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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 8/17/2018 1:41 PM
If your child has crooked baby teeth, most likely, their adult teeth will be crooked as well. Why is this?

This is because children inherit skeletal and dental features from their parents and their relatives.

Sometimes the teeth are inherited from one relative and the jaw structure from another, resulting in a mismatch in tooth size and jaw size. This can result in too little (or less commonly too much) space for the adult teeth. This will not always become apparent until the later stages of dental development.

Habits in young children can influence the growth of the jaws and position of the teeth. Pacifiers and thumb sucking generally result in some moulding of the jaw growth in both the lower and upper teeth bearing areas. An ‘open bite’ may result.

 

An orthodontic assessment at age seven or eight years is often comforting for parents and will allow for early treatment in the small percentage of children who require it. If you think your child might need braces, bring them...
By Dr. David Chen on 7/27/2018 12:45 PM
With all the talk about banning plastic restaurants from coffee shops and restaurants around the country, some patients are wondering whether this could harm their teeth.

Truth is, dentists used to think that using straws could help protect teeth from staining and direct contact with enamel-damaging beverages, but that is no longer the case.The usage of straws doesn’t keep staining liquids,such as coffee, soda, red wine, or other liquids, from touching your teeth.

While direct contact between your teeth and liquids might be avoided slightly with straws, they're not going to protect them entirely, and other techniques are much more effective when it comes to keeping your teeth free from damage.

Even herbal and white teas can erode enamel and cause staining," in addition to white wine. Highly acidic foods and drinks can also lead to tooth discoloration, as can soy sauce, curry and tomato sauce, smoking or chewing tobacco, and certain diseases and even treatments for diseases, such as chemotherapy.

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By Dr. David Chen on 7/13/2018 2:54 PM
Popsicles are not only a great treat during hot summer days, they can also be soothing on sore gums. Have you tried making your own popsicles before? It's very easy and fun! You can customize your own flavors, and the finished product has no added sugar, compared to store-bought treats. give these a try and let us know how they turn out!

 

Blackberry Lemon Popsicles

2/3 cup lemon juice , plus zest from lemon

2 1/2 cups vanilla greek yogurt

2 1/2 cups blackberries

2 1/2 cup mixed berry Greek yogurt

 

In a medium-sized bowl whisk together lemon juice, zest, and vanilla yogurt, set aside.

Puree blackberries and mixed berry yogurt, set aside.

Layer the popsicles as follows; 1 tablespoon lemon, 1 tablespoon blackberry, repeat. Swirl layers if desired.

Gently tap the molds on the countertop to remove any air bubbles. Insert the popsicle sticks, and then freeze for at least 6 hours, or overnight.

 



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By Dr. David Chen on 6/22/2018 5:18 PM
If you have braces, you're probably wondering when you can whiten your teeth. And unfrotunately, it is true that your teeth can get more stained while you have braces, if you aren't brushing properly.

While most whitening techniques need to wait until after braces come off, like whitening strips and other professional whitening services, you can do some things to fix it now.

Try whitening your teeth now with these tips:

Whitening Toothpaste

Look for brands that have the American Dental Association (ADA) stamp of approval. Your toothpaste should also have fluoride. 

Whitening toothpastes contain special abrasives such as baking soda and peroxide to remove surface stains from teeth. However, these products will only remove surface stains. They will not change the color of your enamel entirely. Whitening toothpastes won't cause any problems for people with braces. The abrasives in the toothpaste won't cause any breakdown of cement or wear on your wires. Flossing

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By Dr. David Chen on 6/8/2018 11:54 AM
Getting your braces off is an exciting time, but you can't ride into the sunset with your beautiful smile without abandon! For the rest of your life, your retainer will be a necessary part of your oral care.

At first, you need to wear your retainer every day, all day for 3-6 months. Over time, you can just wear your retainer at night, or every other night.

There are three main types of retainers;

Bonded (Permanent) Retainers

Bonded retainers use a metal band and are secured to your teeth, so you can't remove it on your own. This makes it a no-brainer to keep your teeth straight. They last around 3-5 years, so if you start to see damage, you'll want to go to your dentist or orthodontist and find a new solution.

Hawley Retainers

These are the traditional metal and plastic retainers. Sometimes, patients can pick their own color of the plastic for a custom retainer. They have a metal wire that wraps around the teeth to keep them in place. These are very durable, but still wear out over time, around 5-7 years.

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By Dr. David Chen on 5/25/2018 12:02 PM
School is almost out! Are you going on any fun summer vacations? In all the fun of swimming, camping, exploring and sight-seeing, you might discover an issue with your braces. Crunching down on unfamiliar food, getting hit in the mouth while playing sports, or just losing a wire while out of town can be very scary as an orthodontia patient!

Luckily, there are always ways to care for your braces and your mouth when you are out of town or on an adventure.

First, be prepared. Always bring extra wax when you travel or to put in your beach bag. Remember to bring flossers as well. If you play a lot of sports, you might want to consider getting a mouthguard to keep your braces and mouth.

You also can't forget your oral hygeine while traveling! It can get easy to skip brushing after a long day of fun, but if you're eating a lot of sugar on vacation, brushing is extremely necessary. Never forget your toothbrush when traveling!

If you do run into a dental emergency, don't panic. If a wire pops...
By Dr. David Chen on 5/11/2018 12:16 PM
Maybe you had braces as a child, but now your teeth have moved. Or maybe you've never had braces, but you're interested in making your teeth straighter. It might be time to consider Invisalign?

Invisalign works like braces, though instead of metal brackets and wires, it's a series of clear plastic retainers that move your teeth incrementally, week by week. You wear them all day (except when eating) and can take anywhere from 4 months to a year.

Invisalign is a common solution for adult patients, who want to avoid the appearance of metal braces. While unfortunately some patients do need metal braces, Invisalign is a great option for many.

Invisalign retainers are practically invisible when you are wearing them. You might have a slight lisp at the beginning, but as your mouth gets used to wearing the retainers, it should go away. We have many patients who say their friends don't even notice they're wearing the retainers!

They do need to be removed while eating, and otherwise should be...
By Dr. David Chen on 4/27/2018 6:29 PM

The few days after you get your braces put on, or after an appointmetn with your orthodontist can leave teeth and gums sore. Eating soft foods is a good idea so you don't feel so much pain.

Even when your mouth is feeling good, you know you should avoid super crunch foods while you have braces.

But having smoothies, soup, and pudding for every meal can get old. Luckily, there are lots of other soft-food options if you think outside the box.

Try, for example, breakfast for dinner! Many traditional breakfast foods are very soft - perfect for those with sore teeth. Consider this menu:

Pancakes

Soft scrambled eggs (you can also put cheese in them!)

Soft fruits like grapes, cut-up pears, or oranges

Oatmeal with cinnamon

Soft toast

What are your favorite breakfast foods? They might be a great choice next time your mouth is feeling sore. Plus, there's always something fun about having breakfast for dinner.

By Dr. David Chen on 4/27/2018 6:29 PM

The few days after you get your braces put on, or after an appointmetn with your orthodontist can leave teeth and gums sore. Eating soft foods is a good idea so you don't feel so much pain.

Even when your mouth is feeling good, you know you should avoid super crunch foods while you have braces.

But having smoothies, soup, and pudding for every meal can get old. Luckily, there are lots of other soft-food options if you think outside the box.

Try, for example, breakfast for dinner! Many traditional breakfast foods are very soft - perfect for those with sore teeth. Consider this menu:

Pancakes

Soft scrambled eggs (you can also put cheese in them!)

Soft fruits like grapes, cut-up pears, or oranges

Oatmeal with cinnamon

Soft toast

What are your favorite breakfast foods? They might be a great choice next time your mouth is feeling sore. Plus, there's always something fun about having breakfast for dinner.

By Dr. David Chen on 4/13/2018 10:52 AM
Something we get asked by all the time by nervous patients and their parents is whether wisdom teeth are an issue with braces. We've got the answers you're looking for.

Typically, teen patients are finished with their orthodontia treatment before their wisdom teeth become an issue. Wisdom teeth typically appear between the ages of 17-25, so if you get your braces off before then, you should be fine.

If you do have braces on when your wisdom teeth begin appearing, it's not a big deal. Your wisdom teeth can be removed if you have braces. In fact, we recommend you get them removed as soon as possible.

9 out of 10 patients will experience an issue with wisdom teeth. The most common problem is lack of space, which can cause them to erupt at unusual angles, to crowd the other teeth, or to become impacted. An impacted tooth will remain in the jawbone and can potentially cause complications.

If you don't get your wisdom teeth removed in a timely manner, it could ruin your perfecty straight teeth! So don't wait until it's too late. Get them taken care of as soon as possible for a more painless procedure.

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Why Do Kids Get Crooked Teeth?
DIY Popsicles
Can I Whiten My Teeth with Braces
Guide to Retainers
Caring For Braces While on Vacation
Is Invisalign Right For You?
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