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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 2/16/2019 12:36 PM
If your child’s dentist has recommended you see a pediatric orthodontist, it can often cause fear and stress in both you as the parent and your child. But it doesn’t have to be. Working with your dentist and orthodontist will ensure your child has the best possible future for their dental health. They are there to walk you through the process.

Your first appointment will take approximately 1-2 hours and will help determine if any treatment is needed and where to begin. The first step will be x rays and photos, an in-depth exam with the orthodontist, and if treatment is required, impressions of your child’s teeth will be taken. All of these steps help the doctor to better explain their findings and recommend the best course of treatment (such as retainers vs braces, if expanders will be needed, and more).

If you agree to the treatment plan designed by the orthodontist, we will go over the estimate of charges, what your insurance coverage is, what the treatment time frame will be as well as the frequency...
By Dr. David Chen on 1/15/2019 11:37 PM
There are many reasons why adults choose to get braces. It has been a growing trend over the last few decades, and the numbers continue to increase. Will you be one of them? Here are some common reasons we hear from adult patients as to why they decided to undergo orthodontic treatment.

Cosmetic issues are often the number one reason adults get braces. After years of dealing with crooked or overlapping teeth, gaps, or other issues, adults want to resolve their dental issues and gain a smile they are confident to share. There are many options available and your orthodontist will talk with you to select the best method of treatment for you.

Many of our patients come to us because they have conditions that are causing them pain, such as grinding teeth, TMJ pain, and difficulty biting due to misalignment, overbite, underbite, and others. It is important to get these conditions treated as soon as possible to help avoid further dental issues. When teeth are misaligned, they can grind against each other,...
By Dr. David Chen on 12/17/2018 11:42 PM
New to braces or had them on for a few months and not sure if you remember all the “no no’s” for braces? We’ve got you covered. We have compiled a list of some of the main things to avoid now that you have braces to avoid bending or breaking them and most importantly, avoiding pain for your mouth.

Chewing on ice, gum and sticky things-  Biting on ice or chewing on sticky candy or gum can cause you braces to bend and break which will cause pain for you as well as require a visit to your orthodontist to have the affected sections repaired.

Avoiding Floss- Just like it is important to floss without braces, it is even more important when you do have them because food can get trapped between the wires and between your teeth. If left there, your teeth will develop plaque and will begin to eat away at the enamel of your teeth, causing other dental issues. It isn’t easy to floss with braces, but it is very important and should not be skipped.

Sodas and other Sugary Beverages! - Another thing that...
By Dr. David Chen on 11/14/2018 4:54 PM
So you have gone to your dentist or your child’s dentist, and they are recommending that you get braces. You may be wondering, do I, or my child, really need braces? You may think that a few misaligned teeth are “not that big of a deal”. It is understandable since having braces is not only costly but also can be uncomfortable for the one wearing them. But, before you decide to pass on them completely, here are a few things to consider.  

 

With just a few teeth that are misaligned, you increase the risk of decay to your teeth because you are not able to floss them correctly or get to the entire surface of each tooth when you brush. Your risk of periodontal disease, which can destroy the bone of the jaw and cause tooth loss, increases once this decay begins. You may also experience difficulty chewing food properly, affecting your overall health and wellness. Do you experience sleep apnea? This could also be caused by your misalignment and can lead to other diseases such as high blood pressure, heart...
By Dr. David Chen on 10/18/2018 6:28 PM
Have you noticed that your child has a lisp or other speech issues? This may be due to his or her teeth. In a perfect world, your child's teeth would line up perfectly but unfortunately, that is not always the case. When the teeth are misaligned one of the results is an open bite, a known reason for children to speak with a lisp.

 

With an open bite, both the upper and lower front teeth do not properly meet, creating a gap when the mouth is closed. This opening between the front and bottom teeth not only affects the appearance of your child’s smile but also can lead to a lisp or other speech impediments.

 

There are several reasons why your child may develop an open bite. It can be caused when there is a misalignment with the jawbone or when they are still losing their teeth and have both baby teeth and permanent teeth. Once the permanent teeth come in, your orthodontist can better tell if the bite will match up correctly or will need orthodontic treatment.

 

Sometimes...
By Dr. David Chen on 9/30/2018 3:25 PM
After having your braces placed for the first time, or after an adjustment, your teeth may be very sensitive and you may find it hard to eat certain foods. We always recommend a soft food diet for the first couple days. Things such as:

Yogurt

Mac n cheese

Pancakes

Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt

Mashed or baked potatoes (with only butter and sour cream)

Bananas

Cooked Vegetables (boiled, steamed, or roasted)

Eggs

Soups

 

These are all great options and can be quick and easy for the first or second day. If your teeth are more sensitive to the adjustments, you may need to stick to soft foods for longer and you won’t want to live on ice cream and potatoes alone. You also may prefer a more protein rich diet. Selecting fish for dinner may be a great option. Unlike steak, pork and chicken, fish is soft and flaky so it is a great meal choice for sensitive and painful teeth.

 

Seafood comes in many flavors and can be prepared quick and easily. Salmon, Tilapia, Swai, Swordfish, there are many choices and each has its own distinct flavor.

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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

Flossing...
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Dental Care Tips: After Braces
Pediatric Orthodontics: What You Need To Know
Adult Braces? How To Know If You Really Need Them
Things to Avoid With Braces
Do I Really Need Braces and How Do They Really Work?
Soft and Healthy Dinner Idea for Painful Teeth
Why Do Kids Get Crooked Teeth?
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