Selecting braces to straighten your teeth is always going to be a difficult decision. It’s important to weigh the pros and cons of each available type. The traditional metal option is the most popular type. However, the Damon system has proven to be a high-quality alternative that you might want to consider. Understanding more about the differences between these two types will make your decision a much easier one when it finally comes time to visit the orthodontist.
The Damon System provided is a relatively new way to straighten your teeth. While it’s very similar in nature to standard metal orthodontic appliances, there are some distinct differences that might make you interested in the product. For instance, these appliances are self-ligating. This means that the wires the brackets are attached to simply slide on their own as the teeth move. You or your child won’t need to have the brackets tightened and adjusted throughout the teeth straightening process. One of the primary benefits of not having to go through with an adjustment every few weeks is that adjustments of standard orthodontic appliances will oftentimes cause some mild discomfort and pain. You will feel more pressure. Since the wires slide on their own, you will be more comfortable throughout the entirety of the teeth straightening process.
Damon brackets applies less pressure on your teeth than standard orthodontic appliances. This can be hugely beneficial in helping you or your child avoid the development of tooth problems down the road. When considering any type of teeth straightening appliance, it’s essential that you look at both the positives and negatives associated with the product. While this new system has plenty of positives, there are also a few concerns that you should keep in mind when selecting the appliance that will straighten your child’s teeth.
Advantages of Damon System
This Damon appliance has several advantages over traditional orthodontic appliances. One advantage that your child will likely be happy to hear about. The brackets used with this system are completely clear. The wires are still visible. The brackets that make up the majority of the visible appliance are clear enough to blend in with the teeth. This system allows for quicker straightening of the teeth than is possible with regular braces. In fact, the average completion time is around seven months shorter for comparable movement.
One of the main benefits is that this system doesn’t require a lot of maintenance because of the fact that they’re self-ligating. In general, you should expect to visit the office around 50 percent less when using the Damon appliance. Since the maintenance and tightening of the brackets doesn’t need to occur, you’ll be able to avoid the small amount of pain that typically comes with routine care. This system is also able to reduce the amount of friction that takes place. This ensures that your teeth are safe from deterioration and erosion. Brushing and flossing is much easier with this option. The brackets can even be removed by the orthodontist at any time during the process. This facilitates better oral hygiene.
Given that this system is smaller than traditional orthodontic appliances, there are fewer places for bacteria to accumulate on the brackets and wires. Studies have also shown that this system is more effective at dealing with severe crowding of the teeth. This is something to keep in mind when considering your options. Another tangible benefit can be seen in the fact that they are more flexible than other alternative options. While Invisalign is one of the more popular teeth straightening methods, they are designed for smaller alterations. In comparison, the Damon option works well with both small and large alterations. A severe misalignment is corrected with this orthodontic appliance over time.
While there are many benefits of selecting this system for your teeth straightening needs. There are also several disadvantages that you should be made aware of. These include:
- While this system utilizes clear brackets, which helps you to avoid the very visible metal brackets that come with traditional orthodontic appliances. The wires that hold these brackets in place are still comprised of visible metal. Thankfully, they are thin and not too noticeable.
- The cost of them is higher than the traditional option, which is why it’s important to weigh the benefits with the associated cost.
- Can be somewhat more frustrating to wear for the first few days, though this sensation tends to subside rather quickly.
When selecting any type of orthodontic appliance, one of the first questions to ask is.
“What are the costs associated with treatment?”
When it comes to these appliances, there are important things that factor into the overall cost. The length you or your child wear them before the teeth have been straightened. The longer you wear them, the more it will cost.
While the Damon option usually costs somewhat more than the traditional one, they don’t require the same amount of time to make the same adjustments. The cost won’t be much more expensive than traditional options. While standard orthodontic appliances can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000. The Damon option will usually run anywhere from $3,500 to $8,000 on average. This can be covered by a dental insurance plan. Inquire about this before making your final purchase decision.
You can’t go wrong with the Damon option or traditional orthodontic appliances. Each option comes with a bevy of benefits to the teeth straightening process. If you’ve settled on the Damon system and feel as though this would provide your teeth with the best care, contact Gluck Orthodontics today to schedule your initial consultation. Drs. Joel and Jonathan Gluck look forward to hearing from you.
2125 Blakemore Avenue
Phone: 615 269 5903
Dr. Joel Gluck has practiced orthodontics since 1983 when he opened his own office in Nashville. He earned his undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis, and his dental degree at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Gluck then completed an orthodontic specialty residency at the University of Michigan, one of the top five orthodontic training residencies in the country. He also wrote an original thesis and received a Master of Science degree.