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Having straight teeth and an attractive smile can help make a positive first impression in many social situations. The use of braces to straighten teeth is common; traditional metal braces, however, can be tight, painful and uncomfortable. Damon® braces are a type of tooth-straightening system that uses a technology called shape-memory wiring instead of the traditional metal ties. This type of system is purported to be less painful and require fewer adjustments. The system also works a bit faster than traditional braces, and patients typically do not need to have teeth pulled for the system to work, as is common with traditional braces.
The Damon® braces system differs from traditional braces in several ways. This type of system straightens teeth without the use of metal or elastic ties, which can help reduce or eliminate the tight feeling experienced by many patients. Damon® braces utilize a technology called shape-memory wiring that shifts teeth quickly and typically does not need to be adjusted as often as traditional metal braces. This type of system also doesn't require the traditional extractions or expanders.
Patients who use Damon® braces also typically experience a shorter duration of treatment than patients who are fitted with traditional braces. On average, patients can reduce their treatment time by up to six months, which means fewer visits to the orthodontist as well as less time dealing with the awkwardness of wearing braces. In addition to a shorter treatment time, Damon® braces patients usually experience less discomfort as well. Orthodontists use a sliding mechanism that shifts teeth into the correct position without having to tighten the actual braces.
Many patients who wear traditional metal braces need to have teeth pulled to accommodate crowding. Very few Damon® braces patients require tooth extractions. Instead of pulling teeth, orthodontists work with the mouth’s natural adaptive abilities to shift teeth into proper position. Most cases requiring extraction are the result of issues with facial symmetry. Similarly, the majority of Damon® braces patients do not require headgear or palatal expanders.
The Damon® braces system is highly-customized one. The orthodontist considers each patient’s face and profile when designing a treatment plan. Consequently, each patient’s treatment varies in cost, depending on the type and duration of treatment. Many orthodontists offer payment plans to make the cost more affordable. Patients with dental benefits should consult their individual insurance plan to see if this type of dental work is covered under their policy.