Self-ligating brackets are also referred to as Smart Brackets or Damon Braces. They have been in existence since the early 1930s, but they didn’t become a sought-after item until about 10 years ago. The brackets can be clear, ceramic or metal, but their appearance blends in with the teeth more than the classic braces. You can also choose between active or passive brackets.
How Do Self-Ligating Braces Work?
Because there are fewer wires used for self-ligating braces, the movement of the teeth is subtle, with less soreness. The ‘trap door’ made on the brackets allows the arch wire to move smoothly through the brackets while the teeth are shifting. This also keeps the wire in place as it’s moving, so there is no need to use ties or rubber bands to ensure the wire moves along the brackets. This system reduces friction, so there is less need for bracket maintenance.
Before installing self-ligating braces, the dentist will examine your teeth to determine if this option is suitable for your type of dental issue. If the price of these braces is affordable for you, then your dentist will measure your teeth for the right fit. Before you make the final decision to get self-ligating braces, the following information should help you make a more informed decision.
Advantages of Self-Ligating Braces
One of the biggest contributors to the current popularity of self-ligating braces is its overall design. All types of braces will have wires and brackets. However, instead of the arch wire being secured by rubber bands (like with the classic braces), the arch wire is maintained by the actual bracket using a spring-loaded door. This difference in design has also contributed to the many benefits of using self-ligating braces:
Disadvantages of Self-Ligating Braces
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