What Are Damon Braces and How Do They Work?
Damon braces aren’t your traditional braces. Nope. Rather, an orthodontic treatment uses self-ligating braces, which means the brackets themselves have a component that closes around the wire to keep it attached. In contrast, traditional braces attach the archwire to the brackets with rubber bands. The Damon braces connect to a memory wire that attaches to the slide brackets without the tightness and pressure found in traditional braces. And then, over time, they’re set to move your teeth gradually. You may need a tooth extraction or palatal expander as Damon braces use less force than conventional braces.
What Are The Advantages of Damon Braces
Damon braces have a lot going for them, most notably:
- Appearance: Their clear brackets make them more aesthetically pleasing because they are virtually invisible, making them much less noticeable than traditional braces.
- Faster Treatment: Patients with Damon braces finish over seven months before those with conventional braces.
- Fewer Office Visits: With faster treatment comes fewer visits to your orthodontist to have them adjusted.
- Less Pressure and Pain: Since they gradually move your teeth, there’s less pressure resulting in less pain.
- Less Friction: Less friction means less erosion of your teeth.
- Less Plaque and Bacteria Buildup: Damon braces consist of fewer materials in your mouth, and thus, fewer places for plaque and bacteria to set up camp.
What Are The Disadvantages of Damon Braces
With life and Damon braces, you take the good with the bad. Drawbacks for them include:
- Metal Wiring: While you can get clear brackets, metal wires are still the only choice for Damon braces.
- Irritation: Like anything new, it will take time to adjust to the feel of braces cemented onto your teeth, which could irritate your gum tissues.
- Cost: Less pain, adjustments, and time come with a slightly higher price.
What Do Damon Braces Cost
So — what is the cost? Here’s the rundown on the price for Damon braces and some possible payment options.
- Cost: $3000-$6000 is the approximate range for traditional braces, according to a U.S. News & World Report article. But it depends on your location and complexity of your orthodontic treatment as Damon braces tend to cost more than traditional braces.
- Insurance: Many dental insurance plans and FSAs can be used toward Damon braces.
- Financing: Some orthodontists offer financing and payment plans if needed.
Detailed FAQs About Damon Braces
A list of FAQs is mention below.
How Do You Care for Damon Braces?
If Damon braces are for you or your child, you should protect your investment. Here’s how:
- Before you brush, rinse with water to help loosen any food lodged around your braces.
- Use a brush designed for braces to brush at the gumline at a 45-degree angle.
- Next, place the toothbrush on top of the brackets, angling down to brush on top of each bracket.
- Then, reposition to slowly brush the bottom of the bracket and the wire, angling the toothbrush up.
- Be sure to brush every tooth at the gumline and above and below the brackets to remove plaque and food debris.
Start flossing daily:
- Try a floss threader to make flossing with braces easier.
- Consider water irrigators to help flush out food particles in tight spaces.
- After brushing, help prevent cavities by rinsing with mouthwash to help remove bacteria for a healthier mouth.
Now you know all the ins and outs of self-ligating Damon braces as an alternative to traditional braces. For any questions on getting that smile of your dreams, speak to your orthodontic professional.
How do you brush your teeth with Damon Braces?
Please watch this video.
What can you eat with Damon braces?
Here is some important Guide.
EATING WITH BRACES
Don’t worry, you’ll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time! Before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, however, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.
FOODS TO AVOID WITH BRACES
- Chewy foods — bagels, licorice
- Crunchy foods — popcorn, chips, ice
- Sticky foods — caramel candies, chewing gum
- Hard foods — nuts, hard candies
- Foods that require biting into — corn on the cob, apples, carrots
FOODS YOU CAN EAT WITH BRACES
- Dairy — soft cheese, pudding, milk-based drinks
- Breads — soft tortillas, pancakes, muffins without nuts
- Grains — pasta, soft cooked rice
- Meats/poultry — soft cooked chicken, meatballs, lunch meats
- Seafood — tuna, salmon, crab cakes
- Vegetables — mashed potatoes, steamed spinach, beans
- Fruits — applesauce, bananas, fruit juice
- Treats — ice cream without nuts, milkshakes, Jell-O, soft cake
What to expect with Damon Braces?
Unlike Invisalign, anyone is a candidate for the Damon System. Here’s what to expect with Damon Braces:
- Little to no pain when braces are adjusted as less pressure is required
- Less discomfort to the cheeks and lips as the bracket is smoother
These braces are much easier to keep clean by not using the elastic ties to keep the wires in. There are fewer places for plaque and bacteria to accumulate.
Clear brackets are available making the treatment nearly invisible. Reduce costs by using clear brackets only where they will be visible.
With this system, the treatment times are significantly shorter. Patients require nearly half the appointments of traditional braces resulting in less cost and more convenience.
The impressive results, accelerated treatment times and nearly invisible option makes this an attractive alternative to other methods of teeth straightening.