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Braces. They conjure up images of unsightly headgear, hours and hours at the bathroom sink, and cumbersome retainers. However, today's orthodontic treatment from Dr. Chuandi Wang (pediatric dentist) and Dr. Thomas Kwong (orthodontist) of Pediatric Dentistry, PC in Portage, MI, is more comfortable and efficient than ever before. Learn here about the importance of orthodontics.

What is orthodontia?

It's the dental specialty that corrects a variety of cosmetic and functional smile issues stemming from:

  • Gaps
  • Crowding
  • Bite problems (malocclusion)
  • Crooked teeth
  • Thumb-sucking
  • Missing teeth
  • Oral injury
  • Differences in tooth size and jaw size

Besides correcting aesthetic issues, the orthodontic treatment creates smiles that are easier to keep clean, thus avoiding the perils of tooth decay and gum disease. Also, correctly aligned teeth and jaws are far less prone to jaw joint pain and headache caused by Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, or TMJ/TMD.

Should you get braces?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends children receive an orthodontic examination by age seven to make treatment, if necessary, easier. Most young people who do need braces begin wearing them before the age of 14. However, the Association also says that about 20 percent of current orthodontic patients are adults. 

To settle the question of getting or not getting orthodontic treatment, we perform a complete dental examination, noting tooth number, size, shape, and position. We take digital X-rays to look at roots and bone structure and evaluate the size and shape of your upper and lower jaws. We also note how upper and lower mandibles close together. Oral impressions allow us to create a study model to determine the best course of treatment for you as needed.

Life with Braces

Your dentist will determine what kind of braces are best for your particular needs. Appliances may include:

  • Traditional metal or ceramic braces
  • Lingual, or tongue-side, braces
  • Clear aligners from Invisalign
  • Palatal expanders which widen the jaw
  • Space maintainers to leave room for erupting adult teeth

While conventional braces often impose dietary restrictions and oral hygiene routines which can be complex, clear aligners are removable and easy to clean. Treatment times, of course, vary case to case, but generally, clear aligners straighten smiles more quickly than other kinds of braces.

Your smile goals

Orthodontic treatment could be the path to your aesthetic smile goals and your best oral health. Why not contact Dr. Chuandi Wang (pediatric dentist) and Dr. Thomas Kwong (orthodontist) of Pediatric Dentistry, PC in Portage, MI? Call us at 269-327-4459.

By Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, PC
March 29, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures

Beginning good dental hygiene habits at an early age is crucial to your child’s oral health throughout their life. However, many parents may not be fully aware of what their child’s dental hygiene routine should consist of. Your dentist can help you and your child understand the best practices for a daily and long-term dental hygiene routine. Find out more about pediatric dentistry and what makes a solid at-home oral care routine important with Dr. Chuandi Wang in Portage, MI.

How often should my child see their dentist? 

The American Dental Association says that all dental patients, regardless of their age, should see the dentist twice a year for routine examinations with their dentist and cleanings performed by a dental hygienist. These regular visits allow dentists to keep track of a child’s growth and development and find and treat any issues like cavities quickly to stop them in their tracks.

How will my dentist help me instill good dental habits in my child? 

Seeing the dentist regularly from an early age has proven to instill good oral hygiene habits and reduce the chances of developing dental anxiety or dental phobia. We go above and beyond to establish a good relationship with your child, with a happy, fun environment and a kid-friendly, show-tell-do approach to introducing your child to the dentist’s office and routine check-ups.

What should my child’s daily oral care routine consist of? 

Good dental care begins before a child has any teeth at all. As an infant, children’s parents should wipe their gums with a damp, soft cloth after feedings. When their first tooth erupts, brushing twice a day with a child’s toothbrush and a tiny amount of toothpaste will keep teeth decay at bay. As the teeth grow close enough together to touch, begin helping your child floss between each tooth at least once a day.

Children’s Dentistry & You

Starting good oral hygiene habits early will benefit your child for the rest of their life. For more information on ensuring that your child is confident about their dental visits and caring for their teeth, please contact Dr. Chuandi Wang in Portage, MI. Call 269-327-4459 to schedule your child’s appointment with your dentist today!

By Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, PC
January 06, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Kids Dentist  

A good dental care routine and regular visits to your kids' dentist in Portage, MI is essential for children of all ages. Dr. Chuandi Wang and Dr. Thomas Kwong can help your kids develop a lifetime of healthy oral habits.

Why Dental Visits Are Important for Your Child

There are several important reasons to take your little ones to the dentist. Some of the most important are below.

Helps Set Good Oral Habits

Creating habits requires repeating an action over and over again until it becomes second nature. You’ve likely taught your kids to brush and floss their teeth every day, which are both habits they’ll carry with them, but good oral hygiene doesn’t stop there.

Visiting a dentist regularly plays an essential role in dental health. By setting and keeping regular appointments now, you are adding a healthy habit that your kids will repeat throughout their lives.

Finds and Addresses Issues Early

Dental issues can develop early, but they are often difficult for a parent to detect. A kids' dentist in Portage, MI can help find these issues while children are still young and provide the care necessary to eliminate them or prevent them from getting worse.

Even if your child has no issues, a dentist can help prevent potential ones. In addition to regular cleanings and other preventative measures, dental sealant is placed on permanent teeth to help protect them from decay.

Catches What They Miss

It can be quite cute to watch little ones attempt to brush and floss their teeth. And many of them put a great deal of effort into the process. Unfortunately, they can still miss some food and plaque.

Visiting the dentist regularly ensures that anything they miss is cleaned away so that it doesn’t create serious oral issues.

Gets Them Comfortable in the Chair

Dental anxiety and phobia are real issues that affect people of all ages. Sometimes, it’s due to an experience or simply an irrational fear. However, sometimes, it’s due to a lack of experience in a dentist’s chair.

By taking your child to dental visits early and consistently, they typically begin to grow comfortable with the situation. This can help keep them from developing dental anxieties and phobias later in life.

Help your kids develop good oral hygiene habits that they’ll carry on throughout their lives. Set an appointment with Dr. Wang and Dr. Kwong – your kids' dentist in Portage, MI. Call us today at 269-327-4459.

By Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, PC
December 16, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants  

Cavities are always a concern when it comes to children and their oral health. The molars, or back teeth, are particularly at risk for cavities because there are numerous crevices and grooves on the chewing surfaces of those teeth where cavity-causing bacteria can hide. Applying dental sealants on those teeth significantly reduces the risk of cavities. In Portage, MI, sealants are available at Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, where Dr. Chuandi Wang can help your child maintain better oral health.

What are Sealants?

Dental sealants are clear resin coatings that are brushed on the chewing surface of teeth. The sealant creates a smooth surface so there is nowhere for tiny bacteria to hide. The chewing surfaces of the back teeth contain many tiny grooves called pits and fissures. Cavity-causing bacteria can easily become trapped in these crevices and brushing does not always clear away all bacteria. Dental sealants create a protective barrier so nothing gets trapped in the pits and fissures on teeth.

At our office in Portage, MI, sealants can be quickly applied in just a few steps. After checking for and treating any signs of decay, the teeth are then thoroughly cleaned and dried. Next, a special solution is added to the surface of the teeth. The solution etches or roughens the surface, which helps the sealant material adhere better. Then, the teeth are rinsed off and dried once again. Finally, the liquid resin material is carefully brushed on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. A special curing light dries and hardens the sealant material in about a minute.

Caring for Sealants

Sealants can potentially last for many years when cared for properly. Sealed teeth can be cared for in the same way as unsealed teeth by developing an effective dental hygiene routine. Children should continue flossing daily, as well as brushing twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. It is also important to schedule regular dental checkups with professional cleanings once every six months. During checkups, the dentist can check for wear and tear on the sealant and reapply if needed.

There are numerous benefits to getting dental sealants. They help children enjoy better oral health by protecting against cavities. For sealants in Portage, MI, schedule an appointment for your child with Dr. Wang, the pediatric dentist at Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, by calling (269) 327-4459.

By Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, PC
November 30, 2021
Category: Oral Health

Parents with young children often have a lot of questions about pediatric dentistry. In Portage, MI, Dr.Chuandi Wang of Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, offers a wide variety of pediatric dentistry services. 

When should I plan my first pediatric dentistry visit?

In Portage, MI, pediatric dentistry visits should begin in accordance with the ADA and Academy of Pediatric Dentistry guidelines. It is recommended your first visit occurs within 6 months of the first tooth eruption. At the very latest, at age one. 

Why start dental visits so early?

Studies show the likelihood of a child developing cavities in their baby teeth more than doubles for every year the first visit is delayed. You risk not only the health of their baby teeth but potentially their permanent teeth. 

How often should pediatric dental visits occur?

The suggested schedule for pediatric dental visits is every six months. However, if there are any issues with your child's oral care, the pediatric dentist may suggest more frequent visits. 

Can breastfeeding and bottle feeding cause cavities?

The truth is, breast milk and formula both have sugar in them and if you use them once your baby's teeth erupt, you need to care for them at home even before your first pediatric visit. Never give your baby anything but a water bottle to sleep with. Your dentist can give you additional information on this subject. 

How soon should I start brushing my child's teeth?

You can start familiarizing your child with a toothbrush as soon as they start having teeth, according to the specialists at Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry. Use a very minimal amount of toothpaste on the brush, make sure it is a soft brush, and don't be too vigorous. By the time your child is a toddler, they can learn to brush their own teeth and even floss. 

Are sealants a good option?

Sealants are used to protect the chewing surface of your child's teeth from cavities. It is a simple process to apply and is very effective in reducing the number of cavities. It doesn't take the place of limiting the number of sweet foods and drinks that your child consumes, but it can be very helpful. 

Does my child need to get fluoride treatments?

Your pediatric dentist will need to evaluate whether or not the primary source of your child's drinking water contains fluoride. If you have a well, there is no fluoride in your water. If your child drinks primarily bottled water, the water may be low on fluoride. Fluoride is important for dental health and getting a supplement may be recommended. 

If you are looking for pediatric dentistry in Portage, MI, Dr. Chuandi Wang of Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry, offers the services you need. Call for an appointment at 269-327-4459.

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