Self-Ligating Braces or Conventional Braces: Which Treatment is Better?

bracesOrthodontic technology has made many advancements over the past decade. There are many significant differences between self-ligating braces and conventional braces. Overall, self-ligating braces treatment process is far shorter from start to finish than the conventional braces approach.

What Are Self-ligating Braces?
Self-ligating braces are placed much like conventional braces, with the exception of ligature. No elastic or rubber bands or metal ties are present because they are not needed. Instead, special clips or brackets are used to help the arch wire move your teeth into place. The clips allow greater freedom of tooth movement, thereby they might reduce discomfort that is sometimes associated with traditional ligature. A simple adjustment is made to the brackets or clips, which saves time and causes less discomfort during routine visits with your orthodontist.

Benefits Of Self-ligating Braces
• Less chair-time
• Fewer visits to the orthodontist
• Cause less friction and discomfort and can be potentially easier on teeth
• No ligature such as color bands, elastics, or metal ties
• Easier to clean

Oral Hygiene
Good oral hygiene is imperative to a successful outcome. Abstaining from sugar, hard foods, food and drink that can stain teeth, and highly acidic food and drinks are to be avoided, as well. The good news is that self-ligating braces are easier to keep clean due to the lack of elastic, rubber, or metal ties, but taking time to brush and floss as you would with regular braces is still a necessary and beneficial part of your daily routine.

Can Anyone Wear Self-ligating Braces?
As with any major decision, your orthodontist can consult with you to determine whether conventional, Invisalign, lingual or a self-ligating braces will work best for your set of circumstances. It will all depend on the severity of your situation and only an experienced orthodontist should make such an important decision for you to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your smile.

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