What are self-ligating braces?
Self-ligating brackets (such as Damon or Carriere self-ligating systems), unlike the conventional braces, do not require rubber elastic O rings or wire ties to hold archwires firmly against the teeth. Instead, they make use of a special clip or a gated mechanism to hold the archwire in the bracket. Self-ligating brackets are beneficial in reducing patient chair-time along with appointment duration and are known to be a more hygienic bracket system. However, you will need the help of a highly experienced dentist or orthodontist to help you decide on which method of treatment would be best for you..
Self-ligating braces were formulated with the intention of minimising some of the discomfort associated with conventional braces. They were first introduced in the 1970s as Edgelock brackets which were big, difficult to open and welded to a band but have since undergone a lot of modifications and improvements.
Advantages of self-ligating braces:
They may be more comfortable when compared to conventional braces. The rate at which your teeth move to the desired position at every stage of your treatment is also more precise and easier to control with self-ligating braces. They are easier to clean, thereby reducing your risk of developing dental plaque and carries. There is also less risk of food accumulation in the brackets as the elastics and wire ties which are largely responsible for food accumulation are not present.
Disadvantages of self-ligating braces:
One major but preventable problem with this type of braces is their tendency to get damaged and permanently deformed. You can safeguard against this by taking necessary precautions like staying away from hard food and being more careful when cleaning your teeth. Also, self-ligating brackets are more expensive when compared with their conventional counterparts.
Cost of self-ligating braces:
The cost of self-ligating braces could range between $6000 and $7500; the most popular choices of self-ligating brackets being Damon self-ligating system and Carriere SL braces. At Smile Avenue, we offer complimentary orthodontic consultation, gap-free onsite X-rays, free post-treatment retainers (both fixed and removable) to all our patients. With digital intraoral scanners we can show you your expected results instantly before even starting your treatment. Give us a call on 9898 6530 to make a free appointment, or fill out our contact form.
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