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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!

Spring Into Good Oral Health | Orthodontics Frisco, Prosper & Little Elm

April 20th, 2017

At Corbridge Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer those in and around Prosper, Little Elm, and Frisco, TX the best when it comes to orthodontics, including our braces and Invisalign treatments. As your trusted orthodontist, we don’t only want to provide you with a straighter smile – we want to provide you with a healthier smile as well. In order to help you achieve a higher level of oral hygiene during your orthodontic treatment, we’ll be more than happy to give you a few simple tips.

Remember to Brush Often

While brushing twice a day (after breakfast and before bedtime) is recommended for most people, patients who are wearing braces should brush their teeth four times a day. The reason for this is because braces allow for many places in a patient’s mouth where food can get trapped. When food is trapped inside your mouth for a long period of time, it can eat away at your tooth enamel and cause cavities. When you’re wearing braces, it’s important to be strict with your brushing habits so that you don’t develop any cavities. We recommend brushing once after every meal and then again right before you go to bed.

Watch What You Eat

One of the most common causes for developing tooth decay is from eating harmful foods. While you’ll have to avoid hard foods and sticky foods when you wear braces because of the damage they can cause to your orthodontics, it’s also important to limit the sugary and acidic foods you eat. Acidic foods will eat away at your tooth enamel while sugary foods will cause bacteria in your mouth to produce more of these damaging acids. Some of the foods we recommend limiting include:

  • Cookies
  • Cake
  • Candy
  • Soda
  • Energy Drinks
  • Fruit Juices
  • Pineapples
  • Pickles

Our March Event

We’d also like to take this time to mention that during the month of March, we gave out tickets to see Beauty and the Beast. It was wonderful seeing so many of our patients there! We all had a great time watching the movie and we hope you’ll come by and join us for our next family-friendly event!

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

If you’re looking for orthodontics, such as braces or Invisalign, in or around Prosper, Little Elm, or Frisco, TX, we encourage you to give us a call at (214) 705-6188. Alternatively, you can fill out our online appointment request form. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you attain a healthier smile!

Annual Food Drive At Your Local Little Elm & Prosper TX Orthodontist

December 9th, 2016

Lend a helping hand this holiday season by donating canned food to Corbridge Orthodontics’ office. Here is your chance to help those less fortunate by gathering canned food and bringing it to our Frisco, Texas office. We are also providing people with more incentive to donate by offering a chance to receive Corbridge Coins. For every 5 items donated, you will receive 3 Corbridge Coins! This opportunity to contribute to our Annual Food Drive ends December 16th, so remember to donate before then.

Donate To A Great Cause

All the donations we receive at Corbridge Orthodontics will go to Frisco Family Services Food Pantry. The Frisco Family Services Food Pantry is the most utilized service of the agency, distributing over 47,000 pounds a month and serving more than 3,700 individuals. With your generous donation, the Frisco community can use their financial resources on other expenses during their time of need.

Most Needed Items

Non-perishable foods

  • Boxed Meal Helpers (hamburger helper)

  • Canned Tomatoes

  • Dry Beans

  • Tomato Sauce

  • Condiments (ketchup, mayonnaise, jam, jelly, dressing, etc...)

  • Canned Fruit and fruit cups

  • Sugar

  • Flour Cooking oil

  • Canned beans

  • Canned vegetables

  • Snack items

  • Breakfast bars

  • Cereal

Personal Care Items

  • Soap

  • Conditioner

  • Shampoo

  • Toothpaste

For Babies

  • Diapers size 3,4,5

  • Pull ups

Other Most Needed Items

  • Laundry Detergent (smaller containers; 64 load size or smaller)

  • Household Cleaners

  • Dish washing Liquid (smaller containers)

  • Disinfectant spray

  • Household disinfectant wipes

  • Toilet bowl cleaner

Visit Your Local Prosper & Little Elm Orthodontic Office Today

Give back to your community today by visiting Corbridge Orthodontics and donating to our Annual Food Drive. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions about the food drive or just general questions about our orthodontic practice!

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