Self-Ligating Braces vs Traditional Braces

Advancements in technology have led to breakthroughs in traditional treatment and new developments like Damon Braces™. Modern braces provide a better experience than ever before. These appliances feature shorter treatment times, fewer in-office appointments, and more freedom. 

So, what’s the difference between Damon Braces vs. traditional braces? Learn the answers from our experts now! 

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What Are Self-Ligating Braces?

Damon's revolutionary self-ligating mechanism adjusts automatically during your treatment without needing elastic bands. The secret to Damon's self-ligating technology is a state-of-the-art clip design that retains the position of the archwire. 

The benefits of this clip design are huge. The technology behind self-ligating braces means patients with this appliance enjoy a more comfortable and predictable treatment with fewer in-office appointments. 

Damon self-ligating braces come in clear, and metal finishes. Both of these appliances can help you completely transform your smile. Damon's clear brackets have the added advantage of providing a nearly-invisible treatment. 

We offer Damon Braces and traditional braces for kids, teens, and adults

How Are Self-Ligating Braces Different From Traditional Braces?

Both Damon Braces and traditional braces improve the alignment of your smile by applying gentle pressure. All orthodontic appliances — even clear aligners — operate using this fundamental principle for smile correction. 

Traditional braces straighten your teeth using a network of brackets, wires, and elastics. Although these components are a reliable and time-tested method of correction, some patients opt for a different treatment experience. 

Damon Braces' self-ligating bracket consistently applies pressure to your teeth. They work around the clock to expedite your treatment time without noticeable brackets or wires. 

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What Are The Pros & Cons Of Self-Ligating Braces?


  • Fewer in-office visits
  • Low profile appliances
  • Always working to improve your smile 
  • Easier to maintain and clean



  • Brackets are sometimes less durable
  • Can cost more than other braces options

How Much Do Self-Ligating Braces Cost?

Cost is one of the main factors for many people in weighing the differences between self-ligating braces vs. traditional metal braces. 

Your total cost for treatment will depend on your unique needs. At DiCiccio Freeman Orthodontics, the average cost for all orthodontic treatments is $3,500-$6,900. This is the figure before insurance, so your out-of-pocket costs may be significantly lower.

Your costs ultimately depend on the following: 

  • Case severity 
  • The timeline of your treatment 
  • How well the appliance works 
  • How much reimbursement from your insurance company. 

During your complimentary exam, we will discuss your options and find the best choice for your insurance coverage, orthodontic needs, and budget. 

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How Long is Treatment With Self-Ligating Braces?

Many factors can influence your treatment time, making it difficult to provide an average treatment time. Treatment time with self-ligating can vary from 2 to 24 months. 

A study at Temple University's School of Dentistry demonstrated that self-ligating braces improve outcomes, treatment times, and patient satisfaction, especially compared to conventional bracket systems. Self-ligating braces are always working and can shorten treatment time by as much as 6 months. 

During your complimentary exam, we will give you a more accurate treatment timeline. 

So, Damon System vs. Traditional Braces? Which is Better?

The quality of your orthodontic treatment is the most important consideration for achieving lasting results. Our experts will discuss the advantages of self-ligating braces vs. traditional braces and answer your questions during your complimentary exam. 

You deserve the comfort and confidence that comes from a beautiful smile. Schedule your complimentary exam now!