What’s the Difference Between Damon Braces and Traditional Braces?
In this edition of Friday Focus, Dr. O El-Hillal from iSmiles Orthodontics, your Irvine Orthodontist, discusses the differences between Damon braces and traditional metal braces.
My name is Dr. O and today we are going to explain the difference between Damon (passive, self-ligating) braces and traditional braces.
If this video was 5 or 10 or 15 minutes long I’d have the time to truly reveal the world of differences between the two. Since we only have a few minutes to complete this video, in a nutshell the main difference between Damon and traditional braces lies in the way they hold the wire in the slot of the bracket.
Every wire is held in place by different things. With traditional braces you use colors (colored or clear elastic ties) that that hold the wire in place. In Damon Braces there’s actually a slide mechanism on the outside of the bracket that acts like a little door that holds the wire in place. No ties mean less friction and more comfort.
Damon braces can also treat most orthodontic problems without extractions. You don’t have to pull teeth to make space. Hence, if you have a problem with crowding Damon Braces may be the ideal system for you.
Another benefit is the way Damon braces allow us to create wide beautiful smiles without the use of a palatal expander. This feature makes them more comfortable.
In most cases, when you use lighter forces to move teeth it is more comfortable. Damon braces allow you to move teeth with lighter forces than traditional braces. As a result, many of our patients feel their experience with braces is not as bad as their siblings – or their friends who were treated with traditional braces.
These are the main benefits of Damon braces. If you are an adult, it is my own personal opinion that Damon is probably the best system out there for adult patients.
If you have an orthodontic problem you want to have corrected, you may want to research the difference between Damon and traditional braces.