If you are considering braces, there are different orthodontic options from which to choose. Traditional braces continue to be a popular choice. However, nowadays, some people choose Damon system braces. Here is a comparison of the two:
With traditional braces, elastics are used to attach the arch wire to the brackets of the braces. As the elastic bands press the wire against the metal braces, friction is created. The force required to straighten your teeth has to overcome this frictional force in addition to being strong enough to straighten your teeth. Because the friction fights against the forces needed to align the teeth, the movement of the teeth takes more time.
With Damon braces, there are no elastic bands. A wire runs through the tunnel-like brackets of the braces. Much less friction is created, and the teeth move more quickly into position.
The reduction in the force needed to move the teeth usually makes Damon braces more comfortable than conventional metal braces.
If you thinking of having your misaligned teeth corrected with braces, talk with an orthodontist or a dentist. He or she can provide you with a list of suitable options, such as traditional braces or Damon system braces, for your alignment treatment.
Traditional metal braces are visibly larger than metal Damon braces. However, both types of braces are available in a tooth-colored ceramic design that is less noticeable than metal.
Damon braces tend to straighten teeth more quickly than traditional braces. The difference in time is due to a reduction in friction.
The average time needed to level the arch of misaligned teeth with traditional braces is 27.5 months. The time required for Damon braces is 20.3 months. In addition, the number of required orthodontic appointments is less for people who choose Damon system braces. People with traditional braces typically have about 31 visits throughout the course of treatment. People with Damon braces have about 16.2 visits.
Some dental plans do not cover orthodontics. However, if a plan does cover braces, the braces will likely need to be considered medically necessary. Nevertheless, a plan that covers traditional metal braces will provide the same coverage for Damon system braces.
Talk to a dentist, like Kenneth G Edwards, for more information about Damon braces or for a referral to an orthodontist.