Metal braces (such as Damon) offer a successful result and are an excellent course of treatment among all demographics, including children, teenagers and adults, to straighten crooked teeth.
Damon metal braces are a popular choice
Dr Nino Gullotta believes the Damon system of braces is different to others because it uses ‘passive self-ligating braces’, which means they remove the need for rubber bands around the braces.
This spells good news for patients because there is less friction, a shorter treatment time and an improved level of comfort.
Instead, Damon braces use ‘sliding doors’ to hold the wire in place, in turn allowing the teeth to move more freely and with less force. Damon braces are available in both metal and clear options.
Damon braces are also excellent for the widening of dental arches, which means the need for expanders and extractions is greatly reduced.
Having straight teeth and proper jaw alignment can offer many more benefits than just aesthetic appeal, including proper chewing function. Straight teeth are also easier to clean and maintain, decreasing the chance of gum disease and tooth decay.
Orthodontic treatment plays a valuable role in improving both your dental and general health and wellbeing.
Dr Nino Gullotta designs more than just a new smile, which is his patients’ main priority. He also helps enhance self-esteem and corrects the underlying dental problem, giving you healthier teeth, mouth and gums to improve your quality of life.
There is an orthodontic treatment, such as Damon metal braces, to suit your individual dental issues, so please talk with Dr Gullotta about which one is right for you.
To discuss your options, call the practice to make an appointment. Alternatively, you can download our ebook, The Definitive Guide to Orthodontic Treatment here for other information.
Frequently Ask Questions
At different stages during braces treatment there will be some discomfort – but this varies considerably from person to person. Any pain during orthodontic treatment can usually be controlled with normal pain relief medication like panadol.
Appointments are scheduled according to each patient’s needs. Most patients in braces will be seen every six to ten weeks.
Treatment times will vary but typical takes 18 to 24 months.
Yes. If you are playing a contact sport, you will need a mouthguard fitted over your braces.
When you first have your braces fitted, you may notice a slight change in the way you speak like a slight lisp. Once your tongue and lips get used to your braces, you will adjust and your speech should return to normal after a few weeks.
Hard, sticky, crunchy foods should be avoided because they can knock braces off the teeth. In addition, sugar intake should be reduced to minimize the risk of decay around the braces. Foods which should be avoided include:
- Minties and Toffee
- Caramels such as fantales
- Corn chips
- French bread sticks, bread crusts or hard rolls
- Whole apples or carrots (cut them into pieces first)
- Corn on the cob (cut the corn off the cob before eating)
Orthodontics is the specialty of dentistry that focuses on the diagnosing, preventing and treating problems in the alignment of the teeth and jaws. Orthodontic treatment involves using braces, clear aligners plates and other corrective devices to move teeth and jaws into normal alignment. It may involve changing the position of the teeth or modifying the way the jaw grows.
An orthodontist is a dentist who has undertaken an additional two or three years of full-time study and clinical training at university (usually a Masters degree) so they can specialise in orthodontics. This extra study is on top of the five years spent training as a general dentist. Orthodontists are the most qualified to diagnose, prevent and treat problems you may have in the alignment of your teeth and jaws.
No, a referral is not necessary to see a specialist orthodontist like Dr Gullotta. You should, however, have a general dental check-up before you start any orthodontic treatment. This is because there may be some dental problems eg dental decay or gum disease that may need to be addressed before orthodontic treatment can begin.
Dr Nino Gullotta is a leading Gold Coast Orthodontist with over 30 years of specialist experience. Over this time has delighted thousands of patients with exceptional orthodontic care. Dr Gullotta is also rated as one of the top 3 orthodontists on the Gold Coast according to bestrated.com.au.
Dr Gullotta has owned Gullotta Orthodontics for 30 years and has barely missed a day of work! So rest assured that your smile is in good hands. Dr G is also a Invisalign Diamond Provider, which means he’s an expert in Invisalign treatment.
There is an unmetered 2P section out the very front of the building, however there are limited spaces. All other parking is 2P metered. If you don’t want to pay for parking, we suggest leaving early, parking at Australia Fair and walking to the practice.