Do I have to have teeth out with Damon Braces

Posted on: August 14th, 2018 by freshadmin No Comments

Damon braces is an entire philosophy of orthodontic treatment and comprise a favourite option for all ages. To give you an idea, they are a high-quality brace system, with a small door to lock the wire in place, and here are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding Damon braces for your reference.


Q: What’s so Different about Damon braces?

A: With old-fashioned braces, we had to install little elastics, to be able to keep the wire in place, paying attention that the wire was fully engaged in the brace to apply pressure and allow the tooth to move. However, the most frequent problem is that these elastics can drop off while there are times when they don’t adequately cover the wire in place, stalling the treatment. The Damon brace door though, secures the wire in place, saving both you and us from unnecessary distress.

Another issue we faced with traditional braces was that the elastic also caused friction, making it more difficult for the wire to work, which not only reduced the number of movements that could be achieved at the same time, but also slowing down the treatment. Thanks to advanced dentistry and Damon braces, we can achieve various types of movements occurring all at the same time, much quicker than ever before, without applying too much force on the teeth. This means more spaced out (and less) appointments required.


Q: Can Damon braces treat all cases?

A: The Damon braces come in metal and clear, with the first type be mainly used for moderate cases, leaving the metal Damon brace for more severe cases.


Q: What about Teeth Extraction?

A: Another great advantage of the Damon Brace is the fact that very few cases will require teeth to be taken out. With a traditional brace, the extraction rate (rate of removal of teeth) is between 40-70% while with the Damon brace is a mere 10-20%. This means more teeth saved.


Q: When do we Need to Take out Teeth?

A: Although we don’t need to take as many teeth out with the Damon Brace, there are cases when tooth extraction is the only option and here are some examples (this is not a comprehensive list):

  • If you have severe crowding, we need teeth out to make space to straighten them.
  • If your profile is already too full (we don’t want to make it even fuller and unbalanced).
  • If you have very proclined sticky out top teeth that need to be pushed back.
  • If you have very thin bone and gum recession and your teeth are already tipped forward.
  • If some of the teeth are in a very bad condition and treatment cannot commence with those teeth in your mouth.


Q: How to find out whether you need to have teeth out or not?

A: Of course, attend our free straight teeth consultation, where we will:

  • Assess your teeth and bite,
  • Go through all the available options, and
  • Discuss the costs.


Q: What is the Procedure to Get Damon Braces?

A: Providing you are entirely contented with the outcome of your consultation, we will invite you back for a dental health check and X-ray appointment to ensure your teeth and mouth are healthy, before we provide braces for you.

Once everything is OK we will set a mould, photo appointment where we will take a series of records and carry out an orthodontic assessment so we can then decide whether we need any teeth out and, if so, which ones.


Q: Where do I get to know more about Damon Braces?

A: For any questions, concerns, or queries, please feel free to contact us or call our Straight Teeth Suite clinic in Leicester on 0115 824 3115.

One of the Crowd: Correcting Overcrowded Teeth

Posted on: April 10th, 2018 by freshadmin No Comments

You are not alone if you find your lower teeth are overcrowded and are frustratingly difficult to keep clean.  Many people with crowded lower teeth would like to resolve the problem not only to improve the way their smile looks but to make it easier to clean their teeth and prevent further problems.  You might be one of the crowd when it comes to people with crooked teeth but to the Straight Teeth Suite you are unique, and they have lots of options to straighten your teeth and keep them clean and healthy.

If your lower teeth are overcrowded, you may find they are stained and plaque has built up between your teeth.  No matter how well you brush or how often you see a hygienist the problem is getting worse, and you find it difficult to floss between your teeth.  The best way to resolve the problem is to straighten your lower teeth.  When straightening your teeth you will also resolve a number of oral health issues:

  • You will achieve a beautiful smile
  • Your teeth will be easier to clean
  • You will prevent periodontal/ gum disease
  • You will prevent cavities between your teeth
  • You will prevent wear and tear and chipping of your teeth

There are a number of choices when it comes to braces and straightening your lower teeth. Depending on the severity of the individual’s case, a clear aligner such as Invisalign or Smilelign is an excellent choice.  A clear aligner is made from a mould taken of your teeth.  The aligner is made to fit perfectly over your teeth and is never a case of one size fits all; no two mouths are ever the same.  Your aligner is invisible, easy to wear and can be removed while you eat or clean your teeth.  It is replaced every two or three weeks as your teeth move to their new position. In as little as ten weeks for simple cases, provided you wear the aligner all the time, you will achieve your new smile and become confident in keeping your teeth clean and your gums healthy. More complex cases will take a little longer.

An alternative to clear aligners is a fixed brace such as 6-month braces or a Damon Brace. As with traditional braces, these are fixed to the teeth with brackets and the wires are tightened to move the teeth into the desired position. Unlike traditional braces, the wires and brackets can be tooth coloured making them almost invisible.  And, as with the aligners, the complexity of the individual case will determine how long treatment takes.

If both your upper and lower teeth are crowded or misaligned and you would like a beautiful straight smile you may consider having both treated together or individually.  Make an appointment with the Straight Teeth Suite here for a diagnosis and they will recommend the best treatment for you. Soon you will stand out from the crowd with your new smile.

How to Broaden your Smile with Arch Expansion

Posted on: April 3rd, 2018 by freshadmin No Comments

If you have a narrow arch your front teeth may appear prominent and your smile may not be as effective as you would wish.  You may think there is nothing that can be done and it is your lot in life to have a minimal grin.  Fear not. With arch expansion at the Straight Teeth Suite, you can soon broaden your horizons, increase your confidence and improve your smile.

Arch Expansion

Everyone is different and smiles come in different shapes and sizes. Celebrities, such as Julia Roberts or Angelina Jolie are instantly recognisable by their broad smiles.  But, if your mouth is too small and too narrow, no amount of trying to stretch your grin will achieve a smile like these stars. If your arch is too narrow, you may feel very self-conscious, as if your smile does not fit your personality.  Patients, with a narrow arch, show very little of their back teeth as they are covered by the shadow from the cheeks.  With an arch expansion, the teeth are repositioned to open up and broaden your smile to suit your face.  A general estimation of the right smile for you is when it reaches the centre of your eyes, in line with the pupils.

With a narrow arch, your teeth may be over-crowded and your bite misaligned.  This can lead to oral health issues, such as gum disease, as overcrowded teeth are very difficult to keep clean however meticulous you are when you brush your teeth.

Damon Braces

The Straight Teeth Suite uses Damon braces to straighten the teeth and widen the arch.  Damon braces are a fixed brace which, unlike traditional braces, use a slide mechanism to hold the wire, allowing teeth to move more freely, quickly and comfortably creating an arch expansion and a great smile.

In this case, you can see how prominent the patient’s front teeth were.  We made a full evaluation and fitted Damon braces.

The result was a broader arch, eliminating the shadows in the patient’s mouth when he smiles.

My Straight Teeth Journey By Raha Sepehrara in Nottingham: Part Four

Posted on: April 18th, 2016 by freshadmin No Comments

If you have read Parts One, Two and Three, you will already know I am a dentist at Straight Teeth Suite, who has treated thousands of patients in Nottingham, and I have been wearing damon braces, fitted by my colleague, to straighten my own teeth. For more than four months, I have recorded my experience in a series of blogs.

Progress Report

I had a review for my braces just this week, and everything is progressing really well.  My wires were changed, and my teeth feel a little tender.  I know from experience this discomfort tends to last just a day.

I am very, very pleased with how my teeth are looking.  The lower teeth are now nearly straight. The upper teeth, even though I delayed fitting the braces on these until after my baby was born,  have caught up and are now nearly straight too.

Unexpected Gap

We were working to correct my top front tooth just a little more when a small gap developed which isn’t really normal and was unexpected.  Occasionally gaps do form, and these spaces are really important because they help us dentists straighten the tooth even more.  We have to find the required space from the available space to get the best results. Teeth move by very small degrees, and we need all available space, so if a gap develops we can work with it.  When I see my patients,  I know they get quite alarmed that suddenly they have crooked teeth, and spaces in between their teeth. I know it’s all part of the treatment. It’s all completely normal, and it just helps us towards the final results of achieving attractive and straight teeth. Sometimes things look worse before they look better.

My Bite

As the majority of the straightening has been done, we are concentrating on correcting my bite. As I’ve mentioned before, I have a slightly deep bite; my bottom teeth are not totally visible when I bite together. My top teeth slightly cover my bottom teeth.  In my career as a dentist, I’ve seen much deeper bites, but I thought I might as well take the opportunity to correct it now that I’m at this stage in my life where I can finally make time for appointments to go and see our fantastic Anna. I can see such a big improvement.

I have been wearing Damon braces, fixed braces with wires and brackets for just over four months.  Fortunately, I have not struggled too much.  You get used to the rubbing of the brackets, and the discomfort I knew to expect, eventually goes away.  My biggest issue has been the bite blocks, and I have mentioned my battle with these before. To explain, bite blocks are little build ups that, in my case, we put on the back molars, to open up my bite, and I still haven’t  got used to them.

Teeth Grinding

Because I tend to grind my teeth quite a lot at night, and I clench my jaw muscles when I sleep, I wake up in the morning with my jaw quite tense and aching. I have done this all my life, and I’m probably doing a little bit more now because of all the changes happening in my mouth. Having discussed this with Anna, once my treatment is complete, and my fixed retainers are on, we will have a special type of removable retainer made, which is specially designed to reduce clenching and grinding. We offer this to patients who have the same issue and hopefully this will cure my problem too.

Are you looking to start Damon braces or are you wearing Damon Braces.  Please post your comment below we would love to hear your personal experience.

The difference between Damon braces and traditional train tracks

Posted on: May 8th, 2014 by freshadmin No Comments

Train tracks is the term dentists use to refer to the traditional types of braces. How one feels and looks like when wearing braces is quite straightforward. In the past, wearing braces was considered much too uncomfortable and people would only wear them because they had to. Truth is, they hated them; but, in order to achieve the desirable end result, they tolerated their braces.

Although there is nothing wrong with being patient so to reach a goal, especially since your smile and teeth look awesome after the removal of braces, there is no need to see braces as a necessary evil. Cosmetic dentistry has contributed a great deal, and there are many options available. You can now have discreet and much more comfortable braces to do the dental works for you. After all, you deserve to be provided with something that feels as natural as it can be, for the time you will be wearing your braces (usually between 6 months to 2 years).

Having said that, you are a modern adult and as such you want updated alternatives. In this case, the Damon System makes the perfect match and is loaded with many advantages you cannot miss.

Train tracks are made up of metal brackets and arch wires that help keep brackets in place. With the traditional process, where your dentist ties in the brackets, you get friction developed between the wires and the teeth, which limits the movement of the teeth.

Damon braces have ceramic brackets and of course a wire, but that is not much of a revelation. What makes them much more appealing than train tracks is that they have a slide mechanism (self-ligating) that contains a movable component. Thanks to it, you get more freedom of teeth movement and much less discomfort. So long for the elastic ties!

What the slide mechanism in Damon braces does is to use high-end wires and a revolutionary mechanical system that allows your facial muscles, bone, tongue, and soft tissues to work with low forces applied on them.

Thanks to these low forces, you save yourself the discomfort of having to endure high-force extractions or expansion, in order to achieve a symmetrical facial outcome.

This automatically means less visits to the dentist and reduced treatment time, with the help of the latest technology wires and Damon braces leading the way.

Who can wear Damon braces? Practically everybody. From teens to adults; because, the Damon system helps get back your beautiful smile and contributes to a great facial aesthetics result.

According to testimonials from adult patients that have used the Damon system, they appear uplifted and admit feeling (and looking) like teens again!

Wearing Damon braces:

>your treatment time is reduced by 25%,

>you visit your dentist less often, in order to have your braces adjusted,

>you skip tightening processes because there are no more elastics in your mouth,

>you save more of your healthy teeth, since there is less need for an extraction,

and, of course, you achieve better facial aesthetics.

Undoubtedly, you have plenty of options to choose from when considering straightening your teeth. Therefore, it is best if you addressed to a professional orthodontist or dentist that can responsibly decide which system is best suited to your needs. You can book a free consultation here

STRAIGHT TEETH SUITE, in Nottingham, Leicester and Loughborough has been around for far too long to know the value of all the latest advancements in cosmetic dentistry, without completely deleting the traditional systems used as of now.  However, since your best interest is our goal, when it comes to braces, we tend to go with the high-technology Damon braces that give you comfort, less treatment time, and save you from teeth extractions, extra visits, and precious time, while ensuring an amazing result and a beautiful smile on your face! Is there anything better to ask?