What’s the difference between Damon Braces and other types of braces? Let’s start out with this summary from the Damon Braces website: “The Damon System is not just about revolutionary braces and wires, it’s a whole new way of treating patients. Traditional treatment often requires removal of healthy teeth and/or the use of palatal expanders to make space. This approach is often uncomfortable, takes longer, and can leave a narrower arch and a flat profile. Damon smiles are full, natural 10-tooth smiles achieved with light biologically-sensible forces, and are specifically designed to improve the overall facial result of each patient.”
Many patients resign themselves to having teeth removed or using a jaw expander. Are you intrigued by the notion of skipping both of these steps? Many patients ask how it’s possible to straighten the teeth and improve the function of the teeth and jaw without removing teeth or using expanders. These braces make use of an innovative concept known as self-ligating technology. There are no elastic or metal ties, which translates to words that will be very welcome for the person getting braces: Damon Braces never need to be tightened. As anyone who has had traditional braces knows, having braces tightened can be uncomfortable. It is not a painful process, but it makes the teeth and jaws feel tight for a brief period. The wires are described as “light high-technology shape-memory wires,” and there are two important things patients and parents need to know about them. The first is that they work more quickly than other options. The second is that they don’t need to be adjusted as often.
Dental hygiene can be a challenge with braces, but Damon Braces make that aspect of this process easier, too. Without the elastic or metal ties, it’s easier to brush the teeth. Flossing can also be simpler because there’s less to get in the way of the floss.
Sometimes patients or their families hesitate to choose something like Damon Braces because they fear the cost will be significantly higher than with traditional metal braces. However, in most cases, the costs are very comparable. If you’re considering Damon Braces, let us know. We’d be happy to talk with you about them and explain how costs compare with the costs of other types of braces. In addition, keep in mind that if your insurance covers braces, it will cover this type the same as it would another type. Orthodontic care is generally included in Flexible Spending Account (FSA) guidelines, as well.
Finally, some people are hesitant to show their braces to the world. They may be self-conscious about needing them or they may wish to avoid calling attention to themselves for any reason. Damon Braces have an answer for that, as well: clear brackets. With these brackets, many people won’t even know the patient has braces.
There are many options available when it comes to braces. If you’re intrigued about this one, let us know. We’re committed to providing you with the best care, and that includes working with you to decide the best option for your particular situation.