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Your Northwest Houston, TX, dentist Dr. Brent Browning can help provide you with a great smile. Braces can help fix misaligned teeth by adding light pressure onto teeth to move them into their proper position.
Ceramic Braces: Clear ceramic braces are less noticeable. Ceramic braces are composed of the same parts as traditional braces with the exception of the front side of brackets being translucent. To ensure your treatment gives you optimal solutions, make sure to wear a mouth guard if you're playing a sport, don't skip your dentist's appointments to ensure braces are adjusted properly and that there's no hardened plaque buildup on teeth and/or around gums.
Metal Braces: They're made of high-grade stainless steel and are the most commonly used orthodontic appliance. They have a thin, spring-like metal wire running through the brackets that guided teeth into their proper position.
Invisalign Clear Braces: Clear braces gently move teeth into their proper position. Your Northwest Houston dentist orders a series of custom aligner trays. You'll need to wear the clear aligners 20 to 22 hours per day. You can take them off when brushing and flossing your teeth, and to also clean the aligners themselves. You can take your braces off during special events, like weddings, job interviews, or any other casual party, but that's unnecessary since no one can see them. The clear plastic aligners are made of polyurethane plastic, which means they're flexible and great for straightening teeth discreetly.
Caring for Braces:
- Avoid eating certain foods, such as popcorn.
- Floss and brush your teeth after every meal, and make sure your child changes his or her toothbrush every 3 months or when the bristles are worn out, or frayed
- Make sure to wear a mouth guard if you're playing a sport.
- Consider fluoride-containing products, like mouthwash and toothpaste.
- Drink plenty of water to wash away food debris.
If you have any questions or concerns about orthodontics, don't hesitate to call your Northwest Houston, TX, dentist, Dr. Brent Browning, at (281) 370-4300.
Looking for a change in your personal appearance, self-confidence, and oral health? Invisalign clear aligners from Browning Smile Design in Northwest Houston may deliver all three. Comfortable, removable, unnoticeable and best of all, effective, these acrylic appliances straighten smiles quickly. We know you'll like them better than metal or ceramic braces, and that you'll love the results.
The purpose of orthodontic treatment
In general, braces correct a variety of smile alignment issues such as:
- Tooth tipping and rotation
- Protruding front teeth
Orthodontic correction leaves your smile better looking, more functional, easier to clean, and healthier—in other words, less prone to gum disease and tooth decay. Plus, people with complex orthodontic problems often suffer headaches, as well as pain in the jaw and face. Even so, many patients (and adults in particular) shy away from braces because of their obvious look, dietary limitations, and complicated hygiene requirements.
The benefits of Invisalign in Northwest Houston
Invisalign counters typical orthodontic problems with 18 to 30 pairs of custom-made appliances which snap over the top and bottom teeth, shifting them into proper alignment over an average of 12 months. This is substantially quicker than traditional braces.
Smooth and thin, Invisalign aligners are removable to brush, floss, eat and attend special occasions (if you choose). Just keep your treatment on track by wearing the aligners according to your individualized care plan—usually 20 to 22 hours daily. Aligners are changed out every 2 weeks.
How do you know you qualify for Invisalign treatment?
Dr. Browning can tell you if you are a good candidate. At Browning Smile Design, he will examine your teeth and gums and take a special three-dimensional scan. From there, instructions are sent to the Invisalign lab for fabrication of your aligners. In fact, your consultation can include images of how your smile will appear as you move through your treatment. Amazing!
In addition, the best Invisalign candidates are diligent about their oral hygiene. Daily flossing and twice-daily brushing are must do's, as are six-week progress checks with Dr. Browning.
You can look good and feel great
A beautiful smile makes everyone happy, and you can have one with Invisalign! Don't hesitate. The American Association of Orthodontists says that 20 percent of patients with braces or aligners are adults. Why not join the ranks? Call Browning Smile Design in Northwest Houston for a personalized consultation! (281) 370-4300.
At Browning Smile Design in Northwest Houston, TX, your oral health and smile aesthetics inspire us to render excellent care. For adults who want a beautiful smile, your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Browning, often suggests porcelain veneers, tooth-shaped laminates of superior grade porcelain. These laminates cover defects so well they virtually disappear. Are veneers right for you?
Placement of porcelain veneers
Whether you need a complete smile makeover or just one or two cosmetic treatments, Dr. Browning will evaluate your teeth and gums carefully. He'll suggest ways to improve your tooth color, straighten alignment and bite or repair flaws such as small gaps, fissures, deep stains, chips, cracks and crowding. In fact, make sure you have specific ideas of your own so that together, you and your Northwest Houston, TX, dentist can agree on the perfect care plan.
If Dr. Browning recommends porcelain veneers, expect outstanding results. The process takes two to three visits to Browning Smile Design. The steps include:
- A comprehensive examination, including visual inspection, digital X-ray imaging and oral impressions
- Enamel resurfacing, the removal of a small amount of enamel from the front side of the teeth which will receive veneers (you'll wear temporary laminates as you wait for your permanent ones)
- Custom-fabrication of the veneers at a trusted area lab (they are sculpted according to a model of your teeth and gums)
- Placement of the permanent veneers using special bonding cement
Dr. Browning expertly places each veneer tooth by tooth and meticulously adjusts the thickness and color of the cement. A special bonding light accelerates the chemicals in the cement and creates a strong bond.
What else you should know
Be ready for a "Wow!" moment when you see your new smile. Your veneers will create a perfect, yet realistic, look that enhances your appearance.
You'll adjust to your veneers within a week or two, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. And, with good at-home and in-office hygiene at Browning Smile Design, you'll enjoy that great smile for ten years or more.
Just be careful, however, to avoid extra-hard foods. If you are a teeth clencher, ask Dr. Browning about a mouth guard to wear at night. Veneers are durable, but just like your real teeth, they can crack and chip if you exert too much pressure on them.
A new smile
Porcelain veneers could create yours. Come to Browning Smile Design, and talk it over with Dr. Browning and his friendly team. They'll guide you toward the right cosmetic treatments, and you'll love how you look and feel. Call us for an appointment: (281) 370-4300.
Discover the clear alternative that many teens and adults are using to correct their smiles.
Do you feel embarrassed smiling on a date or around colleagues because your smile is a little crooked or misaligned? If so, then it’s time to stop hiding your smile and start showing it off. You may be wondering how, but our Northwest Houston, TX, dentist, Dr. Brent Browning, has a clear, nearly invisible solution for getting the straighter smile you want without other people noticing.
We know that the last thing you want to deal with is wearing braces as an adult; however, you are never too old to get the smile results that you want and Invisalign can help make the orthodontic process later in life a little easier. Instead of metal braces, which most people imagine when they imagine braces, Invisalign uses different clear, plastic aligners. These aligners look similar to whitening trays, and each aligner is custom-made so they apply the proper amount of pressure to certain teeth to gradually shift them throughout the course of your treatment.
As you might imagine, in order to get the results you want our Northwest Houston general dentist will need to create your detailed and specific treatment plan to determine which teeth need to shift and just how much they need to move in order to get the smile you desire. Once this plan is fully mapped out and images are taken of your mouth and teeth, an Invisalign dental lab will go to work specially crafting each aligner to fit your treatment goals.
Since aligners are made from medical-grade plastic they are comfortable and cause less irritation than metal braces can in the very beginning of your treatment. Even though you need to wear your aligners for about 22 hours out of the day, you can take them out before mealtimes or before brushing and flossing your teeth. This means that Invisalign works with your schedule rather than having to change your daily routine to accommodate your Invisalign. And you’ll get to enjoy all of your favorite foods during your treatment.
Invisalign can be the perfect orthodontic treatment option for older teens and adults who are looking to correct:
- Minor crookedness
- Gaps between teeth
- Open bites
Are you ready to find out if Invisalign is the best approach for getting the smile results you want then it’s the perfect time to call Browning Smile Design in Northwest Houston, TX, to schedule a free orthodontic consultation. Let’s get you smiling again!
Braces fix bad bites and malocclusions, crooked or crowded teeth, by applying pressure on each tooth to put them into their proper position. Earlier treatment has its perks, but adults can use braces as well.
Dental issues mentioned above usually begin at 6 and 12 years of age, but orthodontic treatment usually begins around 8 to 14 years of age, because children's bone structure is still developing.
The exact duration of treatment varies from one person to another but may last up to 3 years. The braces move your child's teeth into their proper positions and, after your child no longer needs to wear braces, they will need to wear a retainer so their teeth don't shift back into their crooked positions.
Your Northwest Houston dentist can treat adults as well. No one is too old for braces. They work the same as for children. Braces add light pressure to teeth to move them into their proper position. There is a bigger risk of gum disease in adults though, so visit your doctor on a regular basis.
To ensure your treatment gives you optimal solutions, make sure to wear a mouth guard if you're playing a sport, don't skip your dentist's appointment to ensure braces are adjusted properly and that there's no hardened plaque on teeth and/or around gums.
Also, try avoiding certain foods, such as popcorn, corn, or sticky foods, floss and brush your teeth after every meal, and make sure you change your toothbrush every three months or when bristles are frayed.
After treatment, wearing a retainer will help maintain the position of your teeth. You should continue brushing and flossing, but consider fluoride-containing products, like mouthwash, toothpaste and drinking water, and visit your doctor for professional cleanings.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding child or adult orthodontic treatment, then call your Northwest Houston, TX, dentist Dr. Brent Browning at (281) 370-4300.