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Common Question: Is It Okay to Drink Coffee with Invisalign?

January 1, 2024

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Clear aligners next to cup of coffee on white background

If you have a mildly crooked smile, Invisalign is an excellent alternative to traditional braces. These clear, plastic aligners are customized to fit snuggly over your teeth and gently reposition them over a designated period. Part of the reason they’ve grown so popular over the years is because there aren’t as many dietary concerns as there are with metal brackets on your teeth. That said, many patients wonder if they can have coffee with Invisalign. If you don’t want to live without your daily dose of caffeine, continue reading to learn more.


TMJ Troubles: Can Invisalign Fix Jaw Pain?

December 5, 2023

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Woman in a silk robe holding her hand to her jaw in pain

If you’ve been waking in the morning with a headache and notice that your jaw has been feeling particularly stiff, you could be suffering from a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. This painful condition can progress to the point that you get a locked jaw and can’t open your mouth to eat or speak, so it’s important to get professional help to address it. Treatments vary and can involve physical therapy or oral devices provided by your orthodontist. Many patients in this predicament wonder whether Invisalign can alleviate their symptoms. If you’re curious, keep reading to find out!


Staying On Track with Invisalign Over the Holidays

November 8, 2023

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Someone with Invisalign smiling

Even if you’ve had your Invisalign aligners for a long time, the holiday season may test your ability to stay on track with your treatment. This goes double if you’re going out of the town or seeing family for the holidays; an unfamiliar environment can take you out of your routine, and disrupt your ability to properly take care of your orthodontics.

For that reason, it’s a good idea to think a little bit beforehand about what you can do to make sure you stay on track with your Invisalign treatment. Here are some tips that may help you.


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!

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