Damon Braces Columbus Ohio
What Are Damon Braces?
At Hutta Orthodontic Specialists, our office is committed to offering patients the highest-quality care. That’s why we use the best in orthodontics: self-ligating Damon Braces. This technology uses an open and shut door mechanism to hold the archwire in place, reducing the amount of pressure applied to your teeth and making treatment faster and more comfortable. Armed with this advanced technology, we can ensure our patients achieve their perfect smiles with ease.
How Does Self-Ligating Technology Work?
When you picture traditional braces, certain images probably come to mind—brackets, wires, and colorful elastics. With self-ligating technology, modern braces are a far cry from the days of a “metal mouth.”
Traditional metal braces use elastic ties to connect brackets to the archwire, but Damon Braces do not require ties. Instead, using self-ligating technology, tiny clips sit tightly along the bracket to hold the archwire. This allows the wire to move freely within the brackets and adjust as your teeth move. With Damon, your braces work with your body. This makes your tooth movement more effective and comfortable than with traditional braces, something our patients love to smile about.
It may seem counterintuitive that this freedom of movement would make treatment more effective. However, the greater force and pressure from traditional braces can hinder smile progress. When a greater force is applied to your teeth, although carefully controlled by your orthodontist, it can necessitate additional treatments and frequent adjustments.
Smaller slide brackets move in a constant, light motion that gradually tightens the archwire over time. This gentler approach to orthodontics better supports tooth movement and is more comfortable than traditional braces. Integrated with InsigniaTM custom appliances, smaller bracket sizes make your appliances more discreet. And having fewer components like elastics makes your teeth easier to clean for a healthier smile.
While every patient has different orthodontic needs and plans, self-ligating technology, like Damon Braces, works more efficiently than traditional braces. You can enjoy stunning smile results faster than ever before.
Orthodontics often requires frequent appointments. However, these braces need fewer visits to our Columbus practice since our orthodontists do not have to frequently switch out wires for your braces or change elastic ties. Cutting out those extra visits gives you more freedom in your busy schedule.
Importance of Dentistry Before Treatment
Before you begin any orthodontic treatment, it is critical your orthodontist checks on your oral health. Gum disease, untreated cavities, or bone loss can cause complications in what would otherwise be a safe smile transformation. With any kind of braces or clear aligners, your teeth and bones are being shifted. Without a healthy mouth as a baseline, you could damage your health. As our patient, when you first come into our Columbus area office, our doctors will carefully examine your teeth in person and assess your dental records. They will make sure that you are ready to begin your treatment safely. Starting with this exam sets you on a path toward a beautiful smile and a stress-free smile journey.
How Your Orthodontist Guides Your Teeth
While traditional braces require your orthodontist to frequently tighten your archwire, advanced memory wire does not need these adjustments. Once our orthodontists, Dr. J. Lawrence Hutta or Dr. Shaun Murphy, have carefully designed your braces plan and installed your memory wire, it will continue to adjust to your teeth. Constantly moving, this thermal-sensitive wire facilitates a fast, effective treatment. As our patient, we will need you to come into the office for regular checkups to make sure your smile is progressing as planned, but these will be infrequent and short compared to visits for traditional braces.
Benefits of a Damon Smile
Damon Braces vs Traditional Braces
The self-ligating technology used in the Damon system has a huge impact on your experience during treatment. These are some of the benefits that it offers your smile:
Shorter treatment time
Damon Braces vs Aligners, Like Invisalign
Choosing orthodontic treatment can be difficult: it requires you to weigh costs, your lifestyle, and your smile needs. Fortunately, an expert orthodontist can help guide you along your journey. Both clear aligners, like Invisalign, and self-ligating braces offer a variety of benefits that make them potentially great choices for your orthodontic transformation.
Self-ligating technology is an extremely effective, comfortable, and reliable choice for treatment. We can use self-ligating technology to treat even the most severe orthodontics cases, while Invisalign is less effective at treating certain issues. Unlike with Invisalign, patient compliance with braces is a breeze. Braces work 24 hours a day—without you ever having to worry about putting your aligners in or taking them out. Since they cannot be lost, misplaced, or forgotten, they are excellent choices for those who worry about staying on top of their plan.
Clear aligners, like Invisalign, work using a series of clear plastic trays. Rather than brackets and archwires that direct tooth movement, custom-fitted trays guide a patient’s teeth into place. Invisalign works well, but there are limits to what aligner treatment can accomplish compared to braces. The almost-invisible nature of Invisalign makes it a very popular option with adults or teens who want their appliances to look natural. However, clear braces are another option at our practice.
Easily removable, Invisalign does not limit your diet, as you simply remove your aligners before eating or drinking and brush your teeth before putting them back. This gives you greater flexibility in your day-to-day life but makes it easier to forget to put them back in or even lose them.
We want every patient to feel confident in their treatment choice. At your first appointment, we will go over the best options for you, discuss your needs, and help you make an informed decision for a gorgeous smile that will last a lifetime.
Clear vs Metal Damon Braces
Looking for more discreet appliances? Damon Clear could be perfect for you. You can choose whether your brackets are made of metal or a “clear,” stain-resistant, tooth-colored material. Our metal appliances are already smaller and less visible than traditional braces, but these are even subtler. This option is particularly popular with older teens and adults who are concerned about the aesthetics of their orthodontic appliances. There is no difference in the results our patients achieve with metal or clear brackets.
Candidates for Damon Braces
For our Columbus patients seeking a healthy bite, transformed confidence, and aligned teeth, a braces system, like Damon, could be the perfect treatment. It is a great choice for a patient of any age to straighten teeth, correct a misaligned bite, and get their smile into shape.
Damon Orthodontics in Columbus, Ohio
If you are interested in getting your dream smile, come to our Columbus, Ohio, practice for a complimentary new patient consultation. Schedule an appointment here or call us at (614) 855-2000 to talk to our specialists. Our expert, Dr. J. Lawrence Hutta, will perform a full evaluation and will help you understand your treatment options. Advanced, self-ligating braces could be exactly what you need for an unforgettable smile.
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