My Straight Teeth Journey by Raha Sepehrara in Nottingham: Part Two

Posted on: December 8th, 2015 by freshadmin No Comments

If you have read Part One of my blog, you will know I am a dentist at Straight Teeth Suite, who has treated thousands of patients in Nottingham and I have now decided to have braces to straighten my own teeth.

I have now had my Damon braces fitted but what a performance. Because I’m heavily pregnant and due to give birth in the next few weeks, I wasn’t able to lie flat on the dentist’s chair.  My beautiful bump got in the way. I had to have the procedure done slightly sitting up which was rather awkward.  As a result,  Ana and I decided just to do only the bottom teeth, delaying the braces on my top teeth, so the baby and I wouldn’t be too uncomfortable for too long.


As you can see in this delightful selfie, I’ve got braces on all of my bottom teeth. They are Damon braces, and they look rather strange. The braces themselves don’t feel too uncomfortable but it is undeniably strange having something alien in my mouth.

The only thing that was an unexpected experience and  is probably more of a learning curve is having the bite blocks. To explain, bite block are little build ups that, in my case, we put on the back molars, to open up my bite and not being able to close my teeth as before will take some getting used to. Can you see the bite blocks in my picture? What this means is that now I am only biting on those two teeth right at the back and, by opening my bite, we’re doing two things.

Firstly, we are protecting the braces so I don’t bite onto them and they don’t come off.  Secondly, at the same time, we are allowing the teeth to move freely because,  if I didn’t have these bite blocks, the bottom teeth would become trapped under the top ones, and they wouldn’t be able to move. That could be so embarrassing if I got my wires entangled and couldn’t open my mouth to shout for help.  The bite blocks are very important, and that’s the reason we put them on all our patients.

As I said, the braces don’t seem to be too uncomfortable or irritating.  The rubbing on the inside of my cheeks is not too bad and dental wax helps.  There is no pain, just a slight discomfort, a slight pressure. Nothing more or less than I expected after feedback from my patients. It’s the bite blocks that are going to take a while to get used to, but I will review that again in a few days. I need to give myself time to relax and get used to all the new sensations.

I can speak as normal, but eating is a bit more challenging because trying to bite down and chew is really weird and unexpected.    With the bite blocks,  chewing is awkward and is a little bit more time consuming. However, soups are nourishing and, on the upside I’m hoping it might help with the weight loss after my baby comes.So far, so good but if I can’t chew I will be sharing pureed baby food with the newborn.

We’ve decided to wait until after I have had my baby to have the rest of the treatment and the braces fitted to my upper teeth just because it makes it easier.  I am going to have a lot to do in the next few weeks and my hands full.   I will have my top braces fitted and the bottom ones adjusted in about 5 to 6 weeks and in Part Three of this blog, I will tell you how I get on, with my braces that is. I am not about to regale you with baby stories!

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Biography of Straight Teeth by Raha Sepehrara in Loughborough:Part One.

Posted on: December 8th, 2015 by freshadmin No Comments

It is sometimes said dentists are more aware of the clinical procedure and their skills and can’t really empathise with their patients unless they have experienced the treatment for themselves. That is just about to change!  I have decided to have my teeth straightened in Loughborough and will record the story, step by step, to let you know what it is like from the other side; patient not dentist.

Despite having crooked teeth, I never received orthodontic treatment as a teenager.  My Mum took me to a dentist who wanted to extract four front teeth.  Mum thought that was too extreme and she declined on my behalf.  And I never had the teenage braces most young people wear.  Despite the long years of  training and graduating as a dentist and working in my dental practice, my front teeth remained crooked into adulthood.  Until now!

As a dentist, I have treated thousands of patients who needed their teeth straightened. As at one time no-one else in the practice was qualified to straighten teeth, I did not undergo the treatment myself. Then Ana, who some of you will know, joined Straight Teeth Suite and I decided to have braces and straight teeth for myself.  Ana kindly agreed to treat me.

For the benefit of patients, I am telling my own story of braces that might amuse some of you but will certainly edify. I am in the late stages of my pregnancy and have decided to have my teeth straightened whilst on maternity leave and I am at home with my baby.

Ana and I drew up a treatment plan after a thorough examination of my teeth. I have decided to undergo fixed braces; Damon braces.  My reasons are almost entirely cosmetic, to be more comfortable with my smile. Although my back teeth are well positioned, I have a very slightly crowded upper front tooth, and more moderate crowding on the bottom front teeth, which is getting worse over time. Furthermore, my bite is slightly deep.

What that means is that when I bite together, the bottom teeth bite too far back against my top front ones. Over time, they are wearing and chipping away. Straightening my teeth will not only improve my smile but essentially prevent further damage to my bottom teeth in the future.


Damon braces are a type of fixed metal brace where the blocks are bonded to the teeth. High tech shape-memory wires are then used to move teeth comfortably and effectively. Damon Braces are designed to be discreet, comfortable and easy to keep clean. There are two options, Damon Q, fixed metal,  which I chose, and Damon Clear, a white/clear fixed brace.  They are the most efficient brace for straightening crooked teeth, dispensing with the need of elastic and metal ties. You might wonder why I didn’t choose lingual braces, invisible braces.  Whereas lingual braces have the clear advantage of not being seen, no pun intended, Damon braces have the edge when it comes to specific misalignment issues and Ana and I agreed they would be more effective.

My blogs will appear from time to time, and I will tell you just how it feels not as a dentist but as a patient; the flipside. Click here to read part two  where I will talk about what it feels like to wear Damon braces for the first time. I have to admit I am slightly nervous, but Ana will continue to reassure me in the in the same way I reassure my patients.  She certainly has me convinced all will be fine.

In the meantime, if you need any further information about how to straighten your teeth in Loughborough and the different methods available, visit our website and contact us here