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By KWONG ORTHODONTICS
October 22, 2018
Tags: Braces  

Did you know braces can do more than just straighten your teeth?

Metallic BracesMost people aren’t born with a perfectly straight smile; fortunately, this is can be fixed thanks to modern-day braces. Our Portage, MI, orthodontist Dr. Thomas Kwong offers a variety of orthodontic treatment options for patients of all ages, from young children to older adults. It’s never too late to have a straight smile. Of course, getting braces can offer you a variety of wonderful benefits that perhaps you didn’t even know about.

What is the purpose of braces?

The goal behind braces is to shift teeth into the proper position not just to improve the way your smile looks but also to improve functionality. There are several different kinds of braces, from traditional bracket-and-wire braces that are bonded to the front of your teeth to nearly invisible aligners.

Along with giving you a straighter smile, braces also offer these amazing benefits,

Restored Chewing and Biting

Did you know that a misaligned smile can affect your bite as well as your speech? Those who have underbites or overbites will be able to attest to the face that these common malocclusions can make it more difficult to chew certain foods and can even cause speech impediments. By getting braces to realign your smile our Portage, MI, orthodontic specialist can help realign and adjust your jaws to improve how your jaws function.

Prevent Potential Dental Injuries

A misaligned smile can also put unnecessary pressure on certain teeth because your jaws aren’t properly aligned. Over time this can cause excessive wear and tear resulting in cracks, chips and other dental damage. The best way to prevent these issues down the road is to get braces now to realign your smile and redistribute chewing forces more evenly.

Relieve TMJ Disorder

A lot of people suffer from TMJ disorder, a problem that affects how the jaw joints function. This can lead to jaw stiffness and pain, particularly when chewing or opening your mouth. Those with TMJ disorder often hear a clicking noise when opening or closing their jaws. Since those with misalignments are prone to TMJ disorders, getting braces can actually prevent or even resolve the issue.

Are you interested in discussing whether you or your child could benefit from braces? If so, then call Kwong Orthodontics today in Portage, MI. We would be happy to sit down and discuss your orthodontic options with you to give you the smile you want.

By KWONG ORTHODONTICS
August 01, 2018
Category: Oral Health

What are the criteria for receiving orthodontic treatment? In other words, how do you know you need braces? At Kwong Orthodontics in orthodontic treatmentsPortage, MI, you'll receive the answers to those questions and more when you see Dr. Thomas Kwong for a complete orthodontic evaluation. He and his team address the many situations which warrant correction with braces, clear aligners and TADs (temporary anchorage devices).

The problems with crooked teeth

Orthodontic correction of all kinds and complexities has increased dramatically in recent years. Even adults are pursuing clear aligners (such as Invisalign) and also traditional metal and ceramic braces.

In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists says that 20 percent of patients wearing some type of braces are adults. The same association advises parents take kids to a fully-qualified orthodontist by age 7 to see if braces are in their futures.

Why are these numbers increasing? Frankly, people see the value in beautiful, healthy smiles. Teeth which are poorly aligned, don't occlude (or bite together properly), are harder to keep free of damaging plaque and tartar, and lead to issues with:

  • Speech
  • Efficient biting and chewing
  • Mouth breathing
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Headaches
  • Jaw joint problems (TMJ and arthritis as examples)
  • Ear and facial pain
  • Teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism)

As such, orthodontics in Portage and across the world remains a mainstay of restorative, preventive and cosmetic dentistry, improving smiles, self-confidence, and overall health for the short term and for the long haul as well.

Do you need braces?

At Kwong Orthodontics in Portage, Dr. Kwong and his dedicated team will inspect your teeth and gums, take oral impressions, digital X-rays, photos, and more. All this information helps Dr. Kwong determine if braces are necessary, and if so, what type would work best. He formulates careful treatment plans aimed at optimal aesthetics and oral function.

Depending on the extent of the problem, orthodontic treatment ranges from simple realignment with clear aligners (for older teens and adults), Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs), removable or bonded-on retainers, metal or ceramic braces, or lingual (tongue-side) braces.

Additionally, Dr. Kwong offers WildSmiles braces for children and teens. These appliances feature custom-designed brackets with special designs to add elements of fun and individuality to wearing braces.

Find the answers

Dr. Kwong is the orthodontist to see for an accurate and honest appraisal of your smile alignment needs. For
a one-on-one consultation for your child or for you, contact Kwong Orthodontics in Portage, MI, at (269) 327-4459.

By KWONG ORTHODONTICS
June 20, 2018
Tags: Invisalign   clear braces  

Learn more about the unique advantages you’ll enjoy when you get Clear Aligner treatment.

You want to get a straighter smile but perhaps you don't like the idea of wearing braces. We understand that wearing metal braces isn’t clear alignerssomething that a lot of teens or adults want to deal with. This is why our Portage, MI, orthodontist Dr. Thomas Kwong offers Invisalign a type of clear aligner treatment. A lot of adults are turning to these clear aligners to get the smiles they want and you could, too.

Here’s what makes Invisalign (clear aligners) so unique to other orthodontic treatment options:

Clear Not Metal Braces

Most people think of braces and immediately think of metal brackets and wires. Don’t worry; Invisalign doesn’t require any metal at all. In fact, when you get Invisalign in Portage, MI, the only thing you’ll receive is a set of clear, thin plastic aligners that are designed to fit comfortably over your teeth. These aligners look similar to whitening trays, but because they are custom-made just for your teeth, they will provide the perfect fit.

A Boost of Confidence

We know that wearing metal braces can very easily make you self-conscious and embarrassed to smile, especially if you are in college or in the professional world. Luckily, Invisalign allows you to carry on with your day and talk to those around you without worrying that they will immediately notice your braces. As long as you continue to keep those aligners clean they should be nearly invisible.

Eat What You Love

Nothing is worse than getting traditional braces and discovering that you can’t eat a lot of the foods you love. That’s because sticky, hard, crunchy and chewy foods could damage brackets and wire. Since Invisalign aligners are removable, all you have to do is take them out prior to mealtimes, rinse them out and then put them back in after you are done. There are no foods you can’t enjoy with Invisalign.

Keep Your Trusty Oral Care Routine

The idea of having to floss or brush around thin, delicate wires and brackets is enough to make anyone nervous; fortunately, since Invisalign aligners are removable you can just take them out prior to brushing and flossing. Your routine doesn’t have to change at all.

Kwong Orthodontics in Portage, MI, is dedicated to giving you a straight, beautiful smile no matter what orthodontic treatment you choose. Call our office today to schedule a consultation for you or your child. Let’s give you a smile you can be proud of.

By KWONG ORTHODONTICS
April 12, 2017
Category: Oral Appliances
Tags: Braces  

Not sure if you can benefit from orthodontics? Portage, MI, orthodontist, Dr. Thomas Kwong, explains how orthodontic treatment can improveorthodontist Portage, MI your smile and discusses popular brace options.

When is orthodontic treatment necessary?

Orthodontic treatment may be recommended if you're unhappy with the appearance of your crooked teeth or if you suffer from a bite issue. Although most people are familiar with overbites and underbites, several other types of bite issues, such as cross bites and open bites, can also be corrected with braces. Bite issues occur when the teeth in your upper and lower jaws don't fit together correctly. Depending on the type of bite problem you have, you may experience pain in your jaw, trouble chewing or speaking clearly, jaw stiffness, headaches, lacerations, headaches, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) or low self-esteem.

How do braces work?

Braces slowly reposition your teeth, changing both your appearance and your bite. Metal and ceramic braces use a system of wires and brackets to realign your teeth. If you choose lingual braces, the wires or braces will be attached on the back surfaces of your teeth and won't be noticeable. During your visit to Dr. Kwong's Portage office, you'll be given the opportunity to use WildSmile Braces in place of the usual brackets. WildSmile brace brackets are available in several fun shapes, including flowers, hearts, soccer balls, hearts and super-diamonds.

If you prefer a wire-free treatment, you'll want to consider Invisalign. There are no wires or brackets needed with this brace system. Clear, removable aligner trays shift your teeth instead, offering a less obtrusive option to traditional braces. Trays are removed to eat and are usually worn for 20 hours per day. After you've worn a set of trays for two weeks, you'll set them aside and begin wearing a new set.

Why should I visit an orthodontist for braces?

Orthodontists have specialized training in managing tooth movement. After graduating from dental school, they complete a three-year orthodontic residency that gives them the opportunity to perfect their skills by working with patients with many types of orthodontic issues.

Don't let crooked teeth or a bite issue keep you from smiling! Call Portage, MI, orthodontist, Dr. Kwong, (269) 327-4459 to schedule an appointment.

By KWONG ORTHODONTICS
February 08, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Braces   Orthodontics  

Braces can change your bite and smile for the better. However, understanding the benefits of orthodontic treatment can be a tricky task. bracesFortunately, your Portage, MI, orthodontist can help you determine if braces are the best treatment for you and your smile. Learn more about orthodontics with Dr. Thomas Kwong at Kwong Orthodontics.

What is orthodontic treatment? 
Orthodontic treatment uses gentle pressure applied to the teeth to move them into new, corrected positions which better benefit your smile’s bite and appearance. An orthodontist, while they have the same training as a dentist initially, has continued education in orthodontics and normally specializes in this branch of dentistry.

How can braces help me? 
Braces can benefit your smile in more ways than one. Straightening your teeth can make your smile look great, boosting confidence and self-esteem. It can also eliminate hard-to-reach areas where teeth overlap or crowd together, helping to decrease the chance of tooth decay. Braces also help correct the mouth’s bite, decreasing the symptoms of conditions like TMJ disorder and making chewing and eating easier or more comfortable.

What are my orthodontic options? 
Orthodontic treatment may bring images of traditional metal braces to mind. However, thanks to modern dentistry and orthodontics, you now have more options than ever. Treatments like Invisalign use plastic aligner trays to move teeth rather than the traditional metal brackets and wires. Additionally, clear braces use ceramic, tooth-colored braces to move the teeth.

Orthodontic Treatment in Portage, MI 
Orthodontics usually require an appointment with your dentist once every four to six weeks for adjustments and general maintenance. These important visits allow your orthodontist to ensure that your progress moves forward according to plan and that you do not have any signs of tooth decay or gum disease during treatment.

For more information on orthodontic treatment or braces, please contact Dr. Kwong at Kwong Orthodontics in Portage, MI. Call (269) 327 4459 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Kwong today!





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