Types of Braces

Orthodontic Treatment Options in Las Vegas

The UNLV Orthodontic Clinic offers a wide range of affordable orthodontic treatment options in Las Vegas. We believe every person deserves a healthy smile, so we are proud to provide our community with not just affordable care, but excellent care. We use the latest available treatment options from regular braces to clear, removable aligners like Invisalign.

Years ago, patients had only one choice for braces, the iconic fixed metal braces bonded to the teeth, but so much has improved with technology. There are now many different types of orthodontic treatment options, so we help patients determine the best options for their smile and they can choose the best fit for their lifestyle. 

It is important to know that there are two main types of orthodontic appliances used today:

  • Fixed appliances
  • Removable appliances

Traditional metal braces are the most commonly used fixed appliances that are permanently affixed to the teeth for the duration of the treatment process using special cement. Removable appliances on the other hand, like transparent aligners, are designed to be worn for a set number of hours each day and can be removed by the wearer as needed. Removable appliances can be used to treat many orthodontic problems running the gamut from mild to moderate. However, fixed appliances are usually needed for more complex problems. 

Metal Braces

feature_tobCompared to the metal braces used in the past, today's modern metal braces are smaller, more attractive and more comfortable. Made of high quality stainless steel, metal braces are the most common type of fixed appliances. These braces feature metal bands and brackets that are bonded to the teeth. A thin archwire runs through the brackets to gently move teeth into the desired position prescribed by the orthodontist. The archwire can be fixed to the brackets by elastics, metal ties or other types of clasps.

Metal braces are affordable, reliable and effective. This is why these braces remain popular today among patients of all ages. Patients wearing metal braces may be able to personalize their treatment by using colorful elastics to make treatment more fun.


Clear Braces

feature_clarityTransparent ceramic braces are far less noticeable than traditional metal braces, making them popular among image-conscious patients. Ceramic braces use the same technology as conventional braces except the brackets are made of a translucent material so they blend in with the natural color of the teeth. Because ceramic braces are hardly noticeable, many adults choose this treatment option. 

There are a few drawbacks to ceramic braces to be aware of. For one thing, the brackets are not as durable as metal brackets due to them being made from a ceramic material. These braces are also more costly than their metal counterparts and the elastic bands used with ceramic braces can become stained between orthodontic visits. However, in spite of these disadvantages, many patients choose ceramic braces because they appreciate how discreet this treatment option is. 

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces utilize a unique self-ligation technique that uses lighter forces and reduced friction to result in more comfortable and shorter treatment. Self-ligating braces eliminate the need for elastics or metal ties as the specially designed brackets hold the archwire in place using built-in clips. This allows the archwire to move smoothly through the brackets for efficient and comfortable tooth movement. Because self-ligating braces work very efficiently, fewer adjustments are required, making this a convenient treatment option. And since self-ligating braces use no ties and the brackets are small, it is easy to maintain proper oral hygiene throughout the treatment process. All the benefits of self-ligating braces contribute to a faster, more comfortable and pleasant treatment process. 

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The UNLV Orthodontic Clinic is home to some of the most highly qualified orthodontic faculty and talented residents. Under the watchful eye of our expert faculty, our students provide high quality orthodontic treatment at reduced rates. We use the latest available orthodontic technology to diagnose, plan and treat patients of all ages.  We are conveniently located in North Las Vegas, so an appointment with us is never far away. Please contact us and we will be happy to help you schedule your first appointment. We look forward to meeting you soon! 



What makes the Damon System different?

img_damon_03Tie-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.

A clinically proven treatment approach that aligns teeth and enhances facial aesthetics - usually without extractions or rapid palatal expanders.

Fast treatment time and few office visits

With the Damon® System, treatment time is typically shorter than with traditional braces. Shorter treatment time means fewer appointments and a beautiful smile...faster. You may be surprised at how fast.

Beautiful faces and beautiful smiles

img_damon_04The 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.

Outstanding comfort

The days of having braces tightened are over. The Damon® System uses tie-less brackets that reduce the pressure on your teeth, allowing them to move more comfortably to their correct positions. This innovative approach to orthodontics ensures greater comfort throughout treatment.

For people of all ages

img_damon_08Straight teeth and a beautiful smile can enhance self-esteem and self-confidence at any age, plus improve overall oral health. Ask your orthodontist how you can benefit from the Damon® System. It's never too late to look and feel great.

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

Damon® 3 Brackets

img_damon_01The Damon® 3 bracket offers several benefits for patients. It is made from stainless steel for stability and a clear material for aesthetics. The rounded structure improves patient comfort while maintaining overall performance.

The Damon® 3 System uses a self-ligation technique using lighter wires and lower friction brackets to move teeth, resulting in faster treatment times. Its slide mechanism, strong mechanical base, bonding and solid wall structure control tooth movement with speed and efficiency.

In addition to greater comfort, the Damon® System makes it easier to maintain good oral hygiene because the brackets are easier to keep clean. This contributes to greater overall health, happiness and physical attractiveness for the duration of treatment.

Damon® 3MX Brackets

Exceptional Strength for Extraordinary Performance

img_Damon3MX_bracket_openclosedExperience the extraordinary strength and performance of the all-metal Damon® 3MX passive self-ligation bracket. Part of the clinically proven Damon System, the Damon® 3MX features a body of beautifully sculpted steel that elevates results and efficiency to an entirely new level.

  • Passive self-ligation technology minimizes archwire friction, facilitating faster tooth movement
  • Award-winning stainless steel metal-injection molding for exceptional strength and durability
  • Easy-to-use slide mechanism with deep funnel and backstop for quick wire changes
  • Four solid walls for fast, low-friction tooth movement and control
  • Smooth slot corners for reduced binding even in severe deflections
  • Ultra-smooth contours and rounded edges for maximum patient comfort and improved hygiene
  • Rhomboid-shaped bracket and pad with vertical scribe line for fast and accurate placement
  • Contoured base design for strong, reliable bond retention
  • Convenient vertical slot for removable drop-in hooks and other auxiliaries to improve treatment flexibility and ensure patient comfort

Damon® Q Braces

img_damon_02In an effort to provide our patients with the very latest in orthodontics, we are proud to offer new Damon® Q braces: the all-new, all-metal, self-ligating braces system that goes above and beyond to increase patient comfort and reduce overall treatment time while straightening your teeth.

Damon® Q represents the latest advances to the revolutionary Damon® self-ligating braces system, featuring brackets made entirely of high-grade stainless steel, making them strong and extremely durable. The brackets also have smoother, more rounded corners to help provide greater comfort for the patient and to appear even less noticeable than normal Damon® braces! Damon® Q braces feature removable positioning gauges to help ensure your orthodontist places the brackets in the perfect position to give you a great-looking smile! If you want a beautiful smile with the least amount of treatment time, please contact us for more information on the latest revolution in self-ligating braces: Damon® Q!

Damon® Clear Brackets

More than meets the eye

img_DamonClear_bracketIntroducing Damon® Clear – the passive self-ligating bracket whose beauty is more than skin deep. Damon® Clear combines the look and comfort image-conscious patients demand with the strength and functionality discriminating clinicians need. Validated by multi-site in vivo studies and third-party university research, Damon® Clear is more than meets the eye.

  • Completely aesthetic passive self-ligation bracket with unparalleled design
  • Polycrystalline alumina (PCA) material is resistant to staining from coffee, mustard, red wine and other agents
  • Eliminates the need for elastomerics, which stain and collect bacteria during treatment
  • Advanced passive self-ligation technology with low ligation force, minimizing frictional resistance for more efficient tooth movement

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