Advantages of Damon Braces

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Damon braces are a special type of self-ligating braces. While conventional metal braces must be attached to the arch wires using elastic ligatures, self-ligating braces are designed to connect directly to the wires. This gives them a more aesthetically appealing look, as well as other distinct advantages. Our dentist can help you decide if self-ligating braces are right for you.

With elastic ligatures, your teeth are subjected to more friction, which results in more discomfort during treatment. The elastics can also attract bacteria because they are difficult to clean and can accumulate plaque. Clear elastics absorb stains from foods and drinks, and often become discolored between appointments. Eliminating elastics entirely can result in improved oral health throughout your treatment experience.

The Damon system can also reduce treatment time by allowing teeth to move freely. One study showed that Damon patients have nearly fifty percent less chair time than conventional orthodontic patients. You will have your new smile faster with less time away from your busy life and may even experience less overall discomfort. While Damon is not necessarily right for every patient or every orthodontic issue, it can be a great option for many. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our dentist in San Francisco.

Traditional Braces Alternatives

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Traditional braces have always been the gold standard in correcting orthodontic structure for virtually any patient. Since the beginning of orthodontic practices, professionals have developed several deviations of metal braces. One of these variations is Damon braces.

Damon braces are still similar to traditional braces in that they use brackets bonded to the teeth, and wires that are threaded through them. The main difference between the two is that the wires are self-ligating. This means that they are able to shift and tighten on their own.

Self-ligating braces allows two main important factors. First, this allows for less hardware on the brackets. They no longer need bands in order to keep the wire in place, and therefore no need for the four pointy band holders. This allows for the brackets to be much smaller, and so much less noticeable. Self-ligating wires also mean that patients spend less time in the dentist’s chair. Our orthodontist in Los Angeles can offer clear brackets made of ceramic, meaning the appliance would be that much less noticeable.

Damon braces offer even more benefits, including a faster treatment time, and less pressure and friction on the teeth. Schedule a consultation appointment at our office to learn about Damon braces and other similar appliances.