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Are Self-Ligating Braces Right for You?

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When it comes to orthodontic treatments, patients now have multiple options to choose from. Beyond traditional metal braces, many modern orthodontists also offer clear braces, Invisalign and self-litigating braces. You may not be familiar with self-ligating braces at all. Self-ligating braces are a good option for a wide range of bite and teeth straightening issues. Just like other orthodontic treatments, however, there are drawbacks as well as benefits.

At Schatz Orthodontics, we proudly offer many different types of braces, including self-ligating brackets. Here’s what you need to know about the pros and cons of choosing this smile-straightening treatment.

Pros of No Elastics

While self ligating braces may look similar to traditional braces, they don’t have the elastic bands around each bracket. Instead, the brackets are designed with a spring-loaded mechanism that constantly applies gentle pressure to the archwire in order to move your teeth. In this way, self-ligating braces create less friction during teeth straightening and, in certain situations, the movement is also faster.

Another benefit of not having rubber bands or elastic ties on your braces is your teeth and gums often remain cleaner. The traditional elastics of braces are known for collecting bacteria and plaque, which can be a leading culprit to gum disease and decay during your treatment time.

The Cons of Self-Ligating Braces

If you are choosing self-ligating braces over conventional braces, you should be aware of a couple key differences that may be a deal breaker. First, this orthodontic system is typically more expensive than metal braces. However, many patients find it still cheaper than other advanced orthodontic treatment options.

Self-ligating braces also tend to be more fragile. The hinges that control the doors on the brackets can occasionally break, which warrants an immediate repair from your orthodontist so that you don’t set back your treatment time. This can be a serious drawback if you have an active teenager or patient who is not diligent about caring for their braces.

Final Thoughts on Self-Ligating Braces

If you have a more complex orthodontic issue, self-litigating braces can be an excellent solution. They tend to work faster and require less adjustment appointments, which is ideal for the busy adult or student. Self-ligating braces can also be formulated with ceramic brackets, which are less noticeable than traditional braces. To learn which type of braces is best for your lifestyle and needs, please call Schatz Orthodontics.

Posted on behalf of Schatz Orthodontics

22610 US Highway 281 North, Suite 201
San Antonio, TX 78258

Phone: (210) 494-4606

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22610 US Highway 281 North, Suite 201
San Antonio, TX 78258


(210) 494-4606

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Monday - Wednesday 7:00AM – 4:30PM
Thursday 7:00AM – 4:00PM
Lunch Time 12:30PM - 1:30PM

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