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    Spotlight on Dr. Carlos Nurko

    Last updated 5 months ago

    At North Texas Orthodontic Associates, P.A., we are proud of our group of skilled professionals. One of these skilled professionals is named Dr. Carlos Nurko. Read on to find out about Dr. Carlos Nurko and his many achievements.

    A native of Mexico, Dr. Carlos Nurko attended Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, where he received his DDS degree in 1992. He then went on to earn his Master of Science in Dentistry in the United States, at University of Alabama in Birmingham. Dr. Nurko is an active researcher and educator; he enjoys lecturing internationally. A few of his professional memberships include the American Association of Orthodontists, the American Dental Association, and the North Texas Hispanic Dental Association, of which he has served as president. When he is not working, Dr. Nurko likes to exercise and enjoy various types of expressive art.

    Now that you know a little bit about Dr. Carlos Nurko, come in and meet him in person at North Texas Orthodontic Associates, P.A. We are an orthodontics practice that serves the Frisco, Plano, McKinney, and Allen areas. To find out more about our services, as well as our extended hours, free to call us at (469) 444-2008 or visit our website.

    Improving Your Smile with Braces

    Last updated 5 months ago

    If your teeth are crooked, overcrowded, or misaligned, braces can be an incredibly useful treatment. Fortunately, methods have advanced in recent years, and now your smile can be adjusted discreetly. Watch this video to find out how braces can improve your smile.

    Modern braces work the same way as traditional braces: They guide your teeth into place in order to provide a straight, healthy, attractive smile. However, braces worn today use less metal than in the past, or even no metal at all. White ceramic brackets with clear rubber bands are not very noticeable, and can help you straighten your smile with confidence. In many cases, you can even opt for clear plastic aligners or metal braces that go on the backs of your teeth.

    North Texas Orthodontic Associates, P.A. provides orthodontics in the Plano, Frisco, McKinney, and Allen areas, and holds extended hours to accommodate your schedule. If you would like to know more about our services, feel free to visit our website or give us a call at (972) 727-5781.

    What to Eat When You Have Braces

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Braces can help to align your teeth, close gaps, and renew your smile, but they require the proper maintenance in order to be effective. When it comes to this type of orthodontic treatment, it will help to pay close attention to the foods you eat. Here is an overview of what you can eat for each meal when you have braces.


    When you have braces, it helps to eat soft foods that do not require excessive chewing; this is especially true for the initial days after your braces are applied. For breakfast, eggs are usually a safe bet, and so is yogurt. Smoothies are also incredibly helpful because you can change up the ingredients as you see fit. This means that you can customize your flavors and also get your daily dose of vitamins and nutrients. There are plenty of recipes for smoothies available, but you can always invent your own as you go along.


    Although your options may seem limited when you have braces, there are ways to eat foods that you should normally avoid; the key is in the preparation. Carrots are hard and crunchy and typically do not mix with braces, but when you shave off carrot ribbons they are perfectly manageable. You can also cook them so they become soft enough that they pose no threat to your braces. Other lunchtime meals include thinly sliced apples, cucumbers, and pepper slices.


    Dinnertime comes with a few delicious options for those who have braces. Mashed potatoes can be topped with a variety of appealing flavors, such as cheese, butter, onions, or chives. Soups also make the perfect meal because they typically contain small pieces that are soft because of the broth. 

    For more information about what to eat when you have braces, contact North Texas Orthodontic Associates, P.A. We provide orthodontic services in the Plano, Frisco, McKinney, and Allen areas, and we even have extended hours for your convenience. If you would like to know more about our practice, feel free to call us at (972) 727-5781 or visit our website to find out what we can do for you.

    Oral Hygiene Tips for People with Braces

    Last updated 6 months ago

    The decision to receive orthodontic treatment is a significant commitment, so it is important to make the experience worthwhile by practicing proper oral hygiene while you have braces. Neglecting your oral hygiene can lead to a variety of negative consequences. Here are a few oral hygiene tips for people with braces.

    Clean Your Teeth and Braces Properly

    Whether or not you have braces, it is important to clean your teeth regularly; however, it is even more important if you do have braces. You should brush your teeth at least twice per day, although ideally you should brush after each meal. In addition, you should clean your braces and wires using orthodontic floss once each day. Brush each tooth and each brace so you can be sure that you do not leave any food debris behind.

    Avoid Certain Foods

    When you have braces, there are certain foods that you should avoid. These foods are usually sticky, chewy, or crunchy. If you have a sweet tooth, you will have to do your best to avoid snacking on sugary sweet foods until you have your braces removed; these foods can facilitate oral health complications like gum disease and tooth decay. Sweet, chewy foods can get stuck to your teeth, while harder, crunchy foods can potentially cause your brackets to loosen and your wires to snap. It helps to cut any type of food down into a smaller size so it is less likely to cause problems.

    Understand the Importance of Oral Hygiene

    When food debris is not removed from your teeth and braces, this allows decay to occur and stains to build. The metal from your braces can even react with certain foods to create light spots on your teeth. It is important to practice proper oral hygiene and remove food and plaque from your teeth so that you can avoid permanent stains and other complications.

    Want more oral hygiene tips for people with braces? Call North Texas Orthodontic Associates, P.A. at (972) 727-5781. We are an orthodontics practice that offers Invisalign as well as metal braces. If you live in the Frisco, McKinney, Plano, or Allen areas, stop by and see us. Visit our website and find out about our convenient extended hours.

    Take a Virtual Tour of Our Offices

    Last updated 6 months ago

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