Self Ligating Braces Timonium, MD

Board-certified orthodontist Dr. Mohammad Izadi offers self-ligating braces in Timonium, MD to correct malocclusion and realign crooked teeth. Self-ligating braces have emerged as an innovative orthodontic treatment that allows orthodontists to diverge from traditional methods. While they have been around for over 10 years, they have become popular in the last few years due to advances in dental technology.

Self-ligating braces are less invasive and more efficient at correcting teeth misalignment. They do not use elastic bands or metal ties, but instead use innovative clips to hold the braces in place, reducing discomfort and waste. Self-ligating 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.

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.


self-ligating braces in Timonium, MD

What are Self-Ligating Braces?

Self-ligating braces are a type of orthodontic device that we use to straighten teeth and address other issues. They work via a unique system in which the brackets contain a door or clip that holds the orthodontic wire in place. This design evades the need for elastic bands or metal ties, which we often use with traditional braces.

This design allows the wire to move freely, possibly reducing treatment time and the number of adjustments patients need. It allows for more effortless movement of the teeth due to less friction. Patients wearing self-litigating braces will enjoy the ease of cleaning their teeth, the increased comfort, and fewer checkups.

Self-Ligating Braces vs Traditional Braces

Self-ligating braces and traditional braces are both effective ways to correct dental alignment. However, they each have different designs and features. Choosing between the two options will depend on your needs and preferences. During your consultation, Dr. Izadi will help you choose the best one, as each type has advantages and possible drawbacks. The main differences between the two include:

  • Mechanism: Self-ligating braces use a built-in clip or sliding mechanism to hold the archwire in place, whereas traditional braces use elastic or metal ties to secure the wire.
  • Adjustment Appointments: Self-ligating braces typically require fewer adjustments. Because they do not use ties, the wire can move more freely, in theory leading to faster tooth movement and fewer office visits.
  • Cleaning: Without elastic ties, which can trap food and plaque, self-ligating braces are often easier to clean than traditional braces.
  • Comfort: Some patients find self-ligating braces more comfortable because they produce less friction between the wire and the brackets, which might reduce the amount of pressure felt during adjustments.
  • Treatment Time: Self-ligating braces can sometimes shorten treatment time due to their efficient mechanism of moving teeth. However, this will vary from person to person.
  • Aesthetics: Both types of braces come in metal and ceramic varieties. Self-ligating braces tend to have a somewhat smaller profile than traditional braces, making them less noticeable.
  • Cost: Self-ligating braces can cost more than traditional braces because of their advanced technology and materials.

Benefits of Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating 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-Ligating Braces Maintenance

It is essential to maintain and care for your self-ligating 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-ligating braces can be cleaned and cared for in the same manner as ceramic or traditional braces. Treatment times with self-ligating braces tend to be shorter, reducing the impact they will have on your oral health.

Also, it is best to avoid hard and sticky meals that can harm the braces. Routine check-ups with the orthodontist are required to confirm that the treatment is going as planned and to make any changes to the braces.

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Self-Ligating Braces FAQs

With self-ligating braces growing in popularity, we find that patients are asking more and more questions about this treatment. Read through our frequently asked questions section to see if we can address any concerns you have there. If you have additional questions, please contact Izadi Orthodontics where one of our helpful staff members will provide you with the information you need.

Do self-ligating braces need rubber bands?

No rubber bands, ties, or elastics are required. Self-ligating braces do not have elastic ligatures holding the wire. Metal clasps, clips, or “doors” hold the wires in place instead. It is common for elastics to harbor plaque and bacteria buildup, so self-ligating braces are easier to maintain clean.

How do self-ligating braces work?

Self-ligating braces look much like traditional braces but eliminate the use of annoying rubber bands. Self-ligating 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-ligating braces right for me?

Most patients who qualify for conventional or ceramic braces will have the option to choose self-ligating braces. There are no major requirements you must meet to qualify for self-ligating 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-ligating 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-ligating braces cost?

Self-ligating 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 fee for the high-end self-ligating  or specifically Smart Clip” braces routinely used in our office are the same as the traditional counterparts, ranging from $2000 to $5000.

Schedule a Consultation to Learn More about Self-Ligating Braces in Timonium, MD

If you would like to learn more about self-ligating braces in Timonium, Maryland, schedule a consultation with Dr. Izadi today by calling (410) 919-9806, or request an appointment online today.