The Truth About Self-ligating Brackets

Choosing and buying brackets can be confusing. How do you weigh quality with price? Can patients tell the difference? What feels best in your hands or on their teeth? What type is the most aesthetic? Much of it comes down to preference; however, you can't determine your preference until you have all the facts, so here we have surveyed several orthodontic companies, asking all about their self-ligating bracket systems, making it easier than ever to find the system right for you.

3M Unitek
  • Established: 1902
  • Business Philosophy: 3M continually seeks ways to sustain and improve quality and product consistency, and constantly delivers new solutions designed to provide more efficient performance.
  • What to Expect in the Future: A continuing commitment to providing high quality education opportunities for all areas of the self-ligating specialty, including doctor and staff users meetings, online education and orthodontic residency programs.
  • Patents: APC Adhesive Coated Appliance System
  • Self-ligating Brackets: Clarity SL, SmartClip SL3
  • Contact: 800-634-5300 or
American Orthodontics
  • Established: 1968
  • Business Philosophy: American Orthodontic's (AO) main focus is to provide the best value to its customers so they can change the lives of patients by improving their smiles and their self-esteem. It also takes pride in keeping much of its labor and manufacturing within the United States.
  • What to Expect in the Future: AO is actively adding parts to its self-ligating product lines, including a variety of prescriptions, as well as cosmetic options.
  • Patents: A dual-activation feature – the option of a fully interactive self-ligating system or the hybrid interactive anterior/fully passive posterior system.
  • Self-ligating Brackets: T3, Empower
  • Contact: 920-457-5051 or
Dentaurum USA
  • Established: 1886
  • Business Philosophy: Dentaurum is a family business committed to providing the best service, quality and innovation possible for all its customers. While focused on creating an economically strong and healthy business for future generations, it is also committed to respecting the environment and staying true to its principles of ethics, equal treatment, tolerance and respect.
  • What to Expect in the Future: The launching of Discovery Pearl in the fall, which is a brand new ceramic bracket line with the same low-profile design and fit of the SS brackets. Also, new developments to the self-ligating bracket line which will be released in 2012.
  • Self-ligating Bracket: Discovery SL
  • Contact: 49-0-7231-803245 or
DENTSPLY GAC International
  • Established: 1943
  • Business Philosophy: DENTSPLY GAC represents quality and remains dedicated to its customers and to the pursuit of optimal orthodontic treatment through ongoing research and development.
  • Self-ligating Brackets: In-Ovation R, In-Ovation C, In- Ovation L, MTM NoTrace
  • Contact: 800-645-5530 or
  • Established: 1965
  • Business Philosophy: DynaFlex is focused on providing high quality orthodontic appliances and products at an exceptional value. Focused on Midwest values, DynaFlex will always provide personal service and attention.
  • Self-ligating Brackets: Revolution
  • Contact: 866-346-5665 or
Forestadent USA
  • Established: 1907, 1995 (in U.S.)
  • Business Philosophy: Forestadent takes a customer-oriented approach to business. It focuses on the development of relationships and precision engineering.
  • Patents: Hook-style base for increased bond strength, and inverse hook-style base for splinter-free bonding
  • Self-ligating Brackets: BioQuick, QuicKlear, BioPassive, 2D Lingual
  • Contact: 800-721-4904 or
Ormco Corp
  • Established: 1960
  • Business Philosophy: Ormco stands for continuously improving the health, beauty and youthful appearance of patients through progressive orthodontic technology.
  • Self-ligating Brackets: Damon Clear, Damon 3, Damon Q, Damon 3MX
  • Contact: 800-854-1741 or
Ortho Classic
  • Established: 1963
  • Business Philosophy: Ortho Classic is committed to high quality products which undergo rigorous inspections and constant quality checks. It believes high quality does not always have to mean high price.
  • Patents: Rotating Cap
  • Self-ligating Bracket: Tenbrook T1
  • Contact: 866-752-0065 or
Ortho Organizers
  • Established: 1976
  • Business Philosophy: Ortho Organizers is committed to people; this commitment means playing a significant role in increasing public awareness of the aesthetic and general health benefits of orthodontic treatment and providing products and services that enhance the patient's orthodontic experience.
  • Self-ligating Bracket: Carriere SL
  • Contact: 800-547-2000 or
Ortho Technology
  • Established: 1991
  • Business Philosophy: Ortho Technology is committed to offering innovative and unique products that orthodontic professionals worldwide can trust; and is committed to quality and customer service.
  • Patents: Convertible clip
  • Self-ligating Bracket: Lotus Plus
  • Contact: 813-991-5896 or
TP Orthodontics
  • Established: 1942
  • Business Philosophy: TP Orthodontics is committed to providing customers with high quality products at a good value while meeting the needs of the patient – especially those looking for a comprehensive aesthetic treatment solution.
  • What to Expect in the Future: Continued expansion of the aesthetic product line through the latest advancements in materials.
  • Self-ligating Bracket: Click-It
  • Contact: 209-368-7545 or
This is not a comprehensive list of self-ligating brackets or the companies which produce them.
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