Are Damon Clear Braces a Good Choice for Me?

Everyone wants an attractive smile, but the thought of living with a mouthful of metal braces for a while can sound intimidating. Here's some information on Damon Clear braces, a less invasive and more aesthetically pleasing appliance that may be your solution.

Importance of Orthodontic Treatment

The American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) knows that a healthy, confidence-building smile is an important outcome of orthodontic treatment, but no more important than straightening misaligned teeth and correcting a poor bite, which can prevent future dental problems.

Crooked and crowded teeth, teeth with large gaps between them and protruding teeth can be difficult to clean thoroughly, which often leads to tooth decay or gum disease. An incorrect bite can cause excess wear on tooth surfaces and misalignment of your jaw joint. Well-aligned teeth are crucial to keeping these problems at bay, in addition to chewing food, proper digestion and clear speech as children develop.

Adults Need Orthodontic Treatment Too

Braces aren't just for kids. Adults are never too old for orthodontic treatment; whether you're six years old or 60, you can reap the benefits of newly straight teeth or a corrected bite. In fact, the AAO says that the number of adult orthodontic patients is at a record high, with over one-million adults (U.S. and Canada) in treatment in 2012. The Damon Clear system has numerous advantages over traditional braces, making them an excellent choice to meet the needs and lifestyles of adults and teens alike.

Damon Clear: No Stain, No Pain

Just as the name suggests, Damon Clear braces are clear and discrete. Some clear braces have visible metal parts or elastic ties, which often yellow during treatment. But because Damon braces are tieless, they're exempt from stains and discoloration. Friends, family and coworkers would be surprised to learn you're even wearing orthodontic braces.

Although the length of treatment varies from patient to patient, research conducted by Tagawa D. and published in Clinical Impressions shows that treatment time with Damon Clear is up to six months faster than with conventional braces – and this method is more comfortable. Because Damon braces are tieless and don't need to be "tightened," you won't experience pain after office appointments.

Low Maintenance

Damon Clear patients – especially those with busy work schedules – enjoy the fact that they need approximately seven fewer office visits than they would with traditional braces. At home, your personal maintenance is similarly convenient: Oral hygiene is always a concern during orthodontic treatment, and Damon Clear's lack of elastometric rings makes your braces easier to keep clean. However, it is still important to keep up a stringent routine of brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, such as Colgate® Cavity Protection, to ensure that the finished product is permanently beautiful and cavity-free.

When your Damon Clear treatment is finished, you may need to wear a removable Damon Splint at night to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original position. Nonetheless, Damon Clear braces are designed for accurate tooth movement and long-lasting results. And because the need for a palatal expander is lower, Damon braces are less likely to interfere with your speech.

If you are a candidate for orthodontic treatment, think of Damon Clear braces as a new option for your dental health care plan. Along with good oral hygiene and regular dental care, straight teeth and a proper bite can help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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Top Oral Care Tips Related to ADULT ORTHODONTICS

  • Flossing – creating a flossing routine is important during orthodontic treatment. Orthodontists and hygienists may recommend interdental brushes or floss threaders to make getting in between teeth easier.

  • Brushing routine – using fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush are ideal for cleaning teeth with braces. Begin brushing at a 45-degree angle at the gum line using small circular motions. Then place the toothbrush on top of the brackets, angling down to brush on top of each bracket. Finally, reposition the brush to brush the bottom of the bracket as well as the wire, angling the toothbrush up.

  • Fluoride mouthwash – after brushing and flossing, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash to help prevent cavities and white spots.

  • Mouthguards – wear a mouthguard if you play sports. Mouthguards can protect your cheeks and lips from serious cuts and can prevent damage to your braces or orthodontic appliance if you fall down or are hit in the face.