As any of our El Dorado Hills Invisalign® and braces patients can attest, we’re a festive bunch here at Jeffrey Kwong Orthodontics. From our Halloween skull design contest to our annual Giving Tree, my team and I love to celebrate and give back to the community. Aside from service opportunities, having a blast and spending time with our families, another key reason the holidays are so important to us is the food. I know if you have braces, especially if you just started treatment, you might be worried that you’ll miss out on your favorite holiday dishes this year. Well, I’m here to reassure you that’s not the case. While, yes, there are some holiday foods to avoid with braces, there are so many more that you can still eat. To help, I’m sharing a guide to what to eat with braces during the holidays, as well some general tips for keeping your smile healthy all season long.
Have you been thinking about straightening your teeth, slaying that snaggle tooth or addressing your bite for functional reasons? Do you love the idea of having a set-it-and-forget it type of orthodontic treatment that doesn’t involve keeping track of aligners or worrying about how many hours you’ve worn your appliance? But not into the thought of highly visible brackets and wires? At Jeffrey Kwong Orthodontics, we have a solution that offers the best of both worlds: InBrace hidden braces. This revolutionary treatment was designed by orthodontists to give patients an invisible treatment option that doesn’t need to be taken in and out of the mouth. The braces are placed behind your teeth, so no one can see them at all.
I love dentists! Okay, full disclosure, as an El Dorado Hills orthodontist, I am technically a dentist and I went to dental school. Furthermore, my better half and wife, Lisa, is also a dentist, so I literally LOVE dentists. Additionally, a lot of my patients are referred to Jeffrey Kwong Orthodontics by their general dentist so maybe I’m a little biased. But, still, your general dentist plays such an important role in maintaining your oral health and, by extension, your overall health. So when it comes to orthodontist vs. dentist, is there a big difference? Can’t your orthodontist also check for cavities or treat gum disease? Could you ask your general dentist to put braces on your teeth? To help clear up these questions, I’ll be covering the difference between an orthodontist and dentist.
First, before we get into our newest blog post, I wanted to say just how awesome it’s been seeing all of our patients again now that our offices are re-opened. If you’re wondering how things have changed and the steps we’re taking to keep patients and our team safe during visits, read all about our new protocols here.
As for our post, today I’m talking about clear aligners for teenagers. Even with the smaller, more streamlined metal braces and clear braces available today, at my office and many other practices around the country, we’re noticing a huge shift in the popularity of Invisalign Teen. To help give you a better idea of how the treatment works and whether it’s something you want to consider for your own teenager, I’m answering the questions I hear most often from the parents at Jeffrey Kwong Orthodontics.
While staying home has been really important for helping to flatten the curve, it has been tough for small businesses, including restaurants, boutiques, salons and even orthodontists. While things will start to slowly open up in the near future, it will be a little while until everything in the community is up and running full steam ahead. That’s why, during this time, if it’s in your means, it’s so important to support local businesses. While, you may not be able to dine in at a restaurant or have a leisurely afternoon shopping trip, ordering delivery or takeout, buying gift cards, or making purchases online can go a long way.
Dear JKO Family,
During this fluid, changing situation, you probably have some questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and how it might affect your orthodontic treatment. Team JKO has put this FAQ together to help you with some of the questions you might have so that you feel comfortable. As always, the team at Jeffrey Kwong Orthodontics is here to support you and will find ways to build value and provide you with outstanding care.
Today, we have a guest post from a friend and fellow orthodontist, Dr. Ankush Khanna of Fresh Orthodontics in Brooklyn. Dr. Khanna will be sharing his knowledge and going over the pros and cons to consider when comparing metal or hidden braces vs. Invisalign.
It’s so important to take great care of your braces and your smile during orthodontic treatment. Why? Well, firstly, your teeth move most effectively in a healthy oral environment. Also, getting cavities, regularly breaking your brackets, or having other dental issues could set your treatment time back. Plus, no one wants to walk around with food caught in their braces or a wire sticking out of their mouth because they damaged their appliances. Caring for your braces and making your oral health a priority during your treatment will really set you up for success.
The holidays are nearly here! I know ordering gifts online is super tempting, especially when you have a busy schedule. However, there’s nothing quite like shopping local to really get into the holiday spirit, find unique gifts and, of course, support local businesses. Thankfully, there are a ton of awesome stores in El Dorado Hills where you’ll find something for everyone on your list. To help, my team and I are sharing some of our favorite spots for holiday shopping in El Dorado Hills: