What are Self-Ligating Braces?
This works by creating a steady amount of pressure on the teeth which causes them to shift. Braces are typically made of three parts,
- the brace which is placed on the tooth
- the archwire which applies the pressure
- and a band, usually an elastic, which connects the archwire to the brace
Braces that are self-ligating eliminate the need for this band. These braces use a permanent but movable component which entraps the wire.
Self-Ligating Braces Better Than Traditional Braces?
Self-ligating braces are designed to be more comfortable and can reduce treatment times because the wires don't need to be tightened at each appointment.
What are the Benefits of Self-Ligating Braces?
The elastic bands which are used in traditional braces can often create unwanted friction and can trap food. When the need for this band is eliminated, the friction is reduced and allow the teeth to slide easier. The chances for getting food stuck in the braces also goes down which helps to prevent hygiene problems. Additionally, when less force is needed to move teeth the patient is often more comfortable and the entire process is over more quickly.
Typically, the amount of check-up visits needed for self-ligating braces is also fewer than traditional braces.
Self-Ligating Braces Treatment Time
When using traditional braces, the treatment time is usually around 18 to 36 months. When using self-ligating braces, that treatment time can be cut down by up to 6 months. The exact time needed will be determined by the issues which are being addressed.
Are Self Ligating Braces Suitable for me?
To determine if self-ligating braces will be a good fit for you, contact the office to schedule a free orthodontic consultation with orthodontist Dr. Ron Hessamfar. He can also guide you through the decision-making process and will help you to choose the best type of braces for your exact needs.