Orthodontic technology has moved on and new forms of treatment are appearing all the time. There are now alternatives to the conventional wire and metal brace which are less noticeable and more comfortable to wear.
One example of orthodontic technology is the Damon brace. The Damon brace is marketed as a ‘friction-free’ system which means no metal or elastic ties. These ties are used in other types of braces which exert a force on the teeth thereby causing them to move. But, this also causes friction which can be uncomfortable.
The Damon brace uses a clever slide mechanism which holds the archwire in place and allows the teeth to move easily and comfortably.
What are the advantages of the Damon brace over other braces?
- No need for the removal of any teeth
- No need to use a palatal expander
- Faster treatment period
- Result in a better dental hygiene routine
- Fairly unobtrusive
This type of treatment is much quicker than that of a fixed brace. In fact, it can be 4 to 6 months quicker than a conventional brace.
In regard to comfort: because it uses a ‘friction free’ system which means no elastic or metal ties this means no sore or painful teeth and gums.
Other types of braces may require adjusting (or tightening) on a regular basis which can be painful. But, this brace has a sliding mechanism which rules out this problem.
And, this sliding mechanism means that there is no risk of food particles becoming trapped underneath. Conventional braces use elastic ties which can be a magnet for debris and are very difficult to clean. However, this type of brace is free from these ties which eliminate this risk.
Is it better than Invisalign?
This is a difficult one to answer. There are pro’s and con’s with every type of brace and you have to weigh these up before making your decision.
Invisalign is a very good system which is proving to be very popular with a great many patients. The main reason for this being the fact that it uses a transparent material that makes it appear practically invisible. Hence its name - ‘invisible braces’.
However, Invisalign is best suited to those patients with a minor orthodontic problem, whereas the Damon brace is suitable for complex problems such as a severe overbite.
A lot depends on your orthodontic problem, your personal needs and requirements, the amount you are prepared to pay and your expectations of the treatment.
Your orthodontist is best placed to advise you further about this. He or she will offer a balanced view of the treatment before allowing you time to make up your mind.
Is the Damon brace an ‘invisible’ type of brace?
No but is it is fairly discreet and so difficult to notice. If you want a completely unobtrusive brace then consider the Invisalign system.
But, it is an easy to use and simple brace which is very comfortable and hard wearing. It is easy to keep clean and highly resistant to staining by tea, coffee, alcohol, smoking and spicy foods.
The brackets used in the brace are made from a ceramic type of composite material which is known for its stain resistant properties.
And, the combination of steel and transparent brackets is an attractive one.
How much does a Damon brace cost?
Costs of treatment are influenced by a variety of factors such as the skill and reputation of the dentist, the clinic and the extent of the treatment. The costs of your treatment will be explained in full by your orthodontist.
Other types of braces include Invisalign, 6 month smiles, lingual, Invu and Inman aligners.
Learn more about orthodontics….
- What is an orthodontist?
- What is ‘malocclusion?’
- Why orthodontic treatment?
- Can adults have orthodontic treatment?
- What is a ‘brace?’
- What does orthodontic treatment involve?
- Will I have to have teeth removed?
- How long does the treatment take?
- Does it hurt?
- Do I have to pay for this treatment?
- How do I care for my brace or retainer?
- What is ‘headgear for braces?’
Types of Orthodontic Braces
- Smile Makeover
- Teeth Whitening
- Dental Veneers
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Bridges
- Dental Restorations
- Dental Implants
- Cerec dentistry
- Cosmetic Bonding
- Tooth Reshaping
- Full Mouth Reconstruction
- Cost of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Teeth Straightening
- Inman Aligner
- 6 month smiles
- Damon Braces
- Lingual braces
- General Dentistry
- Dental Hygiene
- Perio Protect
- Dental Floss