What is Damon Braces?
Have you heard of Damon braces before? Damon braces is probably one of the most popular brand in self-ligating braces. It has a patented slide door bracket design to allow dentist to open and close when changing arch wire. So what so special about this? Let’s find out more about this orthodontic system.
How it works?
Firstly, conventional brackets use elastic tie to hold the wire on to the bracket. In other words, due to the nature of elastic degradation, these ties must be changed at monthly interval and it can be an uncomfortable experience.
In contrast, Damon Braces offers a sleeker, faster, and more comfortable treatment option. This self ligating system allows wire to slide passively in the brackets with less friction and hence, less discomfort. Besides, the smaller and smoother bracket design is far less noticeable and makes oral hygiene easier.
Benefits of Damon Braces
Faster treatment time
In comparison, the ease of ligating the bracket by opening or closing the sliding door reduces chair time and shorten your dental visit. 1
Less pain and more comfortable
Damon brackets have rounded edge and smaller in size, thus reducing chance of getting mouth ulcer. Besides, the forces generated are more gentle to the teeth too.2
Less friction and more efficient
In addition, low-friction passive ligation Damon system allow teeth to move quickly and more naturally with optimum treatment efficiency.3 As a result of its high-tech thermal treated shape memory arch wires, Damon system delivers optimum forces at body temperature to achieve superb clinical outcomes.
Hygienic and easier to clean
Above all, Damon braces is scientifically proven to trap less plaque and easier to clean thanks to its smooth design without elastic ties.4 Therefore, patient can maintain better gum healthy and less likely to have decay during the braces journey.
Moreover, the unique broad arch shape in Damon arch wires allows arch expansion, reducing buccal corridor and creating beautiful smile. For this reason, in some borderline cases, the space gained from expansion may eliminate need of tooth extraction prior to braces. However, this may not applied to protrusive profile especially among Asians.
Cost of Damon Braces
Damon braces usually cost just slightly more than conventional braces due to its more advance high tech arch wires and complicated bracket design. However, the difference is not big and almost negligible if divided into monthly instalments. Considering the benefits that you get in the long braces journey, it appears to be a worthy option.
What are the other options?
At The Smile Dental Lounge, we also use other self ligating system like Empower 2 from American Ortho. It features a dual activation concept (active and passive) allow you the best of two worlds.
On the other hand, if you are looking for ceramic bracket. Damon Clear 2 is the only 100% clear self ligating bracket that combines the low friction passive activation and crystal clear appliance to meet your aesthetic demand.
But if you prefer a metal free option, clear aligners such as Invisalign might be suitable for you. Invisalign can straighten teeth without brackets and wires. Learn more here.
If there are questions in your mind, you are not alone. Call us to make an appointment for free consultation. Our friendly dentist will diagnose and analysis your case and advise the best treatment plan that suits you.
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