For patients with issues like tooth crowding, crooked teeth, gapping, underbites, overbites, and other misalignment problems, braces can be used to gradually move teeth and create a perfect smile. While the concept of orthodontics has been around since the 1700s, traditional braces really only became common in the 1960s. Today, braces are more effective and affordable than ever before, but there is always room for improvement. While traditional braces will absolutely get the job done, the Damon Self-Ligating Brackets system can correct orthodontic issues faster and with less discomfort. Read on to find out more about the Damon System so you can decide if it’s the right option for you!
Damon Self-Ligating Brackets vs. Traditional Braces
Traditional braces work by cementing metal or clear ceramic brackets to each tooth. These brackets are connected to an arched wire using elastic bands which exerts pressure on the teeth. Over time this pressure moves the teeth to a new position, improving the appearance of the smile and alleviating issues associated with tooth misalignment.
While traditional braces have been shown to be effective, they do have a number of disadvantages compared to other options. First, their large metal brackets make them unsightly. Even clear ceramic brackets are relatively large and visible once the elastic bands are applied. Second, traditional braces are very tight and they apply a significant amount of force to the teeth. Most patients experience pain and discomfort, especially after the braces are adjusted. Third, traditional braces require many follow-up appointments for adjustment; this can be inconvenient for those with a busy schedule. Finally, traditional braces can be difficult to clean, in some cases causing bad bread, tooth stains, or other issues.
When compared to traditional braces, the Damon Self-Ligating Brackets System has the advantage in nearly every area. Like traditional braces, the Damon System involves attaching metal or clear ceramic brackets to the teeth. Unlike traditional braces, the Damon brackets are smaller and less noticeable. They also do not use elastic bands to connect the teeth to the wire; instead, they use a built-in component that allows the wire to slide. Not only does removing the elastic bands make the braces less visible, it also reduces the amount of pain experienced by the patient. In addition, office visits are less frequent thanks to the Damon Braces’ memory system that moves teeth more gently. This gradual movement of the teeth allows orthodontists to create a fuller and wider arch without having to remove teeth or use expanders.
Cost of Damon Self-Ligating Braces
You’re probably thinking that this revolutionary orthodontic system must be more expensive than traditional braces; think again! The Damon System is priced similarly to traditional braces, and it has one more important advantage: while traditional braces can take 2 years or more of treatment to do their job, self-ligating braces can do it in just 20 months on average.
If you are looking for the best dentist in the Chicago area, or you have questions about orthodontics in Lincoln Square, American Dental is here for you! We can answer any questions you have about braces and help you decide if the Damon Self-Ligating Brackets System is the best option for you. Give us a call at (773) 900-6972 or click the “Make an Appointment” button on this page to find out which one of our 7 locations is the most convenient for you. Call us or book your appointment online today!