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Braces Aren't Just for Beauty; They're for Health

Braces Aren't Just for Beauty; They're for Health

Orthodontics has become one of the most sought after dental practices in the US, especially within the youth age range. Approximately 75% of people who wear braces are of the adolescent years or younger. At Centra Dental, we encourage all of our Houston patients to consider receiving braces if their teeth are crooked, misaligned, or gapped.


Braces aren’t simply used for the beautification of smiles. They are used to protect the long-term health of teeth and the entire mouth.

Teeth that suffer from malocclusion, which is when teeth grow in impacted, can cause serious health risks. Problems, such as cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease, can easily arise because food particles can become lodged between or in the crevices of teeth. When this happens, the particles can decay and will negatively impact the health of the teeth and gums.

When teeth are misaligned or even gapped, food and sugars can become trapped and cause cavities. This is why we encourage all of our South Houston patients to brush twice daily and floss everyday. This greatly diminishes the risks of cavities.

When braces are placed on these teeth, however, they can become straight and therefore eliminate those hard to reach places. The safe spaces in the teeth no longer hold food particles, which helps the effectiveness of brushing and flossing.

At Centra Dental, our orthodontists understand the importance of having straight teeth and not simply the beauty of it. Our dental office, located in South Houston, offers every type of orthodontics available, including clear braces.


During your dental examination, our orthodontist will conduct a thorough examination of the state of your teeth. Depending on the extent of the dental issues, our dentist will recommend either traditional metal braces, clear braces, or plastic tray braces. For younger patients, like adolescents, their teeth are more adjustable and therefore can become straightened in a shorter amount of time. If your child has misaligned, crooked or gapped teeth, then braces may be just what they need. Contact our dental office today to schedule your appointment.