Damon braces are a passive, self-ligating system of orthodontic braces. Compared with traditional systems, Damon braces are said to work faster, with less pain, and with less need for readjustment from an orthodontist. Teeth extractions and palatal expanders are not typically needed with Damon braces. They cost between $5,000-$8,000, depending on several variables relative to the patient.
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About the Procedure
Unlike traditional braces, Damon orthodontic braces do not typically require the removal of existing healthy teeth or the use of palatal expanders. Damon braces do not need elastic or metal ties because they are self-ligating. They produce less friction, pressure, and tightness than traditional metal braces do. They provide faster and more comfortable occlusion-correcting results. Since Damon braces do not require the use of additional elastic or metal bands on the outside of the brackets, they are easier to keep clean and free of food than traditional braces are. The Damon system is also available with clear (“invisible”) brackets. These braces use lightweight, high-tech “memory wire” that allows the archwire to slide through brackets without causing pressure and friction like traditional metal braces do. Damon orthodontic braces also require fewer follow-up appointments with the orthodontist to keep them adjusted properly and working as intended to correct the smile. Some studies have suggested that Damon braces create the same results as traditional braces in 7.2-months less time. They cost $5,000-$8,000, depending on various patient-specific factors.
The goal of Damon braces is to improve a number of dental imperfections such as crowding, too much space between teeth, overbite, crossbite, openbite, overjet, and gummy smile.
What to Expect
Damon braces are a passive, self-ligating system of orthodontic braces that require less need for readjustment from an orthodontist. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after Damon braces.
- X-rays, photos, and impressions will be made
- Teeth will be cleaned and polished
- Conditioner applied to teeth to prepare for bonding agent
- Cement is used to affix the brackets
- Excess cement is removed
- High-intensity light is used to cure the brackets
- Archwire is placed to realign the teeth
No recovery time is needed once the braces have been applied. Some patients may experience mild sensitivity and discomfort however this can usually be controlled by applying dental wax to irritating parts of the braces or using OTC medication as needed.
The ideal candidates for Damon braces are those whose teeth are in good general health who wish to improve dental imperfections such as crowding, too much space between teeth, overbite, crossbite, openbite, overjet, and gummy smile.
Not Recommended For
Damon braces are not recommended for patients who have severe cases of gum recession, have bone loss in their jaw, or who have weak bones.
Side effects from Damon braces may include tooth and jaw pain as well as irritation on the inside of the mouth. These symptoms are usually temporary and can be controlled by applying dental wax to obtrusive parts of the braces and taking OTC pain medication as needed.