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Self-Ligating Braces

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Dental braces are tiny fixtures called brackets that are adhered to your teeth. A thin metal wire called an archwire runs through these brackets. As the archwire is adjusted, it applies a small force to move teeth into the desired position. The archwire must remain secured in the brackets for the dental braces to work effectively.

Traditional metal dental braces secure the archwire to the brackets using elastic bands. In contrast, self-ligating braces use a built-in system that holds the wire in place.

Self-Ligating Braces vs. Traditional Braces

Like traditional dental braces, self-ligating braces still require periodic adjustments. During these adjustments, our orthodontist will evaluate your progress and may adjust or replace your archwire. These adjustments modify the force on the teeth, helping them move into their new positions. In many cases, adjustments on self-ligating braces are fewer than that of traditional dental braces. 

Self-ligating braces can lead to minor pain or discomfort after adjustments - just like traditional braces. In addition, dental braces, whether conventional dental braces, self-ligating brackets, or clear orthodontic aligners, take some getting used to after first receiving them.

Are Self-Ligating Braces Less Painful?

A 2014 study compared the quality of life of 150 people with either conventional or self-ligating dental braces. Researchers found patients with traditional braces reported more pain than those with self-ligating braces. However, this study between the two was insignificant to come to concrete conclusions. 

To learn more about the dental braces options we provide, please contact our amazing pediatric dentistry and orthodontics practice.

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