Self-ligating braces are made similarly to traditional braces and contain the same high-grade stainless steel. However, self-ligating braces differ significantly from traditional braces, as they do not require the use of elastics. This results in fewer orthodontic appointments, less discomfort and less friction being placed on the teeth.
This style of braces comes with brackets that are similar in size as traditional braces, in either clear, ceramic or metal brackets. The brackets, combined with a specially designed clip, will help the archwire guide teeth in to place. The clip helps to minimize the pressure placed on the tooth and results in fewer adjustments throughout the orthodontic process.
Advantages of Self-Ligating Braces
Self-ligating braces have become a popular style of braces in recent years, for a number of reasons:
Less Visits to The Orthodontist
Self-ligating braces typically require far fewer visits to the orthodontist than those who wear traditional braces.
No Rubber Bands or Metal Ties
Since self-ligating braces do not require the traditional elastic or metal ties that are common with traditional braces, they are easier to keep clean and maintain!
More Comfortable Braces
This style of braces is known to cause less-friction or discomfort – a plus for any new wearer of braces!
Concerns of Self-Ligating Braces
As there are many advantages to self-ligating braces, there are a few possible downsides as well. Self-ligating braces require some getting used-to. As with almost every style of braces, there will be some initial discomfort and an adjustment period after your braces have been installed.
There are many things to consider when choosing the right style of braces. To find out if self-ligating braces are right for you, book a consultation with the team at Foley Wilde Orthodontics in London, ON.