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Dr. Michael Simontacchi-Gbologah

A native of the Bay area, Dr. Michael Simontacchi-Gbologah was raised in Alameda.

He attended Howard University in Washington D.C., where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, earning his Bachelors of Science in Chemistry, while serving as captain of Howard’s Division 1 soccer team.

In 2008, he earned his Doctorate of Medical Dentistry at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, School of Dental Medicine. He continued on at the University of Pennsylvania, serving as Chief Resident during his post-doctoral Orthodontic residency and received his Orthodontic specialty certificate in 2010.

In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, mountain biking, hiking, and being active. He is dedicated to his profession and passionate about working with his patients. His goal as a clinician is not only to create beautiful, functional and healthy smiles, but also to build mentor-ships with his patients and serve as a positive and uplifting voice in their lives.

How do I Benefit From Orthodontics?

Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc - Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers specialized in orthodontics which is a specialized field of dentistry that focus on studying and treating of malocclusion, or misaligned teeth or jaw which may result from the irregular teeth and disproportioned jaw relationship. The word orthodontics comes from the Greek words "orthos" meaning straight or proper, and "odons" meaning tooth. Orthodontics specializes in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of dental and facial irregularities.

Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc - Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers provide orthodontic treatment for all age groups. Orthodontic treatment can be carried out for cosmetic reasons as well as health reasons. Beside the low self esteem and insecurity that misaligned teeth may cause, they can also affect a person 's ability to speak and chew. Severely misaligned teeth and jaws can cause breathing problems associated with snoring and sleep apnea Treatment is most often prescribed for practical reasons such as providing the patient with a functionally improved bite (occlusion).

Orthodontics is one of the 8 specialties in dentistry recognized by the American Dental Association. The practice of orthodontics involves the bringing of the teeth, lips and jaws into proper alignment using the corrective appliances (braces).

Regardless of your age, the orthodontics can maximize your teeth''s effectiveness in performing their functions. Today''s orthodontics available in Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc-Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers, associates with the greater esthetic appeal, shorter treatment time and increased comfort level.

Orthodontic treatment can also enhance your facial appearance by reshaping the jaw, neck and lips, especially maxillofacial surgical procedures are combined. In addition, well-aligned teeth give you confidence and make oral hygiene easier to maintain.

Treatment Plans

In Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc - Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers, the treatment plans are customized for each individual and most of the time patients wear their braces from one to three years, depending on their condition. This is followed by a period of wearing a "retainer" that holds teeth in their new positions. Although patient may experience a little discomfort during treatment, today''s braces are more comfortable than ever before. Newer materials apply a constant, gentle force to move teeth and usually require fewer adjustments.

How to maintain good oral hygiene with orthodontic appliances

Patients wearing braces need to be ever vigilant when it comes to keeping their braces, teeth and gums clean. You must follow the instruction given by your orthodontist or staff at Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc.-Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers on oral hygiene and avoiding certain foods. By doing so, you can maintain healthy teeth and a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime. Plaque is your enemy. If plaque is left on your teeth, around the braces, you can develop swollen gums, bad breath, scarred & discolored teeth, even cavities.

You should brush regularly, as directed by your orthodontist, flossing daily and scheduling dental visits can help keep teeth healthy. See the above video created by Oral B and Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc - Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers for instructions on how to brush your teeth while you are wearing braces.

Patients with braces should limit between-meal snacks and maintain a balanced diet. The patients need to avoid certain foods that could interfere with braces. Avoid soft, sticky foods and candies. They can place a big role in loosening or dislodging of your braces. These foods include chewing gum and candies such as caramel and taffy. Be careful with whole fruits and vegetables too. It is necessary to cut apples and carrots into very thin slices and chew them carefully. It''s best to avoid chips and dip. Never suck on lemons, limes or ice.


  • Hard Candy
  • Corn Chips
  • Popcorn
  • Jerky
  • Ice
  • Nuts
  • Pizza Crust
  • Corn on the Cobb
  • Jolly Ranchers


  • Bubble gums
  • Gum
  • Starbursts
  • Sugar Daddies
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Gummy Bears
  • Caramels
  • Taffy
  • Other chewy candies

The reason why orthodontic treatment from Jonathan H. Kim, D.D.S., Inc - Top Best *8* San Jose Dentists Specialists Centers is the BEST in the world.

  • Patient will receive $160 value Oral B Electrical toothbrush as a complementary gift
  • Patient will receive $95 cash rebate from Oral B as bonus
  • Patient will receive $600 value In-Office Teeth Whitening upon completion of their orthodontic treatment for FREE
  • Patient will receive $1,200 value Laser gum trimming treatment if necessary ABSOLUTELY free of charge

Call our office today for FREE consultation appointment with our best, highly trained specialist at 408-259-2900 or email to us at info@drjkim.com or visit our office located at 1725 Berryessa Road Suite B, San Jose, CA 95133.

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