Approximately 90% of people have orthodontic problems like crooked, crowded, or gappy smiles. Some people experience more complex problems where their upper and lower teeth don’t align while closed. These can cause you difficulty while eating and lead to jaw problems.
The good news is there’s never been a better time to straighten your teeth than now. In the last few decades, there has been a boom in orthodontics, with many new treatments available. Some reduce treatment length and make the process more discreet, while others improve comfort and convenience.
One treatment that offers improvements in speed and effectiveness is the Damon brace system. Introduced in the 90s, Damon braces are widely regarded as one of the best fixed treatments available.
So, what are Damon braces? And why should you consider this treatment option? This guide explores the benefits and treatment process.
How Do Damon Braces Work?
Damon braces work like other orthodontic appliances— by using gentle, constant pressure.
Small brackets are attached to the teeth we plan to move. A wire is threaded through these brackets. The brackets firmly hold the wire in place, creating tension. It’s this tension from the wire that gives you a straighter smile.
Damon braces can fix mild to complex orthodontic issues.
Why Are Damon Braces Better Than Traditional Braces?
Damon braces and traditional fixed braces share many similarities; however, a few differences make this innovative system quicker and more effective than standard appliances.
The brackets used on Damon braces are self-ligating. Normally, the wire would sit in a channel on the brace, and small elastic bands called ligatures hold it in place. Damon braces have a locking mechanism built into the brackets, so there’s no need for ligatures.
Ordinarily, fixed braces need adjusting at regular intervals throughout treatment. This involves removing the ligatures and increasing the tension on the wire. Due to the nature of the design, this can become a time-consuming process.
Treatment becomes more effective without these tiny elastic bands as the brackets provide a firmer hold on the wire. In some cases, this can even speed up treatment. Not only that, but the locking mechanism makes adjustments easier, quicker, and more comfortable.
Another benefit of Damon braces is that the brackets are more streamlined and comfortable than traditional braces.
What Happens During Treatment?
Every treatment begins with an assessment. We’ll X-ray your teeth and jaw and examine your smile. This is to check Damon braces are right for you.
After discussing the treatment in depth and answering any questions you may have, we’ll create a treatment plan.
Next, it’s time to fit your brace. Once in place, it’s vital you keep your teeth and brace clean and avoid biting or chewing anything solid which could damage the appliance.
We’ll invite you back to the clinic throughout your treatment. Here, we’ll adjust the brace to progress your treatment. This is also a good opportunity to see how your new, straighter smile is coming along.
Finally, we’ll remove the brace when your teeth reach their perfect position. We’ll provide a retainer to wear after treatment to preserve your results.
What Are the Alternatives to Damon Braces?
If fixed braces aren’t for you, we have other treatment options. Invisalign is a clear, removable aligner system effective in many orthodontic cases. Like braces, aligners use constant force to create tooth movements. Instead of adjusting your aligner throughout your treatment, we’ll replace it with a different one.
The benefits of Invisalign are that the custom-made aligners are discreet, comfortable, and effective. Invisalign aligners can be taken out during mealtimes for maximum convenience.
Damon Braces at Canon House
Damon braces are self-ligating orthodontic appliances that provide exceptional results when straightening teeth. This highly effective treatment improves outcomes while making adjustments easier.
Get in touch to schedule your Damon braces consultation.
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