The Smile Problems That Orthodontics Can Treat
Orthodontists are dental specialists who diagnose and treat issues with misaligned teeth and any associated irregularities with the bite, face, or jaws, such as overcrowding, overbite, underbite, or spacing between the teeth. Dr. Chuandi Wang is a dentist at Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI. She specializes in orthodontic treatments.
Types of Orthodontic Treatment
Portage orthodontic specialists can treat a wide range of smile problems including:
- Crowded teeth: when the teeth overlap die to lack of space for them to align properly.
- Open bite: when the teeth protrude between the upper and lower teeth each time a person swallows.
- Overbite: when the upper jaw overlaps the lower jaw with a gap of larger than one or two millimeters.
- Underbite: when the lower teeth extend outward further than the upper teeth.
- Crossbite: when a tooth in the lower or upper jaw is closer to the inner cheek than its corresponding tooth on the upper or lower level.
- Missing lateral incisors: this is a hereditary condition that causes one or more of the permanent lateral incisors not to grow in.
- Spacing between teeth: when the teeth have abnormal gaps between them.
Orthodontists can correct these dental problems with braces, aligners, and other appliances that can help ease the teeth into their correct positions.
Orthodontic treatment can not only give you a beautiful smile and boost your confidence, but they can also make it easier for you to bite, chew, and talk. Adults can have orthodontic treatment, but the earlier a child or adolescent gets the treatment they need, the easier it will be for your dental specialist to resolve any problems with misalignment.
If you’re looking for a Portage dentist who specializes in orthodontics, call Dr. Wang on (269) 327-4459 to request an appointment to find out more.
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Every parent wants their child to be as healthy as possible, and dental care is an important part of good health. Teaching your child good habits at a young age is essential for setting them up for a lifelong healthy smile, and Dr. Chuandi Wang of Pediatric Dentistry in Portage can help you instill good oral hygiene in your kids.
Thorough, frequent brushing is key for preventing the buildup of plaque and keeping cavities and decay at bay. Your kids' dentist at our Portage office recommends that your child hold their toothbrush at a 45 degree angle, and begin brushing along the gum line in small, gentle circles. Next, your child should brush the front, tops, and backs of their teeth, continuing in a gentle fashion, and finish by brushing their tongue. Make sure to provide your child with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride-containing toothpaste.
Flossing can be hard for a child to master, as it takes some patience and dexterity. However, flossing is an important practice for removing food particles in the tight spaces between teeth and preventing them from developing into tartar. Your kids' dentist can help demonstrate proper flossing, which should be done daily.
Have your child pull off a long thread of floss and wrap it around a middle finger on each hand. Using a back and forth motion, your child should pull the floss between each tooth, including those in the very back. Flossing picks are another good option.
Ask your kids' dentist about adding a rinse to your child's dental routine. There are fluoride fortified rinses available at drugstores which can give your child another dose of cavity protection. Make sure your child is old enough to rinse without swallowing.
Deep cleanings and exams
Make sure to schedule regular appointments and cleanings. A professional cleaning helps remove any build-up on your child's teeth, and gives your dentist an opportunity to check for and treat any cavities.
Call Pediatric Dentistry in Portage at 269-327-4459 today for more information on giving your child their healthiest smile!
Regular pediatric dental appointments are a must to help children maintain healthy oral hygiene. Dr. Chuandi Wang of Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI, provides her little patients with the care they need.
What's the importance of regular appointments?
Regular dental appointments are key to ensuring your child's oral health. Dental appointments entail an oral examination so your dentist can check for any problems that need to be taken care of immediately. This includes decay that eats away at teeth, causing bacteria and tooth loss if not removed.
Dr. Wang may do one of two steps afterwards. If the decay is deep, she'll insert a filling to prevent bacteria from re-entering the tooth and breaking down the tooth. If the decay is somewhat superficial, or if there isn't any decay at all, your dentist in Portage, MI, uses sealant material to protect teeth.
Sealants are an invisible plastic resin coated over tooth surfaces to smooth them out and fill natural crevices to protect teeth from decay.
So, how does that work? It's actually quite simple. Your dentist first applies an etching solution on chewing surface to roughen surfaces. This makes it easier for the sealant to adhere to the tooth. Next, the tooth is cleaned and dried, and the liquid sealant material painted onto the tooth then hardened using a curing light.
During other regular pediatric dental appointments, your dentist may provide her patients with a professional dental cleaning that eliminates decay, and prevents cavities, tooth loss, and gum disease.
The procedure requires the following:
- Tooth scaling, which removes film layers on teeth surface.
- Tooth polishing is when your dentist or hygienist smooths dental surfaces.
- Debridement is required when too much tartar has accumulated and can't be removed using scaling. Your dental professional uses instruments to loosen deposits to make them easier to remove.
Dental cleanings, along with regular dental appointments/exams and sealants are important preventative measures.
Does your child need a dentist? Would you like a consultation?
If you'd like to speak with your dentist about regular pediatric dental appointments, then contact Dr. Chuandi Wang of Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI, by calling (269) 327-4459 today!
You protect your child in so many ways, whether it be through car seats, bike helmets, limiting screen time, and more. Protecting your child's smile is important, too, and here at Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI, your professional team make that easy! Read on to learn some of the basics on how at-home oral hygiene, routine dental visits, and sealants can protect young smiles.
When should you start routine office visits?
A mainstay of preventive dental care, regular visits to our Portage office begins at age one. During this appointment, Dr. Wang or Dr. Kwong check for the development, function, and condition of the jaw, teeth, and gums. Additionally, they get your little one used to the sights and sounds of a pediatric dental office.
As your child grows, your pediatric dentist may advise fluoride varnishes and plastic sealants, for these treatments provide a great defense against decay. Combined with six-month cleanings, X-rays (as needed), examinations, daily flossing, and twice-daily brushing, these preventive services set the stage for a lifetime of good oral health.
Other preventive pediatric care
Here are additional preventive services that your pediatric dentist provides:
- Acrylic mouth guards worn during sports to cushion and protect the teeth/soft oral tissues from traumatic injury and excessive wear
- Orthodontic evaluation and interceptive care starting at age seven to ward off more complex treatments and to initiate smile correction while the child is still growing
- Education on tooth-friendly nutrition and proper brushing/flossing techniques as provided by your friendly dental hygienist as your partner in good oral health care practices
Find out more
Whether you wish to schedule your child's routine dental visit, ask about protective plastic sealants, or have any other concerns, please contact our friendly office team for an appointment. At Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI, Dr. Wang, Dr. Kwong, and their associates place a high value on healthy young smiles. They are honored to help parents in this important task. Please call the office team today at (269) 327-4459.
Did you know that orthodontic treatment can actually make your child healthier? It’s true! That’s because a straight smile is easier to keep healthy than a crooked one, and this ease of cleaning not only boosts oral health, but overall health, as well. After all, according to the Mayo Clinic, unhealthy mouths are linked to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and other serious medical conditions. Your child's good health starts with a straight smile!
Here at Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI, your dentists, Dr. Chuandi Wang and Dr. Thomas Kwong, offer a full range of pediatric dental services, including orthodontic treatment, to help your child stay healthy. Read on to learn more!
What Orthodontics Can Do For Your Child
We all know about the cosmetic benefits of orthodontic treatment. A straight smile looks beautiful and helps your child make a great first impression. Your child's smile is their greatest asset, and when their teeth are straight, they look their best.
That being said, the health benefits of orthodontic treatment are very important to your child's overall well-being, too. Without orthodontics, consider that:
- Rotated teeth create a great environment for plaque to thrive, and the bacteria in plaque create tooth decay and periodontal disease, causing bone loss around teeth as an adult.
- Crowded teeth create problems concerning flossing and brushing. For example, it’s easy to get floss caught in between teeth, tearing the floss. These tiny leftover pieces of floss can then stay in between your child's teeth, creating a haven for bacteria, which can also cause tooth decay and periodontal disease as an adult.
- Gaps and spaces between your child's teeth can leave open areas where plaque can thrive. These open spaces aren’t always cleaned thoroughly by flossing and brushing, yet another cause of tooth decay and periodontal disease.
- Poor bite alignment can lead to excessive wear on teeth, creating broken teeth, abrasion, and loss of tooth structure. A poor bite can also lead to problems with your child's temporomandibular joint (TMJ) leading to painful jaws, headaches, and other chronic pain issues.
With a straight smile, your child can avoid all of these issues, and maintain a healthy smile well into adulthood!
Interested? Give Us a Call
To learn out more about the health benefits of orthodontic treatment, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Chuandi Wang and Dr. Thomas Kwong at Chuandi Wang Pediatric Dentistry in Portage, MI, today by dialing (269) 327-4459.
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