Damon Brackets or Self Ligating Brackets
Kragor Orthodontics works to avoid extractions as much as possible with early intervention or rapid palatal expanders. Damon brackets are a form of self ligating brackets are another option to reduce potential extractions. Damon brackets are self-ligating fixed appliances (also known as braces) fitted in the same way as traditional metal braces on your teeth.
Damon brackets use a slide mechanism that attaches wires to brackets to move naturally with the teeth as they realign instead of having colored ties that tighten and adjust the braces regularly. This reduces friction and makes tooth movement go a lot quicker, resulting in shorter treatment time for the patient. Damon brackets are more comfortable, better looking and provide strong results in a shorter time.
These Damon brackets use a different method for moving teeth into the right position. The brackets are attached to memory wire, called a copper titanium wire in our office, that connects slide brackets without the pressure that traditional elastics often produce. These special wires also reactivate whenever you eat something cold like ice cream, or drink a chilly beverage. They are then set to move your teeth gradually, tightening over time. As quoted by the Damon website, the process uses less force than traditional braces, which often require supplemental treatment through tooth extractions and palatal expanders.
Our doctors have self ligating brackets in their office and are available upon request. Our doctors truly believe a bracket is just a tool to help achieve a beautiful smile, and believe there are various options to achieve the same end result. Contact us today if you are interested in learning more about our bracket types, prescriptions, or methods.