What are Damon Clear Braces?
With 4 out of 5 Orthodontists reporting a spike in adult patients as of May 2021, we at Didsbury Dental Practice believe that you should know all the options you have available to you when considering dental work.
In this article, we will outline ‘what are Damon clear braces?’ whilst also addressing the need for braces and the various options we at Didsbury Dental Practice can offer to you.
Why do people need braces?
Braces are needed for the correction of tooth placement, the reason for unnatural tooth growth can be a variety of factors including genetics, diet and medical conditions that result in unnatural tooth growth. Sometimes this can result in facial features such as an overbite or an underbite.
But for someone who has (what an orthodontist would consider) a normal set of teeth, why exactly would they consider getting orthodontic treatment?
- Their teeth may be slightly out of place, making them feel insecure about themselves or their smile.
- Having what they consider to be perfect teeth may increase their self-esteem and confidence.
- They may have originally had a normal set of teeth which could have been altered through an injury or illness.
A study published in 2018 found that orthodontic treatment can have a positive effect on the patient’s mental health and improve multidimensional attitudes towards body image.
The NHS tests orthodontic eligibility for children via a rating system known as ‘IOTN’. Scoring a 4 or 5 would make an under 18 eligible for orthodontic treatment through the NHS, anything below 4 means you would not qualify for orthodontic treatment by the NHS.
Adults are very rarely granted orthodontic treatment by the NHS but it is approved on a case-by-case basis. That said, if the tooth alignment is for aesthetic purposes, you will not get orthodontic care through the NHS. This means that the large majority of adults who seek to have their teeth aligned via orthodontics, have to obtain it privately through practices like ours.
If you’d like a full insight as to why doctors aren’t seeing NHS patients, you can check out our blog for all the information that can help you decide the future of your oral health.
So what are Damon Clear Braces?
The Damon braces are a discreet option that features low brackets that don’t stain, making them comfortable and efficient, they also offer a layer of invisibility as they gradually adapt to the tooth’s natural colour.
Using a unique slide mechanism Damon braces reduce pressure on your teeth, allowing them to move comfortably to their intended positions, thereby reducing the aches and pains associated with regular metal track braces.
As many people who have had traditional braces will tell you, one of the most cumbersome and frustrating issues they face is with their elastic or metal ties. Whether it’s a case of the ties snapping and needing to be replaced or causing discomfort, this can be a major factor in people choosing not to get braces.
However, an extra benefit of Damon braces is the lack of elastic or metal ties, making dental hygiene much easier as the absence of the ties negates the accumulation of plaque in the areas that the ties usually are in.
Damon clear braces are used for the correction of the upper teeth, if your treatment requires the braces for your lower teeth, metal Damon braces will be used instead. We understand everyone’s needs are different, which is why we recommend you book a consultation to see if Damon braces are right for you, click here to enter our website.
We’re often asked two questions when it comes to Damon Braces:
What are Damon Clear Braces made of?
As previously mentioned, there are two types of Damon Brace. In regards to the Damon Clear Braces, they are made from ceramic, which is why they can be tooth-coloured or transparent. The metal brackets alternative made for the lower set of teeth is made from stainless steel and polycarbonate.
Do Damon Clear Braces stain teeth?
No, our Damon Clear Braces do not stain this is because the brackets are made from PCA (polycrystalline alumina). A material that inherently does not leave stains.
To know your suitability for Damon Braces, we recommend you book a consultation with us. As we continue, we will show you some alternative tooth correction solutions that we offer.
Invisalign® is the most discreet option that we offer when it comes to realigning your teeth, achieved by using a clear plastic mould over your teeth known as an aligner. The aligner is custom-made for your teeth based on an impression we take at your initial consultation, which is then changed every 2-3 weeks in accordance with the realignment of your teeth.
The benefit of the Invisalign® aligner, as opposed to fixed metal braces, is that the user is able to enjoy food and drink more freely, whilst also not requiring wiring as metal braces do, and is removable whenever the user chooses, and of course, invisible.
- Gap teeth
- Open bite
- Crowded Teeth
The length of Invisalign® treatments is subject to the patient. On average treatments can go on for 12 months with this style of invisible braces, however, it is possible to see results in as little as 2 weeks.
Similar to Six Month Smiles, there are no downsides to using Invisalign® as long as the user follows the guidelines set by their orthodontist (people with complex dental issues may not be suitable for Invisalign® to find out if you are suitable, book a consultation today).
Alias lingual braces
Lingual braces offer complete discretion as these invisible braces are instead mounted at the back of your teeth rather than the front, Ideal for anyone seeking braces without anyone being able to see them.
Lingual braces are made by taking an impression of your teeth which is then sent to the dental laboratory and then used to create customised braces for the back of your teeth from non-allergenic gold.
Like traditional braces, lingual braces work by gently moving the misaligned teeth into place. Unlike Six Months Smiles, treatment for lingual braces can last from 18-36 months depending on the severity of tooth misalignment.
To see if lingual braces are the right choice for you, book a consultation or check out our website for more information.
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles is a short-term advanced orthodontics technique, which uses clear brackets and almost invisible wires or clear plastic retainers, (depending on the individual case) to gently move misaligned teeth to their desired position, giving you straighter teeth in a shorter time.
Not having to deal with the cumbersome nature of some braces, provides a hassle-free option which is done at the fraction of the time.
The appliances themselves are virtually invisible meaning that this is a perfect treatment to correct slight overcrowding, or for those who have previously had orthodontic treatment but whose teeth have shifted back over time. Best of all, Six Month Smiles is usually completed in around 6 months, depending on the case – around a third of the time taken for traditional orthodontics.
The short-term nature of these alignments provides a convenient, less time-consuming and hassle-free option however, this treatment may not be appropriate for everyone. We encourage you to book a consultation with us so we can assess the best option for you to smile even sooner.
To read more about this treatment, our blog page has you covered.
Here to help you smile again
Aside from the range of treatments and orthodontic services we offer, as a 24-hour emergency dentist, you can rest assured that we at Didsbury Dental Practice are here for you whenever you need it. Whether you’re looking for a new reliable dental practitioner or looking for realignment treatment for your teeth, we have what you’re looking for. We hope to have answered the question ‘What are Damon Clear Braces?’ whilst providing you with all the information that we at Didsbury Dental Practice can offer you.
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