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.

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Best Age to Start Orthodontic Treatments

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It is important to remember that orthodontic treatment can happen at any age. Older patients who wish for their teeth to be straighter come into our office every day. This being said, there is an optimal time for patients to begin visiting our orthodontist.

Patients can benefit the most from visiting an orthodontist around the age of seven. At this age, our expert can examine the baby teeth and any permanent teeth that have come in to see how they are progressing, and predict whether or not they may need orthodontic help. At this time, it is unlikely that they will undergo treatment right away, as it is imperative for all of the adult teeth to grow in first.

If necessary, they will receive an appliance, such as metal or clear braces, during the early teenage years. This is when they are old enough for all of their teeth to have come in, but young enough that the jawbone is still malleable, and able to be manipulated. This will allow the teeth to be moved easier.

If your child is around the age of seven, schedule an appointment with our Agoura Hills dentists to see if they will need any orthodontic treatments in the upcoming years.