Dr. Cynthia Wong

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

When Should I Replace My Retainer?

After you get your braces removed, Dr. Cynthia Wong of Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics will give you a removable retainer. But like anything that is used daily, like shoes or your toothbrush, your retainer will eventually need to be replaced. If your retainer isn’t in the best of shape, schedule an appointment.


 


When you need to replace your retainer is entirely dependent upon you. Patients may need an annual replacement, every 2-3 years, or even longer. If it is damaged, it won’t really fit your mouth or teeth. That means that wearing it is doing more harm than good.


 


There are a few signs that your retainer needs a tuneup. If it starts to fall apart at the joints, changes color, fits oddly, or experiences a calcium buildup, schedule an appointment. It’s best to address the problem before it worsens.


 


To protect your retainer from harm, make sure to keep it in its case. This helps it from being misplaced or damaged. Retainers are necessary for preventing your teeth from shifting. Your teeth need time to set into their new positions. Without your retainer, your teeth will quickly revert to their old positions. Make sure to wear your retainer every day for the first six months after getting your braces off. Then transition to wearing it at night a few times a week.


 


Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics is located in Orland Park, IL. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cynthia Wong, visit our website or call 708-444-8341.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Grinding Causes Teeth Sensitivity

There are a lot of reasons why your teeth might be sensitive. The most common symptom is pain or discomfort when eating or drinking things that are cold, hot, acidic, or sweet. The sensitivity is caused by a thinning of your tooth enamel. A common cause is teeth grinding. Dr. Cynthia Wong can help you by providing a night guard or other services. Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics is located in Orland Park, IL.


 


The dentin is the layer of your tooth that surrounds the nerve. When your enamel thins, your dentin is exposed. The dentin material is what is reacting negatively to the temperature changes in your food and drinks. When you grind your teeth, the repeated pressure wears down the enamel. Many patients grind their teeth at night and don’t even know it. A night guard will be given to help prevent this. A night guard is almost identical to a mouth guard. It is a clear removable device that you place on your upper teeth at night. This provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth. It stops the enamel from wearing away, keeping your dentin protected.


 


If you have sensitive teeth or suspect that you may be grinding, schedule an appointment with Dr. Cynthia Wong. Teeth sensitivity should not be taken lightly. Having sensitive teeth can keep you from enjoying the little things in life.


 


Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics is located in Orland Park, IL. To schedule an appointment, visit our website or call 708-444-8341.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Elastics For Braces

You thought your braces were overwhelming before, now you have to use rubber bands too? Why do you need them and what do they even do? Dr. Cynthia Wong of Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics, located in Orland Park, can help. Rubberbands (elastics) are used to realign the jaws and teeth. It’s often one of the last steps in your treatment plan.


 


There are several parts that create and make up your braces. There are the brackets, the little square pieces of metal bonded to the front of your teeth. Then there’s the archwire. It connects the brackets and applies pressure. Ligatures are the colorful bands around each bracket that keep the wire in place.


 


Rubber bands, or interarch rubber bands, connect to the brackets with hooks. They attach the top tooth bracket to the lower tooth bracket. Depending on the patient, the rubber bands will either hook diagonally or in a zigzag pattern. Elastics pull the jaw forward or backward. This adjusts the teeth and jaw properly. The results are teeth that line up right. Rubber bands need to be worn 24/7. They will not work correctly if left off, even for small amounts of time.


 


Make sure to remove your rubber bands during meals. You should also remove them when cleaning your teeth and braces. Typically, rubber bands are replaced periodically throughout the day. This keeps the rubber bands from being stretched too thin or breaking.


 


If you have any questions or concerns, contact Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics. We are located in Orland Park, IL. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cynthia Wong, visit our website or call 708-444-8341.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

How Do Braces Fix My Teeth?

You understand why you’re getting braces, but do you understand how they work? Learning how your teeth are shifting make the obstacles that come with braces somewhat more bearable. Dr. Cynthia Wong of Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics can provide you with answers. Knowing what's happening assures you that you’re getting the best treatment available. Dr. Cynthia Wong is located in Orland Park, IL.


 


Braces apply pressure to your teeth, shifting the bones into their new positions. The brackets and wires keep this pressure constant. Brackets are attached to each individual tooth. They are bonded onto the front surface. They connect through bands, with the wire running between each of them. As your treatment progresses, the wire is eventually replaced with a heavier one. Altogether the provided pressure gradually moves the teeth at a fast pace.


 


Patients of all ages can receive braces. Children between the ages of eight to fourteen are the most common recipients. This is because its easier to move the teeth when a child is growing. It takes longer with adults, but the results are worth it.


 


How long you wear braces is entirely dependent on your body. The quicker your teeth move, the faster your treatment is. Most patients have their braces on between one to three years. Afterward, you will most likely receive permanent retainers, a removable retainer, or both.


 


Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics is located in Orland Park, IL. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cynthia Wong, visit our website or call 708-444-8341.


 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Dangers of Soda on your Teeth

At Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics office in Orland Park, we encourage our patients to drink more water and less soda. Soda is unhealthy for your teeth because the bacteria in your mouth feed off of sugar to create acids.  When acid is created it feeds off your tooth enamel which is there to protect your teeth and leads to tooth decay.


To limit the amount of damage soda does to your teeth, we advise our patients to drink soda with a straw. Using a straw will limit the amount of sugar that rests on your teeth and causes harm. Every time you drink soda, the acid eats away at your tooth enamel for about 20 minutes. If possible, you should brush your teeth after drinking soda or rinse your mouth with water.  


Regardless of how much soda you drink, we want all of our patients to brush twice a day to fight tooth decay. If you quit soda and use a healthier alternative such as water or tea your teeth will be healthier and you will have your best smile!


To learn more about all of the services we provide, please visit our website at https://www.drcynthiawong.com/ for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics in Orland Park, IL, call 708-444-8341. 

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Tongue Scrapers

Tongue scrapers are small dental appliances that can be used to scrape or clean your tongue. They are sold in most grocery stores in various shapes and sizes. They are a way to get rid of bad breath (halitosis). It can also help clear off a coated tongue. Dr. Wong of Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics recommends tongue scrapers for daily use in your oral hygiene routine.


 


When using a tongue scraper, place it at the back of the tongue and gently run it forward along your tongue. After each movement, rinse the scraper off with water and wash out your mouth. Do this for as many times as necessary. Coated tongues can be caused by smoking, dry mouth, yeast infections, medications, or poor oral hygiene. It is an accumulation of bacteria and dead cells on your tongue. A tongue scraper can get rid of these harmful pathogens. At the minimum, scraping your tongue at every meal can lead to positive results.


 


There are many benefits to using tongue scrapers besides an improvement in your breath. Some studies have shown daily tongue scraper use has lead to a heightened sense of taste. Because it scrapes off debris and bacteria, it can lead to an overall healthier mouth. Without bacteria, it is harder for cavities and other problems to arise.


 


Remember to be cautious when using the tongue scraper. Do not go too far back on your tongue. Be careful how much pressure you are applying and to where. You can accidentally cut the surface of your tongue if you aren't being careful.


 


Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics is located in Orland Park, IL. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wong, visit our website or call 708-444-8341.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Mouthwash

Mouthwash is a mouth rinse that is used to prevent cavities and acid from damaging your teeth along with fighting bad breath. Our staff at Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics encourages our patients to add mouthwash to your daily oral health care routine. Fluoride is a mineral in mouthwashes that makes your teeth stronger and is resistant to decay caused by acid and bacteria. It can be difficult to get rid of all the bacteria and debris on your teeth with braces, which is why we recommend mouthwash to help keep your teeth cleaner.


A traditional over-the-counter mouthwash is usually for making your breath smell better. At Fresh Meadows Dental, we advise our patients to use fluoride mouthwash that will protect your teeth from cavities and acts as an enamel-protecting your teeth.


For you to benefit the most from mouthwash, we advise our patients to you use mouthwash at the same time every day to be the most effective. Remember to avoid eating or drinking for at least 30 minutes after using.


Be sure to practice good oral hygiene, we want you to have your best smile!


To learn more about all of the services we provide, please visit our website at https://www.drcynthiawong.com/ for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cynthia Wong Orthodontics in Orland Park, IL, call 708-444-8341.