Posts for: January, 2017
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.
It doesn't take too long to get used to having braces once they're put on, but caring for your teeth properly can be a challenge with the new "roadblocks" in the way. The crevices between the brackets and wires create more spaces for plaque to collect and go unnoticed, so caring for your teeth while wearing braces is of the utmost importance to ensure that they're healthy once your braces come off. Dr. Brent Browning, your dentist in Northwest Houston, TX, has provided some information about how you can continue maintaining your dental hygiene even while you have braces on your teeth.
Brushing twice a day is an important habit to maintain without braces, but your Northwest Houston dentist encourages his patients with braces to make brushing a priority by carrying a travel toothbrush and toothpaste with you in a purse or backpack. The process of brushing doesn't change much with braces: you still need to brush for at least two minutes at a time using a soft-bristled brush. However, if it's possible, you should try to brush after each meal using a fluoride toothpaste to help fight plaque buildup. You can also ask your dentist about recommendations for an orthodontic toothbrush that is designed to clean between the hardware.
Keeping the spaces between your teeth free of debris is best achieved with floss, since even the most sophisticated toothbrush can't reach the tight areas where the teeth touch each other. The process of flossing can be difficult to master even if you don't have wires in the way. Those with braces should use a floss threader, a flexible plastic attachment that helps make flossing more streamlined.
As always, seeing your Northwest Houston, TX dentist twice a year for cleaning is necessary for good dental hygiene. During your appointments, Dr. Browning can demonstrate the best cleaning practices while wearing braces. Contact us today for any questions or to make an appointment!