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You only get one set of permanent teeth, so it only makes sense to make sure that you do all that you can to preserve them. This can mean avoiding tooth extraction whenever possible by the use of orthodontic treatment.
Dentists, and even orthodontists, learned that the best treatment for overcrowded teeth was to pull one or more, or extract them, to make room for the other teeth. However, for every action, there is a reaction. Even though tooth extraction can minimize crowding, there can be negative results with teeth shifting out of position and creating improper tooth alignment, which can and will affect the bite. It is unfortunate, but the negative results aren’t always discussed.
Orthodontic treatment reduces the need for tooth extraction. Your orthodontist may recommend a self-ligation braces bracket system called Damon System braces. These types of braces deliver faster treatment, greater comfort and consistent results.
Damon braces are “tie-less” and use a slide mechanism that eliminates the need for elastic or metal ties that require tightening. This allows the teeth to move freely. The system’s high-tech, shape-memory wires move teeth with fewer adjustments and aligns teeth usually without tooth extraction or rapid palatal expanders.
If you’d like to know more about the Damon system, reach out to the orthodontists at the Airway & Sleep Group.