Self-ligating braces are one of the latest innovations in orthodontic technology. This type of orthodontic appliance is similar to traditional braces, but our patients report that they’re more comfortable, in addition to resulting in faster treatment.
To fully understand self-ligating braces, you need to know how traditional braces work.
Traditional braces are made of brackets, an archwire, and rubber bands. The brackets are bonded onto the front surface of the teeth. The archwire fits into indentations in the brackets, and the small elastic bands fit around the brackets to secure the archwire. The bands also control the tension of the archwire. As they’re tightened, they move the wire and help shift the teeth into proper alignment.
Self-ligating braces are made up of two out of the three components of traditional braces – the brackets and the archwire.
The specially crafted brackets eliminate the need for elastic bands. Each bracket has a clip or door build into it. Using an orthodontic instrument, we can open the clip, which slides up or down to open and close before clicking into place.
When the bracket door is open, we can place the archwire into it. Then, we close all the bracket doors, securing the archwire into place.
The door is spring-loaded, which maintains pressure on the archwire, allowing it to gently shift the teeth.
Why should you choose this high-tech orthodontic treatment option? Here are just a few of the benefits of self-ligating braces from a Plant City orthodontist.
How fast you’re in and out of braces depends on a multitude of factors, including the complexity of your unique case.
However, self-ligating braces can speed up certain aspects of orthodontic treatment. For instance, a 2019 study found that the alignment of the maxillary (upper) teeth was quite a bit faster during the first four months of treatment in patients with self-ligating braces.
Every four to six weeks, you’ll need to visit your orthodontist, whether you have traditional metal braces or self-ligating braces in Plant City.
During this appointment, your orthodontist will evaluate your progress. They may need to provide you with a new archwire, too.
With self-ligating braces, you never have to remove or replace rubber bands, which means replacing the archwire is much faster.
The rubber ligatures with traditional braces easily trap food particles in and around the metal brackets. While it’s still going to be easy for food to get caught in your brackets – it will be so much easier to clean them. You don’t have to clean under/around the rubber bands, as well as the brackets. All you have to do is clean around the self-ligating brackets.
Rubber bands can be a pain sometimes because they can stain, stretch, and break. Patients can be taught how to replace the bands but if they forget or don’t have the dexterity to do so, it can result in an extra visit to the orthodontist or slower treatment progress. With self-ligating braces in Plant City, you have one less thing to worry about during treatment.
Any time you shift the teeth, you are likely to experience some temporary pain or discomfort regardless of the system being used.
However, we hear fewer complaints with patients in self-ligating braces than those in traditional braces. The shape of the brackets is a bit different and some even have smoother edges, which can definitely increase the comfort level.
We want your orthodontic experience to be a pleasant one. We also want to provide you with the best treatment in Plant City. That is why our team is committed to learning about the latest orthodontic technology – like self-ligating braces – and attending continuing education courses. This investment of our time ensures that we will always provide you and your family with the highest quality orthodontic care in the area.
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