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Understanding Self-Ligating Braces vs Traditional Braces

Damon Clear
Traditional Braces

So, you are thinking of doing something finally to straighten your teeth. First up, congratulations! You have made the first-step to achieving a great smile and a more confident you.  However, you do a quick search on the Internet about braces but terms and brands like Damon, In-Ovation pop up and confuse you. This article on self-ligating braces will help you understand more about the different kinds of braces options available to you.

Damon and In-Ovation braces are actually brand-names, much like your Colgate and Darlie for toothpastes. They belong to this big family called self-ligating braces.

Let us first understand how do traditional braces work to move and straighten teeth.  Traditional braces consist of tiny square-like brackets that are glued onto our teeth.  However, brackets alone will not move teeth, we need wires to be somehow placed within the brackets to work and straighten teeth.  Self-ligating braces use a ‘sliding door’ technique, allowing the arch wire to slide back and forth without the need for rubber bands to hold it in place.  The slide reduces friction and binding of the teeth, allowing teeth to move more freely, resulting in a quicker and more comfortable straightening.  They are known to result in a wider and broader smile which patients love as well.

Damon braces with their self-ligating feature enables patients to reduce the frequency and hence inconvenience of dental visits. It may also help keep your mouth healthier because there are no elastic ties that food can stick to. The early months of orthodontic treatment are aimed at uprighting and de-rotating your teeth.

Damon braces do this while gently widening your arch to give your face better balance.

Damon also offers a more aesthetic option (Damon Clear) that allows the braces to blend in even more as the brackets are manufactured to be tooth-coloured.

In summary, these are the advantages of self-ligating braces:

  • More hygienic than traditional braces as less food gets trapped between brackets
  • Requires fewer adjustments and visits to the dentists compared to conventional braces
  • Shorter treatment time than 1st generation braces
  • No staining problems
  • Increased comfort for patients
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