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Metal Braces Vs Invisalign: Which to Choose?

Metal braces or Invisalign? This is one of the most frequently asked questions by those looking to straighten their teeth. Both have their benefits, but deciding which one is right for you depends on several factors. To help you decide, let’s take a look at the case for each.

Advantages of Braces

Unlike Invisalign, braces are permanent for the entire duration of your treatment plan. That means they are working 24/7 at getting you a perfect smile. With Invisalign, on the other hand, there is always the temptation to remove the clear plastic trays. If removed too frequently, you may negate any improvements made to your teeth, thereby increasing the duration of your treatment plan. Also, having to remove Invisalign trays every time you eat, drink (except water), and clean your teeth can be seen as a hassle to some.

Advantages of Invisalign

Invisalign braces are clear plastic tray aligners that are specifically designed and fitted for your teeth. Invisalign clear braces are virtually unnoticeable, thus allowing wearers to smile more confidently than they might when wearing traditional braces.

Invisalign feels more comfortable than braces. Braces can irritate or scratch the inside of your mouth. In addition, chunks of food oftentimes get stuck in between the wires and brackets, making eating difficult and uncomfortable. This is avoided with Invisalign because one just needs to remove the clear plastic trays before eating.

Because the plastic tray aligners are removable, teeth are easier to clean. With metal braces, you need to take extra care to gently brush above and below each bracket. In addition, flossing can be a challenge because of the metal wires. One needs to carefully weave between the wires in order to get in between teeth or use a floss leader.

Choosing between Invisalign clear braces or metal braces can often be a difficult, time-consuming decision. However, Centra Dental can make the decision process easier for you. Our Houston dentists and orthodontists are experts at helping patients figure out what is best for them. So contact our southwest Houston office today, and we’ll get you on your way to a perfect smile!

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Why Does My Kid Need Braces?

Kids can need braces for a variety of reasons. These often include: crooked teeth, overlapping or overcrowded teeth, or a "bad bite" (malocclusion). Malocclusion refers to when the top and bottom jaws are different sizes, resulting in uneven contact between the upper and lower teeth. As a result, overbites and underbites occur. An overbite is when the upper jaw is larger than the lower jaw, while an underbite is when the lower jaw is larger than the upper jaw.

Sometimes losing baby teeth too soon or practicing bad habits like thumb sucking can also lead to tooth and jaw problems. However, tooth and jaw problems are also often inherited. If you or someone in your family have tooth or jaw issues, it is likely that your kid will as well. When left untreated, issues such as low self-esteem, periodontal disease, and improper digestion can occur.

When to Check If Your Kid Needs Braces

There is no exact age for when a child should see an orthodontist for the first time. Some kids go as early as 6, while some go when they are teens. With the popularity of Invisalign clear braces, even adults are now seeing an orthodontist more than ever.

Many orthodontists believe a good time to start seeing an orthodontist is around the age of 7, as this is normally when their permanent teeth start coming in. Once your child’s permanent teeth start coming in, issues such as uneven bite and overcrowding will become apparent. Starting the process early doesn't mean a child will get braces right away. It just means the orthodontist will be able to find problems and decide the best time to start treatment.

Get Your Kid Checked for Braces at Our Southwest Houston Dental Office

Centra Dental is ready to resolve your child’s tooth and jaw issues through the use of 3M metal braces. When you bring your child to our southwest Houston office for a regular visit, our dentists will often be the first to notice any orthodontic issues your child may have. If the dentist feels there are issues that need to be addressed, your child will then see one of our expert orthodontists. The orthodontist will carefully examine your child’s teeth and determine whether or not kids braces are needed.

Centra Dental is committed to giving your child a healthy mouth and great smile. As providers of great dental and orthodontic services, our Houston dentists are ready to help. So contact our southwest Houston office today to book an appointment.

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Health Benefits of Braces

Braces are often solely viewed as a cosmetic dentistry method to improve one’s appearance. A great smile leads to feeling good about your appearance and greater self-confidence. As important as appearance may be, however, what is often overlooked are the many health benefits of braces. Let’s take a look at a few of them:

Braces Lead to a Healthy Mouth

In addition to the obvious cosmetic improvement of your teeth and smile, straighter teeth are easier to clean, hence better periodontal health. Crooked or gapped teeth make properly brushing and cleaning more difficult, resulting in cavities and tooth loss. In addition, misaligned or crowded teeth make flossing difficult. When teeth are not properly flossed, periodontal disease is likely to manifest.

Braces from Centra Dental in southwest Houston resolves these issues by aligning and spacing teeth out properly. Dental maintenance is greatly improved because brushing, cleaning, and flossing become easier. The result is a clean, healthy mouth.

Braces Correct Jaw Issues

Misaligned teeth cause an improper bite that can lead to jaw issues such as temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders. TMJ disorders affect the muscles and joints surrounding the jaw, often causing headaches and pain around the face and ears. People suffering from TMJ disorders may also experience dizziness and a ringing in their ears.

TMJ disorders often make biting and chewing difficult. This can lead to improper digestion and increasing the chance of large chunks of food getting caught in the teeth and gums, thus leading to bad breath and gum disease.

Braces from our Houston dentists will move your teeth back into their correct position. Once this happens, the TMJ will shift back to its proper alignment, thus relieving you of your symptoms. In addition, you will be able to bite, chew, and even speak better.

Contact Centra Dental for Your Braces Consultation

Our greatest concern at Centra Dental is your overall health. Obviously, a great smile is an added bonus. Straight teeth greatly contribute to both of these things, so contact our office in southwest Houston today for a braces consultation. Let us help give you a great smile and better oral health!

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What an Invisalign Smile Will Do For You

One of the greatest factors in determining a person’s perception of you is your smile. Smiling not only makes you look more attractive, but it also has many social and health benefits. With so many benefits, smiling more greatly contributes to a happy, healthy lifestyle.

People often cite feeling self-conscious or ashamed about their smile because of crooked or misaligned teeth as reasons for not smiling more. Through the use of Invisalign clear braces, Centra Dental in southwest Houston resolves these issues and will get you smiling more in no time. Here are a few things an Invisalign smile will do for you:

An Invisalign Smile Will Make You More Approachable

Upon meeting people for the first time, a warm, genuine smile makes others feel at ease. A strong, confident smile radiates warmth and opens the door to engagement, while making a great first impression. There is a real physical attraction factor linked to the act of smiling that draws others towards you, while negative expressions such as frowns and glares push people away.

Invisalign gives patients a smile they can be proud of showing. In addition, Invisalign plastic tray aligners are barely noticeable. Therefore, even while wearing the plastic trays, patients will feel more confident in smiling more, because they know their teeth are getting straighter each day.

An Invisalign Smile Will Help Elevate Mood

When we feel great, a smile should come naturally. It's a physical sign of joy, happiness, amusement, or contentment. Although it's not natural to smile when we're sad or upset, research has shown that smiling, even fake smiling, can be the best thing to do when you're looking to brighten up your mood. The old adage of “fake it ‘til you make it” holds validity, as scientists have found that smiling on purpose changes brain chemistry.

Unfortunately, feeling self-conscious about one’s smile gets in the way of smiling more, thus creating an obstacle to feeling the positive emotions associated with smiling. Thankfully, clear braces from Centra Dental removes this obstacle. Invisalign patients will feel free to smile naturally and as often as they want, thus allowing them to experience the positive emotions associated with smiling.

Contact Centra Dental for Your Invisalign Consultation

Centra Dental is committed to giving you a smile you can be proud of. If you live in or around the southwest Houston area, contact our office today for an Invisalign consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve an amazing smile that elevates not just your own mood, but the mood of those around you as well!

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Get Your Child Affordable Braces Before School Starts

School is only about a month away, which means the kids will be back to getting up early, studying, playing sports, and dealing with everything else school. With such a hectic schedule awaiting, now would be a good time to schedule their braces appointment before the school year starts back up.

If your child has gapped, crooked or misaligned teeth, we have the braces just for them and the price range just for you. Our metal braces begin at $1995, which makes getting braces affordable.

At our dental clinic in the southwest Houston area, we aim to make dentistry affordable. Since braces are such a big part of people’s lives, we wanted to make braces affordable. School typically requires the purchase of supplies, clothes, shoes, and other items, which can add up pretty quickly. Making certain that braces are affordable is important to us.

MAKING AFFORDABLE BRACES EVEN MORE AFFORDABLE

If your child’s teeth are severely crooked, gapped or misaligned, then there is a good chance that your dental insurance will cover some, most or all of the cost of braces. Our Houston dental clinic accepts more major dental insurance plans. This can greatly assist you and your family in affording braces.

Our dental staff will help you find out if your dental insurance will cover some or all of the cost of braces. Simply contact our dental clinic and ask your orthodontics-related questions.

GETTING YOUR BRACES RIGHT

Each patient meets with one of our dentists who will conduct the orthodontics treatment. During this consultation, the dentist will conduct a thorough evaluation of the patient’s teeth and make recommendations on the type of braces (metal or Invisalign), how long the treatments will take, and how often the patient should return to our clinic for tightening sessions.

At Centra Dental, we make certain that our patients - children and adults - receive the very best treatment for all of their dental needs.

SCHEDULE YOUR CHILD’S ORTHO APPOINTMENT TODAY

If your child needs braces before the school year starts, then contact us today and schedule their appointment. We look forward to providing them with beautiful and healthy teeth for the rest of their lives.

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Considering Invisalign Braces? Come to Centra Dental

Braces have become a very common aspect in American life. Patients of all ages want to have straight and perfectly aligned teeth. There are also a lot of patients who don’t want to have to deal with braces that are extremely noticeable. That’s why Centra Dental in southwest Houston offers Invisalign braces. Invisalign braces have become a huge part of dentistry because they enable patients to have their teeth straightened practically unnoticeably. These plastic tray aligners are custom-made to perfectly fit your teeth.

HOW INVISALIGN BRACES WORK

If you have crooked, misaligned or gapped teeth, and want straight and aligned teeth, then you should consider coming to Centra Dental to receive braces. Braces can adjust your teeth in approximately 12 to 24 months. At our dental clinic in southwest Houston, our dentists sit down with each patient to discuss what they hope to receive from their orthodontics treatments. Our dentists conduct thorough examinations of the mouth and teeth of the patient. This allows us to check the severity of the crookedness or misalignment so that we can properly diagnose the issue. If Invisalign braces are found to be the best fit for you, then we will conduct X-rays of the dental structure. This ensures we are able to manufacture custom-fitted braces. Invisalign braces will fit tightly against the teeth to begin straightening them. You will be provided new clear braces after each session that will continue to adjust the teeth till they are completely straightened. The sessions will vary according to patient. Be sure to ask all the questions you may have during your ortho consultation. We offer Invisalign for adults and teenagers.

SCHEDULE YOUR INVISALIGN APPOINTMENT

Interested in getting Invisalign clear braces? Contact Centra Dental today and schedule your consultation with our dentist. We look forward to providing you with the smile you’ve been hoping for.

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Can You Afford Braces? At Centra Dental, You Can!

Some people think of braces as an extravagant expense, but at our southwest Houston dental clinic we have worked to ensure that just about everyone can afford braces. With 3M metal braces starting at less than $2,000 and with flexible payment plans, Centra Dental offers top-of-the-line affordable braces.

Braces have become a necessity for many people who suffer from severely gapped, misaligned, or crooked teeth. When braces are applied, teeth are able to straighten conform to correct alignment, which makes it easier for patients to chew, speak, and maintain their oral health, like brushing and flossing. At Centra Dental, we are always concerned about the health of our patients’ teeth and overall oral health.

USING DENTAL INSURANCE FOR BRACES

If teeth are severely misaligned or gapped and are causing health concerns, quite often the dental insurance plan will cover either the entire braces treatment or a large portion of it. If you have dental insurance and are struggling with the misalignment or gaps in your teeth, then you should consider applying your dental benefits to an orthodontics treatment.

Our southwest Houston dental clinic accepts most dental insurance plans. We also accept Care Credit. Our primary initiative is to help you obtain the necessary dental procedures to keep your oral health in pristine shape. This is why we work with every patient, regardless of their budget constraints. Customizing our customer care is just part of what makes Centra Dental a fantastic dental clinic.

METAL OR INVISALIGN CHOICE

For patients who are ready to receive their orthodontics treatment, we offer 3M metal braces and Invisalign braces. Invisalign are clear plastic tray aligners that make wearing braces practically unnoticeable.

Ready to get your smile looking straight and beautiful? Contact Centra Dental today and schedule your orthodontics appointment. We will place you on an ortho plan that will have you smiling.

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Summer Is the Best Time to Get Braces

Summer is here and the busyness of life, at least for your kids, have slowed down a bit (hopefully). With the slower schedule, now is the best time to schedule your child’s orthodontics appointment.

If your child has crooked, misaligned or gapped teeth, then you should consider getting them braces to give them a perfectly aligned and strong smile. At our southwest Houston dental clinic, we provide 3M metal braces and Invisalign braces to our patients. Both types of teeth aligners can quickly begin to straighten your child’s teeth.

METAL OR INVISALIGN: WHICH TO CHOOSE

When coming to Centra Dental for your child’s orthodontics appointment, there are several steps that must be taken before applying braces to their teeth. Our dentist will conduct a thorough evaluation of your child’s teeth and overall oral structure. This is done through dental X-rays and conducting a personal examination.

Once we establish the severity of their dental structure, we will be able to pinpoint precisely the type of braces they should receive. If the teeth are severely misaligned or gapped, then metal braces are typically preferable since they are the strongest. These 3M metal braces will move teeth into an aligned position more quickly than Invisalign, and they are less expensive. Our metal braces start at less than $2,000.

With Invisalign braces, these are typically for less severe cases. These clear plastic tray aligners do not shift teeth into place as quickly, but they do so efficiently, effectively, and without being very noticeable. Since these braces are plastic, youth are more apt to choose these types because they don’t cause a major change to their appearance.

CHOOSE BRACES NOW WHILE IT’S SUMMER

Whether you choose metal braces or Invisalign, making the choice during the summer enables your child to get used to the braces before school starts back up. If your child needs braces, then contact our dental office in southwest Houston and schedule their summer dental appointment today.

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Summer Is Almost Here! Get Your Braces Now

It’s the end of May and summer is fast approaching. Now is a great time to head over to Centra Dental before the start of the summer break. For whatever your dental needs, our dental clinic in southwest Houston is here to provide the solutions. One major issue many of our patients need help with the misalignment of their teeth.

Creating straight smiles is a part of dentistry we love. Our orthodontics is one of the best and least expensive in the Greater Houston area. We provide patients - teens and adults - with their choice of metal braces or Invisalign.

WHY SUMMER FOR CHOOSING BRACES

We think any time of the year is a great time for getting braces, but the summer offers some great opportunities, especially for kids and teens.

  • THE BREAK: With the summer break, kids and teens will be able to get adjusted to their braces without having to take up their weekends for regular visits. Their free time will keep parents from having to rush around as well, allowing them months to prepare for how to schedule their regular visits to get their kid’s braces adjusted and tightened.
  • GETTING USED TO BRACES: Braces, whether metal or Invisalign, takes some getting used to. During the summer months, kids are able to adjust to wearing braces without having to deal with them in overly public places, like the school cafeteria. They can figure out how to keep them clean and what to expect while eating certain things.
  • NO SHOCK VALUE: When wearing braces, especially 3M metal braces, there can be a drastic change to your appearance. Taking the summer to “wear them in” can help with getting used to having braces.

COME GET YOUR SUMMER BRACES

Now is a great time to schedule your braces appointment or a braces appointment for your child or teenager. We look forward to getting their smile straight and beautiful.

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Does Your Teen Need Braces? Get Invisalign

At our dental office in southwest Houston, we know all about the need for braces, especially for teens. Having a straight smile is an important element for a kid’s life, and getting them straightened almost unnoticeably is a huge plus. We can do this for your teenager at Centra Dental through Invisalign Teen.

If your middle or high school kid has crooked, misaligned, or gapped teeth, then you should consider bringing them to our dental office. We will create a custom set of plastic tray aligners called Invisalign that will fit their teeth perfectly. These set of braces are not permanent because they have to be changed every so often.

Much like metal braces that have be tightened every few weeks, the Invisalign Teen braces have to be replaced with new ones every few weeks too. This keeps the braces tight on the teeth to force them into the correct position.

WHY TEENS PREFER INVISALIGN

The obvious reason why people, and teens in particular, prefer Invisalign over metal braces is because they aren’t very noticeable. Unlike the 3M metal braces, which are obvious due to the metal tangs and strands, the Invisalign braces clear throughout. These are placed over the teeth like mouthguards.

It isn’t about keeping braces a secret. It’s simply that most patients prefer not to have a major change to their appearance. Invisalign and Invisalign Teen allow this.

These custom-fitted braces are also removable for approximately two hours per day, which can’t be done with metal braces. This allows for thorough brushing and cleaning of teeth. It also allows for patients to eat food without braces.

COME GET YOUR INVISALIGN TEEN BRACES TODAY

If you or your teen needs braces, then contact our Houston dental clinic today and schedule your orthodontics appointment. We look forward to helping you achieve a straight, healthy and beautiful smile.

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