What are Damon Braces?

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For many people, getting their teeth straighter means having to put up with years of unpleasant adjustments and bulky metal braces. Braces for teeth can address biting issues, crowding, and tooth straightening.  They also improve the overall appearance of a smile, but braces aren’t one-size-fits-all. But what if there was a more comfortable and potentially faster option?

Along with traditional braces, you have the option of Damon braces. Damon braces are similar to other orthodontic systems to straighten teeth. The primary difference between this system and others, though, is how they straighten teeth.

Understanding Damon Braces

Unlike traditional braces that rely on elastic ties to connect wires to brackets, Damon braces utilize a unique self-ligating bracket system. These brackets feature a special slide mechanism that holds the archwire in place, eliminating the need for elastic ties.  This innovative design offers several advantages. Braces use archwires and brackets to move teeth. But while traditional braces have elastic bands surrounding each bracket, Damon braces use a self-ligating system to connect archwires to brackets, instead of elastic ties which are common with traditional braces. This self-ligating system isn’t new, but it has increased in popularity as some orthodontists make claims of improved clinical performance. While some doctors (and patients) believe Damon braces are a more effective orthodontic system, these claims haven’t been substantiated in scientific literature.

Possible benefits of Damon braces:

One of the biggest advantages of Damon braces is the reduced friction and discomfort experienced during treatment. The self-ligating brackets eliminate the tight pressure exerted by elastic ties, leading to a more comfortable experience. Additionally, the gentle forces used by Damon braces can potentially shorten treatment times compared to traditional methods.

Less discomfort:

One claim is that Damon braces are more comfortable than traditional braces. It’s believed that the sliding mechanism could allow teeth to shift or move at a more gradual and natural pace. For some people, this might create less pressure and friction, possibly resulting in less pain and discomfort. But again, this claim isn’t backed by science.

The truth is, that people respond differently to braces. The comfort level often depends on other factors such as the complexity of movement, wires, and other materials. The wires on Damon braces exert a lighter force when shifting teeth, which is believed to contribute to less discomfort in some people. Like any type of braces, it can take a few days to get used to the system, so you might have temporary soreness.

Easier to clean:

Less discomfort isn’t the only benefit of Damon braces, though. Since these braces have fewer parts, they’re also easier to clean.

Fewer orthodontic visits:

Some orthodontists also claim that Damon braces (like other self-ligating systems) can result in fewer orthodontic visits and adjustments compared to traditional braces. Elastic ties and bands common with traditional braces can loosen over time, requiring periodic replacement. This doesn’t mean that Damon braces can’t malfunction. Sometimes, one of the doors that holds the bracket to the wire opens up. This might require an emergency appointment to correct.

Multiple styles to choose from:

Damon braces come in different styles, including metal braces, or clear brackets.

Will they work for you?

Damon braces are used to treat a variety of dental problems, although you’ll need to consult an orthodontist to determine if they’re the right system for you. Damon braces work as well as other systems for many issues such as an overbite, an underbite, uneven teeth, or crowded teeth.

Some orthodontists prefer to use this system and recommend it to their patients, but you can also achieve results with other styles of braces.

How do Damon braces compare with traditional braces?


  • Mechanics:

Traditional Braces: Uses elastic ties (or “ligatures”) to secure the archwire to the brackets. These ties create friction and require adjustments to maintain pressure.

Damon Braces: Utilizes a self-ligating bracket system. A built-in sliding mechanism holds the archwire, reducing friction and potentially requiring fewer adjustments.

  • Comfort:

Traditional Braces: The tightening of elastic ties can cause discomfort and pressure on teeth.

Damon Braces: The self-ligating system may lead to less pressure and discomfort during treatment.

  • Hygiene:

Traditional Braces: Elastic ties can trap food particles, making proper cleaning more challenging.

Damon Braces: Lack of elastic ties allows for easier brushing and flossing, potentially reducing plaque buildup.

  • Treatment Time:

Traditional Braces: Treatment times can vary depending on the complexity of the case, but typically range from 18-36 months.

Damon Braces: May offer slightly shorter treatment times due to the gentle, continuous pressure exerted.

  • Appearance:

Traditional Braces: Both metal and clear bracket options are available. The metal wires are noticeable.

Damon Braces: Offer both metal and clear bracket options. The self-ligating mechanism may create a slightly lower profile than traditional braces.

  • Cost:

Traditional Braces: Generally considered the most cost-effective option.

Damon Braces: This may have a slightly higher initial cost due to the specialized bracket system.


How do Damon braces compare with Invisalign braces?


  • Removable vs Fixed:

Invisalign: Removable clear aligners that are worn for a set period and then replaced with a new aligner in the series.

Damon Braces: Fixed to the teeth throughout treatment and requires adjustments by the orthodontist.

  • Comfort:

Invisalign: May feel more comfortable initially due to the lack of wires and brackets. However, some experience discomfort with the initial placement of new aligners.

Damon Braces: These may require an adjustment period, but the self-ligating system can be less irritating than traditional braces.

  • Hygiene:

Invisalign: Aligners are removed for eating and brushing, allowing for easier cleaning. However, proper cleaning of the aligners themselves is crucial.

Damon Braces: Maintaining good oral hygiene requires careful brushing and flossing around the brackets.

  • Treatment Time:

Invisalign: Treatment times can vary, but may be slightly longer than traditional or Damon braces for complex cases.

Damon Braces: This may offer faster results than Invisalign, particularly for specific orthodontic issues.

  • Appearance:

Invisalign: Virtually invisible when worn.

Damon Braces: Offer clear bracket options, but the metal archwire is noticeable.

  • Compliance:

Invisalign: Requires strict adherence to wear time (typically 22 hours a day) for successful treatment.

Damon Braces: Compliance involves attending scheduled adjustments and maintaining good oral hygiene.

Common Concerns about Damon Braces (FAQs):


Are Damon braces painful?

Everyone has a different pain tolerance, but Damon braces are designed to use lighter forces, potentially reducing discomfort compared to traditional braces. You may experience some soreness or tenderness after adjustments, but this is usually mild and temporary. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage any discomfort.

How do I care for Damon braces?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial. Brushing and flossing regularly are essential to prevent plaque buildup and ensure optimal results. Your orthodontist will provide specific instructions for cleaning your braces and around the brackets.

How long does Damon braces treatment take?

Treatment time varies depending on the complexity of your case. Generally, Damon braces treatment can take anywhere from 6 to 30 months, potentially shorter than traditional braces. Your orthodontist will be able to give you a more accurate estimate during your consultation.

Am I a good candidate for Damon braces?

Damon braces can be effective for a wide range of orthodontic issues, including crowding, spacing, overbites, underbites, and crossbites. However, the best way to determine if Damon braces are right for you is to consult with an orthodontist. They will evaluate your individual needs and recommend the most suitable treatment option.

What are the risks associated with Damon braces?

As with any orthodontic treatment, there are some potential risks associated with Damon braces. These can include minor gum irritation, temporary tooth sensitivity, and increased risk of cavities if proper oral hygiene is not maintained. Your orthodontist will discuss these risks with you in detail and guide you on how to minimize them.

Talk with an Orthodontist about Damon Brace


While this blog has explored the features of Damon braces, it’s important to remember that orthodontic treatment is a personal decision. The best course of action is to consult with a qualified orthodontist to discuss your individual needs and goals. 

They can evaluate your smile, assess the complexity of your case, and recommend the most suitable treatment option, whether it’s Damon braces, traditional braces, Invisalign, or another method.

We take great satisfaction in providing the best Damon braces at Sullivan Bastian Orthodontics, which is conveniently situated in Mill Creek, Washington. Families can expect unmatched orthodontic experiences from our practice, which is renowned for its modern equipment and strong ties to the community.

Leading our staff with a patient-focused approach and a dedication to perfection, Dr. Bastian is a top 1% Invisalign practitioner and board-certified orthodontist. For both adults and children, we provide revolutionary, efficient treatment choices that are customized to meet your needs and lifestyle.

To learn how we can transform your smile and enhance your confidence, schedule your complimentary consultation today and take the first step toward the care you deserve.