All About the Damon System

If you have been thinking of having your teeth properly align, you may be considering  braces. However, there are several types of braces available. Traditional braces have been used to properly aligned crooked teeth for many years, but now, orthodontic options have expanded to include lingual braces, clear braces and Damon braces.  Damon System braces are similar to traditional braces, but they offer additional benefits.

How does the structure of Damon System braces compare to that of traditional braces?

Traditional braces consist of brackets, an archwire and elastic bands, which connect the archwire to the brackets. As the archwire is tightened, it applies aligning pressure to the brackets and subsequently to the teeth. Over time, this pressure coaxes the teeth into their new positions.

Like traditional braces, Damon System braces also include brackets and an archwire, but the structure of the Damon brackets makes the elastic bands unnecessary.  Each Damon System bracket is self-ligating.  This means that Damon brackets include a tiny tunnel-like hole through which the archwire is fed.  The tunnel within the brackets holds the archwire in proper position without the assistance of elastic bands.

How does the treatment time with Damon System braces compare to that of traditional braces?

Damon System braces straighten the teeth faster than traditional braces.  In order to move the teeth into their new positions, the alignment force associated with traditional braces must first overcome the friction from the elastic bands moving against the brackets and the archwire.

With Damon System braces, the oppositional friction is greatly reduced.  As a result, the teeth can move more easily and quickly into place.  Damon braces typically straighten the teeth about six months faster than traditional braces. If you are in a hurry to start enjoying a straighter, more uniform smile, the Damon System may be a great option for you.

Do Damon braces affect the number of orthodontic visits needed during your course of treatment?

With Damon System braces, you can expect to visit your orthodontist less often because fewer adjustments to the archwire are necessary.

Can you expect to experience discomfort from your archwire adjustment when using Damon System braces?

Periodic orthodontic adjustments are still necessary with Damon System braces to ensure that your dental alignment progresses as it should. Just as you may feel some pain after an archwire adjustment during treatment with traditional braces, you may experience some degree of discomfort after your Damon braces are adjusted. However, the discomfort will likely only last a few days.

How effective are Damon braces at correcting crowded teeth?

Crowding occurs when the amount of space in your mouth is insufficient to accommodate your teeth in a straight alignment. As a result, when you suffer from crowding, your teeth may be arranged in an overlapping pattern or even in two rows.

In order to provide enough space for your crowded teeth to be properly aligned during treatment with traditional braces, some of your teeth may have to be removed.   However, with Damon System braces, crowding can often be corrected without the removal of any of your healthy teeth. Instead of fewer teeth, you are likely to end up with a wider, more attractive smile after treatment using the Damon System.

Are Damon braces discreet?

The brackets of Damon System braces are somewhat smaller than those of traditional metal braces.  However, some people do not like the obvious color difference between the metal brackets and their tooth enamel.  If you prefer a more discreet alignment option, clear Damon braces are available.

Clear Damon braces are made of ceramic and may be slightly higher in price than their metal counterparts. However, in some instances, your orthodontist may be able to apply the clear brackets only to the teeth that are visible as you speak or smile. The remaining teeth, which are not easily seen, can be fitted with metal brackets.

Are Damon System braces covered by insurance plans?

Insurance plans often pay for orthodontic services, including the Damon System. Check with your insurer to verify coverage.

If you would like to learn more about Damon System braces and determine whether or not they are suitable for your orthodontic needs, contact our office to schedule an appointment. Dr. Clark and all of the staff at Stevens Orthodontics would be happy to explain the process further in person.

 

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