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Self-ligating braces are a type of braces that consist of two items – brackets and wire.

Modules (small rubber bands used to secure archwire to the brackets) present in traditional braces are not required in self-ligating braces as the self-ligating brackets have “sliding doors”.

These doors can open and close, allowing the arch wire to be kept in position with minimal tension. As such, previous problems associated with modules (e.g friction) are eliminated.

Additionally, treatment time is slightly faster and less painful as compared to the traditional braces. In most cases, you only need to visit the dentists every 4 – 8 weeks.


There are several types of self-ligating braces available in the market. Some of the most notable ones include:

Damon Braces

The most recognized brand of self-ligating braces, the Damon System offers both clear and metal self-ligating braces, known for their slide mechanism that reduces friction and improves patient comfort.

  • Damon Q (Metal)

    Damon Q metal braces are made of stainless steel brackets which are stuck onto the front of your teeth.

  • Damon Clear (Ceramic)

    Damon Clear ceramic braces are made up of tooth-coloured brackets. They are suitable for those who prefer a more discreet and aesthetically pleasing option.

TOMY Braces

TOMY offers a range of self-ligating braces, including:

  • Mini Clippy which have smaller brackets than traditional braces, leading to a more aesthetic appearance
  • Clippy C which feature a clear, ceramic construction for improved aesthetics

SmartClip Braces

Manufactured by 3M, SmartClip Braces uses a unique clip mechanism to offer more controlled tooth movement.


  • 减少了疼痛和不适感

    自锁式牙套不使用模块来保持钢丝的位置,而是使用带有 "滑动门 "机制的托架来支持钢丝并移动牙齿。


  • 更少的后续预约


  • 更加卫生



  • 既定技术

    Self-ligating braces use a clinically proven approach to straighten your teeth and treat your malocclusions.

    It uses a memory system which applies gradual pressure to shift your teeth. This approach is much more gentle compared to manual adjustments.


What Dental Problems Can Braces Fix?

  • 过度咬合

    Overbite is a dental condition where your upper front teeth cover your lower front teeth.

    While it is common to have a mild overbite, it is recommended to seek treatment if you have a severe overbite.

  • 咬合不足

    An underbite occurs when
    your lower jaw extends beyond your upper jaw.

    Patients with this dental condition may experience difficulties in chewing and eating effectively, as well as potential speech impairments.

  • 株距

    Spacing refers to a dental condition where you have extra space between your teeth.

    Food particles often become trapped within these tiny crevices, leading to easy accumulation of plaque.

    This not only affects the appearance of your smile but also contributes to oral health issues.

  • 过度拥挤


    Crowded teeth can be hard to clean, making it easier for plaque and bacteria to build up. This increases the risk of gum diseases and decay.

  • 敞开式咬合



  • 交叉咬合

    A crossbite is a dental condition characterised by the upper teeth resting behind the lower teeth.

    This misalignment can lead to difficulties in speaking, increased risk of tooth decay, and a deviation in jaw alignment.

Top Concerns About Getting Self-Ligating Braces

As one of the first dental clinics to provide self-ligating braces (including Damon braces) since 1992, we’ve engaged countless patients, hearing first hand about their worries and questions as they embark on their braces treatment. Here are the common concerns our patients often express:

Are self-ligating braces painful?

Patients experience reduced pain as self-ligating braces exert less pain on the teeth. Self-ligating braces also feature a low profile design and smoother edges due to the use of high-quality stainless steel and meticulous manufacturing techniques. This contributes to a more comfortable orthodontic experience.

Why should I get Damon braces?

Damon braces are one of the pioneers in self-ligating braces which have undergone extensive research and development. This has led to enhancements in comfort, product design, treatment efficiency and protocol development.

What is the estimated treatment duration when using self-ligating braces?

In general, your teeth will move at a quicker pace with self-ligating braces, potentially leading to a shorter overall treatment period compared to other options.

Are self-ligating braces more expensive?

While it may be slightly more expensive, the benefits of enhanced comfort and shorter treatment duration make it a worthwhile investment.

Why Get Self-Ligating Braces at i.Dental?

  • 有经验的牙科医生


  • 方便性

    i.Dental has 4 dental clinics that are located across the island. Our outlets are conveniently located in Tanjong Pagar, Yishun, and Ubi, allowing you to access them easily.

  • One of the earliest adopters of self-ligating braces (including Damon braces) in Singapore since 1992

    Our founder Dr. Cheng has been at the forefront of integrating Damon braces into our comprehensive range of orthodontic solutions.

    Our extensive experience enables us to handle a broad spectrum of orthodontic cases, from the simplest to the most complex.



Damon self-ligating bracesSelf-ligating braces
(other brands)
技术使用带有 "滑动门 "机制的托架和钢丝来矫正牙齿。Utilise sliding mechanisms or dedicated clips instead of elastics to facilitate the alignment of teeth by guiding the archwire into position.使用钢丝、托架和模块来矫正你的牙齿。
舒适由于减少了移动牙齿所需的摩擦和压力,因此更加舒适。Adopt a combination of sliding and clip motions to gently move your teeth while avoiding exerting excessive pressure on them.由于用于移动牙齿的压力较大,所以更不舒服。
视觉Users do not get to customise the look of their braces since colour modules are usually not used.

Modules may be used for “decorative purposes”.
Resembling conventional braces, this innovative design incorporates both sliding doors and clips, each equipped with a spring-loaded mechanism.Traditional braces offer colour modules that can be effortlessly adjusted, allowing users to customise the colours of their braces according to their preferences.

However, it is advisable to discard these colour modules within a week or two, as they may become discoloured or stained over time.

Additionally, it is worth noting that they can be susceptible to staining depending on your diet.
维护由于没有使用模块,托架不容易出现牙菌斑和食物堆积,使清洁和维护更加容易。由于没有使用模块,托架不容易出现牙菌斑和食物堆积,使清洁和维护更加容易。Traditional braces are harder to maintain as food gets trapped between the modules easily. It also requires proper brushing and flossing technique to keep them clean.
治疗时间12 - 24 months, depending on the complexity of the patient’s case.12 - 24 months, depending on the complexity of the patient’s case.18 - 36 months, depending on the complexity of the patient’s case.
费用$5,778 - $6,426
(Damon Q)
$5,508 - $6,156
(Self-ligating metal braces)

$6,048 - $6,696
(Self-ligating ceramic braces)
$3,996 to $4,752
(Traditional Metal Braces)

$4968 to $5616
(Conventional Ceramic Braces)

Braces Treatment Process

  • 第1步:第一次咨询


    An oral examination, 4 X-ray images, 3D intraoral scans of the teeth using the iTero Element Scanner, and photos of your dental and facial profile will be taken as part of your diagnostics records

  • 第2步:第二次咨询

    During your second consultation, your dentist will explain to you the results of your diagnostics records and discuss your treatment plan.

  • 第3步:戴上自锁式矫治器

    Once the treatment plan has been decided, your dentist will proceed to put the self-ligating braces on your teeth.

  • 第4步:后续预约



  • 第5步:治疗结束



    At i.Dental, we provide a range of retainers for you to choose from – Hawley Retainers, clear retainers, fixed retainers or Vivera Retainers.



  • 自锁式金属矫治器

    $5,508 - $6,156


    Varies depending on the estimated treatment duration

  • 自锁式陶瓷矫治器

    $6,048 - $6,696


    Varies depending on the estimated treatment duration

Price of Damon Braces at i.Dental

  • Damon Q (Metal)

    $5,778 - $6,426


    Varies depending on the estimated treatment duration



Unlike traditional braces which use modules (available in a variety of colours), damon braces use a sliding mechanism to hold the wires. As no elastic ties are required, you typically won’t have the option to customise the colour like you would with traditional braces.

Coloured modules may be placed for decorative purposes but it will add more friction to the system.

One of the key advantages of Damon braces is that it does not require tightening. Instead, the braces gradually adjust themselves as the teeth shift. This eliminates the need for frequent visits to the dentist for manual adjustments and also to reduce pain and soreness of the tightening.

Deciding if self-ligating braces are suitable for you is best determined by a professional dentist. However, here are some general factors to consider such as age, oral health, bite and alignment.

If you are interested in finding out whether you are a suitable candidate for self-ligating braces, schedule an appointment with us today.

You may be required to wear self-ligating braces for 12 – 24 months depending on the complexity of your case. Book a consultation with our experienced team of dentists for a personalised treatment plan.

You may experience some soreness and discomfort at the start of treatment which may last for a few days. To ease the pain, you can take some painkillers or apply dental wax to prevent your braces from rubbing against your mouth.

Alternatively, you may also choose to stick to a soft food diet and avoid hard, crunchy foods that may cause pain while chewing.

Unfortunately, Medisave cannot be used to pay for non-surgical dental procedures. Thus, you will not be able to use Medisave to pay for your Damon self-ligating braces treatment.

For more information about braces treatment in Singapore, read this guide.



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