Many orthodontists prefer to use self-ligating braces over the conventional models for many reasons. While both serve the same purpose — aligning the teeth — there are benefits to the more modern appliances that both dentists and patients are thankful for. Self-ligating braces as a technology are not really new. In fact, they have been around since the 1930s. However, it was not until the 80s that they became a popular choice.
Why Choose Self-Ligating Braces?
The preference for self-ligating braces is based on economy, style, and comfort. Conventional braces normally show off rubber bands or elastics attached to metal ties to keep the teeth aligned. Sometimes, the bands are colored to make having braces more visible for fashionable purposes. However, to clean and to replace them often can be a challenge.
Self-ligating braces do away with the rubber bands and, instead, use brackets or special clips to assist the archwire during the alignment phase. This method gives teeth more freedom to move and are even easier to clean. Regular visits to the dentist are also reduced and each session made shorter. This is because a simple adjustment to the brackets will suffice, leading to much less discomfort and plenty of time saved.
The question of whether self-ligating braces are better than conventional ones depends on preference. Some patients are more willing to work with elastics for style purposes and because they can be cheaper (although requiring more maintenance work). Meanwhile, people who are always on the go or experience frequent irritations on the cheeks or lips can benefit from the self-ligating ones. Consult your orthodontist for the best option for your case.