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By KWONG ORTHODONTICS
August 28, 2019
Tags: Invisalign  

If you want straighter teeth but are hesitant about opting for traditional braces, you are not alone. For many adults in need of orthodontic Invisaligntreatment, metallic braces can be a deal-breaker. Fortunately, there is another option—Dr. Thomas Kwong, your orthodontist in Portage, MI, offers Invisalign for older patients looking for an alternative to traditional metallic braces. Here is some basic information to help you learn more about how Invisalign works:

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

Q: What is Invisalign?

A: Invisalign consists of a set of removable aligner trays made from clear plastic. Like braces, they gradually shift your teeth into the correct alignment over time.

 

Q: What does Invisalign treat?

A: Invisalign can correct mild-to-moderate cases of common bite and alignment problems such as crowding, overbite, underbite, and crossbite.

 

Q: How does Invisalign work?

A: The Invisalign system consists of a custom-made set of removable trays that are worn for approximately two weeks at a time. These trays can be removed for up to two hours a day, so you can continue to brush and floss as you normally would, and continue to enjoy your favorite foods. The treatment period may also be shorter than with traditional braces, depending on your circumstances and needs.

 

Q: How do I know if Invisalign is right for me?

A: Invisalign is available for teenagers and adult patients. If you are a candidate for orthodontic treatment, your dentist will refer you to an orthodontist for an evaluation. The orthodontist will then recommend the best treatment option for your situation.

 

Find a Dentist in Portage, MI

To learn more about Invisalign and whether it's the right orthodontic treatment for you, contact Kwong Orthodontics by dialing (269) 327-4459. Call today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kwong!

By Kwong Orthodontics
August 12, 2019
Category: Dentistry
Tags: Orthodontist  

An orthodontist and a dentist are the same thing right? Well, not quite. While people may use the two titles interchangeably they are different and it’s important when to see a dentist and when you should visit our Portage, MI, orthodontist Dr. Thomas Kwong to handle certain dental problems. Here’s what you need to know about the world of orthodontics.

What is an orthodontist?

While a dentist is a medical doctor who can provide care and treatment for the teeth and gums, as well as the jaw, mouth and nerves, an orthodontist specializes in fixing misalignments to give you a straight set of teeth.

Here in Portage, MI, our orthodontist specializes in treating everything from overbites and misaligned jaws to overcrowding and crooked teeth. Dr. Kwong works with children, teens and adults to help them achieve a straighter smile with the help of orthodontic treatment.

From prevention to diagnosis and treatment of dental irregularities, we can do it all to improve the health of your teeth, jaws, and bite.

When is the right time for an orthodontic checkup?

When we often think about braces we often picture teens wearing them; however, the sooner our orthodontist can evaluate your child’s smile the better for their oral development and health. A simple orthodontic check-up can reveal bite irregularities, delayed jaw growth, and dental misalignments. Early treatment could facilitate jaw growth, reduce trauma to teeth, and improve appearance. It’s best to have your child’s teeth checked by an orthodontist no later than 7 years old.

I’m an adult. Is it too late to see an orthodontist?

While the ideal time for a child to see an orthodontist is around 6-7 years old, this doesn’t mean that older teens or adults have missed an opportunity for a straighter smile. In fact, more and more adults are turning to our orthodontist to fix crooked and misaligned teeth, and with more discreet orthodontic solutions like Invisalign our orthodontic team here in Portage, MI, is making the orthodontic process simple and easy for everyone, no matter their age.

Do you want to find out what orthodontic treatment will give you the best results? Want to know if your child’s smile could benefit from braces? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Kwong Orthodontics in Portage, MI, is happy to provide patients of all ages with the treatment they need for beautiful, ideal smiles.

By KWONG ORTHODONTICS
August 01, 2019
Category: Oral Appliances

Would you like to wear braces but think they are too noticeable? Well, you may have a proven alternative. It's the Invisalign system of clearInvisalign aligners offered by Kwong Orthodontics in Portage, MI. Dr. Thomas Kwong qualifies adult and teen patients for these invisible appliances, correcting a large array of mild to moderate alignment and bite issues. Learn about the many advantages of Invisalign so you can decide it's right for you.

 

Invisalign clear aligners are almost invisible

Made from proprietary Smart Track acrylic, the 18 to 30 aligner pairs in a typical treatment plan are easy in and easy out. Yes, they are removable! They resemble very thin teeth whitening trays and are engineered to shift teeth into positions which look and function better.

There are no brackets, rubber bands or wires to break or entangle with your favorite foods. Remove your aligners, and eat whatever you like. Brush, floss and clean your aligners, and replace them. In all, you wear the appliances 20 to 22 hours a day to stay on pace with your individualized care plan.

 

Who qualifies for Invisalign Clear Aligners?

You likely do if you have a mild to moderate smile alignment problem and good oral health. However, children and people with complicated bite and jaw issues cannot use these clear braces. At Kwong Orthodontics in Portage, Dr. Kwong will evaluate you and help you decide on a treatment plan.

 

Advantages of Invisalign Clear Aligners

Your Invisalign aligners can treat your orthodontic issues predictably, reliably, and precisely, whether you have bite problems (malocclusion), gaps, crowding, tooth tipping, overjet, or something else. Patients really enjoy the aligners':

  • Discreet appearance (no one can tell you have them on)
  • Comfort (no sharp edges or jagged wires)
  • Removability for hygiene, meals, and special events
  • Quick treatment time (about one year, half the average treatment time of conventional metal, ceramic, or lingual braces)
  • Precision crafting according to modern iTero scans and exacting Invisalign lab standards
  • Progress checks spaced four to six weeks apart

 

Get that winning smile

And, be healthy, too. Invisalign clear aligners can help you achieve your smile goals. Please call Kwong Orthodontics for your personalized Invisalign consultation with Dr. Thomas Kwong in Portage, MI. You'll receive the best orthodontic care! Phone (269) 327-4459.

By KWONG ORTHODONTICS
February 25, 2019
Tags: Braces   Invisalign   Metal Braces  

Like all dental treatments, braces and orthodontic appliances have come a long way in recent years. While traditional metallic braces are Dental Bracesstill a staple of orthodontics, they are not the only option. Dr. Thomas Kwong, an orthodontist in Portage, MI, focuses exclusively on orthodontic treatment to help patients of all ages get straighter, healthier teeth and cosmetically attractive smiles.

 

Orthodontic Treatment in Portage, MI

Like all dental treatments, braces are not a one size fits all solution. Every person is unique and the type of braces or orthodontic appliances that will work best depend on a few factors like age, and the type and severity of the particular bite problem. There are a few types of braces available:

  • Metal - Metallic braces consist of small brackets being placed on each tooth and then being connected by rubber bands and wire brackets. They are the most common type of orthodontics available and are suitable for both children and adults.
  • Ceramic - Ceramic braces are very similar to metallic braces in design, the major difference being that these brackets are made of clear materials, so they are much more discreet than metallic braces.
  • Lingual - Lingual braces are placed on the back of the teeth on the tongue side, so they are completely invisible. While lingual braces are the most discreet option of all, they are not suitable for every situation.
  • Invisalign - Invisalign consists of removable clear aligner trays that gradually shift the teeth into alignment like braces, without the appliances and restrictions that come with them. Invisalign is available for adults and older teenagers, but may not be the best option for some alignment issues.

So, how do you choose the best type of braces for yourself or your children? Well, the first step is to see the dentist every six months for a routine dental exam and check up as recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA). Routine preventive care is important for both children and adults as it obviously prevents tooth decay and gum disease, but it is also important for it catches alignment problems and orthodontic issues as quickly as possible when they are easier to treat. The dentist will then recommend a visit to the orthodontist to discuss treatment.

 

Find an Orthodontist in Portage, MI

To learn more about orthodontic treatment and the best type of braces for you or your children, contact Kwong Orthodontics by calling (269) 327-4459 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kwong today.

By KWONG ORTHODONTICS
December 07, 2018
Tags: Clear Aligners  

How Clear Aligners from your orthodontist in Portage, MI, can help your smile

You may have heard about Invisalign, a clear aligner treatment, and now you may be wondering if this revolutionary orthodontic treatment is right for you. The truth is, it may be an excellent choice for just about everyone, including YOU! Dr. Thomas Kwong at Kwong Orthodontics in Portage, MI, provides clear aligner treatment which can give you a smile you will love—learn more by reading below.

More About Invisalign Clear Aligners

This may be the right treatment for you if you want a straight, beautiful smile. It’s the perfect choice to correct an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or open bite. It’s also a great choice to straighten overlapped teeth and to close gaps between your teeth that are ruining the beauty of your smile.

When you correct problems with the alignment of your teeth and jaws, it can help prevent jaw problems like TMJ issues later on. A straight smile also prevents excessive wear on your teeth and can keep you from needing dental restorations due to dental trauma and stress from chewing.

Clear aligners are also right for you if you want a straight, beautiful smile in a hurry, just in time for a special event like a wedding or reunion. That’s because treatment is quick, and can be completed in as little as 9 to 15 months.

If you’ve been holding off on orthodontic treatment because you are worried about uncomfortable brackets and wires, clear aligners are made of smooth, comfortable plastic, with no metal parts to irritate your gums, cheeks, or lips.

The best part about this treatment is that it is virtually invisible—no one will even notice that you are straightening your smile! That’s because the aligners are transparent, meaning when placed in your mouth, they become a discreet, invisible part of your smile.

You need to discover why Clear Aligners have been the right choice for millions of people, and why it’s the right choice for you too! Call Dr. Thomas Kwong's Portage, MI, office at (269) 327 4459 to find out more.





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