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.
- 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
- Patents: APC Adhesive Coated Appliance System
- Self-ligating Brackets: Clarity SL, SmartClip SL3
- Contact: 800-634-5300 or www.3munitek.com
- 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 www.americanortho.com
DENTSPLY GAC International
- 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 www.dentaurum.com
- 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 www.gacintl.com
- 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 www.dynaflex.com
- 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,
- Contact: 800-721-4904 or www.forestadentusa.com
- 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,
- Contact: 800-854-1741 or www.ormco.com
- 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 www.orthoclassic.com
- 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
- Self-ligating Bracket: Carriere SL
- Contact: 800-547-2000 or www.orthoorganizers.com
- 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 www.orthotechnology.com
This is not a comprehensive list of self-ligating brackets or the companies
which produce them.
- 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
- What to Expect in the Future: Continued expansion of
the aesthetic product line through the latest advancements
- Self-ligating Bracket: Click-It
- Contact: 209-368-7545 or www.tportho.com
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