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Self-Ligating Braces

Braces are dental appliances used to realign teeth. Braces do this by putting constant pressure on your teeth, prompting them to move. Braces can perform the following tasks:

  • Eliminate gaps between teeth
  • Eliminate overbites
  • Eliminate overcrowding
  • Eliminate underbites
  • Straighten crooked teeth

Typically, you see your dentist every four to six weeks for adjustments until your teeth align correctly. 

If you need braces, consider self-ligating braces. Self-ligating dental braces are just one type of braces you can choose. Let’s look at what they are, how they compare to other braces, and the benefits of self-ligating braces. 

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What Are Self-Ligating Braces? 

Self-ligating braces share some similarities with metal braces. However, they have fewer components and use clips to connect the brackets and archwire. Damon Braces is one brand of self-ligating braces you can choose. The Damon system uses passive brackets, which are sliding mechanisms that secure the archwire without putting pressure on the wire. 

Are Self-Ligating Braces Faster?

Braces may take up to 30 months to complete their task, but some wearers may only need braces for a couple of months. Since treatment times vary from person to person, it’s difficult to say if self-ligating braces reduce the treatment time. Studies suggest the overall time span is comparable. However, wearers can benefit by spending less time at the dentist’s office because they don’t have to have ligatures replaced.


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Why Choose Self-Ligating Braces? 

Self-ligating braces offer multiple benefits over traditional metal braces. 

Self-Confident Smiles 

One of the drawbacks of metal braces is the rubber bands, archwire, and brackets. Metal braces are noticeable, which can make wearers self-conscious.

Self-ligating braces aren’t as easy to spot. Metal braces connect the wire and brackets with metal ties or rubber bands, but self-ligating braces secure the braces with clips. These mechanisms reduce the volume of materials, so your braces have a smaller footprint inside your mouth, making them less noticeable.

You also have different options when choosing self-ligating braces over traditional metal braces. You can choose clear braces instead of metal, making your braces virtually unnoticeable. With clear self-ligating braces, you can enjoy a self-confident smile while wearing braces instead of waiting until your braces are removed. 

Maintaining Braces And Teeth Is Easier

You must use care when cleaning braces to avoid damaging them, and keeping your teeth and braces clean can be trickier. Traditional wire braces can contribute to tooth decay because it’s challenging to clean between teeth, and food particles can build up inside your mouth, causing plaque build-up. Self-ligating braces have fewer components, making it easier to keep them clean and to clean between your teeth effectively.

Better Comfort 

Since braces apply pressure, many wearers experience discomfort. However, self-ligating braces have less friction because of their design, which reduces the pain wearers experience. 

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Benefits Of Braces 

Braces offer multiple benefits, including the following:

  • Better breath: Since keeping your teeth clean is easier, you’ll prevent bacteria from building up in your mouth, which can cause bad breath.
  • Better digestion: Gaps and crooked teeth can make it difficult to chew correctly, but correcting your alignment with braces improves your ability to chew foods, making food easier to digest.
  • Better oral care: Keeping your teeth clean is easier if they’re straight and appropriately spaced. Crowding and significant gaps make it more challenging to clean teeth. 
  • Better smile: You won’t feel self-conscious about your smile when your teeth are straight and beautiful.
  • Better speech: Your teeth are essential for speech, and misplaced teeth can contribute to problems with pronunciation.

Making it easier to clean your teeth helps prevent dental issues, such as gingivitis, bone loss, and tooth decay.

 Adjusting To Braces

Although braces offer many pros, wearing braces also has some cons, and you should be aware of these factors when choosing braces. Some of the adjustments you’ll have to make may include the following:

  • Cost: Braces are expensive; however, since misaligned teeth increase your risks of cavities, gingivitis, tooth loss, and bone erosion, you should consider the potential costs of treating these oral health issues if you don’t get braces
  • Dental appointments: Since you’ll need to have your braces adjusted regularly, you’ll need to allocate time for dental appointments
  • Dietary adjustments: It’s best to eat soft foods when you first get braces because this reduces the pressure on your teeth and braces. Hard foods can damage braces, and you should avoid sticky foods for the same reason. Braces wearers should also limit their intake of sugary drinks and foods.

We Accept Most Dental Insurance

Absolute Dental is a preferred provider for most insurances, unions, and hotels that include: Aetna, Ameritas, Boon-Chapman, Caesars Palace, Cigna, Delta Dental, Diversified, Geha, Guardian, Harrah’s, HealthSCOPE Benefits, Health Plan of Nevada (HPN), Humana, Liberty, Met-Life, MGM-MIRAGE, Premier Access, The Standard, Station Casinos, Teachers Health Trust, United Concordia, United Healthcare, Venetian, and The Zenith. We also accept Medicaid.

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Popular Alternatives to Traditional Metal Braces

Absolute Dental in Las Vegas offers different types of braces to fit your lifestyle and to best treat your unique dental needs.

Our experienced orthodontists will evaluate your smile to determine which option is right for you.

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Offering a less visible choice, clear ceramic is used to bond a thin metal wire to the teeth.

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Invisalign® aligners are the clear alternative to metal braces for adults and teens.

Financing Options 

At Absolute Dental, we understand oral health care is expensive. We offer our patients multiple ways to cover their dental expenses. We accept most leading insurance plans, and we also have special offers and financing options you can use to afford the dental care you need. Our Smile Saver plan is perfect for those without dental insurance because it makes it possible to manage your dental expenses and reduces treatment costs.

How Absolute Dental Can Help

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Visit our Las Vegas office to learn how braces can transform your oral health and boost your self-confidence. We offer several types of braces, enabling you to find the right braces for your budget and preferences. We’ll explain all your options and provide the care you need to get the beautiful smile you deserve.

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