Damon Braces Chatsworth, CA
Unlike conventional braces, Damon braces are discreet and lightweight. These modern braces feature self-ligating wires that ease pressure on teeth. Patients who need braces can benefit from this gentle orthodontic device that protects the health of teeth and gums during treatment.
Damon braces are available at Smile By Dr. K in Chatsworth and the surrounding area. Our team can handle all of your orthodontic needs. Call us at (818) 574-4436 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.
Traditional Braces Vs. Damon Braces
While traditional braces can straighten teeth, they may not be the best choice for everyone. These conventional orthodontic devices can be considered too bulky and noticeable due to their brackets and elastics. Traditional braces also require adjustment appointments every few weeks to replace their elastics and tighten their wires.
Damon braces are self-ligating and have brackets that feature a sliding hinge which eliminates the need for elastics. Eliminating elastics can improve oral health since bacteria and debris often become trapped with the elastics and wires. The Damon design features fewer spaces for food particles to hide, making it easier to keep these braces clean. The wire can move within the bracket, reducing pressure on the teeth. These braces apply gentle, consistent force across the arch of teeth and may involve fewer orthodontist visits and shorter treatment times.
“Damon braces are self-ligating and have brackets that feature a sliding hinge which eliminates the need for elastics.”
Improving the Smile Arch and Gummy Smiles
During treatment, our team considers the patient’s tooth placement and posture. The Damon design gently draws back teeth forward and adjusts each tooth’s placement to create a curved arch. The result is a natural-looking smile.
Damon braces can also treat a gummy smile or "gingival excess." Patients with gingival excess have an unwanted amount of visible gum tissue that can cause them to feel self-conscious about their smiles. Fortunately, Damon braces can balance the ratio of visible teeth and gums to reduce gingival excess without surgery.
“Patients with gingival excess have an unwanted amount of visible gum tissue that can cause them to feel self-conscious about their smiles.”
The Right Candidate for Damon Braces
The right candidates for Damon braces are people whose teeth and gums are in good general health but want to improve dental imperfections. Damon braces can fix orthodontic issues such as crowding, gaps, overbites, crossbites, open bites, overjet, and gummy smiles. Patients of any age can benefit from this orthodontic appliance.
However, people with gum disease, bone loss, or weak jawbones might not be a good candidate for Damon braces. Our orthodontic team can determine whether Damon braces are right for each patient. We will conduct a thorough examination to make an informed decision about the optimal treatment option.
“The right candidates for Damon braces are people whose teeth and gums are in good general health but want to improve dental imperfections.”
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Damon Braces Treatment Time
The duration of Damon braces treatment will vary, but most patients wear them for about 18 months. However, patients with significant dental issues may need a longer treatment plan. Our team can provide patients with a more precise treatment estimate after a consultation.
Once patients are complete their Damon braces treatment, most will need to wear a retainer. Retainers help preserve treatment results and keep teeth from shifting. Patients may need to wear their retainers full-time for several months, while some patients may wear their retainers nightly for the rest of their lives.
“The duration of Damon braces treatment will vary, but most patients wear them for about 18 months.”
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Hygiene and Lifestyle
While there are many advantages to wearing Damon braces, patients will need to make some adjustments to their diet and lifestyle. People with braces must avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods. Biting into foods like apples or candy can damage the appliance. Patients who play sports must also wear a mouthguard during athletic activities to prevent breaking their braces and oral trauma.
Oral hygiene is especially important for patients with Damon braces since they can still trap food particles and bacteria. Patients must brush and floss twice a day to maintain proper oral hygiene and prevent decay and damage. Our team will provide patients with tips to maintain proper care of their braces and ensure a smooth treatment process.
“Oral hygiene is especially important for patients with braces.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are Damon braces?
A. Damon braces are self-ligating. The bracket slides open and closed, connecting the wire to the bracket without elastics. Many patients find the Damon design to be more comfortable and lightweight than traditional braces. Damon braces also require fewer orthodontist visits to tighten wires or replace elastics.
Q. How do Damon braces compare to traditional braces?
A. Damon braces have several advantages over traditional braces. The design is lightweight and requires less time in the orthodontist's chair. The brackets also allow the wire to move. Damon braces apply gentle pressure and reduce friction inside the patient's mouth. They tend to be more discreet and hygienic, too. Many patients find that Damon braces are easier to keep clean.
Q. How much do Damon braces cost?
A. Treatment costs will vary for each patient and their needs. Every insurance plan is different. People interested in Damon braces should contact their insurance provider about coverage before seeking treatment.
Q. How can I find out if I am a candidate for Damon braces?
A. Our team provides people who are interested in Damon braces with an in-depth assessment. We take pictures of the patient’s mouth, perform X-rays, and take measurements. Our orthodontic team also asks about treatment goals and priorities to determine whether Damon braces are the right patient option.
Q. Will Damon braces hurt?
A. Patients can expect some temporary soreness during the first few days after receiving Damon braces. It is also normal for the appliance to feel slightly rough against the lips and mouth at first. This discomfort is temporary as they will adapt and roughen up.
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Damon braces can improve the form and function of smiles with fewer appointments and sometimes shorter treatment times. Our team at Smile By Dr. K can determine whether this treatment is right for your needs. Call us today at 818-574-4436 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.
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