Orthodontic braces have been around for a long time, helping patients with their various dental or orthodontic concerns. Many people have braces installed, some for aesthetics, but mostly because it improves oral health and prevents other conditions. Through the years, technology has allowed for the modifications of orthodontic braces, which paved the way for self-ligating braces. Let’s learn more about these in the article below.
What are Orthodontic Braces For?
Orthodontic braces consist of a combination of brackets, wires, and other components that work together to gradually align and straighten the teeth. Misalignments such as crowded teeth, gaps between teeth, overbites, underbites, and crossbites are often the primary concerns. The braces work by gently applying consistent pressure on the teeth, thereby moving them into their proper positions.
The most obvious result of wearing braces would be aesthetics, as perfectly aligned teeth can be easily seen when one smiles.
Other unseen effects are improved bite function and the prevention of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Depending on the alignment of the teeth as well as the expertise of the dentists installing and adjusting them, the treatment can be as short as 2 years. Once the teeth are already perfectly aligned, the braces may be removed. To maintain the alignment, some patients are advised to wear retainers to prevent a relapse.
What Are Self-Ligating Braces?
Self-ligating braces are a modern alternative to traditional orthodontic braces. Unlike their conventional counterparts, self-ligating braces do not require elastic bands or metal ties to hold the wires in place. Instead, they feature a specialized mechanism that holds the archwire in position within the brackets.
How Self-Ligating Braces Work
Self-ligating braces work through a “sliding door” or “clip mechanism” built into each bracket. This system eliminates the need for external ligatures, making them more discreet and comfortable. The absence of elastic bands or ties means less friction and pressure on the teeth, resulting in a gentler, more efficient tooth movement process.
Benefits of Self-Ligating Braces
Many dentists offer both traditional and self-ligating braces. Here are the benefits of getting self-ligating braces to help you choose.
Faster Treatment Time
One of the most significant advantages of self-ligating braces is their ability to hasten treatment. The reduced friction allows teeth to move more freely and quickly, potentially reducing the time you spend in braces.
Without the need for elastic bands or ties, self-ligating braces offer a more comfortable orthodontic experience. There’s less irritation and you won’t need as many adjustments.
Better Oral Hygiene
Traditional braces can trap food particles and make it challenging to maintain good oral hygiene. With these, it is recommended to visit the dentist every three weeks for check-ups and cleaning. Meanwhile, self-ligating braces are easier to clean, reducing the risk of plaque buildup and gum problems.
Self-ligating braces are smaller and less noticeable than traditional braces. Their low-profile design makes them a popular choice for those who want a more discreet treatment option and faster treatment time.
Fewer Visits to the Dentists
With fewer adjustments needed, you’ll spend less time in the orthodontist’s chair. The interval of dental check-ups can be 10 weeks apart, however, Dr. Dianne Margaret Lim-Militante of Comfydent Dental Clinic in Bacolod City still recommends the three-week interval for adjustments as well as cleaning.
Self-ligating braces are suitable for various orthodontic issues, from mild to severe cases. They can address problems like crowding, spacing, overbites, and underbites.
Are Self-Ligating Braces Right for You?
While self-ligating braces offer numerous benefits, they may not be suitable for everyone. Your orthodontist will assess your unique dental situation and recommend the best treatment option for you. Factors such as the severity of your orthodontic issues, your age, your budget, and your personal preferences will all play a role in the decision-making process.
In Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Our firstborn Shawna has grown up with her oral health being managed by Comfydent Dental Clinic in Bacolod City. The first dental appliance she wore was pre-orthodontic trainers or T4K for her badly aligned permanent teeth.
Now that she is a teenager, Dr. Militante recommends she wear a brace to further align her teeth and close gaps. It is also a TMJ prevention, as her dad also experienced the same.
Comfydent Dental Clinic
465 Malaspina St. Cor. B. S. Aquino Drive, Villamonte,
Bacolod CIty, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Mobile: 0922 433 5590
Tel. No. (034) 4311131 or 433-1607
Specialists at Comfydent Dental Clinic
- Dr. Dianne Margaret Lim-Militante
- Dr. Eltton Fritz Lim
- Dr. Gelo Militante