At Houston Orthodontic Specialists, we offer a variety of different types of braces, including Damon System self-ligating braces. While the Damon System metal braces are small, comfortable and effective, many of our adult and teen braces patients prefer Damon clear braces. The ceramic, self-ligating brackets have the same straightening power and benefits as their metal counterparts, but they’re incredibly clear.
What are Damon Clear, Self-Ligating Braces?
Before we get into the benefits of Damon clear braces, let’s have a quick overview of exactly what they are. Damon System braces are self-ligating braces, meaning they don’t rely on ligatures (elastics or metal ties) to hold your archwires in place in the brackets.
Instead, Damon System braces are tie-less and have a unique slide mechanism that secures the thin, shape-memory archwires. While typically the orthodontist would manually tighten your braces wires, with self-ligating braces, the wires are able to slide and adjust, letting the teeth move more freely and with less friction. The lightweight archwires also exert light force and help move the teeth efficiently.
The Benefits of Damon Clear Braces
Here are some of the main reasons our Houston and Bellaire, TX braces patients love Damon clear braces:
- They’re nearly invisible.
Some traditional clear braces still have visible metal components. That’s not the case with Damon clear braces. The brackets are made from a durable ceramic material and they’re smaller and more streamlined than standard clear braces brackets. Damon clear braces are virtually invisible and blend in with your smile for a truly aesthetic option. They don’t rely on metal or elastic ties and the wires used with the Damon System are super thin and lightweight for a much more under-the-radar look.
- Damon clear braces are stain resistant.
The material used to make Damon clear braces is durable and resists staining. That means you can drink coffee with your clear braces without worrying about the brackets becoming discolored and noticeable. Additionally, even with other types of stain-resistant, clear brackets, there are still elastics that can turn yellow, drawing attention to your braces. Damon clear braces don’t require elastics, so this isn’t an issue.
- Oral hygiene is easier when compared to traditional braces.
With traditional braces, the elastics and ties trap bacteria, food and plaque and it’s hard to clean around them. Since Damon System self-ligating braces are tie-less, there’s one less braces part you’ll have to keep clean, making oral hygiene easier.
- More comfortable.
The wires move more freely and with less friction with self-ligating braces. Plus, the shape-memory archwires are designed to exert light, gentle forces. This is why some patients experience less sensitivity and discomfort with Damon braces. Beyond that, the brackets themselves are smoother, so they’re less likely to irritate your lips, cheeks or tongue.
- Self-ligating braces can save you time.
Because the teeth move for several weeks longer between appointments with self-ligating braces, and you’ll require less frequent adjustments, many patients have fewer office visits overall. The appointments you do have will be shorter as your orthodontist won’t have to change out your elastics whenever you have a check-up.
- They move the teeth efficiently.
We talked about this in our post on whether or not Damon braces really move teeth faster. While Damon clear braces won’t exert so much force that your teeth just zip right into place, which would actually be dangerous, they do eliminate some mechanical inefficiencies and friction, allowing the teeth to take a more direct path to their final positions. This can mean treatment with self-ligating braces is slightly shorter. The light forces used also promote optimal oral health by preserving tooth roots and preventing gum recession.
- Fantastic braces results!
Thanks to our expert orthodontists, our high-tech diagnostics and treatment planning, and the advanced brackets and wires used with Damon clear braces, you’ll get straight teeth, an aligned bite and a broader, more beautiful smile. Whether we’re using braces to fix your jawline and bite or to correct a minor smile concern, the end results will be tailored to your unique facial features to help you look your absolute best.
How Much do Damon Clear Braces Cost?
While we’d love to give you an exact Damon clear braces cost, every patient is unique and a number of factors will influence the price, including how complex your case is. You can use our payment calculator for a general idea of what your monthly payments for braces will be at our practice.
However, to receive a definitive Damon clear braces cost, you’ll want to come in for a complimentary consultation. Once a Bellaire or Houston orthodontist has the chance to examine you, take diagnostic records and develop a treatment plan, a team member can go over the fees for your treatment.
In our efforts to make Damon clear braces affordable for our patients, we work with most major insurance companies. If your dental insurance covers orthodontic treatment, this can greatly reduce your out-of-pocket braces cost. We also offer a variety of payment plans and options, including those with no down payment, zero interest and low monthly payments, and we can work with your flex spending account.
Now that you know the reasons our Bellaire and Houston orthodontic patients love Damon clear braces, would you like to find out if these self-ligating braces are the best option for your smile needs? Schedule a complimentary consultation at Houston Orthodontic Specialists today!