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By Browning Smile Design
April 13, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Braces  

Braces from your dentist in Northwest Houston, TX, can make your smile healthier

Braces don’t just make your teeth straight. They also make your smile healthier, and a healthy mouth improves your overall health too. Dr. Brent Browning of Browning Smile Design in Northwest Houston, TX, offers a wide variety of general dentistry and orthodontic services, to improve your smile.

Did you know when your smile is healthy, it decreases your risk of acquiring serious diseases? According to the Mayo Clinic, when your mouth is healthy, it helps decrease your risk of:

  • Having a stroke
  • Becoming diabetic
  • Acquiring heart disease
  • Developing Alzheimer’s disease

So, now that you know how your body can benefit from a straight smile, let’s talk about how your oral health can benefit from braces:

When your teeth are straightened with orthodontic treatment it will:

  • Make your teeth easier to clean with brushing and flossing
  • Lower your risk of developing gum and periodontal disease because your straight teeth will stay cleaner
  • Lower your risk of tooth decay which can decrease your chances of needing fillings or crowns later on
  • Keep you from wearing down your teeth due to a bad bite, which can decrease your chances of needing expensive tooth restorations later on
  • Lower your chances of needing root canal therapy 
  • Help prevent damage to your jaw joint, known as your TMJ, which in turn helps prevent headaches, earaches, jaw, and facial pain associated with TMJ problems

Braces aren't just for teenagers. Adults can benefit from a straight smile too. You can choose from a variety of options for your braces, including:

  • Ceramic brackets and tooth-colored or clear wires
  • Lingual brackets and wires, which are cemented on to the back surfaces of your teeth
  • Metal brackets and metal wires

You can also choose clear plastic aligners, which are the most discreet orthodontic option

To find out more about how orthodontic treatment can improve the health of your smile, call Dr. Browning of Browning Smile Design in Northwest Houston, TX, at (281) 370-4300 now!

By Browning Smile Design
January 06, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Invisalign  

Learn more about Invisalign and why so many people are choosing this unique orthodontic treatment.

Here at Browning Smile Design, our dentist Dr. Brent Browning believes that it’s never too late to get the smile you want. This is why we offer Invisalign to older teens and adults looking to fix everything from crooked teeth to gapped or crowded smiles in Northwest Houston, TX. Wondering how Invisalign works and whether it’s right for you? Here’s what you should know about Invisalign so you can make the best choice for your smile.

Less Visible

One of the biggest advantages of getting Invisalign is that the aligners that you will receive are custom-made from medical-grade plastic that is completely transparent. This means that when they are placed over your teeth, they should be nearly invisible. No wires and no metal.

Incredibly Comfortable

Who thought that anyone would say that orthodontic treatment is comfortable, but Invisalign aligners are made from flexible material that can comfortably fit over your teeth. The edges of the plastic are also smoothed down to reduce the risk for gum irritation and sores.

Easy to Care for

We know how much caring for traditional braces can be a hassle at times, but it’s fairly easy to care for your aligners by simply cleaning them with warm water, non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Unlike traditional braces you can easily remove your aligners before cleaning them, making it easier to keep your orthodontic treatment clean and free of stains and trapped food.

No Need to Change Your Diet

We know that no one wants to avoid the foods they love and if that is deterring you from getting braces then you’ll be happy to hear that you can eat whatever you want with Invisalign. All you have to do is remove your aligners prior to eating or drinking (except water) and you can enjoy all foods without any restrictions.

Fewer Trips to the Dentist’s Office

As with any dental treatment, our Northwest Houston, TX, team wants to make sure that you are getting the results you want throughout the course of your Invisalign treatment. The best way to do that is to come into our office for regular checkups. Our dentists will give you all of your aligners in advance so you don’t have to come into the office as often and you won’t need to come in to have your braces tightened like you would with traditional metal braces. Most people will need to come in every 4-6 weeks.

Ready to learn more about Invisalign? While we definitely love providing our patients with helpful online information regarding Invisalign, nothing beats sitting down with our Northwest Houston, TX, dentist to discuss your options. Call Browning Smile Design today at (281) 370-4300 to schedule an evaluation.

By Browning Smile Design
November 10, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

You may feel as if you have nothing to smile about if you have a few tooth flaws. Fortunately, correcting imperfections may be easier than you realize. Hiding flaws with veneers, one of the cosmetic treatments offered by your Northwest Houston, TX, dentist, Dr. Brent Browning, can help you transform your smile.

Veneers offer a simple solution if you have tooth flaws

Correcting tooth flaws doesn't necessarily mean you'll need extensive dental work. In fact, veneers require very little changes to your teeth. Before your dentist attaches the thin porcelain or plastic shells to the fronts of your teeth, he'll need to remove a tiny amount of tooth enamel. Removing the enamel ensures the veneers fit comfortably. (In some cases, it may not be necessary to remove any enamel.)

After the tooth enamel is removed, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth. The impression helps the dental lab technicians who will make your veneers create restorations that look perfectly natural in your mouth. You'll return to the Northwest Houston dental office in a few weeks to receive your new veneers. After temporarily applying the veneers with water or glycerin to check the fit, your dentist will make a few adjustments, then attach your restorations with dental cement.

Veneers keep imperfections out of sight

Veneers are only attached to the fronts of teeth, as flaws are most obvious in this area. The restorations conceal many types of tooth imperfections and are often used to hide shallow cracks, chips or other minor damage.

Are you unhappy with the color of your teeth? Veneers can make a single discolored tooth blend in with your smile or whiten all of your teeth. In fact, veneers offer an excellent, long-term teeth whitening option. The restorations are stain-resistant and may last 10 to 15 years or longer.

Oddly shaped teeth, whether they're crooked, twisted or pointed, can ruin the symmetry of your smile. Veneers make these teeth look perfectly straight and can also length short teeth.

Do you have gaps between your teeth? Although you may need orthodontic treatment if you have large gaps, slight gaps can be easily concealed with veneers.

Renew your smile with veneers. Call your dentist in Northwest Houston, TX, Dr. Brent Browning, at (281) 370-4300 to schedule your appointment.

By Browning Smile Design
October 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Besides giving you that winning smile and self-confidence, cosmetic dentistry treatments could likewise benefit your oral health and restore your teeth’s appearance and function.

Here at Browning Smile Design in Northwest Houston, TX, your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Browning, offers various cosmetic dentistry procedures to keep your smile in tiptop shape. Here’s a breakdown of these procedures to help you decide on the perfect treatments for you.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Whether you can’t just let go of your black coffee habit or are just looking to refresh your smile, in-office bleaching will definitely help restore your smile’s radiance. Teeth whitening could likewise help enhance your smile’s overall aesthetic if you have discolored teeth because of aging, decay, long-term medications, or injury. Aside from restoring the quality and brilliance of your smile, it will surely boost your self-confidence and make you smile all day.

Dental Contouring and Reshaping

This cosmetic dentistry treatment entails altering and reshaping your teeth’s position to give you a more symmetrical smile. It helps correct slightly overlapping teeth and remove plaque and tartar buildup. Contouring and reshaping can likewise help with minor bite issues. If you suffer from discomfort or pain because of the shape of your teeth and your bite grid’s construct, these treatments could be an ideal procedure for making your bite more even, in turn, making your smile more symmetrical as well.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a cosmetic treatment that involves the application of composite resin in a tooth-colored material on teeth that require some form of minor correction. It can enhance the look of chipped, fractured, discolored, or cracked teeth, and those that have slight gaps in between.

Dental Veneers

Veneers are crafted from ultra-thin shells made of porcelain, ceramic, or composite resin. They are placed over the front teeth to conceal minor gaps and cracks, stubborn discoloration, and oddly-shaped teeth. The most popular material for veneers today is porcelain because they are highly stain-resistant, extremely durable, and closely resemble your real teeth.

You have the choice to select just one of these treatments or opt for a combination of these if you truly want a complete smile makeover. Ask your cosmetic dentist in Northwest Houston, TX, for advice on the most suitable treatments for your particular case.

Call Us to Learn More About How Our Cosmetic Dentistry Services Can Give You That Flawless Smile

Dial (281) 370-4300 to set an evaluation with your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Browning of Browning Smile Design here in Northwest Houston, TX, today.

By Browning Smile Design
July 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Metal braces aren't the only option if you'd like straighter teeth. Invisalign, an innovative orthodontic treatment method offered by your Northwest Houston, TX, dentist, Dr. Brent Browning, improves your smile discreetly.

5 reasons Invisalign may be the best option for you

Whether you're a teen or adult, Invisalign can help you feel proud of your smile. The system may be a good choice if:

  1. You don't want any noticeable changes to your teeth during treatment: Invisalign eliminates wires and brackets used to re-position teeth with metal or ceramic braces. Instead, the system uses clear, removable aligner trays that slowly realign your teeth. Your trays are practically transparent and won't draw attention to your orthodontic treatment.
     
  2. You have one of these smile issues: Invisalign can close gaps between teeth, straighten crooked teeth and correct bite problems. You'll receive a series of trays which will be worn for about two weeks. At the end of the wearing period, you'll swap your existing trays for the next aligners in the series. During your visit to the Northwest Houston dental office, your dentist will help you decide if Invisalign can correct your orthodontic problems.
     
  3. Comfort is important: Your trays are designed using a digital 3D model of your teeth to ensure that your aligners fit your teeth perfectly. Trays are made of smooth plastic for your comfort.
     
  4. A convenient option is a must: If you don't want to eliminate certain foods from your diet or learn a new oral hygiene routine during your orthodontic treatment, you'll appreciate the convenience of Invisalign. You'll remove your trays before you brush, floss, eat or drink anything other than water. The treatment won't involve any changes to your normal routines.
     
  5. You're an adult who's looking for a quick orthodontic option: Although teens will usually wear Invisalign aligner trays about the same amount of time they would have worn metal braces, that's not the case for many adults. In fact, you may only need to wear your aligner trays for as little as six months to improve your smile.

Straighten your smile with Invisalign. Call your dentist in Northwest Houston, TX, Dr. Browning, at (281) 370-4300 to schedule your appointment.





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