Dr. Cynthia Wong

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Damon Braces

As an adult, choosing the type of orthodontic treatment that's right for you is a life-changing decision and this is why it’s essential to know what type of teeth-straightening options are out there. At Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics, Damon Braces are a type of orthodontic appliance that uses advanced shape memory wire and tie-less brackets to move your teeth into position without tightening.


With Damon Braces, you don’t need elastic or metal “ties” that create friction and pressure that slow treatment time and cause discomfort. Damon “tie-less” braces and advanced shape memory wires gently move teeth quickly and comfortably while giving you a broad, full smile with better facial balance and aesthetics. Patients will also be lucky enough to avoid “tightening appointments,” because Damon system braces have a unique slide mechanism that allows our doctor to use lighter forces to move teeth to their correct positions.


If you are searching to straighten your smile, give us a call to discuss your orthodontic options. To learn more about the services we provide, visit www.drcynthiawong.com for more information. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Cynthia Wong in Orland Park, IL, call 708-444-8341.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

National Dental Health Month

National Dental Health Month is a great reason to celebrate fall! If you’re undergoing orthodontic work, you doubtlessly know the importance of regular oral hygiene. You also have an advantage in that you frequently make trips to Dr. Cynthia Wong’s Orland Park office. But because Halloween and the holiday season are coming up, we thought it might still be a good idea to remind patients of how to brush and floss properly.


Anybody with teeth needs to brush them twice a day. One of the advantages of Invisalign is that patients can remove their appliances and brush normally or with an electric toothbrush. For people with traditional braces, it gets a bit trickier. Only soft-bristled toothbrushes should be used on teeth. Usually, people should replace toothbrushes every three months, but ones used on braces may wear out sooner. Brush bracketed teeth in a circular motion, making sure you get near the gum line, since that’s where tartar builds up.


There are many kinds of flossers approved by the American Dental Association, but nobody should use improvised devices to pick their teeth. This could hurt the gums and spread disease. People with braces can use threaders to draw floss behind orthodontic wires or use specially-made floss with stiffened ends. When flossing, rub the strand along the side of each tooth down to the gum line and use a sweeping motion to gather up plaque.


You can also protect yourself from bad breath by brushing your tongue and using a scraper on it once per day. Mouthwash can help, too, but it isn’t a substitute for brushing and flossing.


Cynthia Wong, DMD, operates at 15614 S Harlem #B, Orland Park, Illinois, 60462. To contact her office, call 708-444-8341 or visit Dr. Cynthia Wong and send a message.


 

Monday, October 8, 2018

Alleviate TMJ/TMD Pain with These Foods

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJ) affect the jaw muscles and the joints that connect your lower jaw to the skull. These muscles are the ones you use to speak, chew, and yawn and when TMJ occurs, it can cause discomfort and pain when you try to open and close your mouth. Here at Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics, not only can we treat TMJ, we can recommend a list of foods you should consume to alleviate your symptoms.


Your food choices vary depending on the amount of pain you’re experiencing and your ability to open your mouth, chew and swallow. For those who are able to adequately open their mouths and have minimal pain, a soft or easy chew diet will work well. If your jaw’s range of motion is limited, a soft diet that requires minimal chewing may be best. To lessen pain and other symptoms during an occurrence of TMJ, avoid eating hard foods, crunchy foods, or large foods that involve opening your mouth wide to chew.


If you experience facial pain or feel your jaw clicking when you chew certain foods, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.drcynthiawong.com for more information. To schedule an appointment at Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics in Orland Park, IL, call 708-444-8341. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Retainer Care

Many orthodontic patients require a retainer at the end of orthodontic treatment.  Removable retainers are an easy step to take to preserve a straight smile. Dr. Cynthia Wong of Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics provides retainers for patients, and caring for your retainer properly is important so that it functions and lasts as long as possible.  A silly but common mistake people make with their retainers is trying to cut corners -- don’t try to clean or brush your retainer while it’s still in your mouth!  You can’t quickly scrub your retainer while brushing your teeth -- the retainer cannot be completely cleaned of debris this way, and toothpaste can also be abrasive to the plastic of the retainer.  Always remove your retainer before cleaning thoroughly with water and your toothbrush, and use a mild dish or hand soap to help clean off debris, never abrasive toothpaste.


You should clean your retainer daily, and also treat it weekly by soaking.  Soaking helps maintain the cleanliness of the retainer and keep it from drying out.  To soak the retainer, dissolve denture cleaning tablets in water or add a little baking soda to water to make a solution.  Storing your retainer properly is also important for its longevity.  Get in the habit of always using and carrying a case.  Many retainers have disappeared after being folded up in napkins!


To learn more about caring for your retainer, visit www.drcynthiawong.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics in Orland Park, IL, call 708-444-8341.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Avoid Damage to Brackets and Wires

If you’ve completed orthodontic treatment without damaging your brackets or wires, then you may just be one of the lucky ones. Braces breakage is fairly common and often happens when people use their teeth as tools. Dr. Cynthia Wong of Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics encourages patients to avoid doing so because this will prevent unnecessary visits to the office.


Breakage of orthodontic appliances during treatment can be unfortunate, unnecessary, and aggravating. Though the braces are attached with glue, they are not indestructible. The best way to avoid breakage during treatment is to avoid hard and sticky foods such as candy, chips, popcorn, and jerky. Also avoid chewing on hard objects such as pens, pencils and ice cubes. It doesn’t hurt to incorporate soft, healthy, foods into your diet. If your braces break due to a sports injury, contact our office immediately to have the issue repaired.


If you have questions or concerns regarding orthodontic treatment, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide, visit www.drcynthiawong.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics in Orland Park, IL, call 708-444-8341.

Avoid Damage to Brackets and Wires

If you’ve completed orthodontic treatment without damaging your brackets or wires, then you may just be one of the lucky ones. Braces breakage is fairly common and often happens when people use their teeth as tools. Dr. Cynthia Wong of Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics encourages patients to avoid doing so because this will prevent unnecessary visits to the office.


Breakage of orthodontic appliances during treatment can be unfortunate, unnecessary, and aggravating. Though the braces are attached with glue, they are not indestructible. The best way to avoid breakage during treatment is to avoid hard and sticky foods such as candy, chips, popcorn, and jerky. Also avoid chewing on hard objects such as pens, pencils and ice cubes. It doesn’t hurt to incorporate soft, healthy, foods into your diet. If your braces break due to a sports injury, contact our office immediately to have the issue repaired.


If you have questions or concerns regarding orthodontic treatment, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide, visit www.drcynthiawong.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics in Orland Park, IL, call 708-444-8341.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Oral Care with a Floss Threader

A floss threader is a flexible, yet rigid plastic device used for passing dental floss under fixed bridgework, fixed retainers, or behind orthodontic brackets and wires. Floss threaders make flossing easier with these dental appliances and resemble large plastic “needles” that are effective in getting the job done. Dr. Cynthia Wong of Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics may give you some in your dental goody bag if you are visiting her for a routine tightening, or to have orthodontics placed.


To ensure the optimal health of your gums, Dr. Cynthia Wong recommends flossing at least once a day, but if you have traditional braces, it might be best to aim for twice a day. A threader is a simple, disposable tool that you can find in the dental care section of your local drug store. To use a floss threader, simply thread the floss into the eye of the threader. Once the floss has been inserted, the ends can easily be manipulated to floss underneath your oral appliance.


If you have questions or concerns regarding orthodontic oral care, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide, visit www.drcynthiawong.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics in Orland Park, IL, call 708-444-8341.