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Top 4 Reasons Adulthood is the Perfect Time to Become a Brace-Face!

April 18th, 2019

We see it all the time folks- adults who truly believe their opportunity for orthodontic treatment has passed. They believe their teeth are too “set” to move now; that their smiles can never look as fresh and perfect as that middle-schooler showing off their grin on the CC Braces Instagram. Well, do we have news for them! Not only do orthodontics work just as well on adults as adolescents, but at CC Braces, we actually believe that adulthood is the ideal time to join the #braceson club! Here are FOUR of the top reasons why!

4. You won’t be the only one!
We admit it, braces are usually a rite-of-passage of those exciting childhood years. However, it’s not just a fashion statement for high-school hallways. In fact, according to a recent study, as many as 27% of orthodontic patients (in the USA and Canada) are adults- and the numbers are still climbing! As more adults realize the health and aesthetic benefits of seeing an orthodontist, it’s becoming easier than ever to find a fellow adult brace-face. No matter your personal or professional situation, we believe that everyone has something to be achieving from having their dream smile. Adults agree with us too- 92% of patients would recommend orthodontic treatment to other adults.

 

3. Orthodontic treatment can prevent other health issues
Braces may give you a celebrity smile, but there’s more to them than just appearance. There are also health benefits that come from having straight teeth. Misaligned teeth can hold food against your teeth in hard-to-brush places, making maintaining a healthy smile difficult even with regular brushing and flossing. This can lead to a buildup of plaque, which can cause bad breath and cavities.Gum diseases become more likely as well, and, in older adults, loss of teeth or bone in the jaw. A crooked bite can cause headaches, jaw problems, and even digestive issues. Fortunately, an orthodontist is trained to spot and correct these issues, helping you achieve a healthy, life-long smile!

2. You CAN afford it!
Many adults longed for braces as a child but, unfortunately, were not able to get them at the time. Good news, adults! You’re all grown up, and braces probably aren’t as expensive as you thought. At CC Braces, we truly believe that financial obstacles should not keep anyone from having the best orthodontic care. Our dedicated financial coordinator would be happy to sit down with you and determine if braces are a possibility for you! From your free consultation to our in-house financing options, Dr. Mihalik and staff want to welcome you to explore a future with the smile you always wanted.

1. You’ll Feel Great!
It’s pretty simple- when you look awesome you feel great, and when you feel great you look awesome! Fortunately, braces can help you do both! The first thing people notice when they’re meeting someone new is their smile; a beautiful smile can help break the ice both personally and professionally. With a smile you can be proud of, you won’t have to worry about being too self-conscious to let your real smile shine or hiding a grin behind your hand again.In fact, 74% of adults claimed their lives improved as a result of their new-found self-esteem- all as a result of orthodontic treatment! Why wait- call CC Braces NOW to see what we can do for you!

 

 

 

A Smile For The (Wedding) Aisle

March 15th, 2019

Lately, we've been able to feel how ready Corpus Christi is for spring! The wind is warmer, the sea looks inviting, and the bikini-clad Spring-Breakers are out in full force. The arrival of spring brings another season, however- wedding season!

It goes without saying- every bride is beautiful! That being said, she and her boo have probably put quite a bit of work into their picture-perfect wedding day looks. Months of working out and dieting, and hundreds of dollars on hair and makeup, are considered normal wedding prep.  But what about those smiles? At CC Braces, we believe that a stunning smile can make a good picture a great one!

With the wedding right around the corner, however, it's scary to consider visiting the orthodontist to finally get that perfect smile.  What if the treatment won't be done in time? Or, worse, what if the doctor thinks it'll be done in time, but there's unforseen complications? Of course, we think ALL of our #bracefaces are adorable, but we understand how a lot of couples are hesitant to risk having braces for their wedding photos. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution!

CC Braces is proud to be a provider of Invisalign- the invisible alternative to braces! For the same price as traditional metal braces, Dr. Mihalik can easily provide happy couples with a system of clear retainers that slowly move and straighten your teeth! That means you can walk down the aisle WHILE actively working on your smile- and no one ever has to know! And at the reception, you can eat whatever hard, sticky food you want; Invisalign clear aligners can be removed as easily as any other retainer (just be sure to keep an eye on it while it’s out). Invisalign won’t show up in your pictures, but your beautiful straight smile will!

There’s more to a wedding-perfect smile than just straight teeth though; when you flash those pearly-whites, you want them to be, well, pearly white. Coffee, tea, and life in general can dull your teeth and reduce their natural shine. Fear not, though! CC Braces can also provide you with Opalescence Go teeth whitening trays. These trays are a professional version of the over-the-counter whitening strips we all know. They come in Mint and Melon flavor (instead of Bleach flavor…), are one-size-fits-all, and their discreet, clear tray can be worn out anywhere. Best of all? Your whitest smile is only about a week away!

Crawfish for a Cause!

March 7th, 2019

Mark your calendars for March 30, 2019! It's mudbug season again, and what better way to celebrate than with CC Braces? 

Before starting CC Braces, Dr. Mihalik was proud to serve as an orthodontist in the United States Air Force! Although he's retired now, he loves finding opportunities to help support our troops and give back to the armed services.  That's why CC Braces is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Coastal Bend Troop Support (N. Padre Island) Crawfish Boil and Military Tribute! Put on by the generous realty geniuses at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, this boil-for-a-cause promises a great day!

For just $20 per plate, you'll be treated to a crawfish platter with all the fixins, drinks, and plenty of family fun.  Have a picky eater in the fam? Not a problem; they'll be cooking up non-crawfish, braces-friendly munchies to make sure that everyone can find something they enjoy! Don't forget to come say hi to your CC Braces friends!

The best part is, all of this deliciousness is for a good cause. First, veterans are welcome to come and get a plate for FREE! An easy way to thank a vet? Instead of buying just one plate, make a donation of $40 and receive one for you and one for a veteran! Even more, all of the proceeds go to helping the Coastal Bend Troop Support send love to our troops overseas! From care packages to Christmas stockings, CC Braces loves everything this non-profit does!

CC Braces is counting down the days until we get to dig into some Crawfish for a Cause- we'll see you there!

One Year Down!

February 6th, 2019

ONE YEAR DOWN

As it celebrates its one-year anniversary, local orthodontics office CC Braces shares reflections and values.
By: Casey Mihalik

Walk into CC Braces, and for a moment you may mistake it for your own living room. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, you’re greeted by name, and you can help yourself to a water bottle or the coffee maker. Nestled in The Enclave off of South Staples in Corpus Christi, the office of CC Braces is proud to offer braces and Invisalign for children and adults (for the same price!)- all while doing everything they can to make their patients feel like family. Behind the cheery environment, however, you’ll find an orthodontic office armed to the teeth with the latest technological equipment, from 3D Conebeam technology to the revolutionary Itero digital scanner. Dr. Colin Mihalik, orthodontist and owner of CC Braces, has a simple reason for this. “Our patients know how much we value them and do everything we can to make their experience comfortable. They also know that, when they come here, they have the height of research and technology focused on getting them their best smile as quickly as possible.”

Dr. Mihalik served in the United States Air Force for 24 years, where he rose through the ranks to eventually become the Chief Orthodontist at two bases as well as a clinical instructor. In 2005, he became an ABO board certified orthodontist, an achievement completed by less than 30% of practicing orthodontists. Although becoming board certified was difficult and strenuous work, Dr. Mihalik has always been determined to bring his patients the best care. When he retired from the military, Dr. Mihalik moved to Corpus Christi with his wife, Kim. “I just wanted to find the perfect place to settle down and practice orthodontics.” Dr. Colin Mihalik explains. “I fell in love with Corpus Christi and I knew this is where I was supposed to be.” It wasn’t long before he found his dream practice, Ingraham Smiles Orthodontics. After working with Dr. Ingraham for months to ensure the transition was as seamless as possible for both staff and patients, Dr. Mihalik finally became the proud owner of his own Orthodontics practice on February 1st, 2018. “It was just a dream come true,” said the doctor, “I couldn’t wait to start building relationships and connections in the community.”

At CC Braces, the team of dedicated staff is focused completely on the needs and best interests of the patients- and it shows. The office continually improves equipment, supplies, and décor, and Dr. Mihalik attends regular educational conferences to stay on the edge of orthodontic technology. The patient-centered service philosophy is also clear the variety of different, exclusive services he offers. For example, CC Braces realized how difficult it can be to keep track of a retainer, and responded by becoming the only Corpus Christi provider to scan for Retainer Club, an affordable subscription company. They also offer a dedicated office team that works for you to find and contact insurance companies, determine coverage for orthodontic treatments, and even obtain payments. Dr. Mihalik is especially outspoken about his Incredible Kids Club, his program for young children who become patients. Because of the importance of a child’s initial, early orthodontic checkup, CC Braces decided that each child is entitled to a free-of-charge observation phase. This includes consultations and follow-up checks (as well as a spin on the prize wheel each visit!) until they are determined to be “treatment-ready”, but even then Dr. Mihalik makes sure parents know it’s a no-pressure sale. “We don’t ever want to prematurely start treatment if we don’t need to, but it’s important to monitor skeletal and dental development so we can make informed decisions and head off any issues before they start.”

CC Braces may have only officially joined the community a year ago but, to Dr. Mihalik, it feels like much longer. “After so many years of constantly moving with the military, I’m grateful to finally have a practice of my own and a city to call home. I try to pay it forward to my patients by doing everything I can to make CC Braces feel like family to everyone who comes to visit us. It’s been such a warm welcome from our patients, and we wouldn’t be able to provide such a high level of service without our incredible team.” With one year down, CC Braces is confident and ready to move into the future- creating beautiful SMILES, with a smile.

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