Brace Yourself: Damon Braces vs. Invisalign

Brace Yourself: Damon Braces vs. Invisalign
Posted on 09/16/2017

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Braces aren’t just your typical cage of metal anymore. Damon braces and Invisalign are two of the most popular and effective orthodontic treatments available, and they both work in the same general way: applying gentle pressure to the teeth so they move into the correct positions. Dr. Gordon Niles Orthodontics offers both treatments, and our team is here to help you choose the best fit for you! Here are a few characteristics of both Damon braces and Invisalign that you can consider.

Damon Braces

Damon braces are the more advanced form of traditional metal braces. Named after inventor Dr. Dwight Damon, these braces improve on many aspects of their metal predecessors.

A Faster And More Comfortable Treatment

Damon braces feature a unique “sliding door” technology, allowing the brackets to “self-ligate.” In other words, these brackets position themselves under the archwire, and the teeth are allowed to move more freely and quickly. This means no painful tightenings with elastic ties and less friction with the wire, and Damon braces often result in a faster, more comfortable treatment in contrast to traditional metal braces. 

More Discreet, But Prone to Breakage  

Additionally, Damon clear braces are also available with clear brackets for patients who prefer a less noticeable profile, apart from the archwire running through the brackets. However, the clear brackets are more susceptible to breakage, as they are made of a ceramic or plastic material. As a result, Damon braces still carry similar food restrictions as traditional braces, such as no hard or brittle foods.

Keeping Clean Is Easier

No elastic ties and a slightly smaller bracket size means less plaque buildup, as the elastic ties in traditional braces do tend to attract plaque. Damon braces make dental hygiene easier during treatment, but you’ll still be dealing with the wire and getting around the brackets.

Invisalign 

If Damon braces are the next generation of metal braces, Invisalign is an entirely different species. Invisalign does away with metal brackets and wires altogether, replacing them with a series of clear, removable, custom-made aligners. Over the course of treatment, the patient wears different sets of aligners to gradually move them into the optimal position.

Keeping Clean Is Even Easier

Invisalign aligners are designed to be removed during eating, as well as brushing and flossing. This means you can enjoy your favorite foods during the treatment period, and oral hygiene is a breeze without any wire in the way. Additionally, even when you have them on, the aligners act as thin nightguards and protect your teeth from grinding.

Invisible Comfort Is the Key

Aligners are virtually invisible when they are worn, so they are the aesthetic treatment of choice for teens and adults alike. Most people won’t even notice you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment when you’re wearing Invisalign, and you’ll never have a reason to hide your smile. The aligners, which are made of a soft, flexible material that do not irritate the soft tissue in the mouth, are also considerably more comfortable.

Comfort Sacrifices Potential Effectiveness

Invisalign can correct a variety of bite problems, but there are some more serious orthodontic issues that Invisalign cannot address. As with all treatments that rely on consistency, it is important to make sure you wear the aligner for at least 22 hours a day, every day. The aligners rely on constant, gradual pressure, so any letup could stiffen the teeth and slow down progress. 

Can’t Decide? Let Us Help!

The team at Dr. Gordon Niles Orthodontics can help you determine whether Damon braces or Invisalign would be best orthodontic treatment for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us today and schedule an appointment! We look forward to seeing our neighbors in Brighton and from all over Michigan!