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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.