At the UNLV Orthodontic Clinic, we offer a variety of orthodontic treatments to our patients. Learn more about the types of braces we offer, then schedule a free consultation!

Types of Braces

High-Quality Orthodontic Treatment in Las Vegas, NV

At the UNLV Orthodontic Clinic, we believe everyone deserves to have a beautiful, healthy smile they can feel proud of. Serving patients in the greater Las Vegas area, we offer personalized comprehensive orthodontic treatments which suit each patient's specific needs and lifestyle. Thanks to advances in modern orthodontic technology, our doctors provide a wide range of treatment options for our patients. Of the many treatment options; however, orthodontic braces are the most common.

Types of Orthodontic Appliances

While there are many treatments on the market, most orthodontic treatments fit into one of two categories:

  • Fixed Appliances
  • Removable Appliances 

Fixed appliances include any appliances that are attached to the teeth through orthodontic cement and aren't removable, with the most common being traditional metal braces. Removable appliances are made to be worn for a specified number of hours each day and can be taken out of the mouth, with the most popular example being Invisalign and ClearCorrect. Both fixed and removable appliances have unique benefits and advantages, and your Las Vegas orthodontist will help you decide on the ideal treatment for you.

Metal Braces in Las Vegas

feature_tobDespite the alternatives on the market, metal braces are still the most popular treatment we offer. Compared to the metal braces used in the past, today's modern metal braces are smaller, more attractive, and more comfortable than ever, offering a reliable and convenient treatment option. 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 one of the most cost-effective treatments on the market, and they're a reliable treatment for virtually every orthodontic condition. This is why these braces remain popular today among patients of all ages. We can even personalize your metal braces treatment with colorful elastics to make treatment more fun!

Clear Braces

feature_clarityClear braces are similar to metal braces and use the same mechanism of brackets and wires to straighten teeth, with one important difference: instead of stainless steel, the brackets are made from a clear ceramic material that blends in with teeth, making them far less noticeable than traditional metal braces. This makes clear braces popular among image-conscious patients. Because ceramic braces are hardly noticeable, many adults choose this treatment option.

That said, ceramic braces come with a few drawbacks. 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. Your Las Vegas orthodontic specialist will work with you to help you decide if metal braces or clear braces are the right options for your orthodontic treatment.

Self-Ligating Braces

Another advanced option for orthodontic treatment that we offer at our Las Vegas orthodontic office is the Damon System, also known as self-ligating braces. Self-ligating braces utilize a unique self-ligation technique that uses lighter forces and reduced friction to offer a 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 of this increased efficiency of tooth movement, self-ligating braces require fewer adjustments during treatment, making for a more convenient treatment option overall. Self-ligating brackets are also smaller and less noticeable than traditional braces because they don't require metal ties, making them less noticeable and making it easier to maintain proper oral hygiene during treatment. Finally, self-ligating brackets move teeth more efficiently and faster, resulting in a shorter overall orthodontic treatment time. All the benefits of self-ligating braces contribute to a faster, more comfortable and pleasant treatment process.

Benefits of Self-Ligating Damon Braces

  • 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.
  • 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.

Types of Damon Braces

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

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

In 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

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

Schedule a Free Consultation with Your Las Vegas Orthodontist

We're proud to offer a wide range of orthodontic treatments to our patients, making it easy to find the perfect treatment for your unique needs and lifestyle. We strive to offer personalized treatment at our office, so our Las Vegas orthodontist will work closely with you to help you decide on the ideal treatment for your situation. If you're ready to find out which treatment is right for you and start towards your own brand new smile, we're excited to help you. Take the first step: schedule a free consultation online today!