San Francisco, CA, March 07, 2012- Smiles for a Lifetime, a national program that gives people who can’t afford orthodontic care the opportunity to receive treatment for free, is opening a new chapter in San Francisco. Dr. Yan Kalika, orthodontist and owner of Image Orthodontics, is the founder of the San Francisco chapter and is ready to go a step ahead of just orthodontic treatment by bringing other oral health care specialists, who also play a key role in creating beautiful smiles, on board with the new program.
Smile for a Lifetime Foundation is a non-profit organization launched in 2008. Its mission is to create self-confidence, inspire hope, and change the lives of children in our communities in a dramatic way. The gift of a smile can do all this for a deserving individual who, in turn, can use this gift to better themselves and their community. Smile for a Lifetime helps out hundreds of patients a year and is rapidly growing all over the country.
Dr. Kalika founded the San Francisco chapter of Smiles for a Lifetime in hopes of giving back to the community. “My goal with Smiles for a Lifetime is to acknowledge children who go above and beyond, and help them get the self-confidence they deserve through a healthy smile.”
He was recently recognized by the California Legislator Assembly for his charity work for children and steadfast action as a distinguished orthodontic specialist who generously devotes his time, energy and resources to provide orthodontic care to individuals who may not otherwise have the opportunity to acquire assistance; thus benefiting all the people of City & County of San Francisco and the State of California.
Image Orthodontics has nine offices total, five of which are located in the greater San Francisco area.
If you’re looking to restore order to your smile, then traditional metal bracket braces may not be your only option. The orthodontists at Image Orthodontics can help decide if Invisalign is right for you. To learn more about the process of Invisalign treatment, take a look below at what to expect:
First, you'll have a consultation with Image Orthodontics. This consultation gives you the opportunity to ask questions and make sure you understand what having Invisalign will mean for you and your lifestyle.
After x-rays are taken and a treatment plan has been decided upon, you'll get customized, clear trays to wear. Wearing these trays will guide your teeth away from improper alignment and in to the straight, beautiful, healthy smile you've always wanted. Once you start wearing your trays, you're on your way to a great smile!
You'll wear the trays for 20 to 22 hours a day. Aside from times when you’re brushing, flossing, or eating, you’ll want to constantly wear the trays to achieve maximum results. You can wear your Invisalign trays during your normal, everyday activities. Swimming, running, and other low-contact sports are safe to play while wearing your trays. If your mouth could be injured during a sport, like football, it's best to remove your tray and wear a mouth guard.
It is very important that you continue to brush and floss regularly. You should also clean your trays to keep bacteria from growing.
Every two weeks, you’ll begin wearing the next aligner. You'll see Image Orthodontics about every six weeks for checkups. With Invisalign, you’ll need fewer checkups with your orthodontist when compared to traditional braces.
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Are you a candidate for orthodontic treatment? How should you handle certain braces problems? Learn how to deal with emergencies and which conditions orthodontic treatment can help with by exploring these great resources.
· Explore this article from Colgate.com for tips on how to handle problems with your braces.
· What should you do when one of your bands around your braces comes loose? Learn how to handle certain braces emergencies with this link from BracesGuide.com.
· This article from EverydayHealth.com provides an overview on the different types of malocclusions that orthodontics can fix.
· Did you know that certain malocclusions are the result of childhood habits? Learn more with this article from NLM.NIH.gov.
· What is the difference between an overbite and an openbite? Find out with this WebMD.com article.