Damon Braces

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A brace is a piece of dental equipment used to help move teeth into the correct alignment or help with any issues concerned with overbite or underbite, gaps and crowding. Conventional braces have been in use for many years and make use of a system of metal arches and brackets which are placed on the front of the teeth. These help to move your teeth slowly but effectively by applying a gentle but constant pressure.

Recently, innovations in dentistry have revolutionised Orthodontics and now there is a wide range of options to suite all your orthodontic needs. Damon braces are one such product; they can give the effective treatment provided by traditional braces, without the aesthetic impact of wearing a brace.

The key difference between the Damon brace and conventional braces is the style of arch and brackets used. Using a slide mechanism, the Damon brace uses low friction mechanics which has the added benefit of avoiding a number of problems which could occur with conventional braces, such as binding and friction. Damon braces also provide users with a much quicker treatment time and much less visits to your dentist for adjustments and monitoring. Using the slide mechanism also helps to make you fell more comfortable throughout the treatment period.

Damon braces achieve this fast and comfortable movement by being 'self-ligating'. In Damon braces, the elastics used to provide tension in a traditional brace has been replaced by the slide mechanism which is both quicker and more comfortable at moving your teeth. The lack of elastics also has benefits in terms of oral hygiene, by attracting much less plaque.

Damon braces are created using a transparent ceramic material which makes it stain resistant and means it can handle day to day wear and tear better than many other 'invisible' braces. As opposed to many other discreet braces, Damon braces can be effectively used on a range of orthodontic problems, even some of the most severe cases.

Fitting Damon Braces

Traditional braces largely used dental cement to be fixed, Damon braces make use of a glue which serves to make the fitting process much more comfortable. If any teeth need extracting this will usually be done before you are fitted with your Damon brace. The fitting process takes about an hour and your dentist will begin by gluing the brackets in place. Using very small clips, your dentist will then place the wires into the brackets. After your initial fitting, it is common to feel slightly tender as your teeth adapt to the pressure being exerted on them. In some cases, patients experience ulcers on their lips or cheeks, but these are usually temporary and users of Damon braces report very little discomfort during the treatment period. Following fitting, you will need to have follow up visits with your dentists for small adjustments and monitoring.

Results from Damon Braces

Damon braces are easily removable, so when you are happy with the position of your teeth it will only take about 15 minutes to remove the brace. In some cases, patients have reported visible results after only 10 weeks and Damon braces have been shown to achieve much quicker results than conventional braces. You may still need to wear a retainer following treatment, so that your teeth do not revert to their former position. In some cases, patients will need teeth removing so that the right orthodontic solution can be achieved.

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