Your Grand Rapids orthodontist
Dr. Kathryn Swan received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with high honors from Michigan State University, and also earned a Master of Science for her thesis on three-dimensional radiographic techniques. She graduated from the University of Michigan Dental School with a doctorate in Dental Surgery, followed by post-graduate training in orthodontics from the same institution.
Dr. Swan is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics, meaning she is a board-certified orthodontic specialist, and a Gold Plus Invisalign certified provider. She has served on the board of directors for the Kent County Dental Society and was the president of the Michigan Association of Orthodontists for a time.
Dr. Swan’s professional affiliations include:
- American Association of Orthodontists
- American Board of Orthodontists
- American Dental Association
- Great Lakes Association of Orthodontists
- Kent County Dental Society
- Michigan Association of Orthodontists
- Michigan Dental Association
- Michigan Tweed Orthodontic Study Club
- West Michigan District Dental Society
Grand Rapids Braces
Traditional braces are one of the most efficient orthodontic treatments we have. The metal or ceramic brackets are connected by wires and tiny rubber bands after they are attached to the teeth. Through regular adjustments with our doctors, these components work together to apply gentle pressure, which will gradually move the teeth into the desired positions.
Braces are an excellent choice for correcting a number of tooth issues, from simple to complex. Because braces don’t require the same complicated and expensive technology as newer treatments, Grand Rapids braces are a cost-effective orthodontic treatment option for patients on a budget. They also sometimes work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other options might, meaning in some cases, the overall treatment time can be slightly reduced.
Grand Rapids Invisalign
Rather than brackets and bands, the Grand Rapids Invisalign system uses a series of clear, removable aligners to gradually move the teeth into alignment. This personalized orthodontic care option is currently the top alternative to traditional braces and is incredibly popular with both patients and Grand Rapids orthodontists.
Invisalign aligners are made from comfortable plastic and are designed to fit snugly over your teeth. The trays are virtually invisible and are switched out every 1-2 weeks for the next in the series. This keeps the teeth moving in the right direction! Aligners must be worn 20-22 hours per day throughout treatment in order for them to do their job. Patients who neglect to wear the aligners as directed can have a negative impact on the results and add time to the orthodontic process.
Invisalign is most effective when used to correct mild to moderate common orthodontic issues. If you have a complex problem, such as needing a palate expander, Invisalign may not be a good option to obtain a healthy smile. A complimentary consultation with Dr. Swan in Grand Rapids, MI will be able to help determine your eligibility for Invisalign.
Grand Rapids Braces and Invisalign: find the right treatment for your smile
Our skilled Grand Rapids orthodontist and staff excel at the highest quality orthodontic care for all of our patients, helping people achieve beautiful smiles and straight teeth in as little time as possible. You’ll find when you visit our office for a complimentary consultation that we focus on your unique orthodontic needs, as well as your specific tooth shape, the movement of your jaw, and the shape of your face. Using these careful observations as the basis for treatment will result in a beautiful smile that you'll love showing off!
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Trusted Orthodontics in Grand Rapids
We are proud to serve patients of all ages from the Grand Rapids area in communities such as Kentwood, Byron Center, and Caledonia.