Braces - Damon System®
Get your best smile faster with braces without elastic or metal ties at Pointe-Claire dental
At Pointe-Claire dental we are pleased to offer our patients the Damon System braces. A self-ligating system that removes the need for elastic or metal ties to hold wires in place eliminating also the need for frequent adjustments and tightening to shift teeth into the desired position.
Damon braces use light high-technology shape-memory wires that move teeth faster and require fewer adjustments therefore less visits to the dentist. These tie-less braces have a slide mechanism with a built-in door that attaches wires to brackets to move naturally with the teeth as they realign, resulting in a comfortable pressure-free, better looking and shorter treatment that can be used by teenagers and adults usually without extractions or other appliances.
Damon braces use a slide mechanism to hold the wire, which allows teeth to move more freely, quickly and comfortably.
Traditional braces on the left are tied in with elastics, which cause friction and pressure, making treatment slower and less comfortable.
Caring for your teeth with braces
Getting braces should not create a major impact in your lifestyle. Here are some important recommendations to follow to make it easier.
Without the elastic ties which attract and collect plaque, Damon braces make dental hygiene easier during treatment.
Professional dental cleanings and regular exams continue to be very important during your orthodontic treatment and a rigorous oral hygiene at home is critical.
To ensure a clean and healthy mouth during your orthodontic treatment you should brush three times a day and floss every night before going to bed. Food particles can accumulate on the teeth and turn into plaque that can also easily build up around the edges of your braces. If you do not remove this plaque, you may get unsightly staining on the enamel of your teeth and these marks may become permanent. The bacteria resulting from the accumulation of plaque can lead to gum disease, tooth decay and in some cases loss of teeth.
Brushing after each meal and flossing at least once a day takes more time because you need to brush your braces and all surfaces of your teeth. Our hygienists will provide you with tips on how to do it best. We also recommend that parents supervise their children to ensure that they follow their advice.
A healthy diet is always important but it becomes even more so when you wear braces. Minimize the consumption of sweets or sugary foods; they may also cause tooth decay and plaque build-up around your brackets.
Other foods to avoid to keep your braces in good condition are:
Hard, crunchy foods such as popcorn, ice, hard candy or nuts. They can break, damage or loosen your wires and brackets. When eating hard fruits and vegetables like raw carrots or apples, cut them in little pieces to protect your braces.
Chewy or sticky foods like caramel, toffee, soft candies or gum that may get caught or pull off your brackets and wires
Call our office as soon as possible if you break or loosen any of your appliances or if a wire or bracket is loosened.