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Types of Braces: Self-Ligating Braces

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teenager with self-ligating bracesWith all the types of braces available, it’s difficult to know which one is best for you. Fortunately, Parkcrest Dental Group provides orthodontic dentistry in Springfield, MO, and our experienced orthodontists can help you determine which option is the right one. If you’re not quite sure if traditional metal braces are right for you, take a look at another popular option here at Parkcrest: Self-ligating braces.

What are Self-Ligating Braces?

Self-ligating braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, unlike other types of braces, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics. This means fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic or clear brackets.

How do Self-Ligating Braces Differ from Other Types of Braces?

Fewer adjustments, faster treatment

Self-ligating braces are the same size as traditional metal braces, but they use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.

Reduced frictional resistance

Since self-ligating braces don’t have elastic ties like traditional metal braces, teeth can move more freely and the treatment is more comfortable for patients.

Easier eating

Without the use of elastic ties, eating with braces suddenly becomes much easier. Food won’t get stuck in self-ligating braces as easily, but you’ll still need to maintain a consistent brushing, cleaning and flossing routine.

Less pain

When compared to other types of braces, self-ligating braces typically cause less oral abrasions on the tongue and inside of the cheeks since they are less bulky.

Cosmetics

Without the elastics, self-ligating braces are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces, making them a great option for those with cosmetic concerns.

Are Self-Ligating Braces Right for Me?

If you prefer a faster, less painful and less obvious braces experience, self-ligating braces may be right for you. But meeting with an orthodontist at Parkcrest Dental Group is the first step. Your orthodontist may recommend a few other types of braces, depending on your situation, but regardless of which braces method you choose, we will help you achieve your desired results.

Fill out our online contact form or give us a call today at 417-887-1220 to schedule your appointment with a Parkcrest orthodontist. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams!

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