Why self ligation? Self ligating brackets use lower, biologically balanced forces to move teeth faster

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  • Passive Self Ligation System


    Self ligation is the next step in the clinical progression of orthodontics. Studies show it treats faster, with less pain, and with fewer appointments.

    S e l f l i g a t i n g b r a c k e t s u s e l o w e r , b i o l o g i c a l l y b a l a n c e d f o r c e s t o m o v e t e e t h f a s t e r .

    Dr. W.R. Profitt and Dr. H.W. Field concluded in a 1993 study1 that the ideal force to move teeth would be

    strong enough to move teeth, but not strong enough to cut off the vascular supply to the periodontal ligament.

    The low friction of self ligating brackets allows the use of low, continuous force wires resulting in efficient,

    comfortable tooth movement.

    R e d u c e d f r i c t i o n s p e e d s t o o t h m o v e m e n t a n d s h o r t e n s t r e a t m e n t t i m e .

    Studies have consistently shown that friction levels in traditionally ligated systems can be up to

    600X that of self ligation systems.2,3,4 The low friction of self ligating systems can shorten

    treatment times by 3 to 6 months.

    L o n g e r t r e a t m e n t i n t e r v a l s a n d s h o r t e r a p p o i n t m e n t s .

    Appointment intervals can be up to 12 weeks apart with self ligating systems. With no

    ligatures to tie, setup and maintenance appointments are often shorter and easier on staff.

    W h y s e l f l i g a t i o n ?

    W h y y o u n e e d s e l f l i g a t i o n i n y o u r p r a c t i c e

    Increased Patient Load • Shorter Office Hours

    Happier Staff • Happier Patients and Parents

  • NiTi clip for durability and flexibility

    Clip opens 90° for superior slot access

    Four slot walls for control, passive slot for low friction and optimal arch expansion

    * Vision LP is available in a corresponding Dr. Damon system as well as a corresponding Drs. McLaughlin, Bennett, Trevisi system. The American Orthodontics versions of these two systems are not claimed to be a duplication of any other, nor does American Orthodontics imply that they are endorsed in any way by Drs. Damon, McLaughlin, Bennett, or Trevisi.

    Vision LP Patent pending

    Twin tie wings

    Keeper notch in tie wing holds clip closed securely

    No bio-debris buildup for easy and reliable clip mechanismLow profile, rounded

    contours for patient comfort

    Rounded mesial, distal, and slot floor corners for reduced wire binding

    Vision LP brackets are fully passive, allowing teeth to move along the arch wire with significantly reduced friction. High, standard, and low torque options

    provide patient-customized treatment while still maintaining low friction mechanics. Coordinated VLP arch wires complement the bracket system and are

    available in a full range of materials, for all stages of treatment. Together, the Vision LP brackets, variable torques, and VLP wires of the

    Vision LP System work to maximize the benefits of passive self ligation.

    I m p r o v i n g t h e P a s s i v e s y s t e m w i t h V i s i o n L P *

    Integral hooks available on cuspids and bicuspids

  • Vision LP Damon3 MX* Damon3*

    Lower 2nd Bicuspids shown

    Passive Self Ligation System


    L o w P r o f i l e Vision LP brackets offer patients a lower profile and less bulk than Damon* brackets. Keeping brackets out of occlusion reduces the chance for bite debonding.

    I n / O u t s Lower Vision LP in/outs keep the arch wire closer to the tooth surface for enhanced mechanics.

    S l i d i n g G a t e S t y l e S p r i n g C l i p S t y l e F l i p C l i p TM S t y l e Toothbrushes cannot reach the recesses of the metal on metal sliding tracks (shown above in red) of other clip designs. Over the course of treatment, bio- debris can build up and make the clips increasingly difficult to open. Vision LP clips have only very small contact points, which are located on the face of the bracket where they are scrubbed clean every time the patient brushes.

    N o B i o - d e b r i s b i n d i n g Brackets with sliding gates or spring clips can trap bio-debris and build up calculus in their opening mechanisms, making them difficult to open. Vision LP brackets with Flip ClipTM technology solve this common problem by eliminating narrow clip tracks and rotating open instead of sliding.

    *Registered trademarks of Sybron Dental Specialties Inc.

  • R 2nd Bicuspid 1st Bicuspid Cuspid Lateral Central Central Lateral Cuspid 1st Bicuspid 2nd Bicuspid L

    EASY OPEN: Simply insert tip of opening instrument into clip notch and rotate barrel of the instrument

    EASY CLOSE: Press the clip closed with a fingernail or catch the edge of the clip with the instrument and

    click it closed

    E a s y O p e n a n d C l o s e The Vision LP clip was designed with the

    user in mind. The clip is easy to open with a simple rotation of the Vision LP instrument. Closing is a gentle “click”

    with a fingernail or the instrument.

    I n d i v i d u a l C o l o r C o d i n g Have you ever held a loose bracket and had to examine it like a detective to determine if it was a cuspid or a bicuspid? Individual color coding eliminates doubts and makes sorting

    brackets quick and accurate.

    MRTM B o n d i n g B a s e s a n d O f f s e t B i c u s p i d P a d s Using proven Maximum RetentionTM technology, Vision LP bonding bases incorporate

    80 gauge mesh on generously sized, photo etched pads, increasing surface area and mechanical retention. Compound radii closely mimic tooth shape, critical to maximizing

    bond strength. Optional offset bicuspid pads provide extra bonding security.

    Vision LP instrument #678-901

    Color codes are on distal gingival tie wings and are visible when clips are open

    Torque options are designated with an additional, occlusal color code: Red for high torque, green for low torque, while

    standard torque has no additional color code High Standard Low

  • Passive Self Ligation System


    M o r e A e s t h e t i c a n d H y g i e n i c Smaller brackets and no ligatures make Vision LP more aesthetic and hygienic than conventionally

    ligated brackets.

    M o l a r T u b e s Vision LP self ligating buccal tubes save you time and

    give you versatility when treating 1st molars.

    Tw i n D e s i g n Vision LP’s twin design allows you to use chain and other auxiliary

    forces, to offer colored ligatures, or to tie-in wires for additional finishing control.

    W i d e O p e n i n g C l i p The Vision LP clip opens 90 degrees, allowing clear visibility and access for

    easy wire changes, even in the posterior.

    S t r o n g , D u r a b l e C l i p The interplay between the keeper notch in the bracket and the carefully heat treated, nickel

    titanium clip gives Vision LP the ability to hold up to 10 pounds of outward wire force; more than enough to contain heavily torqued or rotated wires. However, the unique design of the clip’s hinge

    action requires only light, comfortable opening forces during wire changes.

  • VLP Coordinated Arch Wire


    The VLP arch form was designed to maximize the benefits of a passive self

    ligating bracket system. The slightly wider arch width in the posterior allows

    for full expression of the expansion characteristics of low friction passive

    systems. The wider arch form has the added advantage of creating more arch length, reducing the

    need for extractions due to crowding. VLP wires are available in many materials and sizes to offer

    complete latitude in treatment planning. VLP arch forms have one universal upper/lower size.

    2 mm ARCH STOPS Prevent “wire creep” on non- dimpled arch wires. Crimp a stop at the midline or use on either side of a central bracket.

    851-750 10 pcs/pkg

    Suggested Wire Sequencing for Vis ion LP .022 Slot


    STAGE 1 Initial .014 HA .014 HA

    STAGE 2 Torque Control .014 x .025 HA .014 x .025 HA

    STAGE 2 Continued .018 x .025 HA .018 x .025 HA

    STAGES 3&4 Finishing .019 x .025 SS POSTED .016 x .025 SS POSTED

    2 mm SURGICAL HOOKS Conveniently place a hook, as needed, anywhere on the arch wire.

    851-623C 10 pcs/pkg

    1 Profitt, W. R., and Field, H. W., Contemporary Orthodontics (Mosby, 1993) pp. 266-288. 2 Damon, D. H: “The Damon Low Friction Bracket: A Biologically Compatible Straight-Wire System.” Journal of Clinical Orthodontics, 11 (1998) 670-680. 3 Kapur, R., Sinha, P., Nanda, R.: “Frictional Resistance of the Damon SL Bracket. “ Journal of Clinical Orthodontics, 8 (1998) 485-489. 4 Thomas, S., Sheriff, M., Birnie, D.: “A comparative in vitro study of the frictional characteristics of two types of self-ligating brackets and two types of pre-adjusted edgewise brackets tied with elastomeric ligatures.” European Journal of Orthodontics, 20 (1998) 589-596.

    Heat Act ivated Wire

    American Orthodontics’ premium heat activated wire, Therma-Ti TM, offers

    the latest in arch wire technology. The enhanced alloy characteristics of

    Therma-Ti produce a wire with biologically optimal unloading forces that

    are light, continuous, and consistent - perfect for today’s longer treatment

    intervals. Because it is soft at room temperature, Therma-Ti is very easy to

    ligate, even into the most malposed teeth, but exhibits superior resistance