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
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
buildup for easy
and reliable clip
mechanismLow profile, rounded
contours for patient
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 *
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
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
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
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.
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
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