Your Grand Rapids orthodontist
Dr. Kathryn Swan received a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry with high honors from Michigan State University, She graduated from Unversity of Michigan Dental School with a doctorate of Dental Surgery, followed by post-graduate training in orthodontics from the same institution.
Dr. Swan was awarded a Master of Science for her thesis on three-dimensional radiographic techniques. Dr. Swan is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics 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.
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 tools we have. The metal or ceramic brackets connected by wires and tiny rubber bands or elastics 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.
Grand Rapids 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 option for patients on a budget. They also sometimes work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than other options might, 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 option is currently the top alternative to traditional braces and is incredibly popular with both patients and orthodontists.
Patients who neglect to wear the aligners as directed can have a negative impact on the results and also add time to the orthodontic process. Invisalign aligners are made from comfortable plastic and are designed to fit snugly over your teeth. The trays are virtually invisible, and are usually 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.
Invisalign is at its most effective when used to correct most common orthodontic issues. If you have a complex problem. For certain complex cases, Invisalign may not be a good option. A free consultation with Grand Rapids Orthodontics will be able to help determine your eligibility for Invisalign.
Grand Rapids Braces and Invisalign: find the right treatment for your smile
Our skilled doctor and staff excel at providing customized treatment plans for all of our patients. You’ll find when you visit our office for a complimentary consultation that we focus on your particular orthodontic needs, as well as your specific tooth shape, the movement of your lips, and the shape of your face. Using these as the basis for treatment will result in a beautifully aligned smile that’s just right for your face!
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