Self-Ligating Braces Explained

Self-Ligating Braces continue to become more popular these days. Although this type of orthodontic braces has been around since the 1930s, only during the 1980s did the modern version emerge.

Self-Ligating Braces are similar to traditional braces in many ways. However, the main difference relates to the fact that self-ligating braces do not require elastic or metal ligature ties to hold the arch wire (tooth straightening wire) in place. With Self-Ligating Braces, the arch wire is held in place by using metal clips instead of elastics. The metal clip aids in lowering the amount of pressure placed on the teeth, and reduces the length of adjustment appointments, due to the absence of ligatures.

Moreover, orthodontic treatment with self-ligating braces can be less painful compared to conventional braces. According to The American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics, self-ligating bracket systems displayed a significantly lower level of frictional resistance, dramatically less chair-time for arch wire removal and insertion, and promoted improved oral hygiene when compared with polyurethane elastomeric and stainless steel tie wire ligation for conventional ceramic and metal brackets.

Also, having Self-Ligating Braces can result in less orthodontic visits and shorter treatment time. If you are interested in learning more about our self-ligating braces, please don’t hesitate to ask us at York Mills Orthodontics. We are always here to assist you.

– The York Mills Orthodontic Team

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