affordable for most everyone. We are happy to cooperate with all third party carriers.

Do I really need x-rays?

You want the Doctors to take radiographs. By looking in a patient’s mouth, the Doctors are able to get a fair idea of what treatment might be necessary. A complete set of diagnostic records is necessary so the Doctors know what is happening inside the bone, where he can’t see. This allows him to gauge tooth eruption, as well as establish growth patterns, missing teeth, impacted teeth and pathology.

Can I just get a retainer?

Some cases are treated with removable appliances. These are used for minor tooth movement only. At the initial appointment you will be made aware of the severity of your case and if limited treatment is all that is necessary.

How often should I brush and floss?

Brushing and flossing help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease. Plaque is a film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva that sticks to the teeth and gums. The bacteria in plaque convert certain food particles into acids that cause tooth decay. Also, if plaque is not removed, it turns into calculus (tartar). If plaque and calculus are not removed, they begin to destroy the gums and bone, causing periodontal (gum) disease. Plaque formation and growth is continuous and can only be controlled by regular brushing, flossing, and the use of other dental aids.

Toothbrushing – Brush your teeth at least twice a day (especially before going to bed at night) with an ADA approved soft bristle brush and toothpaste.
• Brush at a 45 degree angle to the gums, gently using a small, circular motion, ensuring that you always feel the bristles on the gums.
• Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth.
• Use the tip of the brush head to clean the inside front teeth.
• Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
Electric toothbrushes are also recommended. They are easy to use and can remove plaque efficiently. Simply place the bristles of the electric brush on your gums and teeth and allow the brush to do its job, several teeth at a time.

Flossing – Daily flossing is the best way to clean between the teeth and under the gumline. Flossing not only helps clean these spaces, it disrupts plaque colonies from building up, preventing damage to the gums, teeth, and bone.
• Take 12-16 inches (30-40cm) of dental floss and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches (5cm) of floss between the hands.
• Using your thumbs and forefingers to guide the floss, gently insert the floss between teeth using a sawing motion.
• Curve the floss into a “C” shape around each tooth and under the gumline. Gently move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.
Floss holders are recommended if you have difficulty using conventional floss.

Rinsing – It is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing, and also after meals if you are unable to brush. If you are using an over-the-counter product for rinsing, it’s a good idea to consult with your dentist or dental hygienist on its appropriateness for you.

What is Phase I and Phase II treatment?

Phase I, or early interceptive treatment, is limited orthodontic treatment (i.e.expander, or partial braces) before all of the permanent teeth have erupted. Such treatment can occur between the ages of 6 & 10. This treatment is sometimes recommended to make more space for developing teeth, correction of crossbites, overbites, underbites, or harmful oral habits. Phase II treatment is also called comprehensive treatment, because it involves full braces when all of the permanent teeth have erupted, usually the ages of 11 & 13.

How long will each appointment take?

After your braces have been placed, appointment times will vary from 30 minutes to an hour depending on what procedures need to be done.

How long will orthodontic treatment take?

Though it is difficult to predict the exact duration of your treatment, it is possible to estimate an average treatment length for your individual situation. Dr. Yoon will be ablte to provide you with an estimated treatment time with a range varying from 2-3 months. Then average length of orthodontic treatment is two years.

What are Invisalign aligners?

Designed for adults, Aligners are clear, customized, removable retainers that straighten teeth without the need for permanent braces. With advanced computer technology, a series of finely calibrated aligners are made for the patient. Dr. Yoon can determine if this treatment is an effective alternative to traditional braces for adults.

I am an adult. Can I still get braces?

According to the American Association of Orthodontics, more than 30% of orthodontic patients these days are over 18 years old. An improper bite, overcrowding and crooked teeth are now being corrected regardless of age. Adult bones are no longer growing and so treatment period may be longer than for young patients. Fortunately, there are now many choices in types of braces for adults including less visible ceramic braces and Invisalign aligners (, a nearly invisible, state-of-the-art alternative for adults.

What are the benefits of early intervention?

Early treatment has many potential benefits including the opportunity to:
• guide the growth of the jaw,
• regulate the width of the upper and lower dental arches (the arch-shaped jaw bone that supports the teeth),
• guide incoming permanent teeth into desirable positions,
• lower risk of trauma (accidents) to protruded upper incisors (front teeth),
• correct harmful oral habits such as thumb- or finger-sucking,
• reduce or eliminate abnormal swallowing or speech problems,
• improve personal appearance and self-esteem,
• potentially simplify and/or shorten treatment time for later corrective orthodontics,
• reduce likelihood of impacted permanent teeth (teeth that should have come in, but have not), and
• preserve or gain space for permanent teeth that are coming in.

How do I know if my child needs braces?

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends the first screening of all children by age 7. Many orthodontic problems can easily be corrected if detected early rather than later when jaw growth has slowed or stopped.

What causes orthodontic problems (malocclusions)?

Most malocclusions are inherited, but some are acquired. Inherited problems may include crowding of teeth, too much space between teeth, extra or missing teeth, and a wide variety of other irregularities of the jaws, teeth and face. Acquired malocclusions can be caused by trauma to the jaw area, thumb, finger or pacifier sucking, airway obstruction by tonsils and adenoids, dental disease or premature loss of primary (baby) or permanent teeth. Whether inherited or acquired, many of these problems affect not only alignment of the teeth but also facial development and appearance as well.

At what age can people have orthodontic treatment?

Children and adults can both benefit from orthodontics, because healthy teeth can be moved at almost any age. Because monitoring growth and development is crucial to managing some orthodontic problems well, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have an orthodontic screening no later than age 7. Some orthodontic problems may be easier to correct if 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.

How can I benefit from orthodontic treatment?

Crooked and crowded teeth are hard to clean and maintain. This may contribute to conditions that cause not only tooth decay but also eventual gum disease and tooth loss. Other orthodontic problems can contribute to abnormal wear of tooth surfaces, inefficient chewing function, excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth, or misalignment of the jaw joints, which can result in chronic headaches or pain in the face or neck. In addition, the value of an attractive smile can’t be underestimated or quantified. A pleasing smile and appearance contributes to one’s self-confidence and self esteem. Orthodontic treatment can benefit social and career success, as well as improve one’s general attitude toward life.

How is an orthodontist different from a general dentist?

All orthodontists are dentists, but only about 6 percent of dentists are orthodontists. An orthodontist is a specialist in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontists must first attend college, and after completing a four-year dental graduate program at a dental school or other institution accredited by the American Dental Association (ADA), they must complete an additional two- to three-year residency program of advanced education in orthodontics. Through this additional training, the orthodontist learns the skills required to manage tooth movement and guide facial development.

Does insurance cover Invisalign?

Any insurance plan that covers orthodontics should cover Invisalign.

Does Invisalign really work?

Yes. In orthodontic and dental practices nationwide, Invisalign has been proven effective at straightening teeth.

How much does Invisalign cost?

Cost is always a concern, and only your doctor can determine the price of treatment. It is typically in the same range as ordinary metal braces, ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 or more, depending on the requirements of your case.

How often will I have to wear my Invisalign aligners?

Invisalign only works while you’re wearing the aligners. It’s recommended that you wear your aligners full-time, day and night, except to eat, brush, and floss your teeth.

Will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech?

Some people are affected more than others, but most adjust in a short period of time to the feeling of the aligners and do not have permanent changes in their speech.

Will the treatment be painful?

Each time you change to a new aligner, there may be some temporary discomfort while your teeth adjust to their new position. This is completely normal, and is a good sign that the treatment is working.

What do aligners look like?

Aligners are clear and nearly invisible. If you’ve ever seen clear tooth-whitening trays, that should give you a good idea of what the aligners look like. Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit and move your teeth.

How does Invisalign work?

An Invisalign-trained dentist will utilize 3D computer imaging technology to demonstrate the complete treatment plan from the initial position to the final desired position. This imaging technology is then used to design an individualized series of custom-made aligners. The patient wears the aligner for about two weeks while the teeth move incrementally. After two weeks, the current aligner is replaced with the next one until the final position is achieved.

What is orthodontics?

Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that specializes in aligning teeth, thereby affecting facial balance. It comes from two Greek words: orthos, meaning to correct, and dons, meaning tooth. To have orthodontic treatment is to have corrected teeth. The practice of orthodontics requires professional judgment and skill in the design, application and control of corrective appliances, such as braces, to bring teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment and to achieve facial balance.