Research Studies

Treatment time, outcome and patient satisfaction comparisons of Damon™ and conventional brackets

Eberting JJ, Straja SR, Tuncay OC. Clinical Orthodontics and Research 2001; 4(4):228-234.

Objective

To compare the treatment efficiency, quality of outcome and patient satisfaction of the Damon SL System with conventional brackets and ligating methods.


Methodology

A total of 215 patients were treated at three different sites—one university and two private practices. Out of those patients, 108 were treated with the Damon System and 107 with conventional braces. Damon and non-Damon treatments were analyzed for frequency of appointments, treatment duration and quality of treatment outcome as determined by the ABO grading criteria. Additionally, patients in both groups were surveyed to assess their level of satisfaction with their treatment.


Results

  • Damon patients were treated in an average of 6.33 months less time than those treated with conventional twin brackets.
  • Damon patients were treated with 7 fewer appointments than those treated with conventional braces.
  • The ABO scores of the Damon group were significantly higher (7.38 mean) than those treated with conventional braces.
  • Patients treated with the Damon System reported greater satisfaction with their treatment.

Treatment Time and Standard Deviation

Office Brackets Mean SD Avg. Tx Time Reduction with Damon
Bayonne Non-Damon 30.38 7.85 8.05 months
Damon 22.33 4.41
Easton Non-Damon 31.96 7.37 4.33 months
Damon 27.63 6.57
Temple Non-Damon 26.63 10.01 9 months
Damon 17.63 5.58
All Non-Damon 30.87 7.85 6.33 months
Damon 24.54 6.45

ABO Scores and Standard Deviation

Brackets # Patients Mean SD
Non-Damon 107 342.31 11.38
Damon 108 349.69 8.85

Treatment Times

Treatment Times

Number Of Appointments

Number of Appointments

Conclusion

This study demonstrated that the Damon System yields significantly faster, better and more reproducible treatment results and that patient satisfaction with the Damon System is greater than with conventional braces.