Self-Ligating Braces vs. Conventional Braces

Today, there are numerous ways to treat misaligned teeth and bite problems. From using metal braces, to clear braces, or Invisalign, orthodontists will help you decide what the best treatment for your malocclusion.

Here at York Mills Orthodontics, we offer all orthodontic services to help you achieve all of your goals including straight teeth and a perfect, healthy smile. There are different types of traditional and clear braces. In this post, we will be focusing on the use of self-ligating braces vs. conventional braces.

For many years, traditional metal and clear braces have been the standard for providing orthodontic treatment for patients. But with the advancement of technology over several years, newer  self-ligating braces, have become very popular with orthodontists  to treat patients and to achieve ideal results.

With self-ligating braces, there is no functional need for an elastic or metal  module or ligature to connect the archwire to the bracket. With  self-ligating braces, there is a “door” or “gate” or “clip” to hold the archwire firmly and securely in place.

With conventional braces, the archwires are held in place and connected to the brackets with an elastic band called a module or metal ligature.

It is the intimate and specific fit of the archwrie with the brackets, which allow orthodontists to use braces effectively move teeth into the desired position.

Self-ligating braces and conventional braces are both effective with moving teeth to produce desired outcomes. However, with  self-ligating braces,  there are some advantages with providing gentler and lighter forces on the teeth for more comfortable tooth movement. In addition, with self-ligating braces, as compared to conventional braces, they are easier to keep clean and more efficient for the orthodontist to attach archwires to the teeth, for more efficient treatment appointments.

If you have malocclusion and or dream of having a confident and healthy smile, consult with our orthodontic team. We will assess and determine the best orthodontic treatment for you. You can contact or visit us at York Mills Orthodontics in North York.

-The York Mills Orthodontics Team

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