Getting braces does not have to mean a two-year commitment to pain.
Now, there is a new way to straighten teeth faster with less pain.
When Austin Everhart got his braces, he had one goal in mind, to straighten his teeth.
Austin has the Damon System a new type of braces that orthodontist Frederick Gunter says is changing the field.
“Far out and beyond what I’ve used in my practice as far as efficiency, comfort, results,” said Gunter.
The system uses alloy wires, inspired by NASA, that have a built in memory.
“The wire is actually like a space-age wire. It can be crumbled up in your hand. Let it go, and it returns back to the arch,” Gunter explained.
That allows teeth to be straightened with gentle force. The system also uses an innovative bracket instead of elastic ties.
“It has a mechanism that slides to hold the wiring in, rather than tightening the wiring in,” added Dr. Gunter.
The brackets work like a garage door. When a wire adjustment is needed, the doors slide open and the wire pops out.
Since the wires are not tied in, they can float freely to guide the teeth into place.
"I just like these braces better than the older," said Haley Hester, a patient with the new braces.
These braces straighten teeth about six months faster, result in fewer office visits and require fewer tooth extractions.
When Joanne Suzara heard about it, she was sold, “They said they would not have to take any teeth away. I thought that was a perfect plan for me,” she said excitedly.
Doctor Gunter believes in the near future, all braces will be done this way.