Self Ligating Braces
We are pleased to offer our patients the Damon System. These self-ligating braces allow your teeth to move more comfortably and easily than traditional braces. With the help of this appliance, achieving your perfect smile can be faster and easier than you ever thought possible!
Better Results in Less Time
With Damon braces, we can achieve a terrific end result and finish your treatment more efficiently. Depending upon your specific case, this can translate to a beautiful smile months sooner than with traditional braces. After analyzing your specific needs, we will be able to provide you with a treatment plan that will have you smiling as soon as possible.
Damon braces are very precise and effective. With this system, we can reduce the need for many of the time-consuming, complicated procedures that are used with traditional braces.
Fewer Visits to the Office
Because Damon braces eliminate the need for elastic ties, fewer adjustments are required. As a result, your appointments can be spaced out further, early in treatment, and will take less time.
Damon® Clear combines the look and comfort you demand with the strength and functionality you need. Tested by multi-site in vivo studies and third party university research, Damon® Clear provides:
- Completely aesthetic passive self-ligation brackets with unparalleled design
- Polycrystalline alumina (PCA) material, which resists staining from coffee, mustard, red wine and other agents
- Freedom from elastic ties that stain and collect bacteria during treatment
- Advanced passive self-ligation technology with low-ligation force, which minimizes frictional resistance and allows teeth to move efficiently
Invisalign® is the ultimate in terms of aesthetic treatment options. We use custom molded clear trays to move your teeth to the ideal position. Because they are removable, patient compliance is extremely important with aligners. Invisalign® is a terrific option for working professionals or patients seeking a discrete solution to improve their smile, however it is not ideal for every case.
Invisalign offers a cutting-edge approach to orthodontics by using a series of custom-made, invisible aligners. Using 3-D computer imaging, each aligner is specific to your teeth and gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you are wearing the aligners. So you can smile with confidence, both during and after your treatment.
Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible and most people do not even notice them. Since they are removable, you can eat what you want without any worry of breaking a bracket or rubber band. They are also very durable and will not interfere with extracurricular activities. No matter if you are acting, playing soccer, running cross country or part of the school band, Invisalign will let you continue to do all the activities you love.
Early Interceptive Treatment (Age 6-10)
When some primary teeth (also called baby teeth) are still present, we can begin to correct problems like severe overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Facial growth modification can be very effective at this age to treat some orthodontic patients, rather than waiting until the patient’s permanent teeth are all in.
Technological advancements in orthodontics allow us to treat adult patients faster, more comfortably, and more discreetly than ever before. Whether you have never had braces, or you had them in your youth and are noticing your teeth moving back out of alignment, we offer aesthetic treatment options like Invisalign® or Damon® that will help you to achieve a beautiful result quicker than you might think!
It’s not going to be easy at first, and in the beginning foods you can eat will be limited. You’ll want to stick to foods that are soft, fluffy and easily mashed up. Pancakes, oatmeal, bananas, soups, cooked vegetables, applesauce, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese, and soft ice cream – just to suggest a few.
There are a few tricks around some problem foods. You can cook your vegetables to make them softer, cut your corn off the cob, and slice apples and sandwiches into small, bite sized pieces. If you’re in doubt about a particular food, ask our team.
Foods to Avoid
Sticky – gum, caramel, tootsie rolls, peanut butter, toffee
Hard – apples, carrots and other raw vegetables
Crunchy – popcorn, chips
Tough – bagels, corn on the cob, sandwiches, steak, ribs
Using a soft bristled toothbrush begin by brushing the outside of your teeth and braces holding the brush tilted at a 45 degree angle. Brush along the top and bottom of the braces using light to moderate pressure, making sure you cover every surface very carefully. Don’t forget to brush the teeth all the way in the back and behind your back molars. It’s a good practice to brush for three minutes at least twice a day. Using a timer or singing along to a song will help you keep track of your time.
Flossing at least once a day is very important for good dental hygiene and to keep your teeth healthy. Flossing with braces may seem difficult at first. To floss properly, you will need to thread the floss under the archwire. This can be done in two ways – either by threading the floss through on your own or using a floss threader to thread the floss under the wire.
When threading the floss, it is a good practice to start by pushing the floss vertically from the top to the bottom on your upper teeth and from the bottom to the top on your bottom teeth, always threading away from your gums. Once threaded, carefully floss around each tooth and gum, moving the floss up and down, just like you did without braces.
- Always store your retainer in the case.
- Always remove your retainer when eating.
- Follow the doctors instructions for wear.
- Always remove retainers when brushing your teeth.
- Clean retainers thoroughly with toothbrush and toothpaste. Failure to clean retainers well can result in damage to your gums and teeth.
- Put the retainer in with your fingers. Please do not bite the retainer into place since this could result in injury or damage to your teeth.
- Use your best judgment regarding retainer them for sports, singing & meetings, and replace them when you are done with the activity.
- Since your retainer is made out of acrylic, which is sensitive to heat, do not subject the retainers to heat.
- Bring your retainers to each appointment for inspection.
- Occasionally, a piece of acrylic will chip or break. As long as the retainer is still wearable, you can continue to wear it until we can check it for you. If there is a sharp edge, you can use a nail file to smooth it off until an necessary repair can be performed.
- If there is any part of the retainer that is pinching your gums, set up an appointment so that we can fix this for you.
For orthodontic-related emergencies, our office is here to help. Most emergency situations can be temporarily taken care of at home, though. Usually loose brackets and wires that are causing some discomfort or poking can be covered in wax or pushed back into place. Loose and poking wires can be manipulated using tweezers or a pencil eraser. It’s still important to call the office and set up an appointment to have the issue corrected. In the event of a more severe issue (an appliance breaks, a wire slips loose, or is preventing the mouth from opening or closing) call our office to schedule an appointment and have the problem taken care of right away.
Keep in mind that there may be some discomfort for a few weeks after getting your braces on and for several days after an adjustment. In these situations, rinsing with salt water or taking an over-the-counter pain reliever may alleviate the pain.
For situations requiring immediate medical attention, you should contact your doctor or local emergency medical services.