Missing Teeth: How to Keep Your Smile

artificial missing teethAlthough missing teeth are usually associated with growing older, anyone, at any age, can experience tooth loss, also known as edentulism. Tooth loss can significantly impact more than just your smile. Many people experiencing edentulism also report emotional or psychological distress as a result of discomfort in personal and social situations, where they feel a smile is important. Fortunately, in modern dentistry, there are several well-known ways to prevent missing teeth, as well as excellent long-term treatments available to restore your healthy smile. (more…)

How Six Month Braces Work

wondering how six month braces workNot all braces are the same. Just like your smile is unique from everyone else’s, so are the different ways in which we can straighten crooked teeth, when necessary. For instance, if your teeth are crooked enough to affect your smile’s appearance, yet don’t require extensive repositioning, we may recommend Six Month Braces, designed to focus on discretion while improving your smile’s aesthetic appeal. The secret to how Six Month Braces work lies partly in their advanced memory wire that returns to its original shape if bent, and helps move your teeth faster. (more…)

What to Know About Dental Implants

woman thinking about dental implantsIf you’re considering dental implants to replace the one or more teeth you’ve lost, then you might already know that the prosthetic teeth roots may be the best way to support your dental crown, bridge, or denture. As the strongest parts of your body, your teeth owe much of their strength to the roots that support them, and dental implants are designed to provide the same support for your replacement teeth. However, more stable support isn’t the only important thing about dental implants; they also help maintain the rest of your oral health the way your lost teeth’s roots were meant to. (more…)

Why Straight Teeth Matter, and How Clear Braces Help

measuring straight teethBesides the fact that they look better straight, your teeth benefit in more than just appearance when they’re symmetrical and in their proper positions. When they’re crooked, your upper and lower teeth won’t meet properly when you bite down, which can place a strain on your jaw in addition to excessive pressure on your teeth. Fortunately, you might not have to undergo comprehensive orthodontic treatment to achieve straight teeth. In many cases, we can help improve smile symmetry using a system of clear braces that offer improved discretion as well as shorter treatment times. That way, you can enjoy the benefits of straighter teeth without having to endure the scrutiny that often comes with traditional metal braces. (more…)

Discreet Braces that Work in Six Months!

six months bracesAs a teen or adult, straightening crooked teeth can help improve your smile’s look and your overall confidence, but you might hesitate at the prospect of wearing traditional metal braces for a couple of years. The good news is that, with our six months braces system, you can not only correct misalignment in less time than traditional braces, but in a much more discreet fashion, as well.  Using the innovative PowerProx system, we can help you enjoy the benefits of a straighter smile without the need for conspicuous metal brackets and wires. (more…)

How Your Dentist Uses 3D Imaging Technology

3D jaw imageKnowing the details of your mouth’s landscape is a vital part of your professional dental care. By knowing exactly how your teeth are oriented, the condition your gums are in, and the status of your jawbone and other oral tissues, we can better diagnose your dental health and the need for treatment, if necessary. To gain a better view of your oral health, your Katy dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop, utilizes a variety of 3D imaging technology, including digital X-rays, intraoral cameras, and more. (more…)

Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month

shutterstock_84872872For the fifth year, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) and the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company are collaborating to celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month. The two organizations hope to promote awareness about dental hygiene and the significance of good oral health. Your Katy dentist Dr. Lathrop supports the four pillars of National Dental Hygiene Month: brushing twice a day, flossing every day, rinsing with mouthwash, and chewing sugar-free gum. (more…)

3 Ways Dental Implants Improve Your Replacement Teeth

dental implant conceptMade from realistic-looking materials and highly-advanced diagnostic technology, today’s modern replacement teeth aspire to look and perform like healthy, natural teeth. To do so, however, they must restore a lost tooth’s entire structure, including the root that was embedded within your jawbone. Dental implants, which are root-shaped prostheses made from biocompatible titanium, are innovative anchors that support your replacement teeth the way roots support your healthy teeth. (more…)

Questions You Should Ask About Teeth Whitening

woman with questioning smileEven if you’re proficient enough with your toothbrush, floss, and dental checkups that you avoid tooth decay and gum disease, you might not be able to prevent your teeth from losing their youthful exuberance. Fortunately, you don’t have to settle for a duller smile. With professional teeth-whitening, you can restore your smile’s pearly appearance, and without the need for lengthy or complicated treatment. (more…)