The world of braces has changed a lot over the years. In the past, traditional metal braces were one of the only options, but now, there are Invisalign, ceramic braces, and Damon braces as well as a handful of other options. Damon braces are a relatively new form of self-ligating braces, and many people are just now hearing about them. If you’re curious about this option, here’s what you need to know.
Damon Braces Versus Traditional Braces
Like traditional braces, Damon braces also feature brackets and wires. However, with traditional braces you go to your orthodontist every few weeks, and they tighten the wires to move the brackets closer together. In contrast, with Damon braces, the brackets move on the wires using a slide mechanism. You still have to see the orthodontist, but the braces essentially move themselves.
What Does Self-Ligating Mean?
Self-ligating means that these braces don’t have ligatures. Ligature means something that ties or tightens two things together. With traditional braces, the metal ties and elastic bands act as ligatures, but with Damon braces, these elements are not involved. Instead, as explained above, the braces are attached to the arch wires with special brackets that allow them to essentially move on their own.
Benefits of Damon Braces
With Damon braces, you don’t have to see the orthodontist as often. As a result, most patients who get Damon braces finish their treatment an average of seven months earlier than patients who get traditional braces.
With traditional braces after you see the orthodontist, your braces may feel very tight and uncomfortable. With Damon braces, the natural adjustments that the braces make on their own are a bit more gradual. That makes these braces more comfortable, and most patient report a lot less discomfort with Damon braces than traditional options.
Beyond that, Damon braces create less friction, which helps to protect the enamel of your teeth from wearing down and leading to cavities. In that same vein, there are fewer places for bacteria to gather onto the braces, which also helps to keep your mouth healthier throughout the whole experience. Finally, studies show that people have fewer orthodontic relapses (teeth shifting back into their original places) after using Damon braces than other options.
Disadvantages of Damon Braces
Although they are more visually discreet than traditional wire braces, Damon braces are more noticeable than Invisalign. They still feature wires running over your teeth. Additionally, they can be more expensive than traditional braces, but the trade-off is worth it for many people.
Who Should Consider Damon Braces?
If you have overcrowding, you may want to consider these braces. Additionally, if you’re looking for speedy treatment, a more comfortable orthodontic experience, or a discreet alternative to metal braces, you may also want to consider Damon braces. Your orthodontist can let you know if they are the right choice for you, and they can help you explore alternatives if Damon braces won’t work for your needs.
At Nia Pediatric Dentistry, we offer Damon braces as well as many other options. To set up an appointment for your child or teen, contact us today. We will help you decide which braces are right for your orthodontic needs.