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Self-Ligating Braces (Damon)

Diagram of Damon braces compared to traditional metal braces If you have been considering getting orthodontic treatment done, then there is a good chance that you have sat down and carefully reviewed all of your choices on how you may proceed with it. In the past, patients had little choice on the type of dental brace they could use to fix the appearance of their teeth or their bite alignment concerns.

Today’s patients, however, have many different options that they could choose from to help them get their ideal, desired smile. One type of treatment option that is available to you is called self-ligating (Damon) braces. We here at First Impressions Orthodontics for Children & Adults are pleased to offer self-ligating braces to our valued patients, giving them an additional option to choose from when looking to improve both the appearance and the function of their smile.

What are Self-Ligating (Damon) Braces?

Self-ligating braces have several key differences that allow them to stand apart from traditional dental braces. Like traditional dental braces, self-ligating braces are still attached to the front surface of your teeth using wires and brackets. However, instead of using rubber bands on the brackets to adjust your teeth, they instead have small doors on the bracket to hold the wire. They use a slide mechanism to adjust your teeth, which move as your teeth realign.

What are the Benefits of Self-Ligating (Damon) Braces?

Many patients are happy to discover that self-ligating braces may be an option for them. Unlike traditional dental braces, which can lead to uncomfortable pressure in the beginning as they start to adjust your teeth, self-ligating braces use gentle pressure to move your teeth. This makes them much more comfortable than traditional braces. As a bonus, they can also make your orthodontic treatment much faster and can shave up six months or more off your treatment time.

In addition to being more comfortable in the way they carefully adjust your teeth, many patients also find that they are gentler on their lips and cheeks. Traditional dental braces can cause small nicks and abrasions as you get used to wearing them, but self-ligating braces often do not cause these superficial cuts. Because they move on their own, you also need fewer appointments with us for adjustments. This is more convenient for you and saves you from needing to schedule constant appointments with us.

Finally, self-ligating braces can be easier to keep clean. Brushing and flossing can be a challenge with traditional dental braces, but self-ligating braces are easier to keep clean without the presence of the rubber bands on the brackets.

Am I a Good Candidate?

Self-ligating braces are a great option for many of our patients. They can help treat many of the same types of orthodontic concerns that traditional braces can help treat. That means that if you struggle with teeth that have uneven gaps or spaces between them, are crooked, are crowded, or you have issues with malocclusion (which can include an overbite, an underbite, an open bite, or even a crossbite), then you may be a good candidate for self-ligating braces.

If you would like to learn more about self-ligating (Damon) braces, we would be happy to tell you more about them! To learn more, or to set up an appointment with us here at First Impressions Orthodontics for Children & Adults, please give us a call today at !


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Norwalk, CT 06851


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Monroe, CT 06468


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Fairfield, CT 06824

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