Self-ligating braces, what are they?

It is becoming more and more common to find family and friends who have opted to have a orthodontic treatment to align your teeth. I'm sure you've thought about getting braces to align your teeth. solve bite problems or correct the position of your teeth but did you know that there are different types depending on their mechanism? Today we are going to know what are the self-ligating bracketsWe will provide you with all the information you need to improve your smile, its advantages and the duration of your treatment.

Characteristics and types of self-ligating brackets

Self-ligating brackets are used in orthodontics to correct both bite and tooth position. They are different from traditional brackets in that they its locking mechanism secures the bow without the need for rubber bands.

There are two types of self-ligating brackets:

Passive self-ligating brackets

This type of self-ligating brackets is characterized by the lack of pressure exerted by the locking mechanism on the archwire.

Active self-ligating brackets

In contrast to passive brackets, active self-ligating brackets exert continuous pressure on the archwire. In this way, the position of the teeth can be corrected more quickly.

Advantages of self-ligating brackets

The main advantages of orthodontics practiced with self-ligating brackets are:

Less friction and discomfort

By not using rubber bands, the friction between the archwire and the brackets is drastically reduced. This results in less friction, avoiding unnecessary pain and discomfort for the patient.

Shorter treatment time

Treatment with self-ligating brackets is much less compared to traditional braces. The reasons? You don't have to spend as much time visiting the orthodontist because their mechanism does not require as many adjustments.

Increased comfort

Another of the main advantages of self-ligating brackets is that they are very comfortable because they do not use rubber bands. In addition, they give us peace of mind because we avoid worrying about the risk of them breaking.

Better results

Because self-ligating brackets exert continuous pressure on the arch, the position and bite of the teeth can be corrected much faster and more accurately than with traditional brackets.

Shorter brushing time

Brushing teeth without gums is much easier and our oral hygiene will benefit during this treatment.

Reduced risk of caries

The constant friction between the archwire and the brackets can cause damage to the surface of the tooth and its enamel. As this treatment is characterized by the reduction of friction, it will help us to avoid the appearance of caries.

How long does treatment with self-ligating brackets last?

As with other dental treatments, the duration of treatment may vary depending on different factors such as the age and dental health of the patient, compliance with the recommendations given by the orthodontist and the general complexity of each specific case. 

However, treatments with self-ligating brackets are much shorter than those performed with traditional brackets.. The average duration usually comprises between 12 and 24 months while in the second case it increases from approximately 18 to 36 months.

It should be noted that there are other factors, such as the type of self-ligating brackets used, which can extend or shorten treatment times. In the case of active brackets, treatment can be faster because they exert continuous pressure on the arch while passive brackets are much softer and therefore their effects are slower.

In conclusion, it is essential that the orthodontist makes a complete evaluation of our specific case. to be able to determine the specific conditions of the treatment and thus to be able to elaborate a personalized plan. In addition, we must follow their recommendations in order to obtain the best results.

Are you looking for a clinic to correct your bite and the position of your teeth? Do you suffer from dental crowding? Are your teeth too far apart? In the B & J Dental Clinic we are experts in the orthodontic treatments so, if you visit us in our clinics of Ла-Эррадуре y Las GabiasWe will make an exhaustive study of your teeth to advise you which is the most appropriate according to your needs.