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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 6/23/2017 4:06 PM
Summer is here and everyone is ready to head outdoors and play sports! Soccer, softball, baseball, dance; there are endless options for children, teens, and adults to get moving once the weather starts to warm up. You may wonder - "Can my child safely play sports while wearing braces?" It is an important question for kids, but it also applies to adults wearing braces. After all, even solo activities like mountain biking and Ultimate Frisbee present potential risks to your teeth, especially with braces on. =Yes - you can wear braces and play sports, but you need to be careful. Protecting your smile while playing sports is essential to staying on course with your braces treatment plan. For braces patients playing sports, we recommend that they use an orthodontic mouthguard to protect their mouth from any potential injury. With the use of a proper orthodontic mouthguard, any contact sport can be played with braces. Even in light contact sports such as baseball, a mouthguard is a good idea to protect the smile you’re...
By Dr. David Chen on 6/9/2017 10:18 AM
Brushing your teeth while you have braces is extremely important – but its also more difficult than it is without braces! Finding the right toothbrush is the first step to great oral hygiene.

Your toothbrush needs to be small and flexible enough to move easily around your mouth. Remember you have several sides to your teeth - outer (near your cheek or lip), inner (facing your tongue), crown (on the bottom teeth, it's the part of the tooth facing the top of your mouth and on the top teeth, it's the part facing your tongue).

An electric toothbrush designed for cleaning around braces is the best choice. This allows you to use the right amount of pressure, allowing the head to rotate completely. This will provide a more effective cleaning and save time.

Look for an interdental brush with an angled head and brush that can fit around your braces.

A regular electric toothbrush can be very difficult to maneuver around your braces. The bristles will also likely wear down a lot faster because...
By Dr. David Chen on 5/19/2017 12:16 PM
Our biggest priorities is the children and adults we care for. It makes us so happy to read that they have a positive experience with our office! Here are some of our favorite reviews that we’d like to share with you:


The entire staff is very friendly and great with kids. The Dr is compassionate and very helpful and also great with kids. So glad I chose this place for my daughter to receive care! – Lisa B.


Dr. Chen and everyone that works here is so professional. They are so nice and make you feel at ease. I would HIGHLY recommend this place for any orthodontic work you want done. – Holly K.


Dr Chen and his staff are the best ever... Lots of patient appreciation contest and help their patients in every way possible... Too bad my daughter has finished her treatment, we will just have stop in and visit 

 - Liz b.


Dr Chen and his staff are amazing. Always professional and friendly! My daughter had the best experience and She has a beautiful smile thanks to True Image Orthodontics!!

By Dr. David Chen on 5/5/2017 4:12 PM
If you recently got your braces on or got them tightened, you’re likely dealing with sore teeth. This tightening is a necessary part of the teeth-straightening process, but it can be a nuisance. Luckily there are a few ways to deal with the soreness until it goes away on its own!

Oral anesthetic An oral anesthetic will numb your gums so you don’t feel the pain. These can be found at any pharmacy. Use a cotton swab or your finger to apply the gel directly to your teeth and gums where you feel discomfort.

Over the counter pain medicine An hour before your appointment, take an over the counter pain reliever to help ease any discomfort.

Ice pack Just like any injury, apply a cold ice pack to your mouth can help tremendously. The cold temperature provides a numb sensation in the mouth and decreases inflammation in the sore gums.

Eat soft foods Crunchy foods will likely make the pain worse. Stick to soft foods like pudding, yogurt, or mashed potatoes. Find other recipes for soft foods...
By Dr. David Chen on 4/21/2017 12:55 PM
Spring is here, which means its time for new seasonal rubber band colors! If you want to mix it up with new colors, here are some ideas that are perfect for spring.


Home Run! Baseball season is here, so pick colors to match your favorite MLB team. Maybe blue and orange for the Houston Astros? Or, if you play baseball, match your team’s jersey color!


Another fun baseball-themed idea is to get red and white bands – the red will look just like the stitching on a baseball!


Spring is all about bright colors that mimic flowers. Pink, purple, green, yellow, and orange will all have a fun spring look to match a floral shirt! Pretty pastels are perfect for the season.


Spring is now music festival season, so why not celebrate with some neon rubber bands! These are great to bring you into summer and put some excitement in your smile.


If you’ve got graduation around the corner, why not match your braces to your school’s colors? It will match you...
By Dr. David Chen on 4/7/2017 11:33 AM
Congrats on your new braces! Now, you’re probably wondering how to take care of them. You know how to brush your teeth – but now how do you do it with braces?!


Kids with braces must take extra care cleaning their teeth and may need to adjust how and how often they brush their teeth. You need to brush after every meal, even up to 4 times a day, is a great way to keep food particles and plaque from building up in the braces and teeth. Make sure you brush for several minutes! Your toothbrush should be replaced as soon as the bristles start to fray. bristles start to fray or wear down.

To correctly brush teeth with braces:

1. Hold the toothbrush parallel to the floor against the side of the teeth.

2. Move the toothbrush in small circular motions, guiding the head of the brush from tooth to tooth, following the regular curve of the gums and teeth.

3. Brush each tooth for several seconds carefully and slowly to make sure all food particles are reached and removed along the...
By Dr. David Chen on 3/16/2017 4:26 PM
Sometimes, your braces will be uncomfortable. This is particularly true after any appointment when you get them tightened.


The best trick to keep your mouth feeling comfortable, and to be prepared for any emergencies, is to always carry dental wax with you!


The wax is specially designed for braces can coat the wires so that they don’t irritate your mouth. Your orthodontist will give you a supply, and don’t be shy to ask for extra!


If you ever run out, this wax is sold under various product names, like "orthodontic wax" "braces wax," "wax for braces," or "dental wax." It is widely available at pharmacies.



Braces can also cause soreness from rubbing on the inside surface of your cheeks or lips in the first days of wearing them, so covering them with wax may be helpful.



It’s always a good idea to have a supply of wax with you. That way, if one of the wires accidentally breaks, you can coat it with wax to keep it from...
By Dr. David Chen on 3/3/2017 1:11 PM
Retainers are necessary to help keep your teeth straight. But like your teeth, they need to be cleaned regularly so they don’t deteriorate or damage your teeth. Cleaning them regularly, especially after you’ve eaten, keeps bacteria from building up. You can also use these cleaning techniques for your Invisalign trays.


Keep your retainers moist. Keeping them moist would avoid the bonding of tartar and the biofilm in your retainers.


Always have them soaked in distilled water. Your retainers should either be in your mouth or soaked in distilled water. Add in some baking soda to keep it clean and safe from harmful chemicals which can be transmitted to your mouth.


Use denture cleaners or alcohol-free mouthwash to clean your retainers. If you want your retainers to be tartar-free and germ-free, use a denture cleaner or an alcohol-free mouthwash to soak your retainers in. Leave it there for 15 minutes or so before gently rinsing and putting it back in your mouth. Avoid using a toothbrush or toothpaste to brush your retainers for it may cause scratches where bacteria might thrive.

By Dr. David Chen on 2/14/2017 2:55 PM
If your first orthodontic appointment is coming up, don’t be nervous! Getting your braces on may feel like a scary thing, but it is actually a fairly simple process. Here is what you can expect.


A week before you get your braces on, your orthodontist may insert small rubber spacers between your back molars to allow space for your braces.


Typically, the process will take 1-2 hours. You may find it helpful to bring headphones to listen to favorite music or a podcast during the appointment to distract yourself.


First, the orthodontist will clean and dry your teeth. Then, using a special glue, he will attach the brackets to your teeth. The glue may not taste very good, but it is harmless.


Then, the orthodonist will apply the metal archwire and secure it with elastic bands. You get to choose the color of the elastic bands, so take time to think about what shades you want!


Your mouth, especially your teeth and gums, will feel sore for a few days. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever as necessary, and stick with soft foods like mashed potatoes and smoothies.

By Dr. David Chen on 2/2/2017 12:11 PM
If you’re considering your options for braces, it may feel a little overwhelming. But each option has its owns pros and cons, and depending on your lifestyle and budget, you’ll be able to decide what is best for you!


Metal Braces – These are the traditional stainless steel brackets and wires.


Least expensive

Most effective

Allows kids to express themselves with colored bands



Most noticeable

Limit you from eating hard and sticky foods


Ceramic braces- Same size and shape as metal braces, but with tooth-colored or clear ceramic brackets.


Less noticeable than metal

Most effective (same as metal)


More costly than metal

May stain more easily


Invisalign – Clear retainers that are replaced every two weeks to gently move teeth


Nearly invisible

Allows you to eat and drink anything



Only available for teens and adults

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