Damon™ Braces vs. Traditional Braces: Which is Better?

Braces are a reliable and efficient way to achieve a beautiful smile. In recent years, braces technology has advanced to provide patients with multiple treatment options. With so many choices, you may wonder, “What’s the difference between Damon Braces and traditional braces?”

Let’s look at these two different braces options and how they can help you get a healthier smile.

The journey toward the smile of your dreams starts when you schedule your first visit. We will complete an oral exam, discuss your orthodontic goals, and review your treatment options. 

Come see what makes Palmetto Family Orthodontics the top braces provider in Greenville and Spartanburg!

What’s the Difference Between Damon and Traditional Braces?

Traditional braces use brackets, wires, and elastics to straighten your teeth. While this is a reliable and effective method, Damon Braces provide an innovative option for patients seeking a simplified system that reduces the number of check-in visits during treatment. 

Instead of using rubber bands to move your teeth, Damon Braces use a “self-ligating” technology that applies ultra-light pressure to the wires and brackets and gradually guides your teeth into the desired position. The “self-ligating” braces apply consistent pressure to your teeth so you will need fewer adjustments during your treatment.

If you still want a pop of color, we can use colorful o-ties on your brackets to give you a customized and stylish look!

Pros and Cons of Damon Braces vs. Traditional Braces

Orthodontists use traditional metal braces to provide consistent and efficient results. Innovations in metal technology have made metal braces smaller, lighter, and more comfortable than ever. Depending on your needs, you may need to visit our office every 4-10 weeks for adjustments.

Pros of traditional braces:

  • Effective for complex issues
  • Often a good option for children
  • Reliable and consistent results
  • Durable materials
  • Cost-effective

Cons of traditional braces:

  • Can collect food particles
  • Require careful brushing and flossing
  • Temporary tenderness after first placed and adjustments

Discover how traditional braces can help you achieve a healthier smile during your free exam!

Damon Braces use an exciting new “self-ligating” technology that doesn’t require rubber bands, making it one of the most popular new treatment options.

Pros of Damon Braces:

  • Fewer check-in visits for adjustments
  • Clear bracket option provides a discreet look
  • More gentle pressure
  • Easier to clean
  • Less friction

Cons of Damon Braces:

  • Visible metal wire
  • Treatment time is not necessarily shorter
  • Potential irritation

Damon Braces Cost vs Traditional Braces

The total cost of your treatment will depend on various factors, including:

  • The severity of your case
  • Your treatment timeline
  • Your compliance with treatment instructions
  • Your insurance coverage and payment method


That said, you can expect the cost of Damon Braces to be about the same as traditional braces, which averages between $3,000 and $7,000.

During your free exam, we will review your insurance coverage, payment options, and treatment cost.

Treatment Time: Damon Braces vs Traditional Braces

Your treatment time will depend on your orthodontic condition and compliance with the treatment plan. A study by the Bristol Dental Hospital and School in England found that Damon Braces require fewer visits and may work more quickly than traditional braces.

Some patients report that their Damon Braces shortened their potential treatment timeline by six months.

We’ll Help you Learn the Difference Between Damon and Traditional Braces!

At Palmetto Family Orthodontics, the long-term health of your smile is our top priority. We have provided the best braces treatment to many people across The Upstate!


During your free braces exam, we will introduce ourselves, give you an office tour, examine your teeth, and discuss your treatment options! We can’t wait to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!