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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 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

Flossing...
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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By Dr. David Chen on 3/23/2018 6:10 PM
Your daily habit could be causing damage to your teeth. Is yours one to be aware of?

Chewing on Ice

Chewing on ice can put as much as 250 pounds of pressure on people’s teeth.

It causes microfractures in the enamel and it's not only due to the force but also the temperature change, so the temperature change causes the crystals in the enamel to expand which causes microfractures, which then propagate and then your teeth can break overtime.

Chewing on ice can split teeth right down to the root. If it breaks your tooth, you'll need a crown.

Drinking Wine

Tooth enamel is extremely susceptible to erosion caused by acids, a primary component in all wine.

Wine can also cause discoloration. Red wine tends to get all the blame for this because it contains a large amount of chromogens. Also found in coffee and tea, which can also stain teeth, as well as berries, chromogens are pigment-producing substances that bind to the teeth and cause staining.

 

Eating Dark...
By Dr. David Chen on 2/9/2018 6:23 PM

The Olympics are here! We at True Image Ortho love watching the games every year. If you have an appointment over the next few weeks, we'd love to hear about your favorite events. We might even have the games on TV!

If you want to cheer on Team USA with your smile, consider some themed braces rubber bands.

Red, white, and blue is a fun way to show your spirit. Or, do any colors to root for your favorite country.

Silver and gold is a fun way to show off your "metals" in honor of the Olympics. These metallic colors will let you go for gold.

Many top athletes have actually worn braces while competing in the games! Missy Franklin wore braces when she made her Olympic debut in 2012. So be like Missy and rock those braces!

How will you celebrate the Olympics this year?

By Dr. David Chen on 1/12/2018 4:58 PM
Happy New Year! Your resolutiosn likely have to do with helping your life be happier and healthier - but don't forget your teeth! Try sticking to one or all of these dental hygeine new years resolutions for the new year.

Floss Every Day Flossing is the number one thing you should be doing every single day. It's necessary for removing bacteria between your teeth and gums - brushing alone doesn't remove it all. If the bacteria is not removed, it will get stronger, and will cause bleeding and gum inflammation. If left untreated for too long, it can cause your gums to break down, which don't grow back.

2. Wear your retainer!

If you got your braces off and have since been an infrequent retainer wearer, now is the time to change that. If you don't wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth may move, ruining all the hard work and money you put in!

3. Cut down on soda and other sugary drinks

Soda and sugary juices might be delicious, but they are bad in your teeth. The bacteria...
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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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Soft Food Idea - Breakfast for Dinner
Are Your Habits Damaging Your Teeth?
Cheer on Team USA With Braces!
New Years Resolution To Keep Your Smile Healthy
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