Damon Braces or Self-ligating braces are designed to prevent undo force being placed on the specialized tissue surrounding and supporting teeth as they move your teeth into position. Instead, the bare minimum of force should be used to stimulate the cellular activity required for tooth movement.
The elastic bands used with traditional braces act like a bungee cord, placing friction and pressure on the teeth. This pressure also slows down the movement of the teeth.
Damon Braces and beautiful smiles in less time
In contrast, passive, self-ligating braces use special brackets that are nearly frictionless. Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and Beverly Hills orthodontist Dr. Atoosa Nikaeen offers the Damon Braces System, as well as the In-Ovation System. These braces have a small “trap door” structure, which closes over the arch wires stretching from bracket to bracket. These brackets allow the wire to move more freely and are smaller in appearance than standard braces.
Dr. Nikaeen uses a hook-like tool to open the trap doors, and then push them closed, once the arch wire is in place. There is almost no resistance between bracket and arch wire, so only a small wire is required to gently move teeth into place.
Damon Braces are designed to preserve the surrounding tissues by using very light force to move teeth into position. With the Damon Braces, treatment time is typically shorter than with traditional braces and you will experience exceptional results in less time.
The results include reduced discomfort, shorter treatment times, a terrific smile and improved facial structure. Adjustments will be required every 10 to 12 weeks, as opposed to every 6 to 8 weeks with traditional braces.
While self-ligating braces may be slightly more expensive, the reduction in return visits usually evens out the price. Most insurance companies now cover self-ligating braces.
WHO CAN WEAR Damon Braces?
Damon Braces are best suited for patients aged 13 to 60-plus. If you qualify for standard braces, you can also wear Damon Braces. Dr. Nikaeen will help you decide if these are the best braces for your needs.
Damon Braces Pros and Cons
The need to choose between a traditional design that has proven its effectiveness for years and comparatively new braces type (though developed based on new technology) can puzzle anybody. So, let’s sum up Damon braces pros and cons for better understanding:
Damon braces pros
- This type of braces allows reducing the number of visits to your orthodontist because there is no need to replace ligatures as often as with traditional braces.
- It also allows for a smaller size of brackets for some teeth (for example, on upper incisors).
- The design provides the minimum rubbing between the elements leading to significantly reduced time of active treatment.
- The absence of ligatures facilitates oral hygiene procedures greatly.
Damon braces cons
- The cost of Damon braces is higher than that of traditional metal braces.
- The brackets are slightly thicker due to the thickness of the hooks.
How Much Do Damon Braces Cost
You might be aware that self-ligating braces feature a higher price compared to traditional systems. Yet, Damon braces price is more affordable than that of lingual or sapphire options, though both of them can neither speed up the treatment nor facilitate the brackets adjustment, while often chosen only for aesthetic reasons. But how much do Damon braces cost specifically in your case?
You need to understand that the price is calculated individually and the total amount can include the cost of the following orthodontic appliances and procedures:
- preliminary treatment (if necessary)
- installation of the system (it usually makes up 30-50% of the total cost)
- replacement of damaged elements (if any)
- checkups and adjustments
- professional cleaning
- braces removal
- enamel restoration (if required)
- installation of retainers (as a rule, it amounts to 10% of the total price).
Before and After
Damon system braces allow achieving great results in a shorter time and with fewer adjustments, and this is proven by evidence including real patients’ photos that can be observed on our website. Also, you can read multiple reviews across the Web, explaining how the lives of many people changed when the alignment process was over. However, removing braces doesn’t mean that the treatment is fully completed.
Though Damon braces before and after photos illustrate the most satisfactory results, you need to be aware of further treatment that has to be offered with the aim to maintain the effects achieved. In fact, over time your teeth can try to take the wrong position again due to the genetic predisposition or other reasons. So, a specific retention phase serves to prevent these negative changes and keep your smile straight and beautiful. During this phase, special orthodontic appliances are used such as both removable and non-removable aligners, retainers and various kinds of trays. You should wear a chosen appliance for 1-3 years depending on your age, bite type, the complexity of the treated orthodontic problem and some other factors.
Self-ligating or Damon braces provide a more comfortable orthodontic experience. Call Nikaeen Orthodontics at (310) 444-1113 or email to schedule a free consultation in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles.