Distinguishing Between Self-ligating Braces and Traditional Metal Braces

Article by Remarkable Smiles

Initially, Self-ligating braces bear a striking resemblance to the well-known traditional metal braces. However, they aim to address prevalent issues often encountered by patients undergoing traditional brace treatment. While the effectiveness of traditional braces is widely acknowledged, a common grievance among patients is the discomfort arising from the tightness of the metal brackets encircling their teeth. Additionally, the inconvenience of frequent orthodontic appointments for adjustments compounds the challenges associated with traditional braces.

Self-ligating braces offer a treatment approach akin to traditional metal braces, yet they exhibit distinctive characteristics. In traditional braces, elastic bands secure the metal brackets to a wire wound around the teeth. Conversely, Self-ligating braces employ clips integrated into the brackets to connect them to the wire, minimizing friction between the braces and teeth. This design allows for greater freedom of tooth movement, thereby reducing soreness and discomfort associated with brace wear.

Maintenance demands for Self-ligating braces are notably lower compared to traditional metal braces. Adjustments require less time, and appointments with orthodontists for such adjustments are less frequent. Furthermore, the design of Self-ligating braces facilitates easier cleaning, as they are less prone to trapping food and plaque when compared to their traditional counterparts. The elastics in traditional braces have a tendency to adhere to food particles passing through teeth during meals, resulting in reduced post-meal flossing requirements for those with Self-ligating braces.

Despite these advantages, potential users of Self-ligating braces should consider certain drawbacks. Primarily, the advanced mechanisms enabling the brackets to clip onto the wire contribute to a higher cost compared to traditional metal braces. Secondly, the aesthetic aspect may be a concern, as Self-ligating braces are still constructed from metal, rendering them less visually discreet. Individuals seeking a more inconspicuous option than traditional metal braces may explore alternatives such as ceramic braces, Invisalign, or lingual braces.

Dr. Mark Rashidi and his staff at Remarkable Smiles want to help you improve your smile. He is an Orthodontist in Mission Viejo serving surrounding cities including Lake Forest, Laguna Hills , Laguna Niguel, and Irvine. Dr. Mark is highly experienced in all types of braces including Invisalign, traditional metal braces, and ceramic braces.

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