If you are thinking about straightening your teeth, you might want to consider Damon braces. Damon System braces are self-ligating braces, and an alternative to the different types of invisible and traditional braces for teeth on the market today.
In fact, since there are so many types of braces available, it can be confusing figuring out what’s what and which option is best for you (or your child).
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!
Keep reading and you’ll learn all about the Damon braces system, including:
- Damon braces vs regular braces and Invisalign
- Different types of Damon braces like Damon Clear and color options
- Reviews and before and after photos from Damon users
- What Damon braces cost
- Damon braces pros and cons
Table of contents
- 1 What are self-ligating braces?
- 2 What are Damon braces?
- 3 Damon braces vs regular braces
- 4 Damon braces vs Invisalign
- 5 Damon braces reviews
- 6 Damon braces pros and cons
- 7 Alternatives to Damon braces
- 8 Conclusion
- 9 FAQs
What are self-ligating braces?
Self-ligating braces are dental braces that use specialized clips, or little metal doors, which hold the archwires of the braces in place. A sliding mechanism gradually moves teeth to straighten them. This system doesn’t require the little rubber bands used in traditional braces.
The makers of self-ligating braces and their affiliates claim that treatment is faster and less painful with self-ligating braces. They also claim that you won’t need other preparation for braces such as tooth extraction.
What are Damon braces?
These braces, conceptually, are the answer to everything that is inconvenient about regular braces. They are fitted just like regular braces, but they use self-ligating technology to straighten your teeth. That means that ideally, they are easier to clean, they are less painful, and they require fewer in-office visits. These braces can be used to treat the following:
- Crooked teeth
- Mild to severe cases of malocclusion
The creators of Damon braces and their affiliates also claim that Damon System braces will result in:
- A fuller smile
- Better facial balance
- Smoother cheek contours
- A decrease in dark triangles at your mouth corners
- Improved profiles for a more youthful appearance
Why are Damon braces popular?
Damon System braces have gained popularity quite steadily since their invention for the following reasons:
- Faster treatment: Treatment is said to be faster with Damon braces vs traditional braces. A study conducted by the Bristol Dental Hospital and School in the UK found that these braces required fewer visits and less time for treatment than traditional braces.
- Esthetics: You can get either clear or metal braces with the Damon System. The clear brackets are virtually invisible, making them a great option for adults and teens who don’t want it to be super noticeable that they are wearing braces.
- Fewer office visits: The study mentioned above by the Bristol Dental Hospital and School also found that fewer in-office visits were required.
- Less pressure: Since they are self-ligating, they are also less painful, or at least, the pain is less intense because it is more spread out than with traditional braces.
- Easier to clean: Since these braces have fewer parts and add-ons than regular braces, there are fewer places for plaque to build up, and they are easier to brush and floss.
- Less friction: The smaller amount of friction with the Damon System means less deterioration of teeth and enamel.
How do Damon braces work?
Getting your braces begins with a visit to your orthodontist just like with traditional braces. Your dentist or orthodontist will create a mold of your teeth and from there plan your treatment.
As mentioned above, these braces are self-ligating. Self-ligating means that these braces use a slide mechanism that attaches wires to the brackets, so that the brackets gradually move on their own to realign teeth.
Well, the addition of the special memory wire and slide mechanism mean that you don’t have to have your braces tightened by your orthodontist periodically. And if you’ve ever had braces, you know that can be quite a painful experience!
Since these braces tighten slowly over time, less force is used when it comes to the Damon System vs traditional braces. Plus there are no unsightly elastic bands that will occasionally snap inside your mouth, causing irritating pain.
The creators of Damon System braces also claim that there are no tooth extractions, palatal expanders or any other extraneous procedures to worry about.
Sometimes, orthodontists will need to use a power chain; a rubber band that connects your brackets. It pulls on your teeth with a lot more pressure than the self-ligating braces do on their own. Some patients experience quite a bit of pain with the power chain. Have a look at this video where Daniel tells about his experience with Damon braces and power chains.
After Damon orthodontic treatment
After your treatment with the braces, you may have to wear a retainer at night, just like with regular braces. You may have to wear your retainer during the day as well, depending on what your dentist or orthodontist says.
There are various types of retainers you can choose from, such as Hawley and Essix retainers. Invisalign also makes a clear retainer, called the Vivera retainer, if you are looking for something less noticeable.
It’s possible as well that your dentist or orthodontist will recommend a permanent retainer that you will wear for the rest of your life. These retainers are attached behind the teeth, so they are only visible if you open your mouth really wide.
What do Damon braces cost?
Damon braces cost between $3,800 and $8,000. The cost will depend on the severity of your malocclusion, and the degree of correction you need. The cost of Damon braces is more than that of traditional metal braces, but the upside is that if you have private insurance, it will likely help pay for treatment with the Damon System. Alternatively, you can ask your orthodontist if they offer payment plans. State-funded insurance, however, will most likely not pay for this style of braces.
If you need help figuring out how to finance your braces, have a look at our article on dental financing.
If you find that your insurance doesn’t cover, or only partially covers this type of braces, you may want to consider a dental savings plan. These plans are the result of a partnership between dentists and insurance companies, to help the uninsured and the underinsured access the dental care they need.
You can get starting searching for a plan now with Dentalplans.com. This online marketplace lets you search and compare plans right on their site. Just make sure the plan you choose covers the treatment you need before you enroll.
Types of Damon braces
There are some similarities between Damon braces and regular braces. One of those similarities is that, just like with normal braces, there are various types of Damon System braces. These include:
Damon metal braces: Damon metal braces look very similar to traditional metal braces. The visible difference is that traditional braces often have small hooks for elastic bands, whereas Damon braces do not. With the Damon System, you can also see the self-ligating sliding mechanism—but only if you look very closely.
Damon Clear braces: Damon Clear braces are made from ceramic, and are similar to traditional clear braces—the bracket is transparent, so the braces are much less noticeable on your teeth. The difference between Damon ceramic braces and other brands is the lack of visible metal parts and elastic ties, making them even less noticeable.
Damon braces colors: Can you get Damon braces with colors? Absolutely! The clear option is attractive to those who want their braces to go unnoticed, but if you are all about making a statement, your dentist can add colored bands to Damon appliances.
Damon braces vs regular braces
As mentioned above, there are some differences between Damon System braces and regular braces.
The main difference is that Damon braces are self-ligating, while regular braces require periodic visits to your orthodontist for tightening. The Damon System gradually tightens over time, using a sliding mechanism, in order to straighten your teeth. And in many cases, this treatment can cause less discomfort and pain.
Another difference is that Damon System braces on average cost more than traditional braces, with Damon braces prices between $3,800 and $8,000, whereas traditional metal braces cost between $2,500 and $7,500.
Both have the option for colored bands and both have clear options. Damon Clear braces may be less noticeable than other clear brackets because they have no metal hooks, nor elastic bands.
Damon braces vs Invisalign
So, what’s the difference between Damon braces and Invisalign? Quite a lot, actually.
Clear aligners, or invisible braces like Invisalign, are another virtually invisible way to straighten teeth.
Invisible braces are for treating mild to moderate cases of tooth crowding, while Damon Clear braces are for mild to severe cases.
Another difference is that the clear aligners like Invisalign are removable, so they can be taken out for a couple of hours a day if needed. Damon braces are fixed to the teeth, working 24 hours a day.
However, depending on the case, the cost for the two can be quite similar: Damon System braces range from $3,800 to $8,000, while Invisible braces are between $3,500 and $8,500.
Damon braces reviews
So, do Damon braces really work?
Let’s have a look at some Damon System braces reviews, to see what patients have to say:
Nuffnang’s Review: Quick results but not comfortable
“I’m a damon braces user and i’ve been wearing my braces for 1 year and 8 months”
At the time of this review, the patient had been wearing her braces for a year and eight months. It’s not clear if she’s totally happy with her treatment, but she does a good job of presenting both the pros and cons of Damon braces. Here are some of the things she mentions in her review:
- Quick: She says that the Damon System works quickly, and that she noticed results within the first month of treatment.
- Bigger smile: She has a broader smile now that she attributes to her braces.
- Larger gums: Her gums stand out much more than before.
- Uncomfortable: According to this reviewer, the claim that they are more comfortable than traditional braces just isn’t true.
Jennifer’s Review: Damon Braces work
“It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always longed for!”
Jennifer’s Damon Clear braces review is overwhelmingly positive… perhaps a tad too positive? If it feels that way, there’s a reason for that. She is what’s called a “Damon Diva”—someones who is compensated for taking time to share her Damon System braces experience.
So, keeping that in mind, she does have a lot of great things to say about Damon braces, and her experiences seem to be genuine. Some of the positive experiences she has had include:
- Efficiency: Getting her braces on, including getting impressions, photos and molds of her teeth, took a total of about only an hour and a half.
- Painless: This isn’t a comment about wearing the braces, but rather getting the braces on—she reports an overall pleasant experience in the orthodontist’s office.
- Greater confidence: As of the review, Jennifer has only had her braces on for a little more than a month, but she’s already noticed a difference. Instead of hiding her smile like before, she now grins without hesitation.
Chanwon’s review: Damon braces and Invisalign
“I’m really satisfied with my result”
This blogger has documented a long and detailed journey as part of her Damon braces review. She wore her braces for two and a half years, mostly for overbite correction. She reports being very happy with her teeth after getting her braces off; however, her teeth weren’t quite as straight as she wanted them to be, so she opted to get Invisalign retainers after her Damon System braces treatment. She did end up having to get teeth extracted, including a wisdom tooth. Her experience includes:
- Extraction of four teeth
- Mini screws in gums
- Laser treatment
- Invisalign treatment for minor corrections
That being said, she seems happy with her overall experience.
Christopher’s review: No teeth extractions
Check out this short video of Christopher’s experience with Damon braces, including his before and after Damon braces photos.
Damon braces pros and cons
As mentioned above, these braces are popular because they are said to be more efficient and less painful than traditional braces. There are, however some disadvantages as well. Some of the disadvantages of Damon braces include:
- Visibility: Although Damon Clear is less noticeable than regular metal braces, there is still a metal wire that other people may be able to see.
- Irritation: Any system that will be moving the position of your teeth is going to cause some irritability or discomfort to your mouth, at least at the beginning of treatment.
- Cost: Damon braces cost more than traditional braces.
Check out this table that sums up the pros and cons of Damon braces:
Despite the claims that these braces are more efficient and provide faster treatment than traditional braces, there are some studies that say this is not the case. This study, published by the Journal of Dentofacial Anomalies and Orthodontics, finds that self-ligating braces do not decrease the number of tooth extractions needed, nor do they decrease the overall length of treatment.
Alternatives to Damon braces
We mentioned these above so we’ll keep it quick!
Invisible braces like Invisalign use clear plastic aligners which guide teeth into position over time. They are suitable for up to 90% of teeth-straightening cases.
Additionally, if you’re interested in a more affordable alternative, you may be eligible for clear aligners from SmileDirectClub. Take their Smile Assessment by clicking on the link below. It takes just 30 seconds and you’ll know if at-home clear aligners are right for you.
Traditional metal braces
With traditional metal braces, stainless steel brackets are attached to each tooth. A flexible metal wire connects each bracket, and small elastic bands secure the wire. During in-office visits, an orthodontist tightens the wire to move teeth into the desired position.
Lingual braces (including Incognito)
Lingual braces are another option for those who want to straighten their teeth without it being too noticeable. Lingual braces are fitted behind the teeth, so they are harder to see from the outside.
Ceramic braces feature brackets that are either clear, or made in a color meant to match your teeth. They are less visible than traditional metal braces, but they work in the same way.
Other self-ligating braces
High-speed braces are for those who want to straighten their teeth, but are determined to not wear their braces for one to two years as is typical for treatment. They are said to work in just about six months.
Only dentists who are licensed by the company can treat with High-speed braces. These self-ligating braces are only for those whose jaw and teeth are fully developed, and don’t require drastic corrections. These braces can’t be used for severe malocclusion.
In-Ovation braces, similar to traditional braces, use brackets and wires to straighten teeth. The difference is that they are self-ligating, like the Damon System. In fact, there don’t seem to be any glaring differences between these two types of self-ligating braces.
But, in the interest of not having a monopoly market, it’s nice to have options.
In the video below, Molly does a good job explaining why her dentist prefers In-ovation over Damon, while acknowledging that both brands yield good results.
In fact, the main differents seems to be what your orthodontist prefers. Check out these responses to the question “Damon vs In-Ovation R?” on an orthodontics message board.
If you’re an adult or teen looking for an alternative to traditional metal braces, then you may find that Damon System braces are a good option for you. Positive reviews and research results claim that since they are self-ligating, tightening happens gradually, resulting in less pain and pressure. And the clear option makes them less obvious. They are also supposed to work without teeth extractions.
Some studies, however, say that these types of braces don’t actually take less overall time than traditional braces. And in this article, you saw a review from a patient who needed multiple teeth extracted during her treatment with Damon braces.
And if you’re interested in at-home clear aligners like SmileDirectClub, take their Smile Assessment here.
Ultimately, you’ll need to talk to your dentist or orthodontist to figure out the best option for you when it comes not just to straightening your teeth, but to your general oral health.
What is the difference between Damon vs traditional braces?
Damon braces are self-ligating braces. They are equipped with a sliding mechanism that attaches wires to the brackets. This mechanism helps the braces gradually move on their own over time. Traditional braces must be manually tightened over time and also use elastic bands to move teeth. The Damon process is said to be less painful than traditional braces.
Are Damon braces painful?
The makers of these braces claim that this system is less painful than traditional braces. Some patients report ulcers and mouth sores just like with regular braces, while others say that they are indeed less painful. Whether you experience pain will depend on the severity of your malocclusion, but if you are worried about pain, Damon braces may be a good option.
How much do Damon braces cost?
When it comes to Damon System braces vs traditional, the cost is a bit more. Damon System braces cost between $3,800 and $8,000, whereas normal braces cost between $2,500 and $7,500.
How much do Damon Clear braces cost?
Only your dentist or orthodontist will really be able to tell you how much your braces will cost. However, knowing that Damon braces cost between $3,800 and $8,000, the clear (ceramic) brackets will probably be towards the higher end of that range.
How can I find a dentist that specializes in Damon braces near me?
The next time you are in for a visit, you can ask your dentist if they offer the Damon System. Otherwise you can go to the Damon website where they have a Damon dentist finder.
NCBI: Bristol Dental Hospital and School. Consulted 12 August 2019.
JDAO: Are self-ligating brackets an advantageous alternative for non-extraction treatments? Consulted 12 August 2019.