Self-ligating braces eliminate the use of traditional elastic bands. We 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. Self-ligating 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-ligating 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-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.
Self-Ligating Braces FAQs
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.