There’s great news for teens and adults needing to correct a bite problem or align their teeth, as there are more treatment options available than ever. Although traditional metal wire and bracket braces remain the most common orthodontic treatment, thanks to innovation, options also include Damon® Braces. Here is what to know about Damon braces vs. regular braces.
What are Damon Braces?
Damon braces are self-ligating braces. Self-ligating braces have an innovative slide mechanism that is built into the bracket. This slide mechanism eliminates the need for elastic bands or tiny metal ties that are used in regular braces to hold the archwire in place. This mechanism exerts gentle, constant force to gradually move the teeth into proper alignment.
10 Benefits of Damon Braces
Damon braces offer many benefits to adolescents, teens, and adults.
Damon Braces are Less Bulky than Traditional Braces
Damon braces have a lower profile and do not require the obvious elastics that regular braces require. They are less bulky, and less noticeable as a result.
Damon Braces Offer Greater Comfort
Patients find the self-ligating braces to be more comfortable, not only because the brackets are smaller, but because the pressure used to move the teeth into position is constant, and more natural.
You May Have Fewer Appointments During Treatment
Self-ligating braces work 24/7 applying consistent pressure, so you may benefit from fewer appointments during your treatment. By contrast, regular braces must be manually adjusted by your orthodontist regularly.
Available in Metal or Clear
Damon braces are available in either clear brackets or metal brackets.
Damon Braces May Allow You To Avoid Extractions
Regular braces may require extraction of teeth in order to properly align the teeth. Damon braces allow for the complete alignment of the teeth.
Damon Braces Offer Faster Treatment Time
Studies have shown that Damon braces may expedite treatment time by up to 30%.
Damon Self-Ligating Braces Are Easier to Clean Than Regular Braces
Because the brackets are not outfitted with elastic bands, which are prone to food and ultimately, bacteria build up, Damon braces are easier to clean than regular braces.
Damon Braces Supports Better Oral Hygiene
The elastics or metal ties used to secure the archwire in regular braces tend to accumulate food, making plaque buildup likely. Since Damon braces do not use ties or elastics, the risk of plaque buildup leading to tooth decay (cavities) or gum disease is reduced.
Damon Braces Can Correct Bite Problems
In addition to straightening misaligned teeth, Damon braces, like regular braces, can correct a variety of malocclusions such as open bite, underbite, overbite, and crossbite.
Damon Braces are Durable
Despite the smaller size of the brackets, the bracket, and wire are both very durable.
Which is Better, Damon or Regular Braces?
Both traditional braces and Damon braces are effective treatments for misaligned, gapped, slanted, crowded, and crooked teeth. Both can also correct bite problems. Most people will therefore have a choice between the two types of braces. Damon braces offer a host of benefits, but they tend to cost a bit more than traditional braces.
Your orthodontist will be happy to answer any questions you have about your options for treatment, and provide cost estimates for any options available to you.
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At Castle Hills 3D Orthodontics, Dr. Seifelnasr provides comprehensive orthodontic treatment for children, adolescents, teens and adults. As a technologically advanced orthodontic practice, Castle Hills 3D Orthodontics utilizes the latest techniques and technologies to help patients transform their smiles, and improve the health and function of their mouths. To request an appointment, send us a message or call 469-598-1700.