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Once you have decided on using braces for orthodontic treatment, the next step is to choose the best type. While the use of self-ligating brackets in oral braces is not a new concept, they have become increasingly popular over the past few years.For those who do not favor the looks of traditional braces, self-ligating braces are a better option. They offer equally good results but come with a relatively discreet design that draws less attention.

What Are Self Ligating Braces?

Self-ligating braces function in the same way as traditional metal braces. While they use an archwire and brackets, these braces have no elastic or metal bands or ties. They use a bracket and a spring-loaded door that holds the archwire in position. A gradual sliding mechanism is used to align the teeth. The basic method of a self-ligating brace installation and the treatment process is the same as traditional braces. As a result, these types of braces have some advantages over the traditional metal ones. One major difference is unlike colored rubber bands, the fixtures do not need replacement every four to six weeks. Moreover, they are easier to clean and are expected to keep the oral environment more healthy.


How Long Do Self Ligating Braces Take?

Time taken to improve teeth alignment efficiency by using braces is anywhere between one and three years. The exact time period depends on individual patient conditions. This involves factors like teeth crowding, spacing, and other bite-related issues. Since teeth are embedded in the jaw bone, the process of transformation and readjustment is slow. The force applied by the brace is kept gentle to reduce any form of pain or discomfort. Regular orthodontic visits are a must for making periodic adjustments. Your orthodontist can give you a proper estimate of the time required for the complete treatment. At present, there is not enough data to prove that self-ligating braces offer better stability and faster results than traditional braces. Considering these types of braces are priced higher, more evidence is required to support the idea that they work faster.

Do Self Ligating Braces Need Tightening?

Self-ligating braces require tightening, the same as traditional metal braces. Adjustments will assist the teeth in moving slowly into new positions. Unless the braces are periodically adjusted into a new position, the wire will lose tension, and the effectiveness of the treatment will be lost. However, the process of tightening is not the same as with elastic ties. Here, the spring-loaded doors are used to tighten the archwire. This process is much simpler, and hence the average time of each orthodontic session is less.