Charlotte Orthodontist

The most common treatment for orthodontic issues is braces. Modern technology supplies sleeker, low-profile brackets and wires, which offer a more comfortable experience for patients. They are durable and capable of handling a wide variety of orthodontic problems from mild to severe. 

Damon System OrthodonticsValeriano Orthodontics offers Damon® Braces. Damon® Braces are a self-ligating, passive braces system designed to help you reach your smile goals faster, with greater comfort and a high-quality result. Dr. Valeriano is a Damon® Bracesprovider and has a high level of experience treating patients with this orthodontic technology. Damon® Braces are available with both a metal and an aesthetic option.

How Do Damon® Braces Work?

Damon® Braces brackets are placed the same way as traditional metal braces. The brackets utilize a proprietary slide mechanism to hold the archwire in place so there is no need for elastic ties. The slide mechanism creates less friction between the bracket and the wire and applies a constant force throughout treatment. Damon® Braces has innovative technology that helps you achieve your smile goals faster and easier than you ever thought possible. With Damon® Smile, patients experience a more comfortable, shorter treatment experience.


Benefits of Damon® Braces

With Damon® Braces, you don’t have elastics to hold the archwire in place. Oftentimes with traditional braces, when wires are changed and new elastics are placed on teeth, the patient will undergo a period of intense tension described as pressure on the teeth. The Damon® Braces system uses a mechanism on the bracket to hold the wire in place thereby reducing the periods of the intense tension that come with each visit. Damon® Braces offers a gentle pressure that is applied consistently and patients report a more comfortable overall experience. Other benefits include:

  • Less soreness
  • Lower profile brackets
  • Easy to clean and maintain good oral hygiene
  • Faster results than traditional braces
  • Less frequent office visits

Damon® Clear Braces

Damon® Brace Clear utilizes the same Damon® Smile system with clear brackets for the upper arch or “smile” teeth. The clear brackets function exactly like their metal counterparts. They are less visible and provide a more discreet way to straighten your smile. With Damon® Clear people may not even realize you are wearing braces.



It is important to know what foods you can eat and should avoid during orthodontic treatment. Maintaining a well-balanced, healthy diet will help you achieve optimal results after your orthodontic treatment is complete. Some healthy foods you can enjoy with braces include:

  • Milk and yogurt
  • Soft fruit
  • Cooked vegetables
  • Lean, tender meat such as chicken
  • Smooth nut spreads
  • Soft crusted bread

Foods that you should eat with caution are mostly sticky candy, crunchy chips and hard fruits or raw vegetables. These foods have a propensity to loosen bands or even pop off a bracket.


Brushing and flossing during orthodontic treatment will have a positive impact on your end results. Brushing after eating helps to remove food particles, which can create plaque and cause decay. We recommend an electronic toothbrush to help you work more efficiently.

Flossing every night before bed is a great habit to maintain during orthodontic treatment. We know flossing takes more time and patience, however daily flossing will help reduce your risk of gingivitis. Did you know that puffy and swollen gums make it harder for teeth to move and can actually lengthen your treatment duration? Dr. Valeriano recommends using a floss threader to help guide the floss under your archwire.

We promise your good oral hygiene habits will be worth it in the end!

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