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5 Must-Have Tools for Those with Braces

October 11, 2023

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Dental patient wearing metal braces

Even with the decision to go for traditional braces, you might assume your oral care routine will remain unchanged. However, the reality is that metal braces demand additional care beyond standard dental hygiene practices. To ensure the health and comfort of your mouth during the alignment process, it’s crucial to have specialized dental tools. If you’re contemplating traditional metal braces for teeth straightening, read on to discover five essential dental tools that will not only elevate your oral hygiene regimen but also enhance the overall comfort and success of your braces experience.


Everybody in the Pool: How We Celebrate Our Patients

September 13, 2023

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Dr. Hanson & Dr. Jones of Willow Bend Orthodontics at community pool party

Our practice wouldn’t last very long without our patients, which is why each member of our team deeply appreciates and values everyone who comes through the door here at Willow Bend Orthodontics of Plano. Of course, saying this is one thing, but we’re all about doing here! That’s why we decided to invite all of our patients and their families to a pool party this past July. It was the ideal time for us to show the people we take care of just how much they mean to us, getting quality face time while also giving away plenty of prizes. Couldn’t make it? Keep reading to see what happened and know what you can look forward to next year!


Running Down the 3 Most Common Myths About Metal Braces

August 5, 2023

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Smiling person with braces

Just about everyone knows someone who has had braces at a certain point in their life, which means that most people have heard some things about how they work. However, many of the things you’ll hear aren’t quite true—some of them are outdated, and others were never based in fact in the first place.

If the time has come for you to get braces, you might be suffering from some misapprehensions about how the treatment is going to work. To clear the air, here are some common myths about braces that shouldn’t influence your decision to get them.


Can You Still Get Invisalign if You’ve Already Had Braces?

July 11, 2023

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Woman putting clear aligners in her mouth

Many of us undergo orthodontic treatment in our teenage years. There’s nothing like the relief and joy of finally getting your braces removed. However, it’s not unusual for people to stop wearing their retainers for one reason or another. This can cause your once-straightened teeth to become crooked again. Here’s why even if you’ve already had braces, you can still get Invisalign.


5 Common Problems with Braces & Tips for Addressing Them

June 2, 2023

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a closeup of a patient with metal braces

Braces are a tried-and-true orthodontic solution that has assisted countless patients across multiple generations with achieving straighter, healthier, more attractive smiles. Unfortunately, as effective as they are at addressing dental misalignment, bite problems, and other orthodontic issues, they still come with some minor issues and discomforts that aggravate patients. Here’s a closer look at a few of these issues along with some effective ways for resolving them and promoting a more comfortable orthodontic journey.


Why Do Gums Swell While Wearing Braces?

May 11, 2023

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person wearing traditional braces

Wearing traditional braces can be the kind of treatment you need to achieve a straighter, healthier smile. While receiving care, though, you may notice that some slight discomfort forms and that your gums become inflamed. While there are many reasons for this, it’s important that you understand why it happens and what you can do about it after treatment is finished. This article details the truth about swollen gums while wearing braces and how your dentist can help.


3 Helpful Tips for Traveling with Invisalign

April 13, 2023

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3 Helpful Tips for Traveling with Invisalign

Whether your summer plans include backpacking at a National Park, flying to the beach for some much-needed R&R, or vacationing in Europe, you might be wondering how to balance travel and clear aligner treatment. Although it may seem overwhelming at first, there are several steps you can take to enjoy your time away in a way that doesn’t result in you falling off-track with your treatment plan. With this in mind, read on to learn three helpful tips for traveling with Invisalign!


Lost Your Invisalign Aligners? Here’s What to Do!

March 27, 2023

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woman smiling and holding her Invisalign aligner

Modern times have made everything more convenient. And that includes getting a straighter smile! Invisalign treatment uses clear, removable aligners to align your teeth. Not only is it incredibly discreet but gives you so much flexibility. You can still eat your favorite foods and easily maintain your oral health! However, with the easy removal of Invisalign’s clear trays comes the risk of losing them. here to guide you on what to do so you can continue toward your picture-perfect smile!


3 Products That Will Get Your Child Excited About Their Teeth!

February 27, 2023

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Picture of a smiling child brushing their teeth

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which is a whole month dedicated to ensuring that your kids’ smiles are as bright as they can be.

Any parent will know that getting their child to get excited about their oral health is a bit of a challenge, which can cause a lot of headaches if they need braces from a young age. Fortunately, there are many dental products available to children that can make dental hygiene fun! In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month, here are a few examples.


What Should I Know About Dating and Invisalign?

January 13, 2023

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a couple smiling and on a date

February is approaching and that means love is in the air! With Valentine’s Day near, you may be wondering how your dating life will be affected by your new Invisalign treatment. While the clear removable aligners are very discreet, they can still impact a social situation. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to make it as smooth as possible. Here’s what you should know about dating and Invisalign. 

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