Traditional Metal Braces

Damon System

Tie-less braces that don’t need to be “tightened” and are gentle to the teeth and tissues. High-technology, memory-shape wires that quickly move teeth and require fewer adjustment.

Clinically proven advantages

– Extraordinary results for smiles and faces
– Fast treatment time and few office visits
– Outstanding comfort with no tightening
– No headgear or tooth extractions in most cases
– Easy to keep clean

The Damon® System employs a unique treatment philosophy that goes beyond straight teeth to create broad beautiful smiles. We take into account each patients’ face, profile and other factors, anticipating what patients will look like in their 40’s, 50’s and beyond.

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Retainers and Appliances

Types of appliances

Palatal expander:

Palatal expansion can be used effectively to treat crossbite and crowding problems; for expansion a palatal expander (removable or fixed) is used to enlarge the maxillary dental arch.

Forsus appliances:

Forsus is used to correct class two overbite allowing the patient the ability to correct overbites quicker and with less compliance.

Carriere distalizer:

The Carriere Distalizer is used to provide a rotation movement of the maxillary first molars around their palatal root at the time that they receive a distalization impulse.


An elastic is a small rubber band used to attach to your braces in a certain configuration/shape.


Separators are small elastics (rubber bands) that are first stretched out with a special separator instrument. Then, they are simply flossed into the contact where space is needed.

Reverse pull
headgear Device

Facemask or reverse-pull headgear is an orthodontic appliance typically used in growing patients to correct underbites by pulling forward and assisting the growth of the upper jaw allowing it to catch up to the size of the lower jaw

Temporary Anchorage
Device (TAD)

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TAD) are defined as implants that are removed after being used for anchorage.

Habit Appliances
thumb, tongue, etc)

Habit appliances are used to repress and eventually eliminate the habit of tongue thrusting and thumb sucking which causes anterior flare.They are also used to help intrude posterior teeth.

Orthopedic Appliances
(Bionators, Schwartz)

The Bionator appliance is a reliable and removable functional appliance used to correct a severe overjet. The Schwartz appliance is an upper or lower removable appliance (similar to a regular retainer) worn to expand your arches and teeth.

Lingual holding arch

A lingual arch is an orthodontic device which connects two molars in the upper or lower dental arch. The lower lingual arch (LLA) has an archwire adapted to the lingual side of the lower teeth.

Space maintainers

A removable space maintainer looks like a retainer, however there are several types of space maintainers; a space maintainer is made of stainless steel and/or plastic; it can be removable or fixed, and used in different parts of the mouth.

Nance Appliance

The Nance Appliance is used to prevent upper molars from rotating or moving forward after extraction of primary teeth or during your orthodontic treatment.

Retainers and Instructions

Retainers are mostly used as the last phase of the orthodontic treatment; their function is to keep your teeth in new position after wearing braces. There are different types of retainers, your orthodontist will tell you which the right one is and how long will you need to wear it:

Pros and Cons:
They are held, glued in place so your teeth can’t move to a previous position.
Not visible from the outside.
Flossing between the teeth could be a little difficult.
Oral care could take longer.

Removable retainers come in two forms: clear plastic or Essix retainers, and metal-acrylic or Hawley Retainers

Pros and Cons:
Simple to use, no problems to brush or floss your teeth
Noticeably visible from the outside
They need to be taken off when eating or playing some activities increasing risks of oversight or loss.

Essix style orthodontic appliances are also sometimes referred to as “invisible” retainers because they’re made using clear plastic. These retainers are designed to maintain the new position of your teeth. They look very similar to Invisalign® aligners.

Pros: Virtually invisible on the teeth; less expensive than traditional removable retainers.
Cons: Does not allow the teeth to touch in a natural way. Wears out after a few years. Can be difficult to keep the interior surfaces clean. Traps liquid against the teeth.

Unlike other traditional clear retainers, Vivera retainers are made with the same state-of-the-art technology as Invisalign® aligners, custom made from an impression or scan of your teeth is the only orthodontic retainer on the market that does not require an alginate impression (mouth full of putty). Invisalign sends you 4 sets of clear retainers that are created from your final iTero scan.

Pros: thicker and more durable, It also reduces the risk of the retainer cracking or breaking; precise fit and therefore more comfortable fit.
Cons: Any major dental work (veneers, crowns) can affect the fit of all the retainers and require new impressions, retainers and fees
Failure to wear as instructed may cause sufficient relapse to require new impressions, retainers and fees

They are the most used type of retainers for upper teeth. This type of retainer is made of bendable wire and acrylic or plastic. The most noticeable feature of a Hawley retainer is the bow wire that runs across the front of the teeth, and the acrylic is molded to fit perfectly inside the mouth. The plastic body remains well hidden. Sometimes it’s constructed using plastic that has bold colors or a personalized design.

Pros: it is adjustable and can be removed for cleaning. Also can be repaired (either its wire or plastic components).
Cons: It is very noticeable. You might lisp at first when wearing it.

Retention is the phase of orthodontic treatment aimed at maintaining the teeth in the corrected positions. The most common problem with all orthodontic treatment is a tendency for the teeth to return to their initial position.

After your braces have been removed your orthodontic treatment isn’t quite completed. It is very important to wear your retainers according to your doctors’ recommendations to preserve all your efforts and to avoid the teeth move back. The following instructions for the care and use of your retainers will help you to maintain your straight, beautiful smile.
– Wear your retainer at all times and removes it only when brushing and flossing your teeth unless your doctor gives you other instructions.
– Clean the retainer thoroughly once a day with a toothbrush and toothpaste. Use warm but not hot water. Brushing retainers removes the plaque, and eliminates odors.
– Do not boil the retainer to clean it, the appliance will melt or wrap if it gets hot. Do not wash it in dishwasher or the microwave, either.
– When it’s not in your mouth always keep retainers in its protective case.
– Keep retainers away from all animals-dogs, cats, etc. Animals like to eat retainers.
– Initially, you may find it difficult to speak. Practice speaking, reading, or singing out loud to get used to it faster. It is very important you try to keep the retainers in as much as possible during this period.
– If your retainer gets lost or broken or you believe it needs adjusting please contact us immediately. Do not try to adjust it yourself!
– Remove your retainers for sports, swimming, singing etc. Always remember to replace them as soon as you are finished the activity.
– Do not flip the retainer with your tongue. This could damage your teeth.
– Always bring your retainer to your appointments.