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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.

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.