All about self-ligating braces

You’ve been informed that you need braces. You are prepared for the process that awaits you, from getting your braces mounted to coming in for regular appointments to monitor your progress. You’re ready to accept the fact that you will be in it for the long haul while you wear metal brackets and wires on your teeth, but you want to find a way to make it as comfortable and effective as possible. Self-ligating braces are highly effective and produce less friction in your mouth. It means more comfort for you while you wait to see a reason to smile.

What are self-ligating braces?

Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces; however, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, meaning fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal or ceramic (clear) brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but with more options, they can provide a more aesthetic appearance, particularly for adult patients.

How do self-ligating braces work?

Self-ligating braces are based on the same concept as traditional braces. You will still have brackets on your teeth and metal wires running through them. It is the gentle force of these wires, pulling on your teeth day in and day out, that will eventually shift your teeth into the proper position. Self-ligating braces have brackets that are similar to those that are typically used, except they do not require rubber bands or other ties to hold your wires where they belong. These braces are built to effectively tie down your braces so that you don’t have to worry about a thing. No need to be concerned about losing your rubber bands because you won’t need them.

There are two types of self-ligating brackets

  • Passive — Passive brackets use a smaller archwire that creates less friction and allows teeth to move more freely. Passive brackets are often used at the beginning of treatment to help the teeth start moving into position.
  • Active — Active brackets use a much thicker archwire that delivers greater pressure to the teeth and more aggressively moves them into position. The active brackets also offer more control for consistent, strong results.

Get optimal results faster

Self-ligating braces mean less friction for your teeth as they gently shift your teeth in the right direction. You’ll find that you don’t have to see our orthodontist as often to check up on your progress. Your treatment time will be reduced as compared to traditional braces. It’s all about finding a treatment plan that will work for you to give you a beautiful smile. You may have to wait when you wear braces, but why wait any longer than you have to?

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 metal or ceramic (clear) brackets, which can make them a great choice for adults.

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.

Taking your first step toward self-ligating braces

In order to begin treatment with self-ligating braces, our orthodontists at Petty & Bielik Orthodontics need to evaluate the condition of your teeth and determine what is necessary to correct their alignment. As all of the options are laid out before you, be sure to ask about self-ligating braces to speed up your treatment time. Find out how these braces can work more effectively during your course of treatment. Contact us today to schedule your free orthodontic consultation in Oak Lawn.