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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, 07 April 2021 00:11

Dispelling Houston Invisalign Myths

Invisalign has been growing in popularity over the last several years, especially for adults who prefer a subtle Houston braces treatment to correct the alignment of their teeth. Unfortunately, despite its growing popularity some of our patients at our Houston and South Houston family dentist offices still question how well Invisalign works. In this article, we will debunk 3 common myths and misconceptions that patients have about Invisalign Houston braces.

Invisalign Takes A Lot Longer To Correct A Malocclusion Than Regular Houston Braces Do

Because Invisalign Clear Aligners are made of plastic, they are mistakenly seen as a less effective method of correcting a malocclusion–the term we use to describe a poorly aligned bite–than metal Houston braces or ceramic Houston braces. In reality, Invisalign treatment lasts about 12-18 months on average, just like ceramic and metal dental braces treatments. However, much like our other Houston braces, how severe your malocclusion is and how well you maintain health and hygiene during braces treatment will affect how long your treatment lasts.

Invisalign-Like Clear Aligners Bought Online Are Also Effective And Much More Affordable

Within recent years, online businesses that claim to offer custom clear aligners if you simply submit some photos of your teeth have begun to emerge. They are marketed as cheap and effective in the comfort of your home, but their cheap pricing and lack of in-person orthodontic appointments spell trouble for people who buy into them. Photos are not enough to design an entire Invisalign (or any Houston braces) treatment. When we prepare you for Houston braces treatment at our Houston and South Houston dentist offices, we gather impressions and x-rays as well. Photos will simply never be enough to get a close look at the anatomy of your mouth, which means the aligners you receive will not provide accurate, effective treatment or results. 

Everyone Can Undergo Invisalign Treatment

Although Invisalign is a good alternative to metal and ceramic Houston braces for both teenagers and adults, not every case may do well with Invisalign. If a patient’s particular case is extremely complicated, Invisalign may not work as effectively, so they should invest in one of the other forms of Houston braces treatment we offer at our Houston and South Houston dentist offices.

Outstanding Invisalign Treatment At Our Houston And South Houston Dentist Offices

At Centra Dental in Houston and South Houston, we are proud to offer outstanding Invisalign treatment for various malocclusions. Now that we have debunked these myths and misconceptions, please book an appointment with our Houston and South Houston dentists if you are considering Houston braces treatment. We will start with a Houston braces consultation to start designing your custom treatment plan.

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Tuesday, 16 March 2021 00:10

South Houston Invisalign Do's And Don't's

At Centra Dental in Houston and South Houston, we offer various types of dental braces at an affordable price, including Invisalign. Though sometimes mistaken as a less-effective way to straighten your teeth, Invisalign Clear Aligners are actually very successful at correcting the alignment of your bite, so long as you follow our recommendations for the best way to take care of your teeth while undergoing Invisalign treatment. In this article, our South Houston family dentist will discuss a couple do’s and don’t’s that will impact how well Invisalign works for you.

What To Do When Wearing Invisalign Clear Aligners From Our South Houston Braces Dentist

Here are things you should do if you are a South Houston Invisalign patient:

Wear Your Invisalign For At Least 20 Hours A Day

Compared to our other Houston braces, Invisalign is a more delicate and subtle method of shifting the teeth, which means it can take a little longer in some cases. We recommend wearing your Clear Aligners for 20-22 hours a day to provide as much time for your aligner trays to do their job. 

Keep Track Of Your Invisalign Clear Aligners

Because Invisalign isn’t glued to your teeth like ceramic Houston braces and metal dental braces, some patients run the risk of losing their aligners. If you lose them, you won’t wear them for as long as you need to in order to straighten your teeth. When you begin Invisalign treatment, be sure to store your Clear Aligners in your Invisalign case each time you remove them for meals and when you brush your teeth. Not only does this prevent you from losing them, but this also keeps them safe from damage and prevents excessive dirtiness. 

What Not To Do As A South Houston Invisalign Patient

Avoid the following when undergoing Houston Invisalign:

Skip Cleaning Your Invisalign Clear Aligners

Just because you don’t have to wear your aligners 24/7 does not mean you should forgo good dental braces hygiene. When you finish eating and put your aligners back on, they will collect the plaque and bacteria in your mouth. It’s imperative that you clean them by gently brushing them with a soft-bristled toothbrush in the morning and before bed. This will keep your aligners from getting smelly and will protect your mouth from cavities. 

Switch To Your Next Set Of Aligners If You Lose Your Current Pair

Sometimes mistakes happen and our Houston Invisalign patients lose a set of aligners. Do not jump to the next set if you’ve lost your current set because the aligners won’t fit properly, which means they won’t move your teeth the way they are supposed to. Instead, call our Houston braces dentists so we can determine the best course of action.

Think You Need Houston Braces? Visit Our South Houston Dentist 

If you think it might be time to get dental braces, please book an appointment for a Houston braces consultation so we can determine if Invisalign is right for you and proceed with a treatment plan. We will provide you with further education on how to get the most out of your Invisalign Clear Aligners.

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At our Houston and South Houston family dentist offices, we offer a variety of Houston braces treatments: Invisalign, ceramic dental braces, and metal dental braces. In this article, we will discuss why many of our patients consider undergoing Invisalign treatment instead of ceramic Houston braces.

Benefits Of Undergoing Houston Braces Treatment

Houston braces, no matter what type you undergo treatment with, work wonders at straightening your teeth for a beautiful, healthier smile. Which type of Houston braces you wear will depend on your particular case as well as your needs.

Why Patients Prefer Invisalign Treatment

Invisalign/Invisalign Clear Aligners are clear plastic trays that are specifically designed and fitted for your teeth. Here are some of the reasons why many of our Houston braces patients take a liking to Invisalign:

Invisalign Is Virtually Unnoticeable

As its name suggests, the transparent nature of Invisalign Clear Aligners means that our Houston dentist patients get to enjoy a subtle treatment. While ceramic Houston braces are also subtle due to the fact that the color of the ceramic tends to blend into the teeth, Invisalign is certainly the subtlest option for Houston braces treatment.

Invisalign Trays Are Removable

Ceramic dental braces are cemented to the teeth and can only be removed by our South Houston dentist, but Invisalign Clear Aligners can (and should) be removed by the patient at mealtimes. Further, if worn correctly, patients may skip their Invisalign for a special occasion.

Invisalign Is More Comfortable Than Ceramic Dental Braces

Although today’s dental braces are far thinner and lighter than they once were, the fact remains that ceramic dental braces utilize metal wires, whereas Invisalign doesn’t, creating an overall more comfortable experience. 

Our South Houston Family Dentist Can Help Determine Whether Invisalign Or Ceramic Houston Braces Are Better For You

There are many advantages of undergoing Invisalign treatment, but ceramic braces also provide fantastic results. Keep in mind that Invisalign works best on very mild cases, whereas ceramic Houston braces work best for moderate cases due to the additional strength of the ceramic. If you think it might be time for dental braces and you want to find out which is best for you, please book an appointment with our Houston family dentist so we can begin with a Houston braces consultation. We will assess your bite, needs, and preferences so we can recommend the best dental braces option for you. We look forward to embracing your smile!

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Thursday, 11 February 2021 15:38

Does Your Teen Need Houston Braces?

Although our dental braces are effective no matter how old you are, there are some benefits to considering Houston braces treatment at a younger age. With that said, you may be wondering if it’s time for your teenager to get Houston braces. In this article, we will offer insight to help you determine whether it might be time, as well as what you and your teen can expect.

Have All Your Teen’s Baby Teeth Fallen Out?

If your teen’s baby teeth have fallen out and all their permanent teeth have emerged, then you will be able to take a quick look to see if they might need braces. Houston braces treat overbites, underbites, open bites, teeth crowding, and more, so if your child is exhibiting (to any degree) any of these in their smile, then this is a good indicator that they might need correction with Houston braces.

See Our Family Dentists In Houston And South Houston For A Houston Braces Consultation

Now, it’s time to come in for a braces consultation, at which point we’ll gather x-rays, photographs, and impressions of your child’s teeth. Our family dentists will review this information and then discuss our evaluation with you and your teen.

We’ll explain how we expect your treatment to go and which of our Houston braces–Invisalign, metal dental braces, or ceramic dental braces–is suitable for your teen’s unique case. This will be a lot of information at once, but we will continue to be communicative and explain how their teeth are moving over the course of treatment.

Getting Fitted For Dental Braces At Our Houston And South Houston Dentist Offices

After the consultation, we’ll schedule another appointment where we will place the braces on their teeth. Here’s what you and your child will expect at this appointment.

  • Step 1: Our South Houston family dentist will thoroughly clean and dry your teeth so that the process goes by smoothly.
  • Step 2: We will apply orthodontic glue to your teeth and attach the brackets (either metal or ceramic) to the front of your teeth, one tooth at a time. We will follow this by drying the glue before we move onto the next bracket.
  • Step 3: Lastly, we will place the archwire across your teeth, which will apply gentle pressure to the brackets. This is how dental braces move your teeth.

This process usually takes about 2 hours and isn't painful, but your teenager’s mouth may feel sore afterward. This is normal and will gradually fade away after a few days. If your teen will undergo Invisalign treatment, this is what you can expect.

In Need of Houston Braces? Visit Our Family Dentists In Houston And South Houston

If you believe that your teenager may need Houston braces, then please book an appointment with us so we can begin with our dental braces consultation and design a treatment plan. We look forward to giving your teen a beautiful smile they are proud to show off!

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Wednesday, 27 January 2021 17:43

Adults Can Benefit From Houston Braces, Too

When most people think of Houston braces–either Invisalign, ceramic dental braces, or metal dental braces–they associate these appliances with kids and teenagers. However, adults are also able to wear Houston braces, and we even encourage it! In this article, we’ll explain why adults should get Houston braces and how our different options can help different cases.

If Children Don’t Get Houston Braces, They Keep Their Malocclusion In Adulthood

A “malocclusion” is the technical term for a bad bite, such as an overbite, underbite, and even crowding teeth. However, just because Houston braces are seen as a cosmetic dental treatment, doesn't mean their purpose is exclusive to cosmetics. Malocclusions are genuine medical conditions that can lead to other problems such as migraines, tooth decay, gum disease, lisp, and difficulty chewing and digesting food. It is imperative that you get the alignment of your teeth corrected if you suffer from the aforementioned conditions. 

Our Houston Braces Can Correct A Bad Bite And Promote Healthy Teeth

Because our Houston family dentist treats families in Houston and South Houston, we offer three different types of dental braces treatments in order to cater to every family member’s needs as best as possible. Our Houston braces options include:

Invisalign Clear Aligners

Invisalign Clear Aligners are clear trays that vary slightly in shape over the course of your treatment in order to guide your teeth to the correct alignment. We favor Invisalign for mild cases, as they would get the job done in a timely manner. Learn more about South Houston Invisalign here.

Metal Houston Braces

Metal Houston braces have been available since the 19th century with significant updates since then. Today, they are far more lightweight and comfortable and continue to be the traditional braces treatment that we recommend, as they are the most versatile. If you would like to learn more about metal Houston braces at our South Houston family dentist office, read this article.

Ceramic Dental Braces

Our ceramic South Houston braces are designed to blend in with the natural color of your teeth. This type of Houston braces treatment is efficient in treating moderate cases. Though ceramic braces are somewhat similar to metal braces, there are a few differences between ceramic and metal braces.

Adult Dental Braces at Centra Dental In Houston And South Houston

If you’re ready for a straighter, healthier smile, then please book an appointment with us at our Houston or South Houston dentist offices so we can evaluate your bite and help you determine which method of dental correction is best for you. We look forward to embracing your smile!

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Tuesday, 05 January 2021 22:57

Which Is Better: Ceramic Or Metal Houston Braces?

You and/or your child has likely seen other people wearing dental braces. If someone’s braces are fairly grey in color, then chances are they're wearing metal dental braces–the most common method of correcting a malocclusion. If you see someone who appears to be wearing braces that are off-white in color and blend into the teeth very well, then they are usually wearing ceramic Houston braces. They both achieve the same goal: healthy, perfectly straight teeth, but, what’s the difference between them? Which is better? In this article, our Houston dentists–who treat families in Houston and South Houston–will answer these commonly asked questions.

Metal Houston Braces

Metal dental braces have been around for hundreds of years, though today they are much more subtle and lightweight than they used to be, which makes them much more comfortable and effective. However, because they’re metal, their natural dark grey color is quite obvious on teeth.

Metal dental braces are made up of three components:

  • Metal square-shaped brackets, fixed to the front of your teeth
  • Metal dark gray archwire, placed across the brackets
  • O-rings, which are placed around the bracket and can be of different colors

When Our Houston Family Dentists Recommend Metal Braces

Metal dental braces work on just about any malocclusion, mild or severe. This means they have superior strength in order to reduce how long treatment would last, compared to other alternatives.

Ceramic Houston Braces

Though less common than metal braces, ceramic dental braces have risen in popularity over the years due to the fact that they are a good compromise between Invisalign and metal Houston braces, as well as for their increased subtlety over metal braces.

Ceramic braces consist of the following components:

  • Ceramic brackets fixed to the front of your teeth, which blend into your natural tooth color
  • Light-colored archwire placed across the brackets (silver or frosted in color)

When Our South Houston Family Dentists Recommend Ceramic Braces 

Though still strong enough to move your teeth to the proper alignment, ceramic isn’t as strong as metal, so we don’t typically recommend ceramic Houston braces for severe malocclusions. They do, however, work wonders for mild to moderate malocclusions on patients of all ages. 

Affordable Dental Braces At Our Houston Family Dentist Offices

Whether you are considering Houston braces for yourself or for your child, Centra Dental in Houston and South Houston is proud to be a top-rated office for braces as low as $99 per month. If you plan on getting Houston braces soon, please book an appointment with us so we can conduct an evaluation and determine which method of correction is best for you. In this case, neither ceramic braces nor metal braces are considered a generally "better option". It really comes down to what each individual patient needs and what their priorities are.

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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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You may have seen ceramic and metal dental braces patients wearing rubber bands at some point during the course of their treatment. If you or your child is about to undergo Houston braces treatment at one of our family dentist offices in Houston and South Houston, then you might be wondering if you (or your child) will also have to wear rubber bands. In this article, we will answer this question while also explaining the importance of rubber bands. 

What Are Rubber Bands Used For

Rubber bands are primarily used as a way to correct your bite, specifically if you have an overbite or an underbite. These rubber bands apply additional pressure to your jaw in order to guide it to the right placement in a more accelerated manner than your braces would without rubber bands.  

Wearing Rubber Bands With Your Dental Braces

Because rubber bands accelerate the correction of your malocclusion, getting to this phase in your Houston braces treatment is a pretty big, exciting deal! They are a major milestone in your overall treatment, but not everyone has to wear rubber bands. Typically, if our Houston braces patients don’t have an overbite or underbite, but do experience crowding in their teeth, then they may not need rubber bands. However, they are still an option that we will recommend based on each individual patient case. 

Similar to wearing retainers after braces, it is critical to the success of your treatment that you wear your rubber bands as directed if you want to complete your braces treatment on time (or, in some cases, earlier!). Most of the time, our South Houston family dentists recommend you wear your rubber bands at least 10-12 hours a day, but in some cases, we recommend wearing them for 24 hours except for when you’re eating, brushing your teeth, and flossing. It isn’t rare for patients to begin wearing bands 24/7 and then switch to just a few hours a day.

Our Houston Family Dentists Will Recommend Rubber Bands If Your Treatment Requires It

If you’re about to undergo braces treatment, or if you are curious about if/when you might need rubber bands, then please book an appointment with us so we can perform a teeth cleaning before your dental benefits expire and evaluate your bite before making a recommendation. We can’t wait to embrace your smile!

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Monday, 30 November 2020 17:06

The Importance Of Retainers After Houston Braces

Approaching the end of your Houston braces treatment is an exciting feeling because you will be able to show off a gorgeous smile really soon! However, giving you a new smile doesn’t just finish there. In fact, once your treatment is completed, you will have to switch to wearing orthodontic retainers for an extended period of time, but don’t worry–they are more flexible than dental braces. In this article, we will explain the importance of wearing retainers after your Houston braces treatment.

Your Teeth Will Tend To Shift Again

Both children and adults who wear braces will experience this. This occurs because the 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.

Retainers Protect Your Investment

Wearing retainers after completing your Invisalign, metal, or ceramic Houston braces treatment is a sure way to make your investment in your smile well worth it. As we age, our teeth naturally try to shift again, and as frustrating as this is, remember that your dental braces 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 and healthy 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. We can’t wait to embrace your smile!

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