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Everyone wants a smile that is bright, even, and flawless, but few of us can boast perfect teeth. Fortunately, dental veneers can help you achieve a picture-perfect smile by correcting teeth that are crooked, chipped, or discolored. Read on to learn more about this popular aesthetic treatment, and contact Dr. Brent Browning, your cosmetic dentist in Northwest Houston, for a consultation!
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin, tooth-covering laminates made from porcelain or composite resin. Affixed to the front of your teeth, veneers blend right into your smile, alleviating any flaws in your dental appearance.
What are the advantages of veneers?
Veneers are an attractive option if you have damaged or stained teeth. They are custom-fitted to blend with your natural teeth, and because they are bonded to your original teeth, they stay securely in place while you eat or talk. Durable and stain-resistant, veneers can be brushed just like their natural counterparts, and unlike braces, you won't have to maneuver your toothbrush around wires, brackets, and rubber bands. Veneers can also last for up to two decades, making them a long term solution.
How are veneers attached?
Your Northwest Houston cosmetic dentist can likely have your veneers applied in two-to-three visits.
Following an initial consultation, your cosmetic dentist will send impressions of your teeth to a dental lab, where your custom-made veneers will be made in roughly two weeks. In the meantime, your dentist will prepare your teeth for treatment by lightly removing a small amount of enamel to make space for the veneers. Temporary veneers will then be affixed to your smile.
After your finalized veneers have been completed in the lab, your dentist will remove the temporary versions, affix the permanent ones, and cure them under a special light, finishing up your new smile!
How do I take care of veneers?
Veneers need to be brushed and flossed just as you would your original teeth, preferably with a non-abrasive toothpaste. While they will eventually need replacing, you can keep your veneers intact for longer with good oral hygiene.
Interested? Call today!
Veneers can be a great way to keep your smile looking and feeling its best. Call your Northwest Houston cosmetic dentist at (281) 370-4300 to schedule a consultation.
Is your dull, yellowed smile getting you down? Then, rejuvenate it with Zoom! teeth whitening from Dr. Brent Browning, your cosmetic dentist in Northwest Houston, TX. Dr. Browning and his team at Browning Smile Design are excited to offer their teen and adult patients this innovative cosmetic treatment--available in a one-hour, in-office version or as a take-home treatment.
How did your smile become stained?
It happens to everyone to one extent or other. Tobacco, dark foods and drinks (yes, your morning coffee), acidic dietary choices and the passage of time discolor tooth enamel.
That hard outer layer of your teeth is more porous than you may realize, and it retains whatever you put into your mouth. Poor oral hygiene contributes to the stains; however, even people with excellent oral hygiene habits can see their tooth color darken due to what dentists call extrinsic stains.
How teeth whitening can help
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry calls professional teeth whitening the most popular cosmetic dentistry service available today. Safer and more effective than drugstore strips, toothpastes and rinses, Zoom! teeth whitening from your Northwest Houston cosmetic dentist removes stubborn stains via application of highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel.
With the at-home version, the patient applies the peroxide gel with custom-designed whitening trays. This treatment takes about a week to complete.
In the office, Dr. Browning applies the gel and then accelerates the active ingredient with a special light. The procedure takes about an hour in all. Either version produces a smile whiter by about eight shades of color.
Of course, results vary from person to person. And, not everyone is a candidate for professional teeth whitening. During a cosmetic dentistry consultation at his Northwest Houston, TX, office, Dr. Browning will examine your teeth and gums and help you decide if Zoom! teeth whitening is right for you.
Keeping a white smile
Because you are going to love your renewed smile, you'll want to keep it bright and healthy. Dr. Browning and his team recommend:
- Twice a day brushing
- Once a day flossing
- Six-month check-ups and cleanings at Browning Smile Design
- Getting whitening touch-ups
- Drinking six to eight glasses of water daily (increases saliva production and rinses teeth)
- Avoiding all tobacco
- Drinking coffee, tea and colas with a straw
- Brushing after consuming dark foods such as blueberries or soy sauce
Look good and feel wonderful
A bright smile will do that for you. To learn more about Zoom! teeth whitening, contact Browning Smile Design in Northwest Houston, TX, to arrange a cosmetic dentistry consultation. We look forward to helping you have a healthy smile you can be proud of. Call us at (281) 370-4300.
How cosmetic dentistry from your dentist in Northwest Houston, TX, can renew your smile
Cosmetic dentistry procedures can enhance your smile, giving you a smile that makes a statement about who you are. You deserve a smile that people remember, and cosmetic dentistry can help you achieve it. Dr. Brent R. Browning at Browning Smile Design in Northwest Houston, TX, offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services to renew your smile.
So, which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you? That depends on what you want to achieve. Consider these popular cosmetic dentistry procedures:
Professional teeth whitening, if your smile is dull, yellow, and beginning to age; professional teeth whitening allows you to whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter. Your amazing results can last up to 5 years too! Browning Smile Design offers fast results with ZOOM whitening which takes only about an hour and is performed in the office. You can also choose NiteWhite, a convenient take-home whitening treatment which allows you to whiten whenever you want in the privacy of your home
Cosmetic Bonding, if you are embarrassed by chipped, cracked, or worn teeth; bonding uses a unique liquid resin material known as composite. It’s a material that can be matched to the color of your existing teeth and sculpted to match the natural contours of your teeth. After placement, the composite is hardened with an ultraviolet light. Cosmetic bonding restores your teeth to an undamaged, beautiful state.
Porcelain veneers, if you want a perfectly beautiful smile that is uniquely yours; veneers are thin laminates of sparkling porcelain which are cemented on to the front surfaces of your teeth. They hide major flaws including fracture lines, cracks, loss of tooth structure and other aesthetic problems with your smile. Porcelain veneers look completely natural because porcelain looks just like natural tooth structure. You can have a completely new, brilliant smile in just a couple of weeks.
Cosmetic dentistry can renew your smile, giving you the smile you deserve. To find out more about what cosmetic dentistry procedures can do for you, just pick up your phone and call Dr. Brent R. Browning at Browning Smile Design in Northwest Houston, TX, today!
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.