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Braces 101

orthodonticsHere at Showtime Smiles®, we offer the best in braces so that you can rapidly achieve a straight and beautiful smile. We are committed to educating our patients about their options and effective ways to take care of their teeth while wearing braces.

Orthodontic Options

Dr. Dan provides a few options to his patients, so that they can decide which route to braces is their preferred method. He offers traditional braces, which consist of metal brackets and an archwire that shifts the teeth. He also offers Wildsmiles Braces, which work just like traditional braces, but the brackets come in fun shapes like diamonds and footballs. Another option is Invisalign clear braces, which are removable see-through plastic aligners.These work more like retainers in the way that they slide over and off of the teeth.

Caring for your Braces

It is especially important to care for your teeth while you are wearing orthodontics. If you choose metal braces, there are lots of places for food to become trapped, so you should brush your teeth after every meal and snack. You should also floss at least once a day. There are special tools in stores to help you floss with metal braces, like tenser, thicker floss or water flossers. If you opt for Invisalign, you should still brush and floss frequently. When you remove your aligners to brush your teeth, you can brush your aligners as well. You can also soak them in a denture cleaner.

More Oral Hygiene Instructions

Other Braces FAQ

Q: What can I eat?
A: If you are wearing metal braces, it is best to avoid hard or sticky foods that may damage the braces, like caramels, gum, ice, apples, etc.

More Foods to Avoid

Q: Will I be sore?
A: You will probably be a little sore a few days after you get braces or your dentist adjusts your braces. This soreness will fade, but in the meantime, you can wash out your mouth with warm salt water or take aspirin if you feel uncomfortable.

Q: What if a wire or bracket is bothering me?
A: You can place wax over a wire or bracket that is rubbing uncomfortably against your mouth. Wax can make all the difference and prevent you from getting sores. If you do not see improvement, you can visit Dr. Dan so that he can make the necessary changes.

Q: How do I reach someone at the office after hours?
A: You can TEXT us at (972) 547-4443 anytime 24 hours per day! Dr. Dan will personally respond to any questions regarding orthodontic emergencies!

Handling Orthodontic Emergencies

Braces are a great way to improve the aesthetic of your smile and your confidence in your appearance. Give us a call today to set up your appointment.

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Showtime Smiles®
4271 Highlands Dr
McKinney, TX 75070
Phone: (972) 547-4443
  • All the staff are fantastic! Dr. Dan is great with our daughter. Affordable, easy to work with, an all around great experience. You won’t be disappointed!!
    —Kim Prier
  • …From the moment we walked in and my son saw his name in lights we felt at ease. Everyone, from the front desk to Dr. Dan, makes you feel like you are the most important person in the room. Dr. Dan is incredibly patient, answers every question completely, and lets me know what is going on during each appointment….The atmosphere is super upbeat, friendly and extremely clean!…
    —Jeni Alexander
  • Very happy I found Showtime Smiles for my sons braces and dental work. Dr. Gehani is a very kind and caring dentist. He is very easy going at working with you with any problems you may have...I would recommend Showtime Smiles in McKinney Texas to anyone!
    —Joyce Cook
  • Dr. Dan and his team are wonderful! I highly recommend this office if you are looking for a great Orthodontist and a great team that is very attentive to your needs for braces or kid dental.  I always appreciate the extra attention Dr. Dan gives to each of his patients... Glad we found a dentist for life for my family.
    —Dave Kothari
  • I love this place.  The dentist is great but so is the staff and the ability to watch a movie while getting your teeth cleaned is a perk....My daughter loves to go in every month to get new colors for her bands.
    —Karen Vazquez
  • I absolutely love this office.  Everyone is so professional and pleasant!!! I come here as an adult for both orthodontist and regular dental appts. I could not be happier with Dr. Dan... He truly cares about his patients, their comfort, and happiness...
    —Brooke Jones
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