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Approaching the end of your Houston braces treatment is so exciting! Before you know it, you’ll be showing off your brand new smile, but remember that you still need to wear retainers after your Houston braces come on in order to ensure your new smile sticks around. Don’t worry, though. Retainers are removable and offer more flexibility than dental braces. In this article, our South Houston family dentists will explain the importance of wearing retainers after concluding your braces treatment. 

Orthodontic Retainers Prevent Your Teeth From Shifting Again 

Believe it or not, after braces, your teeth will try to shift again. This occurs because your teeth haven’t had a chance to fully settle into the soft tissues of your mouth. Remember that, for at least an entire year, your teeth have been 100% reliant on metal, ceramic, or even plastic from your Invisalign Clear Aligners in order to hold them in place. To mitigate this and let them settle into their new alignment, you should wear your retainers day and night for at least a year, but this will also depend on the individual’s case.

Orthodontic Retainers Protect Your Investment In Your New Smile

Wearing retainers after completing your Invisalign, metal braces, or ceramic Houston braces treatment is a sure way to make your investment in your smile well worth it. As frustrating as it is to realize that you need to take another step to allow your teeth to stay in their alignment, remember that dental braces from our Houston and South Houston dentist offices prevented (or got rid of) some serious complications with your dental health. 

By diligently wearing your retainers day and night and then transitioning to only wearing them most nights, you will strengthen your teeth so they remain straight for years and years to come. You might even get to enjoy your new, perfectly aligned smile for the rest of your life.

Get Fitted For Retainers at Centra Dental In Houston And South Houston

When you’re near the end of your Houston braces treatment, please book an appointment with us so we can confirm that you’re ready for your braces to be removed soon. At this appointment, we will also take impressions of your new smile so we can fit you for your retainers and educate you and how to wear them and how to best take care of them. Houston braces and orthodontic retainers won’t last forever, but with adequate care, your new smile can last as long as you let it!

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Wednesday, 31 March 2021 14:13

Tips For A Smooth Houston Braces Experience

If you’re currently undergoing Houston braces treatment, or plan to very soon, you may be wondering what you can do to ensure your treatment goes by smoothly. In this article, our Houston family dentists will offer some of our best tips to help you get the most out of your dental braces treatment.

Be Mindful Of The Food You Eat When Wearing Houston Braces

No, this doesn’t mean to go on a diet. This just means that you need to be careful that you don’t eat foods that will damage your braces. 

Some foods you should avoid, especially early on in your Houston braces treatment, include:

  • Crunch foods, such as chips and popcorn
  • Sticky foods, such as candy and bubble gum
  • Foods that you usually bite directly into, such as carrots, corn, and apples. Instead, we recommend you chop these beforehand.

Not only will avoiding these foods reduce the pain and discomfort you feel shortly after getting dental braces, but doing so will also protect your braces from breaking over the course of your treatment.

Play Sports Safely

Most of our Houston braces patients are children, which means plenty of them regularly participate in after-school sports. Even some of our adult patients participate in sports in their free time. Regardless of how old our patients are, everyone who practices a close contact sport may benefit from wearing a protective mouthguard that is custom-fitted to their teeth. This way, if there is some trauma during a game, your teeth will be far better protected and we can address it in a timely manner.

Practice Good Dental Braces Hygiene

Good dental hygiene is a must, but Houston braces patients must be extra cautious with how well they take care of their teeth. You can read more about proper dental hygiene when wearing Houston braces here.

Get Affordable Houston Braces At Centra Dental

Our dentists, who treat families in Houston and South Houston, offer exceptional dental braces treatment, including ceramic braces, metal braces, and Invisalign Clear–all at an affordable price starting as low as $99/month. Please book an appointment with us so we can assess the health of your teeth and get you started with a Houston braces consultation. We look forward to giving you a healthy, beautiful smile! 

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Houston braces are a big deal, and we are proud to offer affordable metal braces, ceramic braces, and even Invisalign Clear Aligners. In monitoring our patients’ progress during their dental braces treatment, we take note of how well they take care of their dental health and often get asked what they can do to reduce their chance of getting cavities. 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 

When wearing braces, it is easy to miss a few spots when brushing your teeth, so 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. 

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 after brushing. We recommend using them after each time you brush 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 floss can easily remove. Today, there are several types of floss available, including floss designed to be used while wearing dental braces. Although flossing can be tricky with 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 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. 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.

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Wednesday, 17 February 2021 19:05

Don't Hesitate; Houston Braces Are A Great Idea

Approximately 4 million Americans wear some form of dental braces, and 80% of these patients are children. At our Houston and South Houston family dentist offices, we recommend that all of our patients who suffer from a malocclusion–i.e., a bad bite, overbite, underbite, etc–treat it with Houston braces, regardless of if the patient is an adult or a child. In this article, we will explain why braces are such a great investment, what you can expect to pay, and how to manage treatment.

Why Houston Braces Are A Fantastic Idea

Straightening your teeth is not purely cosmetic. Misaligned teeth can lead to multiple issues, including (but not limited to):

  • Lisp
  • Migraine
  • Gingivitis (gum disease)
  • Poor digestion
  • Tooth decay
  • Speech issues

By getting Houston braces, we will relieve these issues for our patients and they will feel healthier and more confident as a result.

How Much Do Houston Braces Cost

When our patients hear dental braces, they automatically associate this with high costs and may refrain from getting dental braces because they may be too expensive for what they need. However, at Centra Dental in Houston and South Houston, our family dentists strive for transparent communication and will educate our patients with guidance and expertise. 

If the cost of Houston braces is causing stress and/or hesitation, then you’ll be glad to know that we offer a variety of different Houston braces with treatments customized to your unique needs for as low as $99/month.

Managing Pain From Houston Braces Treatment

Many patients–adults and children–worry about the pain they may experience over the course of their dental braces treatment, but the truth is that there is only some mild pain and discomfort when you first get your braces fitted. If you wear metal or ceramic dental braces, you will experience some discomfort again when you get your wires tightened every so often, but this discomfort is much more minimal and should only last about a day. With Invisalign, you may feel a slight discomfort every time you get a new set of alignment trays. Here are some of our favorite tips for managing Houston braces pain.

Affordable Houston Braces At Our Houston And South Houston Dentist Offices

We understand some of the hesitations about getting dental braces, but they truly are more than a cosmetic improvement to your smile–they are essential to good oral health. With our great pricing and great quality care, we are proud to be Houston’s top choice for dental braces, so please book an appointment with us today so we can move forward with a Houston braces consultation and design a treatment plan that works for you!

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Tuesday, 02 February 2021 21:47

Consider Early Houston Braces Treatment

At our family dentist offices in Houston and South Houston, we treat both adults and children with Houston braces in order to correct the alignment of the teeth. Although it’s never too late to undergo Houston braces treatment, there are certainly some benefits to getting dental braces early on. In this article, we will explain why we recommend and encourage treatment while our patients are still children.

If Possible, Don’t Wait Until Adulthood To Get Houston Braces Treatment

Getting braces as an adult, though less common, is completely acceptable, and we don’t want any of our patients to feel insecure while they are undergoing Houston braces treatment. However, keep in mind that adult braces treatment takes longer than braces treatment for children. 

This isn’t to say our Houston braces are ineffective for adults. The reason why adults may wear their dental braces for longer is that children’s jaws are still growing, so their teeth are incredibly easy to shift with metal braces, ceramic braces, or Invisalign. As an adult, your jaw has long settled into its placement and so have your teeth, so it takes more time to ensure that your teeth shift to the right position.

Early Houston Braces Treatment Begins With An Early Dental Braces Evaluation

In many cases, especially if we have been your family’s dentist for years and have been able to see how your child’s teeth develop, we might recommend your child comes in for an orthodontic evaluation when they’re about 7 years old. Even though most of our patients get dental braces between 10-14 years old, our Houston family dentists are able to determine how the teeth and jaw will develop when your child is as young as 7 years old. Your child’s initial Houston braces evaluation will give us insight on whether or not interceptive orthodontic treatment will be necessary, when it will be a good time to begin treatment, and which Houston braces will work best for your child.

Houston Braces For Kids at Centra Dental

Today, dental braces are subtler and more comfortable than they used to be, and although you can get Houston braces at any age, an earlier start makes for a shorter treatment period and more time to enjoy your new smile. If you think it might be time for your child to get Houston braces, then please book an appointment at our Houston or South Houston family dentist offices so we can assess your child’s bite.

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Today, more and more dentists are offering Invisalign Clear Aligners in addition to traditional metal braces and ceramic Houston braces. In this article, we will discuss how Invisalign differs from metal dental braces and what to keep in mind if you are considering inquiring about Invisalign treatment.

The Difference Between Invisalign And Metal Houston Braces

Metal braces are the traditional method of straightening the teeth and have been for many decades now. This is precisely why they are still trusted by many of our South Houston dentists’ patients today.

Metal braces are, of course, made of metal, so they are rather prominent. However, the good news is that today’s metal dental braces are much lighter in weight and color, so they are more comfortable to wear. Over the course of metal Houston braces treatment, our South Houston family dentist will regularly tighten the patient's archwire in order to guide the teeth to the correct position. 

Invisalign, on the other hand, involves no wires. As their name implies, they are nearly invisible. Our patients’ custom aligner trays are made by doing a 3D scan of the patient's mouth and sending it, along with impressions, to our dental lab. Instead of tightening the archwire, we simply give patients a new aligner tray each time, which is slightly different in shape in order to move the teeth to the desired alignment.

The Pros Of Houston Invisalign Treatment

There are a number of “pros” that encourage patients to undergo Invisalign treatment, such as the fact that:

  • Hardly anyone notices that a patient is undergoing any treatment, thanks to their clear design
  • Invisalign Clear Aligners are removable anytime a patient wants to eat
  • There are fewer (and shorter) appointments because our patients just need to put on their newest set instead of having to come in to get their wires cut and tightened

The Cons Of South Houston Invisalign Treatment

Along with many benefits, there are some downsides of Invisalign to consider before you decide you would like to undergo this treatment, including that:

  • Their clear design means food particles are easily spotted when stuck between the teeth
  • Food getting stuck between the teeth impedes the aligners from putting the right amount of pressure on the teeth
  • The ability to remove Invisalign Clear Aligners means they can be lost if patients aren’t careful
  • Invisalign must be strictly worn for 20-22 hours a day or else the desired alignment will not be achieved without extending the duration of treatment

Our South Houston Family Dentist Will Help You Decide If Invisalign Is Right For You

If you think you or your child may be a great candidate for Invisalign Clear Aligners, then please book an appointment with us so we can begin with an evaluation. At this Houston braces evaluation, we will examine your teeth to determine which is the best treatment plan for your smile.

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Thursday, 14 January 2021 17:43

Managing Houston Braces Pain

One of the greatest worries our Houston and South Houston patients experience when it’s time to start their Houston braces treatment is that there will be plenty of pain involved. We understand where their worry is coming from, too. After all, the idea of moving your teeth sounds rather daunting. However, don’t let this turn you away from necessary dental braces treatment; although some pain or discomfort with metal dental braces, ceramic dental braces, and Invisalign Clear Aligners is common, it is not permanent and can easily be managed. In this article, we will talk about our favorite ways to help you manage your Houston braces pain.

What Causes Houston Braces Pain?

There are a few causes of braces pain, including:

The Initial Fitting

In general, pain during your Houston braces treatment is the worst on the day you get them. This is because you have likely never worn an orthodontic appliance before, so this is a very new sensation. Over the next following days, the pain will gradually become a slight discomfort, eventually fading as you get used to them.

Certain Foods

If you eat the foods we recommend you avoid, you may get them stuck in your braces or Invisalign Clear Aligner trays, which causes tension and pain in your teeth. You could also snap your wire if you wear other types of Houston braces, which can poke at your cheek.

Tightening Your Braces

Throughout your Houston braces treatment, we will regularly tighten your wires. If you wear Invisalign, we will regularly give you a new set of aligners. When you undergo this adjustment, you may feel some discomfort but it won’t last nearly as long as the first time you got your braces.

Different Ways to Manage Pain While Wearing Dental Braces

Over-The-Counter Pain Killers

OTC pain medication is very effective when you first get your braces. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort after we tighten your wires at our Houston and South Houston family dentist offices, then consider taking some medication prior to your appointments.

Ice Packs Or Frozen Veggies

If you are feeling any soreness in the early stage of your dental braces treatment, we recommend icing the outside of your cheek where you feel discomfort. This will greatly reduce swelling and numb your mouth a little so you get some much-needed braces pain relief.

Dental Braces Wax

We give all of our Houston braces patients some orthodontic wax, which should be used if a wire or a bracket is causing pain. You can mold the wax and fit it around the affected area in order to create a barrier between the wires and the tissues in your mouth.

Our Houston Family Dentists Will Help You Manage Dental Braces Pain

Now that you know more about the adjustment period when you first get Houston braces, please book an appointment with us at our Houston or South Houston dentist offices if your pain isn’t going away, or if you are thinking about getting braces. We will gladly do an exam and give you further guidance on what to expect and how to manage your discomfort. 

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Monday, 28 December 2020 17:11

How To Get The Most Out Of Metal Houston Braces

As a family dentist in Houston and South Houston specializing in dental braces, patients often ask us what they can do in order to get the most out of their Houston braces treatment. In this article, our dentists will offer advice on how to best take care of your teeth while undergoing treatment so you can be proud of your beautiful smile for years to come.

Keep Up With Proper Oral Hygiene

When wearing dental braces, you might become more prone to cavities due to the fact that the braces may be “in the way” when you’re trying to keep your teeth clean. In order to minimize your risk of tooth decay, we encourage our Houston braces patients to follow a stricter braces hygiene routine

A stricter hygiene routine entails the following:

  • Swishing water in your mouth after every snack and meal
  • Thoroughly brushing your teeth after eating each of your snacks and meals
  • Using an interdental brush to remove any food from between your teeth and wires until you floss that night. Please remember that an interdental brush is not a substitute for flossing. 
  • Flossing nightly

By following these steps down to a T, your smile will be healthy while you wear braces and shine brighter when the metal braces come off.

Get Regular Teeth Cleanings

It’s no secret that teeth cleanings are critical to your dental health as a whole, but this is especially true when you wear metal dental braces so that our team can give you a deeper clean than you would get at home. Additionally, a cleaning enables us to check on your oral health beyond how your teeth are shifting. 

We accept several dental insurances, but know that your dental benefits (coverage for certain treatments) will expire at the end of the month. Now is your last chance to book a dental cleaning while your insurance still covers it.

Avoid Certain Textured And Sticky Foods

Your Houston braces, though very tough when it comes to straightening your teeth, are sensitive to damage. Sticky foods, such as bubble gum, or crunchy foods, such as popcorn or chips, must be avoided when you wear your braces, or else your archwire could pop out of place and cause you a great deal of discomfort while also hindering the treatment process.

Our Family Dentists In Houston And South Houston Want to Ensure Effective Treatment

If you are planning to undergo metal Houston braces treatment, or have recently started treatment, then this blog should be helpful in making certain that you have impressive results following the end of your treatment. Please also make sure to book an appointment with us so we can clean your teeth, answer any questions you may have about your treatment, and examine the health of your teeth and mouth before your dental benefits expire.

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Monday, 21 December 2020 16:30

Houston Metal Braces For Children

Approximately 4 million Americans wear braces at any given time in order to fix what is classified as a malocclusion. A malocclusion is what we call a “bad bite”, such as crowded teeth, underbites, and overbites. Metal dental braces are an effective and affordable method our dentists in Houston and South Houston use to correct a malocclusion, especially for younger children who prefer to take advantage of early Houston braces treatment. In this article, we will discuss how metal dental braces work so you and your child know what to expect.

What Are Metal Braces Made Of?

Our metal Houston braces feature 3 key components:

  • Metal brackets, which are glued to the front of the teeth with a semipermanent dental cement
  • Archwire, which is placed across the brackets
  • O-rings, which keep the archwire attached to the metal brackets

How Houston Braces Straighten Your Child’s Teeth

Our Houston and South Houston family dentists offer metal braces that are thinner (and therefore far lighter in weight) than most other metal braces available. 

All types of Houston braces that we offer do the same job in principle: they apply pressure to the teeth, which gradually moves them to their desired position. When it comes to metal dental braces, our South Houston braces dentist will tighten the archwire on a regular basis. Tightening the archwire in a certain way helps push the teeth in the direction we intend for them to go, thanks to the help of our state-of-the-art 3D modeling software.

In some cases, especially if you have an overbite or an underbite, we will incorporate rubber bands into your Houston braces treatment.

Is Your Child Ready For Houston Braces? Centra Dental Is Your Go-To Braces Expert!

Whether you are in Houston or South Houston, our family dentists are here for your dental braces needs. We offer affordable dental braces for as low as $99/month and our caring staff and advanced technology ensure that you have the best possible experience every time you visit us. If you think your child might benefit from metal dental braces, then please book an appointment with us at one of our offices so we can begin with a braces consultation. We look forward to embracing your smile!

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Thursday, 12 November 2020 17:13

How Metal Houston Braces Work

Approximately 4 million Americans wear braces at any given time due to malocclusions. A malocclusion is what we refer to as a “bad bite” or an “unideal bite”. Although we offer ceramic dental braces and even Invisalign in addition to metal Houston braces, we like to recommend metal dental braces for a variety of cases, simply because they are the strongest and are effective on virtually all malocclusions. In this article, our South Houston dentist will explain how metal dental braces work to correct malocclusions. 

What Are Metal Braces Made Of

In order to understand how metal dental braces work, we first have to explain how they are designed. At their most basic level, metal Houston braces are made up of 3 components.

  • Metal brackets, which are glued to the front of the teeth utilizing dental cement.
  • Archwire, which is laid across the brackets.
  • O-rings, which help attach the archwire to the brackets and keep everything in place.

How Metal Houston Braces Straighten Your Teeth

Whether you’re an adult in need of dental braces or are doing some research because your child may need braces soon, metal braces are a great method to correct a bad bite that any of our South Houston family dentist patients may have, regardless of their age. Today, metal braces are thinner and lighter in weight, which creates a far more pleasant experience.

The way metal dental braces correct the alignment of your teeth lies in how all three components work together. With the o-rings connecting both the metal brackets and the archwire, our South Houston braces dentist will tighten the archwire in different ways that will place specific amounts of pressure on your teeth and jaw at any given time. This guides your teeth to the proper alignment, thanks to the help of our 3D modeling software. Every so often, you will come back to our Houston dentist office so we can re-tighten the archwire, continuously guiding your teeth until we have helped you achieve a straight smile.

Ready For Metal Houston Braces? Visit Our South Houston Dentist Office

Now that you know more about metal dental braces, if you think they’re suitable for you please book an appointment so we can begin with our braces consultation.

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