Traditional braces used to be the sole route for correcting crooked and misaligned teeth. Now, thanks to advancements made by orthodontists all over the world, patients have many options. Self-ligating braces are often favored in place of the traditional metal braces, and Miami orthodontist Dr. Stephen Grussmark is an expert at both!
What are Self-Ligating Braces?
Like traditional braces, self-ligating braces consist of a metal wire and brackets that adhere to your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, they do not require elastic bands to stay in place, relying on tiny metal “doors” to clip the bracket in place. In this way, the braces are more discreet, easier to clean, and sometimes more comfortable than the traditional metal braces.
The Benefits of Self-Ligating Braces
- Self-adjusting – Self-ligating braces adjust on their own, which means that patients do not need regular tightening. Traditional braces tightening can be uncomfortable and cause soreness for up to a week afterward. Self-ligating braces are known to be more comfortable in the long term.
- Less time-consuming – Because self-ligating braces do not require monthly tightening, patients spend less time in the orthodontist’s office and more time in the Miami sunshine. And when appointments are required, the visit will take less time than traditional braces appointments.
- Sleek and easy to clean – Traditional braces are notoriously hard to clean, as the wires, bands, and brackets can be difficult to reach completely with a toothbrush. Rubber bands also catch food, bacteria, and other particles that you definitely don’t want hanging around in your mouth. By removing rubber bands, self-ligating braces are easier to maintain and look sleeker on your smile.
- Faster results – On average, self-ligating braces are off of your teeth 6 months sooner than traditional braces.
Learn More About Self-Ligating Braces with Dr. Stephen Grussmark
If you need orthodontic care but aren’t excited about the upkeep and discomfort of traditional braces, self-ligating braces might be your best option. With less bulk and no rubber bands, self-ligating braces are easier to maintain and more comfortable for many busy and active patients. Learn more about self-ligating braces from Miami-based orthodontist Dr. Stephen Grussmark by contacting our office for an obligation-free consultation!