Self-litigating braces eliminate the use of traditional elastic bands. We use innovative clips to hold the braces in place, reducing discomfort and waste. Self-litigating braces can reduce treatment time, and patients enjoy fewer visits to the orthodontist for tightening and adjustments.
These types of braces are very affordable, easier to fit, less invasive, and faster to fit than traditional braces. Self-litigating braces have been around for over 10 years but have only recently become popular in the last few years due to advances in technology.
Timonium, MD board-certified orthodontist Dr. Mohammad Izadi offers self-litigating braces to correct malocclusion and realign crooked teeth. Izadi Orthodontics takes a one-on-one approach to each patient. He takes the time to build personalized treatment plans that address the patient’s skeletal occlusion bringing balance and harmony to the facial structure for long-term results.
Benefits of Self-Litigating Braces
Self-litigating braces are a relatively new concept. They are the next generation of orthodontic technology and offer a lot of benefits to patients and dentists. These braces tend to be less bulky and smoother than conventional metal braces. Patients report feeling less tension and discomfort, and enjoy faster results.
- Tooth-colored ceramic brackets
- Highly durable
- Fewer treatment appointments
- May reduce treatment time
- Smooth, molded, comfortable edges
- No ligatures to attract plaque
- Open design for better hygiene
Self-Litigating Braces Maintenance
It is essential to maintain and care for your self-litigating braces while you are wearing them. Cleaning your braces after every meal can reduce the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease, or tooth discoloration.
Self-litigating braces can be cleaned and cared for in the same manner as ceramic or traditional braces. Treatment times with self-litigating braces tend to be shorter reducing the impact they will have on your oral health.
Self-Litigating Braces FAQs
Do self-ligating braces need rubber bands?
No rubber bands, ties, or elastics are required. Self-ligating braces do not have the elastic ligatures that hold the wire in place. Metal clasps, clips, or “doors”, hold the wires in place instead. It is common for elastics to harbor plaque and bacteria buildup, and for this reason, self-ligating braces are easier to maintain clean.
How do self-litigating braces work?
They look much like traditional braces but eliminate the use of annoying rubber bands. Self-litigating braces use state-of-the-art clip technology to adjust brackets automatically. The clips reduce waste and can save you time and extra trips to our orthodontist office.
Are self-litigating braces right for me?
Most patients who qualify for conventional or ceramic braces will have the option to choose self-litigating braces. There are no major requirements you must meet to qualify for self-litigating braces. Your orthodontist will help you determine which style of braces will yield optimal results depending on your oral health, orthodontic concerns, and treatment goals.
Are there any disadvantages to self-litigating braces?
Most of the drawbacks are because of improper care. For example, if you don’t wear your retainers as instructed, you will be more likely to experience relapse of your misaligned teeth.
Another downside is that people with poor oral hygiene may end up not wearing the braces as often because they can’t clean their teeth properly. This can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
How much do self-litigating braces cost?
Self-litigating braces are used to correct the alignment problems of teeth. They are not just a one-time fix, but they can be used for years to come. Their cost is dependent on the complexity of the case. The price of these braces are more affordable than their traditional counterparts, ranging from $2000 to $5000.