Office Hours

Monday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am - 12:00pm
Thursday: 7:30am - 5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday:Closed

 

Bright Orthodontics Katy

810 S. Mason Rd. Ste 290
Katy, TX 77450
Phone: (281) 206-4443

Bright Orthodontics Fulshear

26440 FM 1093, #B100
Richmond TX 77406
Phone: (281) 725-6189

From cosmetic dentistry to full-mouth rehabilitation, our practice is equipped to handle all of your dental needs. To help you understand more about our office, we have included brief descriptions of some of our most common services on this page.

Initial Examination

Your first visit at our office is very important in establishing your orthodontic baseline. We will perform a complete oral examination which includes an analysis of your malocclusion and a thorough examination of your teeth, oral musculature and possible skeletal deformity. We will also perform a thorough radiographic analysis. Any factors such as poor oral habits will also be evaluated.

Interceptive Orthodontics

Historically, most patients did not commence orthodontic treatment until all of their permanent teeth had erupted and then had a malocclusion diagnosed and addressed at the age of about 12-14. Waiting this long often necessitated the extraction of several permanent teeth in order to create space for orthodontic movement. More extensive movement necessitated the use of headgear and other orthodontic appliances. It was noted that teen cooperation in wearing such appliances was often problematic.

Interceptive orthodontics is a technique and philosophy which was developed to address certain orthodontic problems between the ages of 7-11.This early intervention and phased treatment can result in fewer extracted teeth and better patient compliance.

Some of the techniques used in this interceptive orthodontic phase include arch expansion, which allows more room for permanent teeth and orthopedic growth appliances which enhance jaw growth and make later orthodontic treatment much simpler.

These early interventions act as Phase 1 of a two step orthodontic treatment. Phase 2 will occur closer to the time when standard orthodontics generally takes place. Interceptive orthodontic techniques will allow Phase 2 of the treatment to become simpler, shorter and less extensive than it otherwise would have been.

Orthodontics

The goal of orthodontics is to correct a malocclusion – a bad bite. Teeth may be crowded or crooked or the upper and lower jaws may be out of alignment. Occasionally, even when teeth appear straight, the patient may have a bite which is not even and which may be causing further dental problems.

Malocclusions may be inherited familialy, may be developmental or may be caused by poor oral habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.

Orthodontic treatment seeks to address any or all of these problems. The goal of orthodontic treatment is not only to create an attractive smile, but to develop a bite which can promote oral health. Straight, uncrowded teeth are a lot easier to keep clean. Crooked, crowded teeth are much more difficult to maintain and can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Orthodontics utilizes physics to slowly move teeth into the proper position. This is performed by using corrective appliances, including braces and retainers. Brackets are placed on the teeth using bonding technology. Arch wires are then threaded through these brackets . The tension and tightness of these wires determines the individual movement of each tooth. Orthodontics applies constant pressure on each tooth in a desired direction. By making adjustment to the pressure at follow up visits, we will control the slow movement of the teeth until the malocclusion is corrected. Generally speaking, orthodontic treatment can last from one to three years or longer depending on the patient's age and severity of the malocclusion. Retainers are often worn to help ensure teeth remain in their new position after braces have been removed. Retainers are always recommended.

Invisalign® Invisible Braces

Invisalign ® is a form of orthodontic treatment that works to correct many different types of malocclusions through the use of a series of clear plastic trays called aligners. Invisalign® was developed to eliminate the use of unsightly metal brackets and wires and allow orthodontic treatment to occur almost "invisibly".

How Does Invisalign® Work?

After an evaluation visit to determine whether a patient is a candidate for Invisalign®, we will take dental impressions, radiographs and pictures. Using these, Invisalign® will use its unique computer imaging system to create a series of Invisalign® aligners, which are clear and which will replace the standard bracket and wires of conventional orthodontics. The first in the series of clear retainers will fit the patient's teeth as they exist at the beginning of treatment. Each successive retainer will exert forces which will move teeth to the position where the next retainer can take over.

The patient must wear each removable retainer for approximately two weeks. They must be worn at all times – 24 hours a day - except during meals.

The number of aligners will vary from patient to patient depending on the severity of the malocclusion. The overall length of treatment generally approximates the time needed for standard orthodontics.

Damon Braces

Damon braces offer faster orthodontic treatment with a greater level of comfort than traditional braces. The innovations offered by Damon® braces have made them one of the most sought after products Dr. Bright offers.

Some of our adult patients come to us, worried that they have missed their opportunity to use orthodontic treatments to straighten their smiles.

Dr. David Bright assures all patients that age makes little difference in orthodontics and it is never too late to try braces.

To learn more about Damon braces and the benefits they offer, call our Katy or Fulshear, TX, Orthodontic office today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Bright.

Why Should You Choose Braces?

You only get one chance at making a first impression, and it can make or break an opportunity. Many believe that people with straight, beautiful smiles receive better treatment than those with a mouthful of crooked teeth. They feel they are more successful in job interviews, gain the trust of their associates more easily, and experience preferential customer service.

Straightening your teeth offer general health benefits as well. Patients with straight, aligned teeth have an easier time keeping them and their gums clean. Crooked teeth can present hard to reach areas that patients may struggle to keep clean, and can harbor bacteria that cause decay, gum disease, or even the loss of teeth. Well-aligned teeth provide a better bite, create more efficient chewing aiding digestion, and help to reduce headaches and stress.

Why Damon Braces?

Damon Braces provide the same great quality treatment offered through traditional bracket and wire orthodontics, but they do it in a shorter time period, with greater comfort, fewer adjustments, and fewer office visits required.

These braces offer a more comfortable alternative to traditional braces, replacing the elastic or metal ties that keep the wire in place with a slide mechanism in each bracket. These slide mechanisms hold the wire in place with less pressure and friction than ties, allowing the teeth to move comfortably and quickly.

The self-ligating braces use lighter force when moving the teeth into position, enabling efficient orthodontic treatment with little or no discomfort.

The light, high-tech wire used with Damon braces requires fewer adjustments than with traditional metal braces, and it retains its shape to help facilitate shorter treatment time. Dr. Bright can typically use Damon braces as part of an orthodontic treatmetn plan without the need for tooth extractions or palate expanders.

Damon Clear braces offer adults an orthodontic option that will not impact their professional appearance. Most patients who wear Damon Clear braces find that nobody knows they wear them, except the orthodontist.

Damon Clear braces resist stains and discoloration, remaining discreet throughout treatment. And unlike options involving clear aligners, Damon Clear braces can treat even severe orthodontic issues so most patients will qualify for them.

The Damon System Bracelift™

When Dr. Bright performs his examination for Damon braces, he looks not only at your teeth, but at your entire face. He takes your facial profile into account, as well as an idea of what you will look like in the future after full maturity of teeth an jaw and orthodontic treatment. With Damon braces, Dr. Bright can change your teeth and your entire face without the invasiveness of a facelift or other cosmetic enhancement surgery.

Damon braces provide patients with a fuller, wider smile, that helps provide balance and aesthetics to their facial structure. The braces provide smooth contours in the cheeks, helping patients with narrow smiles achieve a more inviting, fuller looking grin.

Patients will notice fewer lines at the corners of their mouth, and having straight teeth without crowding will provide them with an improved profile, helping them achieve a younger appearance. Most patients will see results similar to these in as little as ten weeks.

Call Dr. Bright Today

If you feel your smile has cost you opportunities or think that straightening it will improve your entire facial profile, call our Katy, TX Orthodontic office today or our Fulshear location and discuss the benefits of Damon® braces.

In just a short period of time, Dr. Bright can provide a dramatically improved smile, while allowing you to maintain your professional appearance.

AcceleDent Reduces Treatment Time

Accelerated orthodontics is appreciated by our patients. Faster treatment time is always better! The AcceleDent® Aura reduces the duration of orthodontic treatment plans. It is a simple-to-use, hands-free device that you use 20 minutes a day. It is a FDA-approved, Class II medical device that uses gentle micropulses to enable teeth to move up to 50% faster.

How Accelerated Orthodontics Works

Dental braces work by applying force to teeth in order to gradually align them by reshaping surrounding bone. Although the time it takes for patients to complete their transformation wearing braces varies considerably, it generally takes longer than one year. To help speed the process, the AcceleDent system uses vibration to help the process go considerably faster. The AcceleDent is a portable, removable, and non-invasive appliance that a patient wears in the mouth for 20 minutes daily.

In a randomized clinical trial, the accelerated orthodontics device demonstrated with statistical significance that it could accelerate teeth movement by 106% during the initial alignment phase and 38% to 50% during closure of extraction space. There was no evidence of damage of teeth roots or other adverse events caused by the appliance in the study.

“With an increase in rate of tooth movement observed in our study the orthodontic treatment time could be shortened by at least 5 months during the first two stages of orthodontic treatment,” explained Dr. Dubravko Pavlin, professor of orthodontics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in a statement.

The manufacturer has completed two clinical trials in the United States. “The results [of those studies] have consistently exceeded our expectations,” said Michael Kaufman, Vice President of Business Development & Marketing at OrthoAccel.

The AcceleDent system has been has been used in thousands of orthodontic cases in the United States and around the world.

 

 

Custom Mouth Guards by Dr. Bright

What would your life be like if you suddenly lost one or more of your teeth? Everything from smiling to talking to chewing, things we take for granted every day, would all be adversely affected.

When it comes to protecting your mouth, a mouth guard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment. Studies show that athletes are over 50 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they’re not wearing a mouth guard. While collision and contact sports like football are higher-risk sports for the mouth, you can also experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as biking and skating.

Mouth guards help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. They typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect your teeth and the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. Most athletes are familiar with the stock and boil-and-bite mouth guards, but these are generally one-size-fits-all, and not designed specifically for your mouth.

If you are involved in any kind of sport or activity that has the potential to induce a blow to your teeth or jaw, you should invest in a custom mouth guard, professionally fitted and provided by your Dr. Bright. While other types of mouth guards do provide some protection against tooth and jaw injury, a custom mouth guard by Dr. Bright will be the exact size and shape for your unique mouth, providing better protection for a mouth injury.

Once you have received your custom mouth guard from Dr. Bright, make sure to care for it properly.

  • Rinse your mouth before and after each use, or brush with a toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Periodically clean your custom mouth guard in cool, soapy water and rinse thoroughly
  • Carry your custom mouth guard in a sturdy container that has vents
  • Never leave your custom mouth guard in the sun or in hot water
  • Check for wear and tear before each use, and replace immediately if it is torn, damaged, or no longer fits.
  • Whether you need a custom mouth guard for your youth or teen, or you’re an adult looking for the best oral protection for your active lifestyle, give our office a call today to schedule your appointment!

    Orthodontic Treatment Ages

    A good bite is the overall goal of orthodontic treatment and is important at any age. Often a part of a comprehensive dental health care plan, orthodontic treatment can enhance your dental health and help improve your self-esteem.

    Kids

    Pediatric orthodontist or interceptive orthodontics provides early monitoring of children before they are ready for orthodontic treatment. This approach is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontics. By age 7 all children should receive an orthodontic screening. Permanent teeth generally begin to come in at age 6 or 7 and orthodontic problems become apparent. Early treatment can be more productive, less costly, and ensure better results.

    Teens

    Teen braces are not always a popular choice, but older adolescents and young adults understand that it is a short orthodontic treatment time followed by a lifetime of elevated self-esteem and confident smiles. Today, teens have a variety of styles and materials to choose from, making living with braces more stylish than in past years. Many options even make braces difficult to detect or are even removable for class pictures, the prom, and other very short breaks. The most common time to begin orthodontic treatment is between 11 and 15. Treatment at this time provides the greatest opportunity to achieve the best result.

    Adults

    Adult braces continue to be more popular. With today’s technology there are may options for adult orthodontic treatment. Adults want to look professional and feel confident in social situations and they understand the importance of dental and overall health.