Article: Volume 8 Number 1 Page 28 - January 2015

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  Orth Update 2015; 8: 28-32

Orthodontics:  Clinical Efficacy of the Damon (Self-Ligation) System in a Borderline Case

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Abstract: For many years, orthodontists have ligated brackets with wire or elastomeric ties. Much of our treatment planning and mechanics have been dictated by a mechanical system incorporating significant amounts of friction. This article will present a nearly friction free system using high-tech brackets and wires, which is claimed to reduce the need for auxiliary expanders significantly.

Clinical relevance: Self-ligation systems have the advantage of low friction mechanics; this may produce significant expansion in the premolar and molar regions. In addition, very low forces for orthodontic tooth movement are applied when compared to conventional brackets.

Author notes: Jigar R Doshi, MDS, Reader, Department of Orthodontics, Kalyani Trivedi, MDS, Professor and HOD, Department of Orthodontics, Darshan Dental College and Hospital and Tarulatha Shyagali, MDS, Reader, Department of Orthodontics, Darshan Dental College and Hospital, Rajasthan, India.

Objective: To outline a self-ligation system used in a borderline orthodontic case.

Kavo Kerr