Advanced, self-ligating braces treatment in our boutique clinic by King's Cross
Self-ligating braces have self-locking spring-loaded doors, which speeds up the process of putting the arch wire into the brackets. This ensures you’ll have to spend a less time in the dental chair during your orthodontic appointment and ensures an overall smoother orthodontic experience.
To find our if self-ligating braces are the right choice for you, book your consultation with our specialist orthodontist for a full orthodontic assessment.
WHAT ARE SELF LIGATING BRACES?
Traditional braces are time tested orthodontic treatment modality to straighten your smile. However, several disadvantages accompany traditional braces; this led to advances in dental sciences to create a newer and advanced braces system. One such advancement was the introduction of self-ligating braces. To understand the concept of self-ligating braces, we must take a brief look at the traditional braces. Traditional braces have several components; the significant parts include brackets and archwire, which apply forces to bring your teeth into desired locations. In traditional braces, these archwires have to placed inside the brackets to activate it; for this, orthodontists use elastics bands and rubbers. This lead to more frequent visits to the dental office. In the 1930s, self-ligating braces were introduced. With the advent of these braces, the archwire can be directly placed into the bracket, where it is held in place by a self-locking, spring-loaded door. This eliminates the need for rubbers and elastics and reduces the number of components, which produces more consistent forces and minimises pain and discomfort during treatment while giving excellent results.
WHY OPT FOR SELF LIGATING BRACES?
- Self-ligating braces placed by our orthodontist in London are much more comfortable than conventional braces since they apply much lesser force.
- There is reduced friction, and the force distribution is much more equalised as the narrow brackets utilise lesser force.
- Studies have claimed that patients opting for self-ligating braces in London can appreciate the results much earlier than those who opt for conventional braces. The treatment can be completed in a lesser time frame, depending upon individual cases.
- Self-ligating braces also come with a reduced risk of enamel decalcification. This reduced the risk of tooth decay, and the teeth are healthy during and after the treatment.
- Maintaining proper oral hygiene is much easier with self-ligating braces as there are no elastics and other components. Conventional braces use rubber bands and elastics, which are known to trap food debris, and it becomes a tedious task to keep them clean.
- Self-ligating braces have an edge when it comes to treating complex cases of narrow arches and in the presence of extremely overcrowded teeth. In a few instances, self-ligating braces can even avoid the need to extract teeth for space creation as it also expands the arch.
- Self-ligating braces placed at our clinic in London come in metal as well as clear brackets. This gives you, as the wearer, the opportunity to choose how your braces look.
TYPES OF SELF LIGATING BRACKETS
Self-ligating brackets are much smaller than conventional brackets. This ensures that our clinic’s self-ligating brackets placed by our fantastic orthodontist in London are more widespread, providing much greater patient comfort. Self-ligating braces can be manufactured from metal and ceramic or porcelain, depending upon your choice and requirements.
In metal self-ligating braces, all the components are made of metal. The brackets, as well as the archwire, will be metal. This means they are prominent and visible. On the other hand, clear self-ligating braces in London are made of ceramic, which is customised to match your teeth’ shade. This makes sure that the brackets blend in and are much less prominent and aesthetically more desirable. The dental ceramic used to make clear self-ligating braces at our clinic in London is durable and stain-resistant, which means they won’t turn yellow or brown with time. These brackets won’t be apparent in photographs so that you can flaunt your smile.
However, clear self-ligating braces are also a little more expensive than the metal version.
SELF LIGATING BRACES Vs TRADITIONAL BRACES
Self-ligating braces are similar to traditional braces. Both orthodontic systems require brackets and archwires. However, traditional brackets need elastic rubber bands to connect the brackets to the archwire. In the self-ligating system, the brackets themselves consist of a spring-loaded self-locking door that holds the archwire in place without using the rubber band. The absence of rubber and elastic components offer a significant advantage to self-ligating braces over traditional braces. Since there is no need for added elements, it makes the self-ligating brackets less apparent, especially if you choose clear self-ligating brackets.
Traditional brackets come with many dietary restrictions, and food keeps getting stuck in the elastic bands. With self-ligating brackets, this problem is obliterated, making regular brushing and cleaning much more manageable. Also, no embarrassing moments like talking with a part of spinach stuck between your teeth happen.
Smaller brackets of the self-ligating system placed by our orthodontist in London are much more comfortable. The forces applied are less, which means lesser friction and a much more pleasant treatment experience. The amount of time you spend at our clinic in London is also considerably reduced.
If you think self-ligating braces might be the right option for you, schedule an appointment with us at our clinic in London today and consult our experienced orthodontist for further details to get started on your journey to a better and healthier smile.
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