Crooked teeth have a significant impact on your entire life. Along with affecting your smile, they can impact your oral health, increasing your risks for tooth decay and gum disease, as well as cause uneven tooth wear, tooth damage, and jaw pain. Traditionally, metal braces have been the solution for correcting these issues, restoring your oral health and the beauty of your smile. However, many patients are not very fond of the idea of having a shiny metal smile, and therefore avoid treatment. Naborowski Orthodontics can help you to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile with Damon Clear.
Traditional Treatment for Crooked TeethTraditionally, crooked teeth have been corrected using metal braces. Metal brackets are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth. A wire stretches across the entire arch, attached to each bracket with the use of an elastic O-ring. The wire is responsible for the bulk of the work, putting pressure on your teeth to loosen them in their periodontal ligaments and move them into their proper locations. Once there, the wires hold them steady while the bone and ligaments heal. While highly effective, metal braces are also extremely visible and can be the source of significant embarrassment.
What Is Damon Clear?Damon Clear is a clear type of Damon braces. Rather than metal brackets, Damon Clear relies on clear brackets bonded to the fronts of your teeth. Instead of elastic O-rings holding the wires in place on the brackets, the brackets have a sliding mechanism. This sliding mechanism automatically tightens the wires as your teeth are moved to their proper positions. With this treatment, your braces are practically invisible. Most people will not even be able to tell that you are wearing them.
Why Not Use Clear Aligners?Clear aligners like Invisalign® have become quite popular in recent years. Rather than brackets and wires, these treatments use removable clear plastic aligners to correct the alignment of your teeth. While aligners can be effective for some patients, they are not the ideal solution for everyone. For instance, if you have a more significant alignment issue, aligners may not be able to correct it.
Achieve Results SoonerTreatment time using Damon Clear varies from patient to patient, but studies have shown that those using Damon Clear often see results up to 6 months faster than with traditional braces. The sliding mechanism in each bracket enables your braces to tighten themselves, rather than you having to wait for your adjustment appointments.
More Comfortable TreatmentTraditional braces need to be adjusted or tightened periodically, to aid in the movement of your teeth. These adjustments can cause discomfort. Usually, by the time you have adjusted to the alignment, it is time for the next one. Because the brackets of Damon Clear tighten the wires on their own, this eliminates the need to have the braces adjusted by hand. This means less pressure on your teeth and periodontal ligaments, making your treatment a much more comfortable experience.
Less Disruption in Your ScheduleBecause your braces tighten themselves, you do not need to have as many orthodontic appointments. This means fewer disruptions in your busy schedule during the course of your treatment. Additionally, without elastic O-rings, your braces, and your teeth are easier to keep clean, reducing your risk for cavities and decalcification. If crooked teeth are affecting your smile and oral health, but you do not want to worry about the metal-mouth appearance associated with traditional braces, Damon Clear can help. Call Naborowski Orthodontics today at (630) 543-5051 to find out if Damon Clear is right for you.