Damon Q Braces are made of stainless steel and offer the most strength and durability. Meanwhile, Damon Clear Brackets are the most aesthetic option within the Damon System because these braces are barely noticeable! Whichever option you choose, you will get all of the Damon System benefits!
To learn more about the Damon System including Damon Q Braces and Damon Clear Brackets, visit the Damon System portion of our website.
Invisalign has a specific product designed specifically for teens, Invisalign Teen. This version of Invisalign includes compliance indicator dots that will let parents and Dr. Prose know if the patient wore the aligners for the prescribed number of hours. Invisalign teen also comes with a couple of free aligner replacements.
To continue learning about Invisalign for all ages and Invisalign Teen, visit the Invisalign section of our website.
Itero Digital Imaging
iTero Impressionless Scanners have several benefits over traditional impressions. First, a patient’s movement does not distort the scan while eliminating the invasiveness and discomfort caused by impressions. Second, the real-time digital display of scans allows for immediate adjustment, assuring accurate scans the first time. Finally, the image quality of impressionless scans is superior to conventional impressions.
Life With Braces
- Sticky: Gum, caramel, tootsie rolls, peanut butter, toffee, taffy, granola bars, frozen candy bars
- Hard: Apples, carrots and other raw vegetables, chewing ice, nuts
- Crunchy: Popcorn, chips, hard tacos, celery
- Tough: Bagels, corn on the cob, sandwiches, steak, ribs, beef jerky
- General Soreness
Brushing and Flossing
Especially during orthodontic treatment, brush your teeth four times daily to avoid the accumulation of food particles in your teeth and braces:
- In the morning after breakfast
- After lunch or right after school
- After supper
- At bedtime
Use the reusable floss threader provided by our office to floss under your archwire daily. Pull a small length of floss from the dispenser through the threader and slide it up and down along the front of each tooth. You will be able to feel when the tooth is clean and hear the squeak of the floss against your clean teeth. Use care around your archwire and do not floss too forcefully around it or put too much pressure on it. After you floss between your archwire and braces, floss between your other teeth and gums.
If you are flossing without the floss threader, pull a small length of floss from the dispenser. Wrap the ends of the floss tightly around your middle fingers. Guide the floss between all teeth to the gum line, pulling out food particles or plaque. Unwrap clean floss from around your fingers as you go, so that you have used the floss from beginning to end when you finish. Floss behind all of your back teeth.
Floss at night to make sure your teeth are clean before you go to bed. When you first begin flossing around your braces, your gums may bleed a little. If the bleeding does not go away after the first few times, inform a staff member at your next appointment.
Life After Braces
For your upper retainer:
Clear Essix retainer – is a removable clear plastic-type material that fits over your teeth like a glove. Besides preventing your teeth from moving, they also help protect your enamel from being worn down from minor grinding.
For your lower teeth:
Lower Bonded Wire – is a small wire that is bonded to the back or tongue-side of your lower front teeth. It is not noticeable to others, is comfortable, and will hold your lower teeth in place without having to wear an additional removable retainer.