During six month smiles treatment, the average completion time tends to be from four to nine months. Following successful treatment, patients often wonder how their brace is going to be removed.
When the brace is bonded on, we use a composite-based luting cement to hold it in place, which is essentially a glue used on the brackets to glue to the teeth. The idea of this glue is so that it attaches to the enamel of the teeth, without causing any damage upon removal.
We are asked on a regular basis by patients “How are these braces removed?” and the actual procedure is a lot simpler than patients think. Patients often think that because these are fixed to the teeth it’s going to hurt or cause damage to the actual enamel of their teeth, but in actual fact, the removal process can take seconds to minutes.
When a patient arrives during their final appointment to have the brace removed, the appointment mainly revolves around if the patient is happy with their teeth and happy for us to remove the brace.
Once we have consent to remove the brace, we will use a de-bonding tool that will carefully lift the brackets off the teeth. This tool has been specifically designed to ensure that any pressure that’s put on the bracket is directly applied to only the bracket itself, rather than the patient’s teeth.
The brackets will then start to pop off (pain free), and as they do they will make a normal clicking noise. The noise can sometime be disconcerting for patients, but patients soon become used to the actual noise itself.
After we have removed the brackets, there will always be some residual glue left on the enamel of the teeth. We then use a special tool that is designed to safely remove the glue and not damage the enamel. This is very normal and nothing to be worried about and we always carry out procedures with the main goal of protecting the patients teeth.
After the glue is removed, the majority of our patients say that it feels very strange to not have the braces on, and they often find themselves running their tongue over their teeth – which is quite a nice feeling/experience for the patient.
Following this procedure we offer to all of our orthodontic patients (for free), re-contouring of the teeth. In most adult patients there tends to be some form of chips or blemishes which are on the edges of their teeth. So we tend to smooth these out or add some composite bonding to the teeth to give them a nice natural rounded finish.
Any unusual-shaped teeth can also be changed, and often we will remove any deposits of plaque or tartar from their teeth (which can cause tooth decay if left).
At this point, we will fit fixed retainers to the teeth. The majority of our patients tend to have fixed retainers, as this is one of the best ways to maintain the straightness of their teeth. The fixed retainers are predominantly on the front teeth in the arches – but fixed to the backs of the teeth (hidden). They go from the lower canine from one side to the lower canine on the right-hand side. On the upper, they similarly go across the front six teeth.
Once we have applied the fixed retainers, we take impressions of the teeth that are used to make our removable retainers (to be worn at night), which are then also used as the whitening trays (free whitening with ortho treatments).
If you are interested in having your teeth straightened but still have unanswered questions or any concerns, we will be happy to offer you a free consultation where we can examine your case in detail, offering you the most suitable treatments to accomplish your goals. Don’t worry if your a nervous patient, we understand that going to the dentist can be a stressful experience and we will go at a pace to suit your needs.
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Your child’s teeth and well being are very precious. We all know that you can put in place the very best measures to ensure that no harm comes to your child. But accidents can and will happen and even the very best prevention methods will not be 100% fail proof.
You could be an overprotective parent which limits your child to the activities they participate in – but this is then going to affect their emotional and social development which are equally important as their well being.
Participating in sport at a young age is an integral part of a child’s personal & social development. Unfortunately with sport, accidents and knocks are quite a common occurrence – with teeth being one of the likely areas that could succumb to damage. In a worse case scenario, this could mean teeth being knocked out and as your child grows older, a missing tooth can start to make them feel very self-conscious, affecting them in social situations.
Mouth guards are a great way to ensure that if in the event their is a knock or accident while playing sport, your child’s teeth will be protected.
When you suffer from a blow to the face the mouth guard will act as shock absorber for the teeth protecting them from fractures. The mouth guards will also protect the lips, cheek and tongue from any lacerations that could of occurred by being hit by the teeth.
If your interested in finding our more about custom made mouth guards please do not hesitate to call us today for more information or to book your free consultation.
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The orthodontics market has evolved dramatically since the days of traditional braces that utilised the use of elastic bands on metal wires, which were often the cause for uncomfortable treatments and generally not a great experience. The Damon system is an advanced system that provides great results, with fewer appointments at the dentist along the way and longer intervals in-between seeing the dentist! Traditionally you could of been seeing your dentist every 4-6 weeks for an adjustment/check up appointment. With Damon it is more likely (on average) to be around every 2 and a half months between each visit.
Old fashioned traditional braces used to utilise an elastic tie to hold the wire. The main problem with this method is the fact that there used to be a lot of friction between the brace and the wire that didn’t allow efficient movement (and could also cause discomfort in the patient). The Damon system has no elastic tie and the brace can efficiently move with no friction what so ever. Not only does this mean the overall treatment is much more gentler and comfortable, but it also speeds up treatment times!
It is becoming even more common for adults to undergo a type of orthodontic treatment. With the world’s perspective on beauty and the ever growing cosmetic industry, looking your very best is an important factor in many people’s lives. Your teeth play a huge role in your overall appearance as it is one of the very first things people tend to notice when they see you. Braces are the most preferred option for treating crooked and wonky teeth. Having braces as an adult used to be seen as an embarrassing trait. However, now with modern technology it is becoming more socially acceptable and treatments can be done more discretely. The Damon system is a metal fixed brace, but you can choose the option to go for the clear brackets and wires that makes it blend into your smile!
Braces for children play an important role in how they develop into an adult. It is recommended that the average age for a child to be checked out is around 7. This is because dentists are able to detect if there are any jaw problems early on. Orthodontics treatments will actually be used on children when they have reached the average age of 11 – but the earlier a problem is identified, the easier it will be to treat.
If Damon braces sound like it could be a suitable treatment for you please do not hesitate to call us to arrange your free consultation today!
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We will arrange for a free consultation to ensure your teeth are suitable for teeth whitening. If you are a suitable candidate, we will take impressions of your teeth and you can undergo the whitening treatment for the offer price of £99.