Self-Ligating Metal Braces
Self-ligating metal braces are made from the same materials as traditional braces. However, self-ligating braces do not require the use of elastics, meaning fewer appointments and less friction being placed on the tooth. Self-ligating braces come with traditional metal, ceramic, or clear brackets. They are the same size as metal braces, but use a specialized clip in place of elastics to help the archwire guide teeth into place. The clip helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth, and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace.
Self-Ligating Clear Braces
Self-Ligating Ceramic Braces are tooth-colored, so they’re less visible to others. Like metal self-ligating braces, they are affixed to teeth, and the wires thread through slots in the brackets. Built-in clips hold the wires to the brackets made of ceramic or porcelain materials. The clips helps reduce the amount of pressure being placed on the tooth, and requires fewer adjustments because there are no elastics to replace. Clear braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns.
Clear aligners are a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable acrylic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are less of a hassle. The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment.