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…)

Three Dimensional X-rays in Dentistry

3D XraysDental 3D cone beam technology is also known as computed tomography (CT). This is a specialized type of x-ray machine which is well utilized for circumstances requiring a clearer and deeper picture of a dental or facial condition. These x-rays have not been routinely used in the past because the radiation exposure is higher than traditional dental x-rays. However, having the opportunity to get a three dimensional image is a fantastic tool in certain cases.

3D Cone Beam X-rays

Dental cone beam x-rays allow inner views of dental structures including soft tissues, nerve paths, and craniofacial bone. In spite of radiation concerns, all of this is accomplished in one (more…)

TMJ and Neck Pain: How Do They Relate?

Screaming Jaw PainMuscles in the human body intertwine into a complicated tapestry. When you are in excellent health, your body parts work in harmony and function at optimal levels. Unfortunately, sometimes one health condition can extend into causing symptoms in other parts of your body, making diagnosis a bit elusive. Take temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) as an example. Amongst the unpleasant elements of this jaw joint condition are uncomfortable aches and pains from your head to your back, and potentially everywhere in between.

TMD Basics

Craniomandibular Dysfunction describes a cluster of symptoms which present when the jaw (more…)

Reasons for Dental Implant Popularity

Older FriendsDental patients who are missing teeth have several options to restore form and function. Traditional dentures once served a great purpose, but new technological innovations over the years have allowed dentists to provide patients with restorations which closely mimic natural teeth through strong and beautiful dental implants. Dental implants consist of biocompatible titanium posts which are surgically implanted into the jawbone to create a strong attachment point for a variety of prosthetic teeth options. Dental implants are sturdy, easy to clean, and designed to keep your jawbone density health. (more…)