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July 17, 2017 Uncategorized0

There are a plethora of choices when it comes to finding the perfect orthodontic corrective appliance to reveal a healthy and beautiful smile. Braces and Invisalign are among the more popular solutions but there are important differences between the two that will help you identify which is the most fitting choice to suit your specific needs.

  • Traditional braces consist of a small bracket that is glued to the front of each tooth and the molars are adjusted with a band that encircles the tooth. They are permanent for the time that one is required to wear them (the average time is about two years) and are extremely effective for correcting more severe issues. Braces can be clear (ceramic) braces which means the material can made to be either transparent or to match the color of the your teeth, camouflaging them. Traditional braces are used to correct issues like crossbites, malocclusions, very crooked teeth, and various other flaws of teeth and the jaw. These corrective appliances can make it difficult to eat sticky or crunchy food. Taking extra care to brush brackets and wires regularly while brushing teeth and using a water pick may be helpful. Brushing after every meal is ideal for oral health when wearing braces. Follow up visits are needed on a six to eight week basis for tightening of the braces, each time they are pushed closer to where they need to be.
  • Invisalign is a progressive, clear aligner, which is used to gradually move teeth into their final positions. This method of treatment is ideal for those who do not need to rotate canines, premolars or move teeth vertically. Unlike traditional braces, this orthodontic appliance is discreet and removable. Depending on one’s needs it can be worn from 6 to 18 months but still varies person to person. Invisalign works by tilting or rotating the teeth (including the roots).  Teeth are moved closer to the right position without the need for wires or tightening by having the aligners replaced by your dentist every two weeks. It is easier to eat all the foods one enjoys because there is no wiring for food to get caught in. Although it is much easier to eat, extra oral care is still needed as well as using a cleaning system and rinsing trays in luke warm water. One must maintain brushing after every meal and flossing twice a day.

Braces and Invisalign are fantastic ways to achieve a beautiful smile that can light up a room. Knowing the significant differences between each option can help when aiming to understand which option can supply one’s desired results. Both aligners have pros and cons as well as proven efficacy, it is just a matter of having your dentist find the right solution for your specific needs. Please come into any of our offices at A Dental Care for a free consultation.


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April 5, 2017 Uncategorized0

Many people are required to get braces to ensure even, straight teeth. An ideal and opportune time to get them is during adolescents, as children’s bones are still growing. Kids, upon finding out they are due for getting braces may become automatically afraid or nervous about the pain involved with the upcoming event and what it entails. They may also express fear of negative social aftermath from their sudden change in appearance. Ways to help comfort your child in preparation for braces can be found here.

Junk Food “Spree”: There are certain sweet treats and foods they will not be able to partake of while wearing braces. In the three or four days preceding their dental appointment allow them to have sticky candy like gummy bears, caramel and their favorite hard crunchy foods like popcorn and chips. To go all out, for their last hoorah, you can even create mini celebration party by inviting some their friends over while providing these snacks with games and their favorite shows. With that being said, always make sure to help your loved one brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day to prevent cavities.

They Can Always Wear A Colorful Smile: Each time the braces are tightened some kids find it really fun to be able to change the color of their bands according to their preference or mood. Does you child have a favorite color or superhero color combo? Now is their chance to be reminded of it every time they smile!

How to Deal With the Pain: At this time, it is essential to help your child understand that there will be very minimal discomfort or none at all when braces are first applied to the teeth. There may be some irritation in the following days due braces rubbing on delicate areas inside the mouth and very mild pain after each time the braces are tightened. But there is no insufferable pain awaiting them at the dentist’s office. When it comes to actually getting braces on it will be an easy and painless process.

Handle The Bullies: It is imperative that you equip your child with the right tactics to get a handle on dealing with bullies long before they encounter them.  First, if they are verbally teased with the famous and conventional “brace face” or “metal mouth” comments it is always best to IGNORE them and WALK AWAY. Immediately after encountering a bully, encourage your kids to stay strong by helping them to make the habit of saying positive things like “I will have straight teeth after this” and “I have temporary braces for a lifetime of great teeth”.

It may not be easy at first to experience this change of having braces but it is all about perspective and the bigger picture. The fact is that they are not nearly as painful as children imagine them to be. Bullies eventually fade into the background when properly dealt with and the foods he/she can’t eat now can be enjoyed later when the braces come off. As a parent your encouragement, support, and positivity are vital to make this journey a good one. By applying these simple tips you will certainly allow it to be an opportunity for character growth parent to child.

Adental Care has four offices in the Houston, Texas area and we have an experienced team ready to assist you with your questions or concerns. Our consultations are free, so please contact us at any of our locations below.

Greenspoint Office

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A Dental Care
165 Greens Road
Houston, TX 77060

Phone: 832-447-6453

Gulf Gate Office

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A Dental Care
6888 Gulf Freeway
Houston, TX 77087

Phone: 713-641-2400

Tidwell Office

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A Dental Care
3301 Tidwell Road, Suite D
Houston, TX 77093

Phone: 832-564-1800

Union Dental Office

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A Dental Care
4654 Highway 6 N, Suite 401
Houston, TX 77084

Phone: 832-683-40


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January 10, 2017 Uncategorized0

The braces your orthodontist, Dr. Firoz Lalani, installed in your mouth are made from a series or metal brackets, bands, and other various hardware. They are designed to realign your teeth for a better functioning mouth and a more appealing smile. This is done by applying progressive tension to the braces to gradually stretch the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring your teeth in their positions.

Consistency is important throughout the alignment process. If you miss an adjustment session, it will likely increase the total duration of time it takes to achieve your ideal smile. So, if you know of an upcoming scheduling conflict, you should call us to set up another appointment.

It’s not unheard of for a spacer to fall out shortly before you’re due for your next adjustment. When this happens, you should call A Dental Care to alert us. We might simply recommend scheduling a sooner adjustment.

Each adjustment session also includes an examination of your braces hardware. Sometimes a band or spacer might need to be replaced due to regular wear and tear. If you’ve noticed a problem with your braces, you should alert your orthodontist so he can give it special attention.

If you are due or overdue for your next adjustment session for your braces in Houston, Texas, you should call to schedule an appointment at A Dental Care.


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December 20, 2016 Uncategorized0

Braces need care and attention so they can give your teeth care and attention. If you do not take care of them, they cannot take care of you. Your oral health depends on great oral hygiene, so be sure to do your part to continue a healthy smile for years to come.

If you have any concerns about your braces, A Dental Care is here to assist you. Here are just a few of the tips you can use to make your braces work wonders:

– Food: Avoid various foods and snacks that can easily get stuck between your teeth and braces.

Oral Hygiene: To keep your braces clean, you should still brush your teeth twice daily and floss once daily to prevent harmful food particles from becoming trapped between wedges in your braces and teeth.

– Appointments: Visit your orthodontist regularly for checkups and appointments.

– Safety Equipment: To protect your teeth and braces, wear safety equipment to suit your environment. This includes mouth guards, helmets, face protectors, etc.

– Cleaning: Always clean your retainer weekly.

A Dental Care wants your orthodontics treatments to serve you as best they can. To schedule an exam with Dr. Firoz Lalani or to book an appointment for any of our wonderful services, please call us at . Our office is in Houston, Texas. We look forward to seeing you soon!


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October 20, 2016 Uncategorized

How do I know if I need braces? You may find yourself asking this very question. Your teeth may feel correct, but chances are, you’ve never had any adjustments to know otherwise. You may need braces if you suffer from any of the following abnormalities:

Deep bite or closed bite: an excessive form of overbite caused by the lower front teeth biting behind the upper front teeth

Open bite: occurs when the top and bottom incisors do not connect when biting

Spacing issues: too much space, or abnormal gaps between teeth

– Crossbite: occurs when the protruding lower jaw is longer than the upper jaw

– Overbite (also called an overjet, or referred to as “buck teeth”): occurs when the upper front teeth (the incisors) protrude out further than the lower front teeth

– Overcrowded teeth: occurs when there is not enough space between the teeth, which can cause teeth to bend and protrude

– Other bad bite issues: extra or missing teeth, misalignments, irregularities in the teeth, gums, jaw, or face

– Underbite (sometimes referred to as “bulldog teeth”): occurs when the lower front teeth (the incisors) protrude out farther than the upper front teeth

– Misplaced midline: occurs when the center of your upper front teeth does not line up with the center of your lower front teeth

If you would like to learn more about orthodontic braces, or inquire about all our dental services, please call A Dental Care at to talk to a member of our team, or stop by our office in Houston, Texas. We look forward to helping you soon!


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August 31, 2016 Dentist

Functionally, the new ceramic coated braces Dr. Firoz Lalani installed on your teeth are similar to traditional wire and bracket braces, in every way. Cosmetically they differ in that the majority of the hardware has been glazed with a special ceramic material that closely matches the shade of your natural tooth enamel.

Properly maintaining your new ceramic coated braces will help maintain their appearance and keep the total duration of the alignment process to a bare minimum. If your braces are damaged in any way it will likely increase the number of routine adjustment sessions needed to achieve the ideal alignment of your teeth.

There are certain foods and lifestyle habits that you should keep in mind as you go about your day. Chewing gum and eating sticky foods can easily get stuck in the wires and bands causing damage or even breaking something loose. The same threat is posed by eating crunchy foods, hard candy and chewing on things like pens, pencils, and ice.

You will need to thoroughly brush your teeth and braces twice each day. This should be immediately followed by flossing between your teeth and along the gumline. If you are finding it difficult to completely clean some of the hard to reach places, you might want to try Interdental brushes. You might want to try using a floss threader that can insert a strand of waxed dental floss between teeth and around hardware.

It’s important to keep in mind that your natural tooth enamel is going to stain faster and deeper than the ceramic material coating the braces. Cutting back on dark food and drinks will help minimize any noticeable staining. If you do want to enjoy dark beverages, you might want to dry drinking these beverages through a straw, or brush your teeth shortly after with a whitening toothpaste.

If you have questions about how to maintain your new ceramic coated braces, you can call Dr. Firoz Lalani’s in Houston, Texas office for further advice.



Welcome to A Dental Care, where we provide comprehensive dental care at our four practices serving Houston, Texas, and the surrounding areas. We provide everything from wisdom teeth removal to Invisalign® and braces for children and adults.

Oral hygiene is extremely important when you have braces, so please remember to clean your smile each day with the proper oral hygiene techniques. To help you do so, our A Dental Care team has some tips for you, and those tips are to make sure you do the following things on a regular basis:

BRACES TIPS

Brush Your Teeth Regularly

Brush your teeth throughout the day, especially after each meal and snack. Doing so will not only help you keep clean and pristine teeth, but it will also help you avoid having a food-filled smile, which is extremely embarrassing. As you brush, please use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

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Floss at Least Once a Day

Floss your smile at least once a day so you can remove the food particles and plaque that reside between your teeth. As you floss, thread one end through the space between the wire and the front surfaces of the teeth. Then, gently push the floss between the teeth and scrape each side. When finished, use a clean section of floss and move to the next crevice.

Rinse your Mouth Twice a Day:

Rinse your mouth daily with a beneficial mouthwash, like antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash. This will help you complete the cleaning job, strengthen your teeth, and improve your breath.

Be Careful of the Foods When Have Braces

Food restrictions are one of the most common topics that come when you get braces for the first time. Often, you’ve encountered another person who’s experienced braces and told you all about guidelines they were given. Yes, you will need to adjust with eating habits while you have braces, but it’s not difficult to follow these guidelines. And, the good news is that it’s only temporary!

1. Food That Is Safe to Eat With Braces

Let’s start with foods you can eat while they have braces. These foods include:

  • Cooked vegetables
  • Soft bread
  • Yogurt and milk
  • Soft fruits
  • Lean meats
  • Tofu
  • Soft nut butter, such as peanut butter

2. Food to Avoid With Braces

While you have braces, it’s best you need to limit or even avoid certain foods, including:

  • Popcorn
  • Hard or extremely crusty bread
  • Hard candy
  • Crunchy chips
  • Hard fruits
  • Whole nuts or seeds
  • Meat from a bone

3. Mealtime Tips

Besides paying attention to the food you eat, it’s also important to pay attention to how you’re eating. It’s easier to eat manageable bites with a fork or spoon, rather than try to bite directly into something. Yes, it’s a pain to eat pizza with a fork or cut an apple into slices before eating it, but doing this reduces the risk of breaking braces or causing pain.

If your mouth is sore from a recent adjustment, have some cold foods, such as popsicles, frozen yogurt, or cold water. The cold temperatures of these foods will often help to ease the discomfort in the mouth.

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Get Braces Care Tips From Your Orthodontist

An orthodontist does more than just put braces on and tighten them periodically. An orthodontist is also there to teach you and your child how to care for braces and the mouths they’re in. When braces are first put on, an orthodontist and their staff will sit down with you and your child to talk about brushing and flossing techniques. They’ll demonstrate the best way to brush and floss each day, as well as offer recommendations for preventing problems. The orthodontist will also talk about what to do if braces break or your child experiences pain while they’re on.

When you talk with your orthodontist and their staff, they’ll also offer tips about what you can and can’t eat — and how certain foods and drinks can impact your oral health. You may be frustrated by being told to be careful about eating certain foods, but being cautious with foods can protect your mouth and prevent them from encountering problems while their braces are in place. The fewer problems you encounter along the way, the quicker the braces can do their work!

Taking Care of Teeth With Braces

When you follow these tips for braces care, they’ll find that it’s easier to develop and stick to a care routine for their braces. At Adental Care, our goal is to help you learn how to take care of braces and keep teeth in good shape while the braces do their work.

Whether your child has been a patient at ADental Care for years or you’re new to the practice, you’ll find that our staff and specialists are here because they love to give you a healthy smile.

Call today if you would like to know more about oral hygiene with braces in Houston, Texas. The more you know, the better off your smile will be! Your orthodontist, Dr. Firoz Lalani, and our friendly and caring orthodontic team are more than happy to give you the tips and information you need to succeed.

Contact us to schedule your next appointment.


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