Thursday, September 15, 2022

Scheduling Appointments With Medina Orthodontics

If you are trying to schedule an orthodontic appointment with Medina Orthodontics but are not sure about the specifics, such as how to request an appointment or exactly what you need to be seen for, don’t worry…these are common concerns that many of our patients share. At Medina Orthodontics, we want to make scheduling an appointment with our Katy, TX office as easy as can be.

Visiting our office should be done anytime you have a concern or issue with your teeth, jaw, or the general alignment within your mouth. Whether you need to schedule an appointment for braces, Invisalign, a retainer, or other orthodontic appliances, Dr. Liana Medina and her team will thoroughly investigate any abnormalities that you or your dentist may have noticed to give a better vision for the future of your teeth.

When it comes to scheduling an appointment at Medina Orthodontics, you have a few options.

  1. Call Our Office. Give us a call and discuss how to set up an appointment with Dr. Medina. Calling our Katy, TX office is an easy way to find a time that works with your schedule. 
  2. Request Online. Requesting an orthodontic appointment online via our website is another great way to fit an appointment into your schedule. Simply fill out the form on our Request an Appointment page and one of our team members will contact you to confirm your appointment. 
  3. Stop By. If you are in the area, stop in and set up your appointment in person. You can get a feel for the office and ask any questions you may have about the appointment that you are requesting to schedule.

At Medina Orthodontics, we have a tradition of creating beautiful smiles through unparalleled orthodontic care. We strive to deliver excellent orthodontic care at a reasonable price. We are transparent with our patients and provide a clear, detailed estimate on the cost of your treatment plan, so you know exactly what to expect.

Dr. Medina is an expert in orthodontics. She has been a respected provider of orthodontic care in our community for more than 12 years. She and her team possess the skills and experience needed to give you your best smile. Contact our office today to schedule your next orthodontic appointment.


Friday, September 2, 2022

Adjusting To Your New Braces

As with any change, adjusting to something new can be a little overwhelming. To help you feel more comfortable with your new braces, the team at Medina Orthodontics has put together a few tips and tricks.

1. Be prepared when leaving our office: Before leaving our office, be sure to use your finger and tongue to make sure the wires aren’t extending into areas that might poke your cheeks or run into your tongue the wrong way. Double check your supplies. Ask for our team for plenty of dental wax, cleaning aids, elastic bands, or other related materials you may need before your next appointment. Also…check your braces once a week for anything loose or bent. If a bracket or band comes loose or you break a wire, please call our office so that we can arrange an appointment to repair it.

2. Be careful eating with your new braces: It is okay to eat as soon as you leave our office, but we highly suggest sticking to softer foods for the first few days after your braces have been placed while your mouth and teeth adjust. Stick to pasta, soft veggies, pudding, soup, yogurt, etc. After about three or four days, any soreness you may be having will start to go away and you can graduate to more solid foods. However, hard foods including nuts, ice, crisp taco shells, whole apples and carrots, corn on the cob and popcorn should always be avoided. These foods can cause breakage of the brackets and wires.

3. Use dental wax: The brackets used at Medina Orthodontics have been rounded and smoothed and are designed to be gentle on your mouth, but they can rub on the soft skin causing irritation. Until your skin has toughened up and you are used to your braces, it’s a good idea to use a small piece of wax around the bracket or wire that is creating the irritation.

4. Rinse your mouth with saltwater: If you are experiencing significant irritation, we suggest rinsing your mouth with a solution of warm salt water five or six times a day for 30 seconds each time. Add half a teaspoon of table salt to one cup of warm water. The salt water will help relieve pain and allow sores areas to heal faster.

5. Always practice good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth after every meal. Don’t forget to follow your normal routine of brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing on a regular basis. Getting into these habits early on in your journey with braces will help ensure that you don’t encounter any problems down the road.

6. Be confident: Don't worry about how your braces look and do not be afraid or embarrassed to smile with your braces!

The main thing to remember is…give yourself time. Each person adapts to the discomfort of new braces differently but following these steps will make your journey to straight teeth much more enjoyable and after a while, when your teeth start shifting into their proper place, you’ll see how incredible your smile is going to look.

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