Fixed Braces/Damon Braces/Insignia
The orthodontist attaches metal or tooth-coloured brackets – small blocks – to the teeth and then runs a special wire over the brackets to pull the teeth into the right position.
Because the brackets are stuck to the teeth, you won’t be able to take the brace off during your treatment. When the brace is first fitted, it may feel strange and possibly uncomfortable. Because the brackets are raised, they may rub against the inside of your lips or cheeks.
Your orthodontist will give you some special wax to prevent this rubbing which should make it more comfortable. You may also find that, for the first few days, your jaw aches because of the pressure of the brace. If this is the case, you may find a painkiller helps – the sort of thing you might take for a headache will be fine. If the discomfort lasts longer than a few days, though, you may wish to go back to your orthodontist, who can then readjust the brace.
Although you’ll still be able to eat most of the foods you were eating before, you will need to take care not to damage your brace. There are some foods that you’ll need to cut out altogether though:
- Chewy sweets, like marshmallows and Turkish Delight
- Hard foods, like crusty bread
- With other foods, like apples, you might need to cut them up, but you’ll still be able to eat them.
Because your brace provides food with more places to hide, you’ll need to be extra careful with your hygiene routine. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste is essential, and you may also find using a fluoride mouthwash last thing at night is helpful to protect your teeth while you sleep.
If you don’t look after your teeth while you’re wearing your brace, they may become permanently stained. As well as the brace itself, your orthodontist may attach elastic bands to it to increase the pressure on certain teeth. Some brace wearers customise their braces with coloured elastics.
Once the brace is taken off, you will need to wear a retainer brace, which is removable
At Ethicare Dental we utilize the Damon system.
WHY CHOOSE DAMON?
The Damon System is not just about revolutionary braces and wires, it’s a whole new way of treating patients. Traditional treatment often requires removal of healthy teeth and/or the use of palatal expanders to make space.
This approach is often uncomfortable, takes longer, and can leave a narrower arch and a flat profile.
Damon smiles are full, natural 10-tooth smiles achieved with light biologically-sensible forces, and are specifically designed to improve the overall facial result of each patient.
Braces are the beginning, but the system makes the smile.
Certified Damon System doctors combine three key components, which when used together, deliver faster treatment, fewer appointments, greater comfort, and consistent high-quality results:
- Damon passive self-ligating braces that eliminate the need for elastic or metal “ties”. With Damon tie-less braces you can experience treatment without tightening.
- Light high-technology shape-memory wires that move teeth faster and require fewer adjustments.
- A new clinically proven treatment approach that aligns your teeth and enhances your facial aesthetics—usually without extractions or rapid palatal expanders.
Traditional braces on the left are tied in with elastics, which cause friction and pressure, making treatment slower and less comfortable. Damon braces use a slide mechanism to hold the wire, which allows teeth to move more freely, quickly and comfortably.
Damon braces are designed to be discreet, comfortable and easy to keep clean. Without the elastic ties which attract and collect plaque, Damon braces make dental hygiene easy during treatment. Plus the Damon System is available in clear brackets for those image conscious patients.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are all braces the same?
With the Damon System, we don’t just align the teeth; we create beautiful smiles. Your Damon orthodontist takes into account a number of factors when first diagnosing your smile. Each individual’s face, profile and other factors are import in anticipating what they will look like in their 40s, 50s and beyond. The Damon System is designed to deliver results for a lifetime.
How long does treatment take?
Treatment time with the Damon System is typically much faster than with conventional braces. Also, far fewer appointments are required during treatment.
Since the Damon System works so quickly, does that mean it is harsh or unsafe?
No. In fact, what makes the Damon System work so quickly is that it uses far gentler, more biologically sensible forces than conventional braces. The low-friction nature of the system assures improved tooth position and improved facial harmony. Very light “shape memory” titanium wires are used that gently guide your teeth to their ideal position. Many people experience very little discomfort.
Will my teeth hurt after adjustments?
Very light “shape memory” titanium wires are used that gently guide your teeth to their ideal position. Many people experience very little discomfort.
Aren’t braces big and bulky?
Not any more! Braces are much smaller than they were just a few years ago, and new materials are now used that make them very discreet.
What about adult treatment?
No problem. Adults can be treated quickly, easily, and most importantly, to a high-quality result.
Your Damon Orthodontist
Dr Priti Acharya BDS Hons, MFDS RCS Eng, MFGDP(UK), MSc, MOrth RCS Eng., FDSOrth RCS Eng. GDC:81083 – Specialist Orthodontist
Priti qualified with BDS Honours in 2002, from Guy’s, Kings & St. Thomas Dental Institute (Kings College London). While there, she was awarded several prizes and awards, including the distinguished Newland Pedley Medal for Restorative Dentistry and the Jelf Medal for the best all-rounder dental student graduating in 2002. She undertook a House Officer Post at Guys’ Hospital and West Kent Community Dental Service, gaining experience in all aspects of dentistry including the management of anxious children.
She undertook her Postgraduate Specialist Orthodontic training at the Eastman Dental Institute, University College London, obtaining her Masters in Science degree in 2009 and qualified as an Orthodontic Specialist in 2010, when she was awarded the 3M Unitek Prize for the best overall orthodontic student graduating from the Eastman Dental Hospital in 2010. She subsequently undertook a further two years training at the Eastman Dental Hospital, UCLH and Kingston Hospital, Surrey treating complex multi-disciplinary cases. She was awarded her Fellowship in Orthodontics in 2012 and is a Consultant Orthodontist at the Eastman Dental Hospital, University College London NHS Foundation Trust. She is a member of the British Orthodontic Society and the European Society of Orthodontics.
Outside Dentistry, she enjoys travelling, diving and reading on her Kindle.