What’s Better? Self-Ligating Braces or Conventional Braces

dental bracesOver the past decade, orthodontic technology has made much headway. There are several big variations between stand-alone braces and traditional braces. Overall, the treatment process for self-limiting braces is much shorter from start to finish than the traditional approach to braces.

What Are Self-ligating Braces?

Self-ligating braces are put in much the same way as traditional braces, without ligature. There are no bands of elastic or rubber or metal bonds, because they are not required. Instead, they use special clips or braces to help the arch wire hold the teeth in place. The clips allow for greater freedom of movement of the tooth, thereby minimizing discomfort which is often associated with conventional ligature. A simple adjustment is made to the brackets or clips which saves time and causes less discomfort with your orthodontist during regular visits.

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 key to a effective result. It is also important to avoid abstaining from sugar, hard foods, food and drink which may stain teeth, and highly acidic foods and drinks. The good news is that self-connecting braces are easier to keep clean due to the lack of elastic, rubber or metal connections, but taking time to brush and floss as you would for standard braces is always an essential and beneficial part of your everyday routine.

Can Anyone Wear Self-ligating Braces?

As with every big decision, your orthodontist will work with you to decide whether traditional, Invisalign, lingual or self-connected braces are ideally suited to your set of circumstances. It will all rely on the seriousness of your case and only an experienced orthodontist can make such an significant decision to ensure you and your smile get the best possible outcome.

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