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DIY Braces

December 14th, 2017

We’d like to alert you to a startling new trend that’s been popping up recently on social media – DIY (do it yourself) braces. Now, you probably don’t need your Frisco, Little Elm, and Prosper orthodontist and orthodontic team here at Corbridge Orthodontics to tell you what an awful idea it is to attempt DIY braces, but we wouldn’t feel like we’d be doing our job if we didn’t bring it up. DIY braces can be incredibly dangerous for a non-professional, which is why we strongly discourage it. Here are just a few of the many reasons why you shouldn’t try this at home and why you should visit a professional orthodontist in Frisco, Texas instead.

Experience You Just Can’t Match

Orthodontic treatment is an incredibly complex procedure. A person with no education in the field would have no way of being able to master straightening a person’s teeth…much less their own! The regular method of a professional orthodontic treatment requires tools and techniques that use just the right amount of measured force and motions to both move the teeth – and more importantly – keep them safe. Orthodontists have the experience and qualifications necessary to safely move a patient’s teeth into their desired positions. DIY braces will never be able to match that kind of precision and safety.

Beauty Is Only Skin Deep

Let’s say that somehow the DIY braces actually moved the teeth into a much more attractive alignment. That may sound great, but there’s no way of knowing what’s going on inside the teeth and gums or with the jaw structure itself. DIY braces can often move teeth too fast or move them into the wrong position, which can end up damaging the bones or gums. The health of a patient’s teeth is about more than just a beautiful smile; you’ll need a professional orthodontist to determine how healthy these teeth still are.

You’ll Probably End up Paying More

The main draw of DIY braces (and the reason why people attempt them in the first place) is that it’ll save them money. Orthodontics can be expensive and some people will try to get around that cost in any way that they can. However, by attempting DIY braces, a patient is likely to incur damage that will cost more money to fix than it would’ve cost to just undergo a professional orthodontic treatment from your Frisco, Little Elm, and Prosper orthodontist in the first place. Instead of spending thousands on orthodontics, you might find yourself spending tens of thousands just trying to reverse the damage that DIY braces caused.

Even the AAO Has Issued a Warning

Because DIY braces have become so popular, even the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) have had to step in. They’ve issued an official warning against the usage of these braces – a sure sign that DIY braces are a terrible idea. We recommend that you listen to the foremost authorities on this subject.

Come Visit Your Frisco, Little Elm, and Prosper Orthodontist!

If you feel like your teeth aren’t as straight or attractive as they could be, please don’t attempt to straighten them on your own – come visit a professional orthodontist in Frisco, Texas instead. If you’d like to schedule an appointment for our safe Frisco, Little Elm, and Prosper Invisalign or braces treatments, we encourage you to give us a call at (214) 705-6188 or fill out our appointment request form. We hope to see you soon and we promise you a safe and effective treatment!

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!

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