How Do Self-Ligating Braces Work?

Self-ligating braces, such as Damon braces, have different brackets from those of conventional braces. As a result, they offer impressive benefits related to treatment speed, comfort, and other factors. Below is a look at how this popular treatment works and what it offers patients of all ages.

Overview of These Braces

This treatment uses self-ligating brackets, which are smaller than conventional brackets. Thanks to self-ligation, these newer brackets let the arch wire move freely. This is a key feature compared to conventional braces, which are designed to accommodate rubber bands that hold the arch wire stationary.

How Self-Ligation Works

The smaller size of self-ligating brackets means that this treatment is more discreet, making it a good choice for patients who do not want their braces to be obvious. Thanks to the moving wires, patients enjoy more comfort throughout treatment. This is particularly true after placement and tightening visits. Finally, patients benefit from the faster treatment that self-ligating provides. Depending on the bite irregularities involved, patients may receive significant reductions in the time required for a new smile.

On top of the smaller size offered, many self-ligating options, such as Damon braces, can be made with ceramic brackets. As a result, recipients get an even greater improvement in discretion when they choose self-ligation. Because self-ligating brackets do not use aligners, a broader range of patients are candidates for this treatment compared to Invisalign. Patients who want to learn more about self-ligating orthodontics can schedule a consultation with our orthodontist.

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