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No More Gooey Impressions

July 16th, 2019

New tech brings ultimate patient comfort at CC Braces
By: Casey Mihalik

Most orthodontic patients have been there: stuck waiting with that uncomfortable putty tray in your mouth for the impression to set. It’s cold, gooey and sometimes runny, and every now and then, it makes you gag. At CC Braces, this will soon be a thing of the past!

Dr. Mihalik is always committed to bringing his patients the utmost in comfort, often relying on cutting-edge technology to ensure your best possible experience. By using his iTero Element and a brand-new SprintRay-Pro 3-D printer, Dr. Mihalik will be able to scan your mouth and print a model of your teeth with ease – all without those goopy impression materials.

The iTero Element is a digital scanner that replaces messy, unpleasant and sometimes inaccurate putty impressions. The iTero Element does more than just save patients time and mess – it also is a significantly more comfortable experience. With a few simple passes of the slim wand, iTero Element is able to capture an accurate 3-D image of your teeth and bite in just a couple of minutes. This technology eliminates the risk of less-than-perfect impressions that will need to be taken again in a way that patients are sure to love.

Once the iTero Element has completed the scan, the image will be adjusted and sent to the SprintRay Pro 3-D printer, one of the fastest and most accurate 3-D printers on the market. In just a few short minutes, the printer will produce an exact resin duplicate of your teeth and bite, ready to be used to create any orthodontic appliance or retainer. These scans and models can even be used to chart a personalized, precise clear aligner treatment!

At CC Braces, our foremost concern is the experience of the patients that we adore. Want to learn more about the cutting-edge technology
coming soon to CC Braces? Visit us online at www.ccbraces.com, or call 361-992-4746 for more information.

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!

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