When people of all ages are getting braces, they often want to know how long they’ll have to wear them, how visible they’ll be, and if there is any discomfort to expect.
While every person is different and your treatment plan will always vary depending on the issues you have, self-ligating braces are a great option and alternative to traditional braces.
Self-ligating braces are similar to traditional metal braces, however, there are no bands, elastics, or metal ties used. This type of orthodontics has a specific type of bracket with a clip that holds the wire to the bracket without any additional ligatures.
All types of orthodontics come with varying levels of discomfort, including self-ligating braces. It is important to point out that discomfort is reduced with self-ligating braces compared to traditional braces because there is no need for bands to attach the wire to the bracket, minimizing friction, thus discomfort — the wire easily glides through the brackets.
Faster Treatment Periods
Self-ligating braces may reduce treatment time by up to six months depending on what type of concerns you have. It is thought that the alignment is sped up as a result of less friction between the wires and brackets, allowing the teeth to straighten more effortlessly.
Easier Dental Hygiene
Traditional braces are known for trapping food in and around the metal brackets and wires. Self-ligating braces eliminate the need for elastic bands, so it makes brushing and flossing much easier.
Self-ligating braces are available in clear brackets, so those looking to camouflage their braces a bit have the option to make them a little more inconspicuous.
Shorter Orthodontic Appointments
Because self-ligating braces don’t use metal ties and elastic bands, this greatly reduces the time a patient spends in the chair during their checkup, because these things don’t have to be changed out.
Find out if self-ligating braces are an option for you!