Damon Braces

Here at Painfree Dentistry, we offer you two types of braces – Damon (metal) and Damon Clear.

Dental braces are devices which are used to help align teeth and correct any problems with over or underbite. They can also be used to treat various flaws such as gaps and crowding. Traditional braces make use of metal arches and brackets placed on the front of the teeth to provide a small yet constant pressure which helps to move teeth gradually. However, new advances in dental technology are happening all the time and amongst the most cutting-edge treatments are Damon braces. As adults are increasingly turning to cosmetic dentistry many methods have been developed which provide the same effective treatment given by traditional braces, without the aesthetic issues. Damon braces are amongst the most popular alternatives to traditional braces and differ in several key ways to older methods of correction.

What are Damon Braces?

Damon braces use a different style of arch and brackets which make use of low friction mechanics. The Damon brace system makes use of a slide mechanism which helps avoid several problems associated with traditional braces such as binding and friction. This has several benefits including a much quicker treatment period and less follow up visits to your dentist. The slide method puts a lighter force onto your teeth, making the treatment a lot more comfortable but still maintaining the effective results which come with traditional braces. Damon braces are also ‘self-ligating’. This means that, the elastics which provide tension (in order to gradually move the teeth) are replaced by the slide mechanism which can move teeth quicker and with less discomfort. Damon braces also have benefits from a hygiene perspective, as they attract less plaque than the elastics used in traditional braces. What’s the difference between Damon Braces and other types of braces?

Let’s start out with this summary from the Damon Braces website: “The Damon System is not just about revolutionary braces and wires, it’s a whole new way of treating patients. Traditional treatment often requires removal of healthy teeth and/or the use of palatal expanders to make space. This approach is often uncomfortable, takes longer, and can leave a narrower arch and a flat profile. Damon smiles are full, natural 10-tooth smiles achieved with light biologically-sensible forces, and are specifically designed to improve the overall facial result of each patient.

Many patients resign themselves to having teeth removed or using a jaw expander.  Are you intrigued by the notion of skipping both of these steps?  Many patients ask how it’s possible to straighten the teeth and improve the function of the teeth and jaw without removing teeth or using expanders.  These braces make use of an innovative concept known as self-ligating technology.  There are no elastic or metal ties, which translates to words that will be very welcome for the person getting braces: Damon Braces never need to be tightened.  As anyone who has had traditional braces knows, having braces tightened can be uncomfortable.  It is not a painful process, but it makes the teeth and jaws feel tight for a brief period.  The wires are described as “light high-technology shape-memory wires,” and there are two important things patients and parents need to know about them.  The first is that they work more quickly than other options.  The second is that they don’t need to be adjusted as often.

What are Damon clear?

Damon clear are made from a transparent ceramic material which has many advantages over earlier types of braces. In traditional methods, the metal brace is placed on the front surface of your teeth making it highly visible. With a Damon brace, although still visible, the ceramic material doesn’t stain easily and won’t show signs of wear and tear typical with several other types of ‘invisible’ brace. Whilst it’s possible to use several types of discreet braces, the Damon system corrects teeth faster and can be used on more severe cases .

How are Damon braces fitted?

As opposed to other types of brace which need to be cemented in, Damon braces are fixed using glue which minimises any discomfort during fitting. If you require any teeth to be removed then it’s typical to have this done prior to being fitted with Damon braces. The procedure takes around an hour and begins with your dentist gluing the brackets onto your teeth. Wires will then be placed into the brackets and safely secured through the use of very small clips. Immediately afterwards it’s normal to feel a little tender at first due to the pressure exerted on your teeth. Some patients also experience ulcers on their cheeks or on the inside of their lips. However these are temporary and many patients report experiencing very little discomfort throughout the whole treatment period. After you have your Damon braces fitted you’ll need to have regular follow up visits with your dentist.

Dental hygiene can be a challenge with braces, but Damon Braces make that aspect of this process easier, too.  Without the elastic or metal ties, it’s easier to brush the teeth.  Flossing can also be simpler because there’s less to get in the way of the floss. Please call us on (02) 9635 5166 to find out more. Or feel free to drop in at your well designed practice at 77 Marion St Harris Park NSW 2150.

 

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