Self-ligating braces differ from traditional braces in that they do not require metal or elastic ties to hold the archwire in place. Instead, self-ligating brackets use a mechanical door that closes over the wire to hold it securely. The lack of elastic bands and metal wires makes these braces more comfortable than the traditional variety, but they still offer the same great benefits that patients love about braces! Self-ligating braces are suitable for patients of all ages and can help correct alignment issues. In addition to being more comfortable than traditional braces, they are less prone to staining during treatment. For more information about self-ligating braces, visit Dr. Nashed's office.
Advantages of Self-Ligating Braces
One of the primary benefits of choosing self-ligating braces is that you won’t need as many orthodontic appointments, so you’ll spend less time in the dentist’s chair or orthodontist’s office. Traditional metal braces use elastic ties to hold the archwire in place. The adjustable tie may break or become loose during treatment, and you’ll need to schedule additional visits to have it tightened again. With self-ligating braces, the brackets themselves hold the archwire. This eliminates the human error that broken or loose elastic ties can cause. Since the braces are self-adjusting, they may allow you to have straighter teeth in less time, and you may only need to visit your orthodontist every four to eight weeks. Another significant benefit of self-ligating brackets is that they are typically smaller than traditional metal braces. This means you’ll have a more discreet look without sacrificing the effectiveness of straightening your teeth. Finally, since they don’t contain small rubber bands or ties that may trap debris that becomes trapped between teeth and under your gums, self-ligating braces promote better dental hygiene than their traditional counterparts.
How Are Self-Ligating Braces Different?
The brackets used in self-ligating braces have built-in clips, doors, or gates holding the archwire. This eliminates the need for elastic or metal ligatures used in traditional braces. The self-ligating brackets have a mechanism that allows the wire to be easily inserted and adjusted. Self-ligating braces are designed to reduce friction between the archwire and the brackets compared to traditional braces. The reduced friction can result in smoother tooth movement and potentially shorter treatment times. Some self-ligating braces utilize an active mechanism that applies gentle continuous force to the wire, facilitating efficient tooth alignment. With traditional braces, the elastic or metal ligatures need to be periodically adjusted by the orthodontist. In self-ligating braces, the brackets hold the wire and can have mechanisms that allow easier adjustments during regular check-up appointments. This could reduce the number of visits required for adjustments.
Self-ligating braces can be suitable for many individuals who require orthodontic treatment. If you would like to learn more about self-ligating braces and the many benefits they offer, visit the best dentist in Arcadia, CA, & Long Beach, CA Dr. Nashed's office, Arcadia Location at 45 E Foothill Blvd, Arcadia, CA 91006, or Long Beach Location at 4200 E Pacific Coast Highway Suite 100, Long Beach, CA 90804. You may also call the Arcadia location at (626) 294-9119 or Long Beach location at (562) 498-5788.