Everything You Need to Know About Self-Ligating Braces

Austin, TXBraces have come a long way over the last few decades, allowing patients to straighten their teeth faster, more comfortably, and more discreetly than ever before. Self-ligating braces have become a popular option for patients looking for efficiency and comfort, while achieving faster tooth movement.

While standard metal braces use elastics to hold archwires in place, the brackets of self-ligating braces hold the bracket in place themselves by using a spring loaded door. These brackets allow for greater freedom in tooth movement.

So what are the benefits to you in using self-ligating brackets over regular metal braces?

  1. Increase comfort – there is less friction involved in moving the teeth, which means there is less discomfort for you.
  2. Faster appointment times – without the need to change out the elastics at every visit, you’ll be in and out of your orthodontist’s chair in no time.
  3. Shorter treatment time – self-ligating braces can move some malocclusions up to six months faster than other types of orthodontic treatment.
  4. Easier to clean – you don’t have to worry about food getting stuck in and around elastics, so brushing will be easier and faster.
  5. Aesthetics – self-ligating braces are available in metal and clear options, so if you’re looking for a more discreet option and think self-ligating braces sound perfect for you, ask your orthodontist about the clear option.

Self-ligating braces will be slightly more expensive than traditional metal braces, however. And as with any type of orthodontic treatment, they will not be completely free of discomfort. They are still moving your teeth, after all! While the elastic-free brackets do create less friction and are known to be more comfortable than other brackets, there is always a bit of discomfort involved in orthodontic treatment. This discomfort will be especially noticeable in the first few days after the braces are placed, and the day or two after an adjustment, but in no time, you’ll barely even notice they are there.

Self-ligating braces were first introduced in the 1930s, and gained an increase in popularity in the 1980s. Today, they are common at most orthodontic practices. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of self-ligating braces and if they may be right for you, call Wired Orthodontics today at 512-258-6979.

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