We are pleased to offer our patients Damon Smile and have been using it for many years. However, our Damon Smile page may be a little different than other Damon website pages you visit!
We at Drs. Battistoni & Beam try, whenever possible, to incorporate an evidence-based approach to our diagnosis and treatment planning. This means treatment decisions are made based on studies that have been done in carefully controlled conditions, reviewed by expert panels, then published in peer reviewed journals.
The American Association of Orthodontists Council on Scientific Affairs recently did an extensive examination of the claims made by manufacturers of self-ligating braces (such as Damon Smile). These claims are widely touted on many orthodontic websites and provided by the marketing departments of companies that manufacture braces. Claims included faster tooth movement, less discomfort, and shorter treatment times. Unfortunately the council found that there is insufficient evidence to support the manufacturer’s claims. You can review the findings, published in a question-and-answer format in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (the official journal of the American Association of Orthodontists), here.
We use Damon Smile because we find, in our hands, it offers some clinical advantages. It’s technically easier for us to tie in certain teeth at the beginning of treatment. The bracket is small so there is less bracket to clean around. And the Damon Clear bracket is, in our opinion, by far the nicest aesthetic bracket available today.
A discussion of which bracket may be best for you or your child is part of your complimentary consultation. In the meantime, we invite you to keep in mind the bracket system is just a tool to allow your orthodontist to move teeth. Would you choose a surgeon based on the brand of instruments he/she was using?