The most common type of braces seen today, remain “metal braces”. Made of high-grade stainless steel these braces are significantly smaller and have a lower profile than their predecessors from years ago. Each brace, which is known as an orthodontic bracket, is individually bonded to the front of each tooth. Metal braces allow for efficient and highly controllable tooth movement.
In cases where a set of conventional braces is the best approach to care, but a more cosmetic appearance is desired, ceramic braces offer an excellent alternative to metal braces. Ceramic braces, or clear braces, blend in with the natural color of your teeth. While being far less visible, they still function in very much the same way as metal braces to deliver outstanding results of care. An excellent aesthetic choice, ceramic braces can be a bit more fragile than their metal counterparts.
Today, there are metal braces that can be placed on the “tongue side” or lingual of every tooth. Known as lingual braces, these appliances are completely hidden from the outside world. While these braces work in the same way as the metal or ceramic braces affixed to the front of your teeth, they can only be spotted on close inspection during such times as when your mouth is wide open. Far less obvious than most other types of braces, lingual braces, due to where they are located, can be a bit more uncomfortable and more difficult to keep clean. It is also more of a challenge to get used to speaking with this type of orthodontic appliance.
Damon braces are specially designed self-ligating appliances that offer several advantages over traditional orthodontic brackets. Using a sliding mechanism instead of individual elastic ties to secure each brace to the orthodontic wire, the Damon system of braces makes tooth movement more efficient as well as more comfortable. With Damon braces not only are fewer adjustments and less frequent visits required, treatment is typically completed in a shorter period of time. Moreover, without the presence of elastic ties, less food and bacteria can accumulate around the braces, thereby making it easier to keep the teeth clean.
Combining a self-ligating bracket design with the use of high technology archwires, the Damon system reduces friction to put less pressure on the teeth. As a general rule, with Damon braces less discomfort is experienced and the potential for dental disease, stains, decalcifications and other types of damage to the teeth or supporting structures is reduced.
Depending on lifestyle and needs, Damon braces are available in both metal and clear options.
Other types of orthodontic appliances may also be used during the course of treatment. Some of these appliances are removable and can be taken in and out of the mouth, while others will be attached to the teeth until they are no longer needed.
Depending upon the specific needs of the case, these appliances may be used to accomplish a number of things including: