You may know Dr. Jeff as your favorite El Dorado Hills orthodontist, however, to gain the title of certified specialist in orthodontics, he had to graduate from dental school first. This means that in addition to having the know-how to straighten teeth and align bites, he’s well versed in all aspects of oral health. To say he’s a proponent of healthy teeth and gums is an understatement. Since braces can make it a little more challenging to keep teeth squeaky clean, he’s all about minimizing the chances of tooth decay among his patients at Jeffrey Kwong Orthodontics. One way to do this is with a healthy diet. Yet, while many parents worry a lot about avoiding candy and other sweets, the beverages children drink can also help or harm their pearly whites. With food, at least you can see the debris left behind allowing for effective brushing and flossing, but liquids can be sneakier. That’s why we’ve put together a primer on drinks and teeth ranking them from the best drinks for kids’ teeth to the worst drinks for kids’ teeth with a few for the grownups to consider too.
Helping my sons build things with their LEGO sets was basically the extent of my handiness but then came the do-it-yourself explosion. Recently, I even got in on the trend. I queued up some DIY YouTube videos, broke out a power drill and leveler and installed a hanging entertainment unit as deftly as an amateur could possibly do on the first try. Chip and Joanna Gaines would have been proud (maybe). Thanks to HGTV, Facebook, YouTube, blogs and Pinterest, there’s a hack for everything and we can do it all from the comfort of our living room! Well, not so fast…there are some limits, particularly when it involves your health.
So, you’ve decided you want straight teeth, a healthy bite and, of course, a fantastic smile. Yet, before you kick off the teeth-straightening process, the first step is finding the right orthodontist. Remember, any treatment is only as good as the doctor performing it. You can’t just put on braces or wear Invisalign and call it a day. It takes a lot of behind-the-scenes planning, expertise, and skill to achieve lasting, stunning results. You want to make sure your orthodontist is on the same page as you and has the necessary training to give you the new smile you deserve. At Jeffrey Kwong Orthodontics, we’re all about ensuring our patients feel comfortable and confident about their treatment and our office in general, which is why we encourage and welcome any and all questions. Are you unsure of where to start and wondering, “What should I ask my orthodontist?” Here are some basic questions to get the ball rolling at your initial consultation.
While braces can almost seem like a rite of passage, there’s still the element of the unknown that makes some kids a little bit nervous. Does the process involve needles? How long will treatment last? Do braces hurt? What will my friends think? You get the idea! Dr. Jeff and the team here at Jeffrey Kwong Orthodontics are friendly, fun and work hard to put kids’ minds at ease. Yet, our young El Dorado Hills braces patients need encouragement from their parents as well to get over anxiety and to motivate them to stick to all of the treatment requirements. Here’s our guide to how to prepare children for braces along with some local ideas.
Once we get our El Dorado Hills braces patients outfitted with their new hardware, the staff at Jeffrey Kwong Orthodontics makes sure to give them a rundown of the foods they should avoid but, even more importantly, all of the foods they can still enjoy. Our Invisalign patients don’t really need to worry because there are zero food restrictions thanks to the removable aligners. However, just because you opted for metal, ceramic, gold or lingusal braces, doesn’t mean you’ll have to hole up in your house and skip all of the good times at your favorite restaurants. If you’re at a bit of a loss for what and where to eat, here’s our handy guide to what foods are safe to eat with braces and our top picks for braces-friendly food in Sacramento, El Dorado Hills and Folsom.
Summer’s nearly here and soon school will be out. While it’s always an exciting time for the young patients at our orthodontic practice, we know the boredom can kick in pretty quickly. After the popularity of our winter activities for kids in El Dorado Hills post, we’ve decided to keep it going with a warm weather version. Bonus: Everything on this list is affordable or free! So, parents, if you’re racking your brain for ways to keep the children, tweens and teens occupied for the next few months without breaking the bank, we’ve got you covered. Here’s the Jeffrey Kwong Orthodontics guide to what to do with kids in the El Dorado Hills area this summer:
Patients at our El Dorado Hills orthodontic practice frequently ask about getting braces for the top teeth only either because their bottom teeth are straight or they feel like they’re not that visible so they don’t see the point. Less commonly, someone will visit us who is interested in braces on the bottom teeth only. While single arch treatment can be effective, there are a lot of factors that have to line up for this to be the case, which is why we take the time to evaluate your needs and concerns at Jeffrey Kwong Orthodontics.
Sacramento Kings Game Giveaway!
We love giving back to our community, and our patients. That’s why we’re hosting an exciting Sacramento Kings Game Giveaway right at JK Orthodontics!
Do you want to win tickets to a Sacramento Kings Game? Come into JK Orthodontics during March and shoot some hoops for your chance to win! The winner will be chosen based on who can make the most baskets within 30 seconds.
As an Orthodontist in El Dorado Hills, Dr. Jeff gets the scoop from his patients about all the cool stuff to do. While our winters are pretty mild compared to some other areas of the country, we know even the California kiddos can get a little stir crazy when its rainy or chilly out. Being the helpful and fun practice we are, JK Orthodontics has decided to use some of our inside information to share our favorite Sacramento and El Dorado Hills activities for kids (some are even free!). Read More
JK Orthodontics knows how hard it can be to get kids to engage in healthy habits. Hey, Dr. Jeff isn’t just an El Dorado Hills orthodontist; he’s a father of two young boys, so knows what it’s like to wrestle and brush teeth at the same time. While we can’t help you force your little ones to eat their green veggies, we do have some knowledge when it comes to encouraging kids and teens to brush their teeth the right way. Using the proper technique, and brushing for a full two minutes at least twice a day, is super important especially if you’re child is undergoing orthodontic treatment. You definitely don’t want to invest in straightening their teeth and then have the results diminished by cavities, stains, gum disease or, in severe cases, tooth loss. Well, Jeffrey Kwong Orthodontics is here to the rescue with 10 ideas for teaching your kids to brush their teeth better: Read More
Thank you, spinach for ALWAYS getting stuck in my braces when I’m about to talk to someone important!
Here’s some fun facts about Spinach you may not know about:
1. The plant originated in Iran, and wasn’t brought to the USA until the year 1806.
2. Spinach quickly loses its nutritionally value. By the 8th day after being harvested it has lost 50% of its original nutritional value.
3. The U.S. is the second largest producer of Spinach.