Are your teeth crooked? Braces offer an effective way to improve your smile and your oral health. Our Northwest Houston, TX, dentist, Dr. Brent Browning, explains how you can benefit from orthodontic treatment and discusses several popular types of braces.
How can braces help my smile?
Braces improve the alignment of your teeth, eliminating bite problems and improving your appearance. No matter what type of braces you choose, the fundamentals are the same. Braces exert constant, gentle pressure on your teeth, which helps move them into the proper position.
Orthodontic treatment improves the way your teeth look but also corrects bite problems that can cause jaw pain, temporomandibular joint disorder, headaches, chewing problems and abnormal wear on your teeth. They're also effective in relieving crowding and closing gaps between teeth.
What types of braces are available?
Depending on the severity of your orthodontic issue and your preferences, one or more of these types of braces may be recommended:
- Metal Braces: This time-tested option is very effective in correcting alignment issues. The position of your teeth changes when wires threaded through metal brackets are adjusted at regular intervals. Although metal braces do an excellent job of correcting mild to severe orthodontic problems, some people find them unattractive.
- Ceramic Braces: Ceramic braces use clear or tooth-colored brackets paired with metal or clear wires. Ceramic braces are less obvious but not quite as durable as metal braces.
- Clear Braces: Clear braces have become a popular choice in Northwest Houston in recent years. They use a series of clear, removable aligner trays that fit over the top and bottom teeth. Each set of trays in the series is worn for two weeks before being replaced with a new set. Clear braces are removed for eating and oral hygiene and can even be taken out occasionally for special events. They're very effective in treating mild to moderate orthodontic issues, but aren't a good choice if you have a more complicated problem.
Improve your smile with orthodontic treatment. If you're interested in straightening your teeth with braces, call our Northwest Houston, TX, dentist, Dr. Browning, at (281) 370-4300 to schedule an appointment.
Is there something about your smile that's always bothered you? Whether you have an oddly shaped tooth, a noticeable chip on the edge of a tooth or don't feel that your teeth are white enough, veneers can revitalize your smile. Our Northwest Houston, TX, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Browning, discusses veneers and explains how they can be used to makeover your smile.
Thin, comfortable veneers disguise imperfections
When Dr. Browning shows you a veneer in his Northwest Houston office, you may be surprised by the thinness of the restoration. Porcelain veneers are just about as thin as a fingernail, yet completely cover imperfections in your teeth. Because veneers are lightweight, they're very comfortable when they're attached to the fronts of your teeth.
Receiving veneers isn't painful or complicated
Before you receive veneers, a tiny amount of tooth enamel is removed from your teeth to ensure that your veneers don't feel bulky and uncomfortable. You may not even need a local anesthetic for this step because such a small amount of enamel is filed away. After your teeth are filed, we'll make an impression of your teeth and send it to a dental laboratory.
When we receive your veneers, you'll return to the office and we'll test the fit by using water or glycerin to temporarily apply the veneers to your teeth. After making a few minor adjustments, the veneers will be permanently attached using dental cement.
Veneers offer important benefits
Veneers provide several important benefits, including:
- Versatility: Veneers can be used to change the shape or length of your teeth or hide small flaws, such as gaps, discolorations, cracks, chips or uneven tooth surfaces.
- Color: If you've ever been disappointed that teeth whitening didn't get your teeth light enough, you'll want to consider veneers. They're available in many shades of white and an are excellent long-term whitening option.
- Stain Resistance: Veneers are very resistant to substances that stain teeth, such as coffee, tea, wine, brightly colored foods and tobacco.
- Easy Care: Veneers require no special care routines. You will need to avoid abrasive toothpastes when you brush, but you can brush and floss the same way you usually do.
Make over your smile with veneers! Call Northwest Houston, TX, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Browning, at (281) 370-4300 to schedule your appointment.
Thanks to innovations in dental technology, it's easier than ever to improve or protect your smile. Dr. Brent Browning in Northwest Houston, TX, discusses several dental services that may benefit you.
Fillings are one of the most common dental treatments and also one of the most beneficial. The filling process prevents tooth decay from progressing and restores your tooth. Composite fillings are made of composite resin, a tooth-colored substance that makes fillings virtually undetectable.
Root canal therapy
Root canal therapy can help you avoid extraction of an infected or inflamed tooth by removing the pulp. Pulp, located in the center of a tooth, is comprised of tissue, nerves and blood vessels. Fortunately, your tooth can continue to function even if the pulp is removed. After the pulp is removed, the tooth and the root canals are cleaned and shaped and a rubber-based filling material is added to the tooth to seal and restore it. In many cases, a crown will also be needed to protect the tooth.
The Invisalign system offers a new approach to orthodontic treatment. The system relies on a series of clear, plastic aligner trays to realign and straighten teeth. Metal braces remain in your mouth during your entire treatment period, but Invisalign aligners are removable. You'll take them out when you eat and brush your teeth. The aligners are replaced with a new set every two weeks and must be worn approximately 22 hours per day. When you choose the Invisalign system, you'll visit our Northwest Houston office every six weeks for follow-up appointments.
Porcelain veneers improve your smile quickly and easily. Because the thin shells are only added to the fronts of your teeth, they don't require a lengthy preparation process. Veneers are custom-made to fit your teeth and are an excellent choice if you want to whiten your teeth, hide a single discolored tooth, conceal small flaws, change the shape or length of a tooth or cover small gaps.
Are you concerned about a dental issue. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Browning in Northwest Houston, TX, by calling (281) 370-4300.
Patients who work and have demanding schedules often forego important dental procedures, like crowns, due to lack of time. A solution called CEREC now allows patients to avoid multiple visits to the dentist. It is a procedure available at Browning Smile Design, a Northwest Houston, TX, cosmetic dentistry office. Learn more about CEREC and how this revolutionary treatment can improve your smile without imposing on your schedule.
The CEREC Solution
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. As the name suggests, your dentist can provide you with a custom-made dental restoration as you sit in the chair. A machine uses digital images from your mouth to create the new tooth covering in a matter of minutes. You can then skip the follow-up visit that is usually required when you get a crown or veneers.
The obvious benefit of CEREC is the fact that you only have to visit your Northwest Houston cosmetic dentist's office once for your treatment. There are a few other advantages to consider:
- The CEREC machine provides your dentist with a very accurate and natural-looking restoration that doesn't require much adjusting.
- You don’t have to wear a temporary crown, which can be uncomfortable.
- Patients who have a severe gag reflex don’t have to go through the process of taking a messy, wet alginate impression.
The "While You Wait" Dental Treatment
CEREC is now used in a number of dentist offices across the country. Patients appreciate the convenience of having a “while you wait” option. In addition to crowns and veneers, the machine can create inlays, onlays and even bridges in some cases. Your dentist can use this technology to correct damage urgently or to give you a better-looking smile in time for an important upcoming event.
Set Your Appointment Today
You can have the crown or restoration you need installed at one simple visit thanks to CEREC technology. Call Browning Smile Design at (281) 370-4300 today to make an appointment with Dr. Brent Browning, a Northwest Houston, TX, cosmetic dentist who is committed to offering his patients the latest dental innovations.
Repairing broken, worn down or gapped teeth might seem like a lengthy process, but with dental bonding, the procedure is painless and can usually be done in one visit to your Houston, TX, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Browning. If you have a tooth - or several teeth - that need some cosmetic attention, bonding might be a perfect solution for you. Frequent questions Dr. Browning hears about bonding are answered below:
What does bonding correct?
Bonding is a very versatile way to fix minor cosmetic dental problems. It can fill in gaps, repair chips, lengthen teeth that have worn down over time or cover stains that are resistant to whitening agents. The material used for these corrections is also used by your Houston cosmetic dentist to fill cavities as an alternative to metal amalgam fillings.
How is bonding applied?
The bonding material, while still soft, is directly applied by your cosmetic dentist to the identified areas that are in need of repair. The material is then quickly but carefully sculpted and smoothed to the proper size and shape. A special light is then trained on the area to harden the composite. Typically the bonding application is a painless procedure that needs no anesthetic; the only exception is if your Houston cosmetic dentist is filling a cavity with the bonding resin.
What is the bonding material made from?
The material your Houston cosmetic dentist uses to bond your teeth starts out like putty; it is soft and malleable, allowing Dr. Browning to contour it as necessary. It is known as a composite because it contains a mixture of glass and plastic-based ingredients that give it both strength and pliability. Bonding material has shown to not only be durable but very safe as well.
Does bonding sound like something that could improve your smile? We want to hear from you! Contact the office of Dr. Browning in Houston, TX, to learn more about bonding or any other cosmetic dental procedure.
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