Getting to Know the Damon System
Technological advances are making it easier and less painful for millions of people to straighten out their smiles. Today, a visit to the orthodontist doesn’t always mean traditional braces. The advent of Invisalign technology and the Damon System makes it easier and less embarrassing to straighten our teeth than ever before. Now, we can finally get the kind of smile we can each portray with pride.
What Is The Damon System?
Damon devices are similar to traditional braces, but with some very important differences. Most noticeably, Damon devices are clear, which means they attract less negative attention while they’re being worn. Instead of metal, plastic brackets and wires connect to a sliding mechanism. Together, this system adjusts itself, as the positioning of the patient’s teeth straightens.
There are multiple benefits to this new type of system. First, they’re much more comfortable than traditional metal devices. Because there isn’t any metal involved, cutting of the gums and interior of the mouth is greatly reduced.
Additionally, the Damon device is much more effective. Teeth are realigned much faster through this method, cutting down the time that the patient is required to wear a corrective device. The use of the Damon mechanism also produces stronger teeth, where traditional methods of tooth correction resulted in weaker, fragile teeth. This means less chipping and cracking of individual teeth are involved.
How does it work?
Memory wire attaches the actual Invisalign brace to a sliding bracket. As the teeth realign over time, the bracket tightens the brace, keeping everything firm and closely bonded. The system applies less force on the teeth than traditional methods. Very often, metal devices required multiple tightenings, as well as frequent tooth extractions and palatal expanders.
The Benefits Of The Damon System
The value of the Damon system is evident in it’s use of transparent brackets and less discomfort for the patient, but there’s still more value found in these devices. For one thing, the faster treatment time is significant. Damon patients finished their treatments 7.2 months sooner than those patients utilizing more traditional methods of tooth correction.
Also, Damon patients required fewer follow up visits with their orthodontist. In cases of traditional metal retainers, patients often have to make frequent return visits to the orthodontist’s office for adjustments and realignments. Damon devices, on the other hand, adjust themselves, requiring only the occasional tweaking.
The greater comfort has been measured in recent studies with patients reporting 60% less discomfort than that experienced by those wearing traditional devices. Going along with the greater level of comfort, there’s also less friction between the teeth. This means there’s also less erosion of the tooth enamel and less deterioration of the teeth in general.
The Damon system also eliminates those crevices where plaque and bacteria tend to populate. This means there’s less tooth decay and a lower relapse risk, once the device has been removed.
The Technology Behind Damon Devices
The technology involved in self-ligating devices is at the heart of this revolutionary new treatment. The brackets are specifically designed to hold the wires out and slightly apart from the teeth, so the pressure one would normally expect is eliminated. Even the phantom discomfort experienced after traditional devices have been removed won’t be experienced by Damon patients.
The memory wires are marvels of modern technology in themselves. These special wires are flexible, before being inserted into the patient’s mouth. Once installed and connected to the rest of the device, the memory wires are heated up by the patient’s body temperature. As the material warms, it attempts to straighten into its normal shape. This action is what pulls the rest of the device, forcing the teeth to realign in the process.
The lighter materials and decreased pressure against the teeth also makes tooth care easier. Where metal brackets pressed harshly against the teeth and made brushing problematic, Damon devices are designed to make tooth care easier. The lack if elastic bands makes it easier to brush and floss more normally. In most cases, the patient can care for his or her teeth just as they normally would, if they weren’t wearing any corrective device at all.
There are two Damon systems in use. Depending on the patient’s situation, the device can be adjusted to serve as either active or passive resistance. The passive system uses smaller wires. This creates less friction and gives the teeth a little more mobility, letting them adjust themselves with less control. Active resistance utilizes a thicker, tenser wire and maintains a stricter control over how the teeth are realigned. This stronger level of control is used with patients in need of a more severe treatment, where they may have a prominent overbite or missing teeth that have forced the rest out of alignment.
The advent of this new technology makes it easier and more comfortable to get the smile of our dreams. No one should go through life fearing to share the warmth of a smile, because their teeth are a source of embarrassment. This is more true today with so many remarkable options than it was just a decade ago.
Damon devices can be applied to anyone, regardless of age. If you’re ready to experience this new technology for yourself or for your children, consult with our orthodontists at your earliest convenience. By taking this first step, you can find out what your best options are for having a set of teeth you will be proud to display.
Call Our Orthodontist Today to Schedule Your First Appointment
At Childers Orthodontics in Benton, Ill., Dr. Kyle R. Childers offers expert care for children, teenagers and adults. Our orthodontist provides these treatments to repair misaligned teeth:
• Damon System – passive self-ligating devices
• Braces – traditional wires and brackets or color-matching ceramic brackets
• Aligners – designed by Invisalign
• Retainers – designed for keeping teeth in correct positions
• SureSmile – customized arch wires
• Propel – alveolar perforations for faster bone formation
Call us to schedule your first orthodontic evaluation.
201 West Washington
Benton, IL 62812
Phone: (618) 438-2815