According to the American Association of Orthodontics, more than four million people in the United States are receiving orthodontic treatments that include various types of braces and retainers. The number of adults requesting orthodontic correction has increased dramatically in the last three decades. Also in that time frame, statistics suggest that there was nearly a 100 percent increase in the number of teenagers receiving care by an orthodontist.
Overall, the average age of children undergoing correction of overcrowded teeth is 10. One of the reasons more people of all ages are agreeing to teeth alignment correction involves the advancements in technology and technique. The Damon System is one of the these innovative options.
Prior to receiving traditional braces, patients sometimes need tooth extractions and expanders designed to widen the inside of the mouth. Metal braces often mean a mouth filled with wires and elastic bindings that require painful adjustments approximately once a month every month for the duration of treatment.
Damon Technique Advantages
Damon braces or ligating braces are different in many ways. While metal braces rely on small rubber bands or elastics, the specialized brackets that hold wires in place feature a sliding mechanism. This method enables more movement freedom and minimizes the need for tightening. Teeth are also subjected to less friction and pressure, which means less discomfort for the patient.
Damon System wires are also initially lighter than the wires required by old-fashioned metal braces. The wires are made using a combination of copper, nickel and titanium. During the course of treatment, as the teeth glide, the thin wires are replaced by progressively thicker wires made of stainless steel. This technique enables teeth to reposition faster. The patient also then needs fewer adjustments and in many cases, the length of time required for wearing braces is reduced.
The majority of patients qualifying for ligating braces also typically do not need extractions or expanders. As the anatomy of the mouth is not changed, the smiles evolving from treatment appear more natural and pleasing.
Reducing the complexity of the apparatus also prevents hygiene issues. The elastics required by metal braces is a common place for plaque formation. Even with diligent oral care, plague accumulates, which leads to enamel erosion in the bracket region. With the brackets removed, unsightly marks of the erosion become visible. This problem does not exist with the newer technology.
Damon Clear Braces
The Damon System is also available with clear brackets that are created using polycrystalline alumina. The material resists staining from foods and beverages, has rounded corners for added comfort and includes the same SpinTek design for easy alignment correction and wire changing. The brackets are also still applied using the laser-etched method that ensures the greatest bonding strength. Damon appliances are recommended for children and adults diagnosed with crowding problems, bite deviations and cross-bite anomalies.
Damon Braces Cost
The cost of ligating braces varies from patient to patient depending on the type of correction needed, the length of treatment, personal insurance policy and residence location. If you are interested in learning more about Damon braces, call Field Wilson Orthodontics at: 706-864-5523 or visit one of our conveniently located offices in Dahlonega or Dawsonville.