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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.

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.