McKinney Orthodontics and Braces Blog

The latest in Orthodontics, Orthodontic Technology and Braces are discussed by McKinney Orthodontist, Dr. Jennifer Buchanan.

Using Your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for orthodonture

Dr. Jennifer Buchanan - Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Using Your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for orthodonture

Using a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) to pay for orthodontic treatment is a great way to save a little money. An FSA allows you to be reimbursed using pre-tax money for your orthodontic expenses as services are being provided. For example, you can be reimbursed for monthly payment or for the down payment on treatment. While rules for individual plans vary, generally you cannot get reimbursed for last year’s payment past their deadline, or for services provided beyond the current plan period or year.

As a reminder, effective 2013, FSAs now limit employees’ annual contributions to no more than $2,500 per year. Melissa Bird, our financial Guru, is happy to assist you if you have any questions regarding the use of an FSA as it applies to your orthodontic treatment.

Foods to avoid while in braces

Dr. Jennifer Buchanan - Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Foods to avoid while in braces

Avoid Sticky Foods such as:

Candy bars with caramel
Fruit Roll-Ups
Candy or caramel apples
Gummy Bears


Avoid Hard or Tough Foods such as:

Pizza Crust
Hard Candy
Corn Chips
Ice Cubes
Bagels Popcorn Kernels


Cut the following foods into small pieces and chew with the back teeth:

Corn on the Cob
Chicken Wings
Spare Ribs

Early Orthodontic Screening

Dr. Jennifer Buchanan - Thursday, September 01, 2016
Early Orthodontic Screening


The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have an orthodontic screening no later than age 7. Early orthodontic screening can lead to the detection of dental and jaw growth problems that require interceptive treatment. Timely intervention may achieve results that are unattainable once the face and jaws have finished growing.

Not all orthodontic problems are caused by crooked teeth. Improper jaw development can lead to an unbalanced bite as well as facial disharmony. An underdeveloped lower jaw produces buck-teeth or an overbite and an overdeveloped lower jaw results in an under bite. Properly timed treatment with special orthodontic appliances can control the growth of the jaws and establish alignment in rapidly growing younger patients. Delaying treatment may result in the need for more invasive procedures to correct the problem.

Scientific research supports the important role of oral and facial esthetics in the psycho-social development of children. Children with crooked teeth or jaw imbalances often feel self-conscious. They are hesitant to talk with friends or teachers. They often cover their mouths when laughing or close their mouths when being photographed. When children feel confident about the way they look, they feel better about themselves-and their whole outlook on life can improve.


Clear Braces and Alternatives to Invisalign with Simpli5 Express Aligners

Dr. Jennifer Buchanan - Monday, August 01, 2016
Clear Braces and Alternatives to Invisalign with Simpli5 Express Aligners


Simpli5 express aligners and clear braces are a cost effective and invisible alternative to Invisalign. Simpli5 is ideal for patients who want the simplest aesthetic system possible to correct minor tooth malalignments. Simpli5 is extremely cost effective and will not affect your speech.



Simpli5 is the best solution for cases involving minor to intermediate anterior crowding or spacing and for orthodontic relapse cases.
What is Simpli5
• Developed for minor to intermediate correction
• Only five virtually invisible plastic Aligners
• Aligners are only worn for 3-4 weeks at a time
• Custom crafted to give you the smile you deserve
• You can start treatment 3-4 weeks after taking an impression.
• Most cases are completed in 5 months.
• Wear each of 5 trays for only 3-4 weeks.
• Minimal discomfort.
• There is minimal to no speech interference.
• The unique flexible duraclear material allows for gentle, consistent movement.
• Virtually invisible; you can confidently work, exercise, and socialize while wearing your Simpli5 aligners.
• Remove your aligners at meal time and for dental hygiene.
• Simpli5 works for patients needing both dual arch or only one arch.

Call us today for a free Orthodontic Consultation.

(972) 542-4412



Latest Insignia Customized Braces Technology

Dr. Jennifer Buchanan - Friday, July 15, 2016
Latest Insignia Customized Braces Technology


“Smiles are a big part of a person’s identity and there’s never been a better time to consider the many benefits of today’s advanced orthodontic treatment,” said Dr. Buchanan “With Insignia, the level of customization I’m able to offer my patients is truly exceptional, as it allows me to design a treatment plan developed specifically to his or her unique facial structure and dental anatomy. The best part is, I can give patients, from kids to adults, the beautiful smile they’ve always wanted, but with fewer office visits and faster results—a win-win.”

When beginning Insignia treatment, Dr. Buchanan first scans the patient’s mouth, generating a virtual 3D model of their smile structure. Unlike most orthodontic cases, this 3D model creates a visual representation of patients’ anticipated results, giving them a clear vision of their new, beautiful smile transformation before treatment even begins. Additionally, Insignia allows Dr. Buchanan to review and conduct a thorough smile analysis based on each individual’s specific smile anatomy. Once Dr. Buchanan selects a customized treatment plan, she is able to order brackets and wires tailored to each individual patient. This is unlike traditional braces that are generic and one-size-fits-all. As a result, patients’ final smile is unique to their own dental structure. By customizing treatment based on each person’s specific facial features, Dr. Buchanan is able to eliminate minor adjustments and tweaks throughout the treatment process, leading to fewer in-office visits, faster results and improved patient comfort.

“Every patient deserves orthodontic treatment that is precisely customized to their unique case, making Insignia an ideal offering for anyone looking to improve their smile.” states Dr. Buchanan.

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Orthodontic Survival Kit - Orthodontist McKinney TX

Dr. Jennifer Buchanan - Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Orthodontic Survival Kit - Orthodontist McKinney TX
  1. 1. Toothbrush & Toothpaste – Yes, we know this is a little bit of a hassle but make sure you brush and floss after lunch to keep your smile healthy. Oral hygiene is always important but it’s ESPECIALLY important when you have braces. 
  2. 2. WaterPik - if you have a portable one take it with you 
  3. 3. Mirror – We recommend keeping a compact mirror in your locker and/or backpack so you can check out your braces if something feels funny. 
  4. 4. Wax – Keep a case of wax in your backpack in case you have a pokey wire or any cheek irritation. 
  5. 5. Rubber Bands – Don’t get behind on your treatment! Make sure you have spare rubber bands in case one breaks at school and to replace after lunch. 
  6. 6. Retainer Case – We see it ALL the time…Where did my retainer go? I had it on my lunch tray…Whoops! It’s in the trash! Avoid having to dig through trash and the added expenses of new retainers. Keep your retainer in a retainer case whenever it’s not in your mouth! 
  7. 7. Mouth Guard – If you play contact sports, make sure you wear your mouth guard to protect your teeth and braces. Studies have shown that athletes are 60 times more likely to damage teeth when NOT wearing a mouth guard!

This Blog is authored by Dr. Jennifer Buchanan