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Dental braces can straighten teeth, correct overcrowding, and fix bite problems. They also improve the overall appearance of a smile, but braces aren’t one-size-fits-all.

Along with traditional braces, you have the option of Damon braces.

In this article, we’ll look at Damon braces — including how they work, how they compare to traditional braces, and how much they cost.

Damon braces are similar to other orthodontic systems to straighten teeth. The primary difference between this system and others, though, is how they straighten teeth.

Braces use archwires and brackets to move teeth. But while traditional braces have elastic bands surrounding each bracket, Damon braces use a self-ligating system to connect archwires to brackets, instead of elastic ties which are common with traditional braces.

This self-ligating system isn’t new, but it has increased in popularity as some orthodontists make claims of improved clinical performance. While some doctors (and patients) believe Damon braces are a more effective orthodontic system, these claims haven’t been substantiated in scientific literature.

Possible benefits of Damon braces include:

Less discomfort

One claim is that Damon braces are more comfortable than traditional braces. It’s believed that the sliding mechanism could allow teeth to shift or move at a more gradual and natural pace. For some people, this might create less pressure and friction, possibly resulting in less pain and discomfort. But again, this claim isn’t backed by science.

The truth is, people respond differently to braces. The comfort level often depends on other factors such as the complexity of movement, wires, and other material.

The wires on Damon braces do exert a lighter force when shifting teeth, which is believed to contribute to less discomfort in some people. Like any type of braces, it can take a few days to get used to the system, so you might have temporary soreness.

Easier to clean

Less discomfort isn’t the only benefit of Damon braces, though. Since these braces have fewer parts, they’re also easier to clean.

Fewer orthodontic visits

Some orthodontists also claim that Damon braces (like other self-ligating systems) can result in fewer orthodontic visits and adjustments compared to traditional braces. Elastic ties and bands common with traditional braces can loosen over time, requiring periodic replacement.

This doesn’t mean that Damon braces can’t malfunction. Sometimes, one of the doors that holds the bracket to the wire opens up. This might require an emergency appointment to correct.

Multiple styles to choose from

Damon braces come in different styles, including metal braces, or clear brackets.

Will they work for you?

Damon braces are used to treat a variety of dental problems, although you’ll need to consult an orthodontist to determine if they’re the right system for you. Damon braces work as well as other systems for many issues such as an overbite, an underbite, uneven teeth, or crowded teeth.

Some orthodontists prefer to use this system and recommend it to their patients, but you can also achieve results with other styles of braces.

The main difference between Damon braces and traditional braces is that the latter uses elastic bands or ties to hold wires and brackets in place. The elastic with traditional braces are often tight, which puts pressure and tension on teeth. Also, elastic bands are noticeable.

Bacteria can also collect on the elastic bands, triggering dental hygiene issues. Without elastic ties, it’s often easier to brush and floss, resulting in less bacteria in the mouth.

With regard to price, traditional braces are comparable to Damon braces. You can expect to pay between $3,000 and $7,000 for traditional braces.

Another option to straighten teeth are clear aligners (aka Invisalign). Some people prefer these because they’re partially unnoticeable and removable.

Some people feel that Invisalign aligners are more comfortable than other types of braces, although this isn’t always the case. Keep in mind that along with brushing and flossing, you have to rinse and brush clear aligners every day.

You can remove the aligners before eating, though, as well as before brushing and flossing.

Keep in mind that you have to wear Invisalign aligners for at least 22 hours a day, including while sleeping.

Damon braces have a clear option, and they’re attached to the teeth for 24 hours a day. So this system might be more effective for some.

Similar to Damon braces, the cost of Invisalign treatment ranges from $3,000 to $7,000.

Treatment with the Damon system is generally comparable to traditional braces, up to 36 months. Claims of faster treatment aren’t supported by research.

If you’re looking for a shorter treatment, Invisalign aligners might be a better option. These treatments can range as little as 12 to 18 months.

The good news is that the cost of Damon braces is comparable to traditional braces and Invisalign aligners. This treatment ranges from $3,000 to $8,000. However, your specific treatment determines your exact cost.

Many dental insurance plans will cover the cost of Damon braces. Understand, though, coverage varies from provider to provider. Contact your health insurance provider to understand your coverage and out-of-pocket responsibility.

Orthodontic treatments can improve your smile and boost self-confidence, but teeth-straightening systems aren’t created equal.

Only an orthodontist can assess the best method to straighten your teeth. They can determine the type of system or appliance you’ll need, and the recommended length of treatment to achieve the best results. Keep in mind that your doctor may recommend orthodontics alone, or combine it with other procedures like interdisciplinary treatment.

Since Damon braces can correct many dental issues — and they’re similar to traditional braces — most people are likely candidates for this treatment.

Orthodontic treatments can gradually straighten your teeth over 1 to 3 years, and you can choose between several different systems.

But while Damon braces are similar to other self-ligated bracket systems and offer certain advantages such as easier oral hygiene, they aren’t necessary better than traditional braces. Many claims surrounding the effectiveness of this treatment aren’t supported by research. Therefore, some orthodontists opt to use this system mostly due to personal preference.