Self-Ligating Braces

Many children and adults are hesitant to begin orthodontic treatment due to the associated discomfort. Traditional metal braces have a reputation for feeling tight and uncomfortable. Fortunately, there’s a new option available. Self-ligating brackets have revolutionized teeth straightening. This advanced system is known for its versatility, efficiency, and efficacy, and often gives patients a more pleasant treatment experience. Additionally, self-ligating braces offer the choice of less conspicuous clear brackets for improved aesthetics. Designed with both patients’ and orthodontists’ needs in mind, self-ligating brackets from Banasiak & Nettune Orthodontic Associates may be able to help you achieve the smile you desire without sacrificing convenience or results.

What Are Self-Ligating Braces?

Self-ligating braces are fixed orthodontic appliances that can correct teeth misalignment and bite irregularities. The technique utilized with self-ligating braces is quite different from traditional braces. This orthodontic treatment option does not rely on elastic bands or ties to gradually pull the teeth into better alignment, and it typically results in less friction and pressure during the process, which can provide greater comfort. Self-ligating braces are also easier to clean and maintain, and there should be fewer follow-up appointments necessary to adjust the brackets. This advanced system is known for its versatility, efficiency, and efficacy, and often gives patients a more pleasant treatment experience. Additionally, self-ligating braces offer the choice of less conspicuous clear brackets for improved aesthetics.

How Do Self-Ligating Braces Work?

Unlike traditional metal braces, self-ligating brackets adjust themselves. No rubber bands (elastics) are used, no tightening of wires is needed, and significantly less pressure is placed on the teeth during treatment. The wire is allowed to slide freely, only adjusting the teeth that are out of position. In addition to increased comfort, improved dental hygiene is also possible since food is less likely to get stuck in the appliance. Self-ligating brackets are also smaller than traditional metal brackets, and they are available in metal and clear options. The unique procedure also means fewer appointments for you and generally less hassle over the course of treatment.

What Conditions Do Self-Ligating Braces Treat?

Self-ligating braces can address concerns such as “crooked” or “crowded” teeth, spaces and gaps, and bite issues such as underbite, overbite, and crossbite. Many of the same concerns that traditional braces are designed to treat can be successfully treated with self-ligating braces, as well.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Self-Ligating Braces?

If you are considering options to correct common orthodontic conditions such as general teeth misalignment or bite irregularities, you may be a good candidate for self-ligating braces. While some patients who have more severe or complex orthodontic concerns may benefit from another type of treatment, self-ligating braces can often present ideal solutions for individuals who may otherwise be treated with traditional braces. This option can offer effective and successful orthodontic correction in a more discreet, comfortable, and rapid way for many patients. During your initial consultation, our orthodontist will evaluate your needs and goals and help you determine whether self-ligating braces offer the best option.

How Are Self-Ligating Braces Different from Traditional Metal Braces?

Self-ligating braces can provide a more comfortable teeth-straightening experience for many people. This is due in part to the unique way the system gradually repositions the teeth. Traditional braces use metal brackets, rubber bands (elastics), and wires to exert gentle pressure on all the teeth, slowly shifting them into the desired position. In contrast, the self-ligating system adjusts only the teeth that are out of alignment. Self-ligating brackets also make oral hygiene easier to maintain, and some patients enjoy a quicker and more efficient orthodontic experience.

How Much Do Self-Ligating Braces Cost?

In general, self-ligating braces are often around the same price as traditional braces. The total cost will be based on your customized treatment plan, the severity of the concerns being addressed, and other factors. We can provide a more precise breakdown of the overall price once you have been examined and the treatment plan has been developed. A member of our team will be happy to go over the total cost estimate with you and talk about the many payment options accepted at our practice. We can help you navigate your dental insurance plan to determine whether coverage may be offered for this treatment, and we can also talk with you about other helpful financing options designed to make this part of the process more affordable and convenient.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Self-Ligating Braces

We want you to feel as confident as possible as you begin your orthodontic treatment. To help you become well-informed about your options, we have provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about self-ligating braces. If you would like to learn more, or if you’re ready to schedule a consultation, we hope you will reach out to our skilled team soon.

What does self-ligating mean?

Self-ligating means that the archwire used to reposition the teeth can slide freely through the brackets without causing pressure universally across all teeth. The wire doesn’t need to be tightened like those associated with traditional braces, and no rubber bands are used. Both active and passive brackets are available, which offer greater customization for patients with a wide range of needs and goals.

Will my braces be obvious and highly visible?

Self-ligating brackets are smaller than traditional metal brackets, and they sit further from the cheeks, lips, and soft tissues, making them less prominent and more comfortable. Additionally, self-ligating brackets are available in clear ceramic, making them less conspicuous. If you’re particularly concerned with the appearance of your orthodontic system, we offer a range of unobtrusive and aesthetically appealing options, including Invisalign®.

Are self-ligating braces more expensive than traditional braces?

No, most self-ligating braces treatment plans are comparable in price to traditional metal braces. We recognize that orthodontia is an investment in the health, beauty, and function of your mouth, and we offer a range of financing options to help bring the cost of treatment into your budget. If you have any questions about fees, we will be happy to work with you and your dental insurance company to find a suitable solution. We are dedicated to providing exceptional orthodontic care to everyone who wants it.

Does the teeth-straightening process hurt?

While some minor discomfort initially is not uncommon, self-ligating brackets are designed to be as comfortable as possible. Some soreness can occur, and this effect usually can be relieved with over-the-counter medication. If you’re experiencing more significant aching or pain, contact us to determine if there is an issue with your appliance or treatment plan. We want you to have the best experience possible while enhancing the function of your mouth and the beauty of your smile. If you have a question or concern at any time, we’re here to help you.

Self-ligating braces offer an innovative way to improve the function and appearance of your teeth and help you enjoy a more beautiful smile in less time. For more information about self-ligating braces, or to schedule a consultation with one of our orthodontists, please contact our office today.