Today’s orthodontic patients are able to enjoy more treatment options than ever before. Traditional metal braces aren’t the only game in town anymore. One option many patients love is Damon braces.
Damon braces are similar to standard metal braces, with a bit of a twist. With standard braces, elastic ligatures hold the wire to the brackets. Damon braces use a slide mechanism instead. This allows for a more natural tooth movement utilizing less friction.
So what does that mean for patients?
Traditional braces exert pressure on the teeth as they move. Damon braces do, as well, but it is a more gentle pressure that doesn’t require as much force or friction. That results in a more comfortable experience.
There are several advantages to using Damon braces:
- Many studies have shown that Damon braces can move teeth faster – sometimes shaving as much as six months off of treatment times.
- Damon braces require fewer office visits because we don’t have to change out ligatures.
- Many patients think Damon braces are more aesthetically pleasing than standard metal braces.
- Because Damon braces apply less pressure, that means they are less painful than other braces.
While there are many great advantages to Damon braces, there are also a few drawbacks. Damon and Damon Clear are more aesthetically pleasing, but it still uses brackets and wires so treatment is still highly visible to others. And because you have brackets and wires, you will have to make some adjustments to your diet while you’re in treatment. Avoid anything that is too hard, crunchy, chewy or sticky.
Braces of any kind require an adjustment period in the weeks after they are placed. It will take your mouth a bit of time to adjust to the brackets and wires. Stick to soft foods for the first day or two while your mouth is the most sore. You can take an over the counter pain reliever to help with any mild discomfort you may feel.
Brackets and wires can cause soreness to the insides of your mouth as you get used to the appliances being there. Orthodontic wax can help on any areas that may be painful. You can also rinse your mouth with warm saltwater for relief.
Damon Braces marry the reliability of standard metal braces with the latest and greatest technology. Self-ligating braces like Damon braces can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted, but in less time and more comfortably.