How Do Damon or Self Ligating Braces Work And What’s The Cost?
For a long time, both dentists and patients considered braces to be a necessary evil. They had to be tolerated, in the hopes of a great end result. Not anymore. The Damon System or self ligation braces was developed as an alternative to traditional ‘train tracks’ braces. Here’s everything you want to know about it.
What It Is
Traditional braces are made of two elements – metal brackets that fit across one’s teeth, and arch wires that hold the metal brackets in place. These traditional braces create a great deal of friction between braces and tongue, causing discomfort, pain, and speech impediments. On the other hand, Damon braces or self ligation braces are made using advanced technology that apply very less friction compared to traditional braces.
Advantages Of Using Damon Braces
Damon braces are self-ligating, which means there’s no need for elastic or metal ties to apply gradual tension. Rather, Damon Braces use a unique slide mechanism, which exerts a lighter, more bearable force on the teeth. You get to wear a more comfortable brace and achieve high-quality results, while your teeth are aligned within a shorter period. This process is more hygienic as well, since Damon Braces don’t attract and collect plaque the way convention braces do with their elastic ties. What’s more, Damon System metal braces are available in strong and durable polycarbonate or stainless steel. Damon Clear braces are made out of ceramic, for strength and enhanced aesthetics. The archwires are made of varying materials, including very light titanium.
How Does The Damon System Look?
Conventional orthodontic systems are made of metal braces that look like train tracks, which turn your mouth an unsightly picture. About two-thirds of the brackets in the Damon System are made out of tough ceramic material. This material does not show wear and tear or stain as easily as metal braces do. Also, ceramic braces are definitely more discreet, since they don’t reflect the light. The ceramic brackets are backed by steel, which gives them additional power.
Your braces will be attached to the front of your teeth, which means they won’t be invisible. People will be able to see that you’re wearing braces. The advantage is that Damon Braces correct your teeth in a third of the time taken by conventional braces. This means you have to wear your braces only for a short amount of time before your smile is corrected.
When To Choose Damon Braces
Most of the invisible braces you find in the market are for light orthodontic work. There are other kinds of light braces available if aesthetics are your only objective. However, these don’t apply as much pressure on the teeth, and don’t move them as fast as the Damon System does. The toughness of the Damon System and the extra force that it applies are perfectly suited to treat complex cases such as severe underbites, crossbites and overbites. What materials are used in Damon metal braces?
How Much Does the Damon System Cost?
The Damon System costs more than traditional braces do, owing to the fact that Damon Braces use the latest technology. However, the extra cost is entirely justified by the time you save on your treatment and recovery, and also the reduced visits to your dentist. The costs vary from patient to patient, depending on the treatment.