Dr. Enoch Kim is a native of Orange County, graduated from Valencia High School in Placentia as the “Tiger of the Year” and was described by the faculty and administration “as the Senior who in the best Valencia tradition exemplified spirit, pride, service, and achievement.” After high school, Dr. Kim then made his way up to UCLA and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in biology, also receiving biology departmental honors and being inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa national honors society. Dr. Kim loved being a Bruin so much that he then stayed to attend the UCLA School of Dentistry where he graduated with honors and was elected into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. At the UCLA School of Dentistry, Dr. Kim was chosen by the board of directors of Delta Dental of California as the graduating dental student selected to receive the prestigious Delta Dental Student Leadership Award for his leadership in the dental profession. At UCLA, Dr. Kim was also recognized by the American Academy of Dental Practice Administration for his excellence in dental practice administration.
After dental school, Dr. Kim, was chosen to stay at UCLA as one of 7 dentists to attend the UCLA School of Dentistry’s post-doctoral orthodontic specialty program. At the UCLA orthodontic specialty program, Dr. Kim served as the alumni liaison contributing to the UCLA Orthdontic Alumni Newsletter and helping to organize alumni events.
Dr. Kim is happily married to Kaitlyn Kim, his college sweetheart and they currently have three wonderful children.
In his free time, Dr. Kim enjoys being involved with his local church and has served as a music/worship leader for over 14 years. Dr. Kim also enjoys playing the guitar, recording music, being involved with sports, photography and learning about graphic design.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that no matter how young your child is, if you notice any of the early indicators of possible problems, he or she should have an orthodontic check-up right away. And the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that every child should have an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7.
By checking children early, we can spot subtle problems with teeth or jaw growth, determine if treatment is needed, and, if so, when it should start. That’s key, because for each patient, there’s an ideal time to begin orthodontic treatment in order to achieve the best results. Orthodontists have the skill to determine when the time is just right.
Here are some signs parents can watch for that might indicate the need for a visit with the orthodontist, possibly even before permanent teeth come in:
Even if a problem is detected, immediate treatment may not be recommended. Chances are, the orthodontist will take a “wait-and-see” approach—checking your child from time to time as the permanent teeth come in and the jaw and face continue to grow.
Although every case is different, patients generally wear braces from one to three years. Treatment times vary with several factors, including the severity of the problem being corrected, how well the patient follows the orthodontist’s instructions for wearing appliances and how well the patient attends to oral hygiene.
After the braces are removed, the patient often wears a retainer for some time to keep, or “retain,” the teeth in their new positions. The orthodontist will determine how long the retainer needs to be worn.
Teeth continue to change over a lifetime, so many patients continue periodic orthodontic visits even after the retainer phase to ensure that the teeth stay properly aligned.
At Kim Family Orthodontics, our passion is for people. It is our mission to serve our patients and welcome them into our orthodontic family. We are committed to treating every patient with the same love and care that we would show to our own family. We’d love for you to come in for a free initial consultation and become part of our orthodontic family…where everyone smiles. Practically speaking, here are some other reasons you should choose us:
All orthodontists are dentists, but only about six percent of dentists are orthodontists.The educational requirements of orthodontic training are demanding, and include advanced knowledge in biomedical, behavioral and general sciences. Orthodontists must complete college requirements, graduate from dental school and have at least two-to-three years of academic orthodontic specialty training.
The fee for an individual’s orthodontic treatment will depend on many factors, including how severe the problem is, how complex the treatment is, and how long the treatment lasts. However, patients today are finding that braces are more affordable than ever. Dollar for dollar, when you consider the lifetime benefits of orthodontic treatment, it truly is a great value.
Our office offers many flexible payments options with monthly payments spread over the course of treatment and we will also make sure to maximize your insurance benefits so that you will receive the benefit of reduced personal costs. Here are some additional financial advantages we offer:
Your smile is one of your most valuable assets. It’s often the first thing people notice about you, and it’s the focus of attention whenever you speak. Your smile reflects your health and your personality. A healthy, attractive smile is a source of confidence and emotional well-being.