Self-ligating braces are rising in popularity right now. This form of orthodontic appliance is not actually a new development, having been around for decades. They began to increase in popularity about 30 years ago and have really exploded over the last few years due to advantages like fewer visits needed to the orthodontist and less discomfort and friction that makes it easier on teeth. They are also easier to clean and do not require metal ties or elastics.
What Are Self-Ligating Braces?
Self-ligating braces are put into place similar to traditional braces, but they did not require rubber bands, metal ties, or elastics. They rely upon brackets or special clips that allow the wires to shift your teeth into their proper positions. The special clips provide greater freedom of movement to minimize any discomfort that is often correlated with conventional ligature. All that is needed is a simple clip for bracket adjustment, saving time and resulting in less discomfort during your orthodontic visits.
Conventional metal braces use brackets attached to your teeth. An arch wire goes through o-rings in the brackets. This type of treatment, on the other hand, uses a small front gate to secure the wire when closed. The result is less friction on your teeth.
There are two types of self-ligating braces: passive and active. The passive form is applied with a smaller arch wire, resulting in less friction and allowing freedom of teeth movement. This is the most normal type used at the start of treatment. Active brackets use a thicker wire, delivering additional teeth pressure.
Studies have found that self-ligating braces offered a lower frictional resistance, as well as significantly less chair time for wire insertion and removal. They’ve also been found to promote enhanced infection control, particularly when compared to other forms of braces.
In many cases, they are smaller than conventional braces, making them more appealing to wearers. They are also available in ceramic, metal, or clear brackets, which can make them a great choice for adults.
Other benefits of self-ligating braces include faster treatment times due to less friction that allows your teeth more freedom of movement. Another advantage is increased comfort because of less friction and better results. Patients also appreciate the fact that they can go for longer periods of time between appointments.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you would like to receive more information about self-ligating braces, you can begin the process of straightening your teeth by visiting Petty & Bielik Orthodontics. We are conveniently located in Oak Lawn. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!