Self-ligating braces offer different brackets from traditional braces, giving patients more comfort and discretion and faster treatment as a result. The major distinction between self-ligating and traditional brackets involves the movement of the arch wire. Whereas traditional brackets hold the wire firmly in place, self-ligating brackets let the wire move freely. Here is a deeper look at this treatment available to patients who visit our dental office in Houston.
The relative inflexibility of traditional brackets can increase the discomfort associated with orthodontic treatment. This adds to the normal discomfort of having the teeth and supportive structures moved gradually, making treatment less pleasant overall. Self-ligating braces, by letting the wire move freely, let patients stay more comfortable while their teeth are being straightened.
Researchers examining the speed of self-ligating braces have found that this treatment can be significantly faster than conventional braces. In fact, patients were found to finish treatment in about four months less time than their counterparts wearing traditional braces. Meanwhile, patients also required fewer appointments throughout treatment. Self-ligating brackets could be managed with almost one-third fewer visits from start to finish. For busy patients, this reduction in visits could represent valuable time saved.
Self-ligating braces use special clips that hold the arch wire in place instead of having anchors for rubber bands. As a result, the brackets are noticeably smaller than those used with traditional braces. This fact can make self-ligating brackets worthwhile for patients focused on discretion, especially those who cannot or will not choose Invisalign.
Open Candidacy Requirements
The basic structure of self-ligating orthodontics is very much like that of metal braces, consisting of brackets and wires, and eligibility requirements are similar as well. Most Houston patients in all age groups can choose the self-ligating approach, including children, teens and adults.
Self-ligation adds several features to orthodontic care in terms of appearance, treatment speed and tolerability. Thanks to a familiar design overall, this treatment is also an option for most patients who visit our office. To learn more about self-ligating orthodontics, patients can schedule a consultation with our Houston orthodontist at Antoine Dental Center.
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