Damon Braces

Damon braces make use of a slide mechanism that attaches wires to brackets to move naturally with the teeth as they realign. The procedure begins with the polishing of the teeth. Next, a conditioner is applied on the front surface of the teeth to prepare them for bonding the brackets. An adhesive primer is placed on the teeth to enhance the bonding process. Cement is placed on the back of the brackets and they are then applied to the teeth. The braces are attached to a memory wire that connects the slide brackets without the pressure that traditional elastics often produce. They are then set to align the teeth gradually.

Ideal candidates are healthy individuals suffering from mild to moderate spacing and crowding issues, overcrowded smiles and crooked teeth. Patients who want to straighten the teeth and improve the overall appearance, health and function of the mouth are also good candidates. The procedure isn't suitable for patients suffering from major overcrowding or complicated tooth movement.

The typical cost ranges from $4000-$8000. Factors that can influence the final cost include the degree of correction needed, the length of the treatment and the geographic location of the procedure.

The procedure straightens and realigns the teeth. Once the braces are in place, there is minimal irritation, tightness, soreness and discomfort experienced. Patients are advised to maintain proper oral hygiene and avoid hard foods. Adjustment appointments are made at regular intervals to check and monitor the progress of the treatment. It generally takes 12-24 months for the final results to be seen. The braces will be removed and replaced with retainers to help the teeth maintain its new alignment.

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

submitted on   Tue Jan, 26, 2016 by Kevin Brown, DDS     
A dental bridge uses a fixed prosthetic device to address missing teeth. The device is called a dental bridge because it bridges a gap between one or more missing teeth. The process uses the adjacent teeth to support the bridge/artificial teeth located in-between the natural teeth. The...