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By Kwong Orthodontics
March 24, 2014
Category: Community
Tags: Portage   Local Businesses  
Kwong OrthodonticsAs active members of the community, we think it’s important to work together with others to keep residents involved and aware of the great businesses and activities going on in Portage.
Partnering with Local Businesses to Create Community
As the title suggests, we work hand-in-hand with the Portage community, including neighboring businesses. Our recent activities intended to keep our patients involved and aware of fun events:
  • Coupons – Dr. Kwong has partnered up with Red Mango – Southland Mall Portage, MI
  • Tickets to events, such as the Kalamazoo Children’s Chorus
  • Sponsorship for St. Catherine of Siena Parish
  • Western Michigan University Health Expo
  • Sponsorship for the Irish Open Tennis Tournament in Kalamazoo
  • Member of Southwest Michigan First The Chamber of Commerce
Braces in Portage Support Teeth, Kwong Orthodontics Support the Patients
As much as Dr. Kwong stays active outside of the practice, the primary focus is his Portage Orthodontics office. With his dental team at hand, Dr. Kwong offers a variety of orthodontic services to achieve the straight smile patients have always wanted.
Establishing relationships with the community and patients is one of Dr. Kwong’s main priorities.  This is the best way that he can give back to the community who has given him so much. 
By the end of orthodontic treatment, patients leave with a certificate in their hands and smiles on their faces.
Do you want to know more about Dr. Kwong’s weekly activities? Get updates from our website and Facebook.
By Kwong Orthodontics
March 24, 2014
Tags: Braces   Portage  
traditional braces portageTraditional braces—it’s a favored device in an orthodontist office. Invisalign or clear aligners are popular right now because they are clear and removable, but many patients still prefer traditional braces compared to other options.
Why traditional braces stand the test of time
“Out with the old and in with the new” isn’t always the best way to think of things. Traditional, metal braces are still widely used today because they are the best treatment for severe cases of malocclusion. Plus, metal braces help shift teeth more quickly than other devices.
Although metal braces are the most noticeable of orthodontic devices, their appearance has improved in recent years by making the brackets smaller as well as different shapes and colors.
The factors that factor into your course of treatment
Each orthodontic case is different, and that is why Dr. Kwong needs to consider multiple factors to determine which orthodontic device will be the most effective treatment for you. Here are the key points your orthodontist will need to consider:
  • Severity of bite and alignment problems
  • Treatment time specific to your case
  • Your opinion regarding treatment
In Portage, braces are available at Kwong Orthodontics.
If you think you need to see an orthodontist to improve your smile, call (269) 366-0882. At Dr. Kwong’s practice in Portage, traditional braces and Invisalign are available. Dr. Kwong will recommend the best treatment for you because you deserve the best smile.
By Kwong Orthodontics
December 04, 2013
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Braces   Portage  
Braces PortageIf you have braces, you are in the process of fixing a malocclusion issue and boosting oral health. You probably can’t wait to see how straight your teeth will be after treatment. For the best results, remember to maintain proper oral heath during treatment. A straighter smile pairs best with healthy teeth and gums. Here are a few tips your Portage orthodontist wants you to know.

Brush after every meal

Traditional wires and brackets catch and trap food debris, so it’s harder to remove all of the particles. If you have braces, it’s important to clean teeth after every meal. Bad oral health habits can cause plaque to buildup—or worse, tooth decay.

Use braces-friendly floss

Braces wearers sometimes have a tough time flossing. Here are a few suggestions for correct flossing.
  • Purchase waxed floss—it glides easier between teeth and around braces.
  • Use about 18 inches of floss.
  • Don’t pull too hard on floss—you can damage a wire or bracket.
  • Ask your orthodontist for a floss threader—it easily maneuvers floss between braces.

Avoid sticky, chewy food

Avoid certain types of food during orthodontic treatment. Sticky and chewy food, such as candy, easily gets stuck between braces. It’s harder to remove, and overexposure to sugar can lead to cavities. 
If you live in Portage, braces can be taken care of by Dr. Thomas Kwong, orthodontist in Portage.  Dr. Kwong specializes in traditional braces and Invisalign for children and adults. Do you use proper techniques to clean your teeth and braces?