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The Benefits of Self Litigating Braces

Posted in Orthodontics

Self-litigating braces are another type of orthodontic therapy that provides comfortable, comprehensive treatment using a bracket that differs from traditional braces. A self-litigating bracket is smaller, does not use bands or ligatures, and is also available in a tooth-colored resin material that blends in naturally with your teeth.

These brackets work using a “trap door” system that holds the wire in place and glide beneath the enclosure. This reduces tension and pressure on specific teeth, making self-litigating braces more comfortable to wear. Because they retain the orthodontic wire within the bracket, there is no need for colorful rubber bands or wire ligatures to hold the arch wire in place. As a result, patients are more comfortable during adjustment appointments and their overall course of therapy.

Because self-litigating braces come in a tooth colored option, they are ideal for patients that are looking for a cosmetic orthodontic treatment but are not candidates for clear alignment braces like Invisalign. The low visible impact made by this type of brackets makes them almost invisible to other people when you’re talking or smiling. In fact, most people won’t even know that you’re wearing self-litigating braces unless you stop to show them.

Treatment times tend to be shorter than traditional orthodontic therapy, sometime shortening overall treatment times by as long as 6 months. They are also easier to keep clean and avoid food buildup as they are smaller and do not have rubber bands collecting food or plaque deposits.

If you’re unsure about what type of orthodontic treatment to choose, but want to have an option that is cosmetically pleasing and comfortable, then self-litigating braces provide a viable option for almost every patient.

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