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Should you choose Damon braces to straighten your teeth?

If you have crooked, overlapping or overcrowded teeth, it’s likely that you have at least thought about having braces or orthodontics. While the first thought when you consider braces tends to be the traditional metal type, have you heard of Damon braces? The main difference is that Damon braces are self-adjusting, so you don’t need to have your braces tightened by your dentist.

What exactly are Damon braces?

Your Damon braces will be fitted in the same way as more traditional metal braces. However, rather than needing to have your braces tightened and adjusted at orthodontic appointments, Damon braces use a special sliding system which moves as your teeth align. They are often recommended for overcrowding, or for those who can’t cope with the pressure of traditional braces.

What are the benefits of Damon braces?

Because Damon braces use a self-adjusting method to move your teeth, they can be more comfortable than other options, combining faster treatment times with less friction. Here are the main benefits:

  • The automatic tightening system means you don’t need additional appointments
  • Damon brackets are smaller than many other options and you can choose from metal or clear
  • There are no individual pieces of elastic which can make it hard to clean your mouth
  • They apply less pressure than other braces
  • Studies have shown Damon braces can be around six to seven months faster than traditional systems
  • Damon braces are much more discreet than other options, so you’re unlikely to be able to tell you are wearing braces in any photos
  • They can be a particularly good system for overcrowding
  • This system can also be used for issues such as overbites, underbites and crossbites
  • Many people using the Damon system have also reported improvements to their facial structure, giving them a more aesthetically-pleasing appearance

How will my Damon system braces be fitted?

First, your dentist will consult with you, taking images and x-rays of your mouth so that they can tailor your treatment to suit your mouth. Your dentist will be able to decide exactly where the brackets should be placed for the best result.

Having your braces fitted will then take around an hour. Your teeth be thoroughly cleaned before the brackets are secured to your teeth, and an archwire is inserted. This wire is key to the way the system gently moves your teeth into the correct place. While Damon braces require fewer adjustment appointments, your dentist will ensure they fit correctly, and monitor your progress.

How do I take care of my Damon braces during treatment?

When wearing any type of braces, it’s more important than ever to brush your teeth regularly to remove any food or debris which could build up around your brackets. You can also still floss while wearing braces and your dentist will be able to recommend floss which is less likely to break while you clean.

When will my Damon braces be removed?

Every patient is different, so you won’t be given an exact set amount of time to wear your Damon braces. However, you dentist will be able to advise you on how long the process will generally take, and a number of studies have shown that patients tend to get results with Damon braces around six to seven months quicker than with traditional metal braces.

Do I need to do anything after my Damon braces have been taken off?

Yes, as with other orthodontics, you will need to wear a retainer even after your teeth have moved into the correct position. This is to make sure that your teeth don’t then shift again into their original places. Your dentist will fit you with a retainer such as a Damon splint, which is designed to work with the Damon system, and advise you on how often you should wear it.

With the right care, your new smile should last you a lifetime.

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