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Hurricane Relief

October 20th, 2017

At CFSS Braces, we pride ourselves on our compassionate care that we provide for our patients who are in search of Fayetteville, North Syracuse, or Fulton braces or Invisalign. Our compassion isn’t only limited to the orthodontist’s chair as we’re more than glad to help elsewhere as well. After seeing the media coverage of the flooding that took place in Houston, we wanted to do what we could to help. After contacting the American Red Cross, we were directed to their website and found a list of supplies that the residents of Houston are in need of. We’re now in the process of collecting supplies to send to those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey and we’d be glad to accept any donations that you’re able to make. We’re so happy to have the ability to give back and help out those who are in need.

Items You Can Donate

We’ve listed below the items that they’re in need of the most. Donations can be dropped off at any of our three convenient locations (Fayetteville, North Syracuse, and Fulton), but you might want to call ahead to make sure that our office is open.

  • Flashlights
  • Hair Ties
  • Brushes
  • Baby Supplies
  • Books
  • Coloring Books
  • Crayons
  • Playing Cards
  • Pet Supplies
  • First Aid Kits
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Q-Tips
  • Cotton Balls
  • Peroxide/Alcohol
  • Matches
  • Ponchos
  • Duct Tape
  • Scissors
  • Blankets
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Batteries
  • Work Gloves
  • Paper Towels
  • Garbage Bags
  • Hand Sanitizer

Contact Your Fayetteville, North Syracuse, and Fulton Orthodontist!

If you have any questions or you’d like to learn more, please feel free to contact us and let us know. If you’re looking for braces or Invisalign in Fayetteville, North Syracuse, or Fulton, we encourage you to give us a call at (315) 458-0020. We hope to hear from you soon!

 

Five Tips for Invisalign

October 20th, 2017

Undergoing orthodontic treatment can be a long and arduous process. We get that. Having said that, as your provider of Frisco, Little Elm, and Prosper Invisalign and braces, we at Corbridge Orthodontics want you to know that we’ll always be here for you with ourcompassionate orthodontic care. It’s our goal to make sure that your treatment proceeds as smoothly as possible. That’s why we’d like to take this time to give you five important tips for making your Invisalign treatment a success.

Invisalign trays for your teeth.

Make Sure to Brush After You Eat

This is the most important thing to remember during your orthodontic treatment. You should always clean your teeth after a meal because if you don’t, the food that you eat can get trapped against your teeth and gums when you put your aligners back in. This can only accelerate dental problems, such as tooth decay.

When You’re Not Using Them, Keep Your Aligners in a Case

Because you’ll be taking your aligners out occasionally – as you only need to wear them for about 22 hours in a day – there will be periods where the aligners aren’t in your mouth. When this is the case, put them in an actual case! This will cut down on the chance that you accidentally harm, misplace, or even lose your aligners. We’ve had many patients who’ve even thrown their aligners away by mistake when they’ve left their aligners lying around. Make sure that you don’t do the same and always keep them in a case to protect them.

Take Out Your Aligners Before Exercising

Because your aligners will only need to be in for approximately 22 hours per day, you’ll be able to pick and choose when to take them out. Obviously, you’ll want to take them out for eating and cleaning your teeth. Another time you may want to take them out is when you exercise – especially if you’re working out strenuously. When your aligners are in while you’re working out, your mouth can become even drier and cause added discomfort for you.

Chomp on ‘Chewies’

Invisalign will achieve its best results when a patient’s teeth fit perfectly in each aligner before starting the next set. If you have air gaps between your teeth and your aligners, that’s a sure sign that the aligners aren’t fitting their best. To solve this problem, we recommend using ‘chewies,’ which are basically small cylindrical cushions that you can chew on. When you bite down on these for several minutes at least a few times a day, it will help the aligners fit properly and assist your treatment in finishing on time.

Delay Changing Your Aligners Until After Important Events

When your aligner change falls on the day of or before an important event, whether it’s a presentation, a date, or anything else where you need to speak clearly, we suggest that you delay your aligner change. It will typically take a day or so to get acclimated to new aligners and until then, you may find yourself with a small lisp and you might also have trouble speaking normally. Wait until after your important event is over before changing aligners so that you don’t have any speech problems during your big day.

Contact Your Prosper, Little Elm, and Frisco Adult & Children’s Orthodontist!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about our Frisco, Prosper, and Little Elm Invisalign treatment, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with your adult and children’s orthodontist, you can give us a call at (214) 705-6188. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Orthodontics | Frisco, Texas Orthodontist | Cleaning Your Retainer

August 21st, 2017

As your trusted orthodontist in Frisco, Prosper, and Little Elm, Texas, we at Corbridge Orthodontics are glad to provide you with the utmost in orthodontic care throughout your entire orthodontic process. When you finish your Frisco, Texas braces or Invisalign treatment, it doesn’t mean that you can slack off with your retainer though! Your retainer requires constant cleaning; you’ll want to clean it at least once a day to make sure that there’s no food or bacteria on it. We’ll be glad to give you help about the cleaning process; since there are different kinds of retainers (removable and fixed), we’ll give you instructions on cleaning each type.

Cleaning Removable Retainers

For Hawley and plastic (aligner) retainers, you’ll be able to remove your retainer to clean them. We recommend following these steps:

  • You’ll first want to rinse your retainer immediately after removal to get rid of any food before it hardens. Either cool or warm water is okay to use.

  • Soak your retainer in water along with a cleaning solution and let it sit for five minutes. Baking soda is actually an effective cleaning solution to use as well.

  • Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, scrub your retainer clean, making sure to get inside all of the nooks and crannies.

  • After you’re finished, make sure to rinse it again thoroughly. You won’t want to put it back in your mouth when you still have any cleaning solution on it.

Cleaning Fixed Retainers

Because fixed retainers are bonded to your teeth, you won’t be able to utilize the same methods to clean them. Instead, we recommend flossing them to keep them clean using this technique:

  • First, grab about a six-inch piece of floss along with a floss threader. Thread the floss between two of your teeth.

  • Hold one end of the floss with one hand and the other with the floss threader.

  • After you get the floss under your retainer wire, move it up and down between the teeth, making sure to get to the gum line.

  • Slide the floss sideways toward the next area that you’re going to clean. Pull it down until it’s between your teeth.

  • Continue this until you’ve flossed between each tooth that’s attached to your fixed retainer.

Contact Your Prosper, Little Elm and Frisco, Texas Orthodontist Today!

If you have any further questions about our retainers, we encourage you to contact us. If you’re interested in our Frisco, Texas orthodontics, including Invisalign and braces, please feel free to give us a call at (214) 705-6188. We hope to hear from you soon!

The Importance of Wearing a Mouthguard

June 28th, 2017

Spring is in full season, and we know many of our patients are very happy about that fact. Spring is always an enjoyable time of year, and as the temperatures start to warm up, we're always happy to see our patient athletes out on the field doing what we do best. But if you or your child is involved in playing a sport, wearing a mouthguard is absolutely critical for dental and orthodontic health. While it may not seem obvious, even non-contact sports pose a serious threat to braces and teeth, and a custom made mouthguard is the only way to protect your orthodontics from damage during play.

What Is a Custom Made Mouthguard?

A mouthguard is an oral appliance that protects teeth and orthodontic appliances like braces from damage during sports and other activities. The mouthguard holds the teeth in one place, helping to prevent them from biting together from a collision, and it also provides a layer of cushion and protection for both the teeth and braces. While many stores sell over-the-counter mouthguards, these aren't designed to fit your specific mouth and will rarely fit if you have braces. The only way to ensure protection is to have your own mouthguard custom made to fit your bite.

Why Wear a Mouthguard?

If you or your child is an athlete getting orthodontic treatment, a custom made mouthguard is the only way to safeguard your teeth and braces. Orthodontics is an investment in your best asset, and without a mouthguard, you're 60 times more likely to suffer an injury to your teeth or braces – something that could easily derail your treatment and necessitate costly repairs! A mouthguard is a simple, low-cost way to protect your teeth and braces, and getting one couldn't be easier.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Frisco, Little Elm, & Prosper, TX Orthodontist

Whether you're playing lacrosse, track and field, or even quidditch, a custom made mouthguard is essential to protecting your teeth during sports games and practices. If you'd like to get a mouthguard for yourself or your child, we'd be thrilled to help – and the process is easy. Just use our easy online form to schedule an appointment at our Frisco, TX office and we'll fit you for your very own custom mouthguard. If you have more questions about mouthguards or life with braces, feel free to give us a call at (214) 705-6188 or reach out to us at our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you, and we hope to see you back at this blog soon for more tips on orthodontics and keeping your smile healthy and beautiful!

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