Braces


Misaligned teeth can certainly affect how you feel about your smile. If your teeth are crooked, overlapping, or crowded, or if some of them are just out of place, you might feel self-conscious about your appearance and avoid smiling.

Nothing can replace a beautiful smile.

Much like no person is the same, no set of teeth is the same either. Sometimes braces are required to straighten, close gaps, or realign teeth.

A beautiful smile relies on the formation of your teeth. This aesthetic part of your appearance can affect your self-esteem and overall personality. If you or your children are in need of braces, you are not alone by any stretch of the imagination. Recent studies have shown that 50-70 percent of children in the U.S. have had to wear braces at some point in time between the ages of 6-18.

BRACES FOR TEENS

The dentists at Awesome Smiles are passionate about making their clients feel confident about their smile — now and for the rest of their lives. If your teenager needs to have their teeth straightened, our dentists can help you make the right choice and can provide all the information you need regarding this dental procedure.

We ensure that your teenager receives only the best and most personal treatment available. At Awesome Smiles, the treatment for braces averages about two years. Although your child’s teeth may become straight after the first year, there is a high percentage risk of having their teeth become crooked again if the braces are removed too soon. Our dentists believe braces should only have to be worn once in a lifetime to attain that once-in-a-lifetime smile.

BRACES FOR ADULTS

Braces, however, aren’t just for teenagers. It can be a bit daunting to begin wearing braces late in life, which is why Awesome Smiles is a Invisalign provider. Invisalign enables adults to begin adjusting their teeth if they’re crooked, spaced, or otherwise, without feeling like their appearance has undergone a drastic change.

Many adults had braces as children, but their teeth became crooked again because they had their braces removed too soon or they didn’t utilize the retainer as recommended. If your teeth have gone back to how they were when you were young, Invisalign is a great option.

Invisalign, however, might not be the best option for you. If so, Awesome Smiles also provides the traditional 3M metal braces, offering a variety of different colors. The fact is braces have become so common that they are now practically a part of fashion.

WHY BRACES?

There are countless benefits from choosing braces. This dental procedure straightens your teeth, which directly affects your personal life. Straight teeth can also improve speech. Braces can indirectly and directly contribute to the success of your everyday life by increasing your personal confidence in business or social settings.

Not only do braces perfect your smile, they also help ensure your teeth remain healthy. Crooked or misaligned teeth can prevent you from providing proper dental hygiene. There is the high possibility of food buildup, which can cause an increase in plaque, tooth decay and gum disease.

When braces are applied and teeth become straight, it removes the issue of irregular bite patterns. These bite patterns, which cause stress and higher impact on certain teeth, can severely injure your crowns, as well as add to the risk of food buildup. Correcting your bite patterns through the application of braces ensures your chewing becomes seamless and is no longer a hazard to your teeth and overall health.

WHEN SHOULD I GET BRACES?

If your teeth are crooked or misaligned, or if you experience pain or discomfort while chewing, then now is the perfect time. The dentists at Awesome Smiles are ready to answer any and all questions you may have about this important and life-changing dental procedure. They will diagnose whatever problems your teeth are causing you and will also inform you of the benefits that will take place when braces are applied.

MAKE YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW

For more information about braces or to make a dental appointment, call Awesome Smiles at 713-721-8800 or fill out your information on the Book Now.

 


 

Why Orthodontic Treatment Is Important

Did you know that misaligned teeth could also cause a number of health problems including decay, periodontal disease, and malocclusion (a bad bite)? When your teeth are too close, too far apart, or when they overlap, it makes caring for them and keeping them clean incredibly difficult. When your teeth are pushing against one another, they can even make it difficult to bite, chew, or speak properly. Misaligned teeth even put your gums at risk and can cause bone resorption if not addressed.

Some of the orthodontic conditions we treat include: 

  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Crossbite
  • Overlap
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Extra teeth
  • Jaw misalignment

No matter if your teeth are completely out of place or if you just need to straighten a few of them, at Awesome Smiles, we can address your orthodontic needs so that you can have a healthier smile and feel better about how you look.

Orthodontic Treatment Options

The options for orthodontics are more varied and more effective than ever. Depending on your unique needs, we offer everything from traditional metal brackets to ceramic brackets to clear options that look more discreet while providing effective treatment. An evaluation with Dr. Kathy Nguyen will help us determine the treatment options that will work best for you.

The length of your treatment depends upon how far we need to move your teeth to achieve an ideal bite. We can discuss the different options and estimated treatment times with you at your consultation so that you have an idea of how long it will take.

What Age Is Best for an Evaluation?

We evaluate very young children from an early age because early orthodontic intervention that addresses problems such as spacing and jaw size are often more easily addressed at a young age. It is important to remember, however, that it is never too late to have orthodontics, and more adults than ever are getting braces for improved health and aesthetics.

No matter what age you decide to have treatment, maintaining proper oral health and dental hygiene routines is important. When you undergo orthodontics, it is sometimes more of a challenge to keep foods, plaque, and bacteria off your teeth and brackets. Extra brushing and flossing will go a long way when it comes to preventing other types of oral conditions.

Call Us for an Orthodontic Evaluation

If you are looking to improve the health and appearance of your smile, call our Houston, TX dental office and Dr. Kathy Nguyen will outline a treatment plan to get the job done in a way that works for you.

Most of our dental services are covered by Medicaid, CHIP, and most dental insurance plans.