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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 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...
By Dr. David Chen on 12/15/2017 4:57 PM
One of the most fun things about braces is getting to customize the rubber bands with different colors! Whether it's a favorite sports team, favorite colors, or something that celebrates the season, there are limitless color combination options.

As the holidays are around the color, why not use some festive rubber bands! These are some fun ideas to get you in the holiday spirit with your braces:

Red and green. Classic christmas colors! If you’re singing Jingle Bells all December long, red and green rubber bands on your braces are a fun way to celebrate.


Blue and white. Perfect for hanukkah or winter! Blue and white is versatile and still seasonal. Let it snow!


Silver. Silver is perfect to accompany tinsel and sparkling christmas lights. Sparkling silver is also festive for new years eve. Who needs sparklers when you have your braces!


Shades of green. If pine trees are your favorite thing in winter, honor that with your braces! A combination of dark green and light green will bring these lovely trees with you everywhere.

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.


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.

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).

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