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Orthodontics Marco Island | What You Need to Know About Self-Ligating Brackets

Orthodontics treats malocclusion that results in an improper bite. Orthodontic treatment can be cosmetic, to improve one’s appearance, but generally, it aims to improve oral function. Orthodontics Marco Island bot only helps improve your appearance. It can also lead to better chewing and speed function and protect teeth from decay or damage in some cases.

What Are Self-Ligating Braces

Traditional braces use elastic rubber bands to attach the archwire to the brackets but with self-ligating braces, elastic rubber bands are no longer necessary. Self-ligating braces use a special bracket that has a unique clip to secure the wires in place. They are classified into two categories: Passive and Active. The brackets used for self-ligating braces are a little bit smaller than the conventional type and has a small clip on the front that can be open and closed by an orthodontist to insert or remove the archwire.

Advantages of Self-Ligating Braces

One of the advantages of self-ligating braces is that the teeth can move faster and with less resistance because there’s less friction compared to the traditional braces. You need fewer trips to the orthodontist as fewer adjustments are needed, and because there is less friction, the amount of discomfort experienced by the patient is also lessened as the amount of pressure needed to move the teeth is reduced. Self-ligating brackets have a smoother surface compared to conventional braces, which makes them less irritating to the mouth.

Conditions That Can Be Treated with Self-Ligating Braces

  • Crooked or Crowded Teeth
  • Underbites
  • Overbites
  • Cross Bites
  • Gaps Between Teeth
  • Misalignment in the Jaw
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Schedule an Appointment for Orthodontics Marco Island?

If you are interested in orthodontics Marco Island especially in self-ligating braces, schedule a consultation with us at Island Paradise Dental to learn more.

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