Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces removes the need for o-rings or elastic bands used in conventional braces. Sometimes also know as speed braces, self-ligating braces uses less frictional force during teeth straightening.

Benefits of Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating innovation has advantages:

  • make your braces easier to clean with open design to helps maintain good hygiene easily
  • eliminates the hassle of stained elastics so there is no o-rings that attracts plaque
  • potentially for faster appointments with your orthodontist 

The passive self-ligating braces enables treatment without tightening. The braces has a light high-technology shape-memory wires that move teeth faster and require fewer adjustments.

Orthodontics

Orthodontic Dental Specialization

Self Ligating Braces Treatment Process

At BIDH orthodontic dental center, your teeth straightening procedure starts with a discussion and consultation on various orthodontic treatment options for your case.

Step 1 : Planning and Pre-orthodontic Treatments

Upon you’re decision to start clear braces orthodontic treatment, your dentist Digital panoramic and cephalometric x-ray images are taken. A study model is also made for treatment planning.

Any prior dental treatments such as tooth removal, teeth cleaning, scaling, polishing or dental fillings is cleared to the placement of clear braces.

digital x-ray

Digitalized X-ray

Panoramic and Celphlometric Imaging

Step 2 : Placement of  Braces

 
Speed braces

Your orthodontist is places on the self-ligating brackets. At BIDH orthodontic dental clinic, self-ligating braces include:

  1. Metal brackets : Damon Q and 3M Gemini SL
  2. Clear brackets : Damon Clear and 3M Clarity SL

These braces systems are chosen for their established scientific studies, functional advancements and are from top reputable companies.

Step 3 : Monthly Adjustments Visits

Attending your monthly adjustments with your orthodontist is important. Your orthodontist checks your progress and changes the arch wire periodically throughout your treatment. The slight tension from the arch wire pushes and pulls your teeth into alignment, reshaping the sockets that hold them in place.

Monthly visits checks are done around every 6 to 8 weeks depending on the type of speed braces you have opted for.

consult braces

Step 4 : Removal of Brackets & Retainers

After teeth has shifted into position at the end of your orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist takes a set of panoramic and cephalometric x-rays and removes the self-ligating brackets over teeth.

Your dentist takes a teeth impression to have retainers made. Wear the retainers continuously and consistently as instructed to maintain teeth positioning.

removable retainers

Teeth Straightening FAQs

Is speed braces really faster?
Studies and research papers varies. The length of your orthodontic treatment will depend on each individual case and complexity. Speed braces may enable faster  visits due to quicker monthly adjustment without the need to change o-rings. There is no significant evidence that traditional metal or clear braces or other braces types is any less effective or slower than self-ligating braces on overall orthodontic treatment.
Is speed braces less painful?

As there is less frictional forces from self-ligating brackets, this reduces sliding friction and potentially reduces pain or discomfort fitting front to back teeth. Invisalign braces is another orthodontic appliance option for individuals worried about pain and discomfort as it is removable.  

Do I have to wear a retainer for speed braces?

Yes, regardless of what braces types is opted. Upon completion of of teeth straightening, retention is still needed. You can check with your dentist whether you should wear retainers only at night or for few hours during the day after treatment.

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