Damon® self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces; however, Damon self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, which means fewer appointments and less friction on the tooth.
Damon self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but with more options they can provide a more aesthetic appearance, particularly for adult patients.
How do Damon self-ligating braces work?
Damon self-ligating braces use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure placed on the tooth, and decreases the number of adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.
There are two types of Damon self-ligating brackets
- Passive — Passive brackets use a smaller archwire that creates less friction and allows teeth to move more freely. Passive brackets are often used at the beginning of treatment to help the teeth start moving into position.
- Active — Active brackets use a much thicker archwire that delivers greater pressure to the teeth and moves them more aggressively into position. The active brackets also offer more control for consistent, strong results.
Damon self-ligating braces are a great option for patients who need braces. Your orthodontist can help you determine what type of braces will be most effective for your smile. Please contact our practice to schedule your orthodontic consultation.