Damon Q

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Damon Q — Break Through

Open new doors to practice efficiency, clinical flexibility, patient comfort and aesthetics with the all-new, all-metal Damon Q—a major step forward in low-friction, passive self-ligation technology that delivers far more than straight teeth.

Features & Benefits

Quintessential Performance and Reliability

  • Four solid walls with optimized slot depths — including tighter tolerances on lower anterior brackets — offer improved rotation control and fast, low-friction tooth movement for superior finishing.
  • Stainless steel 17-4 metal-injection-molded construction provides exceptional strength and durability over the course of treatment.

A Quantum Leap in Efficiency


Novel Treatment Flexibility

  • Horizontal and vertical slots provide greater versatility for treatment involving high cuspids, blocked-out laterals and more. Incorporate drop-in hooks, piggyback wires or TAD auxiliaries — all while progressing through the Damon archwire sequence regardless of round or rectangular wires.
  • Incorporate drop-in hooks, piggyback wires or TAD auxiliaries — all while progressing through the Damon archwire sequence regardless of round or rectangular wires.

Reduce Treatment Time

Damon Q’s auxiliary slots can incorporate sectional wires to quickly align teeth — such as blocked-out laterals — while maintaining the patient’s natural wire sequence. These novel features can reduce the number of appointments and shorten overall treatment time.


Precision Bracket Placement

  • Removable positioning gauge, rhomboid-shaped bracket and pad, and vertical scribe line guide precision bracket placement for smile arc enhancement.
  • Each positioning gauge is color-coded to aid in bracket selection and torque value identification.
    • Green: Low Torque
    • Blue: Standard Torque
    • Red: Super Torque

Ideal Tooth Inclination

  • Variable torque brackets introduce torque correction gradually, beginning with the first light rectangular wires, to achieve optimal occlusal and esthetic results.
    • Minimize the guesswork of adding torque to wires later in treatment.
    • Allow roots to begin uprighting early during rectangular wire-leveling phase.
    • Maintain anterior torque during major mechanics, avoiding round-tripping teeth, while maintaining posterior torque during maxillary width increases and bone adaptation.

There is +/- 10.5° of wire play between a .019 x .025 wire and the .022 x .028 lumen of the super-torque (+11°) Damon Q upper cuspid bracket for expressed torque of approximately 0.5°.

Quick and Easy Wire Changes

  • Innovative SpinTek slide with chamfered lingual leading edge facilitates easy slide closure and wire engagement throughout all phases of treatment.
  • SpinTek slide requires only a slight twist to open, transferring reciprocal forces to the bracket — not the tooth — for faster wire changes and greater patient comfort.


Active self-ligation brackets exert up to 1.34 kg of unidirectional force during slide opening. But Damon Q’s SpinTek slide disperses forces in opposite directions for a net force of 0 kg — even despite calculus buildup.

To open, insert the SpinTek slide instrument into the slide release cavity and twist 90º. To close, position the instrument on either side of the slot and squeeze the opposing prong.


Quality Comfort & Aesthetics

Small bracket profile and size with smooth, rounded corners help prevent occlusal interference while offering patients greater comfort and aesthetics.

Damon Q’s profile and occlusal-gingival dimensions are much smaller compared with other self-ligation brackets.

Upper CentralO-GB-L*M-D
Damon Q.123″.081″.110″
Damon 3MX.144″.098″.105″
In-Ovation R.135″.144″.116″
In-Ovation C.156″.093″.157″
Vision LP.144″.089″.105″

* include pad

Archwire Sequencing

A key component of the Damon System is the use of passive self-ligating brackets with high-technology archwires. These archwires and corresponding sequencing have been carefully selected to keep the applied force in the “optimal force zone” during each of the four phases of treatment.

Clinicians are encouraged to choose archwire sizes very carefully and not just based on “what can I get in?” or “patient tolerance.” Choose the correct archwire size and give it time to work!

Phase I: Initial Light Round Wires

In the initial Ni-Ti light round wire phase, archwires are carefully selected to minimize binding between the “tube” of the passive self-ligating bracket and the archwire. This allows sliding of the teeth and brackets along the wire as they start to level and align.

Binding and friction in a conventional mechanical system comes from the ligature pushing on the wire and the seating of archwire against the base of the slot. There is also the binding created by the deflection of the archwire against the sides of the bracket slots in crowded cases.

In recent years, many clinicians have started cases placing large dimension rectangular Ni-Ti archwires with the intent of controlling torque to minimize the dumping of the incisors as teeth level and align. With the Damon System, the intent of the initial light round archwires is to apply just enough force to stimulate cellular activity without crushing the vascular supply in the periodontium. This has been defined as staying in the “optimal force zone” or biozone. If the appropriate force is applied, the muscles of the face and lips give a “lip bumper” effect on the incisors, minimizing anterior tipping.

The intent of the initial archwire is not to remove all of the rotations, but to align teeth and bracket slots just enough to move to the second phase of archwire progression. This is best accomplished by taking advantage of using a small dimension archwire in the large lumen of the bracket. An analogy of this phase of treatment is a car being driven on both sides of a curving highway to straighten out the bends in the road. This same principle of archwire and tube helps minimize the force and binding friction.

To summarize: The initial phase starts tooth movement, rotation control, leveling, aligning, arch form, and prepares for the second phase of archwire sequencing.

.014 Damon Copper Ni-TiStart tooth movement, leveling, begin arch form development, prepare for next archwire.
.016 Ni-Ti SEUsed occasionally as second archwire in severely crowded adult cases that are not quite ready for the second phase archwire.

Phase II: High-Technology Edgewise Wires

The second, or high-tech edgewise phase, is the “heart and soul” of the Damon System. This phase starts working on torque, root angulations and levels, completes rotation control, continues arch form development, consolidates space in the anterior segments, and prepares for the third phase of archwire sequencing. It is critically important to take a panorex and evaluate root and bracket position before proceeding to the major mechanics phase of treatment.

.014 x .025 Damon Copper Ni-Ti.The workhorse of the second phase. Placed in upper and lower well-prepared arches.
018 x .025 Damon Copper Ni-TiExcellent wire to prepare for insertion of the working stainless steel transition wire.
017 x .025 Damon Ni-TiUsed with 20° of anterior torque and reverse curve; superb for division 2 second wire. If only intrusion needed, use the same size wire without the torque in the anterior.
.019 x .025 Damon Ni-TiUsed with 20° of anterior torque and reverse curve. Great follow-up wire on challenging division II cases. If only intrusion needed, use the same size wire without the torque in the anterior.

Phase III: Major Mechanics

The third, or major mechanics phase of archwire sequencing, is the working phase of treatment. This includes posterior space closure, anteroposterior dental correction and adjusting buccolingual discrepancies. Stainless steel archwires are primarily used to maintain vertical and buccolingual control during this major mechanical phase of treatment.

.019 x .025 SS PrepostedExcellent archwire to maintain integrity of arch. Use during anteroposterior correction and closure. Great for maintaining the anterior vertical and posterior buccolingual.
.016 x .025 SS PrepostedUsed in lower arch when more play is desired. Nice finishing archwire in lower arch if all the torques are acceptable.

Phase IV: Finishing

The fourth phase is the finishing and detailing phase of archwire sequencing. If adjustments and torque requirements are minimal, the working archwire can be used to complete treatment. If moderate bends and torque are required, it is strongly recommended to use edgewise TMA. This gentle archwire makes finishing easy for both patient and clinician.

.019 x .025 SS PrepostedFinal detailing as necessary.

Prescription & Ordering Information

Damon Q™ Brackets



Damon™ Single Patient Kits

Available in 5-5 and 7-7 Damon™ Q and Damon™ Clear2 options, Damon Single Patient Kits feature high-end packaging

DescriptionPart Number
5-5 U/L Damon Q Single Patient Kit: Std Tq740-1400
5-5 U/L Damon Q Single Patient Kit: U2-2 Low Tq740-1401
5-5 U/L Damon Q Single Patient Kit: U3-3 High Tq, L2-2 Low Tq740-1402
7-7 U/L Damon Q Single Patient Kit: Std Tq, Snaplink & Ti Tubes740-1403
7-7 U/L Damon Q Single Patient Kit: U2-2 Low Tq, Snaplink & Ti Tubes740-1404
7-7 U/L Damon Q Single Patient Kit: U3-3 High Tq, L2-2 Low Tq, Snaplink & Ti Tubes740-1405
7-7 U/L Damon Clear2 (U3-3), Damon Q & Damon Clear (L3-3)
Single Patient Kit: Std Tq, Snaplink & Ti Tubes
5-5 U/L Damon Clear2 (U3-3), Damon Q & Damon Clear (L3-3)
Single Patient Kit: Std Tq
5-5 U/L Damon Clear2 (U3-3), Damon Clear (U4&5/L3-3) & Damon Q
Single Patient Kit: Std Tq
7-7 U/L Damon Clear2 (U3-3), Damon Clear (U4&5/L3-3) & Damon Q
Single Patient Kit: Std Tq, Snaplink & Ti Tubes

Note: When bracket torque is not specified, standard torque brackets are used.

Auxiliary Products

DescriptionPart Number
Drop-in Hooks (U/L5-5)242-0114
SpinTek™ Opening Tool866-4014
SpinTek Opening/Closing Tool866-4016
Damon Q Consult Model717-0124
Damon Q Typodont717-0114


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