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Reno Dental Braces: Self-Ligating

Orthodontic braces are an excellent solution for straightening teeth and correcting dental misalignments that affect your smile. With so many orthodontic treatment options available, you may be wondering which choice is best.

Self-ligating braces use an innovative bracket system that holds the archwire in place without needing elastic bands. Our Reno braces team can discuss the benefits of self-ligating braces and determine if you’re a good candidate. Schedule a consultation at one of our offices in Reno, NV, today!

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What Are Self-Ligating Braces?

Traditional braces combine different types of orthodontic equipment, including an archwire, brackets, and elastic bands, to gently apply tension that pushes and pulls teeth into alignment. Self-ligating braces are similar, except they do not use elastic ligatures to hold the archwire in place. Instead, the brackets themselves have a mechanism that secures and tightens the archwire.

Are There Different Types Of Self-Ligating Braces?

There are two types of self-ligating brackets used in these dental braces. Your orthodontist may recommend either of these options:

  • Active brackets: Self-ligating braces with active brackets have sliding spring clips that actively press against the archwire.
  • Passive brackets: Passive brackets use a simpler sliding mechanism that does not apply force to the archwire when holding it in place.

Who Is An Ideal Candidate For Self-Ligating Braces?

Self-ligating braces are a good choice for many orthodontic patients because they can treat different types of malocclusion, including:

  • Overcrowding
  • Gaps
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbites and underbites
  • Other types of misalignments

Other than treatment effectiveness, additional factors must be considered when determining if self-ligating braces are right for you. While these braces have several benefits, you should ask your dentist in Reno about this option and what you can expect during treatment.

What Is The Cost Of Self-Ligating Braces?

Self-ligating braces are a more advanced type of orthodontic treatment in design and effectiveness. Because of this, they can cost a little more than traditional metal braces that use elastic ties.

However, the cost of self-ligating braces will depend on the severity of your misalignment, the length of treatment, and whether other procedures are needed before your orthodontist can install the braces. Discuss these points with your dentist to better understand the cost of orthodontic treatment.

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What Are The Benefits Of Self-Ligating Braces?

Many orthodontists recommend self-ligating braces because of the many benefits they offer to patients. Here are some advantages to this type of orthodontic treatment.

Quicker Adjustments

Regular adjustments are typically quicker and easier with self-ligating braces because the dentist doesn’t have to replace and adjust individual elastic bands around the brackets. Instead, each bracket opens and shuts, making an adjustment a less time-consuming appointment.

Easier To Keep Clean

Self-ligating braces are also easier to clean. The rubber bands on traditional braces can trap food particles and bacteria that are difficult to reach and remove. Self-ligating brackets have fewer hidden areas where buildup can accumulate.

More Comfortable

Many patients claim that self-ligating braces are more comfortable because they are less bulky than their traditional metal counterparts. Less bulk means less friction that causes gum and cheek irritation. Also, the brackets are gentler on the teeth, which can reduce discomfort.

Faster Results

Study results show that self-ligating braces can work more quickly to achieve the same results as conventional braces, particularly in the upper teeth. As a potentially more efficient treatment, it can save you time and money in the long run.

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Reno Self-Ligating Braces FAQs

Self-ligating braces use brackets that eliminate the need for elastic ties. They have a built-in mechanism that holds the archwire in place and opens and closes for easy adjustment. Choosing this type of orthodontic treatment can offer reduced discomfort, quicker treatment times, easier cleaning, and stunning results!

Although self-ligating braces are a great solution for different orthodontic issues, they may not be ideal in every situation. Speak with an experienced orthodontist to see what types of braces will work best for your alignment issue, preferences, and budget.

Every orthodontic patient has unique needs that affect treatment times and how often their braces need adjusting. While some people experience quicker treatment periods and fewer appointments with self-ligating braces, others will need to see their orthodontist more frequently.

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