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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 10/30/2015 7:55 AM
            Orthodontic care has completely changed over the past decade or two. Before, when patients found out they had to get braces, they would instantly think of big metal mouths, pain, and discomfort. Now, braces are becoming more and more comfortable, a lot less painful, and not nearly as life-changing. Braces and other treatment might only be part of a patient’s life for a short time, and depending on the treatment they choose, they are a lot of more discreet.

            Our office is so glad to be part of the leading edge of orthodontic innovation. Our doctor, Dr. Dave, is proud to maintain activity in several professional organizations that have the latest in orthodontic innovation. These organizations include the following: American Association of Orthodontists, American Dental Association, Southwestern Society of Orthodontists, Texas Dental Association, Greater Houston Dental Society, and World Federation of Orthodontists.

There are so many discreet options that can allow you to keep...
By Dr. David Chen on 10/23/2015 8:10 AM
            True Image Orthodontics is ecstatic to be part of the Cypress, TX community and is dedicated to providing the community with the best quality orthodontic care in a friendly and professional atmosphere. There is more than meets the eye when it comes to braces. Many people these days want to get quality orthodontic treatment without the noticeable change in appearance that is associated with braces. That’s why we’re always looking to be on the forefront when it comes to orthodontic technology.

            Empower Clear braces is one of the newest technologies. One of the best benefits is that Empower Braces are clear. They are built to be strong as well as virtually invisible. They are also effective, comfortable, and efficient without the use of rubber bands. Instead, specially designed clips are used and integrated straight into the brackets themselves to hold the wire in place. This allows for quicker, easier adjustments and could lead to a shorter treatment time. Lighter wires may be used during the Empower treatment, which means added comfort for the patient, as well as ease of cleaning. If you’re interested in finding out if Empower is right for you, don’t hesitate to give us a call for an appointment.

By Dr. David Chen on 10/16/2015 8:01 AM
There is nothing more important than the health of our gums and teeth. This may come as a surprise for many people, but the truth is, if your mouth is unhealthy, it’s a good possibility that the other systems in our body might be not as healthy as we thought, too. Keep your mouth healthy by making an appointment with your dentist as well as your orthodontist to make sure everything is going as planned. Even adults may sometimes need braces or orthodontic treatment.

This may be because of something serious, like receiving jaw surgery for TMJ/TMD, or it can be because we are simply wising up about our mouths and feeling a little self-conscious about the straightness of our teeth. It’s important to remember that braces and orthodontic care is not just for kids and teens. Adults getting braces is becoming more and more common and for good reason: you won’t have to just have normal braces that draw undesired attention. There are so many discreet options that can allow you to keep your orthodontic treatment between...
By Dr. David Chen on 10/9/2015 11:40 AM
            Orthodontic treatment has really been an innovation field in the past couple of decades. There are ways to have orthodontic treatment with discreet options like Invisalign and Invisalign Teen. There are even systems that have been created to speed up the entire process of orthodontic treatment. However, there is also the tried and true option, which, it too, has been innovated to a more effective option.

            Traditional metal braces are still a great option and have their own benefits. Metal braces are the most common type of braces. They are constructed of high-grade stainless steel and have been quality approved by the best in the industry. Even though they are the original braces option, today, they are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive. We’ve really come far in the traditional metal braces field, which is why they are still the most popular option. They are the perfect option for those of us who are comfortable having people see that we are taking excellent care of our...
By Dr. David Chen on 10/2/2015 8:37 AM
            At True Image Orthodontics, we know it’s important to our patients to make sure we are always on the cutting edge of treatment and technology. Simply put, braces and orthodontic care just don’t stay the same – they are constantly evolving, so we are too.

            AcceleDent is a system that has been designed to enhance any orthodontic treatment including clear aligners, traditional metal braces, and other appliances. You will find that with the AcceleDent system, you will experience enhanced results in less time. Using micro-vibrations to quickly and gently remodel your jawbone, AcceleDent quickly aligns your teeth into their positions much sooner. This will leave you with reduced treatment time and less of the discomfort sometimes associated with treatment. This system was designed after the medical field discovered that for years, vibration treatments have been effective treatments for all-over body treatments for a variety of issues.

            AcceleDent is a mouthpiece that resembles...
By Dr. David Chen on 9/25/2015 8:11 AM
            If you’re looking for orthodontic treatment for more than just a pretty smile and straighter teeth, we can help. If you or a loved one is dealing with TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disease) or another condition which causes discomfort of the jaw, we can not only help control the pain, but we can prevent bone loss and irregular wear of tooth enamel. If you think that there’s no options for these problems, you’re wrong, and waiting longer can cause even more damage to your mouth and jaw. This makes treatment more complex. Early diagnosis and preventive care can help you get back to feeling better, faster.

            Here are some causes of TMD:

-          Grinding or clenching your teeth.

-          Movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket of the joint.

-          Arthritis in the joint.

-          Stress, as it may cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles or to clench the teeth.

            Take a look at our website to learn more...
By Dr. David Chen on 9/18/2015 8:41 AM
Phase II Treatment, simply, is treatment between the ages of 11 and 15, after all permanent teeth have erupted. We do recommend that your child receives his or her first orthodontic exam around the age of seven, so that plans can be made and an assessment of their early needs are made. When this phase of treatment is done, it is after the adult teeth have erupted. This is because children’s bodies – including their mouth and gums – are growing rapidly at this age. A combination of Phase I and Phase II orthodontic care generally have longer lasting results. Beginning early treatment has many advantages. One of those is that, since there is an overall negative association sometimes related to braces in the later teenage years, kids can get the anxiety they might have about braces out of the way. Another advantage is being able to detect over or under bites or gaps between teeth at an early age, and being able to correct them before they make too strong an impact on oral health. There is never a wrong time to get...
By Dr. David Chen on 9/11/2015 10:09 AM
It may sound like orthodontists beat this like a dead horse, but early treatment is the best treatment, even though treatment can be had at any age. Early orthodontic treatment varies between patients. It may include removable or fixed appliances that can provide more room for crowded, erupting teeth, preserve space for unerupted teeth, create facial symmetry through manipulating jaw growth, reduce the possibility of tooth extraction, and reduce overall treatment time in braces. Early treatment is crucial because it will correct all these problems before the adult teeth come in. Early treatment is the best way to make sure that things don’t get worse over time. Find out now if your child is a candidate for early interceptive treatment by contacting us today. If it turns out that orthodontic treatment is needed, we have many ways to help finance you. We take a large number of insurance companies, and we have many finance options. Take a look at our website to learn more about the options available for you. If...
By Dr. David Chen on 9/4/2015 9:00 AM
By Dr. David Chen on 8/28/2015 8:25 AM
If you needed to get braces even 20 years ago, you wouldn’t have many options. Today, there’s all kinds of options. For those who want a discreet look, there’s clear and invisible types. For those who want to really express their creativity, there’s fun styles with cool brackets. The important thing is just choosing the one that is best for you. There are a few types of braces that you can choose from, including metal braces, ceramic braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, and Empower. Metal braces are the most popular type of braces that patients choose. They are the “tried and true” of orthodontic care. They are made of high-grade stainless steel and are smaller and more comfortable than they used to be. Ceramic braces are made of clear material. They are most popular with our adult patients because of their cosmetic appeal. However, they are more fragile because of their ceramic brackets. The elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits. They are incredibly effective, though. There are even Invisalign...
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