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Welcome to the blog of Dr. Chen at True Image Orthodontics, your local Cypress, TX orthodontic practice! We are excited to use this space to share office updates, events, and great articles about the exciting world of orthodontics! Dr. Chen is always accepting new patients at his Cypress, TX orthodontics office and we look forward to seeing you soon!
By Dr. David Chen on 12/1/2017 2:40 PM
Yes, you need to brush your teeth twice a day when you have braces. But you need to make sure you're using the right toothpaste! It can be overwhelming at the store to choose which toothpaste is best. Whitening? sensitivity? flouride?

The first thing to look for is make sure it has the American Dental Association seal (ADA). The reason we recommend this is because that while the FDA does require manufacturers to meet certain guidelines, they do not test all of these products for compliance. The American Dental Association conducts extensive testing on the products to ensure that they meet these standards and are effective in their claims.

There is no special toothpaste you need for brushing with braces. But you want to make sure you keep your teeth extra clean as it's easy for food to get stuck in between the braces.

Find a cavity fighter. Fluoride is the only ingredient approved to fight cavities. You'll see it listed as sodium fluoride, sodium monofluorophosphate, or stannous fluoride, and...
By Dr. David Chen on 11/17/2017 4:59 PM
1. Clean your braces after every meal and snack. To protect your teeth, you should wait at least one hour after eating to brush your teeth. And to help you even more, see our article about brushing your teeth with braces. 2. Floss every day. Floss every night before you go to bed. Using a floss threader will make this process easier with braces. It will allow you to get under the wires more easily. 3. Use an interdental toothbrush to clean your teeth and braces. Look for an interdental toothbrush, which means it clean between the teeth. You can use it to clean underneath and around your wires and braces. But you want to make sure you are using it gently to avoid damaging your wires. 4. Use a mouthwash or rinse. Peroxyl, a hydrogen peroxide antiseptic mouth rinse will reduce inflammation in your gums and cheeks and help your mouth heal. It also helps to prevent infection and decreases any irritation, like canker sores, cheek bites, and other minor temporary injuries. Here’s how it works: Rinse your mouth...
By Dr. David Chen on 10/26/2017 12:37 PM
Even though  you trade out your Invisalign trays every week, they can still get dirty and gross. Here’s how to keep your Invisalign trays clean:

 

1 Brush them

Without toothpaste, use a wet toothbrush to clean the outside and inside. This is a good quick fix after you've had a drink with your trays in.

 

2. Use denture cleaners

Purchase denture cleaner tabs and use as directed. Typically, you fill a cup with warm water, drop the tab in, then add your invisalign cleaners. After a few minutes, take them out, brush with a regular toothbrush, and rinse. They will be clean and sparkling. This is an easy way to clean them daily or as needed.

 

3. Use a Q-tip

If you can’t get into the nooks and crannies of your invisalign trays, use a Q-tip to clean every corner.

 

4. Soak them

If you don’t have denture cleaner, soak them in a half and half solution of hydrogen peroxide and water.

 

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By Dr. David Chen on 10/12/2017 1:07 PM
A new study revealed how often patient's teeth move after braces are removed.

The British Orthodontic Society (BOS) has launched a new campaign to encourage patients to continue wearing wires at night even when their teeth have been fixed.

It comes after research found that 70 per cent of people who had braces need treatment again after 10 years.

To combat this, you need to wear your retainer every night, even after the first few months of getting your braces off. If you fail to wear your retainer, or don't have a built-in retainer, you might need more orthodontia care down the road.

If you had...
By Dr. David Chen on 9/28/2017 6:05 PM
Finding tasty and healthy foods to eat that are easy on sore teeth can be tough! We thought this recipe was perfect for lunch or dinner after you get your braces on, or have them tightened. Plus, it fulfills those Fall pumpkin cravings!

 

Pumpkin Pepper Soup from Organized Island

 

2 Tablespoons butter

2 Tablespoons minced onion

1 15 oz can pumpkin puree

1 14 oz can chicken broth

1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)

1/2 to 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Melt the butter in a sauce pan and add the minced onion. Once the onion starts to look clear, add the remaining ingredients.  Cook over low heat.

 

Continue to cook the soup on low until heated through.  There is no need to put through a processor, the soup is already smooth and creamy, but you can if you want it super smooth. This soup goes great with cornbread or dinner rolls.

Or, eat it with a grilled cheese! Just...
By Dr. David Chen on 9/14/2017 1:25 PM
Keeping your teeth clean is a full time job! Well, maybe not that much work, but it is important! Here are some dental hygiene tips and reminders for our patients:

The Importance of Floss

Don't skimp on the floss. Use a long piece, about an arms-length, that provides enough grip to access the spaces between every tooth, front and back. Wind up most of the floss around the middle finger of one hand and the rest around the middle finger of the other. Use your thumbs and index fingers to grip the floss, and gently slide it between each tooth down to the gum line. Move the floss against the tooth in an up-and-down motion before you go on to the next area. As you move from one tooth to the next, unroll and grip a fresh section of floss to avoid transferring the plaque back on to your teeth.

If you find it difficult to use floss, don't skip cleaning between your teeth altogether. There are other tools you can use, such as a floss holder, wooden sticks, plastic picks and small interdental brushes.

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By Dr. David Chen on 8/16/2017 12:40 PM
It's not as simple as brushing your teeth and calling it a day. Keeping your teeth healthy takes a few extra steps! Here are some tips you might not have heard before:

 

How to Floss:

Without flossing, millions (yes, millions) of bacteria can feast on the gunk between your teeth, forming acids that, over time, cause cavities and irritate the gums. Hold a piece of floss between your fingers, roughly two inches apart. Place the strand between your teeth, and pull it gently to one side so it forms a C. Shimmy it up and down, making sure to get below the gum line.

How to Buy Toothpaste:

Find a cavity fighter. Fluoride is the only ingredient approved to fight cavities. You'll see it listed as sodium fluoride, sodium monofluorophosphate, or stannous fluoride, and it helps enamel patch itself up before decay can lead to a cavity. Most pastes also have a base like baking soda to neutralize acids that rot teeth (that's what fluoride- free ones rely on for protection).

For sensitive...
By Dr. David Chen on 8/8/2017 11:35 AM
During your orthodontics treatment process, you might need one or more of the following removable pieces of equipment.

·       Aligners — an alternative to traditional braces for adults, serial aligners are being used by an increasing number of orthodontists to move teeth in the same way that fixed appliances work, only without metal wires and brackets. Aligners are virtually invisible and are removed for eating, brushing and flossing.

·       Removable space maintainers — these devices serve the same function as fixed space maintainers. They're made with an acrylic base that fits over the jaw, and have plastic or wire branches between specific teeth to keep the space between them open.

·       Jaw repositioning appliances — also called splints, these devices are worn on either the top or lower jaw, and help train the jaw to close in a more favorable position. They may be used for temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ).

·       Lip and cheek bumpers — these are designed to keep the...
By Dr. David Chen on 7/25/2017 1:34 PM
As important it is to brush your teeth properly and floss regularly, sometimes you teeth need help from the outside in. Including the right vitamins in your diet, and taking a supplement as needed.

Calcium is essential for strong teeth as well as bones. Calcium can be found in milk, fortified orange juice, yogurt, broccoli, cheese, and other dairy products. Calcium supplements are also available, with different dosages available for your age and teeth.

Vitamin B complex is also essential for the protection of gums and teeth from cracking and bleeding. Copper, zinc, iodine, iron and potassium are also required for maintaining healthy dental hygiene.

Vitamin C is necessary to form and maintain bones, blood vessels, skin, scar tissue, tendons, and ligaments, as well as for wound healing and the repair and maintenance of cartilage and teeth. Foods with Vitamin C include oranges, red peppers, kale, brussels sprouts, and strawberries.

Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, which limit damage caused...
By Dr. David Chen on 7/10/2017 6:21 PM
Here are tips for keeping braces and teeth safe during the summer.

 

Brush after every meal

It’s easy to forget to brush when you’re not on a set schedule. But summery treats like hot dogs and ice cream are particularly damaging to teeth because of the extra sugar. Remember to bring a travel toothbrush wherever you go so you can quickly brush them.

 

Wear a mouth guard

When you play sports with braces on, your teeth can be at risk. Wear a mouth guard when you play basketball, baseball, or go swimming to keep your teeth safe.

 

Be prepared for a vacation

Pack extra packs of orthodontia wax, your toothbrush, and your retainers on every trip. Be sure you have the phone number for your orthodontist, so in case of an emergency, you can call us. Sometimes, we might recommend you visit an orthodontist in the city you’re visiting, but otherwise we can give you ways to temporarily fix the problem until you can visit our office.

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Finding The Right Toothpaste
Tips For Living With Braces
How to Keep Invisalign Trays Clean
Don't Forget Your Retainer!
Soft Food Recipe: Pumpkin Pepper Soup
Dental Hygiene Reminders
Oral Hygiene Tips
Common Removable Orthodontic Equipment
Vitamins to Support Oral Health
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