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Houston braces are for absolutely anyone who suffers from a malocclusion–a bad bite. We are proud to offer affordable metal braces, ceramic braces, and even Invisalign Clear Aligners to meet various patient needs. In monitoring our patients’ progress during their dental braces treatment, we are often asked how they can keep their teeth as clean as possible, so in this blog, our Houston family dentists will offer our top tips for maintaining your best dental health possible while undergoing Houston braces treatment.

Tip 1: Brush Your Teeth More Frequently If You Wear Houston Braces

When you don’t wear Houston braces, we advise you to brush your teeth twice a day–once in the morning and again right before bed. When wearing braces, however, it is easy to miss a few spots when brushing your teeth, potentially resulting in cavities. To avoid this, our South Houston dentist recommends carefully brushing your teeth after every meal and snack. It may seem excessive, but this is the best way to prevent food from getting stuck in the brackets of your metal and ceramic dental braces, or behind the plastic of your Invisalign Clear Aligners. Remember that food left behind impedes your treatment from working properly and will put you at greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Tip 2: Consider Using Interdental Brushes

Interdental brushes, also known as brush picks, are a great step between brushing your teeth and flossing because it gets rid of any stray food particles that were left behind in between your teeth after brushing. We recommend using them after you brush throughout the day and then switching to string floss at night before bed, which brings us to our next tip...

Tip 3: Floss Your Teeth Every Night

Even if you use a brush pick, there might be smaller, harder-to-reach food particles that you may have still missed, but the good news is that floss can easily remove these. Today, there are several types of floss available, including floss designed to be used while wearing dental braces. Although flossing can be tricky with Houston braces, patience helps and so can we the next time you come to our South Houston dentist office for a cleaning and a check-up.

Tip 4: Get A Houston Braces Teeth Cleaning At Our Houston And South Houston Dental Offices Every 6 Months

By coming into our Houston family dentist office for your teeth cleanings twice a year, we can check on your overall dental health and clean your teeth more deeply and thoroughly than you would at home. Additionally, this gives us a chance to ensure your teeth are shifting as they should and that you aren’t developing any oral health concerns. If it’s time to get a dental cleaning, please book an appointment so we can schedule one as soon as possible and assess the health of your teeth.

If you’ve read our article about why kids should get Houston braces early on, then chances are you agree that, with the school year starting again soon, now is a great time to start asking about having your child undergo Houston braces treatment. Our family dentist–which treats children and their parents at our dental offices in Houston and South Houston–offers various types of Houston braces. Keep reading to learn more about them.

Metal Houston Braces

Metal dental braces are the most common Houston braces treatment our Houston and South Houston dentists offer. Metal braces are very strong and feature up to four components:

  • Metal brackets
  • Gray archwire
  • O-rings
  • Rubber bands (if necessary; they are perfect for correcting overbites)

Our affordable metal Houston braces even allow our patients to enjoy some creative freedom by customizing the colored rings we place around their brackets.

Ceramic Dental Braces

Similar to metal Houston braces, ceramic braces forgo the metal (as their name suggests) and are, instead, made up of:

  • Ceramic brackets
  • Frosted/light gray archwire
  • O rings
  • Rubber bands (if necessary)

Ceramic Houston braces are well-favored because they mimic the natural color of our patients’ teeth, making for a far more subtle dental braces treatment while still effectively correcting the alignment of mild to moderate malocclusions (bad bites).

Invisalign South Houston Braces

Our third option for Houston braces treatment is Invisalign Clear Aligners. Though this method of correcting a bad bite is newer than metal dental braces, it is highly effective and recommended for patients who have a mild malocclusion. Invisalign braces only consist of the plastic clear aligners, but rather than tightening the archwire–as we would with ceramic or metal dental braces–we simply give our Houston braces patients a brand new set of Invisalign clear aligners that will continuously re-shape the bite until it is straight.

Which Type Of Houston Braces Are Right For Your Child?

Our dental practice in Houston and South Houston is known for its affordable Houston braces, but with so many options, how do you know which is right for your child as they embark on their new school year? If you’re ready to learn more about dental braces treatment, please book an appointment with our Houston and South Houston family dentists so we can initiate a Houston braces consultation. At this consultation, we will assess your child’s bite and discuss their needs/wants. Depending on all of these factors, we will determine which type of Houston braces treatment is best for them and for how long they may expect to wear their braces. We look forward to giving your child a beautiful, healthy smile they are proud to show off!

Now that summer break is in full swing, parents may be thinking about having their children begin South Houston braces treatment. If that’s the case with your family, our South Houston dentist is ready to examine your child’s teeth and determine if Houston braces are needed. 

Summer Is The Perfect Time For Braces

Getting braces during summer break is great because your child isn’t in school anymore, which allows for more flexible scheduling. Further, children will have this time away from school to get used to their new dental braces, meaning any discomfort won’t be a distraction during classes. When Houston braces are worn correctly, patients notice a significant difference in their teeth, so when the next school year comes, your child will feel more confident when showing off their smile.

Signs Your Child Might Need Houston Braces By Our Dentists In Houston Or South Houston

Does your child’s smile exhibit any of the following?:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps in their smile
  • Crowded teeth
  • Underbite
  • Overbite

Then chances are they need braces. Our dentists in Houston and South Houston offer ceramic dental braces, metal dental braces, and even Invisalign, all of which are made affordable! Getting a straighter, healthier smile doesn’t have to break the bank when you entrust our dentists with your Houston braces treatment.

Which Houston Braces Should Your Child Get?

With our various dental braces options, it can be difficult to figure out which one is right for your child this summer. When we start discussing Houston braces treatment, we will move forward with a Houston braces consultation that will give us insight on whether Invisalign, metal Houston braces, or ceramic Houston braces are right for your child’s unique case. 

Think This Summer Is The Right Time For Your Child To Undergo Houston Braces Treatment? Visit Centra Dental In Houston And South Houston!

Serving families in Houston and South Houston, we are proud to be the top-rated choice for affordable Houston braces. If you’re wondering about having your child undergo dental braces treatment, please book an appointment with us so we can begin with a consultation. We accept various insurance plans and dedicate ourselves to helping your child achieve their best dental health. We can’t wait to embrace your child’s smile this summer!

Most of our South Houston dentist patients who undergo dental braces treatment are children, but did you know that we also get a fair amount of adult patients? Just because we recommend getting braces when you’re a child does not mean getting braces later is out of the question. Adults can and should wear Houston braces if they have a malocclusion.

Malocclusions Affect People of All Ages

Different malocclusions warrant different Houston braces treatments. If you had a malocclusion–which is defined as a bad bite–as a kid, then chances are it did not go away when you became an adult. If left unaddressed, malocclusions will cause multiple problems for your dental health. Such problems that our adult patients come to our South Houston dentist for include:

  • Headaches
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Speech impairments
  • Difficulty chewing and digesting. 

Dental braces at our Houston and South Houston dentist offices help correct these issues, even if the correction takes a little longer.

Centra Dental Offers Multiple Houston Braces Options for Adults

Today, Houston braces are much more subtle and lightweight than they used to be, so adults and teenagers alike can wear them without feeling as self-conscious. We offer metal braces, ceramic braces, and Invisalign to suit different types of malocclusions, as well as different patient preferences.

South Houston Invisalign

For adults with minor malocclusions, Invisalign may be favorable as the most flexible and subtle treatment option because it helps adults feel less worried about having a smile covered by metal.

South Houston Ceramic Dental Braces

On the other hand, adults who suffer more moderate malocclusions may benefit more from either metal braces or ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are the next most subtle treatment option, as both the brackets and the archwire blend in with the color of the teeth more easily while being a little stronger than Invisalign.

South Houston Metal Dental Braces

Metal braces, while more subtle and comfortable than they used to be, are still a bit noticeable. However, they work on all malocclusions, especially the most severe cases. Our metal braces can move teeth vertically, align teeth that are higher than they should be, and also rotate teeth.

Centra Dental In South Houston Helps Adults Achieve A Healthy Smile With Houston Braces

If you are an adult hoping to straighten your teeth, please book an appointment with us so our South Houston dentists can complete your orthodontic evaluation. We will address your concerns and determine the best treatment plan for you.

If you’re near the end of your Houston braces treatment, then our South Houston family dentists have probably already spoken to you about why you must wear an orthodontic retainer after your Houston braces treatment. There are multiple types of orthodontic retainers available to patients, and which we recommend to you will depend on your particular case. The most common type of orthodontic retainer is the Hawley retainer–sometimes called a wire retainer. In this article, we will discuss how to wear your Hawley wire retainer and take care of it.

What Is A Hawley Retainer?

Hawley retainers–also referred to as removable retainers or wire retainers–are made up of two components:

  • Acrylic Base: This base is custom shaped to fit the roof of your mouth and behind your lower teeth. Patients can pick what color they want their base to be.
  • Metal Wire: The wire component runs across your teeth, similar to the archwire of your South Houston metal braces or South Houston ceramic braces.

Together, these retainers hold your teeth in place while your teeth settle in the soft tissues of your mouth. How long you wear your retainers will depend on your particular case, but our South Houston family dentist often recommends you wear them 24/7 for 6 months to a year (with the exception of mealtimes) and then only at night afterward.

Taking Care Of Your Wired Retainer After Houston Braces Treatment At Our South Houston Dentist Office

Much like how you have to take care of your teeth while wearing braces in order to enjoy the best results, you also have to take care of your retainers. Here’s how.

Brushing Your Removable Retainers

Brush your Hawley retainer with lukewarm water after every meal with a soft toothbrush. You don’t need to use toothpaste, as this can damage the acrylic, but do be sure to gently scrub it,

Soak Your Hawley Retainer

At your next appointment with our South Houston family dentist, ask if soaking your retainers in a special cleaning solution is an option. We can recommend what works best for your retainers and the best way to do so.

Our South Houston Family Dentist Will Determine If Hawley Retainers Are Right For You

As you near the end of your Houston braces treatment, please book an appointment with our South Houston family dentist so we can take impressions of your teeth. Following the impressions, we will send them to our lab to make your retainers. If we determine that Hawley retainers are right for you, we will have them made and provide you with detailed instructions on how to wear them.

Good oral hygiene means coming to dental cleanings with us twice a year, brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, and flossing every night. With Houston braces, though (as well as Invisalign) you have to take extra care of your teeth and implement a stricter daily Invisalign hygiene routine. In this article, our Houston braces dentist will offer our top tips for maintaining adequate dental hygiene while undergoing Invisalign treatment.

Brush Your Teeth More Often If You Wear Houston Invisalign

First and foremost, it’s important to brush your teeth more often when you are undergoing Houston braces treatment. If you wear Invisalign Clear Aligners, you may be more prone to cavities if you don't brush your teeth enough due to the fact that food can more easily get stuck between your teeth and trapped in the aligners. When food gets stuck between your teeth, this creates a barrier between the Invisalign trays and your natural teeth, impeding how Invisalign does its job.

Our South Houston dentists recommend that, in addition to brushing your teeth twice a day, you also brush after each meal and snack you eat. This will help ensure no food particles get stuck in between your teeth, which not only makes certain that your Invisalign can do its job but also serves as a great preventative measure against cavities! 

Our South Houston braces dentists recommend you carry a travel toothbrush and toothpaste with you so you can always have a toothbrush handy. This way you can be sure to brush as often as needed, whether you’re at work, a restaurant, or anywhere else. 

Do Thorough Oral Rinses

Our South Houston braces dentist recommends that you use a fluoridated mouthwash before bed after you’ve finished brushing and flossing your teeth, as this encourages stronger, healthier teeth while you undergo Houston Invisalign treatment. Using a fluoridated mouth rinse has been proven to protect against cavities and strengthen the enamel in both our Houston and South Houston dentist patients.

Our South Houston Braces Dentists Can Help You Maintain Proper Hygiene During Invisalign Treatment

If you are currently undergoing Invisalign treatment at one of our dental offices in Houston or South Houston, then please book an appointment so that we can complete a dental check-up. We will perform a thorough teeth cleaning and check that you’re maintaining adequate hygiene and health throughout your treatment. There is a lot that goes into Invisalign hygiene, but it's very well worth it when you're teeth are straight and your smile is the healthiest its ever been!

Centra Dental is a family dentist based in the cities of South Houston and Houston. Specializing in dental braces for children and adult patients, we find that, ahead of treatment, patients have a lot of the same questions regarding their dental braces treatment. In this article, our Houston dentists will address and answer your FAQ’s about Houston braces.

Do Houston Braces Hurt?

Houston braces should NOT hurt too badly. However, some mild discomfort and achiness are to be expected within the first few days after you get your dental braces or Invisalign. The discomfort will subside over the course of a few days and from then on, you’ll barely notice them until it’s time to tighten your wires (if you wear metal or ceramic Houston braces) or when you get a new set of Invisalign Clear Aligners. For those few days following your braces fitting, here are our favorite tips for managing Houston braces pain.

Do I Need To Get My Teeth Cleaned More Often When I Wear Houston Braces?

Although you will need to follow a more thorough Houston braces hygiene routine at home, you will only need to come into our Houston or South Houston dentist office for a dental cleaning twice a year–just as you did before dental braces.

Are Metal Dental Braces Better Than Invisalign?

Many believe that metal Houston braces are better because they are made of metal, so they have to be stronger. Although metal dental braces are stronger than Invisalign, one is not better than the other. We recommend either with complete confidence; it just depends on each patient’s unique case. You can read more about how both types of Houston braces compare here.

Will My Teeth Be Permanently Straight After My Houston Braces Treatment Is Over?

Dental braces at our Houston and South Houston family dentist offices do give you the opportunity to enjoy straight teeth for the rest of your life...but only if you wear your orthodontic retainers as directed. Without them, your teeth will just shift to their prior position. No worries though–you only need to wear them for 24 hours a day for a short period of time, and you can remove them when you eat. Afterward, you should wear your retainers only while you sleep.

Considering Houston Braces? Book An Appointment With Our Houston Family Dentist

If you think it’s almost time for you or your child to undergo Houston braces treatment, please book an appointment with us so we can begin with a Houston braces consultation. We look forward to embracing your smile!

Kids have just finished up their semesters or they are almost done with them, which means summer fun is soon to begin! In many cases, parents and their children would prefer to begin Houston braces treatment in the summer and if that’s the case, our Houston dentist is ready to examine your child’s teeth to determine if Houston braces are needed. 

Getting braces at the start of summer break is great because your child won’t be in school anymore, which allows for more flexible scheduling. Further, children will get a significant portion of their treatment done over the summer, resulting in a notably straighter smile when the next school year starts!

Signs Your Child Might Need Houston Braces

Does your child exhibit any of the following with their smile?

  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps in their smile
  • Crowded teeth
  • Underbite
  • Overbite

If so, then chances are they need braces, and our dentists in Houston and South Houston offer ceramic dental braces, metal dental braces, and even Invisalign, all of which are made affordable! Getting a straighter, healthier smile doesn’t have to break the bank when you entrust our dentist with your Houston braces treatment. 

Which Houston Braces Should Your Child Get?

With our various dental braces options, it can be difficult to figure out which one is right for your child. Not to worry, though! When we start discussing Houston braces treatment, we will move forward with a Houston braces consultation that will give us insight on whether Invisalign, metal Houston braces, or ceramic Houston braces are right for your child’s unique case.

Think It Might Be Time For Your Child To Undergo Houston Braces Treatment? Visit Centra Dental In Houston And South Houston!

Serving families in Houston and South Houston, we are proud to be the top-rated choice for affordable Houston braces. If you’re wondering about putting your child on a dental braces treatment plan, then please book an appointment with us so we can begin with a consultation. We accept various insurance plans and dedicate ourselves to helping your child achieve their best dental health, and we can’t wait to embrace their smile!

Invisalign is a popular method for correcting a malocclusion. A malocclusion occurs when your teeth are misaligned due to crowing, excessive teeth, overbites, underbites, and other abnormalities in your bite. At Centra Dental in Houston and South Houston, we offer metal dental braces, ceramic dental braces, and even Invisalign Clear Aligners to cater to different needs. In this article, we will discuss what makes a good candidate for Invisalign by our South Houston dentist.

Invisalign Versus Other Houston Braces

Our Houston braces dentist offers multiple dental braces because, although one is not technically better than the other, one type of Houston braces treatment may be more effective than the other for each unique individual. Invisalign tends to work best for patients with mild cases, while metal Houston braces are effective for mild to severe bad bites. Further, ceramic Houston braces will work for moderate cases. Here is how metal and ceramic dental braces compare in more detail. 

The Pros and Cons of Invisalign Houston Braces To Consider

Here are some things to consider if you are considering Invisalign treatment with our South Houston dentist to improve your smile.

Pros Of South Houston Invisalign

The greatest benefit of Invisalign is that hardly anyone actually realizes that you are undergoing the treatment. This makes Invisalign ideal for teenagers who feel rather self-conscious about dental braces or for adults who would prefer a subtle treatment.

Additionally, Invisalign Houston braces offer flexibility in that you can remove them at mealtimes and, if you’ve followed our tips on how to get the most out of your South Houston braces treatment, you can also skip a few hours of treatment for a special occasion.

Cons Of South Houston Invisalign Treatment

Most cons associated with Invisalign tend to have to do with each patients’ discipline. Since Invisalign offers more flexibility than our other Houston braces, patients need to exercise more discipline. Don’t misplace or lose your clear aligners, and be sure to keep up proper South Houston braces hygiene.

If You’re Considering Invisalign Houston Braces, Visit Our Dentists At Centra Dental In Houston And South Houston

If you would like to improve the appearance and the health of your smile, then Invisalign might be right for you. To be sure, however, please book an appointment with our South Houston dentist so we can begin with a Houston braces consultation.

When wearing Houston braces, it’s important to be mindful of how you eat. There are certain foods that just don’t go well with dental braces treatment for various reasons. In this article, our South Houston dentist will discuss what foods to avoid when wearing metal Houston braces or ceramic Houston braces and why.

Which Foods To Avoid If You Wear Dental Braces

Once the initial soreness of getting Houston braces has subsided, you will be able to eat the diet you have for most of your life–at least to an extent. There are some foods that we recommend you avoid eating. These foods include:

  • Chips
  • Popcorn
  • Hard taco shells
  • Bubble gum
  • Ice
  • Corn chips
  • Hard pretzels
  • Sticky candy
  • Hard candy 

Other foods, though hard, can still be eaten as long as you prepare them accordingly by cutting them into smaller pieces. Be sure to cut these foods into smaller pieces:

  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Broccoli
  • Apples
  • Croutons
  • Meat
  • Sandwiches

Why You Should Avoid Certain Foods When Undergoing Houston Braces Treatment At Our South Houston Dentist Office

If you don’t follow our Houston dentist’s advice on which foods to avoid eating during your dental braces treatment, you will risk hurting your teeth–especially in the early stages of treatment and after each adjustment appointment–and damaging your braces. 

Because your dental braces feature an archwire, these hard foods are notorious for causing the wire to come loose. This not only causes great discomfort as the wire pokes at the soft tissues in your mouth, but you also run the risk of reducing the effectiveness of your dental braces altogether.

In the worst-case scenario, you will break off an entire ceramic or metal bracket–and remember that ceramic brackets are more fragile–which needs to be addressed immediately so as not to disrupt your Houston braces treatment. 

Did You Snap A Dental Braces Wire While Eating Hard Foods? Contact Our South Houston Dentist Immediately

If you loosen a wire, it is imperative that you book an appointment with us immediately so that we can have our Houston dentist take a look at your dental braces. In the meantime, you can use dental braces wax to cover the affected areas until we can see you and fix your wire.

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