What Are Self-Ligating Braces?

Can you use the word “self-ligating” to win at Scrabble? Perhaps. It might help if Doc Ak and the SmileOntourage explain a few things first! What are self-ligating braces, and how are they different? Who can they help? 

Self-Ligating Braces

You may think of self-ligating braces as being new, but they’ve actually been around for quite a while. The concept dates back to the early 20th century but became more mainstream in the late 1990s when a new type of self-ligating bracket was invented, offering a sleek design and a novel approach to realigning teeth. This new bracket system took the orthodontic world by storm, revolutionizing the way we think about orthodontic treatment.

What sets self-ligating braces apart? At first glance, they may look like your typical, run-of-the-mill braces. But there’s some nifty engineering going on! While traditional braces use elastic bands to hold your wires in place, self-ligating braces have a built-in metal clip, referred to as a “door.” This tiny but mighty feature reduces friction. The advantage? Reduced friction means the movement of your teeth goes more smoothly, with less discomfort and quicker results. Plus, the absence of elastics makes braces easier to clean. This small change in bracket design makes a huge difference. 

Advantages of Self-Ligating Over Traditional

You’re weighing your options and wondering, “Why should I choose self-ligating braces?” Awesome question! Let’s review the perks that make them a standout choice.

Smooth Moves

The biggest advantage is reduced friction. The built-in clip system means your wire will move with ease. The forces on your teeth will feel smoother and more comfortable.

Time Saver

The self-ligating system often requires fewer adjustments, meaning fewer trips to SmileOn and less hassle for you and your busy schedule. We always love seeing you, but know you lead busy lives!

Easy Cleaning

Elastic bands are plaque traps and can make brushing and flossing difficult. Since self-ligating braces have doors, they are much easier to clean, making spectacular oral hygiene a breeze!

Speedy Results

We often find that self-ligating treatment ends up wrapping more quickly than treatment with traditional braces. You may be showing off your dazzling new smile sooner than you think!

Comfort Zone

The design of self-ligating braces allows for a better fit, and the absence of elastics/steel ties means you’ll adjust to the braces more easily. (A steel tie is a variation of a door that is placed by an assistant when elastic is not enough to do the job with traditional braces. A steel tie is not as strong as a door and can be bulky and uncomfortable for the patient.)

Self-Ligating Braces

Are Self-Ligating Braces Right for Me?

Self-ligating braces work for patients of all ages. Doc Ak has patients ranging in age from seven to 75. If you have a kiddo age seven or older, now is the perfect time to bring them in for a complimentary smile assessment!

They’re awesome for more complex cases. Why? The self-ligating system gives Doc Ak more precise control, making it easier for him to tackle tricky alignments. 

What if your case is pretty straightforward? This treatment method is still a solid choice. Their design offers a quicker, smoother treatment experience, no matter the complexity of your case. 

They are a go-to option for anyone seeking a more efficient and comfortable orthodontic experience.

Self-Ligating Braces

Self-Ligating Braces at SmileOn Orthodontics

Of course, talking with our team is the best way to find out if self-ligating braces are right for you. Simply click here to schedule your complimentary smile assessment with Doc Ak and the SmileOntourage. We will assess your specific situation and give you a personalized plan tailored to your individual needs. SmileOn Orthodontics is here for you!