The risks to children with protruding teeth

Posted on: October 30th, 2018 by freshadmin No Comments

One of the questions Straight Teeth Suite, frequently get asked by parents is,  “My child’s teeth stick out. Are they more likely to get hurt? ”  There are multiple risks to protruding teeth in children, but there are solutions.  Once the milk teeth, or baby teeth, have erupted, and the adult teeth have grown in it is quite common to see irregularities especially in the upper two front teeth, the central incisors, and they often protrude.  Prominent teeth can be the result of thumb sucking in small children, but there can be many reasons why the adult teeth stick out.

Prominent front teeth cause many problems.  The child can have problems biting down on certain foods.   The teeth might cause damage to the gums or the roof of the mouth and the lips.  Teeth that stick out are at risk of getting hurt from all types of sport and children are often teased, being taunted for their ‘sticky out’ teeth and called names such as ‘chipmunk’.

The best solution to resolve all these problems is for your child to wear an orthodontic device; to wear braces.  Once the adult teeth have grown in, usually as a young teenager, braces can be fitted, and the teeth gently and safely moved to their correct position. This will not only protect your child’s teeth from accident and injury but restore their confidence.

At your first consultation with the dentist, we will assess your child’s teeth to determine the severity of the prominent teeth. We will recommend a suitable brace that can be either a removable brace or a fixed brace depending on how far the child’s teeth stick out.  With both types of brace,  the teeth will be moved back, so they are covered by the lip, and the bite restored.

Braces are not unusual in teenagers of school age.  Your child will probably be familiar with the braces their friends wear from the almost invisible braces to those with coloured wires and brackets.  If your child is nervous or reluctant of the possibility of being fitted with braces, the dentists at Straight Teeth Suite will be happy to reassure them all the way through their treatment.

Once your child’s treatment is completed and the brace is removed, they will need to be fitted with a retainer to prevent the teeth from moving back to their old position and protrude once more.  It is also a good idea to be fitted with a mouth guard to protect the teeth while playing all types of sport.

To make a free appointment to discuss your options and help your child, contact the Straight Teeth Suite HERE

Gaps in Your Smile: Teeth Straightening

Posted on: September 11th, 2018 by freshadmin No Comments

A diastema is a space or gap between two teeth often called, especially in childhood, ‘gappy’ teeth.  Gappy teeth are most often apparent between the two upper front teeth. However, gaps can occur between any two teeth. A discrepancy between the size of the jaw bones and the size of the teeth can cause gaps between teeth or crowding of teeth. If the teeth are too small for the jaw bone, spaces between the teeth will occur. If the teeth are too big for the jaw, teeth will become crowded. If you have gappy teeth, the Straight Teeth Suite have a number of solutions to help you achieve a beautiful smile.

Spaces between the teeth develop for different reasons.  Sometimes teeth are missing or undersized, as with the upper lateral incisors, the teeth next to the two upper front teeth. This can cause the central incisors to develop a space. In some patients, the tissue that extends from the upper gum and connects just above the upper front teeth, known as the labial frenum, is extended and prevents the space between the teeth from closing.  Childhood habits, such as thumb-sucking, over time, push the front teeth out of place creating gaps.  Periodontal or gum disease results in bone loss and displacement of teeth.

One option, if the gaps are very narrow, is to close the spaces with small, white fillings. If the gaps are a little wider, porcelain veneers, made by the best technicians to match your teeth, can give a fully functioning and aesthetically pleasing result.  The third option, if the shape of your teeth is acceptable, is to close the spaces through teeth straightening. A variety of treatments such as 6‐months braces, clear aligners, or conventional, fixed braces can all be used to close the gaps depending on the case in question.

In this particular case, the patient, in agreement with his dentist, chose the braces known as the 6-month smile.  As the name implies, the braces take a short amount of time to gently, and safely move the teeth into their new position, closing the gaps.

Vanity VS Valour: The very best reasons to Straighten Teeth

Posted on: June 25th, 2018 by freshadmin No Comments

You may be considering teeth straightening treatment and braces for many different reasons.  Some patients have their teeth straightened because they have crooked teeth that are causing health issues as they cannot clean their teeth effectively, or their bite is impaired making it difficult to eat and they lisp.  Other patients simply don’t like their smile.  Whatever the motive,  be it vanity or valour, the Straight Teeth Suite in Nottingham can help you. We all want to smile spontaneously,  look our best and have confidence in our social lives. That’s not vanity, and it is certainly not self-indulgent. It’s a meaningful, intelligent act, especially if it gives you the courage you need in the big wide world.

The Straight Teeth Suite have treated thousands of adult patients who were facing a life-changing event, and their new smiles gave them the resolution and the self-assurance to face the day.  To want to look your best is only natural and makes perfect sense. We get a lot of patients who are in the public sector, for example and have to speak in public or meet clients face-to-face. You might be a teacher, a policeman, a politician or a bank manager, no matter what career,  a beautiful smile, and straight teeth not only makes you happier and more self-confident but actually enhances your job prospects leading to promotion and success. Straight teeth and smiles make successful people.

And brides-to-be invest a lot of time and energy in their special day that of course, they want to look their very best.  After all, photos of the wedding will be treasured for many years and brides and bridegrooms, want to feel relaxed and smile spontaneously for the camera. The Straight Teeth Suite get so many cards of ‘thank you’ from appreciative patients to say how much we’ve changed their lives and how we made the day so special by improving their smile and making them feel good about themselves.

However, we do get a few patients who feel ashamed and think the very act of wanting their teeth straightened is somehow self-indulgent and extravagant, “I want to straighten my teeth but my husband says I’m just being vain.”  Straight teeth are not just for Hollywood stars or the fortunate few who were born with straight teeth.  It’s not about vanity; it’s about improving your quality of life. To desire straight teeth and a beautiful smile you feel happy with, not only boosts your ego but actually improves your mental health on a much deeper emotional and lasting level, turning shy people from introverts to extroverts.  We don’t call this vanity but valor, as armed with straight teeth and an attractive smile you can take on anything and win!

For your free consultation contact the Straight Teeth Suite in Nottingham here and be vain!

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.

Are Six Month Braces Right For Me In Nottingham – Your guide to Six Month Braces. Part Two

Posted on: November 9th, 2015 by freshadmin No Comments


Winter is here, and it is time to hibernate. But you don’t have to hide away in Nottingham while you achieve a new smile in time for next Spring. We all want to be the best we can. The goal is not perfection but to be the very best we can no matter if we are tall or short, blonde or brunette, at the top of our game or content in our role.  But if we are ashamed of our teeth, and we have a crooked smile, we never quite achieve our best, and our self-esteem suffers.  The people we admire don’t have unevenly spaced teeth or an annoying gap in their upper incisors.  Their teeth don’t overlap or protrude.  They are happy and unselfconscious. They have the beautiful smile you wish for.

Six Month Braces can make your wish come true in time for Spring.  It’s like someone waving a magic wand and in just six months giving you the smile and self-esteem you have always wanted.  This affordable, safe and effective brace solution works for most adults and has become a popular treatment in Nottingham.  In this blog we address some of your questions and shedding light on the procedure.

Can I Get the Six Month Braces Treatment in Nottingham?

The answer is Yes. However, you will first need a consultation.  The dentist will check your teeth and see if Six Month Braces is the right treatment for you by looking at the amount of crowding, spacing, your bite, and what you wish to achieve.

The Six Month Braces procedure concentrates on only moving the teeth that show when you smile, not your whole mouth. The emphasis is on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than the position of your bite. Not everyone is eligible for this treatment, but your dentist will advise you of a suitable alternative.


What Problems Can Six Month Braces Fix?     


Crowded Teeth

Six Month Braces can fix crowded teeth. However, it depends on the intensity of the problem. Some people have severely crowded teeth and, in this case, the only option is an alternative brace and possibly extraction of some teeth. But the majority of cases can be fixed by Six Month Smile braces.

Teeth with Spaces

Six Month Braces work exceptionally well at correcting teeth with spaces. However, with spaces,  treatment may sometimes last a little bit longer than the treatment for crowded teeth, so you just need to be a bit more patient. The results are amazing, and that makes the extra treatment time very worthwhile.

Correcting Overbite and Crossbite

If you have minor overbite issues, this procedure will be able to correct them but your dentist will confirm if you’re a good candidate for the Six Month Braces.

Cross bite issues can be corrected with Six Month Braces depending on where the problem is.  If it’s one of the teeth in the front, it works well, and the results are fantastic. However, if the cross bite is further back, it is more challenging, and the dentist might suggest having another type of brace.

With Six Month Braces, once you have the braces fixed, your teeth should begin moving very quickly. Most patients are amazed of how fast their smile improves, and the results are obvious in the first couple of months. In addition to the speed of the procedure, the braces are barely visible. Many patients who choose this procedure are adults and, according to their feedback, people hardly notice their braces.

Are you ready to take control of your image and your beautiful, new smile? Book your FREE assessment for Six Month Braces HERE. In Part 3, we will look at any further questions you might have.