With so many orthodontic treatment options available today, patients may feel overwhelmed when determining the best course of action for their smile. Treatment time is often cited as a key metric for those just beginning their smile journey, and that’s why we offer Damon System Braces®. In this blog post, we’ll cover what exactly the Damon System is – and how its revolutionary technology can shorten the average treatment time.
What are Damon Braces – and how do they work?
When you picture traditional metal braces, that mental image probably includes a lot of (often colorful) elastic bands or ties. These elastic ties must be periodically tightened or replaced by an orthodontist. In sharp contrast to this approach, Damon braces use passive self-ligation to secure themselves, where the actual bracket holds the wire in place instead of bands/ties or other hardware. These self-ligating brackets exert less pressure on the mouth and are designed to offer faster, more comfortable, and more discreet treatment while requiring fewer office visits.
What is the average time for Damon Braces treatment?
While there is no single answer to this question – each patient’s smile will have unique factors and variables that impact their treatment time – Damon braces can generally take up to 6 months off treatment time. Traditional treatments can stretch from 10 to 24 months, while Damon braces can accomplish stunning results in as little as 6 to 8 months.
Some of the factors that will impact average treatment time include the severity of a case, the expertise of the orthodontist, as well as the patient’s age, oral hygiene, and compliance with day-to-day treatment instructions. Of course, the technology behind your treatment matters as well. To understand how Damon braces can specifically improve your treatment times, it’s helpful to compare Damon’s sleek technology to that of traditional braces.
Treatment time: How do Damon Braces compare to traditional braces?
At first glance, it may seem counterintuitive that Damon Braces can work faster than traditional braces. After all, the rigid brackets and wires of traditional braces use more force and pressure and often require drastic supplementary measures, such as tooth extractions or palatal expansion.
Meanwhile, Damon braces use smaller slide brackets that are attached to lightweight memory wire. These slide brackets are in constant, gradual motion, tightening the wire over time. This gentler, more natural approach can better support improved tooth positioning and facial harmony while also providing more comfort. And the sleek, small brackets make it easier for patients to brush and floss, since the Damon System features less components and pieces where plaque can build up.
Furthermore, Damon braces are relatively easy to install when compared to traditional braces, and changing the wires is much less cumbersome without the elastic ties. There’s also no need to schedule visits just to tighten these bands, since Damon’s self-ligating technology doesn’t require that step. This means you can spend less time at your orthodontist, and more time doing what you love.
Learn more about fast, affordable orthodontic treatment with the Damon experts
Damon braces treatment time will vary depending on the severity of your dentition, however, if you’re interested in achieving your dream smile as quickly and comfortably as possible, then the Damon System may be a good fit for you. Damon’s sleek, low-profile brackets and state-of-the-art technology provide many timely advantages that traditional braces can’t offer, in fact, Damon braces can potentially shave off up to 6 months of treatment time. Find out if you’re a good candidate today by reaching out to us!