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Fixed Appliances aka "Braces"

The braces we recommend have been carefully chosen for their effectiveness, ease of use and care, durability and quality. Please read about your choices so that we can decide together which is the right option for you or your child.

Damon System Braces

damon-system-braces-nj-new-jerseyNotice the “ask for it by name” kicker in the ad? That’s America for you. Always the latest in fashion…

Named for the orthodontist that developed it, the Damon bracket is a "self-ligating" bracket with a gate that closes over the wire to form a square tube around the wire. This allows the wire to slide through it quite freely.

The benefit is that it uses extremely light forces to move the teeth. We’ve known that light forces move teeth the fastest ever since the Australian orthodontist, P. Raymond Begg introduced his Lightwire Technique in the 1940’s, but to listen to the ads, you’d think Damon invented it. Modern metallurgy has brought us flexible wires made of nickel-titanium (and other similar compounds) that do allow for very gentle forces (just a few ounces of pressure – like pressing your finger on your arm just enough to push in the skin). Contrary to common sense, we have found that gentle pressures work far better, and much more comfortably, than hard pressures when moving teeth. THAT is the secret to this “system”.

If you can't tell, I'm as suspicious of marketing hype as the next guy, and this brand was heavily marketed to the public and the profession as "magic" - a tactic the company now regrets. In fact, I stayed away from it for just that reason.
damon-system-braces-nj-new-jersey-2I have to say, now that I am using it (since 2008), it does work amazingly well and I do most of my cases with it. It works especially well with very crowded teeth. I can most often uncrowd them without having to extract some of them. But because of the large “tube” effect, it requires some extra effort to get precise control of the tooth (always a blessing and a curse with every technique).

damon-system-braces-nj-new-jersey-3It also comes in a clear version for a more "mature" look. For more information: Damon Braces

Insignia: Customized Braces

insignia-braces-new-jersey-njThe newest trend in orthodontics is to have computers build brackets and wires specifically to match your mouth. While this may add some time and expense to the beginning of your treatment, it saves time in the long run by having the braces move your teeth more directly from the beginning to the end goal.

To start, we take very precise impressions of your teeth with a special material in a tray and use that to create a digital 3-D model of your teeth. (There are also new techniques for using special cameras or x-rays to create a digital model, too).

Then, I prescribe the movement of your teeth and it is programmed into the computer. Robots manufacture brackets and wires to match your “straightened” teeth. When I place these appliances on your teeth, they already know where to go. This makes for a quicker treatment. Cool, right?

For more information on Insignia, click here.


wildsmiles-nj-new-jersey-orthodontics-bracesJust trying to keep things fun for the youngsters, when they need them. They come in hearts, footballs, soccer balls, diamond and flower shapes. Good for early treatment techniques

For more information on these crazy things, click here


orthodontist-clifton-nj-new-jerseyWe thank our patients for the trust they have put in our orthodontics practice the past 30 years (60 years if you include my Dad and Elaine).
I hope this website earns their trust again.

Barry Raphael, DMD

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