Self-Ligating Braces in Miami, FL

A Faster Way To Straighten Your Smile With Dr. Grussmark

While traditional braces are a highly-effective way to straighten teeth, advancements in orthodontic techniques have produced other choices that patients find more convenient. One of these options is self-ligating braces. Able to self-adjust without the need for tightening, these braces provide increased comfort and faster treatment than traditional braces.

At the Centre for Invisible Braces, our South Miami orthodontist, Dr. Stephen Grussmark, proudly serves patients in Brickell, Coral Gables, and Miami Beach, FL efficient and comfortable orthodontic solutions. Read on to learn how self-ligating braces may benefit your smile.

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What Are Self-Ligating Braces?

Self-ligating braces are similar to traditional braces, except they don’t require professional tightening. These advanced braces use small clips to hold the wire instead of elastic bands featured in metal braces. With discreet metal clips for a less conspicuous appearance for a confident smile, the unique design of self-ligating braces also allows them to self-adjust for maximum comfort and convenience.

The Benefits of Self-Ligating Braces

Self-ligating braces offer several advantages over traditional braces, such as:

  • Greater Comfort — Self-ligating braces don’t require frequent tightening, so they’ll fit your teeth and gums more comfortably. You also won’t have to deal with the soreness that often results from a tightening session
  • Fewer Appointments — Without monthly tightening appointments, you can spend less time in our office and more time enjoying your smile.
  • Less Noticeable — The sleek design and lack of elastic bands give self-ligating braces a more discreet appearance.
  • Easy to Maintain — Traditional braces are challenging to clean, primarily because food and other bacteria can get stuck in the elastic bands. Since they feature metal clips instead of elastic bands, self-ligating braces are much easier to keep clean.
  • Faster Results — With self-ligating braces, Dr. Grussmark can straighten your smile about six months sooner than traditional braces. That means more time enjoying your perfectly straight smile!

How do Self-Ligating Braces Work?

Two types of self-ligating braces move teeth in different ways:

  • Passive Braces use a smaller archwire and allow your teeth to move around more. They tend to be used in the early stages of treatment.
  • Active Braces have a thicker archwire and put more pressure on your teeth to move. They can be used to move teeth into position quicker.

Our Miami orthodontist may combine these methods depending on your orthodontic issues and current treatment stage. Dr. Grussmark will determine which appliance best suits your needs at your initial consultation. Schedule your complimentary virtual consultation today by calling our Miami dental office at (305) 441-1200.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do self-ligating braces need to be tightened?

Self-ligating braces still need to be tightened, but not as often as traditional braces. Because these braces use brackets instead of elastic bands, you won’t need to visit your orthodontist’s office as often. Schedule a consultation with our South Miami orthodontics professional to learn more. 

How long does treatment with self-ligating braces take?

Treatment with self-ligating braces generally takes about 12 to 30 months. The duration of your treatment will depend on various factors, such as the severity of your condition. Dr. Grussmark will provide an accurate treatment timeline at your initial consultation.

Because this innovative treatment involves different tightening methods, you’ll require fewer orthodontic appointments. Your visits to our South Florida office may be shorter than a routine check-up.

How much do self-ligating braces cost?

The cost of self-ligating braces depends on several factors, such as which method your orthodontist determines is best for you and your insurance plan. At your initial consultation, your orthodontist will provide you with a cost estimate of your treatment. Visit our financing page to learn more about our affordable payment plans.

We also suggest looking into CareCredit, a third-party loan service designed to help patients pay for their treatments. Applying online is quick and easy, and you may receive financial aid regardless of your insurance status.

Do self-ligating braces hurt?

Patients may experience mild discomfort with self-ligating braces as they gradually shift their teeth into place, but they’re far more comfortable than traditional braces. Not only do they place less pressure and friction on your teeth, but they also require fewer irritating adjustments.

If your self-ligating braces are causing you pain that interferes with your daily life, contact our Miami, FL, dental office immediately at (305) 441-1200. Dr. Grussmark can assess your situation and relieve you of any painful symptoms.

Exceptional Care at the Centre For Invisible Orthodontics

When you’re ready to achieve a stunning smile without the bother of frequent visits which come with traditional braces, self-ligating braces are an ideal solution. Our South Florida orthodontist has helped countless patients enjoy the benefits of healthy, straight teeth. Discover if self-ligating braces are right for you by scheduling an appointment today.

Book your consultation by calling our Miami, FL office at (305) 441-1200. You can also fill out our online contact form, and one of our friendly team members will be in touch shortly.

Stephen Grussmark