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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.


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!

By Browning Smile Design
March 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign  

Are you ashamed of your crooked smile or misaligned bite? Do you wish you could straighten your teeth, but the thought of metal in your mouth makes you cringe? Luckily, with Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth, correct your bite and get the smile you have always wanted all while keeping the process as un-noticeable as possible. Transform your smile discreetly with the help of your Houston, TX Invisaligndentist Dr. Brent R. Browning and Invisalign, the clear alternative to traditional braces.

How does Invisalign work? 

Much like traditional braces, Invisalign uses pressure placed onto the teeth to gradually move them into their correct positions. However instead of using metal wires and brackets, Invisalign achieves this using comfortable, clear plastic aligner trays. Instead of having your braces “tightened” every month, you simply switch to the next tray in the series every two weeks until your treatment comes to a close. Invisalign does more than straighten your teeth; it allows you to get a big, beautiful smile without the world knowing.

What is the Invisalign process like?

After an initial consultation, your dentist takes a 3D mold of your mouth. This mold allows Invisalign’s dental laboratory to customize a video preview which shows you exactly how and where your teeth will move during treatment. When you and your dentist approve the video, the lab begins customizing your aligner trays. When the trays are finished and returned to your dentist, another appointment allows your dentist to give you a short lesson on how to insert and remove and care for the trays. After this, your treatment begins. Most patients complete their Invisalign treatment in under two years.

What are the benefits of Invisalign? 

Though you are required to wear Invisalign for at least 22 hours a day, the trays are completely removable. This provides several advantages compared to traditional braces. Caring for your teeth is just as easy as it was before braces. Simply brush twice a day and floss at least once. The only added step is rinsing your aligner trays to wash away any food particles and bacteria build up. Additionally, since you will remove the trays to eat, you may keep enjoying all your favorite pre-braces foods with no dietary restrictions as you would have with traditional braces. Finally, Invisalign, even when in use, is almost invisible. This allows you to go through your treatment discreetly. It also prevents you from ever worrying about food stuck in your brackets or feeling ashamed of your metal brackets and wires.

For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Brent R. Browning, DDS at Browning Smile Design in Houston, TX. Call (281) 370-4300 to schedule your consultation for Invisalign today!

For people with misaligned or crooked teeth that taint their smile, finding the dental solution to get everything straightened out in their mouths often comes down to this: braces or Invisalign?

Though both have been proven to provide a lasting solution for a straighter smile, they have their own sets of advantages and Bracesdisadvantages. But at Browning Smile Design, you'll find the most important factors you need to make the final decision, as Brent R. Browning, D.D.S., brings life to each and every smile that enters his office.

Take a look at the advantages of braces below, followed by what makes Invisalign a winning dental option as well:


  • correct poorly aligned jaws and bad bites
  • straighten crooked, crowded, or missing teeth
  • especially great for young children between the ages of 7 and 14, because their facial structures are still forming

Benefits of conventional braces:

  • trusted way to straighten teeth for decades
  • durable and long-lasting
  • more comfortable today than in years past


  • use a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten your teeth
  • each set of aligners is used for about two weeks, slowly adjusting your teeth to their desired position
  • About 18-30 aligners are used for each treatment, lasting between 9-15 months

Benefits of Invisalign:

  • made using state-of-the-art 3D computer imaging technology
  • each set of aligners is custom-created to fit seamlessly into your mouth
  • aligners are clear and inconspicuous, so no one can tell they're there

Though you might have slight discomfort when braces or Invisalign aligners are placed in your mouth, pain is minimal at most and the results of both are as long-lasting as they are meaningful to your smile. For more information about the leading dental solutions for a straight smile here in Houston, TX, give Dr. Browning's office a call today at (281) 370-4300 and start to see real results!

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