When you visit your dentist, you may hear them use complex words to describe problems and treatment options. Luckily, Dr. Brent Browning of Browning Smile Design in Northwest Houston, TX, is a braces expert and can help explain specific terms like malocclusion when you come in for your consult.
What is a Malocclusion?
When your bite is not aligned correctly, it is referred to as a malocclusion. In other words, your teeth are not aligning as they should naturally. If left untreated with braces in Northwest Houston, TX, the misalignment can cause stress on the way you move your mouth. This causes basic activities like eating or speaking to become problematic. Although treatable, your treatment plan will depend on the type of malocclusion you have and what is needed to correct it.
Types of Malocclusions
There are three main classes of malocclusions:
Class I Malocclusion
With a Class I malocclusion, your upper teeth stick out over the bottom teeth leading to an overlap when you bite. The overbite can be caused by many things, including childhood thumb sucking or bottle use, but is treatable.
There are three types of Class I malocclusions:
- Type I: Your teeth are angled toward your tongue
- Type II: You have narrowed arches with the upper teeth, and the lower teeth lean toward the tongue
- Type III: Your front upper teeth angle toward the tongue with crowding present
Class II Malocclusion
If your upper teeth stick out over the lower teeth, affecting the bite alignment, you have an overbite, also known as a Class II malocclusion. Your dentist will recommend braces or other orthodontic interventions to correct the misalignment.
Class II malocclusions have two divisions:
- Division I: Upper teeth are angled toward the lips
- Division II: Upper central teeth are angled toward the tongue
Class III Malocclusion
This is seen when your lower teeth stick out farther than the upper teeth creating a severe underbite or crossbite. There are three types of this malocclusion:
- Type I: Teeth alignment is good, but the arch is an abnormal shape
- Type II: Upper teeth are aligned well, but lower teeth lean toward the tongue
- Type III: Upper arch is not developed, and the upper teeth are leaning toward the tongue
Treatment Options For Malocclusions
When you have misaligned or crooked teeth, there are effective treatment options available, including:
- Clear Aligners
If you are concerned about your smile, know that help is out there. Call Dr. Browning of Browning Smile Design to learn more about braces in Northwest Houston, TX, and other treatment options available by dialing (281) 370-4300.
Cosmetic dentistry can help you improve many smile issues, ranging from bite problems to damage to dull teeth. Your Northwest Houston, TX, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Browning of Browning Smile Design, can help you choose the best cosmetic dentistry service or treatment for your smile.
Cosmetic Dentistry Options
One or more of these treatments could offer the ideal solution if you have smile issues:
- Teeth Whitening: Your smile can become duller over time, but it doesn't have to stay that way. Teeth whitening in the Northwest Houston, TX, dental office can whiten your teeth by three to eight shades. Your dentist uses a professional-strength whitening gel to break apart stains in just about an hour.
- Orthodontic Treatment: Are you self-conscious about your crooked teeth? It's never too late to improve your appearance with orthodontic treatment. In addition to straightening teeth, orthodontic treatment also corrects bite problems that can affect your chewing ability and increase your risk of tooth or gum damage. Your dentist can help you decide between metal or ceramic braces or Invisalign. Invisalign gradually straightens teeth using a series of clear, removable aligner trays designed to fit your mouth perfectly.
- Bonding: Bonding offers a simple, inexpensive way to improve tooth flaws. Your dentist applies a small amount of composite resin, a flexible, tooth-colored material to your teeth then hardens the material with a curing light. Bonding can be used to fill in chips, cover gaps, and hide shallow cracks and other imperfections.
- Contouring and Reshaping: Bonding is often combined with contouring and reshaping, which involves removing tiny amounts of tooth enamel to straighten teeth or remove overlapping areas and chips.
- Veneers: Veneers don't require extensive dental work and offer an easy way to improve your smile. The thin shells are made of porcelain or plastic and look just like your natural tooth enamel. Veneers are cemented to the fronts of teeth and hide many types of imperfections. They're a good option if you want to keep chips, cracks, discolorations, and uneven surfaces out of view. Veneers can also close slight gaps between teeth, whiten your entire smile, or change the length or shape of teeth.
Enhance your smile with cosmetic dentistry! Call your dentist in Northwest Houston, TX, Dr. Browning of Browning Smile Design, at (281) 370-4300 to schedule your appointment.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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