Is the Damon System a better option?

The Damon System is widely viewed by dentists and orthodontic professionals as a high quality orthodontic treatment with a number of unique advantages. At the same time, it works in an entirely different way to the Invisalign system, so for most patients, choosing between treatments is a relatively straightforward process.

The main difference between the Damon System and Invisalign is that the Damon System use fixed brackets. However, this is far from being a conventional bracket design. Firstly, they are made from ceramic so they are less visible than conventional brackets. Secondly, rather than exerting pressure on the teeth through the use of elastics, the Damon System is built around a slide mechanism that performs the same function, but with minimal friction.

The reduced friction means that the bracket works more efficiently and the teeth move into place more quickly. Therefore, treatment times are shortened and the number of visits to the dentist reduced.

So why would the Damon System be preferable to Invisalign? As you would expect with a fixed bracket design, as opposed to a removable aligner, the forces exerted on the teeth are continuous and much greater. Therefore, not only do the teeth move fast, but the Damon System is also able to correct severe orthodontic problems. In fact, the Damon System is often used as part of a broader treatment plan for patients who need major orthodontic work.

The Damon System, therefore, is really an alternative to conventional brackets, rather than to the Invisalign programme. Whereas conventional brackets are unsightly and slow, the Damon System works much faster and looks better.

Invisalign, on the other hand, is usually recommended for less serious treatments that require less movement. It still exerts high forces on teeth and still moves them quickly. And what it loses in heavyweight strength, Invisalign makes up for in looks. Whereas the Damon System is made from ceramic and is fairly discrete, Invisalign aligners are transparent and almost totally invisible.

A consultation with your dentist or orthodontic specialist should decide whether Invisalign or the Damon System should be your preferred treatment. It is important to remember also that the kind of treatment you use is only part of the picture. It is also important to ensure that you have a good relationship with your orthodontist so that they know exactly what you want from your treatment. If you are clear about your requirements, your orthodontist will be clear about what sort of treatment you need to achieve them.