15 years ago, metal braces with colorful bands was simply a rite of passage for most teenagers. Too often, the bands would snap, the brackets would break off, and the wire would come loose. Additionally, it was more difficult to keep the bands clean and free of food particles. As a result, dentists and orthodontists found these types of braces more often lead to tooth decay and cavities.
Today, West Des Moines, Iowa (IA) orthodontists offer a variety of solutions to this problem. One of the most effective solutions on the market is the Damon® System, offered by Stork Orthodontics. The Damon® System offers many benefits that traditional, antiquated metal braces do not.
As you can see, with traditional metal braces, the brackets often cover much of the area of the tooth, resulting in a mostly-metal smile during your treatment. Metal braces also require special rubber bands to hold the wires in place. The Damon® System utilizes smaller brackets with a strong and thin piece of equipment called an archwire. This way, more of your smile is visible without being obstructed by large, unappealing brackets. As an added bonus, the Damon® System uses unique technology with a sliding door mechanism, meaning no rubber bands to hold the archwire in place, removing the need for additional clutter in your mouth that metal braces demand. With Damon System braces, you will put your best smile forward from day one!
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As you can imagine, the additional clutter in your mouth that traditional metal braces require make it very difficult to keep your mouth healthy. The bands, called ligatures, required to hold the archwire in place are impossible to completely clean, which leaves food particles in your braces. Particles lead to tooth decay or even cavities. Even worse, as the ligatures snap, they no longer apply the correct amount of pressure to move the tooth. This adds time that you are in braces. Since Damon® System braces do not require ligatures to hold the archwhire in place, it means that each bracket is “self-ligating.” The benefit to you is that they allow easier care of your mouth, reducing the risk for cavities and tooth decay. Also, the lack of ligatures means you don’t have to worry about your treatment taking longer than projected.
The Damon® System isn’t simply more aesthetically pleasing and healthier; it is also an advanced technology that can straighten your teeth faster with fewer adjustments. Traditional metal braces may require a visit monthly, at the very least, barring emergency visits to replace bands and brackets. Additionally, you can expect traditional braces to take up to two years! With the Damon® System, you may be able to achieve a 35% faster treatment than traditional metal braces, with a visit only once 8 – 12 weeks!
Overall, the Damon® System has much to offer those who want a healthier smile – discreetly and quickly. With traditional metal braces you are constantly faced with fragile bands, large brackets, and frequent appointments. With the Damon® System you don’t have to sacrifice your schedule every single month or worry about broken bands hindering your treatment process. Additionally, the brackets themselves are smaller and less obstructive to your smile, giving you confidence throughout your treatment. With possible faster treatment, fewer visits, and smaller and easier-to-clean brackets, you will get the smile you will love for the rest of your life! What are you waiting for? Get the smile you can’t wait to show off!
Dr. Stork understands the importance of a smile you can share with confidence. Additionally, he wants you to feel confident with your decision for your journey to your best smile ever. Here are a few ways to get started: