Damon braces offer patients a convenient and more comfortable treatment, alternative to fixed metal braces. The self-litigating appliances are fitted just like traditional fixed metal braces, however, there is no need to use elastics to perform more complicated tooth movements. Unlike fixed metal braces, Damon braces utilise a sliding mechanism which allows for a more gentle yet powerful movement of the teeth. This means that there is no need to tighten brackets and wires throughout treatment. With this treatment, you can cut down on the number of dental appointments needed.
The memory wire exerts less pressure on the teeth, making Damon braces a more comfortable alternative to fixed metal or ceramic braces and elastics. Braces can then be set to cause gradual tooth movement, which occurs over time. As there is less force applied to the teeth with the Damon system, the braces are more comfortable to wear than other orthodontic treatments available.
Damon braces employ clear brackets making them a more discrete option than traditional fixed metal braces. Some dentists say that treatment takes less time to complete, an ideal solution for those who want to create their perfect smile faster. With this treatment, less maintenance is involved which is important for those with busy schedules. Friction is reduced whilst wearing the braces, meaning there is less likely to be any damage to the teeth. In cases where there is overcrowding, Damon braces are a more comfortable option than traditional fixed metal braces.
Prior to starting your treatment, we would recommend doing a full dental check-up to ensure there are no cavities or major issues with your teeth which could become a problem during the course of your Damon braces treatment. We would also encourage you to get your teeth professionally cleaned by a hygienist. This will ensure good oral hygiene prior to fitting the braces.
Your Damon braces treatment begins with a visit to your dentist who should explain to you the overall treatment process and timeframes, show you what the Damon braces appliance looks like and assess whether or not the appliance is suitable for you based on your goals. If this method is not right for you, your dentist will explain other treatment options available - these could include fixed options like lingual braces or removable ones such as Invisalign aligners. They will also explain how much movement can be expected using this type of appliance and give you an idea of the desired end-result. By planning your treatment like this, you’ll know exactly how long you’ll need to wear your braces for, when to visit your dentist and what to expect throughout your treatment with Damon braces.
There are two main benefits from choosing treatment with Damon braces. Firstly, unlike traditional braces, which use ligatures to hold wires in place, Damon braces are designed to remove friction. Secondly, using this system, some dentists say that the teeth are moved more quickly than with traditional metal braces. However, there does seem to be some disagreement about this. Light pressure is used to move the teeth into position without the need for elastics, which can cause discomfort. This means that Damon braces increase comfort in two ways: on one hand there is less pressure on your teeth and on the other hand, you’ll spend less time in the dentist’s chair.
Malocclusion of the teeth is the technical term used by dentists to describe a misalignment problem, that can lead to serious oral health complications. Patients often refer to those misalignment problems as crooked teeth, wonky teeth, crowded teeth, overbite, open bite, cross bite or large spaces between the teeth.
These deviations from ideal ‘occlusion’ can range from mild to severe cases. With any of the above malocclusions, the teeth are not able to perform vital functions, which can have serious consequences on both your oral and digestive health, not to mention they can also impact your confidence at work, in social settings or in your relationship.
These issues could previously only be addressed using fixed metal or ceramic braces, surgery or simply accepted as they are. This is no longer the case with technology and new material developments, such as Damon braces, revolutionising the World of cosmetic dentistry.
Usually, most orthodontic treatments require the use of elastics to help to complete more difficult tooth movements. This is also the case with traditional fixed metal braces. With Damon braces the design is different to traditional fixed metal braces, so elastics are no longer required. The self litigating design offers enough power to correct a range of common malocclusions.
Some research suggests that the speed of treatment with Damon braces is, on average, six months faster than with traditional metal braces. However, there does seem to be some disagreement between dentists about this. Your dentist will be able to let you know how long your treatment will be expected to take. Most people do start to see positive results after just 10 weeks of wearing the Damon system.
With Damon braces a smaller area of each tooth is covered by the small, clear bracket, making them a more discrete option than traditional fixed metal braces. However, people will be able to see that you are wearing a brace with Damon braces. The metal wires go over your teeth like fixed metal braces. If this is something that is likely to bother you and if you are looking for a more invisible solution, we would recommend you look at Damon Clear or Invisalign clear braces as an alternative.
If you choose treatment with Damon braces you won’t need to have dental appointments as frequently as you would with fixed metal braces. This is good news for people who want to spend less time seeing the dentist. You’ll still need to have adjustments, however, you can plan on visiting the dentist between 8-10 fewer times than you would, if you were wearing traditional fixed metal braces. Your dentist will let you know how often you’ll need to visit at the beginning of your treatment.
As part of your treatment plan, your dentist will schedule appointments at specific and frequent intervals to review the progress of your treatment and adjust your Damon braces to adjust the pressure where needed to move the teeth into the desired position.
However, the frequency of your dental appointments will depend on how far your teeth need to move and your dentist’s recommendations. Keeping regular appointments allows your dentist to check your progress and make any adjustments necessary.
Make sure to use your appointments to discuss any issues or raise any concerns you may have with your braces, as your dentist will be able to adjust the position of the brackets or pressure of the wire.
The Damon braces system is a more discrete option as the brackets are predominantly formed from a clear ceramic material. The rest of each bracket is made from stainless steel. With the Damon braces treatment people are going to be able to see that you are wearing braces. However, if you want a more discrete option, ask your dentist about Damon Clear instead.
Damon braces are as effective as many other orthodontic treatments. The fact that there are no elastics used, makes the braces an attractive solution for many people for comfort reasons. Having said this, the Damon system is just as effective as traditional fixed metal braces. With Damon Clear, you have an effective and aesthetically pleasing way to straighten your teeth with all the benefits of traditional fixed metal braces.
Dentists recommend maintaining good oral hygiene while wearing your braces in order to avoid cavities and other dental related issues which could be difficult to carry out during the teeth straightening process (e.g. crown placement). It is recommended you brush your teeth after each meal to reduce the build-up of plaque.
It is worth noting that appliances which use brackets and wires make it more difficult to keep good oral hygiene simply because the position of the attachments and wires make it incredibly complicated to reach certain places and brush your teeth properly. It is also more difficult to floss with this type of appliance and the use of floss picks is recommended over standard dental floss.
Research indicates that elastics used with other orthodontic treatments tend to allow bacteria and plaque to collect. This causes cleaning your teeth properly to be more difficult. With Damon braces there are no elastics used as the treatment is more powerful than traditional fixed metal braces. All it means is that better oral hygiene is easier to maintain with Damon braces.
As brushing your teeth becomes more time-consuming with Damon braces, good oral hygiene is more difficult to maintain and some patients decide to cut down the number of times they brush their teeth each day whilst wearing the braces. Whilst this might save you time, this is not a recommended approach, as it puts you at a greater risk of developing gum disease or tooth decay.
Difficulty in maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the main reasons why people choose removable braces, like Invisalign, over Damon braces or other fixed metal or ceramic braces. However, remember that the fast results you can expect with Damon braces are only possible as they are working for you 24 hours every day. This is not always going to be the case with a removable appliance.
From an appliance standpoint, wearing Damon braces is more comfortable than traditional braces as there are no elastics needed. No elastics mean less pain and irritation in the mouth. As with all types of braces, tooth movement is obtained by applying pressure to each tooth individually in order to move them into the desired position. The system might therefore feel a bit uncomfortable for a few days after the braces have been fitted, after which the sensitivity in your mouth should slowly disappear. It’s worth noting that because of the Damon braces design; only light pressure is applied to your teeth. This is one reason that the braces are more comfortable than other orthodontic appliances.
Damon braces can cost anywhere between £4,000 to £5,000 depending on the degree of correction needed. This is a more expensive option than fixed metal braces. You may find a dentist who offers a payment plan to help you with the cost of treatment. This will allow you to spread the cost of your treatment. Many people find that the convenience and ease of treatment is well worth paying the extra money for Damon braces.
As with any teeth straightening treatment, you will need to wear a retainer when your brace is removed. Retainers will allow your teeth to stabilise in their new positions after the treatment is over. This is as important part as the treatment itself, as teeth continue to move throughout your life, which could lead to a relapse after a few years.
There are multiple types of retainers that you can wear after your treatment, from fixed metal retainers that are permanently bonded onto the back surfaces of your teeth, to Essix retainers, a removable retainer which you can wear at night.
Be sure to discuss this with your dentist prior to starting your Damon braces journey, as this could have an impact on the final cost of your treatment.
Damon braces offer a convenient and more comfortable way to straighten your teeth than traditional fixed metal braces. Damon Clear offers an extremely discrete option for individuals who want a beautiful smile throughout and after treatment. Less visits to the dentist during treatment offers patients a degree of convenience. No elastics provide more comfortable treatment than some other orthodontic appliances.
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