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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.

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
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
October 27, 2016
Tags: Braces   healthy smile  

Learn how to properly care for your braces so you won’t have to deal with broken wires or fallen-off brackets.

Once you get your braces, you finally realize why it’s so important to care for them. Even though they may look rough and tough, metal bracesbraces can still become broken or damaged. Damaged braces aren’t effective, which may lengthen your treatment. From the office of our Portage, MI orthodontist, Dr. Thomas Kwong, here are some useful tips for how to care for your braces and maintain good oral health.

If You’ve Just Gotten Braces…

It will take time for your mouth to adjust to your braces so you may feel a bit sore for the first few days. Take it easy and adopt a soft-food diets until the discomfort subsides. Cut food into easy-to-chew pieces and stick to foods that are easy to eat.

What You Can and Can’t Eat

Even once the discomfort of just getting braces goes away you will have some dietary restrictions for the length of your treatment. This is because there are certain foods that can bend wires, break brackets and even loosen the cement that attaches brackets to teeth. Stay away from foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky, chewy or that contain a lot of sugar. Foods to avoid are:

  • Corn on the cob
  • Bagels
  • Pizza crust
  • Hard breads
  • Carrots, whole apples or raw vegetables (cut into smaller pieces)
  • Popcorn
  • Ice
  • Hard pretzels
  • Nuts
  • Hard taco shells
  • Hard candies
  • Chewing gum
  • Gummy candies
  • Caramels and taffy

Avoid Bad Habits

If you are an avid pen cap chewer or you bite your nails these are all habits that you will need to be aware of and prevent if you want to protect your braces. Talk to our orthodontic dentist in Portage about ways to break these habits.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

While everyone should brush twice a day it’s important that you brush even more often when you have braces. Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush, which will be gentle enough on your braces, and brush your teeth immediately after every meal. Bring a travel toothbrush with you if you are heading to school or work to make it easier for you to brush on the go.

Make sure you are also flossing every day. Use a threader floss to help get in between teeth while wearing braces so you can remove plaque and food particles and prevent decay.

If you have questions about how to care for your braces don’t hesitate to call Kwong Orthodontics in Portage, MI. Dr. Kwong is happy to answer any and all questions regarding braces, whether you are considering getting braces or you are currently wearing them.