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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
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.

By Browning Smile Design
February 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Orthodontics   Invisalign   Braces  

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.

Traditional Metal BracesTraditional Braces:

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.

Consultation:

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.

By Browning Smile Design
December 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

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:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Openbite
  • Tooth tipping and rotation
  • Crowding
  • Gaps
  • 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.

By Browning Smile Design
July 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

InvisalignDiscover 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
  • Crowding
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • 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!



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