self ligating braces pros and cons

Pros and Cons of Self-Ligating Clear Braces

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Let’s be honest and agree that no one likes crooked teeth! Most of us don’t mind wearing braces for straightening our teeth. But, don’t we all wish that braces were a little less noticeable, and revealing than traditional metal braces.

Well, the gods of orthodontics have answered with self-ligating clear braces.

Today, we look at what exactly Self-Ligating Clear Braces are, and how they are more beneficial.

What Are Self-Ligating Clear Braces?

Self-Ligating Clear BracesThe self-ligating clear braces (also called Damon Braces) are claimed by its makers to be less painful, and faster in most cases as compared to traditional metal braces. These braces are barely noticeable until someone is at a point-blank range.

They have clips instead of metal and the bracket itself supports the arch-wire in its place. These require less frequent check-ups, and may not require tooth extractions or palatal expanders as a part of the treatment.

How Do They Work?

Self-Ligating Clear BraceWhile visiting the professional orthodontist at the Angel Orthodontics North London practice for treatment, a mould or a 3D scan is created to plan your treatment further. The braces are specifically designed and customized to fit your mouth.

Self-ligating braces, unlike traditional braces, don’t need rubber bands to support the main archwire in place. They are specially designed braces that use spring-loaded doors or clips which function similar to a metal door. The sliding mechanism straightens the teeth with gradual movement.

Self-Ligating Clear Braces vs. Traditional Metal Braces

self ligating braces vs regular braces

Traditional metal braces need to be tightened periodically to align the teeth properly. However self-ligating clear braces work on the sliding mechanism that gradually tightens overtime on its own. The result is your teeth being straightened gently and with fewer practice visits.

Advantages of Self-Ligating Clear Braces

  • Lesser Friction

    The reduced amount of friction with self-ligating clear braces means that the deterioration of the enamel and teeth is lesser.

  • Ease of Cleaning

    As compared to traditional braces, these braces have fewer add-ons and parts, which leaves very few places for plaque to build in.

  • Reduced Pressure

    The pressure is distributed more evenly throughout the teeth and the self-ligating system is less painful and less intense as a result of it.

  • Aesthetics

    The clear brackets blend in with the natural colour of your teeth, which makes it less revelling and has an improved aesthetical look.

  • Quicker Treatment

    The average time of treatment is significantly shorter than the time taken using traditional braces. The fewer check-ups required also are a huge advantage.

Disadvantages of Self-Ligating Clear Braces

Disadvantages of Self-Ligating Clear Braces

  • Higher Cost

    Where self-ligating clear braces have an effective cost between £1,500 to £6,000, the traditional braces come at a more affordable price of £1,500 to £3,000.

  • Irritation

    Even though it is relatively discomfort-free during most of the treatment, some patients may experience an adjustment period initially after the braces have been placed. Mouth sores are caused on rare occasions due to friction with the braces.

  • Visibility-Not Totally Transparent

    Even though it is called a clear brace, the metal arch-wires running across lower and upper teeth are still visible to people.

Now that you know the pros and cons, you can make an appointment for a consultation with our expert orthodontists at Angel Orthodontics. This will help you find the right orthodontic treatment most suitable for you.

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