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Damon Braces / Fixed braces
Fixed Braces Or "Train Tracks"
This self-ligating bracket system with high-technology wires is a unique mechanical system that permits low forces to work in conjunction with the muscles of the face, tongue, bone and soft tissues.
These low forces minimize discomfort, and greatly increase the types of cases that can be treated to a symmetrical facial result without high-force expansion or extractions.
Advantages of Damon Braces:
Faster treatment time
Fuller wider Smiles
Better facial balance and aesthetics
What Makes the Damon Bracket System so Effective at Aligning Teeth
Traditional orthodontic braces involve ‘tying-in’ arch wires with small clear or coloured elastic bands. This process of ‘tying-in’ the wire inherently causes friction between the wire and hence the tooth. This results in slower tooth movement.
However, with the Damon System, these clever little brackets have a built-in sliding door that holds the wire allowing it to move freely in a friction-less system.
This means that we can use high-technology wires to move the teeth comfortably, with fewer visits and in a shorter space of time, a bit-like a surfer riding a wave with Damon Brackets our teeth are riding the smooth wires.
Not every Dentist uses Damon Braces. The reason I do is simple, with more effective treatment in –hand, I want my patients to benefit from this exciting technology.
When Should You Start? The Earlier The Better!
Most parents enjoy the pleasure of seeing their children grow. It is a very exciting time as their development is very rapid, and ever changing. Many parents soon realise that their children’s teeth are not sitting correctly and seek advice.
Unfortunately, they are normally told to wait until all the permanent teeth have erupted before embarking on an Orthodontic pathway.
This is poor advice, as so very much more can be done for your child at a much earlier age.
We like to see children as young as 5 years of age. The earlier we see them the easier it is to actually modify and correct many of the bad oral muscular or myofunctional habits.
It is now proven that these are the bad habits that cause the teeth to be crooked in the first instance. Early correction of these myofunctional habits:
Encourages nasal breathing
Corrects the positioning of the jaws and teeth
Encourages normal forward facial growth, creating better looking faces
Improves overall general health, and posture of the growing child
|Monday||9.00am – 8.00pm|
|Tuesday||9.00am – 6.00pm|
|Wednesday||9.00am – 6.00pm|
|Thursday||9.00am – 6.00pm|
|Friday||9.00am – 6.00pm|
|Saturday||9.00am – 1.00pm|
Both Bridget and Tony are continuing to pursue their Post Graduate Education and upgrade their skills in the exciting areas of Orthodontics, Myofunctional Therapy, TMD, and OSA.
Bridget travelled to Chicago in March to attend the AAPMD meeting where several International speakers delivered new material on Sleep Apnoea. Afterwards she travelled on to Los Angeles for internship with two of the World leading experts in Myofunctional Therapy, Joy Moeller, and Barbara Greene.
She also attended White Memorial Hospital LA for training in Temporal-Mandibular Jaw dysfunction under the guidance of TMD Director Dr. Joseph Schames. A pilot scheme into which Bridget has been invited, is currently being designed at White Memorial in partnership with UCLA. Its aim is to deliver a fully accredited course to Myofunctional Therapists in areas such as TMD, OSA, while simultaneously involving them in pioneering research work.
She also attended lectures with Dr. Douglas Galen, a leading Maxillo-Facial Surgeon in LA who is recognising and currently addressing the serious negative effects of tongue tie.
She will to LA and attend further advanced training in June with Joy Moeller and Licia Paskay, and will continue to actively seek to improve her knowledge in the above listed fields.
Tony attended a 4 day TMJ course in London in March 2013 with Dr Liz Menzel, a TMD specialist working in Germany.
In September he will commence one year mini residency course in LA with Dr. Bill Hang, Orthodontist, in Functional Jaw Orthopaedics.
Bridget and Tony attended Dr. John Flutter's "Breathing and Posture" course in Germany in March. They are now both qualified to help patients establish positive Nasal Breathing patterns, and eliminate the all too common destructive "mouth breathing" patterns, which are now proven to profoundly and negatively affect ones health.
They travelled to London in June for Dr. John Mew's 4 day Symposium, on a myriad of topics including "Anthropology and the Evolution Man's Skull", "Baby Led Weaning", "Orthotropics, Orthopaedics, and Orthodontics", and of course Myofunctional Therapy.
In November they attended Dr. Derek Mahony's mini residency course in London which not only included further training in Orthopaedics, and Orthodontics, but also incorporated very valuable training in OSA.