What are the criteria for receiving orthodontic treatment? In other words, how do you know you need braces? At Kwong Orthodontics in Portage, 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:
- Efficient biting and chewing
- Mouth breathing
- Gum disease
- Tooth decay
- 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.