The Ormco Damon Ultima System comprises passive self-ligation (PSL) braces technology. The fully reengineered bracket and wire integrated system is the first true full-expression orthodontic system, according to the company, designed for faster and more precise finishing by providing orthodontists with earlier and precise control of rotation, angulation, and torque. The system also is designed to deliver the Damon Smile with fewer appointments and better patient comfort, Ormco said.
“We are thrilled with the technological breakthroughs made in developing the Damon Ultima System as part of our commitment to help orthodontists resolve the wire-bracket slop issue that they have been working around for decades,” said Jeff Kappler, president of Ormco and senior vice president of the Envista Holdings Corporation.
“Orthodontists can now achieve earlier precise control with rotations completed in the first Damon Ultima round-sided rectangular wire and full expression with the second Damon Ultima wire with lighter forces. In the Ultima clinical study of approximately 133 patients across eight US orthodontic treatment offices, we have seen earlier rotational control in 98.8% of patients to date,” Kappler said.
The Damon Ultima System features a unique round-sided rectangular wire and a parallelogram-shaped slot in the bracket designed to fit together precisely to virtually eliminate play, Ormco said. Its unique design gives orthodontists precise control to move teeth more efficiently and reliably with gentler forces to help orthodontists finish faster with better patient comfort, the company said.
Damon Ultima brackets are available in neutral, retrocline, and procline options for enhanced torque control. Brackets are designed from the center point of the slot to line up with the FA point to express the desired torque and provide easier and more precise placement. Larger size and different material Damon Ultima archwires are available for more torque control for challenging transverse or leveling, Ormco said.
“It was really exciting to see and experience for the first time ever a full expression orthodontic system with my patients,” said Dr. Mike Bicknell, an Ultima clinical study investigator and orthodontist in practice for almost 20 years. “I am seeing an unparallel level of control that I’ve not seen before and much earlier in treatment. I can now treat patients who used to take 18 or more months and complete their treatment more efficiently and with less discomfort in 12 months or less.”
“After 52 years, I have finally been able to solve the problem with the significant play of the wire in the bracket slot that has often created excessive forces when bending arch wires to compensate,” said Dr. Dwight Damon, creator of the Damon Ultima System.
“As the inventor of Damon Braces and pioneer of passive self-ligation appliances, the ability to transform orthodontic treatment using PSL as an alternative to conventional braces is now fully realized to the level I have always dreamed of. The Damon Ultima system is the epitome of reinventing how a special designed bracket and archwire assembly work together, providing orthodontists with ultimate control to deliver to patients the beautiful, healthy Damon Smile in months, not years, using biological sensible forces,” Damon said.